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Qiang Yao

Prof. Qiang Yao is now a "Chang Jiang" scholar in Tsinghua and and co-author of over 200 journal papers and held more than 20 Chinese Patents in the clean coal combustion and air pollution control and also co-author of 2 books and 2 textbooks in the combustion and clean coal technology areas.

Research Interest: Combustion theory and technology especially pulverized coal combustion; Clean Coal Technology; Combustion emission and its control especially the formation and control of Particulate Matters; Solid fuels and waste to energy; Biomass energy and solar thermal energy.

Shijin Shuai

Shijin Shuai, Professor of Tsinghua University, PhD supervisor.

Research Field:

1. Engine flow, spray and numerical simulation and visualization of combustion

2. Alternative fuel for engines

3. Engine emissions post-processing


Lili Zheng

Lili Zheng, Professor of “Cheung Kong Scholars Program”,

Expertise: Thermal science and fluid dynamics in the aspects of combustion in automobile engines and fire propagation; alternative energy in the area of methane hydrate; materials processing of crystalline Si growth for Solar applications, and ceramic and metallic functional-graded-coatings by thermal spraying; and bio-fluid mechanics such as cerebral fluid dynamics for hydrocephalus.


Xing Chao

Dr. Chao received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology at Tsinghua University, and her Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 2013. She has also received the Engineer Degree of France (Diplôme d’Ingénieur) through a two-year double-degree exchange program at Ecole Centrale de Paris. While her Master’s research was focused on solid-state lasers, her Ph.D. thesis work was concentrated on laser absorption spectroscopy and its application in combustion gas diagnostics. After achieving her doctoral degree, she worked as the chief scientist at Oxigraf, Inc. in Mountain View, California, which is a pioneer and specialized company for spectroscopic instrumentation particularly for medical, industrial and aerospace applications. Dr. Chao has been working as an assistant professor at the Center for Combustion Energy and the Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University since Dec. 2015. Her current research interests include various optical and spectroscopic techniques, instrumentation for combustion diagnostics, and laser-based sensor systems.

Yang Gao

Dr. Yang Gao is an Assistant Research Fellow of the Center for Combustion Energy. He received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Tsinghua University in 2010 and B.S. in Physics from Tsinghua University in 2004. After getting the Ph.D., he shortly visited Nagoya University (2010) and the National Astronomical Observatory of China (2010-2011). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Combustion Energy (2011-2013) before holding the assistant research fellow position. His research interests focus on the interdisciplinary field of combustion and astrophysics, including the application of combustion theory to the study of astrophysical phenomena as well as using the feedback from frontier astrophysical science to advance the combustion theory. He has been working on the theoretical modeling and observational signatures of star formations. He successfully applied the detonation description to explain the accelerative expansion of the Crab Nebula, a famous remnant of the supernova burst in A.D. 1054. His current research include the relativistic form of combustion waves and their applications to supernova explosions and gamma ray bursts.



Yu Cheng Liu

Dr. Yu-Cheng Liu received his B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2007) in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University and M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He was a postdoctoral research associate in Cornell University from 2013 to 2014 before serving as an assistant professor in University of Michigan-Flint from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Liu participated in Flame Extinguishment (FLEX) experiments on the International Space Station from 2008 to 2013. His research interests include microgravity combustion phenomena, droplet combustion and multi-component fuel combustion and their diagnostics.

Rémy Mével

Rémy Mével is an associate professor at the Center for Combustion Energy and Department of Automotive Engineering at Tsinghua university. He obtained his B.S., M.S, Ph.D and Habilitation from the University of Orléans in France. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Orléans in 2009-2010, and a postdoctoral scholar and research scientist at the California Institute of Technology from 2010 to 2017. Professor Mével’s research focuses on chemical kinetics, laser diagnostics and spectroscopy with application to industrial safety through the determination of fundamental combustion parameters and the study of detonation waves’ structure and dynamics.

K. H. Luo

Professor Luo obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and subsequently took various academic positions in the Universities of London and Southampton. He became full chair the University of London in 2002 and University of Southampton in 2004. During 2002 - 2010, he led the UK Consortium on Computational Combustion for Engineering Applications. His work has been recognized through both the Sugden Award and the Gaydon Prize. He is a member of the Combustion Institute, an Associated Fellow of AIAA, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of ASME. He serves as an Associate Director (International) of the Center for Combustion Energy.

Zhuyin Ren

Dr. Zhuyin Ren has been a Professor of the Center for Combustion Energy at Tsinghua University since 2013. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2006.  Dr. Ren was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Cornell (2006-2007), a Fluid Specialist at ANSYS Fluent (2008-2010), a Mechanical Engineer at GE Global Research Center (2010-2011), and an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut (2011-2013).  His research interests include turbulence and combustion modeling and numerical simulations of turbulent combustion with detailed chemistry. He has extensively utilized CFD to investigate the combustion process in energy and propulsion combustion devices. The models/software developed by him and his collaborators have been adopted by CFD companies. Dr. Ren has published over 60 journal and conference papers.  He received the Bernard Lewis Fellowship Award from the Combustion Institute in 2008, and the Young Thousand Talents Award from the Organization Department of the CPC in 2012.  Dr. Ren is an Editorial Board member of Combustion Theory and Modelling. 


Chao Sun

Dr. Chao Sun obtained his PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006, and received the Hong Kong Young Scientist award in the same year. Afterward, he did one-year postdoc in Chinese University of Hong Kong and one-year postdoc at University of Twente in the Netherlands. In 2009 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Applied Physics Department in University of Twente. He was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2013. In 2015, he joins the Center of Combustion Energy and Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University as a Full Professor. Prof. Sun’s research interests include high-Reynolds number turbulence, bubbles and drops, multiphase flows, heat and mass transfer, and microfluidics.

Damir Valiev

Damir Valiev obtained his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, in 2008. Subsequently, he held postdoc positions at Umeå University, Sweden, and at Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center at Princeton University, also working as a long-term visitor at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore. Since 2014 he works as a senior research engineer at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Umeå University, Sweden. In 2016, he joins the Center for Combustion Energy and the Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University. He is a recipient of Thousand Young Talents Plan award. He has published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Combustion and Flame, J Fluid Mech, Phys Rev Lett, Phys Rev E. His research interests include modelling and numerical simulation of combustion, high performance computing, dynamics of premixed flames, deflagration-to-detonation transition.

Haitao Xu

Professor Haitao Xu received his PhD from Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, in 2003 for his work on collisional granular flows. From 2003 to 2006, he was a postdoc in the Department of Physics, Cornell University, where, together with colleagues, he developed a technique to measure the three-dimensional motion of particles in high Reynolds number turbulent flows. In 2006 he joined Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Goettingen, Germany, as a research scientist and a group leader, where his main interest is the Lagrangian properties of fluid turbulence, i.e., how turbulence look like in the view of a small fluid element that moves in the flow. He has been a professor at CCE, Tsinghua University since 2014.

Xuefei Xu

Associate professor. She received her Bachelor and Ph.D. degrees in 2001 and 2006, respectively, from the Department of Chemistry, at Xiamen University. She was a lecturer at Xiamen University in 2006-2008, a postdoctoral associate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2008-2010 and at the University of Minnesota in 2010-2013, and a research associate at the University of Minnesota in 2013-2015. In 2015, Dr. Xu was selected by the national “1000 Young Talents program” of China, and joined the Center for Combustion Energy / Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University as an associate professor. Her research interests include the theoretical and computational study of photochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, combustion chemistry, and kinetics et al.

Bin Yang

Professor of the Center for Combustion Energy / Department of Thermal Enginerring. Dr. Bin Yang received his PhD from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2006. He continued his combustion research on renewable biofuels and traditional fossil fuels at Cornell University, Princeton University, University of Southern California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. In 2012, he was selected by the “National 1000 Young Talents Program" of China and joined Tsinghua University as a faculty member. His research interests include uncertainty quantification of combustion kinetic models, massive model analysis-based design of experiments, combustion kinetics of biofuels and alternative fuels, mass spectrometry-based and synchrotron-based combustion diagnostics and catalytic combustion. He has published 70 peer-reviewed journal papers which have been cited over 1800 times. He serves as the Colloquia Co-Chairs (CCC) for the 36th and 37th  International Symposium on Combustion, and is an Associate Editor of "Combustion Science and Technology".

Xiaoqing You

Dr. Xiaoqing You has been an associate professor at the Center for Combustion Energy and the Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University since Nov. 2011.  Dr. You received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2008.  She was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley from 2008 to 2011.  Dr. You received the Bernard Lewis Fellowship Award from the Combustion Institute in 2008, and the Young Thousand Talents Award from the Organization Department of the CPC in 2012. Her current research is focused on reaction kinetics and kinetic modeling of fuel combustion.


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