Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I have one PhD studentship (open to UK and ROI nationals, and to EU nationals with settled status in the UK) to look for an enthusiastic student to join and work on "Multiscale diagnostics and modelling of novel high-power lithium-ion batteries" (see more here: I also welcome Chinese students who are willing to apply for CSC scholarships. We have 20 PhD positions for QUB-CSC projects every year. Welcome to contact me if you are interested!


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I am a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast and a Visiting Lecturer at University College London. Prior to this appointment, I was a research fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London and Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. I received my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore and Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 


My research focuses on multiscale and multiphysics battery characterisation, diagnostics, modelling and thermal management. I have developed significant expertise in design, model, fabrication, characterisation and test of many sustainable energy devices and systems for energy conversion and storage, air conditioning, and thermal management. I have published more than 30 international top journals articles, including in leading journals in the field, such as Communications Engineering, Small, Energy Conversion and Management, and Applied Energy. I have been awarded the “Futures Early Career Award” by UK Science and Technology Facilities Council in 2019 and 2023, and the “Innovation/Entrepreneurship Practicum Award” by National University of Singapore in 2016. I have aso served as a Guest Editor for several reputable journals in Elsevier, Wiley and MDPI. 

Research Interests

  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Battery materials and characterisation
  • Battery diagnostics and management
  • Cooling and thermal management
  • Multiphysics and multiscale modelling


MEE7029 Sustainable Energy Systems

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Energy systems
  • Battery diagnostics
  • Battery management
  • Thermal management
  • Cooling
  • HVAC
  • TP Chemical technology
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Battery characterisation
  • Battery modelling
  • Material synthesis


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