Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

Prof. Bo Zhou obtained his doctoral degree from Lund University, Sweden, in 2015 under supervision of Prof. Marcus Aldén. Thereafter, he work as a Postdoctoral fellow at the Division of Combustion Physics, Lund University and the Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories, USA. In 2019, Prof. Zhou joined Southern University of Science and Technology as an Assistant Professor and doctoral supervisor.

His research interests are in the field of turbulent combustion, laser-based diagnostics for reacting system and novel energy technologies. He won the Chinese Goverment Award for Outstadning Doctoral Students Aboard in 2014, the prestigious Bernard Lewis Fellowship by the International Combustion Institute in 2016, and was selected as the section-chair for the turbulent combustion colloqium of the 37th International Symposium on Combustion. He has published more than 20 papers in top-rank journals, and is an author for a book chapter in Cambridge Press.

Personal Profile

Education Background

05/2011 – 02/2015     Ph.D. in Combustion Physics, Lund University, Sweden

08/2009 – 03/2011     M.Sc. in Physics, Lund University, Sweden

08/2006 – 06/2009    B.Sc. inPhysics, Tianjin University of Technolog, P.R. China

Research experience

2019/09-Present          Assistant Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

04/2017 – 2019/04      Postdoctoral Fellow – Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

03/2015 – 03/2017      Postdoctoral Fellow – Division of Combustion Physics, Lund University, Sweden

Research Areas

(1)Advanced Laser-based Diagnostics

(2)Diagnostics in Aerospace Combustor

(3)Turbulent Combustion

(4)Novel Combustion Technology

(5)Image Processing Algorithm    


(1) Advanced Laser-based Diagnostics

(2) Aerospace Engine

(3) Turbulent Combustion

(4) Novel Combustion Technology

(5) Image Processing Algorithm

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Prof. Zhou has participated in multiple major research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council, the European Research Council, the Department of Energy of the United States.

In the field of laser diagnostics, he has developed diagnostic capabilities for instantaneously visualizing ultra-low concentration radicals/species, temperature field, high-speed tomographic PIV velocimetry etc. Most of these developments have been the first and important advancements in the community that provide a powerful and unique tool for non-intrusively probing turbulent reacting flows.

In the field of turbulent combustion, he contributed to the high Karlovitz combustion regime which is relatively unexplored but highly relevant to industrial combustor operation. His study provided the first documented experimental evidence of the existence of the distributed reactions which is fundamentally distinct from the conventional "flamelet" concept. These findings have profound impact on underrstand the combustion in jet engine and gas turbines that are used for power generation.

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Founded in December 2015, the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of departments in the College of Engineering. It aims to establish a world-leading department in mechanics and aerospace engineering, covering various research areas such as fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, aeroacoustics, mechanics, combustion, material, and system control. The Department will learn from the best practice of peer departments over the world in order to develop into an international research institution that attends to the national strategic needs in mechanics and aerospace, cultivates outstanding innovative talents, and conducts frontier fundamental research and applied research with social impact.
The goal of the Department is to become a top-tier international leader through introducing an innovative education system which emphasizes IUR (Industry-University-Research) in close association with the Chinese aerospace industry. The specific objectives are: 1) to nurture innovative talents (learning); 2) to research and develop key technologies (research); and 3) to provide technical services (production) for the national aerospace industry.
The MAE Department has attracted a team of high-caliber experts worldwide with diversified background in both academia and industry. So far, the department has 20 faculty members, including two Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, one Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, one Fellow with dual-fellowship in Royal Society' of Canada and Canadian Academy of Engineering. All faculty members have extensive experience of studying and working overseas. The MAE Department started to enroll undergraduate and postgraduate students in fall 2016, and has 55 postgraduates (Master and PhD) at present. The Department has bachelor' s degree programs in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering.
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