School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Huayong Zhao DPhil, FHEA

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Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics


Dr Huayong Zhao is a Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics at Wolfson School and Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering of Loughborough University (since 2014). Prior to this, he had been working as a Research Associate at Loughborough University (2012 – 2014). He holds a D.Phil. degree in engineering (2012), awarded by University of Oxford, and a B.Sc. in Electromechanical Engineering (2008), awarded by University of Macau, Macau S.A.R., China.

Dr Zhao has been continuously working on the development and applications of various optical diagnostic techniques in energy systems, particularly in piston engines, since 2008. He has been awarded various government and industry funded projects as the principle investigator, with a total value over 1 million pounds, and a further 2 million pounds as a co-investigator. He is also interested in the hydrodynamics and heat/mass transfer process in multiphase flows, and has participated into various industry and government sponsored projects as both investigators and researchers since 2012.


DPhil - Optical diagnostics and particulate emissions analysis of hydrogen-hydrocarbons combustion (supervisor: Prof Richard Stone)


Dr Zhao’s research focuses on various aspects of the multiphase energy systems, including: 

  • Optical diagnostic techniques in flames and flows
  • Heat and mass transfer in multi-phase energy systems
  • Combustion in hydrogen/hydrocarbon systems
  • IC engine performance and emissions

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • WSA800 Thermodynamics and Fluid mechanics
  • WSA102 Engineering science
  • WSA802 Fluid Mechanics 2
  • WSC801 Advanced heat transfer


Current administrative responsibilities:

  • UG admissions tutor
  • Caterpillar
  • Dearman Engine Company
  • Air Product
  • MIRA
  • Wessington Cryogenics
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • University of Oxford