PhD Candidate, Department of Mechatronic Systems
Supervisor: Dr. Majid Bahrami
Khorshid is a PhD Candidate in Mechatronics System Engineering under supervision of Dr. Majid Bahrami. Her research is on material development and characterization for adsorption cooling systems. Heat-driven adsorption cooling systems are an emerging green technology in which an environmentally friendly refrigerant, such as water, is adsorbed by a porous adsorbent material. Adsorption cooling systems can be designed to operate through utilization of waste heat generated by engines for automotive A/C purposes or solar thermal energy for residential A/C applications. The critical challenges in this field are developing new sorbent materials which can be regenerated in low temperature, have sufficient mass and thermal transport properties and high adsorption-desorption capacity and durability under operational cycle temperature and pressure conditions. This project focuses on the development and characterization of the composite adsorbent materials, including the testing of these materials in a lab-scale prototype adsorption cooling system.
To improve adsorption cooling system performance, porous material is mixed with hygroscopic salt while organic binder is used to coat adsorber bed. One of the major issues is heat transfer to the material which small portion of high thermal conductive additives is considered to be added to the mixture. Different material characterization are going to be studied for produced materials by means of thermogravimetric sorption analyzer, porosimeter and transient plane thermal conductivity test system.
Khorshid received her M.Eng in Chemical Engineering from a joint programme between Amir Kabir University of Technology and University of Birmingham in 2011, and M.Sc. in Advanced Chemical Engineering from University of Birmingham in 2012. She holds a fellowship from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.