I am Reader in Thermal-Hydraulics at the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering of the University of Manchester, UK.
My background is Nuclear Engineering (BSc, MSc, PhD) and Mathematics (MSc), with specialty in nuclear thermal-hydraulics and computational fluid dynamics.
My research includes experiments, physical modelling and numerical simulations in thermo-fluids and fluid-structure interactions (flow boiling and multi-phase flow; thermal-hydraulics and corrosion; micro-fluidics; fluid systems transient analysis; flow induced vibration and flexible fluid-structure interaction), and is motivated by demanding cooling applications (nuclear fission reactors, microelectronics, high-energy particle detectors), flow control and small-scale energy harvesting.
After graduating, I worked as Senior Engineer/Scientist for the nuclear vendor Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh-PA, USA, on transient/safety analysis of water-cooled nuclear power plants and on design/testing of small-modular water-cooled nuclear reactor systems. I successively moved to the Laboratory of Heat and Mass Transfer at EPFL (The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland), where I worked as post-doctoral researcher on macro-micro-scale two-phase flow modelling for demanding cooling applications. I joined the University of Manchester in 2013.
I am Associate Editor of the Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (Proc. IMechE), and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nuclear Engineering.

Simone Mancin graduated with distinction in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Padova (2005) where he also gained the PhD on Industrial Engineering (Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer) (2009). He is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Management and Engineering of the University of Padova, where he teaches Applied Physics, Thermo-Fluid Dynamics, and Thermal Management of Electronic Devices. He is also Visiting Prof. at Brunel University London (UK) and Associate scientist at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (IT).

In 2015, he founded the Nano Heat Transfer lab (NHT-lab), which is mainly focused on experimental and numerical analyses on nano-PCMs and nano-dispersions, optimized LTES, single and two-phase heat transfer in micro and nano structures, thermal management of CERN experiments and ITER, AI and additive manufacturing applied to thermal problems. At NHT, he developed a novel coating technique for surface functionalization that can be used for, among those, anti-fouling, anti-icing, enhanced heat transfer, and for medical applications. Recently, at in collaboration with Purdue University, we are exploring the next generation of optimized heat sinks for electronics thermal management via immersion cooling.

He is author and co-author of more than 175 paper scientific papers published in several peer-review International Journals and in Proceeding of National and International congresses; he acts as reviewer of several scientific international journals. He is associate editor of HEDH, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science and Heat Transfer Research. He is also member of the Editorial board of International Journal of Thermofluids, and Heliyon.

Omar Matar, FREng, is a Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. His research interests include the use of multi-scale, physics-informed, data-driven methods for the solution of complex non-isothermal multiphase flows with phase change. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and the American Physical Society, and a RAEng/PETRONAS Research Chair in Multiphase Fluid Dynamics. He has co-authored over 300 refereed papers and given over 70 invited talks. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Mathematics, and has received >£50M in funding from Research Councils UK and industry.

Dr. Cem Sarica, F.H. “Mick” Merelli/Cimarex Energy Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Tulsa (TU), is currently serving as the director of three industry-supported consortia at the TU: Fluid Flow, Paraffin Deposition, and Horizontal Well Artificial Lift Projects. His research interests are production engineering, multiphase flow in pipes, flow assurance, and horizontal wells. He holds BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering from Istanbul Technical University and a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering from TU. He has previously served in various SPE Committees, and he is currently serving as a member of the SPE Production and Facilities Advisory Committee. He was a member of the SPE Journal Editorial Board between 1999 and 2007. He also served as Associate Editor of JERT of ASME between 1998 and 2003. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of British Hydrodynamics Research Group (BHRg) Multiphase Production Conferences. He served as the Technical Program Chair of BHRg 2008 and 2012 Conferences. He is the recipient of the 2010 SPE International Production and Operations Award. He is recognized as a Distinguished Member of SPE in 2012. Cem received SPE John Franklin Carll Award and SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Certificate in 2015.

Dr. Xin-Rong (Ron.) Zhang has been a professor at Peking University since January 2013. Dr. Zhang’s research interests focused on supercritical and near-critical flow dynamics and heat transfer. He has made significant contributions to the supercritical heat transfer area through numerous innovation, experimental methodology and technical inventions spanning from sub to super-critical fluids. Particularly, he proposed the concepts of low temperature solar (or waste heat) powered trans-critical power generation cycle and supercritical power. Through 20 years’ continuous efforts, his invention on the low and medium temperature trans- critical Power generation and CO2 vapor compression cycle have been translated into real applications. In 2014-2020, Dr. Zhang was selected as a most cited Chinese researcher by Elsevier. Now he is Chairman of Beijing Energy Society. He created five research institutes for recent years and was selected for Beijing Science Honor and also awarded the first prize for the excellent research by Beijing Institute of Energy. He published 2 monographs and more than 160 International Journal papers and was authorized more than 60 patents.


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