Chemical Engineering


Dr Zhiqiang Niu

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Royal Society K.C.Wong International Fellow

Dr Zhiqiang Niu received his Bachelor and PhD degree in Power and Machinery Engineering from Tianjin University in 2014 and 2020, respectively. He visited the University of California, Irvine as a joint PhD student from 2017 to 2018.  He served as a research associate in the department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hong Kong in September 2020, supported by a Royal Society – KC Wong International Fellowship, he moved to Loughborough University and worked as a research fellow.

Dr Niu is interested in modelling multi-scale, multi-component and multi-physics transport and flow dynamics in the porous components of energy devices such as fuel cells and batteries. His recent research involves microstructures design by integrating physically numerical models and AI techniques.

Main research interests:

  • Multi-scale modelling of two-phase flow and mass transfer in PEM fuel cells
  • Stochastic reconstruction of porous media
  • Direct numerical simulation of two-phase turbulent flow
  • Numerical solver development for batteries and fuel cells in open-source platform (OpenFOAM)

Grants and contracts:

  • 2020-2022 Co-I, Royal Society, NIF\R1\191864“Deep optimisation of fuel cell electrodes via reinforcement learning integrated with physically-meaningful multiphase electrochemical modelling”