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Durham University

Department of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Zhiwei Ma, PhD, MPhil, BEng

Assistant Professor, Research Track in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41740
Room number: E387 Christopherson

(email at zhiwei.ma@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Zhiwei Ma is an Assistant Professor in Department of Engineering in Durham University. He received PhD (2012) from Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He then worked as Research Associate in Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Sheffield University (2013-2014) and Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research in Newcastle University (2015-2017). He was promoted to Senior Research Associate in 2018 before joining Durham University. 

Zhiwei’s main researches are thermal energy storage, low-grade heat utilization, and novel thermodynamic cycle development for heating, cooling, dehumidification and power generation. He was given a prestigious award, the Sadi Carnot Award by International Institute of Refrigeration in 2019 for his contributions to the low-grade heat utilisation.

Research Interests

  • Low grade heat recovery
  • Thermal driven heating, cooling and power generation
  • Adsorption heat pump, energy storage and carbon capture
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Passive PCM thermal management
  • Solid-liquid two phase flow and heat transfer

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • Ma, Z, Bao, H, Ameen, T, Smallbone, A & Roskilly T (2019), Impact of different packed bed heat storage technologies on the performance of a pumped heat energy storage system, Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference. Hangzhou, China.
  • Ma,Z, Bao, H & Roskilly, T (2018), Development of Empirical Correlations for Predicting Moisture and Enthalpy Effectiveness of Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification Process, International Conference of Cryogenics and Refrigeration. Shanghai, China.
  • Ma, Z, Bao, H & Roskilly, T (2018), Feasibility Study of Seasonal Solar Thermal Energy Storage using Ammonia Chemisorption in Domestic Dwellings in the UK, International Conference on Cryogenics and Refrigeration. Shanghai, China.
  • Bao, H, Ma, Z & Roskilly, T (2017), A chemisorption power generation cycle with multi-stage expansion driven by low grade heat, Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference. Alkmaar, Netherlands.
  • Ma, Z, Bao, H & Roskilly, T (2017), Principle investigation on advanced absorption power generation cycle, Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference. Alkmaar, Netherlands.
  • Ma,Z, Bao, H & Roskilly, T (2017), Study on solidification process of sodium acetate trihydrate for seasonal solar thermal energy storage, Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference. Alkmaar, Netherlands.
  • Bao, H, Ma, Z, Yuan, Y & Roskilly, T (2016), An optimized chemisorption cycle for electric energy storage and low grade heat recovery, Heat Powered Cycles Conference. Nottingham, UK.
  • Bao, H, Ma, Z & Rokilly, T (2015), Analysis and comparison of pumpless organic Rankine cycle and thermochemical sorption power generation, Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference. Newcastle, UK..
  • Zhang, P, Ma, Z, Ye, J & Bai, Z (2015), Experimental investigation of rheological characteristics of phase change material slurries, Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference. Newcastle, UK.
  • Zhang, P & Ma, Z (2012), Measurement of thermal conductivity of TBAB CHS by inclusion of the effect of phase change, 10th IIR Conference on Phase-Change Materials and Slurries for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Kobe, Japan.
  • Zhang, P, Ma, Z, Shi, X & Wang, R (2012), Solid concentration distribution of TBAB clathrate hydrate slurry in a storage tank, 6th Asian Conference on Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Xi'an, China.
  • Ma, Z.W. Zhang, P. & Wang, R.Z. (2011), Performance of A Cold Storage Air-Conditioning Aystem Using Tetrabutylammonium Bromide Clathrate Hydrate Slurry, 57: Proceedings of the World Renewable Energy Congress – Sweden, 8–13 May, 2011, Linköping, Sweden. 1118.
  • Zhang, P, Ma, Z & Nie, D (2010), Determination of the thermal properties of TBAB clathrate hydrate slurry and aqueous solution, 9th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies. Shanghai, China.
  • Ma, Z, Zhang, P & Wang, R (2010), Energy saving of TBAB CHS air-conditioning system, 9th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies. Shanghai, China.
  • Zhang, P, Ma, Z & Wang, R (2010), Forced flow and convective heat transfer of phase change material slurry in the heat exchangers, 14th International Heat Transfer Conference. Washington, USA.

Journal Article

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