Mohammed Farid - People - Chemical and Process Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Mohammed Farid

Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland

CAPE Prestige Seminar Series

Held on the 14th June 2012


"Energy Management with Phase Change Materials: From buildings to electronic devices"


Energy Storage is important not only for better utilization of renewable energy such as solar, wind and hydropower but also for efficient use of conventional sources of energy such as electricity. For example, electric power consumption undergoes significant variation and sometimes shows severe peak load at specific time of the day and hence requires some sort of storage so that power station can operate at average loads rather than peak loads.

Phase change materials (PCM) can be employed to improve the use of energy and conserve it in a number of applications. They can be used to increase the thermal mass of buildings by mixing them with the building materials such as gypsum or concrete. This will reduce variation in the indoor temperature of buildings by absorbing heat during daytime and releasing it at night. In summer, the use of PCMs will prevent overheating of the interior environment of domestic and commercial buildings. In mild climate countries such as New Zealand and most Mediterranean countries, the application of PCM in buildings could eliminate the need for air-conditioning in summer, saving significant amounts of electrical energy. In winter, PCM use allows capturing solar radiation during the day and release at night. Further, the increase in thermal mass of buildings due to the use of PCM will allow peak load shifting by storing the heat in winter or coolness in summer during the off peak load.

The use of PCM is not limited to buildings but can be used in many other applications. For example, it may be used in cold stores or refrigerated trucks to improve their performance and minimize harmful variation in the food temperature during storage and transport. Other applications include cooling of electronic devices.

This presentation will address all issues related to PCM manufacturing, encapsulation and applications based on our 30 years of work on this topic.


Professor Mohammed Farid obtained his PhD and MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Swansea, Wales and his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Baghdad. He was the founder of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Basrah in 1983. Since then, he worked as a full professor in the Jordan University of Science and Technology, the University of Science Malaysia and since 1997 in The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, London and an active member of a number of international societies. He has published more than 250 papers in international journals and refereed international conferences, 6 patents, 5 books and 10 chapters in books.

Farid has received a number of international awards and has been invited to a large number of international conferences as a keynote speaker. He is a member of the editorial board of three international journals and has been invited to join a number of scientific committees of international conferences. He is a world leader in energy storage with phase change and has provided significant contribution to the field worldwide. His research expertise covers many other important areas such as innovative food processing, biofuel and waste management.

New Zealand Patent No 562341 for “Pressure Assisted Thermal Sterilization or Pasteurization Methods and Apparatus.” was granted on 8 October, 2009.

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