Researcher in profile: Professor Meihong Wang
Professor Meihong Wang is a Professor in Process and Energy Systems Engineering and Carbon Capture and Storage, leading research activities in power plants, CCS and energy storage at the School of Engineering, the University of Hull.
With global energy demand rising and the dependence on renewable sources of energy not feasible, Professor Wang tackles both energy shortage and climate challenges using systems engineering theory and techniques for chemical and energy processes.
With Meihong’s recent promotion to Professor at the University of Hull and several major funding achievements, we take a look at his latest research success.
An established engineering researcher
Professor Wang, a Chartered Engineer, joined the University of Hull in 2012 after 6 years with Cranfield University as Lecturer and MSc Course Director. He was trained as a Process Engineer in China, and then moved to the UK in 1999 to join Imperial College London and University College London.
This is continued research grant success for Professor Wang. Since September 2006, Professor Wang has been involved in research projects worth around £8.67 million from UK Research Councils, the European Union and industry. These have included seven as principal investigator worth £2.1million, and five as co-investigator worth £6.57mllion.
Professor Wang is also well published, with over 90 publications (including journal papers, conference papers and industrial reports).
Triple project success in 2014
2014 has been another successful year for Professor Wang, securing funding for three major projects.
In just one of the projects led by Professor Wang, a consortium of engineers from University of Hull, Imperial College London, Newcastle University and Leeds University secured more than £1.27m from EPSRC (with £347 k to Hull University) to carry out a new cutting-edge research that aims to significantly advance current carbon capture technology for power plants. The project was one of only four, out of 21 applications, to receive a share of £4m funding from the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to undertake fundamental research to tackle challenges in carbon capture.
In the second success, Professor Wang and Dr Chunfei Wu working with the University of Leeds, Cranfield University and University of Liverpool secured £911k from EPSRC (with 193 k to Hull University). The research is on cleaning syngas from biomass steam gasification.
In the third project, Prof Wang is involved in a consortium to secure an EU RISE award with €405k research funding for waste utilisation (with €108k to the University of Hull).
Successful European coal conference hosted at Hull
Professor Wang hosted a successful 10th European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications (ECCRA) in September 2014, attended by 121 international engineers or scientists from 14 countries.
The Process and Energy Systems Engineering Group delivered 6 oral presentations over 3 days in power plant, carbon capture and carbon transport. The event has helped to improve the University of Hull’s research reputation in these current and topical areas of research.
You can find out more about Professor Wang’s research on his profile page. For more information about Professor Wang’s research or to inquire about studentship opportunities, please email Meihong.Wang@hull.ac.uk.