Ryan Anderson, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering (2012) University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in History (2007) Bucknell University,Lewisburg, PA, USA
  • Research Associate Post-doctorate at City College of New York, New York, NY, USA

Ryan Anderson CV


ECHM 321: Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics

ECHM 411 & 412: Senior Design I & II

ECHM 443: Unit Operations Lab

Research Interests

My research is in heat transfer and fluid flow for applications in clean energy. These interests include fuel cells, flow in porous media, multiphase flow, reacting systems, and uses of various heat transfer fluids. More information is given below on PEM fuel cell and heat transfer projects.

PEM Fuel Cells

PEM fuel cells have received extensive interest due to high energy efficiency, low operating temperature, and low to zero emissions during operation. One major issue impeding the use of fuel cells in more applications is how to properly manage the water that is formed when oxygen and hydrogen react in the fuel cell. Better engineering design in PEM fuel cells with considerations for water management could lead to significant performance improvements and cost reductions. Examples of my work include:

  1. Using pressure drop as a diagnostic parameter
  2. Visualizing and understanding water in individual cell components
  3. Component design

Heat Transfer

Heat transfer applications are found in many engineering disciplines. My work has focused on heat transfer in several energy related fields, including:

  1. Coupled heat transfer/fluid flow in packed beds
  2. Cooling with high pressure gases
  3. Phase change materials

Goals of these projects include improved safety, cheaper materials with higher energy densities, model development, and design equations. I welcome collaboration on new fluids, systems, or designs.

Recent Publications

Google Scholar Page

R. Anderson, L. Bates, E. Johnson, J.F. Morris, Packed bed thermal energy storage: A simplified experimentally validated model, J. Energy Storage 4 (2015) 14-23. Link to Open Access.

F.I. Valentín, N. Artoun, R. Anderson, M. Kawaji, Study of abnormal heat transfer during forced and natural convection scenarios in a prismatic core of a VHTR: Numerical and experimental results, 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-16), August 30-September 4, 2015, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

R. Anderson, E. Eggleton, L. Zhang, Development of two-phase flow regime specific pressure drop models for proton exchange membrane fuel cells, I. J. Hydrogen Energy 40 (2015) 1173–1185. Article Link.

P. Bueno, L. Bates, R. Anderson, H. Bindra, Thermal energy storage for the supercritical CO2 Brayton cycle, ASME Turbo Expo 2015: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, June 2015, GT2015-44054.

R. Anderson, S. Shiri, H. Bindra, J. Morris, Experimental results and modeling of energy storage and recovery in a packed bed of alumina particles, Applied Energy 119 (2014) 521-529. Article Link.

Y. Ding, R. Anderson, L. Zhang, X. Bi, D.P. Wilkinson, Simulations of two-phase flow distribution in communicating parallel channels for a PEM fuel cell, Int. J. Multiphase Flow 52 (2013), 35-45. Article Link.


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