Professor Zhibin Yu
- Professor of Thermal Energy (Systems Power & Energy)
I am currently Professor of Thermal Energy at the James Watt School of Engineering. I joined the School in September 2012 as a Lecturer, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017, and then to full Professor in 2019. Prior to this, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester (2006–2011) and the University of Leicester (2011–2012).
I received my BEng in Cryogenic and Refrigeration Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) and my PhD in Thermal Engineering from Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Part of my PhD project was carried out at the Laboratoire d’Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l’Ingénieur, CNRS, France (2004–2005). I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE), a Member of Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and a Fellow of Institution of Engineers in Scotland (IES).
I am currently the Research Theme Champion for Heat Energy within the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) of Scotland, leading an interdisciplinary research network with academics from 11 ETP member universities across Scotland to collaborate on the decarbonisation of heating and cooling, to facilitate the knowledge exchange with local SMEs, and to engage with policy makers. I am also the Net-Zero Challenge Champion of the James Watt School of Engineering, promoting interdisciplinary research efforts on low/zero carbon technologies.
My research is focused on thermal energy technologies and their fundamental thermodynamic, heat transfer, fluid-dynamic problems. I am particularly interested in developing novel technologies for sustainable heating, cooling, and power generation, including but not limited to the topics as follows:
- Heat pumps
- Energy storage
- District heating/cooling networks
- Organic Rankine Cycle power plants
- Thermoacoustic heat pump and refrigerator
- Multi-vector/integrated energy systems
My research expertise mainly lies in the area of thermofluids, including:
- Heat transfer
- Fluid dynamics
- Flow diagnostics and visualisation
- EPSRC: Grid Scale Energy Storage Call, An Adsorption-Compression Cold Thermal Energy Storage System (ACCESS), Ref: EP/W027593/1, Total value: £1,022,621 (UofG: £507k), 09/01/2023-08/01/2025, Role: Overall project PI
- Energy Technology Partnership/Scottish Power: Mitigate the impacts of heat electrification on grid with flexible heating system, PhD studentship, Total Value: £98,000, Oct 2022 – March 2026. Role: PI
- OfGem: Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), Flexible Heat, Total value: £24k, Feb 2022- April 2022. Role: PI at UoG
- OfGem: Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), Heat Balance, Total value: £27k, Feb 2022- April 2022. Role: Co-I
- ETP/Transport Scotland Industry Engagement Fund: Novel Heat Pump System for Electric Retrofitted Commercial Vehicles, Total value: £9,366, April 2022 - March 2023, Role: PI
- EPSRC: Decarbonisation of Heating and Cooling Call 2, Flexible Air Source Heat pump for domestic heating decarbonisation (FASHION), Ref: EP/V042033/1, Total value: £1,149,352 (UofG: £733k), 01/09/2021-31/08/2024, Role: Overall project PI
- EPSRC: Decarbonisation of Heating and Cooling Call 1, GREEN-ICEs: Generation of REfrigerated ENergy Integrated with Cold Energy storage, Ref: EP/T022701/1, Total value: £1,204,099 (UofG: £400k), 01/09/2020-31/08/2023, Role: PI at UofG
- ESPRC: Programme Grant, Decentralised water technologies. Ref: EP/V030515/1, Total value: £5,994,286, 01/03/2021-28/02/2026, Role: Co-I (Lead of the energy engineering WP with a budget of £606,409)
- EC: Collaborative development of renewable/thermally driven and storage-integrated cooling technologies (Ref: 01007976); Total value: €800K (UofG: €64K), 01/10/2021-31/08/2024, Role: PI at UofG
- Energy Technology Partnership/Scottish Power: Modelling of 5th Generation District Heating Networks, PhD studentship, Total Value: £90,000, May 2021 – Jun 2024. Role: PI
- Royal Academy of Engineering/Scottish Power, Industrial Fellowship, Value: £84,138. 20/09/2021-19/09/2022. Role: PI
- Scottish Power: PhD Studentship, Impact of electrification of heat on the grid. Total value: £68,000, Jan 2019 - Sep. 2022, Role: PI
- Innovate UK: Thermo-economic Feasibility of waste heat recovery in Glass Industry, Totoal Value: £7,500, Jan 2022 - March 2022, Role: UoG PI
- Energy Technology Partnership/Scottish Power: Modelling and Optimisation of Integrated Urban Energy Systems for both Heating and Power, PhD studentship, Total Value: £90,000, Feb. 2018 – Jan 2022. Role: PI
- Royal Academy of Engineering: Point-of-use heat exchanger system for bio-filtration and storage of portable water. 01/03/2019-28/02/2022. Total Value: £74,826. Role: Co-I
- EPSRC IAA: Waste heat driven cooling system. Total value: £40K, 01/10/2020-31/12/2021, Role: PI.
- EPSRC (GCRF): Geothermally sourced combined power and freshwater generation for eastern Africa (Combi-Gen), Ref: EP/P028829/1, Total value: £1,341,748 (UofG: £969,393), May 2017 – July 2021, Role: Overall project PI.
- UKRI COA Allocation, Total value: £104,463, 01/01/2021-30/09/2021, Role: PI.
- British Council – NSFC, Researcher Links Workshop Grant 2018, China-UK workshop on low-carbon heating and cooling technologies, Ref: 2018-RLWK10-10298, Value: £40K (UofG: £22K), 01/01/2019 – 31/12/2019, Role: PI.
- EPSRC: Thermal Energy Challenge Call, Thermally Driven Heat Pump Based on an Integrated Thermodynamic Cycle for Low Carbon Domestic Heating (Therma-Pump), Ref: EP/N020472/1, Total value: £713,033 (UofG: £505,270), Oct. 2016 – Jun. 2019, Role: Overall project PI.
- Innovate UK (Newton Fund: China-UK Research and Innovation Bridges competition): An ORC power plant integrated with thermal energy storage to utilise renewable heat sources for distributed heating and power, Ref: EP/R003122/1, Total value: £2M (UofG: £390,871); May 2017 – April 2019; Role: PI
- Royal Society–National Natural Science Foundation of China: Study on the integrated vehicle IC engine-based ORC system, Ref: IE150866, Total value: £12,500 (UofG: £5,350), Mar. 2016 – Mar. 2018, Role: PI.
- EPSRC: First Grant Scheme, Dynamic Organic Rankine Cycle for Recovering Industrial Waste Heat, Ref: EP/N005228/1, Total value: £98,481, Feb. 2016 – Apr. 2017, Role: PI.
- EPSRC IAA: Development of a Novel Expander Technology, (Via EP/K503903/1), Total value: £10K, Jan 2017 – Mar. 2017, Role: PI.
- University of Glasgow: Part-time Industrial Secondment to Crown House Technology Ltd, £9,350, Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2015, Role: PI.
- Royal Society: Investigating zeotropic mixtures as working fluids for high efficiency Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power plants, Ref: RG130051, Total value: £14,750, Nov. 2013 – Oct. 2014, Role: PI.
- European Commission: Demonstration of soft stimulation treatments of geothermal reservoirs (DESTRESS), Ref: 691728, Total value: €10.7M (UofG: £279,890) 2016 – 2020, Role: Co-I
- Innovate UK (Energy Catalyst 4): Developing and testing a new Energy from Waste Gasification Feedstock. Ref: TS/P006914/19 (Innovate UK: 103493), Total value: £639k (UofG: £125k), Role: Co-I
- EPSRC: Real time control of gasifiers to increase tolerance to biomass variety and reduce emissions, Ref: EP/M01343X/1, Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2017, Total value: £999,756 (UoG: £427,355) Role: Co-I.
- European Commission: Low-Carbon After-Life for Coal Mines (LoCAL) – Ground-Source Heat-Pumps, Total Value: £189,871, Jul. 2014 – Jun. 2017, Role: Co-I.
- Royal Academy of Engineering: Innovative energy neutral membrane system for metallurgy wastewater treatment and heavy metal recovery, Ref: NRCP/1415/55, Total value: £17,850, Jan. 2015 – Nov. 2015, Role: Co-I.
- Chinese Academy of Sciences: Visiting Fellowship, Thermoacoustic energy systems, Total value: CNY 130,000, Sep. 2004 – Sep. 2005, Role: PI.
- EPSRC: Thermal Energy Challenge Network. Ref: EP/P005667/1, Aug 2016 – July 2019. Role: Board Member.
- EPSRC: Network Plus: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age. Ref: EP/P001246/1, June 2016 – May 2019. Role: Member.
- EPSRC: UK Fluids Network. Ref: EP/N032861/1, June 2016 – May 2019. Role: Member.
- Andrew Mckeown
- Wenguang Li
- Kadam Sambhaji
- Zahra Hajabdollahi Ouderji
- Hongyang Li
- Guopeng Yu (Associate Professor Sun Yat-sen University, China)
- Youcai Liang (Associate Professor at South China University of Technology)
- Weihong Li (Assistant Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
- Enhua Wang (Associate Professor at Beijing Institution of Technology)
- Peter Collings
Current PhD students:
- Narges Hassani Mokarram (Heat pump)
- Fatin Abdalla (Heat stroage)
- Miryam Essadik (Heat pump)
- Nan Zhang (Heat pumps for electric vehicle)
- Meng Zhang (Multi-vector energy systems)
- Saif Fraih K Alshammari (Organic Rankine cycle power generation)
- Ebraheem Kateb A Alanazy (CO2 refrigeration)
- Min, Liang
Power Conversion & Control for Demand Response in Integrated Energy Systems
Previous PhD students:
- Andrew Mckeown (Organic Rankine cycle power generation)
- Michael-Allan Millar (5th Generation District Heating networks)
- Si Chen (Multi-vector energy systems)
- Peter Collings (ORC power plants)
- Mohammed Ridha Al-Tameemi (Heat pumps)
- Ali Al-Kayiem (Thermoacoustic technology)
Potential PhD projects:
I am keen to supervise and support PhD students with projects in the areas as follows:
- Dynamic modelling of flexible heat pumps
- Combined refrigeration and cold energy storage
- High temperature heat pumps for energy recovery from industrial waste heat sources
- Heat pump and air-conditioner for electric vehicles
- Defrosting of air source heat pumps
If you have your own project ideas in my research areas and seek for a supervisor, please contact me via my email address (Zhibin.Yu@glasgow.ac.uk).
- ENG2053: Thermodynamics 2. (Course Leader)
- ENG3053: Thermodynamics of Engines 3 (Course Leader)
- ENG4179: Thermal Engineering 4
- ENG4110P: Individual Project 4
- ENG5041P: Individual Project 5
- ENG5059P: MSc Project
- Research Theme Coordinator for Heat Energy within the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP)
- External Examiner of Mechanical Engineering Degree Programme at UCL
- Champion of Net Zero Challenge of the James Watt School of Engineering
- Full Member of EPSRC College
- Member of EPSRC Prioritisation Panels
- Council Member for IAEEEE
- Fellow of Institution of Engineers in Scotland (IES)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Member of EPSRC College
- Charted Engineer, Engineering Council, United Kingdom
- Member of IMechE, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom
- Member of Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), United Kingdom
Awards to the team:
- Most Downloaded Paper Prize, International Journal of Green Energy, 2021. “Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) Experiment of the Buoyant Flow Field of a Thermal Chimney Model Designed for Geothermal Power Plants” By Guopeng Yu, Daniele Zagaglia, Richard Green, and Zhibin Yu
- Best Paper in the Session “Energy Conversion”, 12th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 11-12 July 2016, Malaga, Spain; with a paper “Dynamic Organic Cycle with a fixed expansion ratio positive displacement expander” authored by Peter Collings and Zhibin Yu.
- Best Paper in the Session “Energy and Environmental Systems”, 12th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 11-12 July 2016, Malaga, Spain; with a paper “A combined organic Rankine cycle – heat pump system for domestic hot water application” authored by Peter Collings, Mohammed Al-Tameemi and Zhibin Yu.
- Dr Zhibin Yu received “Outstanding Reviewer” Certificate from the journal “Applied Energy”, Elsevier, 2015.
- PhD Student Ali Al-Kayiem received “James Watt PG Award” from the School of Engineering in 2015.
- Certificate of Merit (Student) for the 2014 International Conference of Mechanical Engineering, with a paper “Design of a traveling wave thermoacoustic engine driven cooler with hybrid configuration”, authored by Ali Al-Kayiem, and Zhibin Yu.
- Runner Up Prize for Best student paper at 3rd IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, London, UK, with a paper “Heating Glasgow University with river sourced heat pumps” authored by Adam McConkey, Andrew Poon-King and Zhibin Yu.