+1-401-863-2674
indrek_kulaots@brown.edu

Teenistuskäik

Töökohad ja ametid
01.01.2001–...   
Brown'i Ülikool- vanemteadur ja lektor
02.05.2013–30.04.2016   
Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, Mehaanikateaduskond, Soojustehnika instituut, Vanemteadur (0,10)
01.03.2012–07.10.2012   
Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, Mehaanikateaduskond, Soojustehnika instituut, Soojusjõuseadmete õppetool, Vanemteadur (0,25)
1995–1997   
Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, Lektor (1,00)
 
 
Haridustee
1997–2000   
Rakendusmatemaatika magister
1997–2001   
Keemiainseneri doktor
1993–1995   
Inseneriteaduste magister
 
 
Teadusorganisatsiooniline ja -administratiivne tegevus
2001−...   
ACS liige
2001−...   
AIChE liige
2001−...   
Carbon liige
 
 
Loometöö
Dr. Külaots' research team investigates bio-wastes, which clearly pose a risk to the environment if disposed in open dumps. These carbonized biomaterials, with a high network of super-micropores, micropores and mesopores offer great opportunities for use in various environmental applications. Our early results suggest that these bio-waste chars are likely candidates for sorbent materials for few EPA top list pollutants.

Dr. Külaots is also actively involved in graphene project in collaboration with Dr. Robert Hurt. Monolayer graphene with the theoretical surface area of 2600 m2/g, has great potential in the fields of catalysis, separation and gas storage if properly converted into bulk materials. Processing graphene often leads to stacking of layers. As the number of graphene sheets per stack increases and if the interlayer spaces are not accessible, the surface area will drop according to the power law: Area ~ (Number of sheets)-1. The 0.335 nm inter-planar spaces of crystalline graphite are not accessible to N2 at 77K or CO2 at 273K, but the potential accessibility of enlarged spaces in reassembled and deformed graphene, graphene oxide, or pillared materials provide opportunities to create high-area bulk materials. With current graphene manufacturing technology it is hard to believe that graphene will be viable candidate as sorbent material any time soon, but it certainly shows promise to be used in gas storage systems if its sheets are pillared..
 
 
Lisainfo
COURSES TAUGHT

• Fluid Mechanics
• Mass-Heat Transfer
• Introduction to Environmental Engineering
• Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
• Fuels, Energy and the Environment
• Physical Sciences
• The Built World: How Humans Engineer Environments

Laboratory Sections of:

• Fluid Mechanics
• Thermodynamics
• Mass-Heat Transfer
• Phase and Chemical Equilibrium
• Chemical and Biochemical Reactor Design
• Transport and Bio-transport processes
• Engines and Turbines
• Water Supply & Wastewater Engineering
• Biomechanics
• Advanced Fluid Mechanics

CURRENT RESEARCH ADVISING

Doctoral student advising
PhD Candidate Birgit Maaten, Department of Thermal Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, January 2015 until present.

Undergraduate Advising
Sara Berhane, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2019
Dennese Salazar, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2019

PREVIOUS RESEARCH ADVISING

Postdoctoral Advising
Dr. Alar Konist, Department of Thermal Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, September 2014 until present.

Graduate Research Advising
Alar Konist, Department of Thermal Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, PhD, 2013.

Undergraduate Research Advising
Stephen Bourguet, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2017
Samuel Moore, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2016, Sam won first place in national AIChE student poster competition
Collin Felten, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2015
Hunter Tabloff, Center of Environmental Studies, Brown University, Class 2015
Omar Nema, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2015
Kevin Tente, Providence College, Class 2015
Christopher Culin, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2014
Alec Zisson, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2016
Nathaniel Cooper, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2012
Nathaniel won twice second place in national AIChE student poster competition
William Trinh, School of Engineering, Brown University, Class 2012

STAFF SUPERVISION

Supervision of technical staff in School of Engineering, Brown University, 2012 - present
Zachary Saleeba, Senior Technical Assistant, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering Labs, School of Engineering, Brown University
Benjamin Lyons, Senior Technical Assistant, Mechanical Engineering Labs, School of Engineering, Brown University
John Shilko, Senior Technical Assistant, Materials Engineering Labs, School of Engineering, Brown University
George Worth, Senior Technical Assistant, Electrical Engineering Labs, School of Engineering, Brown University


REVIEWER FOR PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

Fuel, Energy & Fuels, Fuel Process Technology, Carbon, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
;
Vastavalt Web of Knowledge andmetele seisuga 27.01.2018
on I. Külaots 47 ISI teaduspublikatsiooni autor, tema töödele on viidatud 1040 korda H-indeks on 19. ;

Kvalifikatsioon

 
 
Teadustöö põhisuunad
ETIS KLASSIFIKAATOR: 4. Loodusteadused ja tehnika; 4.17 Energeetikaalased uuringud; CERCS KLASSIFIKAATOR: T140 Energeetika

Publikatsioonid

Klass
Aasta
Publikatsioon
 
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10.09.2019
+1-401-863-2674
indrek_kulaots@brown.edu

Career

Institutions and positions
01.01.2001–...   
Brown University - Senior Research Engineer and Lecturer
02.05.2013–30.04.2016   
Tallinn University of Technology , Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Thermal Engineering , Senior Researcher (0,10)
01.03.2012–07.10.2012   
Tallinn University of Technology , Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Thermal Engineering , Chair of Thermal Power Equipment, Senior Researcher (0,25)
1995–1997   
Tallinn University of Technology , Lecturer (1,00)
 
 
Education
1997–2000   
Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
1997–2001   
PhD in Chemical Engineering
1993–1995   
Master of Science in Engineering
 
 
R&D related managerial and administrative work
2001−...   
member of American Chemical Society (ACS)
2001−...   
member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
2001−...   
member of Carbon society
 
 
Additional information
;
According Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge 27.01.2018
I. Külaots is author of 47 ISI publications, cited 1040 times, H-index 19. ;

Qualifications

 
 
Fields of research
ETIS CLASSIFICATION: 4. Natural Sciences and Engineering; 4.17 Energetic Research; CERCS CLASSIFICATION: T140 Energy research
 
 

Publications

Category
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10.09.2019
  • Leitud 3 kirjet
ProgrammLiikNumberNimiProjekti algusProjekti lõppVastutav täitjaAsutusFinantseerijapoolne rahastamine
MUULep14030Põlevkivielektrijaamade käiduga seotud soojustehniliste ja keskkonnaalaste probleemide lahendamine12.02.201431.01.2017Tõnu PihuTallinna Tehnikaülikool, Mehaanikateaduskond, Soojustehnika instituut, Soojusjõuseadmete õppetool343 730,00 EUR
MUULep13022Põlevkivielektrijaamade käiduga seotud soojustehniliste ja keskkonnaalaste probleemide lahendamine01.02.201331.01.2014Tõnu PihuTallinna Tehnikaülikool; Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, Mehaanikateaduskond, Soojustehnika instituut, Soojusenergeetika õppetool108 000,00 EUR
MUULep12018Põlevkivielektrijaamade käiduga seotud soojustehniliste ja keskkonnaalaste probleemide lahendamine01.01.201231.12.2012Tõnu PihuTallinna Tehnikaülikool; Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, Mehaanikateaduskond, Soojustehnika instituut, Soojusjõuseadmete õppetool194 850,00 EUR