Professor Meihong Wang

PhD, MSc, CEng, MIET

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Professor of Energy Systems

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Professor Meihong Wang
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Room F61
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

I was trained as a Process Engineer in China and moved to the UK in 1999 to join Imperial College London as Research Assistant (also part-time PhD at University College London), and then Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2002. From 2004 to 2006, I worked as Senior Engineer in Alstom Power, UK. From 2006 to 2012, I worked at Cranfield University as Lecturer in Process Systems Engineering and MSc Course Director. I joined the University of Hull in 2012 as Reader in Process and Energy Systems Engineering, was promoted to Professor in 2014.  I began my position at the University of Sheffield in 2016. 

Since 2007, I have been investigators in over 20 research grants with funding from UKRI (EPSRC and NERC), European Commission (FP7 and Horizon 2020) and Industry (RWE npower, Alstom and BF2RA). 

I have published over 200 technical papers and industrial reports. One of my publications (Lazic et al., 2014) was awarded SAGE Best Paper Prize 2014 and also Ludwig Mond Prize 2014 by IMechE. Another paper (Wang et al., 2011) is the most cited paper in Chemical Engineering Research and Design since 2010. The paper (Aneke and Wang, 2016) was given the most cited Review Paper Award by Elsevier - Applied Energy Journal. I am also a  joint winner of Nigeria Prize for Science 2019.

    • PhD in Advanced Process Control from Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE) at University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London from Jan. 1999 to Dec. 2001. Viva held in Nov. 2002.
    • MSc in Process Control and Instrumentation from East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China from Sept. 1992 to Jul. 1995.
    • Diploma in Process Control and Instrumentation from Nanjing Chemical Engineering and Power College (now part of Nanjing Normal University), China from Sept. 1985 to Jul. 1988.
    Research interests

    My main research areas is in Process/Energy Systems Engineering for Energy and Environment. The sub areas are:

    • Process Modelling, Simulation, Control and Optimisation
    • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)
    • Grid-scale Energy Storage
    • Bio-fuel Production
    • Power Plants
    • Refinery Planning and Scheduling
    • Process Control (e.g. Condition Monitoring and System Identification)

    Journal articles


    Conference proceedings papers

    Research group

    Current PhD students

    • Mr O. Otitoju - Study of solvent-based carbon capture using RPB absorber and microwave regeneration technology through process modelling and simulation – Sponsored by PTDF Nigeria – from Oct. 2017 to Jan. 2022   
    • Mr Y. Chai - Study of Pyrolysis and Gasification of Biomass and Waste Plastics – Sponsor: part of Uni. of Sheffield Scholarship & part self-funded - from Dec. 2017 to Dec. 2021.  
    • Miss P. L. Bonilla Prado – Molecular simulation and process simulation of solid adsorbents for industrial carbon capture – Sponsored by Mexico National Council of Science and Technology – from Jan. 2018 to Dec. 2021     
    • Miss A. Kamkeng – Process simulation and analysis of CO2 Utilisation through SOEC and FTS – Sponsor: part of Uni. of Sheffield Scholarship & part self-funded – from May 2018 to May 2022
    • Miss F. Al Balushi – Modelling/Simulation and Analysis of Pyrolysis and Gasification of Biomass and Waste Tyre – Sponsor: Oman Government – from Jan. 2019 to Jan. 2023.
    • Miss S. Albdairat – Process control of power plant with carbon capture – Sponsor: Jordan Government – from Feb. 2019 to Feb. 2023
    • Mr M. Arishi – Solvent-based PCC for NGCC Power Plants – Sponsor: Saudi Arabia Government – from Oct. 2019 to Oct. 2023.
    • Mr Y. Ding – CAES in the context of Wind – Sponsor: part of Uni. of Sheffield Scholarship & part self-funded – from Feb. 2020 to Feb. 2024.
    • Mr M. N. Bin Morad – Study of Pyrolysis and Gasification of Biomass and Waste – Sponsor: Malaysia Government – from Feb. 2020 to Feb. 2024.
    • Mr Y. Han – Direct Air Capture and CO2 Utilisation – Sponsor: part of Uni. of Sheffield Scholarship & part self-funded – from 2020 to Sept. 2024.
    • Mr David Aliaga – Energy Storage – Sponsor: Chile Government – from Feb. 2021 to Feb. 2025
    • Miss J. Ren – Carbon Capture for power plants - Sponsor: part of Uni. of Sheffield Scholarship & self-funded - from Feb. 2021 to Feb. 2025
    • Mr Y. Li - Carbon Capture - Sponsor: self-funded - from Feb. 2021 to Feb. 2025
    • Mr Y. Zhang - Modelling and analysis of thermal cracking furnace in ethylene manufacturing - Sponsor: self-funded - from Mar. 2021 to Mar. 2025.

      Postdoc Researchers
    • Dr O. Olumayegun – funded by EPSRC & BEIS - from Dec. 2017 to present
    • Dr X. Wu – Newton International Fund (NIF), Royal Society – from Apr. 2019 to Oct. 2021
    • Dr Toluleke E. Akinola – EPSRC & BEIS - from Mar. 2020 to present
    • Aug. 2021 to Jul. 2025 – European Commission – EU RISE - Smart and CO2 neutral Olefin Production by arTificial Intelligence and MAchine Learning (OPTIMAL), total budget €1,205 k (European partners €772.8 k and Chinese partners €433 k). My own share €367,080. Grant Agreement No: 101007963.
    • Apr. 2021 to Nov. 2021 – EPSRC IAA - Scale-up of RPB Absorber, £33,428.
    • Mar. 2019 to Oct. 2021 – Royal Society – to host Sino-British Research Fellow (part of Newton International Fellow) - £80,332  
    • Sept. 2018 to Jul. 2021 – Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) UK – Visiting Professorship £29,925 
    • Jan. 2018 to Sept. 2021 – UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Advancing RPB Technology for Reduced CO2 Emissions (ARTEMIS), total budget £890 k (£165,000 to my Group).
    • Apr. 2017 to Mar. 2022: Co-I of the Consortium UK CCS Research Centre, total budget £6.23 million (£89,000 to my Group). EPSRC Ref: EP/P026214/1.
    • Oct. 2016 to Sept. 2019: Co-I of the Consortium (and PI at Sheffield) for EU H2020 Systematic design and testing of advanced rotating packed bed process and phase change solvents for intensified post-combustion CO2 capture (ROLINCAP), total project budget: €3.2 million (€337,000 to my group), in collaboration with Greece, Sweden, Germany and other UK partners. Project ID: 727503  
    • Oct. 2016 to Jan. 2020: Co-I of the Consortium (and PI at Sheffield) for EPSRC funded project: Novel adsorbents applied to integrated energy-efficient industrial CO2 capture, total project budget: £985 k (£298,713 to my group).  EPSRC Ref: EP/N024540/1   
    • Oct. 2016 to Jul. 2020: Co-I of the Consortium (and PI at Sheffield) for EPSRC funded project: A compact CO2 capture process to combat industrial emissions, total project budget: £982 k (£274,755 to my group).  EPSRC Ref: EP/N024672/1 
    • Oct. 2014 to Jun. 2019: PI for EPSRC funded consortium project ‘Process Intensification for Post-combustion Carbon Capture using Rotating Packed Bed through Systems Engineering Techniques’ – total grant value £1.27 million (£347,000 to my group). EPSRC Ref: EP/M001458/1 & EP/M001458/2   
    • Jan. 2015 to Aug. 2018: Co-I of the consortium (and PI at Sheffield) for EPSRC funded project: Novel low energy plasma/catalytic gas cleaning process to deliver high quality syngas from the gasification of waste biomass, total project budget: £912 k (£217,000 to my group). EPSRC Ref: EP/M013162/1  
    • May 2015 to Oct. 2016: CI (and PI at Hull) for DECC (UK Government) funded project: Process Intensification for carbon capture with new solvents, total project budget £167.5 k and £63,000 to my group  
    • Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2018: CI (and PI at Sheffield) for EU Horizon 2020 RISE funded project Development of flexible pyrolysis-catalysis processing of waste plastics for selective production of high value products through research and innovation, PI at University of Leeds, total funding €405 k and €108,000 to my group, Proposal Ref: 643322-FLEXI-PYROCAT
    • ALSTOM Power sponsored PhD studentship £50,000 from Jan. 2014 to Nov. 2017 – Supercritical CO2 Brayton Cycle Feasibility Study – Power Conversion System Operation.                                           
    • Project coordinator (i.e. PI): €352.8k funded by EU Marie Curie IRSES from Jan. 2014 to Dec. 2017. The project includes 6 partners. Project title: Research and Development in Coal-fired Supercritical Power Plant with Post-combustion Carbon Capture using Process Systems Engineering techniques (Acronym: R-D-CSPP-PCC-PSE) – Grant Agreement no. PIRSES-GA-2013-612230
    • Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China: Scheme - Collaborations between China and Europe for Process Energy Saving: TianJin University and University of Hull won 1.4 million RMB. 400 k RMB (£43.8 k) to University of Hull (from Jan. 2014 to Jan. 2016). 
    • EPSRC Capital Investment on Energy Storage – £180 k to my group from Sept. 2013 to Mar. 2015. The total grant is around £3 million. I am the only CI outside Birmingham University. EPSRC Ref: EP/L017725/1 
    • Principal Investigator at Cranfield University: £332 k from Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) with project title Multiscale whole systems modeling and analysis for CO2 capture, transport and storage from Jun. 2010 to Dec. 2014. The other partners are Imperial College London, British Geological Survey and University of Sussex. The total project budget is £1.42 million. Ref: NE/H013865/1
    • Co-Investigator for Gas-FACTS project: Gas – Future Advanced Capture Technology Options – EPSRC funded Consortium Proposal by Cranfield/Hull, Edinburgh, Imperial, Leeds and Sheffield - the total project budget: £2.46 million (from Oct. 2012 to Dec. 2015) and £100 k was my share. 
    • Principal Investigator: £50 k funded by BF2RA for PhD studentship from Mar. 2011 to Dec. 2015 on dynamic modelling for supercritical coal-fired power plant with carbon capture. This project collaborates with ALSTOM Power and E.ON UK
    • EU (Leonardo da Vinci) Agreement No. 2009-1-FR1-LEO05-06761 from Oct. 2009 to Sept. 2011 with project title Distance Skill Transfer Validation Assessment System (DSTVAS) – PI at Cranfield University with €70.7k to my Group. 
    • Principal Investigator: £61.828k from EPSRC DTA for PhD studentship from May 2008 to May 2011. Project title: Dynamic modelling and simulation of Thermal Cracking Furnace in Ethylene plant
    • Principal Investigator: £33.75k funded by RWE npower for PhD project from Nov. 2007 to Nov. 2010 with Project title: Dynamic modelling and simulation of CO2 capture plant.
    Professional activities
    • Invited to be EPSRC Peer Review College Member since Sept. 2012.
    • EPSRC Panel Member: (1) Invited to be EPSRC Panel Member for Conventional Power Generation in Dec. 2014; (2) Invited to be EPSRC Panel Member for in Adventures in Energy (sift) in Jul. 2015;
    • Invited to proposal review for South Africa National Research Foundation in 2016 & proposal review and panel meeting by Norway Research Council in 2017 & proposal reviews by University of Ghent in Belgium in 2014.
    • Invited to be Member for EPSRC funded H2FC Supergen Hub Science Board from Jul. 2013
    • Invited to be Member of the Science Board of the EPSRC funded Energy Storage Supergen Hub from 2015
    • Invited to be academic Member of the EPSRC funded UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) from Jul. 2012
    • Invited to be Member of UKCCSRC Scientific Council from Aug. 2017
    • Invited to be member of Scientific Committee and Session chair for 7th International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium, (IEEES7) held in Valenciennes, France in April 2015.
    • Invited to be Organising Committee Member and Programme Sub-Group Coordinator for 10th European Conference on Coal Research and Its Application (ECCRIA 10) held at University of Hull, UK in Sept. 2014.
    • Invited to be Member of Science Committee for 22ndEuropean Symposium of Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE22). The conference was held in Jun. 2012 in London.
    • Advisory Board Member, Guest Editor (from Jan. 2012) and then Associate Editor (from Jan. 2017 to Jul. 2018) for Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering (IMechE Part E)
    • Advisory Board Member and Guest Editor (from Aug. 2015) for International Journal of Coal Science and Technology.
    • Sept. 2016 to present: Professor of Energy Systems Engineering at The University of Sheffield, UK. 
    • Aug. 2014 to Sept 2016: Professor in Process and Energy Systems Engineering and CCUS at the University of Hull, UK.
    • Oct. 2012 to Jul. 2014: Reader in Process Systems Engineering and CCUS at University of Hull, UK.
    • Sept. 2006 to Sept. 2012: MSc Course Director for Carbon Capture and Transport & Lecturer in Process Systems Engineering at School of Engineering, Cranfield University, UK.
    • Jun. 2004 to Sept. 2006: Senior Engineer at ALSTOM Power Technology Centre, UK.
    • Mar. 2003 to May 2004: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Plymouth.
    • Jan. 1999 to Mar. 2003: Research Assistant and then Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CPSE, Imperial College London, UK.
    • Sept. 1995 to Dec. 1998: Lecturer in Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China.
    • Aug. 1988 to Aug. 1992: Assistant Process Engineer in Jiangsu Province Chemical Fertilizer Plant, China.