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Dr Zhichao Zhang joined Northumbria University as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering in 2020. He did his postdoc in Delft University of Technology in Netherlands from 2019 to 2020. He was awarded PhD in Newcastle University, UK, in 2019.

Dr Zhichao Zhang was doing research work on the hydrogen diffusion in turbine blades for the utilisation of hydrogen fuel in Delft. He completed the EPSRC funded project ‘Investigation Into Fuel Pre-treatments For Combustion Improvement On A Compression Ignition Engine’ in Newcastle University. He also conducted the NSFC project ‘Fundamental study of Quasi-hydrous Ethanol and Bio-jet Fuel Blends and their Influence on the Characteristics of Blow Off and Smoking Boundary’, and the BNSF project ‘Establishment of Particulate Emission Index on GDI Engines’ in China.

Dr Zhichao Zhang has published many journal papers in Applied Energy, Fuel, and Energy, and hold a patent for a commercial product. 

Research interests

Liquid fuel spray, combustion, hydrogen diffusion and embrittlement, renewable fuels, pollutant emissions, gas turbines, internal combustion engines

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, PhD

Jan 2015Apr 2019

Award Date: 24 Apr 2019


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