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Dr Hoda Akbari

Research Fellow
Dept. of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering


Innovative Pathways to Thermal Energy Storage (INPATH-TES)

Keywords: Thermal energy storage; phase change material; joint PhD programme.

Thermal energy storage (TES) technology involves heating or cooling a storage medium so that the stored heat can be used at a later time for heating or cooling applications. TES is considered as a promising method to improve energy efficiency in both domestic and industrial applications. Thermal energy can be stored as sensible heat, latent heat and thermochemical energy storage.

The main objective of this project is to develop a joint PhD programme between universities and research centres, on the topic of Thermal Energy Storage (TES).The goal of INPATH-TES is to create a network of universities and research institutes to implement a joint PhD programme on TES technologies. The final result of such a network is to educate professionals on these technologies for the European research and industry institutions.


Hoda’s other research areas of interest is to use holographic diffractive optical elements (DOEs) recorded in photopolymer in order to effectively collect and concentrate solar radiation. Acrylamide based photopolymer have shown the potential for recording high diffraction efficiency DOEs with a large angular and wavelength range of operation. Focussing DOEs, both cylindrical and spherical with an off-axis focusing effect were investigated in order to demonstrate focusing elements with low spatial frequency, broad working range and minimal sensitivity to the polarization state of the source.


Project Mentor: Associate Prof. Sarah McCormack