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TieJun (TJ) Zhang

TieJun (TJ) Zhang

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Dr. TieJun (TJ) Zhang has been an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology since 2011. He was also a visiting faculty member at the Device Research Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during 2011-2012. Prior to joining Masdar Institute, Dr. Zhang was a postdoctoral research associate at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), New York, where he served as a principal researcher for the US Office of Naval Research MURI project “System-Level Approach for Multi-Phase Nanotechnology-Enhanced Cooling of High-Power Microelectronic Systems”. Dr. Zhang received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the City University of Hong Kong (2008), and his MSc and BEng degrees in Thermal Power Engineering from the Southeast University, China (2004 & 2001).

Dr. Zhang has over 70 peer-reviewed publications on multiphase flow and heat transfer, concentrating solar power generation, environmentally-friendly refrigeration cooling, energy process control and optimization. He is a Technical Committee Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Division. As an active member of ASME and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he has organized and chaired many conference sessions. He is also a member of the American Physical Society (APS), American Chemical Society (ACS) and Materials Research Society (MRS). He has been invited to review over 20 international journals and many leading conferences.


Courses/teaching interests:

  • MEG507 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MEG611 Multiphase Thermal Fluids in Power and Energy Technologies
  • MEG614 Advanced Process Dynamics and Control


Advisor to current Masdar Institute Students:

  • PhD Students
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Research interests:

  • Nano/Micro-scale phase-change heat transfer and fluid flow
  • Concentrated solar thermal and electric power generation
  • Subsurface multiphase flow and WAG enhanced oil recovery
  • Evaporation and condensation for renewable thermal desalination
  • Environment-friendly refrigeration cooling and electronics cooling
  • Advanced energy system control, optimization and fault diagnosis


Current projects include:

  • Pore-scale Wettability and Three-Phase Relative Permeability Characterization for WAG-EOR of Carbonate Reservoirs
    Dr. Zhang is the principal investigator. This project is funded by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Oil R&D Sub-Committee (OSC), with Professors Mohamed Sassi and Mustapha Jouiad at Masdar Institute, Kamel Zahaf and Omar Al Farisi at Abu Dhabi Marine Oil Company.
  • Enhancing Energy Efficiency via Nanostructured Condensers for Natural Gas Processing
    Dr. Zhang is the principal investigator at Masdar Institute. This project is funded by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company R&D Gas Sub-Committee (GSC), with Professors Evelyn Wang at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kean Wang at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi.
  • Thermal Analysis of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
    Dr. Zhang is the principal investigator. This MEMS-CAD project is funded by the Global Foundries/ATIC-Mubadala Technology, with Professor Ibrahim Elfadel at Masdar Institute.
  • High-Performance Compact Solar Thermal Power and Cooling Systems
    Dr. Zhang is the principal investigator of this Masdar Institute-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Flagship Research Project, with Professors Evelyn N. Wang, Gang Chen, Nicholas X. Fang at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information on this project, please click on the following link: http://web.mit.edu/mit-mi-cp/research/projects/flagship05.html
  • High-Concentration Solar Electric/Thermal Cogeneration System: Optimal Design, Transient Analysis, and Prototype Unit Development
    Dr. Zhang is the principal investigator of this Masdar Institute-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Collaborative Research Project, with Professor Evelyn Wang at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

  • Li, G.Q., Alhosani, M.H., Yuan, S.J., Liu, H.R., Al Ghaferi, A., Zhang, T.J., “Microscopic Droplet Formation and Energy Transport Analysis of Condensation on Scalable Superhydrophobic Nanostructured Copper Oxide Surfaces,” Langmuir – the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids, DOI: 10.1021/la503003r, 2014.
  • Zhang, T.J., Mohamed, S., “Conceptual Design and Analysis of Hydrocarbon-Based Solar Thermal Power and Ejector Cooling Systems in Hot Climates,” ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, vol.137, 021001, 2015.
  • Zhang, T.J., “Transient Characterization and Control of Active Thermal Management Systems,” Annual Review of Heat Transfer, Begell House, vol.18, 2015 (Invited).
  • Catano, J., Zhang, T.J., Jensen, M.K., et al., “Vapor Compression Refrigeration Cycle for Electronics Cooling–Part I: Dynamic Modeling and Experimental Validation; Part II: Gain-Scheduling Control for Critical Heat Flux Avoidance,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 66, pp. 911-929, November, 2013.
  • Zhang, T.J., Wen, J.T., Julius, A., et al., “Stability Analysis and Maldistribution Control of Two-Phase Flow in Parallel Evaporating Channels,” International Journal of Heat and Mass transfer, vol.54, pp. 5298-5305, December, 2011.
  • Zhang, T.J., Peles, Y., Wen, J.T., et al., “Analysis and Active Control of Pressure-Drop Flow Instabilities in Boiling Microchannel Systems,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol.53, pp.2347-2360, May, 2010.
  • Zhang, T.J., Tong, T., Chang, J.Y., et al., “Ledinegg Instability in Microchannels,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 52, pp. 5661-5674, December, 2009.