Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringOUR PEOPLE
Tianshou ZHAO 趙天壽
PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Chair Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cheong Ying Chan Professor of Engineering and Environment
Director, HKUST Energy Institute
Senior Fellow, HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study
Fellow, American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Professor Zhao combines his expertise in research and technological innovation with a commitment to creating clean energy production and storage devices for a sustainable future. He has made seminal contributions in the areas of fuel cells, advanced batteries, multi-scale multiphase heat and mass transport with electrochemical reactions, and computational modeling. In addition to 4 edited books, 9 book chapters and over 67 keynote lectures at international conferences, he has published 305 papers in various prestigious Journals. These papers have collectively received more than 12,100 citations and earned Prof Zhao an h-index of 58 (Web of Science). In recognition of his research achievements, Prof Zhao has in recent years received many awards, examples include:
2014 Distinguished Research Excellence Award (HKUST),
State Natural Science Awards (2012, 2013)
Croucher Senior Fellowship award
Overseas Distinguished Young Scholars Award (NSFC),
Yangtze River Chair Professorship, among others.
In the international community, Prof Zhao serves as:
Editor-in-Chief, Applied Thermal Engineering (Elsevier)
Editor, RSC Energy & Environment Series (RSC)
Editor-in-Chief, Advances in Fuel Cells (Elsevier)
Executive Editor, Science Bulletin (Springer)
Member of Advisory Board, Energy & Environment Science (RSC)
Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Power Sources (Elsevier)
Member of Editorial Board, Advanced Materials Technologies (Wiley)
Member of Editorial Board, Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics
Member of Editorial Board, Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer
Member of Advisory Board, Heat Transfer Asian Research
Member of Editorial Board, Frontiers of Energy
Member of Editorial Board, Chinese Journal of Aeronautics(CJA)
Editor, Acta Mechanica Sinica (Springer)
Associate Editor, Heat Transfer Research (Begell House)

Teaching Activities

MECH3300 Energy Conversion

Research Interests

Energy Enginnering (Fuel cells, Flow batteries)
Heat and mass transfer
Lattice Boltzmann methods for multicomponent/multiphase transport
Advanced air conditioning and refrigeration systems

Research Projects

  • RGC Collaborative Research Fund (2012-2015): Understanding the coupling of mass-transport and electrochemical reactions in the nanostructured fuel cell electrodes
  • 2014-2017: (RGC General Research Fund: 16213414) Simultaneous transport of mass, lithium ions, and electrons through the porous electrode of lithium-air batteries
  • 2013-2016):  (RGC General Research Fund: 623313) Understanding coupled mass and charge transfer in liquid electrolyte flows through porous electrodes with redox reactions at solid-electrolyte interfaces
  • 2012-2015: (RGC General Research Fund: 622712) Coupled mass, electron, and charge transport phenomena in lithium-ion flow batteries
  • 2011-2014: (RGC General Research Fund: 623311) Mass transport phenomena in anion-exchange membrane direct ethanol fuel cells
  • 2010-2013: (RGC General Research Fund: 623010) Integrated Microfluidic Systems for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells Operating with Neat Methanol
  • 2009-2012: (RGC General Research Fund: 623709) Microscopic Probing and Modeling of Water Transport and Distribution in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
  • 2008-2011: (RGC General Research Fund: 623008) Microfluidic Water-Management Systems for Air-Breathing Fuel Cells

Selected Publications (Full List)

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