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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
  • 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
  • Droplet impact dynamics on hydrophobic and slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces controlled by propagating surface acoustic waves, Haworth, L., Hosseini Biroun, S., Agrawal, P., Torun, H., Orme, B., Rahmati, M., Fu, Y. 26 Aug 2021, Acoustofluidics 2021, San Diego, US, Ultrasonic Standing Wave Network
  • Surface Acoustic Waves to Control Droplet Impact onto Superhydrophobic and Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces, Hosseini Biroun, S., Haworth, L., Agrawal, P., Orme, B., McHale, G., Torun, H., Rahmati, M., Fu, Y. 29 Sep 2021, In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • Microheater isolation characterisation to aid the optimisation of a MEMS Leidenfrost engine, Buchoux, A., Agrawal, P., Wells, G., Ledesma-Aguilar, R., Walton, A., Terry, J., Mchale, G., Sefiane, K., Stokes, A. May 2020, 2020 IEEE 33rd International Conference on Microelectronic Test Structures, ICMTS 2020 - Proceedings, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • Planar Selective Leidenfrost Propulsion Without Physically Structured Substrates or Walls, Dodd, L., Agrawal, P., Geraldi, N., Xu, B., Wells, G., Martin, J., Newton, M., McHale, G., Wood, D. 24 Aug 2020, In: Applied Physics Letters
  • Rapid and even spreading of complex fluids over a large area in porous substrates, Agrawal, P., Kumar, H., Kumar, P. 17 Aug 2020, In: Applied Physics Letters

David Roughton-Reay Start Date: 01/10/2022

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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