Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Professor Rui Chen BEng, PhD, CEng, FIMechE

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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

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