Muneeshwaran Murugan

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. M. Muneeshwaran is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with profound expertise that spans enhanced phase change processes, immersion cooling technologies for data centers, dehumidification systems, and low-GWP refrigerants. His primary focus lies in developing innovative heat transfer technologies with a paramount emphasis on energy efficiency, net-zero emissions, and the promotion of sustainability to combat the critical challenges posed by global warming. He plays a pivotal role in designing and developing experimental platforms tailored for conducting comprehensive thermal-fluid tests, including pool boiling, condensation, dehumidification, heat exchangers, refrigerators, and CO2 regeneration. His work is further enhanced by the utilization of advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics tools, such as COMSOL and Ansys, to bolster the precision and efficacy of his research endeavors.

Before joining ORNL in May 2022, Dr. Muneeshwaran was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Thermal-Fluids lab at the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. It was here that he completed his doctoral studies, earning a PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2021. Dr. Muneeshwaran received a M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing – Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, in 2018 and a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from KARE, Tamil Nadu, India, in 2012. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Muneeshwaran embarked on a rewarding professional journey, serving as a Boiler Engineer at BGR Energy Systems Ltd. until 2015, where he gained valuable industry experience.

Dr. Muneeshwaran has authored or co-authored more than 21 journal publications and holds one invention disclosure related to his research. Dr. Muneeshwaran is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding New Student Award from National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. He has served as a reviewer for leading journals, including Energy Conversion and Management, Applied Thermal Engineering, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, Heat Transfer Engineering, and the Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer.