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Dr Yiji Lu, BEng(Hons), Mphil, PhD

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Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Engineering
Room number: E268 Higginson

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Yiji Lu is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Engineering and a Fellow in the Durham Energy Institute, focuses his research on the technological development of Low-Carbon Technologies including Renewable and Clean Energy Conversion, Energy Storage and Cleaner/Alternative Fuels to tackle the Climate Change challenges.

Yiji is a researcher in the £20m EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, and a co-investigator of the CESI-funded Case Study on Integrated Zero-Carbon Hub. He leads the Royal Academy of Engineering - Transforming Systems through Partnership Scheme to develop clean energy technologies and technical solutions for transport decarbonisation.

Yiji obtained an MPhil in Sustainability (2012) and his PhD in Energy (2016) at Newcastle University, being awarded a prestigious Outstanding Research Award towards his PhD project. Yiji has a strong track record in energy theme research published over 70 articles in high-quality international journals and peer-reviewed conferences, with around 700 citations and a current H-Index of 17 according to Google Scholar.

Yiji is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and servers as an Associate Editor at Energy Reports, and an Editorial Member in various Energy Theme journals such as Scientific Reports (Nature Research), Thermal Science and Engineering Progress (Elsevier), Energy Reports (Elsevier), Frontiers in Energy Research (Frontiers) and Sustainability (MDPI). He has recently guest-edited Secial Issues including: ‘Energy Storage’, ‘Organic Rankine Cycle’, ‘Hydrogen Economy’, ‘Cleaner Fuels in Future Energy Systems’, ‘Fuels of the Future’.

Three Minute introduction - Yiji ’s work and vision on Energy Research for a Clean Energy Future.

Research Interests

  • Alternative Fuels
  • Energy Conversion
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Systems
  • Hydrogen Economy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Thermal Energy Engineering

Selected Publications

Edited Journal

  • Lu, Yiji, Chen, Haisheng, Wang, Liwei, Yu, Zitao, Huang, Yuqi, Yu, Xiaoli, Wang, Yaodong & Roskilly, Anthony Roskilly (2021). Energy Storage - Driving towards a clean energy future. Energy Reports, 6 (Supplement 7): Elsevier.
  • Wang, Enhua, Markides, Christos, Lu, Yiji & Lemort, Vincent (2020). Organic Rankine Cycle for Efficiency Improvement of Industrial Processes and Urban Systems. Frontiers in Energy Research, Frontiers.
  • Roskilly, Anthony Roskilly, Yu, Xiaoli & Lu, Yiji (2019). Fuels of the Future. Energies, 12 (10): MDPI.

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