Graduate students supervised


  • Yuvraj Singh Baath (Co-supervised with Prof. R. Gupta), U of A, Canada.

  • MSc thesis: Experimental and numerical verifications of new methods to predict intrinsic gasification kinetics of char from MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) components using TGA.09/2019-08/2021.
    Status: started 09/2019.


    • Yi Ran Lu, U of A, Canada.

    • PhD thesis: E2C using hybrid reforming of CH4 in a new fixed bed reactor.
      Status: started 09/2018.


      • Ivan Gornejo Garcia (Co-supervised with Prof. B. Hayes), U of A, Canada.

      • PhD thesis: Multiscale modeling of an automotive catalytic converter. 09/2016-02/2020.
        Status: completed.


        • Hongbo Shi, (Co-supervised with Prof. Q. Liu), U of A, Canada.

        • PhD thesis: Numerical modeling of caviation phenomena in multi-phase flows. 09/2017-04/2020.
          Status: completed.


          • Ileana Vega Mesquida (Co-supervised with Prof. B. Hayes), U of A, Canada.

          • MSc thesis: CFD-based modeling of gasoline-particulate-filters. 09/2017-04/2019.
            Status: completed.


            • Wendy Zhang (Co-supervised with Prof. A. Komrakova), U of A, Canada.

            • MSc thesis: Implementation and validation of TVD schemes for modeling of multiphase flows.2017-2019.
              Status: completed.


              • Xiaomeng Li, U of A, Canada.

              • MSc thesis: CFD-based microscale numerical studies of oil separation from sand particles. 2017-2019.
                Status: completed.


                • Hongbo Shi (Co-supervised with Prof. A. Komrakova), U of A, Canada.

                • MSc thesis: Numerical modeling of fluidized beds. 2016-2017.
                  Status: completed.


                • Yi Ran Lu, U of A, Canada.

                • MSc thesis: Modeling of energy and heat storage fixed-bed reactors using Discrete Element Method. 2016-2018.
                  Status: completed.


                • Asif Mammadov (Co-supervised with Prof. Z. Xu), U of A, Canada.

                • MSc thesis: Computational assessments on bubble dynamics applied to flotation cells. 2015-2016.
                  Status: completed.


                • Hamed Sepehr (Co-supervised with Prof. S. Sanders), U of A, Canada.

                • PhD thesis: Effects of turbulent flows on the coalescence of oil droplets in SAGD emulsions. 2015-2019.
                  Status: not yet completed.


                • Hemant Bansal, U of A, Canada.

                • MSc thesis: Numerical and semi-empirical modeling of particles undergoing phase change under the influence of convection. 2014-2016.
                  Status: completed.


                • Olawale Ajuwon (Co-supervised with Prof. R. Gupta), U of A, Canada.

                • MSc thesis: Experimental and numerical study of particles heating using DC discharge. 2013-2015.
                  Status: completed.


                • Md Omar Reza, U of A, Canada.

                • MSc thesis: CFD-based modeling of multiphase flows: from spouted beds to hydraulic fracturing. 2013-2015.
                  Status: completed.


                • Pankaj Kumar Sahu, U of A, Canada.

                • MSc thesis:Numerical modeling of chemically reacting carbon particles in dense particulate media. 2013-2015.
                  Status: completed.


                • Dip. Ing. Andre Bader (Co-supervised with Prof. B. Meyer), T U B A F, Germany.

                • PhD thesis: CFD-based modeling of a heavy oil gasifier, 2012-2014.
                  Status: completed (2018).


                • Dip. Ing. Thomas Foerster (Co-supervised with Prof. B. Meyer), T U B A F, Germany.

                • Three-dimensional numerical modeling of hybrid gasifiers of the 3rd generation, 2012-2013.


                • Dip. Ing. Sebastian Schulze (Co-supervised with Prof. B. Meyer), T U B A F, Germany.

                • PhD thesis: Numerical modeling of gas flows in chemically reacting fixed-bed systems, 2011-2016.
                  Status: completed (2018).


                • Dip. Math. Kay Wittig (Co-supervised with Prof. B. Meyer), T U B A F, Germany.

                • PhD thesis: Three-dimensional numerical modeling of heat and fluid flows through porous and past solid objects, 2010-2016.
                  Status: completed.


                • Dip. Ing. Matthias Kestel (Co-supervised with Prof. B. Meyer), T U B A F, Germany.

                • PhD thesis: Numerical modeling of moving carbonaceous particle conversion in hot environments, 2009-2016.
                  Status: completed.


                • Dip. Chem. Robin Schmidt (Co-supervised with Prof. B. Meyer) , T U B A F, Germany.

                • PhD thesis: Direct numerical simulations of heat and mass transfer in systems with moving particles, 2009-2013.
                  Status: completed.


                • Dip. Math. Frank Dierich (Co-supervised with Prof. B. Meyer), T U B A F, Germany.

                • PhD thesis: Numerical modeling of phase-change phenomena in chemically reacting particles, 2009-2015.
                  Status: not yet completed.


                • Sebastian Schulze, T U B A F, Germany.

                • Engineer Diploma thesis: Numerical and analytical study of coal particle behaviour in high-temperature CO2/H2O gases, 2011.
                  Status: completed.


                Undergraduate students supervised


              • Mr. Alex Hornig. U of A, CME 459. 2020.

              • Modeling of oil/water gravity driven separation.


              • Mr. Stanley Li. U of A, CME 459. 2020.

              • Energy storage using steam methane reforming.


              • Mr. Khalid Habaka. U of A, CME 459. 2018.

              • Numerical modeling of turbulent heat transfer in circular pipes.


              • Mr. Jerry Ng. U of A, CME 459. 2018.

              • Modeling natural convection in tailing ponds.


              • Ms. Rosanne Tam. U of A, 2016/2017.

                • CFD modeling of a phase change driven fouling in heat exchangers. CME 458, U of A, Fall 17.

                • Modeling of water freezing in pipelines. Dean Research Program, U of A, Fall 16.


            • Mr. Dilgam Israfilov. U of A, CME 458. 2016.

            • Phase-change phenomena in tailing ponds.


            • Ms. Wendy Zhang. U of A, May-August 2015. Co-supervised with Prof. H. Henein.

            • Microscale numerical modeling of droplet solidification.


              • Mr. Yi Ran Lu. U of A, CME 459/458. 2014/2015.

                • Computational modeling of mono and poly-disperse spherical particles packed in enclosures with different geometries.

                • Computational modeling of current and temperature distribution in an electrically heated fixed bed reactor consisting of spherical particles.


              Visiting Students


              • Philip Roessger, CIC Virtuhcon, Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany.

              • Numerical modeling of coal/biomass gasification using Euler-Euler-based model available in Ansys-Fluent 16.2. Development of an intrinsic-based model for particles and its implementation using UDF. 2016-2017


              • Sebastian Schulze, CIC Virtuhcon, Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany.

              • Development of numerical models for high-temperature conversion processes applied to dense particulate media (TGA, fixed beds), January-June 2015.


              • Andre Bader, (co-supervised with Prof. R. Gupta), Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany.

              • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)-based modeling of a heavy oil gasification, submodel development and validation. 3D simulations using Yade-DEM software, June-November 2014.


              Supervision of Postdoctoral researchers


              • Dr. Hongbo Shi, (co-supervised with Dr. H. Zeng) University of Alberta, Canada.

              • Numerical simulation of oil/water droplets dynamics in different shear flows, 2020.


                • Dr. Hassan Khodaie, University of Alberta, Canada.

                • Numerical simulation and experimental validation of a large scale industrial biochar plant, 2018.


                • Dr. Ing. Andreas Richter, CIC Virtuhcon, Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany.

                • Numerical modeling of drag forces and heat transfer coefficients for non-spherical particles, 2010-2013.


                • Dr. Ing. Dmitry Safronov, CIC Virtuhcon, Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany.

                • Development and validation of fixed-grid methods for tracking chemically reacting interfaces, 2009-2013.


                • Dip. Ing. Sergey Ananiev, Institute of Aerospace Engineering, Dresden University of Technology, Germany.

                • Numerical study of the influence of electric fields on the microstructure of solidified materials, 2007-2008.