Xudong Zhao

Xudong Zhao

Professor of Engineering/ Director of Research

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Xudong.Zhao@hull.ac.uk

01482 466684

Xudong Zhao is a globally recognised energy researcher whose focus is around sustainable building services, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Over his 30 year career he has led or participated in 54 research projects worth £14m, 40 engineering consultancy projects worth £5m and claimed five patents.

Research

Research Interests

-Renewable Energy Technologies, including solar thermal/power system, ambient and ground source energy utilizations, among others.

-Energy efficient technologies, including heat pipe, heat pump and CHP among others.

-Sustainable building services technologies, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and lighting.

Research groups

Working with numerous institutes on the collaborative EU, UK and China Project

- University of Nottingham

- Queens Mary University of London

- Munters Europe Ltd

- Ebm-pepst UK Ltd

- NPS Humber Ltd

- Nobatek, France

- CNRS, France

- Apintech, Greece

- Tensoforma, Italy

- Acciona, Spain

- Tecnalia, Spain

- D’appolonia SPA, Italy

- AUTH, Greece

- European Alumium Association, Belgium

- CARTIF, Spain

- Elval, Greece

- Fenix TNT SRO, Czech Republic

- UBU, Spain

- Fasada, Poland

- PICH-Aguil, Spain

- Tsinghua University, China

- Shanghai Jiaotong Unversity, China

- University of Science and Technology of China

- Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China

- Guangdong University of Technology, China

- Taiyuan University of Technology, China

- Shanghai Pacific Energy Centre, China

- Sinogreen Ltd, China

- Youshida Ltd, China

- Aolan Ltd, China

Publications

Xingxing Zhang, Xudong Zhao*, Jingchun Shen, Jihuan Xu, Xiaotong Yu. (2014) Dynamic Performance of a Novel Solar Photovoltaic/Loop-heat-pipe Heat Pump System. Applied Energy, (114), 335-352.

Zhongzhu Qiu, Xiaoli Ma, Xudong Zhao*, Peng Li, Samira Ali. (2016) Experimental investigation of the energy performance of a novel Micro-encapsulated Phase Change Material (MPCM) slurry based PV/T system. Applied Energy, (165) 260–271.

Peng Xu, Xiaoli Ma, Thierno M.O. Diallo, Xudong Zhao*, Kevin Fancey,

Deying Li, Hongbing Chen. (2016) 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) 803-817.

Xingxing Zhang*, Jingchun Shen, Wei He, Peng Xu, Xudong Zhao*, Junyi Tan. (2015) Comparative study of a novel liquid–vapour separator incorporated

gravitational loop heat pipe against the conventional gravitational straight and loop heat pipes – Part II: Experimental testing and simulation model validation. Energy Conversion and Management, (93) 228–238.

Jinzhi Zhou, Xudong Zhao*, Xiaoli Ma, Zhongzhu Qiu, Jie Ji, Zhenyu Du, Min Yu. (2016) Experimental investigation of a solar driven direct-expansion heat pump system employing the novel PV/micro-channels-evaporator modules. Applied Energy, (178) 484–495.

Full list

Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

16971_16/17S2 Renewable Energy Technologies for Buildings

57020 Fluid dynamics – lab experiment reporting marking

57182_16/17S1 Energy Technologies

06061 Preparing for Learning in HE – teacher

Engineering FdEng Projects

Engineering Group Projects

Engineering Undergraduate Projects

Taught MSc Individual Projects.

Research PhDs

Over more than 30 years of professional career, he has led or participated in 54 research projects funded by EU, EPSRC, Royal Society, Innovate-UK, China Ministry of Science and Technology and industry with accumulated fund value in excess of £14 million, 40 engineering consultancy projects worth £5 million, and claimed seven patents. Up to date, he has supervised 25 PhD students and 14 postdoctoral research fellows, published 161 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals and referred conferences; involved authorization of four books, chaired, organized, gave keynote (invited) speeches in 25 international conferences. His research in PV/T (photovoltaic/thermal) and sustainable heating & cooling has achieved world-class standards, having received the ‘European Dragon-STAR Innovation Silver Award (2nd place)’, ‘World Society of Sustainable Energy Technology 1st Round Innovation Award’, and being nominated as a candidate for ‘2016 World Eni-awards’ and the ‘2015 UK Energy Awards’.

Completed PhD's 

1. Jinchun Shen (first supervisor) – ‘Investigation of a novel heat pipe incorporating solar façade system’

2. Xingxing Zhang (first supervisor) – ‘A Novel Zero (Low) Carbon, Building Integrated Solar/Air PV/c-l-h-p Heat Pump System’

3. Andreas Engelhardt (first supervisor) – ‘Effect of Shape-changing on the Performance and Operating Characteristics of Heat Pipes’

4. Zhiyin Duan (first supervisor) – ‘Investigation of a Novel Dew Point Cooling Technology for EU Building Air Conditioning’

5. Zhangyuan Wang (first supervisor) – ‘Investigation of a Novel Façade-based Solar Loop Heat Pipe Water Heating System’

6. Shuli Liu (second supervisor) – ‘A Novel Heat Recovery/Desiccant Cooling System’

7. Musa Muazo (second supervisor) – ‘Novel Evaporation Cooling Systems for Building Applications’ - completed in 2008, Nottingham

8. Ferdinard Daminabo (second supervisor) – ‘A Novel Bio-mass Driven Micro-CHP System’, completed in 2009, Nottingham

9. Matiwaza Ncube (second supervisor) – ‘Development of a Methodology for Rapid Assessment of Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) Using Measured or Design Data, and Energy Use’, completed in 2010, Nottingham

10. Nick Beckett (second supervisor) – ‘Investigation of Control Strategies of a Novel Domestic Renewable Energy Storage System’, completed in 2010, Nottingham

11. Yanqi Cui (second supervisor) – ‘PCM Technology for Buildings’, ongoing, Nottingham.

12. Mahamood Mustfa (second supervisor) – ‘Ecological Air Conditioning System Using Dew Point Cooling and Desiccant Dehumidification – Middle East case study’, ongoing, De Montfort

13. Xia Hua (first supervisor) – Investigation of Photo-catalyst Building Construction Materials for Enviroment Remediation and Self Cleaning, ongoing, De Montfort

14. Samira Mustafa (second supervisor) – BIPV Cooling Technology and its Application in Buildings, ongoing, De Montfort,

15. Bing Wang (Second supervisor) – composite fibre materials, 2013-2016

Current PhD supervisions 

1. Peng Xu (first supervisor) – ‘A super-performance dew point air cooler and its application in buildings’

2. Zishang Zhu (first supervisor) – ‘Optimisation study of the eco-building design in China’

3. Jinzhi Zhou (first supervisor) – ‘Investigation of a novel PV-micro-channel-evaporator based heating system

4. Min Yu (first supervisor) - Investigation of a novel solar PV/Micro-Channel-Loop-Heat-Pipe (PV/MCLHP) heat and power system

5. Yi Fan (first supervisor) - Theoretical Investigation of a novel flexibly-laid, load-oriented, multiple-sourced district heating and cooling System

6. Yang Qin (Second supervisor) – Composite material characterization.

Professional highlights

External roles

He is currently undertaking a number of important national and international roles, including:

(1) Executive Board Member of the ‘World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies’;

(2) Executive Management Board Member of the ‘International Conference Series for Sustainable Energy Technologies’;

(3) Steering Committee Member of the ‘European District Heating and Cooling Technology Platform’ involving development of work documents for European Commission in this subject;

(4) Guest Lead Editor of the ‘International Journal of Photo-energy’, ‘Advances in Mechanical Engineering’, ‘Energies’, and ‘Frontier of Energy Researches’, and Editorial Board Member of seven other international journals including ‘Future Cities and Environment’, ‘Frontiers in Built Environment and Mechanical Engineering’, ‘Heat Exchangers’, ‘Sustainable Cities and Society’, ‘Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning’ and ‘Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering’ ;

(5) The referee for EU FP7 programme, colleague member of EPSRC (UK), referee of ESRC (UK), French National Agency (ANR), Kazakhstan National Science and Technology Ministry, Portugal Science and Technology section and Hong Kong Research Grant Council; and

(6) UK Newton Fund Programme Advisor focusing on China related research collaboration..

Awards and accolades

Over more than 30 years of professional career, Xudong Zhao has led or participated in 54 research projects funded by EU, EPSRC, Royal Society, Innovate-UK, China Ministry of Science and Technology and industry with accumulated fund value in excess of £14 million, 40 engineering consultancy projects worth £5 million, and claimed seven patents. Up to date, he has supervised 25 PhD students and 14 postdoctoral research fellows, published 161 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals and referred conferences; involved authorization of four books, chaired, organized, gave keynote (invited) speeches in 25 international conferences. His research in PV/T (photovoltaic/thermal) and sustainable heating & cooling has achieved world-class standards, having received the ‘European Dragon-STAR Innovation Silver Award (2nd place)’, ‘World Society of Sustainable Energy Technology 1st Round Innovation Award’, and being nominated as a candidate for ‘2016 World Eni-awards’ and the ‘2015 UK Energy Awards’. He is currently undertaking a number of important national and international roles, including: (1) Executive Board Member of the ‘World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies’; (2) Executive Management Board Member of the ‘International Conference Series for Sustainable Energy Technologies’; (3) Steering Committee Member of the ‘European District Heating and Cooling Technology Platform’ involving development of work documents for European Commission in this subject; (4) Guest Lead Editor of the ‘International Journal of Photo-energy’, ‘Advances in Mechanical Engineering’, ‘Energies’, and ‘Frontier of Energy Researches’, and Editorial Board Member of seven other international journals including ‘Future Cities and Environment’, ‘Frontiers in Built Environment and Mechanical Engineering’, ‘Heat Exchangers’, ‘Sustainable Cities and Society’, ‘Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning’ and ‘Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering’ ; (5) The referee for EU FP7 programme, colleague member of EPSRC (UK), referee of ESRC (UK), French National Agency (ANR), Kazakhstan National Science and Technology Ministry, Portugal Science and Technology section and Hong Kong Research Grant Council; and (6) UK Newton Fund Programme Advisor focusing on China related research collaboration..

Professional highlights

• 54 research projects with a total fund value in excess of £14 million

• 161 scientific papers

• 7 patents

• 4 books published (as a co-author)

• 14 postdoctoral research fellows and 25 PhD students have been (is being) supervised

• 40 engineering design and construction projects completed

• 1 MSc programme developed

• 8 teaching modules undertaken