Professor Lin Ma

BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor Lin MaDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
1st floor, the Arts Tower
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
T +44(0)114 21 57212


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 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 Mechanical Engineering (Energy) at the University of Sheffield in February 2015, as a member of the Energy 2050 initiative.

Areas of Research

Lin’s research is in the field of future clean and sustainable energy technology with a focus on multi-scale energy process computational and CFD modelling. His active research areas include carbon capture and storage from power generation processes, clean coal/biomass combustion for power generation and pollutants formation prediction, fuel related ash deposition, slagging and fouling in power plant furnaces, future power plant multi-scale and dynamic simulation, wind turbine aerodynamics and wind resources prediction, fuel cells and anaerobic digestion processes modelling.

He has been participating in a number of major clean fuel and renewable energy technology research projects sponsored by RCUK, TSB, EU, and industry. He has co-authored over 160 pear reviewed research papers in leading scientific research journals and conferences, including the publication of two books and two patents.

Current Research Grants

EPSRC - Opening New Fuels for UK Generation, £455k
EPSRC - Selective exhaust gas recirculation for CCS with GT, £340k
EPSRC - Process intensification for post-combustion capture, £350k
EPSRC - BioCPV - Integration of biomass and photovoltaic system, £500k
EU FP7 SWIP wind turbine development and demonstration, €670k
EU FP7 RELCOM - Oxy-coal combustion (FP7-268191), €622k
EPSRC UKCCSRC - Bio-CAP - Biomass combustion with CO2 capture, £750k
EPSRC UKCCSRC - Radiative heat flux in small/large scale furnaces, £200k
EPSRC UKCCSRC - Oxy-coal combustion with real flue/vent gas recycling, £255k

Journal articles


  • Almohammadi KM, Ingham DB, Ma L & Pourkashanian M (2013) Effect of Transitional Turbulence Modelling on a Straight Blade Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, Alternative Energies (pp. 93-112). Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Ma L, Pourkashanian M & Ingham DB (2008) Advances in Fuel Cell/Turbine Hybrid Systems In Chen X (Ed.), Applied Physics in the 21st Century (pp. 109).
  • Ingham DB & Ma L (2001) Cyclones in Industrial Ventilation In Goodfellow H & Tahti E (Ed.), Industrial Ventilation Guide Book (pp. 1200-1211). London: Academic Press.
  • Ma L, Fan YC & Naijin C (1992) Research on similarity law to gas-solid two phase flow in turbomachinery, Engineering Mechanics (pp. 730-737). Beijing Science and Technology Book Press

Conference proceedings papers

  • Mallick TK, Micheli L, Banerjee S, Shanks K, Lokeswaran S, Baig H, Calabria F, Sarmah N, Walker M, Theristis M, Reddy KS, Ghosh P, Walker G, Choudhury S, Pourkashanian M, O'Donovan T, Hamilton J, Poggio D, Giddings D, Hazara A, Balachandran S, Grant D, Nimmo W, Ma L, Mathew AK, Goswami R, Chakraborty A, Dinha D, Bandyopadhyay K, Almonacid F & Fernandez EF (2015) Status and perspective of concentrating photovoltaic systems: The results of the BioCPV project and opportunities for a sustainable energy supply to rural areas. ISES Solar World Congress 2015, Conference Proceedings (pp 488-499)
  • Chalmers H, Al-Jeboori M, Anthony B, Balusamy S, Black S, Marincola FC, Clements A, Darabkhani H, Dennis J, Farrow T, Fennell P, Franchetti B, Gao L, Gibbins J, Hochgreb S, Hossain M, Jurado N, Kempf A, Liu H, Lu G, Ma L, Navarro-Martinez S, Nimmo W, Oakey J, Pranzitelli A, Scott S, Snape C, Sun C-G, Sun D, Szuhánszki J, Trabadela I, Wigley F, Yan Y & Pourkashanian M (2014) OxyCAP UK: Oxyfuel Combustion - academic Programme for the UK. Energy Procedia, Vol. 63 (pp 504-510)
  • Millward-Hopkins JT, Tomlin AS, Ma L, Ingham DB & Pourkashanian M (2012) Mapping the Urban Wind Resource over UK cities using an analytical downscaling method. European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2012, EWEC 2012, Vol. 2 (pp 1306-1315)
  • Alhazmi N, Hughes K, Ingham D, Ismail M, Ma L & Pourkashanian M (2011) The effect of anisotropic GDL on the performance of PEM fuel cell. EFC 2011 - Proceedings of the 4th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference and Exhibition (pp 407-408)
  • Huang W, Wang Z-G, Luo S-B, Liu J, Xia Z-X, Lei J, Jin L, Wang Z-W, Pourkashanian M, Ma L & Ingham DB (2011) Overview of fuel injection techniques for scramjet engines. Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo, Vol. 2(PARTS A AND B) (pp 17-24)
  • Vural Y, Ma L, Ingham DB, Pourkashanian M & Ismail M (2009) On the multicomponent mass transport in an anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell. EFC 2009 - Piero Lunghi Conference, Proceedings of the 3rd European Fuel Cell Technology and Applications Conference (pp 185-186)
  • Carcadea E, Ingham DB, Ma L, Pourkashanian M, Ene H, Stefanescu I & Ionete RE (2008) A parametrical study of a seven serpentine channel PEM fuel cell. Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo, Vol. 2 (pp 763-770)
  • Gharebaghi M, Goh B, Ma L, Pourkashanian M & Williamsa A (2008) Numerical investigation of oxy-coal combustion in pilot scale and the challenges. 25th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, PCC - Proceedings
  • Pourkashanian M & Ma L (2005) Chemical kinetic modelling of the evolution of gaseous aerosol precursors within a gas turbine engine. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power