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Professor Gao Min BSc, PhD, CEng, MIEE

Professor Gao Min

BSc, PhD, CEng, MIEE

Professor

School of Engineering

Email
min@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5034
Campuses
S/2.10B, Queen's Buildings - South Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

Overview

Key Research Areas:

  • Thermoelectric materials and devices
  • Solution processed solar cells (Perovskite, OPV)
  • Concentrated photovoltaic/thermoelectric systems
  • Magnetocaloric materials

Gao Min is a Professor of Energy Materials and Head of Thermoelectric Laboratory. He obtained BSc in Semiconductor Physics from Xidian University, China and PhD under supervision of Professor D M Rowe in Thermoelectrics at Cardiff University UK. His main research interests focus on fundamental understanding of thermoelectric processes for energy harvesting applications.

He served as a Board Member of European Thermoelectric Society and an expert evaluator for H2020, DOE (USA), NSF (USA), NWO (NL), DFF (DK), NSF (CN) and EPSRC (UK) on energy materials, promoting truly excellent research in thermoelectrics and related energy materials.

He has over 25-year experience in thermoelectric research. In early 1990s, he initiated the research in the use of the Peltier modules as generators for waste heat recovery and subsequently developed an improved TE module theory to demonstrate the potential economic benefits even using low efficiency TE modules. This work has contribution to the recent resurgence of interest in thermoelectrics.

In 1994, his work on improving the power factor by employing multiple potential barriers contributed to the development of energy filtering concept. He was the first to propose the fabrication of TE micro-coolers using IC and MEMS technologies and demonstrated theoretically the feasibility. In 2000, his empirical analysis of known thermoelectric materials identified a ZT barrier, putting a realistic upper-bound on the PGCE approach.

Recently, his work focuses on developing novel characterisation techniques that enable investigation of the thermoelectric processes on wide and deep scale, such as high-throughput thermoelectric measurement system based on novel multifunctional probe; thermoelectric impedance spectroscopy; dual I-V curves for complete characterisation of thermoelectric devices.

A new emerging area of his research is to explore innovative and economically viable concepts for full-spectrum solar energy harvesting based on hybrid PV-TE systems. The current research focuses on development of new type of solar cells, concentrators and systems that facilitates the integration with thermoelectrics.

New concepts proposed by him with his co-workers included: improving thermoelectric efficiency using Fermi-gas/Fermi-liquid interfaces; thermoelectric property-structure diagram; ring-structured thermoelectric module; regenerative thermoelectric combustion system; improving cooling performance by thermo-electro-photon process; variable thermal resistor; improving the thermoelectric efficiency through pulse mode operation; preparation of thermoelectric nanoparticles using ultrasonic milling; new generation low cost thermoelectric materials based on AlFeTi; and heavy fermion/superconductor tunnelling junctions for millie-Kelvin refrigeration.

Biography

Career

2016-Present     Professor of Energy Materials, Cardiff University

2013-2016        Reader, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

2011-2013        Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

2005-Present     Head of Thermoelectric Laboratory, Cardiff University

2005-2005         Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2004-2011        Lecturer, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

1999-2004        Thermoelectric Specialist, Cardiff University

1993-1999        Research Assistant/Associate, Cardiff University

1988-1989        Visiting Academic to University of Wales Cardiff

1985-1993        Research Scientist, Kunming Institute of Physics, China

1982-1985        Research Assistant, Institute of Solid-State Circuits, China

 

Education

1993-1996        PhD, Thermoelectrics, University of Wales Cardiff, UK

1978-1982        BSc, Semiconductor Physics, Xidian University, Xian, China

 

Membership of Professional Bodies/Review Panels

Board member of European Thermoelectric Society (Re-elected) 2016-2019

Member of EPSRC Review College, 2016-Present

Theme coordinator (Device Physics), UK Thermoelectric Network, 2016-Present

Member of the Community Practice of Welsh H2020 Experts and Evaluators, 2016-

Independent expert for EC H2020 Programme, 2014-2016

Board member of European Thermoelectric Society, 2013-2016

Review Panel Member for FP7 project (MERGING), Mainz, Germany, 19/07/2014

Panel Member for H2020 proposal evaluation (LCE 2014 -1), 07-10/04/2014

Panel Member for MSc course validation, Soest (Germany)/Bolton (UK), 8-10/05/2013

Scientific committee member, European Thermoelectric Society, 1995-1997

Membership of International Conference Committee

Co-organiser, E-MRS, Symposium H, Strasbourg, France, 23/05/2017

Chair for the Poster Award Selection Panel for ECT2016, Lisbon, Portugal

Session chairman/Scientific committee member at ECT2016, Lisbon, Portugal

Member of Life-time Award Selection Panel for ICT2016, Wuhan, China

Session chairman at ICT2015, Dresden, Germany.

Scientific committee member/Session chairman at ECT2014, Madrid, Spain

Scientific committee member at ECT2013, ESA, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Programme chairman for ECT2006, Cardiff, UK

Programme chairman for ICT2000, Cardiff, UK

 

External Examiner (International)

University of Aalborg, Denmark, 24/02/2019

University of Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, 21/07/2017

Aalto University, Finland, 18/12/2016;

University of Agder, Norway, 14/06/16

KTH, Sweden, 27/05/16

External Examiner (UK)

Southampton 25/01/2021;

Swansea 28/05/2019;

Queen Mary 06/02/2019;

Loughborough 25/10/2018;

Swansea 21/05/2018;

Manchester 22/11/17;

Queen Mary London 09/11/17;

Queen Mary London, 30/11/16;

Swansea 18/11/15;

Imperial 08/06/15;

Southampton 09/03/15;

Glasgow 13/05/14;

Warwick 09/06/14;

Bolton 2012;

Swansea18/02/10

Publications

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Teaching

Current Teaching:

EN2082           Electrical and Electronic Engineering 3 (Analogue Electronics)

EN2083           Electrical and Electronic Engineering 4 (Analogue Electronics)

EN3805           Advanced Analogue Integrated Circuit Design

Previous Taught:

EN1047          Communication Skills & Professional Studies (Technical report writting)

EN1067          Heat Transfer 

EN1072          Electronic Laboratory 

EN3050          Electronic Circuits and Systems (Active Filters)

EN3060          Alternative Energy Systems (Thermoelectric Technology)

ENT408         Electronics, Computing and Instrumentation 

Teaching Administration:

Chair: Review of “Integrated Engineering” degree scheme 2016

Year 1 Tutor for EEE degree scheme from 2011 to 2015     

Year 2 Tutor for EEE degree scheme from 2006 to 2011

Year 1 Tutor for EEE degree scheme from 2003 to 2005        

Research theme: Energy and environment

Contracts

Title People Sponsor Value Duration
Development of innovative TEG systems optimized for energy harvesting from EAF off-gas cooling water and radiative waste heat sources designed to be cost-effectively InTEGrated within steel plants

Min G

EU-RFCS 309212

2020-2024

Manufacturing New Class of Ferrofluids for Thermomagnetic Convection Enhanced Heat Transfer, Energy Generation and Storage

Daniel Zabek (fellow),

Min G (host)

Royal Academy of Engineer 623000 2019-2024
Environmental impact of perovskite solar cell Zhe Li, Min G EPSRC SUPERGEN  11836 01/04/2019 -15/09/2019
System integration of High Concentrator Photovoltaic anf Thermoelectric devices for enhanced solar energy harvesting Sweet T, Min G Ser Cymru NRN AEM 99621 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2017
Scalable solar thermoelectrics and photovaltaics (SUNTRAP) Gao M EPSRC via Glasgow 309996 30/09/2013 - 29/09/2017
Development, design and testing of a carbon dioxide based trap with on-board power Marsh R, Min G KTP and Agrisense BCS Ltd 185992 01/08/2009 - 31/07/2012
On-chip millikelvin electronic refrigerator for astronomical and quantum device applications Min G, Rowe DM Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council 330248 01/07/2008 - 30/06/2011
Research exchange with China Min G Royal Academy of Engineering 2400 20/06/2009 - 26/07/2009
Demonstrating the fuel economy benefit of exhaust energy recovery Min G EPSRC - via Loughborough University 90686 01/09/2010 - 31/10/2012
THERMOMAG - Nanostructured thermoelectrics based on mg2si Min G European Commission (FP7) 244759 01/05/2011 - 30/10/2014
Global solar spectrum harvesting through highly efficient photovoltaic and thermoelectric integrated cells -GLOBASOL Min G Commission of the European Communities 280036 01/03/2013 - 29/02/2016
Accelerated Discovery of Alloy Formulation Min G, European Commission (FP7) 406155 15/06/2011 - 14/06/2016
To establish thermo electric module fabrication capability in the UK for creating a key energy device in the supply chain of energy harvesting systems. Min G, Marsh R KTP and European Thermodynamics 129354 01/02/2012 - 31/01/2014
THERELEXPRO Thermoelectric heat recovery from low temperature exhausts of steel process Min G, Melikhov Y European Commission (FP7) 117129 01/07/2013 - 30/06/2016

Past postdoctoral researchers/academic visitors

Dr.T Sweet, 2014-2017

Dr M Philips 2014-2017

Dr M Prest 2014-2016

Dr J G Canadas 2012-2015

Dr T Singh 2014-2016

Dr M A Rind 2014

Dr. L M Garcia 2013-2016

Mr M Robbins 2011-2013

Dr J J Bomphrey 2011-2014

Dr J G Canadas 2011-2012

Dr Q Z Yang 2009-2012

Academic visitors

Angel Fabian Mijangos, Mexico 2015

Yongming Shi, Behang China 2014

Lili Cao, Beihang China 2014

Wei Li, Hunan China 2014

Wei Zhu, Beihang, China 2013

Binwei Luo, Beihang, China 2012

Anne Hermann and Stafanie Gabriel, TUD Germany 2012

David Prieto de la Parte, University of Basque 2010

Prof T J Zhu, Zhejiang China 2009

Alex Stevenson, Herriot-Watt University 2008

Louis Goncalves, University of Mino Portugal 2005

Somchai Kiatgamolchai, Cholulongkorn University Thailand 2005

Supervision

Current PhD

Laser micro-spectroscopy characterization of individual colloidal nanoparticles for biomedical applications

F Kamil Current PhD

Next-generation photovoltaic devices based on printable organic semiconductors

H Ifheema  Current PhD
Exploiting the properties of graphene and nanodiamond to enhance wear-resistance in ceramic-based materials by Spark Plasma Sintering J Alemzadeh Current PhD
3D Nanostructured magnetic & thermoelectric materials E Harding  Current PhD
Stability study of non-fullerene acceptor based organic solar cells (S-OSCs) G N Ugwuanyi  Current PhD

Productivity enhancement of thermoelectric distillation system

A Bahr  Current PhD

Large scale solar PV power plant control, operation and energy conversion optimization 

A M Atia  Current PhD
Investigation of energy conversion materials based on Al-Ti-Fe alloys S Singh  Current PhD
Development of new low bandgap perovskite materials for photovoltaic applications M Eze Current PhD
Development of graphene/ceramic composites with damage self-monitoring capabilities G Rodriguez  Current PhD
Full-spectrum Solar Energy Harvesting for Power and Heat Production using Dichroic Concentrator A Altuwirgi  Current PhD
Preparation and Characterisation of Magnetocaloric Materials for Energy Applications Alex Evans Submitted PhD

Development novel solar concentrator/thermal absorber for a hybrid PV/TE system

M Al-Najideen To be submitted PhD

Past PhD

Design, Fabrication and Characterisation of Cross Compound Parabolic Concentrators for Solar Power Generation

M Al-Shidhani  Graduate PhD
Full-Spectrum Solar Energy Harvesting Using Nanotechnology-Enabled Photovoltaic/Thermoelectric Hybrid System HASHIM Hasan Talib Graduate PhD
SOLAR POWERED THERMOELECTRIC COOLING SYSTEM. AL MADHHACHI Hayder Sami Saleh Graduate PhD
PREPARATION AND CHARACTERISATION OF NANOSTRUCTURED BULK Bi2 Te3 THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS USING ULTRASOUND MILLING MARQUEZ GARCIA Lourdes Graduate PhD
DEVELOPMENT OF THERMOELECTRIC DEVICES: DESIGN, FABRICATION AND CHARACTERISATION. ROBBINS Mark Cooper Graduate MPhil
PREPARATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF BLOCKING LAYERS FOR IMPROVING EFFICIENCY OF DYE SENSITIZED SOLAR CELLS AUGUSTYNIAK Mateusz Michal Graduate PhD
SYSTEM INTEGRATION OF CONCENTRATOR PHOTOVOLTAICS WITH THERMOELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY FOR ENHANCED SOLAR ENERGY HARVESTING. ROLLEY Matthew Henry Graduate PhD
INVESTIGATION OF THERMO-ELECTROMAGNETIC MATERIALS IMPLEMENTED IN THE FIELD OF SOLID-STATE PHYSICS DEVICES AND USED FOR HARVESTING OF THERMOELECTRIC ENERGY IN ELECTRICAL MACHINES. AL BAGHDADI Muhammid Hamid Husein Graduate PhD
Development Of A Novel ZT Measurement Technique For Investigation Of Thermoelements And Segmented Thermoelectric Structures MD YATIM Nadhrah Graduate PhD
Hybrid Solar Thermoelectric System For Combined Heat and Power KAZUZ Ramadan Graduate PhD
Development and Investigation Of A Non-Catalytic Self-Aspirating Meso-Scale Premixed Burner Integrated Thermoelectric Power Generator. SINGH Tanuj Deep Graduate PhD
THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE BY A SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS APPROACH. CHARLES Terrance Priestley Transfered PhD
Cold Electron Bolometera BRIEN Tom Graduate PhD