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USTB Alumnus Prof. DING Yulong Elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering



On September 22, 2020, Prof. DING Yulong, a professor of the University of Brimingham and the Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, was formally admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Prof. DING is an alumnus of USTB who acquired his undergraduate and master’s degrees in thermal energy, as well as taught and conducted research at USTB for an additional 6 years. He earned his PhD at the University of Birmingham, where he has worked since.


The prestigious appointment  into the Royal Academy of Engineering was a result of Prof. DING’s academic leadership and pioneering work in chemical and process engineering applied to energy materials and thermal systems. His recent research has involved multiphase transport phenomena, energy conversion and storage technologies. Professor DING’s research has led to important innovations in new thermal energy storage materials, cryogenic energy storage, engine technology and temperature regulation technologies for rail and road vehicles that have widespread societal applications to address future global sustainable energy challenges.

Professor Yulong DING FREng FIChemE FRSC is the founding Chamberlain Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham and the director of Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. His current research covers both fundamental (multiphase transport phenomena across length scales) and applied (new energy conversion and storage technologies) aspects.

He invented liquid air energy storage technology and led the initial stage of the technology development and validation, which is commercialised by Highview Power, a UK engineering company. He developed composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage and associated large-scale manufacture technologies, leading to large scale commercial applications with a total installation of 300+ MW / 1.2+ GWh so far. His work on the passive cooling container technology for cold chain transportation has started commercial demonstration.  

He is a receiver of three IChemE Global Awards – Energy, Research Project and Outstanding Achievement Awards (2019), Distinguished Energy Storage Individual Award (Beijing International Energy Storage and Expo, 2018), Cryogenic Energy Storage Research Chair Award (Royal Academy of Engineering, 2014), Energy & Environment Award and Technology and Innovation Grand Prix Award (Liquid Air Energy Storage, ‘The Engineer’ Magazine, 2011).

He has published over 450 technical papers with ~250 in peer-reviewed journals (H-Index of ~ 63), filed over 70+ patents, and co-founded Dispersia Ltd and more recently Kelvin Thermotech Ltd. He currently serves on IChemE Publication Medal Assessment Panel, European Technology and Innovation Platform Working Group on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIPSNET), Royal Society Net Zero Carbon Panel, Steering Group of Royal Society study on long-term large-scale energy storage, UK Molten Salt Advisory Committee, IEA Annex 36 Carnot Batteries; and Editorial Boards of Journal of Energy Storage (Wiley), Journal of Thermal Science (Springer), Particuology (Elsevier), and Energies & Applied Science (MDPI). 

RESOURCES: University of Birmingham