My research interests include computer aided design (CAD), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA) and system modelling of batteries, fuel cells and their systems in synergy with experiments to develop prototypes for applications in automotive, aerospace and energy storage sectors.
My previous research projects focused on multi-scale modelling and simulation of a microreactor with catalytic surfaces, design, development and modelling of a biochemical reactor that mimics the human duodenum, and design, development and modelling of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack and its balance of plant system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
I currently work on a lithium-ion battery ageing modelling and testing project for automotive and energy storage applications.
Some of my previous collaborative projects with partners from industry and academia include Airbus (Germany, United Kingdom), BMW (Germany), Calgavin (United Kingdom), CD-adapco (United Kingdom), HyGear (Netherlands), Survey Copter (France) and Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Sciences (Ukraine).
Bostjan Hari holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maribor in Slovenia. He was awarded from a rector of the university as the best student in his generation. Bostjan received a Master of Science (MSc) degree from the same university focusing on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applied to internal combustion engines. After some years of experience in industry, in particular with BMW from Germany and CD-adapco from the United Kingdom, Bostjan decided to pursue his interests in research and innovation. He graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science from The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom with the topic Multi-scale Modelling, Design and Simulation of Chemical Microreactors funded by EPSRC from the United Kingdom. After completing his PhD study, Bostjan worked at the University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow on collaborative research projects in the areas of biochemical reactors and solid oxide fuel cells. These projects were funded by BBSRC from the United Kingdom (Mining diversity in cereal (wheat) fibre to improve the nutritional quality of bread), Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking from the European Union (Microtubular solid oxide fuel cell power system development and integration into a mini UAV) and Seventh Framework Programme from the European Union (Deployment of societally beneficial nano and material technologies in European partnership countries). Bostjan recently joined WMG Energy Systems Group as a Project Engineer. He currently works on an energy storage and battery ageing modelling collaborative research project with Jaguar Land Rover funded by High Value Manufacturing Catapult from the United Kingdom.