Li Chuan

Personal profile

Name: Li Chuan


Degrees: Ph.D

Title: Professor


Current Professional Societies:

lMembership of Society of Chemical Industry, UK.

lMembership of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK.

lScience consultant of JJBioEnergy Company, UK

lSpecially invited reviewers of ASME, IHTC, and IFEC conferences

Research Areas

lThermal energy storage (heat and cold) materials formulation and manufacture.

lThermal energy storage devices/components design and optimization.

lHeat and mass transfer intensification using particles across length scales.

lRenewable energy sources utilization, advanced thermal management


lAwarded 'Talent Program' of Zhejiang Province and Beijing City, 2020.

lAwarded 'Young Taishan Scholar' of Shandong Province, 2019.

lAwarded 'Specially Invited Speech' in 5thand 7thThermal Energy Storage Conference, 2018 and 2020.

lAwarded '3rd prize in the Best Paper' in UK Particle Technology Forum, 2017.

lAwarded 'China Government Scholarship For Overseas Study' of CSC China, 2012.

lAwarded First-Class Scholarship of China University of Petroleum (Beijing) in 2011.

lAwarded Third-Class Scholarship ofChina University of Petroleum (Beijing) in 2010.

lThe first national test score of Postgraduate Entrance Examination in 2009.

lAwarded "National Motivational Scholarship" in 2008 (1.5%).



[1]Chuan Li, Peikun Zhang, Yulong Ding. Thermal Energy Storage: Materials, Devices, Systems and Applications. Chapter 10-Latent heat thermal energy storage devices. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019-2020.

2.Journal Papers:

[1]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Yongliang Li, Xiaohui She, Hui Cao, Peikun Zhang, Li Wang, Yulong Ding. Heat transfer of composite phase change material modules containing a eutectic carbonate salt for medium and high temperature thermal energy storage applications. Applied Energy, 238 (2019) 1074-1083.

[2]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Lin Cong, Xianglei Liu, Yimin Xuan, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding. Carbonate salt based composite phase change materials for medium and high temperature thermal energy storage: A microstructural study. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells. 196 (2019) 25-35.

[3]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Yulong Ding. Investigation on the thermal performance of a high temperature packed bed thermal energy storage system containing carbonate salt based composite phase change materials. Applied Energy.247 (2019) 374-388.

[4]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Lin Cong, Feng Jiang, Yanqi Zhao, Chuanping Liu, Yaxuan Xiong, Chun Chang, Yulong Ding. MgO based composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage: The effects of MgO particle density and size on microstructure characteristics as well as thermophysical and mechanical properties. Applied Energy. 250 (2019) 81-91.

[5]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Yulong Ding. Investigation on the effective thermal conductivity of carbonate salt based composite phase change materials for medium and high temperature thermal energy storage.Energy. 176 (2019) 728-741.

[6]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Hui Cao, Guanghui Leng, Yongliang Li, Li Wang, Lifang Zheng, Yulong Ding. Wettability of eutectic NaLiCO3 salt on magnesium oxide substrates at 778K. Applied Surface Science. 442 (2018) 148-155.

[7]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Yulong Ding. Carbonate salt based composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage: From component to device level performance through modelling. Renewable Energy. 140 (2019) 140-151.

[8]Qi Li, Chuan Li*, Zheng Du, Feng Jiang, Yulong Ding. A review of performance investigation and enhancement of shell and tube thermal energy storage containing molten salt based phase change materials for medium and high temperature applications. Applied Energy. 255 (2019) 113806.

[9]Bo Zhao, Chuan Li*, Yi Jin, Cenyu Yang, Guanghui Leng, Hui Cao, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding. Heat transfer performance of thermal energy storage components using composite phase change materials. IET Renewable Power Generation, 10 (10) 2016 1515-1522. doi: 10.1049/iet-rpg. 2016.0026.

[10]Qi Li, Geng Qiao, Ernesto Mura, Chuan Li*, Ludger Fischer, Yulong Ding*. Experimental and numerical studies of a fatty acid based phase change dispersion for enhancing cooling high voltage electrical devices.Energy 198 (2020) 117280.

[11]Qi Li, Lin Cong, Xusheng Zhang, Bo Dong, Boyang Zou, Zheng Du, Yaxuan Xiong, Chuan Li*. Fabrication and thermal properties investigation of aluminium based composite phase change material for medium and high temperature thermal energy storage. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 211 (2020) 110511.

[12]Qi Li, Ernesto Mura, Macro Pignataro, Chuan Li*, Geng Qiao, Ludger Fischer, Yulong Ding*. Shape stability and flow behaviour of phase change material slurry under fluid-thermo-electric coupled fields for electronic device cooling. Applied Thermal Engineering 173 (2020) 115117.

[13]Qi Li, Ludger Fischer, Geng Qiao, Ernesto Mura, Chuan Li*, Yulong Ding*. High performance cooling of a HVDC converter using a fatty acid ester-based phase change dispersion in a heat sink with double-layer oblique-crossed ribs. International Journal of Energy Research 44 (2020) 5819-5840,

[14]Yaxuan Xiong, Mingyuan Sun, Yuting Wu, Peng Xu, Qian Xu, Chuan Li*, Yulong Ding. Effects of synthesis methods on thermal performance of nitrate salt nanofluids for concentrating solar power. Energy & Fuels 2020,

[15]Xiong Yaxuan, Wang Zhenyu, Sun Mingyuan, Wu Yuting, Xu Peng, Xu Qian, Li Chuan*, Ding Yulong, Ma Chongfang. Enhanced Thermal Energy Storage of Nitrate Salts by Silica Nanoparticles for Concentrating Solar Power. International Journal of Energy Research. 2020,10.1002/er.6142.

[16]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Yanqi Zhao, Yixuan Jia, Yufeng Ding, Yi Jin, Likui Weng, Yulong Ding. A novel high temperature electrical storage heater using an inorganic salt based composite phase change material. Energy Storage. 2019.

[17]Qi Li, Chuan Li*, Geng Qiao, Yanqi Zhao, Yaoting Huang, Xiaodong Peng, Xianzhang Lei, Yulong Ding. Effect of MgO particle size and density on microstructure development of MgO based composite phase change materials. Energy Procedia 158 (2019) 4517-4522.

[18]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Yanqi Zhao, Lin Cong, Zhu Jiang, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding.Composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage: From molecular modelling based formulation to innovative manufacture.Energy Procedia 158 (2019) 4510-4516.

[19]Chuan Li, Sun Ze, Yulong Ding.A numerical investigation into the charge behaviour of a spherical phase change material particle for high temperature thermal energy storage in packed beds.Energy Storage Science and Technology, 2(5) (2013) 480-485.Doi: 10.3969/j.issn.2095-4239.2013.05.005.

[20]Chuan Li, Zhiwei Ge, Yi Jin, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding. Heat transfer behaviour of thermal energy storage components using composite phase change materials. Energy Storage Science and Technology 4(2) (2015) 1-8. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.2095-4239.2015.02.007.

[21]Chuan Li, Yanyang Si, Guanghui Leng, Yong Xu, Yufeng Ding, Likui Weng, Yulong Ding. Charging behaviour of an electrical storage heater using a higher temperature composite phase change material. Energy Storage Science and Technology 6(4) (2017) 739-747.doi: 10.12028/j.issn.2095-4239.2017.0066.

[22]Chuan Li, Qi Li, Zhu Jiang, Hui Cao, Geng Qiao, Yongliang Li, Xianzhang Lei, Yulong Ding. Charging and discharging behaviour of carbonate-based salt composite phase change materials. Energy Storage Science and Technology 6(4) (2017) 655-661. doi: 10.12028/j.issn.2095-4239.2017.0067.

[23]Chao Song, Xianglei Liu, Hanbin Zheng, Chuang Bao, Liang Teng, Yun Da, Feng Jiang, Chuan Li, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding. Decomposition kinetics of Al- and Fe- doped calcium carbonate particles with improved solar absorbance and cycle stability. Chemical Engineering Journal 406 (2021) 126282.

[24]Bo Dong, Linhao Li, Xiao Tao, Mark Stockham, Chuan Li, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding, Peter Slater. Enhanced densification and conduction properties of Li5+La3Nb2-xZrxO12 garnet solid-state electrolytes through Zn doping on the Nb/Zr site.10.26434/chemrxiv.12436736.

[25]Peilun Wang, Xiang Wang, Yun Huang, Chuan Li, Zhijian Peng, Yulong Ding.Thermal energy charging behaviour of a heat exchange device with a zigzag plate configuration containing multi-phase-change-materials (m-PCMs). Applied Energy, 142 (2015) 328-336.

[26]Feng Jiang, Lingling Zhang, Zhu Jiang, Chuan Li, Daqiang Cang, XiangLei Liu, Yimin Xuan, Yulong Ding.Diatomite-based porous ceramics with high apparent porosity: pore structure modification using calcium carbonate.Ceramics International, 45 (2019) 6085-6092.

[27]Xuesheng Zhang, Zheng Du, Yudong Zhu, Chuan Li, Xianfeng Hu, Tingbin Yang, Bin-Bin Yu, Rui Gu, Yulong Ding, Zhubing He. A novel volumetric absorber integrated with low-cost D-Mannitol and acetylene-black nanoparticles for solar-thermal-electricity generation. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 207 (2020) 110366.

[28]Feng Jiang, Lingling Zhang, Xiaohui She, Chuan Li, Daqiang Cang, Xianglei Liu, Yimin Xuan, Yulong Ding. Skeleton materials for shape-stabilization of high temperature salts based phase change materials: A critical review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2019) 109539.

[29]Xiaodong Peng, Xiaohui She, Chuan Li, Yimo Luo, Tongtong Zhang, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding. Liquid air energy storage flexibly coupled with LNG regasification for improving air liquefaction.Applied Energy. 250 (2019) 1190-1201.

[30]Chun Chang, Zhiyong Wu, Helena Navarro, Chuan Li, Guanghui Leng, Xiaoxia Li, Ming Yang, Zhifeng Wang, Yulong Ding.Comparative study of the transient natural convection in an underground water pit thermal storage.Applied Energy, 208 (2017) 1162-1173.

[31]Xiaodong Peng, Xiaohui She, Lin Cong, Tongtong Zhang, Chuan Li, Yongliang Li, Li Wang, Lige Tong, Yulong Ding.Thermodynamic study on the effect of cold and heat recovery on performance of Liquid Air Energy Storage.Applied Energy, 221 (2018) 86-99.

[32]Yaxuan Xiong, Shuo An, Peng Xu, Yulong Ding, Chuan Li, Qunli Zhang, Hongbing Chen.A novel expander-depending natural gas pressure regulation configuration: Performance analysis.Applied Energy, 220 (2018) 21-35.

[33]Xiaohui She, Tongtong Zhang, Lin Cong, Xiaodong Peng, Chuan Li, Yimo Luo, Yulong Ding. Flexible integration of liquid air energy storage with liquefied natural gas regasification for power generation enhancement.Applied Energy. 251 (2019) 113355.

[34]Yanqi Zhao, Lu Jin, Boyang Zou, Geng Qiao, Tongtong Zhang, Lin Cong, Feng Jiang, Chuan Li, Yun Huang, Yulong Ding. Expanded graphite-paraffin composite phase change material: Effect of particle size on the composite structure and properties. Applied Thermal Engineering (2020)

[35]Zhiwei Ge, Yongliang Li, Dacheng Li, Ze Sun, Yi Jin, Chuangping Liu, Chuan Li, Guanghui Leng, Yulong Ding.Thermal energy storage: challenges and the role of particle technology.Particuology, 15 (2014) 2-8.

[36]Zhu Jiang, Feng jiang, Chuan Li, Guanghui Leng, Xueming Zhao, Yunren Li, Tongtong Zhang, Guizhi Xu, Yi Jin, Cenyu Yang, Yulong Ding. A form stable composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage applications over 700 C. Applied Sciences 9 (2019) 814.

[37]Qi Li, Jianfei Song, Chuan Li, Yaodong Wei, Jianyi Chen.Numerical and experimental study of particle deposition on inner wall of 180° bend.Powder Technology, 237 (2013) 241-254.

[38]Chun Chang, Binjian Nie, Guanghui Leng, Chuan Li, Xiaohui She, Xiaodong Peng, Jie Deng.Influences of the key characteristic parameters on the thermal performance of a water pit seasonal thermal storage.Energy Procedia 142 (2017) 495-500.

[39]Chun Chang, Xiaodong Peng, Binjian Nie, Guanghui Leng, Chuan Li, Yonghong Hao, Xiaohui She.Heat transfer enhancement of a molten salt parabolic trough solar receiver with concentric and eccentric pipe inserts.Energy Procedia 142 (2017) 624-629.

[40]Chun Chang, Guanghui Leng, Chuan Li, Binjian Nie, Xiaohui She, Xiaodong Peng, Jie Deng.Investigation on transient cooling process in a water heat storage tank with inclined sidewalls.Energy Procedia 142 (2017) 142-147.

[41]Chuanping Liu, Chuan Li, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding, Li Wang.Review of heat transfer enhancement in gas-solid flow. CIESC journal, 65 (2014) 2485-2494. DOI:10.3969/j.issn.0438-1157.2014.07.010.

[42]Yanqi Zhao, Boyang Zou, Chuan Li, Yulong Ding.Active cooling based battery thermal management using composite phase change materials.Energy Procedia 158 (2019) 4933-4940.

[43]Lin Cong, Xiaohui She, Guanghui Leng, Geng Qiao, Chuan Li, Yulong Ding.Formulation and characterisation of ternary salt based solutions as phase change materials for cold chain applications.Energy Procedia 158 (2019) 5103-5108.

[44]Xiaodong Peng, Xiaohui She, Binjian Nie, Chuan Li, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding.Liquid air energy storage with LNG cold recovery for air liquefaction improvement.Energy Procedia 158 (2019) 4758-4764.

[45]Yaoting Huang, Chunping Xie, Chuan Li, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding.Rheological behaviour and aggregation kinetics of EG/water based MCNT nano-suspension for sub-zero temperature cold storage.Energy Procedia 158 (2019) 4846-4851.

[46]Yaoting Huang, Xiaohui She, Chuan Li, Yongliang Li, Yulong Ding.Evaluation of thermal performance in cold storage applications using EG-water based nano-composite PCMs.Energy Procedia 158 (2019) 4840-4845.

[47]Guanghui Leng, Helena Navarro, Geng Qiao, Qinghua Yu, Gilmore Wellio, Chuan Li, Yaoting Huang, Yanqi Zhao, Gan Zhang, Yuanye Meng, Chun Chang, Lu Jin, Guizhi Xu, Yongliang Li, Yongling Ding. Design of composite materials/devices for thermal storage - A critical review.Veruscript Functional Nanomaterials. 2018; 2: #GHV5W9.

[48]Guizhi Xu, Xiao Hu, Yi Jin, Cenyu Yang, Chuan Li, Yulong Ding. Simulation modelling and analysis of high temperature phase change heat storage and exchange device.Energy Storage Science and Technology 8(2) (2019) 338-346. DOI: 10.12028/j.issn.2095-4239.2018.0159.

Personal Statement

Dr. Li Chuan joined Beijing University of Technology as a specially-appointed professor in September 2020, and prior to this, he took a postdoctoral position at the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) of the University of Birmingham since November 2016 when he completed his Ph.D.studyfrom the same institution. Heresearchesthermal energy storage using composite phase change materials, covering both materials and components/devices. His workson materials focus ontheformulation and fabrication of composite phase change materials, and their property enhancement; whereas thoseworkson thermal energy storage components/devices concentrate on modelling and experimental validationbyusingthe validated model for the design and fabrication of the components/devices. He has actively engaged in 11 projects over the past 8 years, including 2 projects supported by the Beijing University of Technology, 4EPSRC projects and 5 industrial projects funded by Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute Europe (GEIRI) on thermal energy storage. He has published more than 45 peer-reviewed papersin thejournals, 20 conference papers, 1 book chapter and 2 patents. Hisefforts also lead to several awards, including the Third Prize of Best Paperon the UK Particle Technology Forum from IChemE in 2017 and the China National Award for postgraduate students from China Scholarship Council in 2013.