Assist Prof Dr. Refat Al-Shannaq ,Thermal Energy Storage, Best Researcher Award

Dhofar University, Oman

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Dr. Refat Al-Shannaq is a distinguished researcher and innovator in the field of phase change materials (PCMs) and microencapsulation technologies. With a robust academic background and extensive expertise in thermal energy storage systems, he has made significant contributions to sustainable energy solutions and thermal comfort enhancements.


Dr. Refat Al-Shannaq earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, specializing in the microencapsulation of phase change materials (PCMs) for advanced thermal energy storage systems. His doctoral research focused on developing innovative methods for low-temperature microencapsulation, a pivotal contribution to enhancing energy efficiency and human thermal comfort in building applications. His academic journey has been marked by a commitment to cutting-edge research and sustainable energy solutions, positioning him as a leader in the field of PCM technologies.

💼 Professional Experience

Dr. Refat Al-Shannaq has extensive professional experience as a Principal Investigator (PI) and Research Investigator, contributing significantly to the field of phase change materials (PCMs) and microencapsulation technologies. Currently serving as PI at Dhofar University, Oman, he leads pioneering research projects aimed at integrating PCMs into building materials to enhance energy efficiency and human thermal comfort. Previously, he played key roles in completed projects funded by the Qatar Foundation, collaborating with Qatar University and the University of Doha for Science and Technology. His work underscores a dedication to advancing sustainable energy solutions through innovative research and practical applications in thermal energy storage systems.

🔬 Research Interests

Dr. Refat Al-Shannaq’s research interests revolve around the innovative applications of phase change materials (PCMs) and microencapsulation technologies in thermal energy storage systems. His work focuses on developing efficient and sustainable building materials that enhance energy efficiency and human thermal comfort. Driven by a commitment to advancing green technologies, he explores novel methods for microencapsulating PCMs at low temperatures, aiming to revolutionize energy storage solutions. His research not only contributes to the development of environmentally friendly building materials but also addresses critical challenges in sustainable architecture and energy conservation.

📖 Publication Top Noted

Article: Microencapsulation of phase change materials (PCMs) at low temperature using a novel thin film UV reactor

    • Authors: Al-Shannaq, R.; Farid, M.M.; Wasi Ahmad, M.; Al-Muhtaseb, S.A.; Kurdi, J.
    • Journal: Chemical Engineering Journal
    • Volume: 493
    • Pages: 152807
    • Year: 2024

Article: Non-Enzymatic Electrochemical Sensing of Bisphenol A in Drinking Water and Milk Using Bimetallic Nickel-Copper Metal–Organic Framework

    • Authors: Dey, B.; Ahmad, M.W.; Al-Shannaq, R.; Rahman, M.M.; Choudhury, A.
    • Journal: Journal of Analysis and Testing
    • Year: 2024

Article: Microencapsulation of low melting phase change materials for cold storage applications

    • Authors: Ikutegbe, C.A.; Al-Shannaq, R.; Farid, M.M.
    • Journal: Applied Energy
    • Volume: 321
    • Pages: 119347
    • Year: 2022

Article: A rapid method for low temperature microencapsulation of phase change materials (PCMs) using a coiled tube ultraviolet reactor

    • Authors: Ansari, J.A.; Al-Shannaq, R.; Kurdi, J.; Ikutegbe, C.A.; Farid, M.M.
    • Journal: Energies
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue: 23
    • Pages: 7867
    • Year: 2021

Book Chapter: Cooling of milk on dairy farms: an application of a novel ice encapsulated storage system in New Zealand

    • Authors: Al-Shannaq, R.; Auckaili, A.; Farid, M.
    • Book: Food Engineering Innovations Across the Food Supply Chain
    • Pages: 207–228
    • Year: 2021
Refat Al-Shannaq | Thermal Energy Storage | Best Researcher Award

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