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Dr Rasoul Nasiri
90 High Holborn Road
Kings Cross
United Kingdom
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Rasoul Nasiri is a Research Associate at UCL Mechanical Engineering working on a project entitled "UK Consortium On Mesoscale Engineering Sciences (UKCOMES) (grant EP/L00030X/1)" supported by UK's Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). Prior to joining UCL in 2016, he was EPSRC Research Fellow in Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories at the University of Brighton (UoB) (2012- 2015). Rasoul has worked at UoB on a project titled "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Complex Molecules using Quantum-Chemical Potentials: Application to Modeling Fuel Droplets (grant EP/J006793/1)”. He was also a consultant (Physical Chemist) in a project supported by INTERREG (Project E3C3, reference 4247) in UK (2012-2014), focused on modeling of heating and evaporation of biodiesel and Diesel fuel droplets.

Rasoul gained his PhD, MSc and honours BSc degrees all in (Physical) Chemistry and has worked or studied for over 22 years at different Universities in The Netherlands, France, Iran and UK. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group).

Research Summary

Rasoul's main research interest at UCL is development and application of next generation of Lattice Boltzmann methods for combustion modelling of real-fuels. The general research area is the use of theoretical and simulation techniques based on computational physical chemistry to study biological, chemical and physical processes at an atomic level. Rasoul's research interests involve multidisciplinary aspect in computational modeling field covering (bio) physical chemistry, computational chemistry and computational fluid dynamics. Below are three specific parts of this aspect;

- Interfacial phenomena during the phase transition process of complex molecules with:

Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations, reactive dynamic simulations (e.g., ReaxFF) [Theo. Chem. Account_2015], quantum statistical mechanics theory (e.g., multi-structural statistical thermodynamic; MS-T) [J. Chem. Phys_2015] and advanced quantum mechanics solvation models (e.g., SMD) [Fluid Phase Equilib_2013] and [ Fluid Phase Equilib_2014].

- Mesoscale modelling of “chemical reacting flows” (CRF) in multi-phasic with:

Atomistic computational fluid dynamics (ACFD) simulations based on novel hybrid algorithms “transition state theory” (TST) and “kinetic gas theory” (KGT) [Sci. Rep_2016] and [Sci. Rep_2017].

- Glycoscience in protein-cell surfaces (simulation protein-sugar interaction/reaction) with:

Docking, MD simulation techniques [J. Biomol. Struct. Dyn_2010] and quantum mechanics (QM) methods [J . Mol. Mod_2011], [J. Phy. Chem_2011] and [J. Phy. Chem_2012].

Teaching Summary

My background in physical chemistry along with my research and teaching experience in engineering (fluid dynamics and fuel combustion) help me to design and coordinate new teaching modules in multidisciplinary fields such "Interfacial Phenomena" and "Nano-Thermo-Fluid Engineering".

Below is a brief of what I have taught to BSc and MSc students at University of Brighton (UoB):
- September 2013 to September 2015: Teaching Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) module for Engineering Master Students at UoB.
- September 2013 to September 2015: In charge of CFD Laboratory at UoB for the Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering Master students at UoB
- September 2012 to March 2013: Teaching assistant in CFD module for Mechanical Engineering Master students and also in Advanced Fluid Dynamics (AFD) Module for Mechanical Engineering last year Bachelor students at UoB.

2017 EPSRC Research Associate UCL Mechanical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
2016 Visiting Scientist UCL Mechanical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
2012 – 2015 EPSRC Research Fellow Advance Engineering Centre University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2011 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Physical Chemistry Shahid Beheshti University
2001 MSc Master of Science – Physical Chemistry Shahid Beheshti University
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