Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringOUR PEOPLE
Edwin Chi Yan TSO 曹之胤
PhD, HKUST
Research Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Junior Fellow of HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study


Professor Tso received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with 1st class honors, MPhil degree in Environmental Engineering and PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2010, 2012 and 2015, respectively. He got the PhD Research Excellence Award from HKUST (2016), and also Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award (2014), spending 6 months as a title of Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar in University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he also received the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Postgraduate Study (2013), won the Bronze Award of JEC Outstanding Engineering Project (2013), got the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2012) and Ove Arup Research Prize Awards (2012), etc. Professor Tso is currently a Research Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Junior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at HKUST. His work covers thermofluid, particularly, in the fields of sustainable environment, heat transfer, adsorption technology, thermal rectification, nanofluids, passive radiative cooling and energy related issues using numerical simulations as well as advanced experimental techniques.


Teaching Activities

MECH4350 Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
 

Research Interests

Adsorption Cooling Systems
Thermal Diode/Switch (Thermal Rectification)
Nanofluids
Passive Cooling
Heat and Mass Transport,
Energy Conversion
 

Research Projects

  • Electrostatic Charging of Coalescence-induced Jumping Droplets and its Application in a Nanofluid based Phase Change Thermal Diode
  • Study of Cooling Effect by Surface Treatment and its Application to Smart Green Buildings
  • Development of a high-performance passive radiative cooler for buildings
  • Development of a Passive Thermal Diode/Switch for use in a Novel Solar-thermal Power System


Selected Publications

Papers:
  • X.J. Wang, C.Y. Tso, B. Traipattanakul and C.Y.H. Chao, Development of a phase change material (PCM) based thermal switch. The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Transactions, Specical Issue of Energy Engineering with Applications in Smart Green Buildings, (In Press). 
  • L.Q. Zhu, C.Y. Tso, W. He, P. Li, C.L. Wu and C.Y.H. Chao, A field investigation of a solar-powered adsorption cooling system under Guangzhou's climate with various numbers of heat exchangers in adsorbers. Science and Technology for Built Enviornment (Formerly HVAC&R Research Journal), (2017) 1-11.
  • C.Y. Tso, K.C. Chan and C.Y.H. Chao, A field investigation of passive radiative cooling under Hong Kong’s climate. Renewable Energy, 106 (2017) 52-61.
  • H.H. Lee, S.C. Fu, C.Y. Tso and C.Y.H. Chao, Study of residue patterns of aqueous nanofluid droplets with different particle sizes and concentrations on different substrates. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 105 (2017) 230-236.
  • S.C. Fu, C.Y. Tso, Y.S. Fong and C.Y.H. Chao, Evaporation of Al2O3-water nanofluids in an externally micro-grooved evaporator. Science and Technology for the Built Environment (formerly HVAC&R Research Journal), (2016) 1-10.
  • A. Hussain, C.Y. Tso and C.Y.H. Chao, Experimental investigation of a passive thermal management system for high-powered lithium ion batteries using nickel foam-paraffin composite. Energy, 115 (2016) 209-218.
  • C.Y. Tso and C.Y.H. Chao, Solid-state thermal diode with shape memory alloys. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 93 (2016) 605-611.
  • C.Y. Tso, K.C. Chan, C.Y.H. Chao and C.L. Wu, Experimental performance analysis on an adsorption cooling system using zeolite13X/CaCl2 adsorbent with various operation sequences. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 85 (2015) 343-355.
  • C.Y. Tso and C.Y.H. Chao, Study of enthalpy of evaporation, saturated vapor pressure and evaporation rate of aqueous nanofluids. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 84 (2015) 931-941.
  • K.C. Chan, C.Y. Tso, C.Y.H. Chao and C.L. Wu, Experiment verified simulation study of the operating sequences on the performance of adsorption cooling system. Building Simulation, Tsinghua University Press. 8 (2015) 255 – 269.
  • C.Y. Tso, S.C. Fu and C.Y.H. Chao, A semi-analytical model for the thermal conductivity of nanofluids and determination of the nanolayer thickness. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 70 (2014) 202-214.
  • C.Y. Tso, S.C. Fu and C.Y.H. Chao, Modeling a solar-powered double bed novel composite adsorbent (silica activated carbon/CaCl2) - water adsorption chiller. Building Simulation, Tsinghua University Press. 7 (2014) 185-196.
  • C.Y. Tso, C.Y.H. Chao and S.C. Fu, Performance analysis of a waste heat driven activated carbon based composite adsorbent – water adsorption chiller using simulation model. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 55 (2012) 7596-7610.
  • C.Y. Tso and C.Y.H. Chao, Activated carbon, silica-gel and calcium chloride composite adsorbents for energy efficient solar adsorption cooling and dehumidification systems. International Journal of Refrigeration, 35 (2012) 1626-1638.

 
Patent:
  • C.Y. Tso, C.Y.H. Chao and G.N. Sze To, Activated Carbon/Silica-gel/CaCl2 Composite Adsorbent Material for Air-Conditioning Applications and a Method of Preparing the Same, US Full Application, US Patent No. 8962520,  24 Feb 2015.
  • C.Y. Tso, C.Y.H. Chao and G.N. Sze To, Activated Carbon/Silica-gel/CaCl2 Composite Adsorbent Material for Air-Conditioning Applications and a Method of Preparing the Same, Chinese Full Application, Chinese Patent No. ZL201210109454.3, 9 July 2014.
  • C.Y. Tso, C.Y.H. Chao and G.N. Sze To, Activated Carbon/Silica-gel/CaCl2 Composite Adsorbent Material for Air-Conditioning Applications and a Method of Preparing the Same, Hong Kong Full Application, Hong Kong Patent No. HK1176033, 19 Dec 2014.
  • C.Y. Tso, C.Y.H. Chao, K.C. Chan, C.L. Wu, G.N. Sze-To and H.H. Qiu, A Novel Evaporator for Adsorption Cooling Applications, Chinese Utility Models, Patent No. ZL201320877468.X, 20 Aug 2014.
  • C.Y. Tso, C.Y.H. Chao, K.C. Chan and C.L. Wu, A Spray Cooing Evaporator with Nanofluid as Adsorbate for Adsorption Cooling Applications, Chinese Utility Models, Patent No. ZL201320877484.9, 20 Aug 2014. 

Awards

  • PhD Research Excellence Award, School of Engineering, HKUST (2015 – 2016)
  • Fulbright – Research Grant Council (RGC) Hong Kong Research Scholar Award (2014 – 2015)
  • Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Postgraduate Study (2013 – 2014)
  • JEC Outstanding Engineering Project Award, Jardine Engineering Co., 2nd runner up (2012 – 2013)
  • HKUST One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition, 1st runner up (2011 – 2012)
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Award (2012 – 2015)
  • Ove Arup Research Prize Award (2011 – 2012)
  • Final Year Design Project (FYDP)
  • Development of a Torsional Wave Demonstrator (displayed in the Hong Kong Science Museum for long-term exhibition) (2010 – Date)
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