Linke’s paper now fourth most cited in Applied Thermal Engineering

A 2010 paper written by Dr. Patrick Linke, professor and chair of the Chemical Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar, is now the fourth most-cited paper in the Elsevier journal Applied Thermal Engineering.

The paper, “On the systematic design and selection of optimal working fluids for Organic Rankine Cycles,” includes authors Athanasios I. Papadopoulos and Mirko Z. Stijepović.

Linke is managing director and co-founder of the Qatar Sustainable Water and Energy Utilization Initiative (QWE), a centre of excellence for research and capacity building at Texas A&M at Qatar in Education City. He is also a member of the Executive Board and the chief engineer of the Qatar National Food Security Programme in Qatar.

A process systems engineer, Linke’s research activities focus on the design of efficient processes, integrated systems and associated infrastructures.​​ His areas of interest include process integration and design, process systems engineering and optimization, decision-making and complex problem-solving, efficient utilization of natural resources (energy, water and raw materials), sustainable process design and operation, and computer-aided technologies for chemical process design and optimization.

He currently leads research into innovating desalination process designs with a focus on membrane-based systems, the optimal use of renewable forms of energy in desalination, desalination infrastructure planning, the efficient use of energy in industrial zones, the synthesis of novel materials for power generation from alternative energy sources, and the development of tools to minimize environmental impacts from industrial activities.

Linke earned the Diplom-Ingenieur from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany; and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Manchester.