Based in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, my group combines expertise in thermal science, material engineering and techno-economics to develop sustainable technologies for energy conversion and chemical production (e.g., hydrogen production, CO2 capture and utilization, biomass and hydrocarbon valorization). Both experimental and numerical methods will be applied to develop a fundamental understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics. Thermo-electro-chemical processes are of interest to maximize system versatility. The kinetics and reaction mechanisms can be obtained from high throughput benchtop reactors and physical models. System-scaled numerical analysis will be used to investigate the optimal operating conditions and the energy-chemical integration. Techno-economics analysis will also be explored to evaluate the costs. These findings will accelerate the material development and process optimization and facilitate the commercialization of these technologies. The goal is to utilize renewable resources and improve global living standards.
We are looking for self-motivated undergraduates, graduates (both master and PhD), postdocs and visiting scholars to join our sustainable endeavor (more information here). If you are interested in collaborating with my group, sponsoring some of the projects, or chatting about energy and sustainability, please send XiaoYu an email (xiaoyu.wu 'at' uwaterloo.ca)!