Professor Lin Ma

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor of Fluid Dynamics
+44 114 215 7212

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Professor Lin Ma
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Professor Ma completed his PhD at the University of Leeds, then took a series of posts at the University including Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor.

He has been working for many years on sustainable energy technology and in particular on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of various energy processes and a wide range of industrial fluid flow, heat and mass transfer problems.

He took up the post of Professor of Fluid Dynamics at the University of Sheffield in February 2015, as a member of the Energy 2050 initiative.

Research interests

Lin’s research interests are in the field of clean and sustainable energy and industrial decarbonisation and energy efficiency technology with a focus on multi-scale energy process computational and CFD modelling.

His active research areas include carbon capture from power generation and industrial processes, clean coal/biomass/gas combustion and pollutants formation prediction, fuel-related ash deposition, slagging and fouling, future power plant multi-scale and dynamic simulation, wind turbine/farm aerodynamics, wind resources prediction, and fuel cells processes modelling.

He has been participating in a number of major research projects sponsored by UK, EU, and industry. He has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed research papers in leading scientific research journals and conferences, including the publication of two books and two patents.


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  • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems
  • EPSRC UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre
  • EPSRC Opening New Fuels for UK Generation, £455k
  • EPSRC Selective Exhaust Gas Recirculation for CCS with Gas Turbines, £340k
  • EPSRC Process Intensification for Post-Combustion Capture, £350k
  • EPSRC Optimisation of Biomass/Coal Co-Firing Processes, £370k
  • EPSRC BioCPV - Integration of Biomass and Photovoltaic System, £500k
  • EPSRC UKCCSRC - Bio-CAP - Biomass Combustion with Carbon Capture, £750k
  • EPSRC Oxyfuel Combustion - Academic Programme for the UK, £320k
  • EU FP7 SWIP wind turbine development and demonstration, €670k
  • EU FP7 RELCOM - Oxy-coal combustion (FP7-268191), €622k