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Rohini Bala Chandran

Rohini Bala Chandran

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering



3450 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (734) 647-9049


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2015
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2010
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, BITS-Pilani, 2008

Research Interests

Thermal and fluid sciences, multiscale computational model development, radiative heat transfer, optics, chemical kinetics of heterogeneous reactions, electrochemical engineering, semiconductor physics

Research Areas

Energy, Multi-scale Computation, Thermal Sciences

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

ME assistant professor awarded 2023 ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer
Rohini Bala Chandran has been recognized for having “demonstrated the potential to make significant contributions to the field of heat transfer.”

Rohini Bala Chandran receives NSF Career Award for study of radiative transport
Dr. Bala Chandran's proposal, titled “Understanding Radiative Transport in Flowing and Reactive Participating Media with Integrated Models and Measurements,” seeks to develop and deploy predictive models integrated with experimental measurements to establish a more fundamental and holistic understanding of flow-radiation-reaction interactions in various thermal and solar energy systems.

$3.4M to turn up the heat at solar-thermal plants
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Research labs practice flexibility and creativity to create a new normal
As research begins to ramp back up in G.G. Brown, we find out how faculty and students are making changes to safely re-enter their workspace.

Solar-powered wastewater treatment coupled with energy and nutrient recovery
"Our goal is to identify solar-powered wastewater nitrate treatment pathways that facilitate the recovery of energy by producing value-added chemicals from these nutrients," said Bala Chandran. The work is funded by Bala Chandran’s startup funds and MCubed, a University initiative to encourage innovative, interdisciplinary research. The project marries fundamental materials-scale catalysis, physics-based modeling, and experimental investigations. 

Bala Chandran's Paper Published in Energy and Environmental Science
Assistant Professor Bala Chandran's research featured on inside front cover of high impact journal Energy and Environmental Science. 

ME Welcomes New Faculty Members
The ME department is pleased to welcome Rohini Bala Chandran, Elliott Rouse and Alex Shorter who are joining the faculty as assistant professors.