Senior Academic and Research Staff

Dr Mohammed Imroz Sohel

Dr. Mohammed Sohel

Research Fellow
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
02 4221 8178

We are at a point of time where, in one hand, the fossil fuel resources are dwindling and, on the other hand, the negative effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are eminent than ever as a result of using these fossil fuel resources. We can reduce our energy demand by using more energy efficient products and processes, and shifting from conventional energy sources to renewable energy sources. This will help us slow down and possibly reverse the negative effects of greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is contributing significantly in the built environment addressing all of the above aspects. 


Dr.Sohel has a diverse experience in energy system. He has received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His PhD research was on thremodynamic analysis of organic Rankine cycle geothermal power plant. Before joining SBRC as a Research Fellow, he has worked several years on bio-energy at Scion, one of the Crown Research Institutes (CRI) of New Zealand. Thermodynamic (Exergy) analysis of biofuel production processes to improve efficiency and techno-economic analysis for cost-effective biofuel production processes were the two major areas of research. Dr. Sohel hols a Masters in Energy System from Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. he has also worked for few years in the Chair of Technical Thermodynaic (LLT), RWTH University, Germany and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; both as a research assistant. Dr. Sohel serves in the editorial board of:

I. Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy, and,
II. International Journal of Energy Optimisation and Engineering (IJEOE).

Research Interests

  • Energy systems analysis
  • Thermodynamics
  • Process modelling, simulation and optimization
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Bioenergy
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Integrated renewable energy systems
  • Thermal systems modelling



1. RH Newman, A Vaidya, M. Imroz Sohel and M W. Jack. Optimizing the enzyme loading and incubation time in enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic substrates, Bioresource Technology (Accepted, article in press).

2. M. Imroz Sohel and Michael W. Jack. Thermodynamic analysis of a high-yield biochemical process for biofuel production, Bioresource Technology, 124 (2012) 406-412.

3. B. Dawoud, M. Imroz Sohel, A. Freni, S. Vasta and G. Restuccia. On the effective thermal conductivity of wetted zeolite under the working conditions of an adsorption chiller, Applied Thermal Engineering, 31 (2011) 2241-2246.

4. M. Imroz Sohel and Michael W. Jack. Thermodynamic analysis of lignocellulosic biofuel production via a biochemical process: guiding technology selection and research focus , Bioresource Technology, 102 (2011) 2617–2622. 

5. M. Imroz Sohel and Michael Jack. Efficiency improvements by geothermal heat integration in a lignocellulosic biorefinery, Bioresource Technology 101 (2010)  9342-9347.

6. M. Imroz Sohel, Susan Krumdieck, Mathieu Sellier and Larry J. Brackney. An iterative method for modelling the air-cooled Organic Rankine Cycle geothermal power plant, International Journal of Energy Research, 35, 5 (2011) 434-448. DOI: 10.1002/er.1706.

7. M. Imroz Sohel, Mathieu Sellier, Larry J. Brackney and Susan Krumdieck. Efficiency improvement for geothermal power generation to meet summer peak demand, Journal of Energy Policy, 37 (2009) 3370–3376.

8. M. Imroz Sohel and B. Dawoud. Dynamic modelling and simulation of a gravity-assisted solution pump of a novel ammonia-water absorption refrigeration unit, Applied Thermal Engineering, 26, 7 (2006) 688-699.

Last reviewed: 30 September, 2013