Areas of expertise

  • Biomass and Waste
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Conventional & Advanced Fuels
  • Renewable Energy


Dr Zhu is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Cranfield university and an Adjunct Research Fellow of The University of Western Australia.

Dr Zhu obtained BEng in Thermal Engineering from University of Science and Technology Beijing (2006) and MEng in Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophyscis from Tsinghua University (2008). He was awarded the PhD degree in Chemical and Processing Engineering by University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2013. Immediately following the completion of his PhD, he worked as a Research Fellow and Research Program Coordinator at the UWA Centre for Energy on the development of low-carbon fuels and sustainable energy technologies including hydrogen energy and bioenergy.

Dr Zhu's expertise embraces chemical reaction engineering science (e.g. gas-solid reaction and catalytic reactions) and thermal science (e.g. heat transfer, combustion, thermodynamics) with specific applications in thermochemical processing for low-carbon fuels and sustainable energy including production of hydrogen, hydrogen carriers (ammonia and methanol) and biofuels, advanced combustion of low-carbon fuels for energy, gas to liquid conversion and applied catalysis for environmental emissions control and wastes valorisation.

Dr Zhu has been working closely with industry and successfully secured and delivered more than £5 million R&D funds from industry (e.g. EDF UK, BAE System) and competitive research grants programs such as UK EPSRC, Australian Research Council (ARC) and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). His research has led to commercial realities, including development and commercialisation of combustion catalysts, successful demonstration of catalytic pyrolysis technology for hydrogen, syngas, methanol and biochar production, bio-hydrogen production and combustion of ammonia and hydrogen. Dr Zhu has published more than 140 journal and refereed conference papers (h-index of 30) and delivered more than 20 presentations and invited talks.

Research opportunities

Dr Zhu welcomes PhD and Master by Research students, visitors and collaborations with interest in thermochemical processing, combustion and applied catalysis relevant to hydrogen energy, bioenergy, water and environmental industries.

Current activities

Dr Zhu's current research focuses on the development of advanced combustion and thermochemical processing technologies for the production of low-carbon fuels and sustainable energy generation, with particular interests in:

(1) Hydrogen and ammonia energy: catalytic combustion of hydrogen/ammonia, ammonia synthesis and cracking, hydrogen/ammonia direct solid oxide fuel cell;

(2) Biofuels, bioenergy and biochar: pyrolysis of biomass and wastes for synthetic fuel (e.g. H2, methanol) and power generation, anaerobic digestion for biogas for combined heat and power, biochar production and utilisation;

(3) Applied catalysis for fuel processing and environmental emission control: carbon supported nano- and single atomic catalysts, CO2 capture and conversion, biogas reforming, methanol synthesis, NOx selective catalytic reduction.




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