Prodip Das

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PhD projects

Using hydrogen for carbon capture in heavy industry;
Novel flow channels for effective water removal from polymer electrolyte fuel cells;
Water and thermal management in anion exchange membrane fuel cells;
Physics-based modelling of lithium-ion batteries;
Reuse of spent EV batteries and their electrothermal characterisation;
Nature-inspired thermal design and optimisation using nanofluids

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Biography

Dr. Prodip Das, an associate professor in hydrogen energy systems, obtained his BSc in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 1998, earning top honors, including ranking first, honors, and record marks. Subsequently, he pursued two master's degrees in mechanical engineering, the first from BUET and the second from the University of Alberta, Canada. Following his graduation from BUET, he served as a Lecturer (1998–2001) and later as an Assistant Professor (2001–2007) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at BUET.

In 2010, Dr. Das earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, focusing on hydrogen fuel cells under the guidance of Prof. Xianguo Li. Subsequently, he conducted research as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA (2010–2013), exploring water management and dynamics of water transport in PEM fuel cells, and real-time defect detection using infrared thermography.

Dr. Das's research spans various facets of hydrogen energy systems and electric vehicles, with a particular emphasis on the thermofluid aspects of fuel cells, electrolyzers, Li-ion batteries, and sustainable recycling and reuse of EV batteries. He also conducts fundamental studies in nature-inspired thermal transport, convective heat transfer, nanofluids, and electro-thermal characterization. Additionally, he actively investigates the safety, health, and environmental implications of EV batteries, aiming to mitigate potential hazards and safeguard the ecosystem.

His academic contributions include over 120 scientific articles, 7 book chapters, and 4 books, with his work cited over 3700 times and an impressive h-index of 29. He has delivered over 40 invited/keynote speeches at prestigious universities and conferences, chaired/organized over 20 conference tracks and symposiums, served as a member of the organizing/technical committee for over 30 conferences, and contributed as a reviewer for more than 20 leading journals in his field.

Dr. Das currently serves as an associate editor for Frontiers in Energy Research (Frontiers Media), Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage (ASME), and Frontiers in Chemical Engineering (Frontiers Media). He is also a member of the editorial/advisory boards for several esteemed journals: Energies, Batteries, Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Inventions, and Challenges. Moreover, Dr. Das has served as a special issue editor for Energies (MDPI), Energy and AI (Elsevier), Frontiers in Energy Research (Frontiers Media), and Batteries (MDPI).

Additionally, Dr. Das holds pivotal roles as an expert panel member of the Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council and as a Full Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. He actively engages in grant reviewing for EPSRC (UK), Leverhulme Trust (UK), ANR (France), BEPRC (Bangladesh), NSERC (Canada), and Advanced Light Source (USA).

His exceptional contributions to academia and industry have earned him numerous prestigious awards, including the Dr. V.G. Desa Gold Medal from BUET, the Dr. Chandrashekar Memorial Award in Sustainable Energy from the University of Waterloo, and the 2018 Emerging Investigators in Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage award from ASME.

My research in a nutshell

  • Hydrogen Energy Systems
  • Fuel Cells
  • Li-Ion Batteries
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Battery Fire and Safety
  • Recycling and Reuse of EV Batteries
  • Nanofluids and Convective Heat Transfer
  • Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation

Current Research Interests

Our expertise and interests span the broad area of hydrogen energy systems and electric vehicles with a focus on the thermofluid aspects of fuel cells, electrolyzers, and Li-ion batteries. We have been working on fundamental understanding, efficient design, novel materials, and the development of high-fidelity modeling and simulation tools for hydrogen energy systems (PEMFCs, AEMFCs, PEMWEs, and AEMWEs), Li-ion batteries, and related energy storage and conversion devices. 

We are also interested in reusing and repurposing retired EV batteries in less power-demanding second-life applications (e.g., grid energy storage, domestic battery storage, e-scooter, bike, etc) as well as working in the areas of “safety, health, and environmental issues of EV batteries” and “nanofluid and convective heat transfer” to aid first responders, reduce the environmental burden of retired EV batteries, harvest more solar energy, and extract more heat from electronic devices.

Teaching

Thermodynamics 4

Professional Issues for Mechanical Engineers 3

Sustainable Energy Systems Dissertation

Mechanical Engineering Project 4

Websites

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Transport Phenomena in Cathode Catalyst Layer of PEM Fuel Cells, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

20062010

Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science, Electrostatic Double Layer Interactions in Confined and Many-Body Geometries, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

20012003

Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science, Elastic-Plastic Behaviour of a Circular Rod under Combined Torque and Tension, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh

19992001

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of a Solar Water Heater, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh

19931998

External positions

Editorial Board Member of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, ELS Publishing

2022 → …

Associate Editor for Electrochemical Engineering, Frontiers in Chemical Engineering

2022 → …

Editorial Board Member for section “Battery Performance, Ageing, Reliability, and Safety”, Batteries, MDPI AG

2022 → …

External Examiner for Mechanical Engineering Programmes, Robert Gordon University

2022 → …

Associate Editor for Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

2021 → …

Expert Panel Member, Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council

2020 → …

Associate Editor for Fuel Cells, Electrolyzers and Membrane Reactors, Frontiers in Energy Research

2020 → …

Topic Editor for Nanomaterials, MDPI AG

2020 → …

Editorial Board for section “D1: Advanced Energy Materials”, Energies, MDPI AG

20192023

Editorial Board Member for section “Inventions and innovation in Energy and Thermal/Fluidic Science”, Inventions, MDPI AG

2018 → …

Keywords

  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Hydrogen energy
  • fuel cell
  • electrolyser
  • Li-ion battery
  • electric vehicle
  • battery fire and safety
  • heat transfer
  • nanofluid
  • multiphysics modelling

College Research Themes

  • College of Science and Engineering

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