Dr. ir. H. (Hamed) Aslannejad

Assistant Professor
Sustainable Energy Supply Systems

"Hydrogen has a critical role in the Energy Transition. We should work on the long-term potential of this super-versatile energy carrier."

Hamed is a distinguished Chemical Process Engineer, having obtained his Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. degrees with Cum Laude honors. His research interests lie in the area of renewable energies, which he began exploring in 2008 when he joined the Niroo Research Institute. During his time there, he was involved in various solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen projects, focusing on the latter. As the hydrogen lab manager, he has extensive hands-on experience working with fuel cells and electrolyzers. Additionally, he has utilized computational modeling to simulate the performance of electrochemical systems. During his Ph.D., he delved into the intricate details of fluid flow in porous media, acquiring a broad knowledge of multi-scale, multi-phase fluid flow modeling tools. He also employed machine learning to facilitate fluid flow simulation cases.

Currently, Hamed is an Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, where he is a key player in hydrogen production, storage, and use. He leads several national and international consortia focused on Green Hydrogen production and use. His research profile demonstrates his commitment to advancing the field of renewable energies and sustainability through cutting-edge research and collaboration.

Key activities 

  • Leading Utrecht University's Hydrogen Lab.
  • Scientific Leader of HyUSE national project 
  • Member of GroenvermogenNL executive committee for the R&D program
  • Member of Integrated Research Training Group SFB 1313, Stuttgart University, Germany

Research Interests:

  • Direct use of Hydrogen in energy-intensive industries and mobility
  • Energy Storage Solutions
  • Multi-phase flow and mass transfer
  • Application of Machine Learning in fluid flow simulations



  • 2021: Interpore Rosette 
  • 2020: International InterPore-PoreLab Young Researcher Award
  • 2019: Cum Laude designation for Ph.D. research
  • 2017: EU-flows European Framework Program award
  • 2014: Young Researcher of the Year at Niroo Research Institute
  • 2011: Exemption from 2-year mandatory service; awarded to outstanding students
  • 2010: Best MSc Thesis Presentation award at Chemical Engineering Department
  • 2008: Best Student at Society of Outstanding Students
  • 2007: Ranked 1st student of the year among all B.Sc. students of the Chemical Engineering Department