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 Dr. Zubair, Syed M.

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Distinguished Professor      
                
Contact Information

Office               Bldg-63 Room-357                                
Phone              966-13-860 3135                                      
Fax                  966-13-860 2949 (ME Dept)                                 
Email               smzubair@kfupm.edu.sa                                     
Websites          Personal Page  
                                   
Education              
                   
Ph.D.                (Mechanical Engineering), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, 1985
M.Sc.               (Mechanical Engineering), King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, 1980
B.Sc                 (Mechanical Engineering), Engineering University, Lahore, Pakistan, 1978    
                   
Courses Taught

  • ME 203             Thermodynamics I
  • ME 204             Thermodynamics II
  • ME 311             Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 315             Heat Transfer
  • ME 430             Air Conditioning
  • ME 431             Refrigeration
  • ME 437             Design and Rating of Heat Exchangers
  • ME 439             Solar Energy Conversion
  • ME 531             Advanced Thermodynamics
  • ME 534             Conduction Heat Transfer
  • ME 539             Solar Energy Utilization
  • ME 599             Thermal Design of Heat Exchangers

Research Areas
Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems

Representative Publications
  • S. Pashah, A. Moinuddin, and S.M. Zubair, "Limits of one-dimensional solutions for orthotropic annular fins under dehumidifying operating conditions," International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 74, pp. 410-422 (2017) 
  • M.A. Jamil, B.A. Qureshi, and S.M. Zubair, "Exergo-economic analysis of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant with various retrofit options," Desalination, Vol. 401, pp. 88-98 (2017) 
  • M. Aminuddin, and S.M. Zubair, "Analytical solutions to counter-flow heat exchanger subjected to external heat flux and axial conduction," International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 74, 99. 20-35 (2017). 
  • H.Z. Shafi, A. Matin, S. Akhtar, K.K. Gleason, S.M. Zubair, and Z. Khan, "Organic fouling in surface modified reverse osmosis membranes: Filtration studies and subsequent morphological and compositional characterization," Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 527, pp.152-163 (2017). 
  • O.K. Siddiqui, M.H. Sharqawy, M.A. Antar, and S.M. Zubair, "Performance evaluation of variable pressure humidification-dehumidification systems," Desalination, Vol. 409, pp. 171-182 (2017) 
  • O.K. Siddiqui, S.Z. Shuja, and S.M. Zubair, "Influence of manifold heating and split flow on thermal-hydraulic characteristics: Application to heat exchangers having non-axisymmetric flow," Applied Thermal Engineering Vol. 122, pp. 768-784 (2017) 
  • O.K. Siddiqui, and S.M. Zubair, "Efficient energy utilization through proper design of microchannel heat exchanger manifolds: A comprehensive review," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 74, pp. 969-1002 (2017) 
  • M.H. Sharqawy, I. Al-Shalawi, M. A. Antar, and S.M. Zubair, "Experimental investigation of packed-bed cross-flow humidifier," Applied Thermal Engineering Vol. 117, pp. 584-590 (2017) 
  • M.A. Ahmed, P. Ghandhidasan, S. M. Zubair, and H.M. Bahaidarah, "Thermodynamic analysis of an innovative liquid desiccant air conditioning system to supply potable water, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 148, pp. 161-173 (2017) 
  • M.A. Jamil, and S.M. Zubair, "On thermoeconomic analysis of a single-effect mechanical vapor compression desalination system," Desalination, Vol. 420, pp. 88-98 (2017) 
  • M.A. Jamil, and S.M. Zubair, Design and analysis of a forward feed multi-effect mechanical vapor compression desalination system: An exergo-economic approach, ENERGY-The International Journal Vol. 140, pp. 1107-1120 (2017) 
  • B. Imteyaz, and S.M. Zubair, "Effect of pressure drop and longitudinal conduction on exergy destruction in a concentric-tube micro-fin tube heat exchanger," International Journal of EXERGY  Vol. 25(1), pp. 75-91 (2018) 
  • M.A. Jamil, and S.M. Zubair, "Effect of feed flow arrangement and number of evaporators on the performance of multi-effect mechanical vapor compression desalination systems," Desalination, Vol. 429, pp. 76-87 (2018) 
  • M.A. Jamil, S.M. Elmutasim, and S.M. Zubair, "Exergo-economic analysis of a hybrid humidification dehumidification reverse osmosis (HDH-RO) system operating under different retrofits," Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 158, pp. 286-297 (2018) 
  • S.M. Elmutasim, M.A. Ahmed, M.A. Antar, P. Gandhidasan, and S.M. Zubair," Design strategies of conventional and modified closed-air open-water humidification dehumidification systems," Desalination, Vol. 435, pp. 114-127 (2018) 
  • A. Matin, U Baig,, M.A. Gondal, S. Akhtar, and S.M. Zubair,  "Facile fabrication of superhydrophobic/superoleophilic microporous membranes by spray-coating ytterbium oxide particles for efficient oil-water separation," Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 548, pp. 390-297 (2018) 
  • B.A. Qureshi, and S.M. Zubair,  "Design of electrodialysis desalination plants by considering dimensionless groups and variable equivalent conductivity," Desalination, Vol. 430, pp. 197-207 (2018) 
  • O.K. Siddiqui, S.Z. Shuja, and S.M. Zubair, "Assessment of thermo-fluid analogies for different flow configurations: the effect of Prandtl number, and laminar-to-turbulent flow regimes, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Vol. 129, pp. 145-170 (2018) 
  • D. Lawal, M. Antar, A. Khalifa, S.M. Zubair, F. Al-Sulaiman, "Humidification-dehumidification desalination system operated by a heat pump," Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 161, pp. 128-140 (2018) 
  • S.M. Zubair, M. Antar, S.M. Elmutasim, D.U. Lawal, "Performance evaluation of humidification-dehumidification (HDH) desalination systems with and without heat recovery options: an experimental and theoretical investigation," Desalination, Vol. 436, pp. 161-175 (2018) 
  • D.U. Laval, S.M. Zubair, and M.A. Antar, "Exergo-economic analysis of humidification-dehumidification (HDH) desalination systems driven by heat pump (HP)," Desalination, Vol. 436, pp. 161-175 (2018) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, B.A. Qureshi, and S.M. Zubair, Improvement in design of electrodialysis desalination plants by considering the Donnan potential, Desalination, Vol. 441, pp. 62-76 (2018) 
  • M.A. Ahmed, S.M. Zubair, M.A. Abido, and H.M. Bahaidarah, "An innovative closed-air closed-desiccant HDH system to extract water from the air: A case for zero-brine discharge system," Desalination, Vol. 445, pp. 236-248 (2018) 
  • M.M. Hussein, S. Pashah, and S.M. Zubair, "Effect of temperature dependent properties on the fin performance under dehumidifying operating conditions," International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 88, pp. 578-586 (2018) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, and S.M. Zubair, "Compact and microchannel heat exchangers: A comprehensive review of air-side friction factor and heat transfer correlations, "Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 173, pp. 555-601 (2018) 
  • M.A. Ahmed, N.A.A. Qasem, S. M. Zubair, P. Ghandhidasan , and H.M. Bahaidarah, "Thermodynamic balancing of the regeneration process in a novel liquid desiccant cooling/desalination system," Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 176, pp. 86-98 (2018) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, and S.M. Zubair, "An assessment of the optimal air-side thermal-hydraulic performance of wavy-fin compact heat exchangers," International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 96, pp. 117-130 (2018) 
  • E.W. Tow, D.M. Warsinger, A.M. Trueworthy, J. Swaminathan, G.P. Thiel, S.M. Zubair, A.S. Myerson, and J.H. Lienhard V, "Comparison of fouling propensity between reverse osmosis, forward osmosis, and membrane distillation," Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 556, pp. 352-364 (2018) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, and S.M. Zubair, "Generalized air-side friction and heat transfer correlations for wavy-fin compact heat exchangers," International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 97, pp. 21-30 (2019) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, A.A. Al-Ghamdi, and S.M. Zubair, "An assessment of optimal airside heat transfer per unit friction power characteristics of compact heat exchangers," International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 99, pp. 479-489 (2019) 
  • B.A. Abdelkader, and S.M. Zubair. "The effect of a number of baffles on performance of shell-and-tube heat exchangers", Heat Transfer Engineering, Vol. 40 (1-2), pp. 39-52 (2019) 
  • U. Baig, A. Matin, M.A. Gondal, and S.M. Zubair," Facile fabrication of superhydrophobic, superoleophilic photocatalytic membrane for efficient oil-water separation and removal of hazardous organic pollutants," Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 208. pp. 904-915 (2019) 
  • O.K. Siddiqui, N.A.A. Qasem, and S.M. Zubair, "Addressing mismatch between the peripheral and local Nusselt number for non-axisymmetric flow conditions: Redefining the mean temperature", accepted for publication in Heat Transfer Engineering (2019) 
  • A. Matin, F. Rahman, H.Z. Shafi, and S.M. Zubair, "Scaling of reverse osmosis membranes used in water desalination: Phenomena, impact, and control; future directions," Desalination, Vol. 455, pp. 135-1757 (2019) 
  • M.U. Siddiqui, O.K. Siddiqui, A. Al-Sarkhi, A.F.M. Arif, and S.M. Zubair, "A novel heat exchanger design procedure for photovoltaic panel cooling application: An analytical and experimental evaluation," Applied Energy, Vol. 239, pp. 41-56 (2019) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, and S.M. Zubair, "Performance evaluation of a novel hybrid humidification-dehumidification (air-heated) system with an adsorption desalination system," Desalination, Vol. 461, pp. 37-54 (2019) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, M.A. Ahmed, and S.M. Zubair, "The impact of thermodynamic balancing on performance of a desiccant-based humidification-dehumidification system to harvest freshwater from atmospheric air," Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 199, article 112011 (2019) 
  • M.A. Ahmed, N.A.A. Qasem, and S.M. Zubair, "Analytical and numerical schemes for thermodynamically balanced humidification-dehumidification desalination systems," Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 199, article 112052 (2019) 
  • Y.M. Alkhulaifi, N.A.A. Qasem, and S.M. Zubair, "Improving the performance of thermal management system for electric and hybrid electric vehicles by adding an ejector," Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 201, article 112133 (2019) 
  • D.U. Lawal, M.A. Antar, A. Khalifa, and S.M. Zubair, "Heat pump operated humidification-dehumidification desalination system with option of energy recovery," accepted for publication in Separation Science and Technology (2020) 
  • M.M. Generous, N.A.A. Qasem, and S.M. Zubair, "The significance of modeling electrodialysis desalination using multi-component saline water," in press, Desalination, article 114347 (2020) 
  • M.U. Siddiqui, M. Al-Zahrani, A. Al-Sarkhi, and S.M. Zubair, "Flow Distribution in U- and Z-Type Manifolds: Experimental and Numerical Investigation," in press, Arabian Journal of Science and Engineering (2020) 
  • D.U. Lawal, M.A. Antar, A. Khalifa, S.M. Zubair, and F. Al-Sulaiman, "Experımental investigation of heat pump driven humidification-dehumidification desalination system for water desalination and space conditioning," Desalination, Vol. 475, article 114199 (2020), 
  • M. Aminuddin, and S.M. Zubair, "Performance of high velocity stream heat exchangers subjected to external heat transfer," International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 110, pp. 1-18 (2020) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, S.M. Zubair, B.A. Qureshi, M.M. Generous, "The impact of thermodynamic potentials on the design of electrodialysis desalination plants, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 205, article 112448 (2020) 
  • M.A. Jamil, Z.U. Din, T.S. Goraya, and S.M. Zubair, "Thermal-hydraulic characteristics of gasketed plate heat exchangers as a preheater for thermal desalination systems, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 205, article 112425 (2020) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, S.M. Zubair, A.M. Abdallah, M.H. Elbassoussi, and M.A. Ahmed, "Novel and efficient integration of a humidification-dehumidification desalination system with an absorption refrigeration system," Applied Energy, Vol. 263, article 114659 (2020) 
  • N.A.A. Qasem, M.N. Arnous, and S.M. Zubair, "A comprehensive thermal-hydraulic assessment of solar flat-plate air heaters", Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 215, article 112922 (2020) 
  • B.A. Abdelkader, M.A. Jamil, and S.M. Zubair, "Thermal-Hydraulic Characteristics of Helical Baffle Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers", Heat Transfer Engineering, Vol 41(13), pp. 1143-1155 (2020) 
  • M.M. Generous, N.A.A. Qasem, and S.M. Zubair, "Exergy-based entropy-generation analysis of electrodialysis desalination systems", Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 220, article 113119 (2020) 

US PATENTS ISSUED 

  • P.N. Govindan, J.H. Lienhard V, M.H. Sharqawy, and S.M. Zubair, "Water Separation Under Varied Pressure", US Patent # 8,252,092 B2, August 28, 2012 
  • M.H. Sharqawy, J.H. Lienhard V, P.N. Govindan, and S.M. Zubair, "Water Separation Under Reduced Pressure", US Patent # 8,292,272 B2, October 23, 2012 
  • M.H. Sharqawy, J.H. Lienhard V, P.N. Govindan, and S.M. Zubair, "Separation of a Vaporizable Component Under Reduced Pressure," US Patent # 8,465,006 B2, June 18, 2013 
  • P.N. Govindan, G.P. Thiel, R.K. McGovern, J.H. Lienhard V, S.K. Das, K.M. Chehayeb, S.M. Zubair, and M.A. Antar, "Thermodynamic Balancing of Combined Heat Mass Exchange Devices," US Patent # 8,496,234, B1, July 30, 2013 
  • A.F.M. Arif, S. Pashah, and S.M. Zubair, "Method of Modeling Thermal Problems Using a Non-Dimensional Finite Element Method," US Patent # 8,600,710 B2, December 03, 2013 
  • P.N. Govindan, K.H. Mistry, J.H. Lienhard V, and S.M. Zubair, "High-Efficiency Thermal-Energy_Driven Water Purification System," US Patent # 8,647,477 B2, February 11, 2014 
  • P.N. Govindan, G.P. Thiel, R.K. McGovern, J.H. Lienhard V, S.K. Das, K.M. Chehayeb, S.M. Zubair, and M.A. Antar, "Thermodynamic Balancing of Combined Heat Mass Exchang Devices," US Patent # 9,416,800 B2, August 16, 2016 
  • M.A. Gondal, X. Chang, M.A. Ali, M.A. Dastageer, S.M. Zubair, J.H. Lienhard V, "Wastewater Filtration System and Method," US Patent # 9,505,635, November 29, 2016. 
  • M.U. Siddiqui, A.F.M. Arif, and S.M. Zubair, "Heat Exchanger for Photovoltaic Panels," US Patent # 9,837,956 B2, December 05, 2017. 
  • J.H. Lienhard V, R.K. McGovern, L. Sun, A.M. Weiner, and S.M. Zubair, "Method and Apparatus for Partially Desalinating Produced Water to Form Extraction Fluid Used for Fossil Fuel Extraction," US Patent # 10,273,170 B2, April 30, 2019 
  • M.A. Antar, D.U. Lawal, A. Khalifa, S.M. Zubair, and F. Al-Sulaiman, "Desalination and Climate Control," US Patent # 10493373 B1, December 03, 2019 
  • J.H. Lienhard V, R.K. McGovern, L. Sun, A.M. Weiner, and S.M. Zubair, "Apparatus for Partially Desalinating Produced Water to Form Extraction Fluid Used for Fossil Fuel Extraction," US Patent # 10501344, December 10, 2019 

Editorial Work 

  • Associate Editor, NATURE Clean Water, NATURE Partner Journal, Nature Publications, United Kingdom (Impact Factor 4.87).
  • Associate Editor, Arabian Journal of Science and Engineering (AJSE), published by Springer, Germany (Impact Factor 1.711).
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Refrigeration, published by Elsevier for International Institute of Refrigeration , Paris, France (Impact Factor 3.461).

 

 




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