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 is an assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology. He received his bachelor degree in Energy and Power Engineering from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) in 2010 and master degree in Mechanical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2013. Later, he got his PhD at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in 2018. Between 2018 and 2019, Dr. Lin was a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Center of Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division of the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH). He has published over 10 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as 1 international patent. He has been invited for over 10 international conferences talks. He acted as the session chair (Solar Chemistry) for ASME Energy Sustainability Conference in year 2018 and 2019. Dr. Lin has served as reviewers for various international journals and entitled as excellent reviewer of Solar Energy for 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 (2021Spring); New Energy Systems (2021 Fall)

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[22] Hongyang Zuo, Mingyang Wu, Kuo Zeng*, Yuan Zhou, Jiayue Kong, Yi Qiu, Meng Lin M, Gilles Flamant. “Numerical investigation and optimal design of partially filled sectorial metal foam configuration in horizontal latent heat storage unit”. Energy, 2021, 237: 121640.

[21] Haodong Huang, Meng Lin*. “Optimization of solar receivers for high-temperature solar conversion processes: Direct vs. Indirect illumination designs”. Applied Energy, 2021, 304(September): 117675.

20. Ian Sullivan, Huanlei Zhang, Cheng Zhu, Marissa Wood, Art Nelson, Sarah Baker, Christopher Spadaccini, Tony Van Buuren, Meng Lin*, Eric Duoss*, Siwei Liang*, Chengxiang Xiang*. “3D Printed Nickel − Molybdenum-Based Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution at Low Overpotentials in a Flow-Through Con Fi Guration.” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13 (17), 20260–20268.

19. Meng Lin*, Ibadillah Digdaya, and Chengxiang Xiang*. “Modeling the electrochemical behavior and interfacial junction profiles of bipolar membranes at solar flux relevant operating current densities.” Sustainable Energy & Fuels 5.7 (2021). Sustain. Energy Fuels 2021, 5 (7), 2149–2158.

18.Bu-ke Wu, Yi-ze Wu, Zhen-dong Lu, Jian-shuo Zhang, Ning Han, Ya-meng Wang, Xiao-min Li, Meng Lin*, Lin Zeng*, Cation Selective Separator Induces Cathode Protective Layer and Regulated Zinc Deposition for High-performance and Low-Cost Zinc Ion Batteries, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2021.

17.Jieyang Li, and Meng Lin*. “Unified Design Guidelines for High Flux Solar Simulator with Controllable Flux Vector.” Applied Energy 281, no. August 2020 (2021): 116083.

16.Digdaya, Ibadillah A, Ian Sullivan, Meng Lin*, Lihao Han, Wen-Hui Cheng, Harry A Atwater*, and Chengxiang Xiang*. “A Direct Coupled Electrochemical System for Capture and Conversion of CO2 from Oceanwater.” Nature Communications 11, no. 1 (2020): 1–10.

15.Ma, Shuai, Meng Lin, Tzu-en Lin, Tian Lan, Xun Liao, François Mar, Jan Van, Yongping Yang, Changqing Dong, and Ligang Wang. “Fuel Cell-Battery Hybrid Systems for Mobility and off-Grid Applications : A Review” 135, no. July 2020 (2021).

14.Cao, Jinshan, Zhiqiang Cheng, Lijuan Kang, Meng Lin, and Lihao Han. “Patterned Nanofiber Air Filters with High Optical Transparency, Robust Mechanical Strength, and Effective PM2.5capture Capability.” RSC Advances 10, no. 34 (2020): 20155–61.

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 CO2Reduction 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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Research scope of SECUL:

1. High temperature solar thermochemical fuel synthesis technology;
2. Solar driven high temperature electrochemical hydrogen production techniques;
3. (Photo)electrochemical hydrogen production, carbon dioxide reduction, ammonia synthesis technology;
4. Design of novel solar concentrating photothermal systems;
5. High temperature phase change energy storage system.

Position 1: Postdoctoral researcher (High temperature solar energy conversion)


1. PhD in heat and mass transfer or Engineering thermodynamics (or related areas);
2. Applicants with experience in solar energy conversion and utilization are preferred;
3. Applicants with experience in operating high flux solar simulator are preferred;
4. Familiar with multiphysics and multiscale simulation techniques will be considered as an advantage;
5. Experience with technical report writing are preferred;
6. Applicants need to have the spirit of teamwork.

Position 2: Postdoctoral researcher(Electrochemical energy storage device driven by solar energy)


1. Ph.D. in electrochemistry is required and especially welcome applicants with high- temperature solid oxide cell background;
2. Familiar with the preparation and assembly of electrode materials and electrochemical battery testing;
3. Familiar with multiphysics simulation of fuel cell or electrolyzer;
4. Experience with technical report writing are preferred;
5. Applicants need to have the spirit of teamwork.

SUSTech offers competitive salary for postdoctoral researchers. Please send your CV to Dr. Meng Lin ( for more details if you are interested.

Position 3. PhD student (Solar energy conversion and utilization)
If you are interested in the research topics related to solar energy conversion for fuel, power, and materials production, you are welcomed to discuss opportunities with Dr. Lin in conducting PhD studies at SECUL. Please email your CV directly to Dr. Meng Lin (

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