Dr Mohammad Alam

Research Associate

School of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Mohammad Alam currently working as a Research Associate in Chemical Engineering, at the University of Newcastle. Dr Alam’s research career thus far has been marked with several milestone achievements as a result of consistently producing high-quality research outcomes. Prior to this, he has acquired skills in research collaboration and examination through his position as a Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Malaya, Malaysia.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Energy Harvester
  • Material Characterisation
  • Nanomaterial
  • Renewable Energy

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Bengali (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
091505 Heat and Mass Transfer Operations 25
100708 Nanomaterials 45
090499 Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
28/09/2012 - 24/01/2014 Research Assistant University of Malaya
Mechanical Engineering
Malaysia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Khairul MA, Doroodchi E, Azizian R, Moghtaderi B, Alam M, 'Advanced applications of tunable ferrofluids in energy systems and energy harvesters: A critical review', Energy Conversion and Management, 149 660-674 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.enconman.2017.07.064
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Elham Doroodchi, Behdad Moghtaderi
2017 Khairul MA, Doroodchi E, Azizian R, Moghtaderi B, Alam M, 'Thermal performance analysis of tunable magnetite nanofluids for an energy system', APPLIED THERMAL ENGINEERING, 126 822-833 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2017.07.214
Co-authors Behdad Moghtaderi, Elham Doroodchi
2017 Khairul MA, Doroodchi E, Azizian R, Moghtaderi B, 'The influence of different flow regimes on heat transfer performance and exergy loss of Al2O3/DI-water and CuO/DI-water nanofluids', APPLIED THERMAL ENGINEERING, 122 566-578 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2017.05.035
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Behdad Moghtaderi, Elham Doroodchi
2016 Khairul MA, Shah K, Doroodchi E, Azizian R, Moghtaderi B, 'Effects of surfactant on stability and thermo-physical properties of metal oxide nanofluids', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 98 778-787 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Optimal thermo-physical properties of nanofluids provide an opportunity to overcome energy associated difficulties, in addition to provid... [more]

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Optimal thermo-physical properties of nanofluids provide an opportunity to overcome energy associated difficulties, in addition to providing new alternatives to catch, store and exchange of energy. A significant reduction in energy consumption is possible by improving the performance of a heat exchanger circuit, and may in part alleviate current energy related challenging issues such as global warming, climate change, and the fuel crisis. The objective of this work is to gain an insight into the overall stability of nanofluids with respect to pH, zeta potential, particle size distribution, and its effect on viscosity and thermal conductivity. For the purpose of this study two nanofluids were selected (water based alumina and copper oxide). Various nanoparticles concentrations as well as anionic surfactants (sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate) were investigated for their stability, viscosity as well as thermal conductivity. The results clearly showed that nanofluid stability has a strong relation with viscosity and thermal conductivity. The stability of the nanofluid was found to be improved with a decrease in viscosity and an increase in thermal conductivity.

DOI 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2016.03.079
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Elham Doroodchi, Behdad Moghtaderi
2016 Khairul MA, Doroodchi E, Azizian R, Moghtaderi B, 'Experimental Study on Fundamental Mechanisms of Ferro-Fluidics for an Electromagnetic Energy Harvester', INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH, 55 12491-12501 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b03161
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Behdad Moghtaderi, Elham Doroodchi
2015 Mahbubul IM, Saadah A, Saidur R, Khairul MA, Kamyar A, 'Thermal performance analysis of Al2O3/R-134a nanorefrigerant', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 85 1034-1040 (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2015.02.038
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 15
2014 Khairul MA, Hossain A, Saidur R, Alim MA, 'Prediction of heat transfer performance of CuO/water nanofluids flow in spirally corrugated helically coiled heat exchanger using fuzzy logic technique', Computers and Fluids, 100 123-129 (2014)

This paper presents the fuzzy logic expert system (FLES) for heat transfer performance investigation in helically coiled heat exchanger with spirally corrugated wall operated with... [more]

This paper presents the fuzzy logic expert system (FLES) for heat transfer performance investigation in helically coiled heat exchanger with spirally corrugated wall operated with water and CuO/water nanofluids. Compared with traditional logic model, fuzzy logic is more efficient in connecting the multiple units to a single output and is invaluable supplements to classical hard computing techniques. Hence, the main objective of this analysis is to investigate the relationship between heat exchanger working parameters and performance characteristics, and to determine how fuzzy logic expert system plays a significant role in prediction of heat transfer performance. Analytical values are taken in helically coiled heat exchanger with spirally corrugated wall operated with water and CuO/water nanofluids for investigation of heat transfer performance. The heat transfer coefficients of CuO/water nanofluids significantly increased about 5.90-14.24% with the increase of volume concentrations compared to water and while the values of the friction factor decreased with the increase in volume flow rate and volume concentration by using nanofluid instead of water. A fuzzy logic expert system model has developed for the prediction of heat transfer coefficient and friction factor. Verification of the developed fuzzy logic model was carried out through various numerical error criteria. For all parameters, the relative error of predicted values are found to be less than and/or slightly above the acceptable limit (5%). The goodnesses of fit of the prediction values from the fuzzy logic expert system model are found to be close to 1.0 as expected, and hence demonstrated the good performance of the developed system. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI 10.1016/j.compfluid.2014.05.007
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10
2014 Khairul MA, Alim MA, Mahbubul IM, Saidur R, Hepbasli A, Hossain A, 'Heat transfer performance and exergy analyses of a corrugated plate heat exchanger using metal oxide nanofluids', International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 50 8-14 (2014)

Heat exchangers have been widely used for efficient heat transfer from one medium to another. Nanofluids are potential coolants, which can afford excellent thermal performance in ... [more]

Heat exchangers have been widely used for efficient heat transfer from one medium to another. Nanofluids are potential coolants, which can afford excellent thermal performance in heat exchangers. This study examined the effects of water and CuO/water nanofluids (as coolants) on heat transfer coefficient, heat transfer rate, frictional loss, pressure drop, pumping power and exergy destruction in the corrugated plate heat exchanger. The heat transfer coefficient of CuO/water nanofluids increased about 18.50 to 27.20%with the enhancement of nanoparticles volume concentration from 0.50 to 1.50% compared to water. Moreover, improvement in heat transfer rate was observed for nanofluids. On the other hand, exergy loss was reduced by 24% employing nanofluids as a heat transfermediumwith comparing to conventional fluid. Besides, 34% higher exergetic heat transfer effectiveness was found for 1.5 vol.% of nanoparticles. It has a small penalty in the pumping power. Hence, the plate heat exchanger performance can be improved by adapting the working fluid with CuO/water nanofluids. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI 10.1016/j.icheatmasstransfer.2013.11.006
Citations Scopus - 39Web of Science - 39
2014 Khairul MA, Saidur R, Hossain A, Alim MA, Mahbubul IM, 'Heat transfer performance of different nanofluids flows in a helically coiled heat exchanger', Advanced Materials Research, 832 160-165 (2014)

Helically coiled heat exchangers are globally used in various industrial applications for their high heat transfer performance and compact size. Nanofluids can provide excellent t... [more]

Helically coiled heat exchangers are globally used in various industrial applications for their high heat transfer performance and compact size. Nanofluids can provide excellent thermal performance of this type of heat exchangers. In the present study, the effect of different nanofluids on the heat transfer performance in a helically coiled heat exchanger is examined. Four different types of nanofluids CuO/water, Al2O3/water, SiO2/water, and ZnO/water with volume fractions 1 vol.% to 4 vol.% was used throughout this analysis and volume flow rate was remained constant at 3 LPM. Results show that the heat transfer coefficient is high for higher particle volume concentration of CuO/water, Al2O3/water and ZnO/water nanofluids, while the values of the friction factor and pressure drop significantly increase with the increase of nanoparticle volume concentration. On the contrary, low heat transfer coefficient was found in higher concentration of SiO2/water nanofluids. The highest enhancement of heat transfer coefficient and lowest friction factor occurred for CuO/water nanofluids among the four nanofluids. However, highest friction factor and lowest heat transfer coefficient were found for SiO2/water nanofluids. The results reveal that, CuO/water nanofluids indicate significant heat transfer performance for helically coiled heat exchanger systems though this nanofluids exhibits higher pressure drop. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.832.160
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
2014 Alim MA, Saidur R, Khairul MA, Rahim NA, Abdin Z, 'Performance analysis of a solar collector using nanofluids', Advanced Materials Research, 832 107-112 (2014)

The efficiency of energy and exergy is generally used as the most important parameter in order to introduce and compare the thermal systems of flat plate solar collectors. The fir... [more]

The efficiency of energy and exergy is generally used as the most important parameter in order to introduce and compare the thermal systems of flat plate solar collectors. The first law of thermodynamics is not solely capable of demonstrating quantitative and qualitative performance of such systems, so the second law is required to illustrate the performances. In this paper, an analysis was done for heat transfer performance and exergy efficiency of flat plate solar collectors using four types of nanofluids, e.g. ZnO/water, CeO2/water, NiO and CoO/water. These nanofluids were used with different nanoparticle volume fractions in the range of 1% to 4%. Besides this, the present work also focuses on the performance of solar collector with different volume flow rates. Investigation consequences are also compared with the presently available literature for conventional solar collectors. The highest heat transfer performance and exergy efficiency were obtained for CeO2/water nanofluid among all nanofluids. NiO/water and CoO/water nanofluids represent almost same performance but higher than water. The results reveal that, CeO2/water nanofluid indicates maximum heat transfer with maximum exergy. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.832.107
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 1
2013 Khairul MA, Saidur R, Rahman MM, Alim MA, Hossain A, Abdin Z, 'Heat transfer and thermodynamic analyses of a helically coiled heat exchanger using different types of nanofluids', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 67 398-403 (2013)

Heat exchangers are widely used for efficient heat transfer from one medium to another. Nanofluids are potential coolants, which can provide excellent thermal performance in heat ... [more]

Heat exchangers are widely used for efficient heat transfer from one medium to another. Nanofluids are potential coolants, which can provide excellent thermal performance in heat exchangers. This paper presents the thermodynamic second law analysis of a helical coil heat exchanger using three different types of nanofluids (e.g. CuO/water, Al2O3/water and ZnO/water). Heat transfer coefficient and entropy generation rate of helical coil heat exchanger were analytically investigated considering the nanofluid volume fractions and volume flow rates in the range of 1-4% and 3-6 L/min, respectively. During the analyses, the entropy generation rate was expressed in terms of four parameters: particle volume concentration, heat exchanger duty parameter, coil to tube diameter ratio and Dean number. Amongst the three nanofluids, CuO/water nanofluid, the heat transfer enhancement and reduction of entropy generation rate were obtained about 7.14% and 6.14% respectively. Furthermore, heat transfer coefficient was improved with the increasing of nanoparticles volume concentration and volume flow rate, while entropy generation rate went down. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2013.08.030
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 29
2013 Alim MA, Abdin Z, Saidur R, Hepbasli A, Khairul MA, Rahim NA, 'Analyses of entropy generation and pressure drop for a conventional flat plate solar collector using different types of metal oxide nanofluids', Energy and Buildings, 66 289-296 (2013)

This paper theoretically analyzes entropy generation, heat transfer enhancement capabilities and pressure drop of an absorbing medium with suspended nanoparticles (Al2O3, CuO, SiO... [more]

This paper theoretically analyzes entropy generation, heat transfer enhancement capabilities and pressure drop of an absorbing medium with suspended nanoparticles (Al2O3, CuO, SiO2, TiO2dispersed in water) inside a flat plate solar collector. Steady, laminar axial flow of a nanofluid is considered. These nanofluids considered have different nanoparticles volume fractions and volume flow rates in the range of 1-4% and 1-4 L/min, respectively. Based on the analytical results, the CuO nanofluid could reduce the entropy generation by 4.34% and enhance the heat transfer coefficient by 22.15% theoretically compared to water as an absorbing fluid. It also has a small penalty in the pumping power by 1.58%. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/j.enbuild.2013.07.027
Citations Scopus - 60Web of Science - 52
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $44,460

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20183 grants / $44,460

To Validate the applicable waste heat recovery methods for reduction of energy in dishwashers$20,755

Funding body: Norris Industries Pty Ltd

Funding body Norris Industries Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Doctor Jafar Zanganeh, Doctor Ahmad Seyfaee, Doctor Mohammad Alam, Mr Yusuf Badat
Scheme Innovation Connections Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1800926
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

To Validate the applicable waste heat recovery methods for reduction of energy in dishwashers$20,755

Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Funding body Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Project Team Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Doctor Jafar Zanganeh, Doctor Ahmad Seyfaee, Doctor Mohammad Alam, Mr Yusuf Badat
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1801027
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

Physical separation of Rare Earth Element (REE) from coal and coal by-products $2,950

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Funding body Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
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Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Dr Mohammad Alam

Position

Research Associate
PRC for Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Chemical Engineering

Contact Details

Email mohammad.alam@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4033 9343

Office

Room G10
Building NIER C Block
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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