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


ECHM 321: Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics

ECHM 411 & 412: Senior Design I & II

ECHM 443: Unit Operations Lab

Engineering Education Research Efforts

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

M.E. Skuntz, B.G. Pelkie, S.L. Codd, R. Anderson, J.D. Seymour, MR velocimetry of pattern formation in Rayleigh-Bénard convection in a low aspect ratio cylinder, International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 118 (2020) 104869. Article Link.

Mohammad M.S. Al-Azawii, Duncan Jacobsen, Pablo Bueno, Ryan Anderson, Experimental study of thermal behavior during charging in a thermal energy storage packed bed using radial pipe injection, Applied Thermal Engineering, 180 (2020), 115804-115815. Article Link.

Viral Hirpara, Virat Patel, Yuzhou Zhang, Ryan Anderson, Ning Zhu, Lifeng Zhang, Investigating the effect of operating temperature on droplet dynamics for proton exchange membrane fuel cells, I. J. Hydrogen Energy, 45 (2020) 14145-14155. Article Link.

V. Patel, L. Battrell, R. Anderson, N. Zhu, L. Zhang, Investigating effect of different gas diffusion layers on water droplet characteristics for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, I.J. Hydrogen Energy 44 (2019) 18340-18350.Article Link.

M.M.S. Al-Azawii, C. Theade, P. Bueno, R. Anderson, Experimental study of layered thermal energy storage in an air-alumina packed bed using axial pipe injections, Applied Energy 249 (2019) 409-422.  Article Link.

L. Battrell, V. Patel, N. Zhu, L. Zhang, R. Anderson, Imaging of the desaturation of gas diffusion layers by synchrotron computed tomography, Journal of Power Sources 416 (2019) 155-162. Article Link.

M.E. Skuntz, D. Perera, J.E. Maneval, J.D. Seymour, R. Anderson, Melt-front propagation and velocity profiles in packed beds of phase-change materials measured by magnetic resonance imaging, Chemical Engineering Science 190 (2018) 164-172. Article Link.

L. Battrell, N. Zhu, L. Zhang, R. Anderson, Transient, spatially resolved de-saturation of gas diffusion layers measured via synchrotron visualization, I. J. Hydrogen Energy 43 (2018) 11234-11243. Article Link.

M.M.S. Al-Azawii, C. Theade, M. Danczyk, E. Johnson, R. Anderson, Experimental study on the cyclic behavior of thermal energy storage in an air-alumina packed bed, Journal of Energy Storage, 18C (2018) 239-249. Article Link.

P. Rahimian, L. Battrell, R. Anderson, E. Johnson, N. Zhu, L. Zhang, Investigation of time dependent water droplet dynamics on porous fuel cell material via synchrotron based x-ray imaging technique, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 97 (2018) 237-245. Article Link.

E. Johnson, L. Bates, A. Dower, P.C. Bueno, R. Anderson, Thermal energy storage with supercritical carbon dioxide in a packed bed of alumina: modeling charge-discharge cycles, The Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 137 (2018) 57-65. Article Link.

L. Battrell, A. Trunkle, E. Eggleton, L. Zhang, R. Anderson, Quantifying cathode water transport via anode relative humidity measurements in a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, Energies, 10(8) (2017), 1222. Link to Open Access.

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. Valentin, R. Anderson, M. Kawaji, Experimental investigation of convection heat transfer in high pressure and high temperature gas flows, Journal of Heat Transfer 139 (2017) 091704-1. Article Link.

P. Rahimian, R. Anderson, L. Zhang, Predictions of flow regimes in proton exchange membrane fuel cells: An analytical approach, I. J. Hydrogen Energy 42 (2017) 4679-4689. Article Link.

F. I. Valentín, N. Artoun, R. Anderson, M. Kawaji, D.M. McEligot, Study of convection heat transfer in a very high temperature reactor flow channel: numerical and experimental results, Nuclear Technology 196 (2016) 661-673. Article Link.

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.

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.


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