Dr Muhammad Imran

Lecturer in Mechanical and Design Engineering

Phone number: +44 (0) 121 204 5062

Email: m.imran12@aston.ac.uk

Room number: MB154F


Dr Imran is established researcher in the area of thermal energy systems. His research activities aimed at developing innovative thermal energy systems and improving the energy performance of existing energy systems. He is working in the area of waste heat to power conversion technologies (organic Rankine cycle) since 2012. His work in the organic Rankine cycle technology can be categorized into design & optimization, working fluid selection, flow boiling and condensation of refrigerants, binary mixtures, volumetric expanders, system integration, and dynamic modelling and control. His research involve both the numerical modelling and experimental approach. He has the opportunity to conduct research in the above-mentioned research areas in the Asia and the Europe. He was part of the team at Korea Institute of Energy Research that successfully developed and commercialized 5kW, 30kW, and 100kW ORC system.

He is particularly interested in the waste and low temperature heat to power conversion technologies (ORC, sCO2), hybrid energy systems (geothermal, solar, wind, biomass), combined heat and power system, thermal energy management, district heating and cooling, heat pump, and thermal energy storage. He has successfully completed number of research projects in above mentioned research areas. His research work has been published in various internationally recognized ISI indexed journals and international peer reviewed conference proceedings. He is also serving as a reviewer for number of international journals in the field of thermal energy.

  • PhD in Energy System Engineering, University of Science & Technology, South Korea
  • MSc Thermal Power Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Pakistan

  • BSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Pakistan
  • 06/2019 - Present: Lecturer in Mechanical & Design Engineering, Aston University, UK
  • 05/2017 - 05/2019: Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, Technical University of Denmark
  • 03/2016 – 04/2017: Assistant Professor, University of Management & Technology Lahore, Pakistan

  • 09/2012 – 02/2016: Research Assistant, Korea Institute of Energy Research, South Korea

  • 07/2010 – 08/2012: Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Punjab, Pakistan

  • 10/2009 – 07/2010: Lab Engineer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Lahore, Pakistan

  • Energy Efficiency (ME3023)
  • Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC),
  • Supercritical CO2 cycle (sCO2)
  • District heating and cooling (DHC)
  • Heat Pump for DHC systems
  • Hybrid Renewable Energy
  • Two Phase heat transfer
  • Thermal Energy Storage Systems
  • Combined heat and power systems

I am open for joint funding/grant applications and bilateral funding application within my research area. Please feel free to contact if you want to collaborate within my research area.

  • Dynamic modelling and control of organic Rankine cycle for waste heat recovery from heavy-duty vehicles funded by European Union. Period: May 2017 – Jul 2019.

  • Evaluation of the prospects for waste heat recovery on liquefied natural gas-fuelled ships funded by Danish Maritime Fund. Apr 2017 – Aug 2019

  • Development of 100kWe ORC power generation system utilizing low temperature geothermal energy funded by Korea Institute of Energy Research; Period: Dec 2011 – Dec 2016

  • Field demonstration of heat loss reduction technology from the secondary district heat pipelines funded by Korea District Heating Company; Period: Mar 2011 – Mar 2014

  • Development of Control technology for orc power generation system utilizing low temperature waste heat funded by Korea Institute of Energy Research; Period: Jan 2013 – Jan 2016

  • Development of low temperature micro district heating network utilizing low temperature heat source Funded by Korea District Heating Company; Period: Jun 2014 –  Jun 2015

  • Marie Curie individual Fellowship 2017 (MSCA-ST-EF-2017) by European Commission
  • Innovation Award 2016 by South Asia Triple Helix Association (SATHA)
  • Research Excellence Award 2016 University of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Research Excellence Award 2015, Korea Institute of Energy Research, South Korea
  • Prospective PhD students interested to conduct PhD research in one of my core research area are advised to contact through email.
  • I am willing to host the exchange PhD students between 3-12 month. For further information, contact through email.
  • Few Postdoc positions are available, interested applicant should contact with their detailed CV.
  • The early career researchers with PhD degree who are interested in the prestigious fellowships (MSCA, Royal college of Engineering) are welcome to contact with the preliminary research theme. 
  1. Wronski, Jorrit, Muhammad Imran, Morten Juel Skovrup, and Fredrik Haglind. "Experimental and numerical analysis of a reciprocating piston expander with variable valve timing for small-scale organic Rankine cycle power systems." Applied Energy 247 (2019): 403-416.
  2. Imran, Muhammad, Fredrik Haglind, Vincent Lemort, and Andrea Meroni. "Optimization of organic Rankine cycle power systems for waste heat recovery on heavy-duty vehicles considering the performance, cost, mass and volume of the system." Energy (2019).
  3. Farooq, M., M. A. Saeed, M. Imran, G. M. Uddin, M. Asim, H. Bilal, M. R. Younas, and J. M. Andresen. "CO 2 capture through electro-conductive adsorbent using physical adsorption system for sustainable development." Environmental geochemistry and health (2019): 1-9.
  4. Almustapha, Muhammad N., Muhammad Farooq, Misbahu L. Mohammed, Muhammad Farhan, Muhammad Imran, and John M. Andresen. "Modification of acidic and textural properties of a sulphated zirconia catalyst for efficient conversion of high-density polyethylene into liquid fuel." Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2019): 1-11.
  5. Farooq, Muhammad, Muhammad Asim, Muhammad Imran, Shahid Imran, Jameel Ahmad, and Muhammad Rizwan Younis. "Mapping past, current and future energy research trend in Pakistan: a scientometric assessment." Scientometrics 117, no. 3 (2018): 1733-1753.
  6. Park, Byung-Sik, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Imran, and Apostolos Pesyridis. "Review of Organic Rankine Cycle experimental data trends." Energy conversion and management 173 (2018): 679-691.
  7. Ahmad, Jameel, Muhammad Imran, Abdullah Khalid, Waseem Iqbal, Syed Rehan Ashraf, Muhammad Adnan, Syed Farooq Ali, and Khawar Siddique Khokhar. "Techno economic analysis of a wind-photovoltaic-biomass hybrid renewable energy system for rural electrification: A case study of Kallar Kahar." Energy 148 (2018): 208-234.
  8. Farooq, Muhammad, Muhammad Nurudeen Almustapha, Muhammad Imran, M. A. Saeed, and John M. Andresen. "In-situ regeneration of activated carbon with electric potential swing desorption (EPSD) for the H2S removal from biogas." Bioresource technology 249 (2018): 125-131.
  9. Imran, Muhammad, Fredrik Haglind, Muhammad Asim, and Jahan Zeb Alvi. "Recent research trends in organic Rankine cycle technology: A bibliometric approach." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 81 (2018): 552-562.
  10. Park, Byung-Sik, Muhammad Imran, Im-Yong Hoon, and Muhammad Usman. "Thermo-economic optimization of secondary distribution network of low temperature district heating network under local conditions of South Korea." Applied Thermal Engineering 126 (2017): 117-133.
  11. Asim, Muhammad, Muhammad Imran, Michael KH Leung, NT Uday Kumar, Andrew R. Martin, and Faiza Kashif. "Experimental analysis of solar thermal integrated MD system for cogeneration of drinking water and hot water for single family villa in Dubai using flat plate and evacuated tube solar collectors." Desalination and Water Treatment 92 (2017): 46-59.
  12. Imran, Muhammad, Muhammad Usman, Youngmin Yang, and Byung-Sik Park. "Flow boiling of R245fa in the brazed plate heat exchanger: Thermal and hydraulic performance assessment." International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer110 (2017): 657-670.
  13. Imran, Muhammad, Muhammad Usman, Yong Hoon Im, and Byung Sik Park. "The feasibility analysis for the concept of low temperature district heating network with cascade utilization of heat between networks." Energy Procedia 116 (2017): 4-12.
  14. Usman, Muhammad, Muhammad Imran, Youngmin Yang, Dong Hyun Lee, and Byung-Sik Park. "Thermo-economic comparison of air-cooled and cooling tower based Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) with R245fa and R1233zde as candidate working fluids for different geographical climate conditions." Energy 123 (2017): 353-366.
  15. Usman, Muhammad, Muhammad Imran, Dong Hyun Lee, and Byung-Sik Park. "Experimental investigation of off-grid organic Rankine cycle control system adapting sliding pressure strategy under proportional integral with feed-forward and compensator." Applied Thermal Engineering 110 (2017): 1153-1163.
  16. Imran, Muhammad, Muhammad Usman, Byung-Sik Park, and Youngmin Yang. "Comparative assessment of Organic Rankine Cycle integration for low temperature geothermal heat source applications." Energy 102 (2016): 473-490.
  17. Imran, Muhammad, Muhammad Usman, Byung-Sik Park, and Dong-Hyun Lee. "Volumetric expanders for low grade heat and waste heat recovery applications." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 57 (2016): 1090-1109.
  18. Usman, Muhammad, Muhammad Imran, Youngmin Yang, and Byung-Sik Park. "Impact of organic Rankine cycle system installation on light duty vehicle considering both positive and negative aspects." Energy Conversion and Management 112 (2016): 382-394.
  19. Muhammad, Usman, Muhammad Imran, Dong Hyun Lee, and Byung Sik Park. "Design and experimental investigation of a 1 kW organic Rankine cycle system using R245fa as working fluid for low-grade waste heat recovery from steam." Energy Conversion and Management 103 (2015): 1089-1100.
  20. Imran, Muhammad, Muhammad Usman, Byung-Sik Park, Hyouck-Ju Kim, and Dong-Hyun Lee. "Multi-objective optimization of evaporator of organic Rankine cycle (ORC) for low temperature geothermal heat source." Applied Thermal Engineering 80 (2015): 1-9.
  21. Imran, Muhammad, Byung-Sik Park, Hyouck-Ju Kim, Dong-Hyun Lee, and Muhammad Usman. "Economic assessment of greenhouse gas reduction through low-grade waste heat recovery using organic Rankine cycle (ORC)." Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology 29, no. 2 (2015): 835-843.
  22. Imran, Muhammad, Byung Sik Park, Hyouck Ju Kim, Dong Hyun Lee, Muhammad Usman, and Manki Heo. "Thermo-economic optimization of Regenerative Organic Rankine Cycle for waste heat recovery applications." Energy Conversion and Management 87 (2014): 107-118.