School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Dawei Wu

Senior Lecturer in Marine Engineering, EPSRC Fellow,


2019 -          Senior Lecturer in Marine Engineering, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

2018 - 2021 EPSRC Fellow, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

2014 - 2019 Lecturer in Marine Engineering, School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University

2008 - 2014 Research Associate/Research Fellow, School of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Newcastle University


PhD in Refrigeration and Cryogenics Engineering

BSc (Hons) in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering

BSc (Hons) in Automation Control Engineering


Institute of Energy Engineering, Technische Universität Berlin

School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

School of Electronic, Information & Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Esteem Indicators:

A member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) Programme Peer Review College.

A member of the EPSRC Peer Review Associate College.

Regular reviewer for Applied Energy, Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Fuel, Ocean Engineering.

First Prize in Products and Processes Theme Research Proposal Competition at Newcastle University (2012)

First Prize in the Poster Competition on Biofuel, Science and Society Conference at Durham University (2012)

Excellent Journal Paper Award, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2007)

Best Project Team Award, Institute of Refrigeration & Cryogenics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2007)

DAAD Scholarship of German Government (2006)



Research Interests:

Hydrogen/ammonia fuelled linear engine-generators;

Alternative biofuels (algal oils, lignin oils, etc.) marine applications;

Cryogenic energy recovery for power generation;

Desalination Technology. 

Research grants:

2019 - 2024 A network for hydrogen-fuelled transportation (Network-H2), Co-I, £1,183,729

2018 – 2021 EPSRC Fellowship: Powering Carbon-free Autonomous Shipping: Ammonia/Hydrogen dual-fuelled Linear Engine-Generator (EP/S00193X/1), PI,  £684,244 £78,000 (studentship)

2018 – 2021 EPSRC responsive mode: A Zero-Emission Closed-loop linear-Joule CYcle (ZECCY) engine generator (EP/R041970/1), Co-I, £897,057

2017 – 2018 EPSRC Impact Acceleration Awards: Prototyping an innovative LNG cryogenic energy recovery system for power generation on LNG vessels and terminals (Internal ref. no. BH172643), PI,  £80,168

2017 – 2018 Innovate UK: Demonstration of a zero emission, high-efficiency argon-hydrogen reactor for hybrid electric heavy-duty vehicles (TS/P010431/1), Co-I, £242,558

2017 – 2017 British Council, Researcher Links Travel Grant: Sustainable Modernisation of the Artisan Fishing Vessel Fleet in Indonesia (2016-RLTG7-10317), PI, £4,900

2016 – 2017 EPSRC, Prosperity Outcomes Awards: Dual reutilisation of waste thermal and cryogenic energy on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ferries (Internal ref. no. BH163000),  PI,  £18,856

2014 – 2014 EPSRC, IAA Seed-corn: Renewable powered Linear Joule-cycle Engine Generator (Internal ref. no. BH140387), Co-I, £11,945

Previous research projects:

Renewable powered Linear Joule-cycle Engine Generator (EP/K004689/1)

Technologies and Scenarios for Low Emissions Shipping (FP7: 266126)

Innovative Energy Management System for Cargo Ship (FP7: 266082)

Biofuel Micro Trigeneration– Cryogenic Energy Storage (EP/F061978/1)

Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation Part 2: Building Management linking Energy Demand, Distributed Conversion and Storage using Dynamic Modelling and a Pervasive Sensor Infrastructure (EP/I000755/1)

Sustainable Energy through China-UK Research Engagement (EP/K004689/1)

Centre for CHP, Trigeneration and Energy Storage (ERDF: NE005165)

Development of a Free Piston Engine for Vehicle Range Extender Applications (BIS: RGF)

Pioneer Production Processes for Beer including Water and Energy management systems (ECO/12/332808) 


Undergraduate and MSc modules:

MAR2020 Applications of Engineering II

MAR2018 Marine Engineering II

MAR3037 Marine Engineering III

MAR8067 Marine Machinery System

Current PhDs and MPhils projects under my supervisory:

1. Argon – Hydrogen Reactor Linear Engine-Generator for Zero Emission Power Generation (PhD starting from 2016)

2. Design and Performance Investigation of Flux Concentrated Tubular Linear Generator for an External Combustion Free Piston Engine (PhD starting from 2017)

3. A New Desalination Technology: LNG Cryogenic Energy Intensified Fresh Water Generation (PhD starting from 2017)

4. A Combined Cooling and Power Generation System using ORC Technology on LNG fuelled Vessels (PhD starting from 2017)

5. Dynamic Modelling and Simulation of Waste Heat Recovery System using Organic Rankine Cycle for Marine Applications (PhD starting from 2016)

6. Utilising the Thermal and Cryogenic Waste Energy for LNG driven Vessels (MPhil starting from 2016)

7. The Utilization of Algal Oil Products in Marine Diesel Engines (PhD starting from 2016)

8. Low Emission Motor Yachts with Zero Carbon Emission Technologies (MPhil starting from 2018)

Potential PhDs/MPhils:

Looking for potential students working on hydrogen/ammonia fuelled engines, linear engine-generator design, and algal/lignin oils for marine engines. More information of studentships, please contact via email.