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Dr José Ricardo Sodré received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), in the UK, in 1995. He joined Aston University as a Reader in November 2018, where he actuates in the Sustainable Energy and Transport (SET) research group and the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI). Before, he has worked as an Associate Professor at Birmingham City University, UK, and as an Associate Professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering (ABCM), and acts as a consultant to several government research funding agencies in Brazil and other Latin American countries, including CAPES, CNPq and FAPEMIG.

He has also cooperated as a reviewer of many scientific international journals, including Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Energy, Fuel, Fuel Processing Technology, IMechE Journal of Automobile Engineering, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, Tribology International, and others.

His research interests lie in the fields of automotive engineering and power generation, and his research experience is primarily on internal combustion engines, pollutant and CO2 emissions, fuel conversion efficiency, biofuels and alternative fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen and natural gas, hybrid and electric vehicles. To date, he has authored/co-authored 62 articles published in scientific journals, 1 book, 13 book sections, 122 articles published in international conference proceedings and 1 patent applied.

He has supervised to completion 8 PhD students and 27 MSc students. He has coordinated cooperative research and innovation projects with industry partners including FIAT-Chrysler automobile manufacturer, PETROBRAS oil company, CEMIG electric utility company, VALE mining company, FORD motor company and STIHL handheld power equipment.

Research Interests

 Electric Vehicles, Biofuels, Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, Internal Combustion Engines, Renewable Energy

Teaching Activity

  • ME4504 Sustainable Energy – Module Leader
  • ME1502 CDIO Project – Module Tutor

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Formulation and Experimental Validation of a Computer Model for Spark Ignition Engine Exhaust Hydrocarbons, UMIST, Manchester, UK

7 Oct 199129 Sept 1995

Award Date: 12 Dec 1995

MSc, Experimental Determination of Friction Factors in Annular Regions with Fins or Filled with Regenerative Matrices, Pontifícia Universidade Católica Do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO)

1 Mar 198821 Jun 1991

Award Date: 22 Feb 1992

BSc, Universidade Federal Fluminense

1 Mar 198318 Dec 1987

Award Date: 13 Jan 1988

External positions

Associate Professor, Birmingham City University

16 Aug 20164 Nov 2018

Associate Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais

4 Aug 199715 Aug 2016

Research Associate, Pontifícia Universidade Católica Do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO)

2 Jan 199631 Jul 1997


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Energy Conservation
  • Renewable Energy
  • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Biofuels
  • Hydrogen
  • Fuel Cells
  • Internal Combustion Engines


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