Dr Xiangjie Chen joined the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering in September 2019 as the Lecturer in Clean Energy and works at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST). Prior to her current position, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, with a wide range of industrial connections within UK and Europe.


  • Dec 2009- Dec 2013 Ph.D in Sustainable and Renewable Energy, University of Nottingham
  • Sept 2006- Oct 2008 Master in Building Engineering (First Class with Honour), Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Sept 2002- July 2006 Bachelor in Civil Engineering(First Class with Honour), Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Key awards

  • Best Research Paper for Engineering Research Showcase 2019, University of Nottingham

Dr Xiangjie Chen’s research interests are in the area of renewable and sustainable energy technologies, heat transfer process, particularly including those which include the heating and cooling system design for building and electric vehicle applications, solar thermal energy storage system, building retrofit technology, polymeric plastic heat exchanger.

Grants and contracts

  • 2017-2019 EU Horizon 2020, project title “Refurbishment decision making platform through advanced technologies for near zero energy building renovation”, RezBuild, project budget over €9M, Lead Innovator
  • 2017-2018 Innovate UK, project title “A novel industrial waste heat recovery system for pollutant removal, water production and cooling (EarthSave)”, project budget £299,067, Co-Investigator
  • 2018-2019 EPSRC funded Impact Acceleration Grant, project title “Polymer hollow fiber integrated battery cooler”, total project budget £10,000, Principle Investigator
  • 2018-2019 British Council, PhD student and supervisor mobility programme, project title “Solar driven polymer hollow fiber water desalination system”, project budget £28,450, Principal Investigator
  • 2014-2017 Innovate UK, project title “Micro-polymer hollow fiber heat exchanger”, project budget £1,461,219, Lead Innovator

Current teaching responsibilities

  • WSC003 Renewable Energy Sources

External collaborators

  • Nottingham University
  • Ricardo Ltd.
  • PAB Coventry Ltd.
  • PAK Engineering Ltd.
  • Sunmap Ltd.
  • Sintef, Norway
  • Saint-Gobain PLACO, Spain
  • Rimond Ltd., Italy

External roles and appointments

  • Co-editor for Thermal Science and Engineering Progress
  • Active reviewer for multiple journals including: Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Energy and Building, Energy Conversion and Management