Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Hassan Ali is currently an Associate professor in the Mechanical engineering department at Khalifa University, UAE. He served as an Associate and Assistant professor at the University of Helwan, Egypt, as an Assistant Professor at Masdar Institute, UAE, and as a Senior Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Kentucky, USA.
During his academic career, Dr. Ali established comprehensive experimental and computational studies on Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons, Biofuels and Syngas combustion. He developed a robust database for the laminar burning characteristics including flame stability analysis of the mentioned fuels’ flames. This database is used for developing full and reduced reaction mechanisms for hydrogen, hydrocarbons, biofuels and syngas combustion and guided several research studies in understanding the burning rate as well as the stability conditions for these fuels under different preferential diffusion conditions. He also accomplished a comprehensive computation fluid dynamics (CFD) studies for industrial burners and furnaces design, Internal combustion engines performance, waste heat recovery from flue gases, and water desalination. These CFD models guided to improve, optimize, and recover waste energy in energy conversion devices. Dr. Ali established a computational research study on the renewability of the solar CSP/gas power hybrid plant by using biofuel gas turbines to replace the booster fire heaters to superheat the steam and also to replace the solar shade time fire heaters to produce electricity during the night time. Also, a feasibility study is accomplished to use thermal storage technology versus CSP/gas hybrid power. In aluminum and steel industries, he developed several designs for heat to power and heat to heat recovery systems to utilize the furnaces and smelter cells flue gas to produce electricity, desalinate water and preheat solid scrap within the industrial plant.
His achievements are very well cited and recognized in top journals in the field. He has served as the principal/co‐principal investigator of more than 20 projects; he is responsible for more than $5 million. In 2002, he has been selected among 13 leading scientists in the US by the DOE to improve the energy efficiency and develop an ingot-cracking index in the aluminum industry. Currently, he is a member of the Center for Membrane and Advanced Water Technology (CMAT) and the Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) Centers at Khalifa University. In addition, he is investigating the power modulation in the aluminum industry for the Integration of Renewable Energy in Key Industrial Sectors for UAE.