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Darshan G. Pahinkar

Assistant Professor | College of Engineering and Science - Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Affiliate Faculty | Biomedical Engineering and Science, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

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Personal Overview

My research involves development of efficient and heat driven energy systems that use insignificant amount of electricity to help mitigate the effects of climate change. This involves fundamental phenomena-based analyses of integral transport processes and system level performance assessment, followed by their proof-of-concept experimental validation.

Educational Background

B.E., Government College of Engineering Pune, India, 2006

M.E., Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India, 2009

Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, 2016

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology (2020-present)

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2017-2019)

Manager (Development), TATA Motors Engineering Research Center, Pune, India (2009-2011)

Current Courses

MEE 4171 Principles of Heat Transfer – Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024 

MEE 5230 Radiation Heat Transfer – Spring 2021

MEE 4071 Thermal Systems Design – Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

MEE 4175 HVAC – Fall 2021, Fall 2023, Fall 2024

MEE 5270 Thermal Management and Packaging of Electronic Systems - Fall 2022, Spring 2024

MEE 3192 Thermodynamics 2 - Spring 2023

Selected Publications

  1. Ege, F., D. Hocheimy, N. Chauhan, M. S. R. Bondugula, I. Mingareev and D. G. Pahinkar (2024). "Fabricating porous adsorbent coatings using resin curing method: A comprehensive experimental investigation." Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 12(5): 113389. 
  2. Bondugula, M.S.R., F. Ege, and D.G. Pahinkar, Ethanol-enhanced wash-coating of zeolite 13X on microchannel walls for CO2 capture. Separation and Purification Technology, 2024: p. 127411.
  3. Ege, F. and G. Pahinkar, Experimental investigation of water adsorption in MIL-101 (Cr)-coated microchannels. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2023. 472: p. 144960. (DOI -
  4. Imediegwu, C.; Graham, S.; Pahinkar, D. G.; Narumanchi, S.; Paret, P.; Major, J., Interdiffusion and formation of intermetallic compounds in high-temperature power electronics substrate joints fabricated by transient liquid phase bonding. Microelectronics Reliability 2022, 137, 114788.
  5. Chauhan, N, Accornero, F. Sultana, A. I., Ege, F., Reza, T., Pahinkar D. G., (2022) “Synthesis and Characterization of MIL  101 (Cr) Adsorbent Coating on Microchannel Walls for Water Adsorption Heat Pumps” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 
  6. Warzoha, R. J., Wilson, A. A., Donovan, B. F., Donmezer, N., Giri, A., Hopkins, P. E., Choi, S., Pahinkar, D., Shi, J., Graham, S., Tian, Z., and Ruppalt, L. (February 22, 2021). "Applications and Impacts of Nanoscale Thermal Transport in Electronics Packaging." ASME. J. Electron. Packag. June 2021; 143(2): 020804.
  7. Basnet, P., D. G. Pahinkar, M. P. West, C. J. Perini, S. Graham and E. M. Vogel (2020). "Substrate dependent resistive switching in amorphous-HfO x memristors: An experimental and computational investigation." Journal of Materials Chemistry C 8(15): 5092-5101 DOI:
  8. Pahinkar, D. G., P. Basnet, M. P. West, B. Zivasatienraj, A. Weidenbach, W. A. Doolittle, E. Vogel and S. Graham (2020). "Experimental and computational analysis of thermal environment in the operation of HfO2 memristors." AIP Advances 10(3): 035127 DOI:
  9. Pahinkar, D. G., D. B. Boman and S. Garimella (2020). "High Performance Microchannel Adsorption Heat Pumps." International Journal of Refrigeration DOI:
  10. West, M. P., P. Basnet, D. G. Pahinkar, R. H. Montgomery, S. Graham and E. M. Vogel (2020). "Impact of the thermal environment on the analog temporal response of HfOx-based neuromorphic devices." Applied Physics Letters 116(6): 063504 DOI:
  11. Pahinkar, D. G., L. Boteler, D. Ibitayo, S. Narumanchi, P. Paret, D. DeVoto, J. Major and S. Graham (2019). "Liquid-Cooled Aluminum Silicon Carbide Heat Sinks for Reliable Power Electronics Packages." Journal of Electronic Packaging 141(4) DOI:
  12. Agbim, K. A., D. G. Pahinkar and S. Graham (2018). "Integration of Jet Impingement Cooling With Direct Bonded Copper Substrates for Power Electronics Thermal Management." IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology 9(2): 226-234 DOI:
  13. Pahinkar, D. G. and S. Garimella (2018). "A novel temperature swing adsorption process for natural gas purification: Part I, model development." Separation and Purification Technology 203: 124-142 DOI:
  14. Pahinkar, D. G. and S. Garimella (2018). "A novel temperature swing adsorption process for natural gas purification, part II: performance assessment." Separation and Purification Technology 204: 81-89 DOI:
  15. Pahinkar, D. G., W. Puckett, S. Graham, L. Boteler, D. Ibitayo, S. Narumanchi, P. Paret, D. DeVoto and J. Major (2018). "Transient Liquid Phase Bonding of AlN to AlSiC for Durable Power Electronic Packages." Advanced Engineering Materials: 1800039 DOI:
  16. Boman, D. B., D. C. Hoysall, D. G. Pahinkar, M. J. Ponkala and S. Garimella (2017). "Screening of working pairs for adsorption heat pumps based on thermodynamic and transport characteristics." Applied Thermal Engineering 123: 422-434 DOI:
  17. Moore, B. K., D. G. Pahinkar and S. Garimella (2017). "Experimental and Analytical Investigation of Displacement Flows in Microchannels." International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 112(September 2017): Pages 745–757 DOI:
  18. Pahinkar, D. G. and S. Garimella (2017). "Experimental and computational investigation of gas separation in adsorbent-coated microchannels." Chemical Engineering Science 173: 588-606 DOI:
  19. Pahinkar, D. G., S. Garimella and T. R. Robbins (2017). "Feasibility of temperature swing adsorption in adsorbent-coated microchannels for natural gas purification." Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 56(18): 5403-5416 DOI:
  20. Pahinkar, D. G., S. Garimella and T. R. Robbins (2015). "Feasibility of using adsorbent-coated microchannels for pressure swing adsorption: parametric studies on depressurization." Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 54(41): 10103-10114 DOI:
  21. Bhattacharjee, D. and D. G. Pahinkar (2012). "Analysis of Performance of Bowlers using Combined Bowling Rate." International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering 6(03): 184-192 DOI:
  22. Pahinkar, D. G. and J. Srinivasan (2010). "Simulation of Reverse Swing of a Cricket Ball." International Journal for Sports Science and Engineering 4(01): 053-064 DOI:

Recognition & Awards

  • $199,786 National Science Foundation, CBET Division, PMP Program (#2347493), “ERI: Simultaneous Interactions between Gases, Liquids, and Adsorbents in Adsorbent-Coated Microchannels” Role: PI (Only PI)
  • $2,050,000 Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research, October, 2023, Award number: DE-SC0024701, "Biological routes for synthesizing the industrial platform chemical, propylene, from deconstructed lignin waste and captured carbon dioxide produced during lignin valorization into bio-oil", Role: Co-PI, (Share: $360,066)
  • $30,000 Institutional Research Incentive Award from Florida Tech, October 2022 – Cost-Effective and Atomic-Level Design of Metal-Organic Framework (M.O.F.) Adsorbents for Energy-Efficient Water-Based Thermal Systems (Role: Co-PI)
  • $21,200 Institutional Research Incentive Award from Florida Tech, October 2022 –Improving Static Cold Storage Life of the Human Heart before Transplant (Role: Co-PI)
  • $26,500, Institutional Research Incentive Award from Florida Tech, October 2021 – Carbon Dioxide Capture from the Flue Gas using a Novel Bio-derived Adsorbent (Role: PI)
  • $34,130, Institutional Research Incentive Award from Florida Tech, October 2021 - Quantification of Anions and Cations using Ion Chromatography (Role: Co-PI)


Thermally Driven Scalable Heat Pumps

Coating of Adsorbents on Substrates 

Rheology of Adsorbent Slurries

Carbon dioxide Capture

Simultaneous Interaction of Gases and Liquids with Adsorbents

Advanced Materials and Techniques for Electronics Thermal Management

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering (ASHRAE)


Low Temperature Direct Bonding of Aluminum Nitride to AlSiC Substrates, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, 2017, Application No. 62/549,123

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