Dr BIRGERSSON, Karl Erik
Associate Professor



Mailing address:
Block E2, #02-35
5 Engineering Drive 2
Singapore 117579

Office location: E2-02-35
Contact: +65-6516-7132

Erik BIRGERSSON is an associate professor with tenure at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

He specializes in mathematical modelling and transport phenomena. He has published around 90 journal papers, 1 book and 5 book chapters with an h-index of 21 (Google Scholar; accessed July 2017) and a field-weighted citation index of 1.92 (Scival, 2003-2016; accessed July 2017).

As a consultant for Innosparks Pte Ltd., he helped design the Air+ smart mask, which has won awards such as the President's Design Award 2015, the Reader's and Editor's Choice for the Most Innovative Product at the Straits Times Digital Awards 2016 and one of the Top 50 Engineering Feats Award in Singapore 2016. Besides research, he enjoys teaching and has been awarded 17 teaching awards in NUS since 2006.

Qualification
Abitur and studentexamen at the German-Swedish Bilingual School, Stockholm in 1992. Furir, arctic rangers in K4 Arvidsjaur, in 1994. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, in 2004. He also has a MS degree in Chemical Engineering (1998) and a Licentiate degree (2003) in Fluid Mechanics from KTH.

Modules Taught
ESP1107 Computing and Statistics (2006-2016)
PC1433 Mechanics and Waves (2006-2015)
ESP2109 Design Project I (2007-2009)
ESP3901 Major Design Project (2008-2009)
ESP4402 Transport Phenomena in Energy Systems (2010-2017)
CN4118 Research Project in Chemical Engineering (2009-2017)
EG5911 Research Methodology and Ethics (2014-2017)
ESP2107 Numerical Methods and Statistics (in preparation, 2018-)
ESP5402 Advanced Transport Phenomena in Energy Systems (in preparation, 2018-)

Research Interests
Mathematical modeling, transport phenomena (e.g., fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer), impedance, solar cells, fuel cells, batteries, flow batteries, hydrogels, and miscellaneous devices and systems such as filtering facepiece respirators and mine ventilation to name but two. See the link for the Air+ Smart Mask innovation story.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v4xQhMY8Wo&t=44s

Selected Publications
E. Birgersson, M. Noponen and M. Vynnycky, "Analysis of a two-phase non-isothermal model for a PEFC", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 152, A1021 (2005).

E. Birgersson, H. Li, S. Wu, "Transient analysis of temperature-sensitive neutral hydrogels", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 56, 444 (2007).

U Birgersson, E Birgersson, P Åberg, I Nicander, S Ollmar, “Non-invasive bioimpedance of intact skin: mathematical modeling and experiments”, Physiological measurement 32 (1), 1 (2010).

K Somasundaram, E Birgersson, AS Mujumdar, “Analysis of a model for an electrochemical capacitor”, Journal of The Electrochemical Society 158 (11), A1220-A1230 (2011).

K Somasundaram, E Birgersson, AS Mujumdar, “Thermal–electrochemical model for passive thermal management of a spiral-wound lithium-ion battery”, Journal of Power Sources 203, 84-96 (2012).

T Zhang, E Birgersson, J Luther, “A spatially smoothed device model for organic bulk heterojunction solar cells”, Journal of Applied Physics 113 (17), 174505 (2013).

E Birgersson, EH Tang, WLJ Lee, KJ Sak, “Reduction of carbon dioxide in filtering facepiece respirators with an active-venting system: A computational study”, PloS one 10 (6), e0130306 (2015).