Professor Gohari Darabkhani has over 18 years of industrial and academic work experiences in the fields of clean energy systems, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), combined heat and power (CHP) systems, gas turbine power cycles and oil & gas engineering. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Combustion and Energy Conversion Systems) from The University of Manchester in 2010. His research work was directly related to problems currently faced by the energy and automotive industries, where elevated pressures and variable fuel and air flow rates lead to combustion instabilities and enhanced pollutant formation. After a short postdoctoral position at the University of Manchester on sensing in sooting flames using THz time-domain spectroscopy and tomography, in 2010, Hamidreza joined Cranfield University as a Research Fellow and then promoted to an Academic Fellow in energy processes. During 6 years of work at Cranfield University, in addition to teaching and supervision responsibilities, he managed to actively contribute in proposal writing, technical management and delivery of over £2m research council and industrially funded projects on clean energy and CCS technologies. The funded projects that he worked on at Cranfield University includes: OxyCAP UK: Oxyfuel Combustion - academic Programme for the UK (2010-2014); Gas Future Advanced Capture Technologies in the gas turbine power systems- Gas-FACT project (2013-2016); Advance Oxy-turbine Power Cycles - AOPC project (2014-2015); UKERC, UK energy futures: mapping uncertainties and risks (2010-2014); and Turbo Bio Boiler - TBB Low Carbon KEEP project (2014-2015) that he was a Principal Investigator (PI) of the project that was funded by ERDF&EEDA and a company. Hamidreza has a very strong track record of design, test and modelling of the low carbon combustion systems including, gaseous high pressure burners (up to 20 bar), Oxyfuel combustion systems (100kW), Oxy-CFBC systems (200kW), Gas-fired systems with membrane capture (100 kW), Micro combustors Micro-CHP and Micro Turbine Generators (up to 50 kWe).
In August 2016, Hamidreza joined Staffordshire University as a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering then promoted to an Associate Professor of Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems after a successful application to the Staffordshire University Professorial Call in 2017. He has managed to build a consortium to secure £1.3m of the Innovate UK research funding in collaboration with industry (Bladon MT) and an academic partner (Cranfield University) for development of a Micro Turbine Renewable Energy Combustor (MiTREC). In this project, Staffordshire University is working with Bladon Jets Ltd and Cranfield University to develop a 12kWe renewable biogas fuelled Micro Turbine Generator (MTG) for the first time in the energy market. From August 2018, Hamidreza has been promoted to a Professor of Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems. Professor Gohari Darabkhani is currently the MSc scheme award leader in the all Engineering courses at Staffordshire University and the module leader for the Low-carbon and Renewable Energy Systems for Smart Cities. This module is part of a distance learning dual Masters programme titled "Sustainable Smart Cities" between the University of Alabama in the US and Staffordshire University in the UK. Professor Gohari has a strong track record of student’s supervision both in UG and PG levels. Professor Gohari research has received several awards and recognitions. Recently an MSc project that he has supervised, won the Engineering Excellence Award 2017 from the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) as a project helped in the removal of black powder impurities from natural gas transmission pipeline with the Ghana Gas Company Ltd. The prestigious award was presented to my student (Mr Frank Kowfie Pinto) on 24/02/2018 by the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) for working and contributing towards innovative and relevant in Ghana Gas Projects. From Professor Gohari's research so far over 50 journal papers, chapter books, online reports and conference papers have been published.
Professor Gohari Darabkhani has managed to establish a strong academic and industrial network of experts that helps him in developing research proposals and applying for both research council and industrial projects funding. He is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a professional member and a committee team leader in the European Turbine Network (ETN) and an academic member of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC). He is currently a reviewer for the following major energy Journals: Energy Conversion and Management, Hydrogen Energy, Cleaner Productions, Combustion Science and Technology, Energy & Fuel, Modern Applied Science and Energies.