Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Hassan Ali
Dr. mohamed ibrahim hassan ali Associate Professor Theme lead in CMAT Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information
mohamed.ali@ku.ac.ae 0529192514


Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Hassan Ali is an associate professor in the Mechanical engineering department and the CMAT thermal desalination theme lead at Khalifa University, UAE. He served as an associate and assistant professor at the University of Helwan, Egypt, an assistant professor at Masdar Institute, UAE, and a senior research scientist and 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. This database is used for creating robust and reduced reaction mechanisms for hydrogen, hydrocarbons, biofuels, and syngas combustion and guided several research studies in understanding the burning rate and the stability conditions for these fuels under different preferential diffusion conditions. He also accomplished comprehensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies for industrial burners and furnaces design, Internal combustion engine performance, waste heat recovery from flue gases, and water desalination. These CFD models are 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 replace the solar shade time fire heaters to produce electricity during the nighttime. Also, a feasibility study is accomplished to use thermal storage technology versus CSP/gas hybrid power. In the aluminum and steel industries, he developed several designs for heat-to-power and heat-to-heat recovery systems to utilize the furnaces and smelter flue gas to produce electricity, desalinate water, and preheat solid scrap within the industrial plant, investigated the power modulation in the aluminum industry for the Integration of Renewable Energy in Key Industrial Sectors for UAE. 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 was selected among 13 leading scientists in the US by DOE to improve energy efficiency and develop an ingot-cracking index in the aluminum industry. During his teaching career, he taught several courses to graduate, undergraduate, and first-year students: Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion, Turbomachinery, Internal combustion engines, Energy resources&sustainability, Grand challenges, and Engineering computations using Matlab. He has more than 170 journal papers and peer-reviewed conference publications.

  • PhD. in Mechanical Power Engineering
  • MSc. in Mechanical Power Engineering
  • BSc. in Mechanical Power Engineering

  • Advanced Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer (MEEN 741 )
  • Advanced Heat Transfer (MEEN 613 )
  • Advanced Thermodynamics (MEEN 603 )
  • Applied Thermodynamics (MECH441)
  • Internal Combustion Engines (MEEN 446)
  • Introduction to Computing using Matlab (ENGR112)
  • Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (MEEN 395)
  • Sustainable Energy (MEEN 607 )

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Center for Membranes and Advanced Water Technology
  • Masdar Institute

Research Interests
  • Combustion Engines
  • Energy Resources and Energy System Efficiency
  • Heat Sinks and Heat Exchangers
  • Water Distillation Systems Performance
  • Waste Heat Recovery - Heat to Power - Power to gas
  • Scale Modeling
  • Air Conditioning - Refrigeration - District Cooling and VRF Chillers
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Research Projects

Heat Sinks testing apparatus - This apparatus is developed to test the Triply Periodic Meta Structure  TPMS heat sink cooling performance. TPMS is produced using 3-D printing technology.

Heat Sinks CFD models - Detailed flow and temperature characterization for heat transfer performance 

Internal Combustion Engine Simulation - This research focuses on the new engine design for bringing Hydrogen, syngas, and biogas fuels in HCCI engines. 

Hilton Combustion Units - This unit is used to combust different types of fuels, including Diesel and BioDiesel fuels to investigate the benefits of biofuels over conventional diesel fuels. Samples of soot formation are collected to study the flame soot characteristics of each fuel. 

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Kabbir Ali Postdoctor
Mohamed Zakaria Khatab PhD student
Muhammad Muhammad Shafi Reshaeel PhD Student
Heba Iyad Khafajah PhD Student
Hongtao Zhang PhD Student
Balsam Swaidan PhD Student
Rukayat Shola Bojesomo Bojesomo PhD Student
Omar Amjad Abdelqader MSc Student
Mohanad M. Ismail MSc. Student
Mhd Omar Haitham Modrek PhD Student
Khadije El Kadi PhD Student
Salha Yaser Saeed Omar Bahayan MSc. Student
Abdulla Khaled Ali Ahmed Basuwaid MSc. Student
Shaikha Bader Mohammad Hassan Abdulla MSc. Student