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I am a Lecturer in Built Environment under the Department of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction Management. Prior to joining Kingston University in June 2022, I was a Post-doctoral Research Associate under an EPSRC research focusing on versatile phase-change materials (PCM) application for building energy system at the Department of Engineering, University of Hull (December 2020 - May 2022). My responsibility also expanded to co-teach in several modules relating to energy storage systems as well as supervising 3 MSc Energy Engineering and 6 undergraduate Mechanical Engineering dissertation projects. From May 2019 until November 2020, I worked as a Research Associate under an Innovate UK research in collaboration with industry (Free Running Building Ltd) on novel passive thermal ventilation system for energy and thermal comfort optimisation – FREEHEAT at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde. I also involved in tutoring several PhD and MEng dissertation projects. After passing my PhD VIVA in January 2018, I worked temporarily as a Research Assistant (6 months) under a UMRG research at the Department of Architecture, University of Malaysia (September 2018 - March 2019) which focussed on reviving the functional and the design aspects of the university student centre, Perdanasiswa Complex.
Prior to starting my PhD research in 2014, I had several years of experience in building construction industry in Malaysia, as an Assistant Architect (Arkitek Ibnu Adam) and as a Construction Programme Scheduler (Apex Communications SB). The last construction project I involved - Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Phase 1 has exposed me to BIM and complex interfacing tasks between work packages, which I involved in several mitigation construction programme plans as well as applying Extension of Time (EOT).
My research interest is on sustainable technologies for built environment, renewable energy harvesting, UHI mitigation strategies and indoor environmental quality (IEQ).
Lecturer in Built Environment
My teaching focus and subjects should be hand in hand with my research interest, and currently I am being positioned closely to the modules which are designed for Building Survey, Quantity Survey and Construction Engineering Management courses. However, as someone who is very open to new experiences, my future teaching modules could be across disciplines within KU schools and faculties, relating to building environment, urban context, construction projects, renewable energy harvesting for built environment and building technology and design.
My research interest is across disciplines between built environment, engineering, architecture, and energy-material science. My enthusiasm in research is closely related to i) sustainable built environment – smart cities, sustainable building technologies and renewable energy technologies, ii) building environment - indoor air quality, improved ventilation and thermal comfort, and iii) building / urban physics - urban heat island (UHI) effect, air quality, CFD analysis and heat transfer.
Previously I was part of Professor Ben Hughes' Energy 2050 - Building Energy Group and Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Group (https://bestresearch.uk/team/diana-snm-nasir). Highly inspired by his leadership, I want to be able to deliver and transfer the knowledge and experience I had with Energy 2050 and BEST Research Group towards my future research team.
My humble aim is to establish my first own research group and my team members should be very keen and passionate towards research and innovation, very independent and self-motivated. The team members will be given the opportunity to explore to use several computational modelling software (ANSYS, Revit, EnergyPlus, IESVE) as well as coding programmes (Simulink, Arduino) and to establish their own experimental setup (laboratory, fieldwork data collection) using environmental measurement tools for their research works.
I welcome any research collaboration as well as future postgraduate students (PhD / MSc) who want to work on the research or projects that aim for 1) sustainable technologies within built environment, 2) renewable energy harvesting for nearly zero carbon emission, 3) urban heat island (UHI) mitigation strategies, 4) indoor-outdoor environmental quality – thermal comfort / ventilation / air quality, and 5) smart technologies for future buildings / cities.
Ghalandari, Taher, Baetens, Robin, Verhaert, Ivan, Nasir, Diana SNM, Van den bergh, Wim and Vuye, Cedric (2022) Thermal performance of a controllable pavement solar collector prototype with configuration flexibility. Applied Energy, 313, p. 118908. ISSN (print) 0306-2619
Calautit, Katrina, Nasir, Diana S.N.M. and Hughes, Ben Richard (2021) Low power energy harvesting systems : state of the art and future challenges. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 147, p. 111230. ISSN (print) 1364-0321
Zhou, Bochao, Pei, Jianzhong, Mohd Nasir, Diana and Zhang, Jiupeng (2021) A review on solar pavement and photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) system. Transportation Research Part D : Transport and Environment, 93, p. 102753. ISSN (print) 1361-9209
Nasir, Diana SNM, Pantua, Conrad Allan Jay, Zhou, Bochao, Vital, Becky, Calautit, John and Hughes, Ben (2021) Numerical analysis of an urban road pavement solar collector (U-RPSC) for heat island mitigation : impact on the urban environment. Renewable Energy, 164, pp. 618-641. ISSN (print) 0960-1481
Zhou, Bochao, Pei, Jianzhong, Richard Hughes, Ben, SNM Nasir, Diana, Vital, Becky, Pantua, Conrad Allan Jay, Calautit, John and Zhang, Jiupeng (2021) Structural response analysis of road pavement solar collector (RPSC) with serpentine heat pipes under validated temperature field. Construction and Building Materials, 268, p. 121110. ISSN (print) 0950-0618
Zhou, Bochao, Pei, Jianzhong, Hughes, Ben Richard, Nasir, Diana SNM and Zhang, Jiupeng (2020) Analysis of mechanical properties for two different structures of photovoltaic pavement unit block. Construction and Building Materials, 239, p. 117864. ISSN (print) 0950-0618
Mohd Nasir, Siti Diana, Xu, Weijie, Vital, Becky, Pantua, Conrad, Zhou, Bochao, Calautit, John and Hughes, Ben (2020) Urban road and pavement solar collector system for heat island mitigation : assessing the beneficial impact on outdoor temperature. IOP Conference Series : Earth and Environmental Science, 463, 012038. ISSN (print) 1755-1307
Shahzad, Sally, Calautit, John Kaiser, Aquino, Angelo I., Nasir, Diana S.N.M. and Hughes, Ben Richard (2017) A user-controlled thermal chair for an open plan workplace : CFD and field studies of thermal comfort performance. Applied Energy, 207, pp. 283-293. ISSN (print) 0306-2619
Nasir, Diana S.N.M., Hughes, Ben Richard and Calautit, John Kaiser (2017) Influence of urban form on the performance of road pavement solar collector system : symmetrical and asymmetrical heights. Energy Conversion and Management, 149, pp. 904-917. ISSN (print) 0196-8904
Nasir, Diana S.N.M., Hughes, Ben Richard and Calautit, John Kaiser (2017) A CFD analysis of several design parameters of a road pavement solar collector (RPSC) for urban application. Applied Energy, 186(3), pp. 436-449. ISSN (print) 0306-2619
Calautit, John Kaiser, Hughes, Ben Richard and Nasir, Diana SNM (2017) Climatic analysis of a passive cooling technology for the built environment in hot countries. Applied Energy, 186(3), pp. 321-335. ISSN (print) 0306-2619
Mohd Nasir, Diana S.N.M., Hughes, Ben Richard and Calautit, John Kaiser (2015) A study of the impact of building geometry on the thermal performance of road pavement solar collectors. Energy, 93(2), pp. 2614-2630. ISSN (print) 0360-5442
Mohd Nasir, Siti Diana Nabilah (2020) Road Pavement Solar Collector (RPSC) system for UHI mitigation : a numerical approach. In: Asphalt Innovation Symposium 2020; 10 Dec 2020, Held online. (Unpublished)
Shahzad, Sally, Calautit, John Kaiser, Aquino, Angelo I., Mohd Nasir, Diana SNM and Hughes, Ben Richard (2017) Neutral thermal sensation or dynamic thermal comfort? Numerical and field test analysis of a thermal chair. In: 9th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE 2017); 21 - 24 Aug 2017, Cardiff, U.K..
Nasir, Diana S.N.M., Hughes, Ben Richard, Calautit, John Kaiser, Aquino, Angelo I. and Shahzad, Sally (2016) Effect of urban street canyon aspect ratio on thermal performance of road pavement solar collectors (RPSC). In: 8th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE2016; 08 - 11 Oct 2016, Beijing, China.
Nasir, Diana SNM, Hughes, Ben and Calautit, John Kaiser (2016) Analysis of the impact of urban configuration on road solar collectors. In: 11th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems; 04-09 Sep 2016, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)
Shahzad, Sally, Hughes, Ben, Calautit, John Kaiser and Nasir, Diana S.N.M. (2016) Computational and field test analysis of thermal comfort performance of user-controlled thermal chair in an open plan office. In: 8th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE2016; 08 - 11 Oct 2016, Beijing, China.
Calautit, John Kaiser, Aquino, Angelo I., Shahzad, Sally, Nasir, Diana S.N.M. and Hughes, Ben Richard (2016) Thermal comfort and indoor air quality analysis of a low-energy cooling windcatcher. In: 8th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE2016; 08 - 11 Oct 2016, Beijing, China.
Nasir, Diana SNM, Hughes, Ben Richard and Calautit, John Kaiser (2015) The impact of urban canyon on the thermal performance of solar roads. In: Sustainable Thermal Energy Management Conference 2015; 07-08 Jul 2015, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K..
Calautit, J. K., O'Connor, D., Nasir, SNM., Sofotasiou, P., Hughes, B. and Shahzad, S. (2015) Numerical analysis of a wind catcher assisted passive cooling technology. In: USES 2015 : The University of Sheffield Engineering Symposium; 24 Jun 2015, Sheffield, U.K..
Nasir, Diana S. N. M., Hughes, Ben R. and Calautit, John K. (2015) CFD simulation of integrating solar roads in urban canyon. In: USES 2015 : The University of Sheffield Engineering Symposium; 24 Jun 2015, Sheffield, U.K..
Nasir, Siti Diana N.M., Hughes, Ben and Smith, Nigel (2014) Investigating the influence of the urban canyon geometry aspect ratio on the temperature of pavement middle layers. In: 5th Postgraduate Research Conference 2014; 04 Dec 2014, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Mohd Nasir, Siti Diana Nabilah, Hughes, Ben, Calautit, John Kaiser S. and Smith, Nigel J. (2014) The influence of urban geometry aspect ratio on heating the pavement middle layers : potential in passive energy collection. In: Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference 2014; 30-31 Oct 2014, Sheffield, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Mohd Nasir, Siti Diana Nabilah (2017) The influence of building configuration on the urban heat island effect. (PhD thesis), University of Sheffield, .