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Dr Akeel Shah

My current research interests lie in the development of energy storage systems, with an emphasis on organic flow batteries and computational and multiscale modelling of complex systems and materials including predictive modelling/analytics approaches.

The specific modelling challenges in which I am interested are:

  • Emulating spatio-temporal fields arising from complex nonlinear models in science and engineering
  • Multiple parameter problems and problems involving high-dimensional (input and output) spaces
  • Nonlinear dimensionality reduction and manifold learning
  • Applications of surrogate models to uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis

I have worked with industrial collaborators to develop, validate and exploit models to inform the design of fuel cells and batteries - Ballard Power Systems, Johnson Matthey, ACAL Energy, C-Tech Innovation.

My past research interests have included porous solid combustion, flame theory, detonations and applied analysis (existence, uniqueness and blow-up of semilinear PDEs).

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Selected recent outputs (full list)

  • A.A. Shah, W. Xing, V. Triantafyllidis (2017), Reduced order modelling of parameter dependent linear and nonlinear dynamic PDE models, Proceedings of Royal Society A, 473 (2200), 20160809
  • W. Xing, V. Triantafyllidis, A.A. Shah, P.B. Nair, N. Zabaras (2016), Manifold learning for the emulation of spatial fields from computational models, Journal of Computational Physics 326, 666-690
  • P.K. Leung, A.A. Shah, L. Sanz, C. Flox, J. R. Morante, F.C. Walsh (2017), Recent developments in organic redox flow batteries: a critical review, Journal of Power Sources, 360, 243-283
  • A.A. Shah (2017), Surrogate modelling for spatially distributed fuel cell models with applications to uncertainty quantification, AMSE Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, 14(1), 011006 (2017) (15 pages)
  • P. Leung, T. Martin, M. Liras, A.A. Shah, A.M. Berenguer, R. Marcillia, M.A. Anderson, J. Palma (2017), Electronegative cyclohexanedione as the promising electrode reaction for organic redox flow batteries, Applied Energy, 197, 318–326
  • P.K. Leung, T. Martin, J. Palma, A.A. Shah, M.R. Mohamed, R. Marcillia, M.A. Anderson (2016), Membraneless organic-inorganic aqueous flow batteries with improved cell potential, Chemical Communications, 52(99), 14270-14273

External collaborators

  • Prof Prasanth Nair (University of Toronto)
  • Dr P.C. Sui (Wuhan University of Technology)
  • Dr Jacki Leung (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Xiaohong Li (University of Exeter)
  • Professor Nigel Brandon (Imperial College London)
  • Prof Frank Walsh, Dr Richard Wills, Dr Carlos Ponce de leon (University of Southampton)


  • 1995 BSc Mathematical Physics (First Class), University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (merged with University of Manchester)
  • 1996-1997 Trainee Chartered Accountant, Brebner, Allen & Trapp, London
  • 2001 PhD Applied Mathematics, UMIST
  • 2001 - 2004, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Leeds (Applied Mathematics Department/Department of Fuel and Energy)
  • 2004 - 2007, Postdoctoral Researcher, Simon Fraser University (Mathematics Department), Vancouver, Canada.
  • 2007 - June 2011, Lecturer in Energy Technologies, School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton
  • June 2011 - Oct 2011, Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton
  • Oct 2011 - Associate Professor, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
  • 2015-present - Reader, School of Engineering, University of Warwick

Current Group Members

  • Dr David Crevillen Garcia (postdoc)
  • Mr Vasilis Triantafyllidis (PhD)
  • Mr Charles Gadd (PhD), co-supervised with Dr Sarah Wade (Statistics)

Past Members

  • Dr Hussein Osman (PhD/postdoc)
  • Dr Ziauddin Ursani (postdoc)
  • Dr Blanca Zamora (PhD/postdoc)
  • Dr Randhir Singh (postdoc)
  • Dr Atif Khan (PhD)
  • Hassan Al-Fetlawi (PhD)
  • Ravi Tangirala (PhD)
  • Abdulwahid Al-Hajjaj (PhD)
  • Mr Hu Yuan (PhD)
  • Mr Wei Xing (PhD/postdoc)
  • Ms Aygün Çalı (Research Assistant, Erasmus)