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Multiphase multi-scale transport in proton exchange membrane fuel cell


Prof. Kui Jiao

State Key Laboratory of Engines
Vice Dean of School of

Mechanical Engineering
Tianjin University

Date & Time

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

2:00 am


Room 7-37, Haking Wong Building, HKU

This presentation will show our recent progress in the development of simulation tools, investigation on transport phenomena, and design for proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) at Tianjin University. The simulation tools include 1+1D and 3D models for PEMFC dynamics and design optimization, two-phase direct numerical simulation (DNS) model for droplet dynamics in channel and electrode microstructures, lattice Boltzmann (LB) model with real density and viscosity ratios for two-phase dynamics, and multiphase model for ice formation/growth in electrode microstructures. Some transport phenomena involving gas, liquid and ice, and new structural designs such as metal-foam PEMFC will also be discussed.


Kui Jiao is currently a professor in the State Key Laboratory of Engines and Vice Dean of School of Mechanical Engineering at the Tianjin University, China. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2011 from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in the field of mechanical engineering. He has been working in a wide variety of research fields including fuel cell, thermoelectric generator and turbocharger compressor. He has published over 100 papers in international journals such as Progress in Energy and Combustion Science and Nature Communications, with 2000+ citations and 30+ h-index. He has been granted the “National Natural Science Foundation of China – Outstanding Youth Foundation” in 2016, and the “UK Royal Society – Advanced Newton Fellowship” in 2018. He has led 20+ national and industrial projects in China, and provided modeling and simulation services in development of fuel cell engines for many major automotive fuel cell manufactures. 

Research Areas:

Thermofluids and Energy

Contact for


Prof. D.Y.C. Leung

(852) 3917 7911

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