Dr Xiaoli Ma

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Computer Science

x.ma@hull.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1482 466949

Dr Xiaoli Ma has research experience in the areas of sustainable building services, renewable/sustainable energy, energy efficiency technologies, energy in built environment and instrumentation technologies.

She has conducted 22 research projects, attracting funded with a total value of £1.5 million from bodies including the EU, EPSRC, Innovate UK, National Science and Technology Committee of China, and industry

Dr Ma has published 56 papers in scientific journals and international conferences, as well as one book chapter. She has two patents.

Research

Research Interests

  • Renewable/sustainable energy (solar, wind, ambient, ground source energy)
  • Energy efficiency (CHP, Heat pipe, Heat Pump, PCM)
  • Power generation
  • Heating and cooling
  • Refrigeration
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Air cleaning
  • Energy systems
  • Environment technology

Research groups

Member of the energy research team in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Publications

Xu P, Ma X, Thierno D M O, Zhao X, Fancey K, Li D, Chen H, 'Numerical Investigation of the Energy Performance of a Guideless Irregular Heat and Mass Exchanger with Corrugated Heat Transfer Surface for Dew Point Cooling', Energy, 109, pp 803-817 (2016)

Xu P, Ma X, Zhao X, Fancey K, 'Experimental Investigation on Performance of Fabrics for Indirect Evaporative Cooling Applications', Building and Environment, 110, pp 104-114 (2016)

Xu P, Ma X, Zhao X, Fancey K, 'Experimental Investigation of a Super Performance Dew Point Air Cooler', Applied Energy, 203, pp 761-777 (2017)

Qiu Z, Ma X, Li P, Zhao X, Wright A, 'Micro-Encapsulated Phase Change Material (MPCM) Slurries: Characterisation and Building Applications', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 77, pp 246-262 (2017)

Zhou J, Zhao X, Ma X, Du Z, Fan Y, Chen Y, Zhang X, 'Clear-Days Operational Performance of a Hybrid Experimental Space Heating System Employing the Novel Mini-Channel Solar Thermal & PV/T Panels and a Heat Pump', Solar Energy, 155, pp 464-477 (2017)

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Teaching

Research PhDs

Xiaoli welcomes applications around 
  • Renewable / sustainable energy
  • Energy efficiency technologies
  • Energy in built environment

Current PhD supervisions

  • Investigation of a Novel Dew Point Cooling System for Computer Data Centre Application (co-supervisor)
  • Development of Control System for Dew Point Cooler Combined with Dehumidify System for Computer Data Centre Application (co-supervisor)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Renewable Energy and Building Services Technologies, University of Nottingham (2004)
  • MSc Manufacturing and Instrumentation, Taiyuan University of Technology, China (1992)
  • BEng Mechanical-Optical Instrumentation, Wuhan University, China (1985)

External roles

Editorial

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Pioneer Journal of AASCIT Energy, American Association for Science and Technology (AASCIT)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of American Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, American Association for Science and Technology (AASCIT)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Pioneer Journal of Solar Energy
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Pioneer Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer and its Applications
  • Paper reviewer of 16 international journals including ASHRAE, Renewable Energy and Applied Energy, etc.

Professional memberships

  • Member of Europe District Heating and Cooling Association
  • Member of World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies
  • Member of Chinese Metrology and Test Society

Awards and accolades

  • Senior Research Fellow (Jun 2015- ), School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Hull
  • Senior Research Fellow (Aug 2011-May 2015), Department of the Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham
  • Research Fellow (Jan 2006–Jul 2011), Department of the Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham
  • Visiting scholar (Oct 2004–Dec 2005, Nov 1999 – Sep 2001), School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham
  • Associate Professor (Apr 1998–Nov 1999), School of Mechanical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, China

Professional highlights

Recent successful proposals and grants:

  • Low Grade Waste Heat Driven CHP Combined with ejector System for Heating, Cooling and Power Generation in the Drink Supply Chain, Innovate UK Food Supply Chain, S B Riffat and Xiaoli Ma, 2015 (24 months), £663,245.
  • High temperature PCM/Brayton cycle energy storage, Innovate UK, Energy Catalyst, S B Riffat and Xiaoli Ma 2014 (24 months), £649,995.
  • Solar Collector and PCM Thermal Façade for Low Carbon Buildings, EU FP7 Programme, S B Riffat and Xiaoli Ma, 2014 (24 months) €190,000.
  • Photocatalytic Mop Fan Air Cleaning System for Industrial Applications, S B Riffat and Xiaoli Ma, EPSRC, 2010 (18 months), £42,600
  • A Novel Solar Façade Hot Water Heating System Using Loop Heat Pipe Technology, Xudong Zhao and Xiaoli Ma, Pikington Energy Efficiency Trust, UK, £5000, 2009 (18 months)

Recent research project achievements:

  • Super performance dew point cooling system achieving highest efficiency among the existing similar system (2017).
  • 5kW solar driven steam ejector cooling system has been successfully installed in ENIT in Tunis for office cooling (2011).
  • Highly efficient mop fan system for air cleaning, 35.4W running power saving 1.3kW heating energy (2011).
  • Environmental friendly low grade waste heat (<120oC) power generation system achieving 15% of efficiency (2014).