PhD, MSc, CEng, MIET
I 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 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 August 2014. I began my position at the University of Sheffield in September 2016.
I'm a Chartered Engineer and have published over 100 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. I've been involved in 19 research projects from Research Councils UK, European Union and Industry as investigators.
- PhD in Advanced Process Control from the 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.
- Sept. 2016 to present: Professor of Energy Systems at The University of Sheffield.
- Aug. 2014 to Sept 2016: Professor in Process and Energy Systems Engineering and CCS at University of Hull.
- Oct. 2012 to Jul. 2014: Reader in Process Systems Engineering and CCS at University of Hull.
- Sept. 2006 to Sept. 2012: MSc Course Director for Carbon Capture and Transport & Lecturer in Process Systems Engineering at School of Engineering, Cranfield University.
- 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.
- 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.
My main research areas include Process/Energy Systems Engineering & Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The sub areas are:
- Process Modelling, Simulation, Control and Optimisation
- Power Plant, Carbon Carbon and Transport (CCT), and Energy Storage
- Bio-fuel Production
- Refinery Planning and Scheduling
- Process Condition Monitoring and System Identification
Jan. 2018 to Mar. 2020 with CCS Ltd from Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Advancing RPB Technology for Reduced CO2 Emissions (ARTEMIS), total budget £891 k (£164 k to my Group).
Apr. 2017 to Mar. 2022: CI of the Consortium UK CCS Research Centre, total budget £6.23 million (£89 k to my Group). EPSRC Ref: EP/P026214/1.
Nov. 2016 to Nov. 2019: CI (and PI at Hull) for EU H2020 Low Carbon Energy – Collaboration with South Korea: 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 million (€337 k to Hull), in collaboration with partners from Greece, Denmark, Germany and other UK.
Oct. 2016 to Sept. 2019: CI (and PI at Hull) for EPSRC funded project: Novel adsorbents applied to integrated energy-efficient industrial CO2 capture, total project budget: £978 k (£296 k to Hull), in collaboration with Heriot-Watt and Newcastle. EPSRC Ref: EP/N024540/1
Oct. 2016 to Sept. 2019: CI (and PI at Hull) for EPSRC funded project: A compact CO2 capture process to combat industrial emissions, total project budget: £980 k (£275 k to Hull), in collaboration with Edinburgh and Newcastle. EPSRC Ref: EP/N024672/1
Oct. 2014 to Mar. 2018: PI for EPSRC funded ‘Process Intensification for Post-combustion Carbon Capture using Rotating Packed Bed through Systems Engineering Techniques’ – total grant value £1.27 million, in collaboration with Imperial College London, Newcastle University and University of Sheffield. Ref: EP/M001458/1
Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2017: Co-Investigator 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 and £217 k to Hull. EPSRC Ref: EP/M013162/1
Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2018: CI 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 k to Hull, Ref: 643322-FLEXI-PYROCAT
May 2015 to Mar. 2016: Co-Investigator for DECC funded project: Process intensification for carbon capture with new solvents, total project budget: £167.5 k and £63 k to Hull.
Jan. 2014 to Nov. 2017: ALSTOM Power sponsored PhD studentship £50 k – Supercritical CO2 Brayton Cycle Feasibility Study – Power Conversion System Operation
Jan. 2014 to Jan. 2016: Collaborations between China and Europe for Process Energy Saving: TianJin University and University of Hull won 1.4 million RMB. 400 k RMB (equivalent to £43.8 k) to University of Hull.
Jan. 2014 to Dec. 2017: Project coordinator €352.8k funded by EU Marie Curie (Ref: PIRSES-GA-2013-612230) on Power Plant and Carbon Capture. The project has 3 European partners and 3 Chinese partners. More information >
Sept. 2013 to Mar. 2015: EPSRC Capital Investment on Energy Storage £180 k to University of Hull. The total grant is around £3 million. I am the only CI outside Birmingham University. Ref: EP/L017725/1
Oct. 2012 to Dec. 2015: Co-investigator (CI) for Gas-FACTS: Gas – Future Advanced Capture Technology Options - EPSRC Consortium Proposal by Cranfield, Edinburgh, Imperial, Leeds and Sheffield - the total project budget: £2.461 million. (Ref: EP/J020788/1)
Oct. 2010 to Dec. 2014: Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), total budget £1.42 million. Cranfield got £332k (I am Principal Investigator) – Reference: NE/H013865/1.
Nov. 2011 to Dec. 2015: Biomass and Fossil Fuel Research Alliance (BF2RA) £50k for PhD studentship on dynamic modelling of supercritical coal-fired power plant with carbon capture.
Oct. 2009 to Sept. 2011: EU Leonardo da Vinci €280 k (€70.7k to Cranfield) Agreement No. 2009-1-FR1-LEO05-06761 with partners from France, UK, Belgium and Bulgaria on Distance Skill Transfer Validation Assessment System (DSTVAS)
May 2008 to May 2011: EPSRC DTA £61.828k for PhD studentship on Modelling and Optimal Operation of Thermal Cracking for Ethylene Manufacturing.
Nov. 2007 to Nov. 2010: RWE npower £33.75k for PhD studentship on Dynamic Modelling of Post-combustion Carbon Capture Plant
Invited to be EPSRC Peer Review College Member from Sept. 2012
Invited to be EPSRC Panel Member for Conventional Power Generation in Dec. 2014.
Invited to be EPSRC Panel Member for Adventures in Energy (sift) in Jul. 2015.
Invited to be academic Member of EPSRC funded UK CCS Research Centre from Jul. 2012.
Invited to be Member of Science Board in EPSRC funded H2FC SuperGen from 2013
Invited to be Member of the Science Board in the EPSRC funded Energy Storage Supergen Hub from 2015.
Invited to be Member of Science Committee for European Symposium of Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE22). The conference was held in Jun. 2012 in London.
Invited to be Organising Committee Member of 10th European Conference on Coal Research and Its Application (ECCRIA), held at Hull in Sept. 2014.
Invited to be member of Scientific Committee for 7th International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium, (IEEES7) held in Valenciennes, France in April 2015.
Guest Editor and Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering (IMechE Part E) from Jan. 2012 to present
Member of IET from Sept. 2004 and Chartered Engineer from Jan. 2006
Research Degree Examiners: (1) May 2010 University of Bradford (MPhil); (2) Jul. 2010 Cranfield University (PhD); (3) Dec. 2011 Cranfield University (PhD); (4) Dec. 2012 University of Bradford (PhD); (5) Jan. 2014 University of Leeds (PhD); (6) Mar. 2014 Imperial College London (PhD); (7) Jan. 2015 University of Leeds (PhD); (8) Mar. 2015 Imperial College London (PhD); (9) Aug. 2015 University of Nottingham; (9) Sept. 2015 NTNU, Norway; (11) Oct. 2015 University of Manchester; (12) Nov. 2015 University of Leeds; (13) Nov. 2015 University of South Wales; (14) Mar. 2016, UCL.
Session Chairs for International Conferences: (1) CAPE Forum, University of Bradford in Mar. 2011; (2) ESCAPE22 at UCL in Jun. 2012; (3) 9th European Conference on Coal research and Its Applications (ECCRIA) at University of Nottingham in Sept. 2012; (4) Mathematical Modelling and Simulation of Power Plants and CO2 Capture – UKCCSC Workshop, University of Warwick in Mar. 2012; (5) 6th International Conference on Clean Coal technologies (CCT2013), Thessaloniki, Greece in May 2013; (6) 10th European Conference on Coal research and Its Applications (ECCRIA) at University of Hull in Sept. 2014; (7) 7th International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium at UVHC, France in Apr. 2015.
Invited 1-hour Seminars: (1) Jul. 2001, University of Alberta, Canada, invited by Profs Huang and Shah; (2) April 2007, University of Surrey, invited by Prof Kokossis; (3) April 2011, BeiHang University, Beijing China, invited by Prof Yang; (4) April 2011, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), invited by Prof Xia; (5) April 2011, Shanghai Electric Power University – SHEPU, invited by Prof Zhang; (6) Nov. 2012, University of Bradford, invited by Prof Mujtaba; (7) Nov. 2012, IChemE Humber Branch and Energy Institute Humber Branch, invited by Dr Rubini and Dr Hughes; (8) Mar. 2013, Chinese Academy of Sciences, organised by White Rose Consortium; (9) Mar. 2013, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, organised by White Rose Consortium; (10) Mar. 2013, Shanghai Electric Power University – SHEPU, invited by Prof Pang and Zhu; (11) April 2013, North China Electric Power University – NCEPU (Beijing Campus), invited by Prof Yang; (12) April 2014, Tsinghua University, invited by Prof Chen; (13) April 2014, South East University, invited by Prof Xu; (14) Feb. 2015, Texas A&M Uni. Doha, Qatar, organised by Prof Mujtaba; (15) Mar. 2015, Indian Institute of Technology Gandinagar, organised by Prof Mujtaba and Prof Raj. Srinivasan; (16) Dec. 2015, University of South Africa, invited by Dr X. Liu; (17) Jan. 2016, Heriot-Watt Uni., invited by Prof M. Maroto-Valer; (18) Feb. 2016, Sheffield Uni., invited by Prof P. Styring.
Other Invited Talks: (1) Apr. 2014, UKCCSRC Bi-annual Meeting (Cambridge University); (2) Apr. 2015, UKCCSRC Bi-annual Meeting (Cranfield University); (3) Apr. 2015 IChemE the Chemical Engineer (tce) Magazine; (4) Jul. 2015, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Prof X.P. Zhang)
Regular Reviewer for the following Journals: (1) FUEL; (2) Computers & Chemical Engineering; (3) International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control; (4) IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion; (5) IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement; (6) Energy & Fuels; (7) International Journal of Energy Research; (8) Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research; (9) Chemical Engineering & Technology; (10) Chemical Engineering Journal; (11) Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering; (12) ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology; (13) IMechE Part E Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering