Professor Meng NI (倪萌 教授) B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD
Professor, Humboldt Fellow
Associate Head (Research)
Chairman – Departmental Research Committee (DRC)
Sustainable City Laboratory Management Committee Chair
Office:ZN713 ; Tel.: (852) 2766 4152
E-mail address : bsmengni@polyu.edu.hk

My researcher ID: (H-index: 33;  July 2018)

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-3589-2009
 

Prof. Meng Ni received his Bachelor (2000) and Master (2003) degrees in Aero-engine Engineering.  He joined The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2003 as a research student and received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from HKU in 2007.  Then Prof. NI stayed in HKU as a Post-doctoral researcher for 2 years, before joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an Assistant Professor in July 2009.  Prof. Ni was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2012 and Full Professor in July 2016.  Prof. Ni conducted collaboration research at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany in 2017, as a Humboldt Fellow. 

Prof. Meng Ni’s research interests include solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC), energy recovery from waste treatment, flow batteries, and microfluidics.  Prof. Ni is serving as an active reviewer for over 60 academic journals and an Associate Editor for 3 journals. 

Prof. Ni is looking for new MPhil/PhD students with background in numerical heat and mass transfer, fuel cells/batteries, or building energy/built environment.  Applicants should send a letter of interest, including a CV, a statement of research interests, and a list of publications to Prof. Ni via bsmengni@polyu.edu.hk

Starting from 2009, a new program for PhD students “Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme” is introduced by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC). The Fellowship will provide full financial support to successful applicants for their PhD study. More information can be found at: http://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/index.html
Honours and Awards
 
2018 2018 BRE Award for Outstanding Research Performance 2017/18, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2017 2016 Best Associate Editor Award, Science Bulletin (over 90 Associate Editors)
2016 Humboldt Research Fellowship (for experienced researchers), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
2016 2015 Best Associate Editor Award, Science Bulletin (over 90 Associate Editors)
2016 Highly cited researcher in the field of Energy Science and Technology, by Shanghairanking and Elsevier
2015/
2016
Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing Awards, for Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Energy Conversion and Management, Chemical Engineering Science, Electrochimica Acta, Journal of Power Sources
2016 Departmental Research Publication Award, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2015 Departmental Research Publication Award, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2014 Departmental Research Publication Award, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2013 Departmental Research Funding Award, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2012 Departmental Research Publication Award, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2011 Departmental Research Publication Award, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2011 Top Reviewer Award, International Journal of Applied Energy, Elsevier
2007 Young Scientist Award in Engineering Science, Hong Kong Institution of Science
2007 Diploma for “Excellent Scientific Activity in Hydrogen Energy” by International Association for Hydrogen Energy and HTM-2007 organizing committee, Donetsk, Ukraine, May 2007
2006 Student bursary, Conference Committee, Fuel Cell Science & Technology 2006, Scientific Advances in Fuel Cells, 13-14 September 2006, Turin, Italy
Teaching
 
Main areas
BRE294 – Construction Technology and Structure
BRE2031 – Environmental Science
BRE453 – Building Services II
BRE666 – Numerical Methods for Engineers
Research and Scholarly Activities
 
Research
Interests
Fuel cells and electrolyzers for power generation or fuel conversion
Rechargeable batteries for energy storage
Numerical heat and mass transfer, ie. microfluidics
Energy recovery from waste treatment
Sustainable building technologies
 
Current Research Projects Principal Investigator: PI
Development of High Performance Flexible Zinc-Air Hybrid Batteries for Wearable Electronic Devices (Innovation Technology Fund: ITF, PI)
New perovskite anodes for solid oxide fuel cells running on hydrogen/carbon monoxide mixture (HK RGC General Research Fund: GRF, PI)
Layered perovskite materials for protonic ceramic fuel cell cathode: experimental and computational studies (HK RGC General Research Fund: GRF, PI)
Creation of Rechargeable Electron-fuels for Stationary Power Supplies and Electric Vehicles (HK RGC Theme-Based Research Scheme, Co-I)
A New Method for Simultaneous Plastic Waste Treatment and Electricity Generation Using High Performance Direct Waste Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (DW-SOFC (Environment Conservation Fund: ECF, PI)
Wastewater-derived Energy for Smart Towns (Innovation Technology Fund: ITF, Co-PI)
Development of Novel All Porous Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (AP-SOFC) for Long-term Stable Power Generation Using Hydrocarbon Fuels (France/HK RGC joint research scheme, PI)
Development of Efficient and Durable Rechargeable Batteries with Bilayer Oxygen Ion Conducting Electrolyte and Nano-structured Electrodes (HK RGC General Research Fund: GRF, PI)
Mechanism Modeling and Waste Heat Recovery Strategies of a Molten Carbonate Direct Carbon Fuel Cell (HK POLYU Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme)
Development of High Performance Electrochemical Systems for Energy Storage and Conversion (RISUD, PI)
Development of Novel Nano-structured and Functionally Graded Electrodes for Symmetrical Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: An Experimental and Numerical Study (HK RGC General Research Fund: GRF, PI)
3D Microstructure Reconstruction and Pore-scale Simulation of Heterogeneous Porous Cathodes of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with Proton Conducting Electrolyte (HK RGC General Research Fund: GRF, PI)
Development of Nanostructured Solid Oxide Cell for Steam-carbon Dioxide Co-electrolysis (Scotland/HK RGC joint Research Scheme, PI)
Administration
 
 
Member, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Member, The Electrochemical Society
Associate Head
Member, Departmental Executive Committee
Chairman, Departmental Research Committee (DRC)
Academic advisor for BEM and Surveying students
Professional Service
 
Professional Service
 
Associate Editor for 3 journals:(1) Sustainable Buildings; (2) Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments; and (3) Frontiers in Environmental Science
Member of Editorial Board for 7 journals, including: (1) International Journal of Energy Research; (2) Advances in Energy Research – an International Journal; (3) International Journal of Energy and Environment; (4) International Journal of Manufacturing, Materials and Mechanical Engineering; (5) Energy and Power Engineering; (6) Thermal Energy and Power Engineering; and (7) Energy Science and Technology 
An active reviewer for over 60 academic journals, including Advanced Energy Materials, Journal of Power Sources, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Chemical Engineering Journal, Electrochimica Acta, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Applied Energy, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer etc.
Organizing committee member, Asian Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Symposium, 5-9 August 2018, Tongji University, Shanghai, China;
Organizing committee member, The 10th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE2018), 22-25 August 2018, Hong Kong SAR, China;
Session chair for RISUD Annual International Symposium 2018 – Advanced Energy Conversion and Storage Workshop, 29-30 June 2018, Hong Kong SAR, China.
Session chair for Hydrogen Power Theoretical and Engineering Solutions - International Symposium (HYPOTHESIS XIII), 24-27 July 2018, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Session chair for 7th Global Conference on Global Warming (GCGW -2018), 24-28 June 2018, Izmir, Turkey;
Session chair for Frontiers of Engineering for Development (FoE), Organized by Royal Academy of Engineering, 13-15 February 2017, Edinburgh, UK.
Session chair for 8th International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium (IEEES-8), 1-4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey;
Session chair for RISUD Annual International Symposium 2016 – Smart Cities, 23-24 August 2016, Hong Kong, China.
International Program Committee member, Energy Materials Nanotechnology, April 22-25, 2016, Beijing, China
Organizing committee member, The 8th Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APEEC 2016), April 15-17, 2016, Suzhou, China
Organizing committee member, 2016 Spring World Congress on Engineering and Technology (SCET2016), April 17-19, 2016, Suzhou, China
Scientific committee member, 3rd International Congress on Energy Efficiency and Energy Related Materials (3rd ENEFM 2015), October 19-23, 2015, Oludeniz, Turkey
Member of International Scientific Advisory Committee, The Energy & Materials Research Conference (EMR 2015), 25-27 February 2015, Madrid, Spain
Organizing committee member, The Second International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization (ICSU 2015), January 2015, Hong Kong
Organizing committee member, SET2013, The 12thInternational Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, 26-29/08/2013, Hong Kong, China
Organizing committee member, 2013 Power and Energy Engineering Conference (PEEC), December 31 2012 – January 2, 2013, Sanya, China
Member of Scientific Committee, APEC Conference on Low Carbon Town and Physical Energy Storage, 25-26 May 2013, Changsha, Hunan, China
Member of International Scientific Advisory Committee, The Energy & Materials Research Conference (EMR 2012), Torremolinos, Malaga, Spain, 20-22 June 2012
Session chair for The 4th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE2012), Suzhou, China, 5-8/07/2012
Organizing committee member, The First International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization (ICSU 2010), December 2010, Hong Kong
Organizing committee member, The First International Conference on Applied Energy 2009 (ICAE09), Hong Kong, 5-7 January 2009
Session chair for The 5th International Conference “Hydrogen Economy and Hydrogen Treatment of Materials” (HTM-2007), 21-25/05/2007, Donetsk, Ukraine
Invited/Keynote Talks at International Conferences/Universities
  At international conferences
   
(1) Invited Talk at 2018 Asian SOFC Symposium, 6-9 August 2018, Tongji University, Shanghai, China;
(2) Invited Talk at 7th Global Conference on Global Warming (GCGW -2018), 24-28 June 2018, Izmir, Turkey;
(3) Keynote Talk at the 5th World Congress and Expo on Green Energy, 14-16 June 2018, London, UK;
(4) Keynote Talk at The 4th International Symposium on Hydrogen Energy, Renewable Energy and Materials (HEREM2018), 13-14 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand;
(5) Invited Talk at International Conference on Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials & Thin Films for Energy Applications, 26-28 July 2017, Aalto University, Finland;
(6) Invited Talk at Low Carbon Energy Workshop, 27-30 April 2016, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK;
(7) Invited Talk at 中国科学院工程热物理研究所建所60周年 学术论坛, 19-20 March 2016, Beijing, China;
(8) Invited Talk at Joint Workshop on Emerging Materials for Energy and Environment, 29 February – 1 March 2016, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong;
(9) Invited Talk at Joint Workshop between Jiangsu University and Hong Kong Universities, 14 December 2015, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China;
(10) Keynote Talk at The 7th Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC 2015), 12-14 April 2015, Beijing, China;
(11) Invited Talk at The International Conference on Nanocatalysts and Nanomaterials for Green Technologies, 23-25 November 2014, Taipei, Taiwan;
(12) Invited Talk at 2014 Asian SOFC symposium, 21-24 September 2014, Busan, Korea;
(13) Invited Talk at the 5th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC5), 14-21 August 2014, Beijing, China;
(14) Keynote Talk at the 2014 International Conference for Top and Emerging Materials Scientists (IC-TEMS 2014), 20-24 July 2014, Zhuhai, China;
(15) Invited Talk at International conferences on modern materials & technologies (CIMTEC 2014), 8-13 June 2014, Montecatini Terme, Italy;
(16) Invited Talk at Energy Materials Nanotechnology 2014, 12-15 May 2014, Beijing, China.
(17) Invited Talk at Materials Science & Technology 2013 Conference & Exhibition, 27-31 October 2013, Montreal, Canada;
(18) Invited Talk at 12th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, 26-29 August 2013, Hong Kong;
(19) Invited Talk at World Resources Forum 2012, 21-23 October 2012, Beijing, China;
(20) Keynote Talk at The 63rd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, 19-24 August 2012, Prague, Czech Republic;
(21) Invited Talk at Advanced Energy Technology Conference 2012, 9-11 July 2012, Shanghai, China;
(22) Invited Talk at USTC-POLYU-SICCAS Joint workshop on Advanced Materials for Energy Conversion, 23-25 July 2011, Heifei, China;
(23) Invited Talk at Technology Conference on Renewable Energy, 25-26 June 2010, Hong Kong;
(24) Keynote Talk at the Second National Conference on Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell, 4-5 January 2008, Taipei, Taiwan;
(25) Keynote Talk at The 5th International Conference “Hydrogen Economy and Hydrogen Treatment of Materials” (HTM-2007), 21-25 May 2007, Donetsk, Ukraine.
 

At universities/organizations

   
(1) Invited Talk at Jiangsu University, 5 June 2018, Zhenjiang, China;
(2) Invited Talk at Ningbo University, 22 May 2018, Ningbo, China;
(3) Invited Talk at Guangdong University of Technology, 14 December 2017, Guangzhou, China;
(4) Invited Talk at IEK-3, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 8 March 2017, Jülich, Germany
(5) Invited Talk at University of St Andrews, 16 February 2017, St Andrews, UK
(6) Invited Talk at Sun Yat Sen University, 13 December 2016, Guangzhou, China
(7) Invited Talk at Northwestern Polytechnic University, 24, 25 May 2016, Xi’an, China
(8) Invited Talk at University of St. Andrews, 29 April 2016, St. Andrews, UK
(9) Invited Talk at University of Heriot Watt, 28 April 2016, Edinburgh, UK
(10) Invited Talk at Jiangsu University, 20 August 2015, Zhenjiang, China;
(11) Invited Talk at Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, 19 August 2015, Zhenjiang, China;
(12) Invited Talk at Tianjin University, 18 August 2015, Tianjin, China;
(13) Invited Talk at South University of Science and Technology of China, 25 June 2015, Shenzhen, China;
(14) Invited Talk at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 11 June 2015, Wuhan, China;
(15) Invited Talk at Jiangsu Normal University, 23 December 2014, Xuzhou, China;
(16) Invited Talk at China University of Mining Technology, 22 December 2014, Xuzhou, China;
(17) Invited Talk at Nanjing Institute of Technology, 21 November 2014, Nanjing, China;
(18) Invited Talk at Nanjing University of Technology, 3 June 2014, Nanjing, China;
(19) Invited Talk at Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE), 7 October 2013, Hong Kong;
(20) Invited Talk at Nanjing University of Technology, 10 June 2013, Nanjing, China
Selected 20 Recent Publications
 

Publications in Refereed Journals

H-index: 33 (July 2018)
SCI Citations: over 6000

Detailed publication can be found:

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-3589-2009

1 Peng Tan, Bin Chen, Haoran Xu, Weizi Cai Wei He, Meng Ni, In-situ growth of Co3O4 nanowire-assembled clusters on nickel foam for aqueous rechargeable Zn-Co3O4 and Zn-air batteries, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Volume 241, February 2019, pages 104-112.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926337318308488
2 Peng Tan, Bin Chen, Haoran Xu, Weizi Cai, Wei He, Houcheng Zhang, Meilin Liu, Zongping Shao, Meng NI, Integration of Zn–Ag and Zn–Air Batteries: A Hybrid Battery with the Advantages of Both, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, October 2018, Volume 10, Issue 43, pages 36873-36881. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.8b10778
3 Jie Yu, Yanan Guo, Shuanshuan Miao, Meng Ni, Wei Zhou, Zongping Shao, Spherical Ruthenium Disulfide-Sulfur-Doped Graphene Composite as an Efficient Hydrogen Evolution Electrocatalyst, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, October 2018, Volume 10, Issue 40, pages 34098-34107. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.8b08239
4 Jie Yu, Yanan Guo, Sixuan She, Shuanshuan Miao, Meng Ni, Wei Zhou, Meilin Liu, Zongping Shao, Bigger makes surprisingly better: coarse RuP crystallines for hydrogen evolution reaction truly beating benchmark Pt nanocatalysts, Advanced Materials, September 2018, Volume 30, Issue 39, 1800047 (10 pages). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adma.201800047
5 Jie Yu, Yijun Zhong, Xinhao Wu, Jaka Sunarso, Meng Ni, Wei Zhou, Zongping Shao, Bifunctionality from synergy: CoP nanoparticles embedded in amorphous CoOx nanoplates with heterostructures for highly efficient water electrolysis, Advanced Science, September 2018, Volume 5, Issue 9, Article number: 1800514 (9 pages). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/advs.201800514   
6 Yuan Zhang, Xuechao Gao, Jaka Sunarso, Bo Liu, Wei Zhou, Meng Ni, Zongping Shao, Significantly improving the durability of single-chamber solid oxide fuel cells: a highly active CO2-resistant perovskite cathode, ACS Applied Energy Materials, Volume 1, Issue 3, March 2018, pp. 1337-1343.    https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsaem.8b00051 
7 Peng Tan, Bin Chen, Haoran Xu, Weizi Cai, Wei He, Meilin Liu, Zongping Shao, Meng NI, Co3O4 Nanosheets as Active Material for Hybrid Zn Batteries, Small, Volume 14, Issue 21, 24 May 2018, 1800225 (9 pages). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/smll.201800225 Video on the flexible Zn-air battery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU3PVHMg8sw&feature=youtu.be
8 Bin Chen, Haoran Xu, Qiong Sun, Houcheng Zhang, Peng Tan, Weizi Cai, Meng Ni, Syngas/power cogeneration from proton conducting solid oxide fuel cells assisted by dry methane reforming: a thermal-electrochemical modeling study, Energy Conversion and Management, Volume 167, 1 July 2018, pp. 37-44. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196890418304266
9 Haoran Xu, Bin Chen, Peng Tan, Weizi Cai, Wei He, David Farrusseng, Meng NI, Modeling of all porous solid oxide fuel cells, Applied Energy, Volume 219, 1 June 2018, pp. 105-113. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306261918303684
10 Haoran Xu, Bin Chen, Houcheng Zhang, Peng Tan, Guangming Yang, John T.S. Irvine, Meng Ni, Experimental and modeling study of high performance direct carbon solid oxide fuel cell with in situ catalytic steam-carbon gasification reaction, Journal of Power Sources, Volume 382, 1 April 2018, pp. 135-143.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378775318301472
11 Peng Tan, Bin Chen, Haoran Xu, Houcheng Zhang, Weizi Cai, Meng Ni (corresponding author), Meilin Liu, Zongping Shao, Flexible Zn- and Li-air batteries: recent advances, challenges, and future perspectives, Energy & Environmental Science, Volume 10, Issue 10, 1 October 2017, pp. 2056-2080. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2017/ee/c7ee01913k#!divAbstract
12 Peng Tan, Wei Kong, Zongping Shao, Meilin Liu, Meng Ni, Advances in modelling and simulation of Li-air batteries, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, Volume 62, September 2017, pp. 155-189. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360128517300278
13 Peng Tan, Meilin Liu, Zongping Shao, Meng Ni, Recent advances in perovskite oxides as electrode materials for nonaqueous lithium-oxygen batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, Volume 7, Issue 13, 5 July 2017, 1602674 (23 pages). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/aenm.201602674
14 Bin Chen, Haoran Xu, Houcheng Zhang, Peng Tan, Weizi Cai, Meng Ni, A novel design of solid oxide electrolyser integrated with magnesium hydride bed for hydrogen generation and storage – a dynamic simulation study, Applied Energy, Volume 200, 15 August 2017, pp. 260-272. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306261917305937
15 Houcheng Zhang, Wei Kong, Feifei Dong, Haoran Xu, Bin Chen, Meng Ni, Application of cascading thermoelectric generator and cooler for waste heat recovery from solid oxide fuel cells, Energy Conversion and Management, Volume 148, 15 September 2017, pp. 1382-1390. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196890417306350
16 Wei He, Xuelian Wu, Guangming Yang, Huangang Shi, Feifei Dong, Meng Ni, BaCo0.7Fe0.22Y0.08O3−δ as an Active Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalyst for Low-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells below 600 °C, ACS Energy Letters, February 2017, Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 301-305.  https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00617
17 Yanxiang Zhang, Meng Ni, Mufu Yan, Fanglin Chen, Thermal aging stability of infiltrated solid oxide fuel cell electrode microstructures: a three-dimensional kinetic Monte Carlo simulation, Journal of Power Sources, Volume 299, December 2015, pp. 578-586.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378775315303074
18 Yiyi She, Zhouguang Lu, Meng Ni, Li Li, Michael K.H. Leung, Facile synthesis of nitrogen and sulfur codoped carbon from ionic liquid as metal-free catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Volume 7, Issue 13, April 2015, pp. 7214-7221. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.5b00222
19 Jan Pawel Stempien, Meng Ni, Qiang Sun, Siew Hwa Chan, Production of sustainable methane from renewable energy and captured carbon dioxide with the use of solid oxide electrolyzer: a thermodynamic assessment, Energy, Volume 82, March 2015, pp. 714-721. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036054421500105X
20 Feifei Dong, Meng Ni, Yubo Chen, Dengjie Chen, Moses O. Tade, Zongping Shao, Structural and oxygen-transport studies of double perovskites PrBa1−xCo2O5+δ (x = 0.00, 0.05, and 0.10) toward their application as superior oxygen reduction electrodes, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Volume 2, Issue 48, December 2014, pp. 20520-20529. (this paper is featured as cover by the journal) http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/ta/c4ta04372c#!divAbstract

Updated in October 2018