Meet the Team

Group lead

Professor Yongliang Li

Professor Yongliang Li

Professor in Thermal Energy Engineering
Exchange students tutor

School of Chemical Engineering

Professor Yongliang Li is a Chair in Thermal Energy Engineering in the School of Chemical Engineering. His research interests focus primarily on thermal energy processes and systems including thermal energy (heat and cold) storage, refrigeration and air conditioning, carbon capture and storage, process and system simulation and optimization. His research work has been supported by EPSRC, British ...

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Research Fellows

Dr Tiejun Lu

ERDF research fellow

Dr. Tiejun Lu is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow working on the ATETA project, which aims to promote research and innovation in the adoption of zero-carbon energy technologies for SME’s that are active in the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Areas. Dr. Lu has rich experience and expertise in thermal energy storage systems and heat pump technologies.

Dr Yi Wang

Research Fellow

Yi Wang received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2019. He has been working on thermal and fluids since 2011 and accomplished projects such as pool boiling heat transfer on nano-coated semiconductor surfaces and heat transfer of microencapsulated phase change material slurry in helical coil heat exchangers. He has several publications in Int. J. Heat Mass Transf. and J. Clean. Prod.. Yi Wang has been working on internal flow convective heat transfer and phase change heat transfer since joining the University of Birmingham.

Yi Wang’s current research focuses on improving the thermal transport efficiency of supercritical nitrogen, which plays important roles in energy transport and storage, especially in cryogenic applications. For example, supercritical nitrogen will eventually become a legit candidate as the coolant for superconducting transition with the superconducting temperature being raised to above 80K. With enhanced energy transport and storage efficiencies, human beings will be able to live in a cleaner and more comfortable world in the future.

Dr. Nan Hua

Dr. Nan Hua joined the School of Chemical Engineering of the University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow in Thermal Energy Storage since March of 2020. He did his PhD study three years at Guangdong University of Technology (2012-2015) and two years at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) (2015-2017). He worked as a system engineer in a major air conditioner manufacturer, Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. (2011-2012), and as a postdoctoral research associate at QMUL (2017-2020). His research interests cover numerical and experimental studies of enhanced heat transfer techniques, condensation and boiling/evaporation in microchannels, compact heat exchangers, and refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pump, and organic Ranking cycle systems. He also has lots of experience in design and building test rigs for measuring the performance of heat and mass transfer process, heat transfer equipment and thermodynamic system, and already contributed about 15 papers in major heat transfer and energy journals and conferences.

Dr. Hassan Agalit

Dr. Hassan AGALIT is an industrial process engineer graduated in 2013 from the High National School of Mines of Rabat (ENSMR), Morocco. He joined, at the end of the same year, MAScIR (the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and research) to conducted his PhD research, in the frame work of the Eurosunmed project (FP7 EU funded research program). In October 2018, Dr. AGALIT defended his PhD thesis, entitled “STUDY OF HIGH TEMPERATURE THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS FOR APPLICATION IN HYBRID SOLAR TOWER POWER PLANTS”, in the Mohammadia School of Engineering in Rabat, Morocco. During his PhD research, he investigated using a detailed validated numerical model the dynamic behaviors of high-temperature packed bed thermal energy storage (TES) technology. Besides, he developed novel low-cost high temperature storage materials from local industrial wastes using sintering method. Since May 2017, he joined the Moroccan research institute of solar energy and renewables (IRESEN) as responsible of industrial processes and thermal energy storage. Following his PhD defense, he was promoted to the position of Head of thermal storage group. During his professional career, Dr. Agalit was involved in several TES European and Moroccan research projects, namely: ORC-PLUS project (EU funded H 2020 project), TES Prototypes (CNRST call of projects), Power to Heat (EDF-R/IRSESN P2H funded), Tank Sun Project (InnoEspaMaroc call of project). His research interest was focused on the modeling of TES systems for application in CSP plants and industrial processes. Also, he investigated the development and/or identification of suitable TES materials (e.g. Natural rocks, Recycled refractories from industrial wastes) for these applications. He has published several peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers.

PhD Students

Mr. Gilmore Willio

Mr. Gilmore Willio completed his undergraduate and master’s studies in Chemical Engineering at St Edmund’s College (Cambridge) before pursuing his research interests with the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. His current research focus is on utilising microencapsulation techniques in sorption-based industrial applications such as absorption refrigeration and carbon capture. This allows for the use of liquid sorbents as opposed to conventional adsorbents which have a potentially greater sorption capacity without the loss of active material.

Mr. Suleiman Bilyaminu

Bilyaminu Suleiman attained a BEng degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Nigeria in 2008, and completed his MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria in 2014. He has worked as a graduate assistant between 2010 – 2014 and then an assistant lecturer between 2014-2017 at the Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria. He became a lecturer I in 2017 in the department of Chemical Engineering at the recently established Faculty of Engineering at Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria. In 2018, He won a Petroleum Technology Development Fund award to study PhD at the University of Birmingham on composite thermal energy storage materials fabrication using cold sintering. His research interest covers process analysis with specific interests in thermodynamic analysis of energy systems, and cold sintering of composite energy storage materials.

Mr. Abdullah Mustapha

Mr. Abdullah Mustapha obtained a BEng (Hons.) degree in Chemical Engineering from Aston University in 2016 and then an MSc degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham in 2017. His undergraduate work was a feasibility study of a plant producing Infliximab, a monoclonal antibody used to treat autoimmune diseases. During his master's study, he had a placement at QatarGas, Doha, in the engineering department. Subsequently, his MSc project was incorporating vitamin B2 in gellan gum. Before he began his PhD, he worked at KP Snacks as a Process Lead, responsible for data analytics for process line losses. Mr. Mustapha's current research is focussed on the encapsulation of phase change materials (PCMs) for cryogenic temperature cold storage. The aim of the project is to formulate PCM microcapsules with excellent mechanical and barrier properties, as well as providing a deep insight into the mechanism of the reactions contributing to the formulation process. This research is not only limited to energy storage, as microencapsulated PCMs have been used in building envelopes, textiles, and HVAC.

Mr. Ren Yang

Mr. Ren Yang obtained a Bachelor’s degree (2003-2007) in Thermal and Power Engineering and a Master’s degree (2007-2010) in Marine Engineering from Harbin Engineering University. He was a lecturer in the College of Energy and Power Engineering at Harbin Engineering University before starting his PhD study at the University of Birmingham. He is currently working on the numerical simulation of the flow boiling behaviours of the phase change slurries in microchannels for the thermal management of power batteries and high-power electronics.

Fromer Group Members 

Dr. Fideline Tchuenbou-Magaia

Dr. Yan Zhang

Dr. Parvez Iqbal

Dr. Qinghua Yu

 Dr. Qi Li

Dr. Ciprian Negoescu

Dr. Sidra Rama