Research and Development of Ionic Biofluids

Faculty of Technical Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture paricipants in the Project of Republic of Serbia Science Fund

Ionic Biofluids as a Significant Potential for Heat Transfer and Storage

At the end of August this unusual year, a new project came out of the shadow of the pandemic called Research and Development of Ionic Biofluids (acronym: RIDIBF), announced within the public call of the PROMIS Science Fund.

Project manager prof. Dr. Siniša Bikić from the Department of Fluid Mechanics and Hydropneumatic Systems of the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, with long-term participation in various international actions dealing with nanofluids, formed a six-member team of scientists from the Faculty of Technical Sciences and the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad with the goal of:

  • • investigate, experimentally and by computer dynamics of fluids, existing, and develop new, ionic biofluids produced from agricultural biomass,
  • • raise knowledge and increase opportunities for young scientists and
  • • improve laboratory capacity for future research on ionic biofluids.

In the last twenty years, the properties of nanoparticle suspensions in the basic liquid, called nanofluids, have been intensively investigated. The importance of nanofluids is reflected in the ability to significantly improve the transfer and storage of heat energy and thus increase the efficiency of heat exchangers, heat accumulators, hydraulic systems, etc., while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Participants in this project are particularly interested in a completely new class of nanofluids – ionic fluids, and especially ionic biofluids in which nanoparticles are suspended biological materials (eg straw, corn stalks, sunflowers, soybeans, hazelnut shells, walnuts, etc.) available in the AP Vojvodina.

Procurement of several devices intended for experimental testing of physical and hydraulic properties of ionic biofluids, the comprehensive knowledge of which is the basis of their correct choice for various applications, is in progress. The results of this research will bring new scientific information that can contribute to raising the level of technological readiness of nanofluids for their further application.

The project lasts for two years, and we expect the first results soon and we will be happy to share them with you.