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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. My research interest is to pioneer cost-effective and innovative ways to decarbonize energy systems, particularly focusing on opening new routes to enabling wider use of waste streams as a sustainable resource to cost-effectively produce energy, fuels, and materials, ultimately towards achieving a low-carbon circular economy. My research group has strong expertise in CFD modeling of reacting flow (i.e., ignition and flame properties, multiphase interactions, reacting progress, heat transfer, and emissions), and is equipped to characterize the solid fuel on its inherent properties, kinetics, and thermal performances.
I received my Ph.D. degree in energy engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden in 2014. Thereafter, I was working at the University of Glasgow as a postdoctoral researcher. I studied my MSc at the National Engineering Lab for Biomass Power Generation Equipment, based in the North China Electric Power University (Beijing). I am an academic member of the International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF) and Combustion Institute (British Section).
My research interest is to pioneer cost-effective and innovative ways to decarbonize energy systems, particularly focusing on opening new routes to enabling wider use of waste streams as a sustainable resource to cost-effectively produce energy, fuels, and materials, ultimately towards achieving a low-carbon circular economy. My research interests include the fundamental investigation and understanding of problems associated with the complex interactions of thermo-fluids dynamics, thermochemical processes, heat & mass transports in thermal/chemical processes, predominantly focusing on:
- Clean bioenergy technologies, including clean combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, wet waste-to-energy.
- Production and utilisation of renewable hydrogen/hydrogen-rich syngas for decarbonising industry systems.
- Development/application of advanced computational fluid dynamics modelling of multiphase reacting fluids.
- Development and demonstration of innovative, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy systems.
- Technoeconomic and environmental assessment of energy/chemical systems.
Accpeting PhD student application in the following topics:
Current PhD students:
- Jixiang Zhang (Biomass supply chain and logistics)
- Morgen Mukamwi (Catalytic reforming of syngas for hydrogen production)
- Asuquo Jackson Asuquo (Green catalyst development)
- Robert Sait-Stewart (Hydrogen/power generation from wet biowaste)
- Haitian Chen (Catalytic synthesis of biogas for SAF production)
Formal PhD students/Postdocs/Visiting Scholars:
- Dr Teresa Marti Rossello (PhD thesis: Development of robust modelling methods for a quick evaluation of biomass pyrolysis performance and its transient behaviour at a particle level)
- Dr Wenhan Cao (PhD thesis: Experimental and modelling study on the release of potassium during biomass combustion)
- Dr Jakub Mularski (Project: Development of robust numerical modelling for evaluation of biomass ignition performance)
- Dr Leteng Lin (Project: Monitoring PM formation and predictions during biomass thermal conversions)
Expertise & Capabilities
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of turbulence reacting flow, multiphase flow, and heat transfer,
- Advanced biomass fuel characterization and thermal conversion performances analysis,
- Clean combustion technologies & applications,
- Modelling and optimization of thermochemical processes and energy systems,
- Techno-economic and environmental assessment of energy systems.
Currently taught modules:
- CP533/CP969: Clean Combustion Technologies (Course Coordinator)
- CP949: MSc Individul Project (Course Coordinator)
- CP407: Design Project
Previously taught modules:
- CP206: Chemical Engineering Practice 1 (Course Coordinator)
- CP414: Particle Technology & Advanced Reactors (Course Coordinator)
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
15 Jun 2010 → 17 Feb 2014
Award Date: 17 Feb 2014
Master of Engineering, North China Electric Power University
10 Sep 2007 → 1 Apr 2010
Award Date: 1 Apr 2010
- Energy efficiency, energy optimisation, energy modelling, demand side management, renewable energy, hybrid energy systems.
- Thermal analysis
- Renewable energy technology
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Project: Research Studentship - Internally Allocated
Evaluation of the effects and interactions of initial chlorine and sulphur contents on the release of potassium compounds during biomass combustionCao, W., Li, J. & Zhang, X., 30 Apr 2022, In: Journal of the Energy Institute. 101, p. 178-186 9 p.
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Optimisation of logistic model using geographic information systems: a case study of biomass-based combined heat & power generation in ChinaZhang, J., Zhang, X., Rentizelas, A., Dong, C. & Li, J., 30 Jun 2022, In: Applications in Energy and Combustion Science. 10, 15 p., 100060.
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Python programs for the Peak Shape Method and the Single Particle Model applied to Biomass Pyrolysis