School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Dan Zhou PhD

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Dr Dan Zhou is a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology. Before joining Loughborough, she held a PhD (Warwick, 2008-2012), MSc and BEng (Shandong, 2001-2008). In Loughborough, she works on the EPSRC project ‘i-STUTE’ (interdisciplinary centre for Storage, Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy). A third of the industrial process heat falls within the temperature range of 50-200 °C, which, if recovered and stored effectively, can be recycled for other heating purposes. Her research mainly focuses on the industrial process heat recovery by latent heat and/or thermochemical heat storage. The objective is to achieve the optimal heat storage approach/configuration and more efficient materials/system design. 

Dr Zhou's research interests are:

  • Renewable and Sustainable Technologies and Materials
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Low and High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage
  • Low Carbon Sustainable Buildings
  • Building Energy Evaluation.

Journal Papers

[1] D Zhou, GSF Shire, Y Tian. Parametric analysis of influencing factors in phase change material wallboard (PCMW). Applied Energy 2014; 119: 33-42.

[2] D Zhou, CY Zhao, Y Tian. Review on thermal energy storage with phase change materials (PCMs) in building applications. Applied Energy 2012; 92: 593-605.

[3] D Zhou, CY Zhao. Experimental investigations on heat transfer in phase change materials (PCMs) embedded in porous materials. Applied Thermal Engineering 2011;31: 970-977

[4] CY Zhao, D Zhou, ZG Wu. Heat transfer enhancement of phase change materials (PCMs) in porous materials. Frontiers in Energy 2011, 5 (2):174-180.

[5] RQ Liu, F Sun, YL Chen, D Zhou. Discussion of technologies on water-saving of counter-flow wet cooling tower. Power System Engineering 2007; 6: 47-51. (In Chinese)


Conference Papers

[5] D Zhou, CY Zhao, Robert Critoph. Analytical considerations of thermal performance of exterior PCM wallboards in passive-designed buildings. The 12th International Conference on Energy Storage, May 16-18, 2012, Lleida, Spain.

 [6] D Zhou, CY Zhao. Solid/Liquid phase change heat transfer in latent heat thermal energy storage. The 3rd ASME International  Conference on Energy Sustainability, July 19–23, 2009 , San Francisco, California, USA

 [7] NH Wang, D Zhou. Dropwise condensation on nickel-based coating tube. International Conference on Power Engineering 2007, October 23-27, 2007, Hangzhou, China