Dr Issa Chaer

Dr Issa Chaer

Director of Enterprise, School of The Built Environment and Architecture

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    Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering

Issa is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Heat Transfer.

He is an active research academic with interests in energy conversion and energy management including CHP and trigeneration systems, refrigeration, alternative and renewable technologies, life cycle assessment, heat transfer, and energy conversion, food processing and food manufacturing, and novel techniques to reduce energy demand and carbon emission within the engineering sector.

Teaching activities over the last 10 years:

  • Heat and Mass Transfer - 2009 to date
  • Thermo and Fluid Dynamics - 2007 to date
  • Engineering Mathematics - 2007 to date
  • Heating Ventilation and Water Services | Laboratory Academic Supervisor - 2007 to date
  • Thermal Environment | Laboratory Academic Supervisor - 2007 to date
  • Design Application -2009 to date
  • Computer applications in the general areas of engineering - 2007 to 2009
  • Refrigeration and Air conditioning | Distance Learning Tutor -2004 to 2007
  • Building Heat Transfer and Air Conditioning | Distance Learning Tutor - 2002 to 2007
  • Energy conversion and energy management | Distance Learning Tutor - 2002 to 2007

Issa has a research portfolio spanning over 15 years with evidence of significant contribution to the advancement of engineering knowledge at national and international levels including over 60 conference and journal articles. He also has a good record of managing research projects and securing research funds (over £1.2 million in the last 5 years, mainly industrial).

Current Research topics:

  • Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Remanufactured and Refurbished Refrigerated Display Cabinets (EPSRC Funded Case Award).LDA and CFD Calibrations of Airflow-Measurement Instruments in Industry
  • Sustainable low carbon and renewable technologies (Mechanical and Electrical)
  • Reduction of refrigerant leakage and emissions
  • Heat transfer enhancement in refrigeration systems
  • Solar driven refrigeration
  • Alternative cooling technologies

Awards and Achievements:

  • The HTFS prize for the best paper presented at the 7th UK National Conference on Heat Transfer, 2001
  • The Energy Institute, Innovation Award 2005, as part of "Doug Marriott associates"
  • The IoR Kenneth Lightfoot Medal, for the session 2007/2008
  • The Cooling Industry Gold Award for the Real Zero Project 2009. Collaborative partner with the Institute of Refrigeration winning

Most recent publications

Muranko, Z and Andrews, D and Chaer, I and Newton, EJ Circular economy and behaviour change: Using persuasive communication to encourage pro-circular behaviours towards the purchase of remanufactured refrigeration equipment. Journal of Cleaner Production, 222. 499-510. DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.219

Mohammad Reza, S and H.R, G and Chaer, I Solar still efficiency enhancement by using graphene oxide/ paraffin composite. Energies,

Muranko, Z and Andrews, D and Chaer, I and Newton, EJ and Proudman, P Encouraging remanufacturing in the retail refrigeration industry. Energy Procedia, 161. 283-291. DOI 10.1016/j.egypro.2019.02.093

Ye, Z and Chaer, I and Lawner, H and Ross, M Viability of Airborne Wind Energy in the United Kingdom. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, DOI 10.1115/1.4043387

Revesz, A and Chaer, I and Thompson, J and Mavroulidou, M and Gunn, M and Graeme, M Modelling of Heat Energy Recovery Potential form Underground Railways with Nearby Vertical Ground Heat Exchangers in an Urban Environment. Applied Thermal Engineering, DOI 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2018.10.118

Muranko, Z and Andrews, D and Chaer, I and Newton, EJ and Proudman, P Developing a Circular Economy in the Retail Refrigeration Industry: The Influence of Financial Incentives, Quality Standards and Process Supporting Tools on the Behavioural Intentions to Purchase and Produce Remanufactured Refrigeration Equipment. In: 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource Use in Food Chains (ICSEF 2018), 17 October 2018 - 19 October 2018, Paphos, Cyprus.

Chaer, I and Pope, I and Yebiyo, M and Paurine, A Smart cities – Thermal networks for London. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 8. 10-16. DOI 10.1016/j.tsep.2018.07.011

Ye, Z and Lawner, H and Chaer, I and Marcus, R Feasibility Study of Pumping Cycle Kite Power System Implication in Scotland UK. In: 2018 3rd International Conference on Renewable Energy and Conservation, 15 - 17 June 2018, Sydney, Australia.

Muranko, Z and Andrews, D and Newton, EJ and Chaer, I and Proudman, P The Pro-Circular Change Model (P-CCM)– Proposing A Framework Facilitating Behavioural Change Towards a Circular Economy. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.12.017

Chaer, I and Ricchetti, A Study of Energy and Cost Savings of Demand Controlled Fresh Air Systems. In: CIBSE Technical Symposium, 12 April 2018 - 13 April 2018, London, UK.

More publications at LSBU Research Open
  • Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration
  • Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council)
  • Member of the Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Member of the Working Party on Mitigation of Direct Emissions of Greenhouse Gases (International Institute of Refrigeration)
  • Reviewer for the Innovation and the Built Environment Academy (IBEA)
  • Editor of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy Development
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