Adeel Arshad was the Doctoral Researcher at the Fluids & Thermal Engineering (FLUTE) Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham. His PhD degree was in Mechanical Engineering specialization in Thermal-Fluids and Advanced Materials. He was working on the development and characterization of composite phase change materials (CPCMs) using various mono and hybrid metallic-oxide and carbon-based nanomaterials. The PhD dissertation focused on synthetic chemistry skills to synthesis the novel CPCMs and to investigate the effect of different metallic-oxide and carbon-based nanomaterials. To this end, I independently designed and synthesized novel, conformationally restrained, nanocomposite, and shape–stabilized CPCMs with different nanomaterials and investigated the chemical, physical, thermal properties, heat transfer, and phase-transition phenomenon during melting/cooling processes. The detailed experimentation was conducted to explore the physical, chemical, and thermal properties using different characterization techniques such as Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM) and Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX), Fourier-transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), and Thermal Conductivity Analyzer (TCA). In addition, the melting/cooling phenomenon and heat transfer performance were studied using Infrared Thermography (IRT) tests. These novel CPCMs were then employed in the micro pin-fins and copper-oxide coated metal-foam mini heat sinks for passive thermal management of microelectronics. In addition to the experimental study, the CFD simulations were conducted to analyze the melting phenomenon and heat transfer analysis of nanocomposite and metal-foam CPCMs embedded heat sink with different variations of nanoparticles and metal foams. I independently problem-solved by using experimental techniques and computational models to develop an efficient and novel thermal management technology for low power density electronic devices.
During his PhD research, he was able to publish 12 peer-reviewed journal and 06 conference publications with the total Impact Factor (IF) of IF=69.212. In addition, was awarded the Travel Grant by the ITherm committee in 2020. He widely served as a reviewer in several international journals by Elsevier, Willey, Springer, ASME, IEEE, and MDPI publishers and received the outstanding reviewer certificate. Based on the research contributions, I was nominated in The Scopus Early Career Researcher UK Award 2020 by Elsevier, and he has been shortlisted in Top 2% Scientists around the World as per the list published by Stanford University USA on Oct 19th, 2021.