Research Associate Professor Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Sciences

Dr. Changning Wu works as Research Associate Professor at SUSTech Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (AAIS) since May 2017, and Secretary of CPC Branch at Department of Chemistry, SUSTech, since June 2018. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University in July 2002 and January 2008, respectively. He used to be Research Associate at Tsinghua University (2008-2010), and Senior Engineer & Project Manager at National Institute of Clean & Low-carbon Energy (NICE). His research interests include clean solid fuel preparation and conversion, multiphase flow modeling and simulation, etc. He has 16+ years’ experience and expertise in the development of clean coal conversion processes and advanced multi-phase reactors for processing various fossil raw materials, also has 10+ years’ experience in R&D strategic planning and project management. He won the Award for Honorable Mention Technical Paper by the 28th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, the first prize of Natural Science Award by Ministry of Education (PR China), and Outstanding CCP Member Award by SUSTech. In recent two years, he made great contributions on establishing Shenzhen United Clean Energy Research Institute, Shenzhen Gas-SUSTech Jointly Energy Lab, and Shenzhen LRC Comprehensive Utilization Engineering Research Center, and promoted R&D and applications of novel ultra-clean coal technology. Till now, he has 32 journal publications, 24 granted patents, and 4 PCT applications.

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Clean Solid Fuel Preparation and Conversion: Liberation of Fine Coal Particles, Micro-Nano Scale Surface Modification, Ultra-Clean and High Energy-Density Fuel Preparation and Applications, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Clean Fuels

Multiphase Flow Modeling and Simulation: Wet Milling Process Development, Micro-Nano Separation of Fine Particles, Catalytic Conversion of Alcohol/Ether Fuels

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His continuous research work in cross-scale modeling of gas-solid reacting flow and non-intrusive measurement of multiphase flow, forms a solid basis for understanding the processes of coal pyrolysis in thermal plasma and petroleum refining in novel downer reactors. His innovative efforts with partners in the field of Ultra-short Contact Multiphase Flow Reactors were highly recognized by peers, and the team won the Award for Honorable Mention Technical Paper by the 28th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference (September 2011) and the first prize of Natural Science Award by Ministry of Education (PR China, January 2014). He and Prof. Yi Cheng were invited to contribute a book chapter for “Measurement Techniques and Modeling Method of Multiphase Flow” published by Chemical Industry Press in 2016 and another one for “Essentials of Fluidization” to be published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2019.

During 2010-2017, he worked for National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy (NICE) in Beijing, China, as the team leader of Coal Refining Reactor Development and Demonstration, and supported to successfully deliver two commercial Process Design Packages on Low Rank Coal Refining technologies. He won two times of Special Recognition Award (2010 & 2012) issued by NICE CEO. He and the team won the First Prize of Outstanding Sci & Tech Paper Award issued by Shenhua Group (2016), Bravo Award-Gold of NICE (2016), and Outstanding Innovation Team Award issued by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC, 2017).

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  • The Second Research Forum of SUSTech Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies The Second Research Forum of SUSTech Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies was held on October 24, 2019. This forum aims to provide a platform for academic exchange between professors of our academy, and discuss the progress and future development of our academy.  Prof. Wu won the Best Poster Award in this Forum. Group Photo, […]

  • The voice of the commended representatives from the "July 1" commendation conference September 11, 2019 Every year, the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) will have a large number of outstanding members and branches in China Communist Party (CCP). These advanced party organizations had made great contributions for the development of SUSTech. These outstanding CCP members worded very hard to make the SUSTech more successful. […]

  • IFENG.COM: Rethinking on the development strategy of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in China September 4, 2018 07:52:47 Ke Liu, Changning Wu Clean Energy Institute (Energy-X), Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Southern University of Science and Technology Shenzhen PR China 518055 Abstract: The development of new energy vehicles (NEVs) has drawn much attention in China, since 2009 the government began to implement industrial subsidies and invest a lot […]


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