Imperial College London

Asmaa Harraz

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Postgraduate



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B432ABCACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





I am a first-year doctoral student at Imperial College London, in the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory: My PhD studies are funded by the Newton-Mosharafa Program: My main PhD concern is the development of solar-driven diffusion absorption refrigeration technologies in terms of how different working fluids would affect the performance of such refrigeration cycles. It is more for thermodynamic modelling and analysis of the cycle. I am lucky be supervised by two supervisors affiliated to the Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE): I am supervised by Dr Christos Markides (Reader in Chemical Engineering and Head of CEP Lab.) and Dr Niall MacDowell (Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Environmental Policy).     

I have pretty good experience in chemical process analysis and design, thermodynamic cycles, and transport phenomena. I am also studying computer-aided molecular modelling (CAMD) and statistical thermodynamics. I can use Aspen HYSYS®, gPROMS® and MATLAB® from process modelling and simulation. I find much fun to learn on my own, and to transfer this knowledge. I am interested in pedagogy theories, particularly in Engineering. I am trying to take the advantage of being at Imperial College London, to learn more about education theories and best practices. I am getting prepared to be, one day, a good professor who would be able to inspire and motivate her students.

Before joining Imperial College London, I used to be an assisting faculty member for Alexandria University:, for six years. During my stay in Alexandria University, I had loads of experiences and I have enjoyed working with a large consortium of professors. I had the chance to take part within EU-funded project (TriNex):, where I got the opportunity to meet academic professionals from different European institutions. In addition, I participated in the steering of the (Role of Engineering Towards Better Environment (RETBE’14) conference:, where I had some hands-on about how to prepare and organize an international conference. I finish both my first degree (first class with honours) and MSC studies in Alexandria University.



Harraz AA, Freeman J, Wang K, et al., 2019, Diffusion-absorption refrigeration cycle simulations in gPROMS using SAFT-γ Mie, Energy Procedia, Vol:158, ISSN:1876-6102, Pages:2360-2365

Harraz AA, El Gheriany IA, Abdel-Aziz MH, et al., 2015, Liquid–solid mass transfer behaviour of a fixed bed airlift reactor, Biochemical Engineering Journal, Vol:103, ISSN:1369-703X, Pages:1-11


Najjaran Kheirabadi A, Harraz AA, Freeman J, et al., 2018, Numerical and experimental investigations of diffusion absorption refrigeration systems for use with low temperature heat sources, ECOS 2018 - 31st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, ECOS

van Kleef LMT, Oyewunmi OA, Harraz AA, et al., 2018, Case studies in computer-aided molecular design (CAMD) of low- and medium-grade waste-heat recovery ORC systems, ECOS 2018 - 31st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, ECOS

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