HELLO,

 

I am currently a PhD student in the Engineering department (Division A: Energy, Fluids and Turbomachinery) of the University of Cambridge. I'm working under the supervision of Dr. Stuart Scott.

 

My research mainly focuses on chemical looping and its applications including carbon capture and storage and air separation. In addition, I have conducted research on pressure and temperature swing adsorption systems by modelling a packed bed reactor. 

 

Another research area that I have been exploring during my PhD is grid-scale electricity storage systems. Initially, I started looking into compressed air energy storage and pumped thermal energy storage systems.  I am currently trying to develop a grid-scale electricity storage system using chemical looping. 

In addition to the mentioned research topics, I have continued working on concentrated solar power technology, in particular design and modelling of heliostat field collectors. This is one of the topics that I was researching prior to my PhD. Beside concentrated solar power technology I am interested in continuing  research on different power generation cycles, cooling and refrigeration cycles, Photovoltaic and Photovoltaic thermal collectors, thermal energy storage, and desalination systems.

Research Interest:

Energy

Renewable Energy

Concentrated Solar Power

Carbon Capture and Storage

Photovoltaic(/thermal)

Power Generation Cycles

Refrigeration and Cooling Cycles

Thermal Energy Storage

Chemical Looping

Electricity storage

 

Cell:

+971 501745231

 

Email: 

msaghafifar@alumni.aus.edu

ms2474@cam.ac.uk

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I have received my bachelor’s degree from American University of Sharjah (AUS) in July 2012 and my master’s from American University of Sharjah (AUS) in January 2016. I am currently a PhD student and planning to finish my PhD by December 2020.

I have mainly done research on different aspects of thermodynamics. This includes different power conversion, refrigeration, and cooling cycles. These cycles were studied using first and second law analysis as well as economic analysis. If needed I have also used different optimization techniques to optimize their performance.

I started my research by working on concentrated solar power (CSP) technology when I was a student in the UAE given its relevance to that specific region. Amongst the CSP technologies, I have extensive experience with heliostat field collector but also worked with parabolic trough collector.  In addition to CSP, I have done some research on photovoltaic and photovoltaic/thermal collectors for cases where low grade heat was needed such as solar air conditioning and solar water desalination.

When I moved to the UK to start my PhD, I began working on carbon capture and storage (CCS). Initially, I looked into possible ways of integrating solar energy with CCS but then began to work on developing a 1-D  numerical model of a packed bed reactor (isothermal at first but then updated to a non-isothermal model) for pressure and temperature swing adsorption systems.  Next, I studied chemical looping processes using the same packed bed model for chemical looping combustion and chemical looping air separation. In parallel, I started to carry out research on grid-scale electricity storage system including compressed air and pumped thermal electricity storage systems. Combination of these two fields led to my main PhD research topic which is to develop a grid-scale electricity storage using chemical looping. To do so, the numerical model of a packed bed reactor is used to come up with a simplified model of the packed bed reactor. This simplified model enabled me to evaluate and optimize these storage systems using exergy analysis. 

Education

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

UPDATES

Paper is accepted

July 17, 2020

The manuscript entitled " Chemical looping electricity storage" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Energy.

New paper is accepted

March 25, 2020

The manuscript entitled "Design and analysis of a dual-receiver direct steam generator solar power tower plant with a flexible heliostat field" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments

A new accepted paper

January 6, 2020

The manuscript entitled "Hybrid systems based on gas turbine combined cycle for trigeneration of power, cooling, and freshwater: A comparative techno-economic assessment" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments

Another accepted paper

September 27, 2019

The manuscript entitled " A critical overview of solar assisted carbon capture systems: Is solar always the solution?" has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Controll.

Paper is accepted

August 2, 2019

The manuscript entitled Thermo-economic analysis of a novel hybrid multigeneration system based on an integrated triple effect refrigeration system for production of power and refrigeration" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

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