Dr. Ofelia A. Jianu
Team Leader, PhD, PEng
Dr. Jianu is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Windsor in the Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering. Her area of expertise is in heat, mass and momentum transport with application to alternative fuels and energy systems. The unique feature of Dr. Jianu’s research is that she applies the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics to identify losses within the systems and generates solutions to minimize them. She has over 40 publications in reputable journal and conference papers in the subject. She is the recipient of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leader’s Fund.
Dr. Jianu developed new models of dissolution of cuprous chloride particles in hydrochloric acid, transport processes involving a ternary system, constituent solubility and a semi-mechanistic model that formulates the solubility of a ternary system. Also, she made significant contributions to the understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics of vapour diffusion and entrainment in bubble flows through experimental studies for various gas production rates.
Dr. Jianu and her team continue to investigate phase transitions and transport phenomena with the goal of identifying local irreversibilities, which are detrimental to the performance of sustainable energy systems. The research in I-FuELs benefits Canada’s efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and support economic growth of clean technology leading to the creation of new jobs, economic incentives for new investment and commercialization opportunities in the clean energy sector.