Professor Lin Ma

BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor Lin MaDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

CO4a Ella Armitage Building

University of Sheffield


S3 7RD

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

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