Dr. Muhammad Arif Orakzai


Dr. Muhammad Arif Orakzai

Assistant Professor


Dr. Muhammad Arif works as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department of Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology. He received his Doctorate degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering from RMIT University, Australia in 2021. Dr. Arif has also worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on Australian government funded research project for one year. He has worked for about two years as a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Sarhad University of Information and Technology.

Dr. Arif has expertise in Mechanical Engineering, Energy storage systems, and Computational Fluid Dynamics. He has published five research articles as a first author in Q1 journals of his field. Dr. Arif has also presented his work at various international conferences.

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor at Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, PAF-IAST
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, RMIT University, Australia, February 2021 to January 2022
  • Casual lecturer/tutor, RMIT University, Australia, 2018 to 2022
  • Lecturer at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sarhad University of Information and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan, 2014 to 2016


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering , Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University, Melbourne, Australia, (2017-2021)
  • Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, (2013-2015)
  • Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan, (2009-2013)


1            “A systematic approach for matching simulated and experimental polarization curves for a PEM fuel cell”. Arif, M., S.C.P. Cheung, and J. Andrews, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Q1-IF: 5.816), 2020. 45(3): p. 2206-2223 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.11.057 

2            “The influence of hydrophobicity and porosity of the gas diffusion layer on mass transport losses in PEM fuel cells: A simulation study supported by experiment”. Arif, M., S.C.P. Cheung, and J. Andrews, Energy & Fuels (Q1-IF:3.605), 2020. 34(10): p. 13010 -13022. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c02596 

3            “Different Approaches Used for Modeling and Simulation of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells: A Review”. Arif, M., S.C.P. Cheung, and J. Andrews, Energy & Fuels (Q1-IF:3.605), 2020. 34(10): p. 11897-11915. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c02414 

4            “Diagnostic analysis of a single-cell Proton Exchange Membrane Unitised Regenerative fuel cell using numerical simulation” Arif, M., S.C.P. Cheung, and J. Andrews, 2020. 46(57): p. 29488-29500 special issue titled “Hydrogen Energy Systems” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Q1-IF: 5.816) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2020.11.165  

5            “Numerical investigation of effects of different flow channel configurations on the 100 cm2 PEM fuel cell performance under different operating conditions”.  Arif, M., S.C.P. Cheung, and J. Andrews, “SI:CCE-2021” of Journal Catalysis Today (Q1-IF: 6.766) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2021.07.016 


A prototype portable, rechargeable and silent power supply based on a reversible hydrogen fuel cell; a research project funded by Australian government.

Research Interests:

  1. Computational Fluid Dynamics 
  2. Energy storage systems 
  3. Hydrogen energy  
  4. PEM Fuel Cells 
  5. Electric Vehicles
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