The team works in the field of • Energy storage devices (system optimization/ characterization of storage materials)• Battery Thermal Management Systems• Green building concepts • Waste heat recovery • Renewable energy research pertaining to solar thermal heat transfer design
Dr. Dibakar Rakshit is currently an Associate Professor at Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi). He has nineteen years' experience in thermofluid sciences pertaining to design and optimization of energy systems. His interests lie in:
His Ph.D. at The University of Western Australia involved studies of multiphase mass transfer phenomenon related to thermal diffusion of Liquefied Natural Gas (cryogenic fluids). From there, Dr. Rakshit developed his deep interest in thermal energy storage and pursued it further in his post-doctoral research at Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI), CSIRO, Australia. He was mainly involved in characterizing the thermal behaviour of the solar receiver heat transfer fluid required for power generation. After joining IIT Delhi as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Rakshit continued his study of thermal energy storage capacity of materials that can be utilized for building energy conservation. He then started pursuing his further research in characterization of Nano-Enhanced Phase Change Materials (NEPCM) for thermal energy storage in building envelope. Along with this, he also carried forward his research on designing of energy efficient buildings, sustainable building infrastructures and development of sustainable technologies for catering to the energy needs of the society. At IIT Delhi, Dr. Rakshit’s research has been sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology in both national and international programs, Ministry of Education (MoE), GoI, DRDO, and many private sectors. He has also led the design and development of grid independent solar assisted vapour adsorption systems in the Indo-Trento ITPAR program. Besides these, Dr. Rakshit got funding from IIT Delhi for developing a new building material characterization laboratory. His research works in the above areas along with his team of students have resulted in around 93 journal publications, 53 refereed conference papers and 17 book chapters.He is an avid educator and serves the NSS IITD as faculty advisor under Education Vertical. In this capacity, Dr. Rakshit works with slum children in promoting primary education.