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’.
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.