Chair Professor of Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cheong Ying Chan Professor of Engineering and Environment
Director of the HKUST Energy Institute
Senior Fellow of the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study
Departmental Research Area
Nano Technology, Thermofluid, Microsystems, Energy
Individual Research Interest
Fuel cells and batteries; heat and mass transfer at micro/nano scales; lattice Boltzmann methods for multicomponent/multiphase transport; advanced air conditioning and refrigeration systems; electronic cooling; heat pipes.
T.S. (Tim) Zhao is currently the Cheong Ying Chan Professor of Engineering and Environment, the Chair Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at HKUST, the Director of the HKUST Energy Institute, and a Senior Fellow of the HKUST Institute for Advanced Study. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters (2014, 2015, 2016) and by Clarivate Analytics (2017). Professor Zhao combines his expertise in research and technological innovation with a commitment to creating clean energy production and storage devices for a sustainable future. He has made seminal contributions in the areas of fuel cells, advanced batteries, multi-scale multiphase heat and mass transport with electrochemical reactions, and computational modeling. In addition to 4 edited books, 9 book chapters and over 67 keynote lectures at international conferences, he has published 305 papers in various prestigious Journals. These papers have collectively received more than 10,000 citations and earned Prof Zhao an h-index of 57 (Web of Science). In recognition of his research achievements, Prof Zhao has in recent years received many awards, including the 2014 Distinguished Research Excellence Award (HKUST), two State Natural Science Awards, the Croucher Senior Fellowship award, the Overseas Distinguished Young Scholars Award (NSFC), and the Yangtze River Chair Professorship, among others. In the international community, Prof Zhao serves as Editor-in-Chief of Applied Thermal Engineering, Executive Editor of Science Bulletin, and Editor of RSC’s Energy & Environmental Science. He has served as an editorial board member for Energy & Environmental Science, Journal of Power Sources, and other 10 prestigious international Journals.