Kamal Bhujel | Physics and Astronomy | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Kamal Bhujel | Physics and Astronomy | Best Researcher Award

Mizoram University | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Kamal Bhujel's academic journey began in Darjeeling, India. He demonstrated academic excellence from a young age, achieving the third rank in his district during his secondary education at St. Alphonsus School. He continued his higher education at Vidyasagar Metropolitan College, Calcutta, earning a Bachelor of Science in PCM. His academic pursuits culminated in a Master of Science in Physics from Sunrise University, Rajasthan, and a Bachelor of Education from WBUTTPEA. Dr. Bhujel's commitment to education and learning is further evidenced by his completion of a PhD in Physics from Mizoram University, under the supervision of Prof. R. Thangavel, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of lead-free perovskite films for photovoltaic applications.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Bhujel's professional career spans several roles in education and research. He started as a part-time teacher at Ramakrishna Higher Secondary School in 2016 and later joined Don Bosco High School in Mirik. He has guided numerous M.Sc. and M.Tech/B.Tech students in their research projects and has been instrumental in preparing students for competitive examinations such as NEET and JEE. His expertise extends to Vedic mathematics and psychological counseling, addressing students' mental health. Dr. Bhujel is also active in promoting educational systems like the International Baccalaureate and Montessori education. He has organized numerous science outreach programs and educational workshops in Darjeeling and other parts of West Bengal.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Bhujel's research is primarily focused on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, nanorods, and quantum dots. His work on lead-free perovskite solar cells, both inorganic and organic, highlights his commitment to developing sustainable energy solutions. He has explored various materials for hole and electron transport, including NiO and TiO/ZnO with doping, and has been involved in fabricating thin-film solar cell devices. His research contributions are documented in several published papers, covering topics like the properties of spin-coated zinc oxide thin films and the role of NiO thin films in perovskite solar cells.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Bhujel has been recognized for his academic and research contributions throughout his career. He has presented papers at various national and international conferences, such as the Mizoram Science Congress and the International Conference on Material Science. His research has been published in reputable journals like Materials Today: Proceedings and Applied Physics A. Additionally, he has authored a book, "Prasfutit Aawazharu," a collection of contemporary Nepali poems.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Bhujel's influence extends beyond academia into community engagement and education. He has been a life member of the Indian Science Congress Association and actively participates in organizations such as the Gorkha Himalayan Science Society and the Breakthrough Science Society. His outreach efforts have included science programs in rural areas, enhancing scientific literacy and interest among young students.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Bhujel's legacy is marked by his dedication to advancing scientific knowledge and education. His future contributions are poised to impact the fields of nanomaterials and renewable energy significantly. As he continues to mentor students and engage in cutting-edge research, Dr. Bhujel's work will undoubtedly inspire future generations of scientists and educators. His ongoing projects and collaborations with institutions like IIT-Bombay and NEHU-Shillong promise to yield further advancements in material science and solar energy research.

 

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Cu-doped NiO thin film's structural, optical, and electrical properties and its negative absorption behaviour in the Infra-Red region. 2024

Effect of ZnO nanoparticles on the Judd–Ofelt and radiative parameters of Sm ions in sol–gel silica matrix 2024

 

Haoming Ma | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Haoming Ma | Energy | Best Researcher Award

University of Texas at Austin | United States

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Haoming Ma's academic journey began with a Bachelor's in Energy Engineering, complemented by minors in Environmental Engineering and Energy Business and Finance. He pursued his passion further, earning a Master's in Energy and Mineral Engineering, exploring the impacts of blackout cost recovery on stock behavior among electric utilities. His academic pursuits culminated in a Ph.D. in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, focusing on data-driven carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery models and their applications.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Ma's professional journey encompasses diverse roles, from a Sessional Instructor at the Schulich School of Engineering to a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Energy Emissions Modeling and Data Lab, University of Texas at Austin. He also served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary. His research interests span reservoir simulation, system-level modeling, machine learning applications, and life cycle assessment.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Ma's research integrates system modeling, data analytics, economic, and policy analysis to address economic and environmental challenges in energy systems and climate change mitigation. He has led and contributed to numerous research projects, focusing on CO2 capture, utilization, and sequestration, as well as unconventional resources recovery and hydrogen production and storage. His work provides a scientific foundation for technology and policy development towards environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Ma's contributions have been recognized through various awards, including the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship and the Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Graduate Excellence Award. He has also received accolades for his teaching excellence, including the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Ma's research publications, peer-reviewed articles, and conference proceedings demonstrate his significant impact on the field of energy and environmental engineering. His innovative approaches to techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment contribute to shaping sustainable energy solutions globally.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Ma's leadership roles, professional services, and academic mentoring reflect his commitment to advancing the field and nurturing the next generation of energy leaders. His ongoing research and collaborations aim to drive further innovations in energy technology and policy, leaving a lasting legacy in the pursuit of environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality.

Notable Publications

Technical analysis of a novel economically mixed CO2-Water enhanced geothermal system 2024

Comparative data-driven enhanced geothermal systems forecasting models: A case study of Qiabuqia field in China 2023

Thermo-economic optimization of an enhanced geothermal system (EGS) based on machine learning and differential evolution algorithms 2023

Numerical simulation of bitumen recovery via supercritical water injection with in-situ upgrading 2022 (12)

Optimized schemes of enhanced shale gas recovery by CO2-N2 mixtures associated with CO2 sequestration 2022 (21)

 

 

Vikash Saini | Energy | Editorial Board Member

Mr. Vikash Saini | Energy | Editorial Board Member

MNIT, Jaipur | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Vikash Saini, hailing from MNIT Jaipur, India, embarked on an academic journey marked by excellence. Graduating in Electrical Engineering and subsequently earning an M.Tech in Power Systems, he exhibited a keen interest in cutting-edge domains.

Professional Endeavors

Vikash's professional trajectory includes roles at esteemed institutions such as IIT Kanpur, Poornima College of Engineering, and significant contributions in seismic data processing at BP. He pursued a Ph.D. at MNIT Jaipur, showcasing a commitment to advancing knowledge.

Contributions and Research Focus

His expertise spans diverse areas like RE forecasting, energy storage, battery degradation models, local energy markets, and blockchain technology. Vikash has led projects focusing on smart distributive systems, EV charging infrastructure, and the impact of electric mobility.

Accolades and Recognition

Vikash's research has earned recognition with publications in renowned journals, including Elsevier. His work on short-term wind speed forecasting and optimal battery sizing demonstrates his innovative contributions to the field.

Impact and Influence

Vikash's influence extends to various domains, evident in his work on peer-to-peer energy trading, multi-agent systems, and cloud energy storage. His projects have addressed critical aspects like energy security, carbon footprint, and optimal power flow in distribution networks.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With a solid foundation in programming (C, Python) and tools like Matlab and GAMS, Vikash has positioned himself as a thought leader. His commitment to renewable energy, blockchain, and smart grids showcases a legacy focused on sustainability and technological innovation.

Notable Publications

Short term forecasting based on hourly wind speed data using deep learning algorithms 2020 (25)

Optimal energy management system for residential buildings considering the time of use price with swarm intelligence algorithms 2022 (26)

Cloud Energy Storage Systems for Consumers and Prosumers in Residential Microgrids 2020 (8)

Cloud Energy Storage Based Embedded Battery Technology Architecture for Residential Users Cost Minimization 2022 (14)

Learning Approach for Energy Consumption Forecasting in Residential Microgrid 2022 (6)

 

 

Mr. Mukesh Kumar | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Mr. Mukesh Kumar | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

IIT Ropar | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Mukesh Kumar embarked on his academic journey with a distinction in B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from MCE, Bihar, followed by an M.Tech. from IIT Ropar. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Ropar, his educational excellence reflects in consistently high percentages throughout his academic career.

Professional Endeavors

Kumar's professional career has been marked by significant roles at IIT Ropar. Starting as a Junior Research Fellow, he contributed to government projects focused on hydrogen storage and fuel cell systems. Progressing to a Senior Research Fellow, he spearheaded indigenous designs for hydrogen storage cylinders.

Contributions and Research Focus

His research revolves around the critical design aspects of failure-resistant high-pressure vessels for hydrogen storage. His involvement in developing compressed hydrogen-fuel cell integrated systems for light-duty vehicles showcases his dedication to practical applications in alternative energy.

Accolades and Recognition

Kumar's academic achievements are commendable, including multiple successes in GATE, BCECE, and GBTU exams. His work on hydrogen storage tanks earned him recognition and an award at the 11th Chandigarh Science Congress for his oral presentation.

Impact and Influence

His impact extends beyond academia. He served as a Teaching Assistant, sharing knowledge in various mechanical engineering disciplines. His hands-on experiences in laboratories, exposure to advanced material characterization techniques, and involvement in industry-academic collaborations have shaped his multidimensional expertise.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Kumar's legacy lies in his contributions to the development of hydrogen storage technologies and fuel cell systems, vital for sustainable energy solutions. His teaching roles and commitment to external expert sessions at educational institutions indicate a focus on knowledge dissemination and nurturing future talents. In the future, Kumar is poised to continue making strides in the field of alternative energy sources, specifically in hydrogen-based technologies. His blend of academic rigor, practical experience, and a commitment to innovation foretells a promising trajectory towards a sustainable future.

Notable Publications

Application of Filament Winding Technology in Composite Pressure Vessels and Challenges: A Review 2022 (76)

Finite Element Modeling of a Pressure Ulcers Preventive Bed for Neonates 2022 (1)

Design and Testing of Pressure Ulcers Preventive Bed for Neonates in Neonatal Intensive Care Units 2023

 

Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Esraa Elmarakby | Best Researcher Award - Award Winner 2023

Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science

Esraa Elmarakby, congratulations on receiving the prestigious Best Researcher Award! Your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to advancing the understanding of environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development are truly commendable. This recognition not only celebrates your remarkable achievements but also acknowledges the depth of your research contributions to shaping sustainable urban landscapes. Your relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovative approaches undoubtedly sets a benchmark for excellence in academia and inspires us all to reach greater heights in research and scholarly endeavors.

Esraa, your relentless pursuit of knowledge and groundbreaking research in exploring the intricate relationship between urban development and environmental sustainability is nothing short of exceptional. Your commitment to unraveling the complexities of Urban Heat Islands and non-exhaust emissions within Transit-Oriented Developments is not just commendable—it's pioneering. This award stands as a testament to your profound impact on academia and your invaluable contributions to the field. Your passion, diligence, and vision for a more sustainable future resonate deeply, and your achievements serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring researchers worldwide. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

Early Academic Pursuits

Esraa Elmarakby embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor's in Urban Planning and Design from Ain Shams University, Egypt. Her pursuit continued with a Master's degree focusing on the Urban Heat Island Phenomenon in Cairo's residential areas, emphasizing morphological impacts.

Professional Endeavors

She transitioned into the realm of remote sensing, acquiring a Diploma as a Certified Remote Sensing Specialist and delving into various certifications such as Remote Sensing Specialist, Professional, and Solution Developer.

Contributions and Research Focus

Esraa's research predominantly centers on the intersection of urban development and environmental sustainability. Her published works explore the impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Islands (UHI) and non-exhaust emissions (NEE) in transit-oriented developments, showcasing her expertise in climate change, spatial analysis, and environmental impact assessment.

Accolades and Recognition

Her achievements include winning the UOS Three-Minute Thesis competition and receiving an Associate Fellow designation from Advance Higher Education in the UK.

Notable Publication

Spatial Morphology and Urban Heat Island: Comparative Case Studies 

Workers’ Satisfaction vis-à-vis Environmental and Socio-Morphological Aspects for Sustainability and Decent Work  1 February 2022

Impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Island in Manchester's transit-oriented development 6 December 2023

Impact and Influence

Esraa's work as a Project Officer at the University of Salford's CRUISE Project demonstrates her commitment to managing research initiatives, while her roles as a lecturer, ambassador, and vice president of the UOS's CIB Student Chapter highlight her dedication to knowledge exchange, academic facilitation, and community engagement.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With a promising trajectory, Esraa aims to complete her Ph.D., focusing on advancing environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Her vision seems to be deeply rooted in merging research, practical application, and academic mentorship, poised to leave a lasting impact on the fields of urban planning and environmental sustainability.

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Jose Gracia | Chemistry | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Jose Gracia | Best Researcher Award - Award Winner 2023

Dr. Jose Gracia | Chemistry

Congratulations, Jose Gracia, on receiving the esteemed Best Researcher Award from Magnetocat University in Spain! This recognition is a testament to your unwavering dedication, tireless efforts, and undeniable passion for pushing the boundaries of knowledge in your field. Your commitment to excellence in research shines brilliantly, setting a remarkable standard for aspiring scholars and professionals alike. Your groundbreaking contributions have not only elevated your own academic journey but have also left an indelible mark on the academic community.

Your innovative approach and relentless pursuit of scientific excellence are truly commendable. Your ability to delve deep into complex research challenges and emerge with insightful solutions is awe-inspiring. This award is a well-deserved acknowledgment of your brilliance, creativity, and the transformative impact your work has had on advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Your passion for discovery serves as an inspiration to all, reminding us of the incredible possibilities that await through dedicated pursuit of intellectual curiosity. Congratulations once again on this remarkable achievement—it's a testament to your exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to shaping the future of research.

Early Academic Pursuits

Jose Gracia's academic journey reflects a dedicated pursuit of knowledge and expertise in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Starting with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Zaragoza in 1997 and progressing through master's and doctoral studies, his early academic foundation formed the basis for his future contributions.

Professional Endeavors

Gracia's career spans various roles across esteemed institutions and companies globally, showcasing his versatility and expertise in catalysis, electrochemistry, and chemical engineering. Notable positions include managing director at Magnetocat SL and R&D consultant director at Alantum Europe GmbH.

Contributions and Research Focus

Gracia's extensive research and publications significantly impacted the fields of water electrolysis, electrocatalysis, and heterogeneous catalysis. His work on spin-dependent interactions, oxygen electrochemistry, and electron transfer reactions has been widely cited and recognized, establishing him as a leading figure in these domains.

Accolades and Recognition

His contributions have garnered substantial recognition, evident from numerous awards, including the Marie Curie Fellowship and ERC Advanced Grant, acknowledging his groundbreaking research in strongly correlated electrodes and related fields.

Impact and Influence

Gracia's influence extends beyond his research through participation in European-funded projects, collaborations with industry leaders like Philips Lighting and Sasol Limited, and his involvement in developing innovative technologies such as membrane-based water electrolysis for hydrogen production.

Legacy and Future Contributions

His legacy lies in his extensive body of research, patents, and academic collaborations. Gracia's ongoing pursuit of excellence, seen in his ERC grant application focused on strongly correlated electrodes, indicates a commitment to shaping the future of catalysis and electrochemistry.

Military Service and Language Skills

Beyond academia, Gracia's experience as a Junior Officer during his military service and his multilingual abilities—fluent in Spanish and English with a basic understanding of Italian and beginner-level German—add depth to his diverse skill set.

Gracia's career trajectory illustrates a remarkable dedication to advancing catalysis and electrochemistry, leaving a lasting impact on the scientific community through his innovative research, leadership, and commitment to excellence.

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1 “Catalysis Meets Spintronics; Spin Potentials Associated with Open-Shell Orbital
Configurations Enhance the Activity of Pt3Co Nanostructures for Oxygen Reduction

2 “Spin pinning effect to reconstructed oxyhydroxide layer on ferromagnetic oxides for
enhanced water oxidation” T. Wu; J. Gracia, et al. Nat. Commun. 12, 3634 (2021).

3 “Reconstruction of Thiospinel to Active Sites and Spin Channels for Water Oxidation.”

4  “Review on Magnetism in Catalysis: From Theory to PEMFC Applications of 3d Metal Pt-Based
Alloys” Biz, C., Gracia, J., Fianchini, M. (2022). International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23, (23),
14768. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms232314768.