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Dr. Evangelos Gkanas

Lecturer in Thermodynamics

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing 




I am a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) specialist with a strong track record in developing mathematical models and simulating heat management issues, mass transfer, thermodynamics and thermoelectric materials for renewable and sustainable energy purposes with a major focus on hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, fuel cells and CO2 permeation and purification technologies. I am also experienced in material synthesis via high-energy ball milling, induction melting, arc melting, sol-gel and characterization techniques such as XRD, SEM, AFM, DSC, and TGA. I received my PhD in the field of Mechanical Engineering in 2014 with dissertation title: ADVANCED MATERIALS AND PROCESSES FOR HYDROGEN STORAGE AND COMPRESSION SYSTEMS.

I also have research experience as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham for two years after joining the Hydrogen Research Group led by Professor David Grant and Professor Gavin Walker.

I have more than 14 peer reviewed journal publications and attendance at more than 10 International Conferences with plenty of oral and poster presentations. I have been involved in 6 major research projects funded by E.U and national organizations.

Currently I am a Lecturer at Coventry University and my main teaching duties are in the field of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics. 

  • Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, University of Manchester/University of Bolton, 2014.
  • M.Sc in Nanomechanics and Nanoscience, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 2010.
  • B.Sc (Hons) in Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 2008. 
Research interests

I have participated in six major research programs funded both by E.U and national organizations (such as EPSRC).

The Research Projects are listed as follows:

  • 2014-2015: Industrial Project with General Electric and the University of Nottingham.
  • 2014–2015: E.S.C.H.E.R (Engineering Safe and Efficient Hydride-Based Technologies),
  • 2013: EDEN Project (FP7-JTI)
  • 2012–2014: Greece-Romania bilateral Project (EU 1709)
  • 2012-2013: Industrial contract with CIDETE Ingenieros
  • 2011: Atlas-H2 European Project (FP7-PEOPLE)
Recent outputs and publications
  • Gkanas, E.I., and Makridis, S.S. (2016) ‘Effective thermal management of a cylindrical MgH2 tank including thermal coupling with an operating SOFC and the usage of extended surfaces during the dehydrogenation process’. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. [forthcoming]
  • Gkanas, E.I., Grant, D.M., Khzouz, M., Stuart, A.D., Manickam, K., and Walker, G.S. (2016) ‘Efficient hydrogen storage in up-scale metal hydride tanks as possible metal hydride compression agents equipped with Aluminium extended surfaces’. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. [forthcoming]
  • Gkanas, E.I., Grant, D.M., Stuart, A.D., Book, D., Nayebossadri, S., Pickering, L., and Walker, G.S. (2015) ‘Numerical Study on a Two-Stage Metal Hydride Hydrogen Compression System’. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 645 (S1), S18-S22.
  • Gkanas, E.I., Steriotis, T., Stubos, A.K., and Makridis, S.S. (2015) ‘A Complete Transport Validated Model on a Zeolite Membrane for Carbon Dioxide Permeance and Capture’. Applied Thermal Engineering 74, 36-46. 


Teaching modules
  • Fluid Mechanics (328MAE)
  • Individual Project (324MAE)
  • Mechanical Science (102MAE)
  • Mechanics and Thermodynamics (208MED)
  • Thermofluids Mechanics (207MAE)
Areas of expertise
  • Material Science
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Material Synthesis and Characterization
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Dynamic Simulation
  • Bio-Engineering
  • Nanotechnology
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