Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Professor Rui Chen BEng, PhD, CEng, FIMechE

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Visiting Professor of Low Carbon Engineering


  • Professor of Low Carbon Engineering, Loughborough University, 2009-now
  • Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University, 2006-2009
  • Lecturer, Loughborough University 1999-2006
  • Research Associate, Loughborough University,1997-1999
  • Research Assistant, University of Birmingham, 1990-1993
  • Development Engineer, Chinese National Heavy Truck Company, 1985-1990


  • BEng
  • PhD
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) 2007-now
  • Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) 2007-now.

Key awards and Accomplishments

  • IMechE PE Publishing Award (Best paper of J of Power and Energy) 2006.
  • One of 25 most-cited articles (Int J of Thermal Sciences) in 2002 to 2005

Outline of main research interests

  • Thermo sciences:
    • Combustion chemical kinetics and homogeneous charge compression ignition combustion;
    • Fast aircraft environment control system analysis and system engineering;
  • Electrochemistry:
    • Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel cell (PEMFC) modelling, 1D, Lattice-Boltzmann, CFD;
    • Electric Impedance Spectrum (EIS) diagnostics;
  • Fuels:
    • Compact hydrogen storage using sodium borohydride;
    • Alternative fuels: natural gas, bio-diesel, methanol and ethanol;
  • Hybrid:
    • Zero constraint free piston energy converter
    • Real-world duty cycle for hybrid powertrain optimisation

Research groups

  • Hybrid Vehicles and Advanced Propulsion

Current teaching responsibilities

  • TTB110 - Internal Combustion Engines
  • TTD101 - Vehicle Energy Technology
  • TTP301 - Vehicle and Powertrain Functional Performance
  • TTP401 - Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains

Kang, R., Zhou, L., Hua, J., Feng, D., Wei, H., Chen, R. (2019) Experimental investigation on combustion characteristics in dual-fuel dual-injection engine. Energy Conversion and Management, 181.

Fly, A., Meyer, Q., Whiteley, M., Iacoviello, F., Neville, T., Shearing, P.R., Brett, D.J.L., Kim, C., Chen, R. (2019) X-ray tomography and modelling study on the mechanical behaviour and performance of metal foam flow-fields for polymer electrolyte fuel cells. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44(14).

Lan, S., Yang, Z., Chen, R., Stobart, R. (2018) A dynamic model for thermoelectric generator applied to vehicle waste heat recovery. Applied Energy, 210.

Jinuntuya, F., Whiteley, M., Chen, R., Fly, A. (2018) The effects of gas diffusion layers structure on water transportation using X-ray computed tomography based Lattice Boltzmann method. Journal of Power Sources, 378.

Fly, A., Butcher, D., Meyer, Q., Whiteley, M., Spencer, A., Kim, C., Shearing, P.R., Brett, D.J.L., Chen, R. (2018) Characterisation of the diffusion properties of metal foam hybrid flow-fields for fuel cells using optical flow visualisation and X-ray computed tomography. Journal of Power Sources, 395.

Wei, H., Gao, D., Zhou, L., Feng, D., Chen, R. (2017) Different combustion modes caused by flame-shock interactions in a confined chamber with a perforated plate. Combustion and Flame, 178.

Xing, L., Du, S., Chen, R., Mamlouk, M., Scott, K. (2016) Anode partial flooding modelling of proton exchange membrane fuel cells: Model development and validation. Energy, 96.

View publications in our central  publications database

External roles and appointments

  • Adjunct professor, Tianjin University, China, 2009 – 2012.
  • Member of International Advisory Committee, Chinese State Key Laboratory of Engines (SKLE)

External Examiner

  • University of Glamorgan, MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management, 2009 – 2013.
  • University of Lincoln, BEng & MEng Mechanical Engineering, 2010-2014.
  • University of Sussex, Aerospace Technology MSc, Mechanical Engineering MSc, Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc, 2010-2014.
  • PhD, Imperial College London, 2005.
  • PhD, Brunel University, 2008.
  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 2009
  • PhD, University of Birmingham, 2009