Solar Energy Conversion and Utilization Laboratory Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Solar Energy Conversion and Utilization Laboratory (SECUL) focuses on the engineering of high-performance solar conversion materials, devices, and systems to fulfill industrial-scale needs for electricity, heat, fuels, or a combination thereof. The fundamental research of SECUL includes: i) understanding the coupled multi-physics in thermal/thermochemical/(photo)electrochemical conversion devices based on advanced simulation techniques; ii) optimization, design, and control strategies development for solar conversion systems with applications in solar fuel processing, energy storage, and CO2 capture; iii) advanced characterization equipment innovation allowing for components’ chemical and transport properties quantification and device and system performance measurement.

Personal Profile

Dr. Lin Meng is an assistant professor and doctoral supervisor at the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology.He graduated from the Department of Refrigeration and Cryogenic Engineering of Shanghai University of Technology in 2010.He obtain a master's degree in refrigeration and cryogenic engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2013.In 2018, he received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne Department of Mechanical Engineering.The main work has published more than 10 international journal articles and was approved for one international patent.Participated in more than 10 international conferences on energy and served twice as Chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Sustainable Energy Conference - Solar Chemistry Session (2018 and 2019). He has served as a reviewer for several international journals and has been named an excellent Solar Energy reviewer twice.

Research Experiences:
◆2019.10 – Now Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology.
◆2018.5 – 2019.9 Postdoctoral Researcher Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering,California Institute of Technology
◆2013.4 – 2013.8 Research Associate School of Mechnical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University
◆2011.12 – 2012.6 Visiting Scholar North Dakota State University Mechanical Engineering

◆2013-2018 PhD Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
◆2010-2013 Master Shanghai Jiaotong University
◆2006-2010 Bachelor University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

Awards & Honors:
◆2018 ASME graduate student award by Solar Energy Division
◆2018 Outstanding Reviewer Award-Solar Energy
◆2017 Early Postdoc. Mobility fellowship by Swiss National Science Foundation
◆2016 Outstanding Master Thesis Award by Shanghai municipality
◆2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award-Solar Energy
◆2013 Outstanding Graduate of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, SJTU
◆2012 National Scholarship for Graduates, Ministry of Education
◆2010 Shanghai Outstanding Graduates, Shanghai, 2010.5.


1. High temperature solar thermal chemical fuel synthesis technology;

2. Solar driven high temperature electrochemical hydrogen production reactor;

3. (Photo) electrochemical hydrogen production, carbon dioxide reduction, ammonia synthesis technology;

4. Design of a new solar concentrating photothermal system;

5. High temperature phase change energy storage system;


Course: Solar Thermal Utilization Technologies (2020 Spring)

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13.Sullivan Ian, Lihao Han, Soo Hong Lee, Meng Lin, David M. Larson, Walter S. Drisdell, and Chengxiang Xiang. "A Hybrid Catalyst-Bonded Membrane Device for Electrochemical Carbon Monoxide Reduction at Different Relative Humidities." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 7, no. 20 (2019): 16964-16970.

12. Meng Lin, Lihao Han, Meenesh R. Singh, Chengxiang Xiang. “An Experimental- and Simulation-Based Evaluation of the CO2 Utilization Efficiency of Aqueous-Based Electrochemical CO2 Reduction Reactors with Ion-Selective Membranes.” ACS Applied Energy Materials (2019). Selected as the supplementary cover image.

11. Meng Lin, Sophia Haussener. “An integrated concentrated solar fuel generator utilizing a tubular solid oxide electrolysis cell as solar absorber”.Journal of Power Sources, 400 (2018), 592–604.

10. Meng Lin, Jan Reinhold, Nathalie Monnerie, and Sophia Haussener. "Modeling and design guidelines for direct steam generation solar receivers." Applied Energy 216 (2018): 761-776.

9. Meng Lin, and Sophia Haussener. “Techno-economic modeling and optimization of solar-driven high temperature electrolysis systems.” Solar Energy 155 (2017): 1389–1402.

8. Meng Lin, and Sophia Haussener. "Solar fuel processing efficiency for ceria redox cycling using alternative oxygen partial pressure reduction methods." Energy 88 (2015): 667-679.

7. Meng Lin, Krishnan Sumathy, Yanjun Dai, and Xiaokai Zhao. "Performance investigation on a linear Fresnel lens solar collector using cavity receiver." Solar Energy 107 (2014): 50-62.

6. Meng Lin, Krishnan Sumathy, Yanjun Dai, Ruzhu Wang, and Yu Chen. "Experimental and theoretical analysis on a linear Fresnel reflector solar collector prototype with V-shaped cavity receiver." Applied Thermal Engineering 51, no. 1 (2013): 963-972.

5. Xian Li, Meng Lin, Yanjun Dai, and Chi-Hwa Wang. “Comparison-based optical assessment of hyperboloid and ellipsoid reflectors in a beam-down solar tower system with linear Fresnel heliostats.” Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 139 (2017): 6, 61003.

4. Lihao Han, Meng Lin, and Sophia Haussener. "Reliable Performance Characterization of Mediated Photocatalytic Water‐Splitting Half Reactions." ChemSusChem 10 (2017): 2158–2166.

3. Enqian Dai, Meng Lin, Jiahao Xia, and Yanjun Dai, “Experimental investigation on a GAX based absorption heat pump driven by hybrid liquefied petroleum gas and solar energy.” Solar Energy, 169 (2018): 167–178.

2. Shuangjun Li, Shuai Deng, Li Zhao, Ruikai Zhao, Meng Lin, Yanping Du, Yahui Lian, “Mathematical modeling and numerical investigation of carbon capture by adsorption: Literature review and case study,” Applied Energy, 221(2018): 437–449.

1. Li Cheng, Yan Ting, Ruzhu Wang, Liwei Wang, Tingxian Li, Xian Li, Meng Lin, and Wentao Xie. “An experimental investigation of an adsorption ice-maker driven by parabolic trough collector.” Heat Transfer Research 46, no. 4 (2015).

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Postdoctoral position 1(Quota:1;Research direction: High temperature solar energy conversion direction)


1.PhD in power engineering and Engineering Thermophysics;

2.Applicants with experience in solar energy conversion and application are preferred;

3.Applicants with experience in using solar simulator with high spotlight ratio are preferred;

4.Familiar with flow, heat transfer, mass transfer, optical and chemical reaction multi physical field coupling simulation;

5.Good command of English listening, speaking, reading and writing(Experience in publishing papers in international journals);

6.Applicants need to have the spirit of teamwork and hard working attitude.

Postdoctoral position 2(Quota:1;Research direction: Electrochemical energy storage device driven by solar energy)


1.Ph.D. in electrochemistry  is required and especially welcome applicants with high temperature solid oxide fuel cell background;

2.Familiar with the preparation and assembly of electrode materials, with experience in electrochemical battery testing;

3.Familiar with multi physical field simulation of fuel cell or electrolyzer;

4.Good command of English listening, speaking, reading and writing(Experience in publishing papers in international journals);

5.Applicants need to have the spirit of teamwork and hard working attitude.

Doctoral / Postgraduate (Quota:2 each)


1.The applicant is interested in the research direction of the research group, and has the qualification of recommending graduate students (including master's degree and direct master's degree) without examination  or passing the postgraduate examination. Students who want to join the research group are welcome to contact and communicate in advance.

2.The system of "application assessment" is implemented in the enrollment of doctoral students. The applicants  who are interested  can contact me directly and send resume to me.

3.Please refer to:

Research Assistant(Quota:2 each)


1.Master's degree in power engineering, engineering thermophysics or electrochemistry is required;

2.Familiar with flow, heat and mass transfer simulation technology;

3.The applicants  are interested and enthusiastic in scientific research and hope to engage in interdisciplinary research;

4.Good command of English listening, speaking, reading and writing;

5.Applicants need to have the spirit of teamwork and hard working attitude.

The research team has long recruited postdoctoral, doctoral and master students and research assistants.  welcome students and scholars who are interested  to contact us for scientific research   cooperation.




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