Professor Haisheng Chen secures Newton Advanced Fellowship

The University of Birmingham is delighted to announce that Professor Haisheng Chen’s recent application for the Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship has been successful. As hosts, academics from the University of Birmingham were delighted to sign the acceptance letter and now look forward to working with Prof Chen in the near future.  


The Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship is a scheme that has been designed to provide international researchers like Prof Chen with the opportunity to develop their strengths and capabilities of their research group with the support of a partner within the UK.

Portrait photo of Professor Haisheng ChenFunded as part of the Newton Fund, the aim of this prestigious fellowship is to support the development of a well-trained research community. This research then contributes to poverty alleviation by transferring new skills and creating knowledge that will improve the wellbeing of local communicates in addition to offering increased economic benefits.

As Deputy Director of the Institute of Thermophysics (IET); Head of the IET Energy Storage research centre at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); and Chief Scientist of the Physical Energy Storage Centre at the China National Energy Bureau, the University of Birmingham has every confidence in Prof Chen’s abilities to achieve the aims of the fellowship.

Other achievements of Prof Chen include publishing over 200 research papers, 9 book chapters and filling over 100 patents. He also serves as an editorial board member of eight learned journals and is currently involved with seven active projects totaling over 100 Million Chinese dollars (~£11M).

Between the years of 2005 – 2009, Prof Chen became a co-inventor of liquid air energy storage (LAES) while working with Professor Yulong Ding, who now serves as Director of the  Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. Now, eight years later, the two professors have the opportunity to work together again, with Prof Chen’s work on compressed and supercritical air energy storage proving to be highly complementary to the current research at the University of Birmingham. The contribution of Prof Chen’s research will offer the great benefit of addressing some of the significant challenges in coupled thermal-mechanical energy storage technologies.     

"I am extremely pleased and honored to work with Professor Ding and his team, as I did eight years ago, which led to not only more than 20 high impact and highly cited scientific publications, but also some patented technologies”, said Professor Chen.

“This fellowship allows me to spend quality time with Professor Ding and his team, and other academics from Birmingham University and beyond to focus on the scientific challenges associated with coupled thermal-mechanical energy storage. It is also a great opportunity to share experiences of the air based energy storage technologies in the UK and China, promote scientific exchange and corporation, and establish a sustained collaboration.”  

Professor Yulong Ding, added, “I am delighted that Professor Chen has chosen University of Birmingham as a host organisation for this prestigious fellowship. Our collaborations in the past have been very fruitful and I look forward to working together again”.

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