School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Yiji Lu

BEng (Hons), MPhil, PhD



Dr Yiji Lu is an energetic and enthusiastic Early Career Researcher working on energy research. Dr Lu obtained PhD from NU in 2016 and was awarded a prestigious Chinese Government Award from the China Scholarship Council for his PhD study in May 2016 by the Chinese Ambassador to the UK. Dr Lu's research interests mainly focus on innovative integrated energy systemsenergy conversion and energy storage technologies. 

Dr Lu has an excellent track record in energy engineering research with over 60 articles in high-quality international journals and peer-reviewed conferences, and one book chapter, with over 400 citations, and an H-index of 12 andi10-index of 15 (Google Scholar). 

Dr Yiji Lu carries out modelling and analysis of dynamic energy systems and experimental research in the field of thermal energy and power generation systems. Dr Lu has played as a key member and driving force of various projects inducing Study of carbon-based Nanomaterial to Enhance heat transfer and efficiency in Chemisorption Cogeneration system (EP/P511201/1), Thermal Energy Management of Industrial Processes (EP/G056706/1), Intelligent Hybrid Thermo-Chemical District Networks (H2020-EE-2015-2-RIA-695780), and Royal Society-NSFC Joint Project for the development of a new heat recovery system under the grant number IE/151256 and No. 5151101443.

Dr Yiji Lu's research achievements have been noticed and recognised by international academics. Dr Lu was an invited session chair at the 9th, 10th and 11th International Conference on Applied Energy. Since 2018, he is the Guest Editor of the international journal ‘Energies’ (IF 2.676) and an Associate Editor of the international journal ‘Frontiers in Energy Research’ (IF 1.52). Elsevier gave him several outstanding reviewer awards in October 2016 (Applied Thermal Engineering), January 2017 (Applied Energy) and May 2017 (Energy). Dr Lu is serving as the editorial board member in an Elsevier Journal ‘Energy Reports’ ISSN 2352-4847 and a Nature Research Journal ‘Scientific Reports’ ISSN 2045-2322. From 2019, Dr Lu is a member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College to support the peer review process for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. From 2019, Dr Lu is leading a Special Issue on the topics of Energy Storage (as the Lead Editor and Managing Editor) for the Elsevier journal ‘Energy Reports’. 

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Research Activities

Apr/2016-                    Lead researcher, Royal society (IE/151256) and National Natural Science Foundation of China, Scroll-type energy regeneration and waste heat recovery system for vehicles

Sep/2016-Mar/2017   Lead researcher, EPSRC Prosperity Outcomes Award 2016, Feasibility study of carbon based Nano-materials to Enhance heat transfer and efficiency for chemisorption cooling and power Cogeneration system (NE-Cogen)

Mar/2015-Jan/2017   Lead researcher, EPSRC (EP/K503885/1-IAA), Study of Engine Waste Heat Recovery technologies

Oct/2015-Dec/2015   Participant, Sponsored by Institution of Chemical Engineers through IChemE Awards 2015, Multifunctional concentrated solar adsorption for food preservation

Apr/2012-Mar/2013   Participant, EPSRC funded, Theme 3: Low grade heat driven cogeneration of power and cooling, Global Secure (EP/K004689/1)

Dec/2011-Feb/2014  Participant, EPSRC funded, LH Cogen: Low grade heat driven adsorption linear expander cycle for cogeneration of power and refrigeration (EP/I027904/1)

Mar/2011-Dec/2011  Participant, Marie Curie Fellowship project, A new type adsorption-resorption cycle for the combined power generation and refrigeration driven by low grade heat (Project No: 253106)


22-25th/Aug/2018      Session chair of the 10th International Conference on Applied Energy, Hongkong, China

Chaired sessions • Organic Rankine cycle • Heat pumps and refrigeration systems • Future engines of high efficiency and low emissions

21-24th/Aug/2017      Session chair of the 9th International Conference on Applied Energy, Cardiff, UK

Chaired sessions • Thermodynamic analysis • Organic Rankine cycle • Micro- and nano-technologies

4-8th/Sep/2017      Committee member of the UK-Kenya-South Africa Trilateral Workshop, Stellenbosch, RSA


Student Supervision

Sep/2015-                 Co-supervisor of a PhD student, Title: Low-Grade Heat drove adsorption cooling and power system, Sir Joseph SWAN Centre for Energy Research, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Jan/2015-                 Co-supervisor of a PhD student, Title: Study of three novel pre-treatments for diesel engines - Alternative fuels, nano additives and supercritical fuel combustion, Sir Joseph SWAN Centre for Energy Research, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Feb/2017-Aug/2017  Lead supervisor for MSc final project, Title: Study of engine heat driven Organic Rankine cycle, School of Mechanical and systems engineering, Newcastle University

Jan/2016-Jun/2016  Lead supervisor for MSc final project, Title: Design and optimization of a 15kW scroll expander-School of Mechanical and systems engineering, Newcastle University

Jan/2015-Jun/2015  Co-supervisor for MSc final project, Title: Solar Organic Rankine cycle using scroll expander-School of Mechanical and systems engineering, Newcastle University

Jan/2015-Jun/2015  Co-supervisor for MSc final project, Title: Modeling of scroll expander for Organic Rankine cycle using R245fa, Newcastle University