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Dr Zhiwei Ma

Assistant Professor, Research Track

Assistant Professor, Research Track in the Department of Engineering+44 (0) 191 33 41740


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


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