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Dr Prashant Agrawal

Assistant Professor

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Campus Address

E-block, Ellison Building



Dr Agrawal's research expertise is in discrete and transient multiphase fluid dynamics which includes micro/nano particle manipulation, flow in porous media, liquid vibrations, heat transfer and phase change dynamics. The key themes of his research are:

  1. Particle manipulation: Low frequency vibrations (under 100 Hz) are employed to collect and sort micro/nano particles to develop affordable devices for healthcare diagnostics and water purification.
  2. Flow in porous media: Understanding flow of complex liquids in porous structures (paper, fibrous matrix, fabric) to develop devices for healthcare diagnostics and forensic crime scene reconstruction.
  3. Energy harvesting: Levitation via the Leidenfrost effect is used to develop virtually frictionless micro and meso-scale engines for thermal energy harvesting.

Applications of his research include energy harvesting (Applied Energy 2019), forensics (Forensic Science International 2016, 2017) and the development of healthcare and diagnostic devices (Physical Review Applied 2018, 2019).

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Engineering Approaches for Cellular Therapeutics and Diagnostics, Torun, H., Agrawal, P., Markwell, C., Fu, Y., Todryk, S., Moschos, S. 6 Apr 2023, Emerging Drug Delivery and Biomedical Engineering Technologies , Boca Raton, US, Taylor & Francis
  • Impact Dynamics of Non-Newtonian Droplets on Superhydrophobic Surfaces, Biroun, M., Haworth, L., Abdolnezhad, H., Khosravi, A., Agrawal, P., McHale, G., Torun, H., Semprebon, C., Jabbari, M., Fu, Y. 25 Apr 2023, In: Langmuir
  • Integrated transparent surface acoustic wave technology for active de-fogging and icing protection on glass, Ong, H., Yang, D., Chen, H., Zhou, J., Haworth, L., Zhang, J., Gibson, D., Agrawal, P., Torun, H., Wu, Q., Hou, X., Fu, Y. 1 Aug 2023, In: Materials Chemistry and Physics
  • Reduction of Ice Adhesion on Nanostructured and Nanoscale Slippery Surfaces, Haworth, L., Yang, D., Agrawal, P., Torun, H., Hou, X., McHale, G., Fu, Y. 1 Mar 2023, In: Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering
  • Transition boiling bubble powered micro-engine using a Leidenfrost bearing, Agrawal, P., Buchoux, A., Wells, G., Ledesma-Aguilar, R., Walton, A., Terry, J., McHale, G., Sefiane, K., Stokes, A. 5 Jul 2023, In: Applied Thermal Engineering
  • Capillary wave sieve: Continuous particle separation using millimeter-scale capillary waves, Agrawal, P., Bhanushali, S., Gandhi, P., Neild, A. 22 Nov 2022, In: Physical Review Applied
  • Dynamic mitigation mechanisms of rime icing with propagating surface acoustic waves, Yang, D., Haworth, L., Agrawal, P., Tao, R., McHale, G., Torun, H., Martin, J., Luo, J., Hou, X., Fu, Y. 20 Sep 2022, In: Langmuir
  • ZnO/glass thin film surface acoustic waves for efficient digital acoustofluidics and active surface cleaning, Ong, H., Pang, H., Zhou, J., Tao, R., Agrawal, P., Torun, H., Thummavichai, K., Luo, J., Tao, K., Wu, Q., Chang, H., Fu, Y. 1 Aug 2022, In: Materials Chemistry and Physics
  • Beyond Leidenfrost levitation: a thin-film boiling engine for controlled power generation, Agrawal, P., Wells, G., Ledesma Aguilar, R., McHale, G., Sefiane, K. 1 May 2021, In: Applied Energy
  • Design and Numerical Implementation of V2X Control Architecture for Autonomous Driving Vehicles, Dhawankar, P., Agrawal, P., Abderezzak, B., Kaiwartya, O., Busawon, K., Raboacă, M. 19 Jul 2021, In: Mathematics

  • Matthew Parnell Controlling droplet propulsion and mobility using the Leidenfrost effect Start Date: 24/02/2023
  • David Roughton-Reay Bio-inspired electrodes for energy transport applications in renewable energy devices Start Date: 01/10/2022

  • Joseph Meredith Pulsatile flows for particle and cell collection and sorting Start Date: 08/01/2024
  • David Roughton-Reay Bio-inspired electrodes for energy transport applications in renewable energy devices Start Date: 01/10/2022

  • Philosophy PhD July 30 2016
  • Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) August 10 2010


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