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Research interests

Dr Agrawal's research expertise is in discrete and transient multiphase fluid dynamics which includes micro/nano particle manipulation, flow in porous media, liquid vibrations, heat transfer and phase change dynamics. The key themes of his research are:

  1. Particle manipulation: Low frequency vibrations (under 100 Hz) are employed to collect and sort micro/nano particles to develop affordable devices for healthcare diagnostics and water purification.
  2. Flow in porous media: Understanding flow of complex liquids in porous structures (paper, fibrous matrix, fabric) to develop devices for healthcare diagnostics and forensic crime scene reconstruction.
  3. Energy harvesting: Levitation via the Leidenfrost effect is used to develop virtually frictionless micro and meso-scale engines for thermal energy harvesting.

Applications of his research include energy harvesting (Applied Energy 2019), forensics (Forensic Science International 2016, 2017) and the development of healthcare and diagnostic devices (Physical Review Applied 2018, 2019).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, Microparticle manipulation using low frequency capillary waves

15 Jul 201131 Jul 2016

Award Date: 30 Jul 2016

Mechanical Engineering, BEng (Hons)

Award Date: 10 Aug 2010

External positions

Iowa State University

26 Dec 201531 Dec 2016

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