Mohammed B. Effat, Ph.D.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Assiut University, Egypt. 

I earned my Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)-Hong Kong, in 2019, under the supervision of Prof. Francesco CIUCCI, and supported by the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) scholarship. During the Ph.D., I did experimental & theoretical research on high energy density lithium rechargeable batteries, with a focus on the development of less/non-flammable electrolytes as safer alternatives to the commercial ones. My experimental investigations included electrochemical & physical characterization of the developed electrolytes, fabrication of batteries, studying batteries' cycling performance, and extending batteries' cycle life. My theoretical investigations focused on studying & improving properties of solid-state electrolytes using atomistic simulations (Density Functional Theory & Ab initio Molecular Dynamics).

After the Ph.D., I worked for 1 year as a postdoctoral fellow in the same group, developing quasi solid-state LTO/NMC full batteries for Yinlong Energy Co., China, for Electric Vehicles. Before the Ph.D., I got my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Assiut University, in 2008 and 2014, respectively. During my M.Sc., I did theoretical research on CO2 conversion, where I studied the use of commercial solar greenhouses as a biological reactor for the utilization of CO2, through the photosynthesis performed by vegetation planted inside. The developed model is mechanistic, capable of handling different types of plant species, and can estimate several useful rates including the CO2 utilization rate and plant's water transpiration rate.

My research interests lie, majorly, in the areas of sustainable energy and  clean environment technologies. My research works involved thermal-fluids engineering, electrochemical engineering, material science, atomistic simulations, continuum modeling, and data analysis. More details about my research experience and interests are available in the Research and Publications pages.