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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
Location:
S/2.10B, Queen's Buildings - South Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

Key Research Areas:

  • Thermoelectric materials and devices
  • Perovskite/dye-sensitized solar cells
  • 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 is a Board Member of European Thermoelectric Society and also serves as 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.

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Research theme: Energy and environment

Contracts

TitlePeopleSponsorValueDuration
System integration of High Concentrator Photovoltaic anf Thermoelectric devices for enhanced solar energy harvestingSweet T, Min GSer Cymru NRN AEM9962101/07/2015 - 30/06/2017
Scalable solar thermoelectrics and photovaltaics (SUNTRAP)Gao MEPSRC via Glasgow30999630/09/2013 - 29/09/2017
Development, design and testing of a carbon dioxide based trap with on-board powerMarsh R, Min GKTP and Agrisense BCS Ltd18599201/08/2009 - 31/07/2012
On-chip millikelvin electronic refrigerator for astronomical and quantum device applicationsMin G, Rowe DMEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council33024801/07/2008 - 30/06/2011
Research exchange with ChinaMin GRoyal Academy of Engineering240020/06/2009 - 26/07/2009
Demonstrating the fuel economy benefit of exhaust energy recoveryMin GEPSRC - via Loughborough University9068601/09/2010 - 31/10/2012
THERMOMAG - Nanostructured thermoelectrics based on mg2siMin GEuropean Commission (FP7)24475901/05/2011 - 30/10/2014
Global solar spectrum harvesting through highly efficient photovoltaic and thermoelectric integrated cells -GLOBASOLMin GCommission of the European Communities28003601/03/2013 - 29/02/2016
Accelerated Discovery of Alloy FormulationMin G,European Commission (FP7)40615515/06/2011 - 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 RKTP and European Thermodynamics12935401/02/2012 - 31/01/2014
THERELEXPRO Thermoelectric heat recovery from low temperature exhausts of steel processMin G, Melikhov YEuropean Commission (FP7)11712901/07/2013 - 30/06/2016

Supervised Students

TitleStudentStatusDegree
Full-Spectrum Solar Energy Harvesting Using Nanotechnology-Enabled Photovoltaic/Thermoelectric Hybrid SystemHASHIM Hasan TalibGraduatePhD
SOLAR POWERED THERMOELECTRIC COOLING SYSTEM.AL MADHHACHI Hayder Sami SalehCurrentPhD
PREPARATION AND CHARACTERISATION OF NANOSTRUCTURED BULK Bi2 Te3 THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS USING ULTRASOUND MILLINGMARQUEZ GARCIA LourdesThesis SubmittedPhD
DEVELOPMENT OF THERMOELECTRIC DEVICES: DESIGN, FABRICATION AND CHARACTERISATION.ROBBINS Mark CooperThesis SubmittedMPhil
PREPARATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF BLOCKING LAYERS FOR IMPROVING EFFICIENCY OF DYE SENSITIZED SOLAR CELLSAUGUSTYNIAK Mateusz MichalCurrentPhD
SYSTEM INTEGRATION OF CONCENTRATOR PHOTOVOLTAICS WITH THERMOELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY FOR ENHANCED SOLAR ENERGY HARVESTING.ROLLEY Matthew HenryCurrentPhD
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 HuseinThesis SubmittedPhD
Development Of A Novel ZT Measurement Technique For Investigation Of Thermoelements And Segmented Thermoelectric StructuresMD YATIM NadhrahGraduatePhD
Hybrid Solar Thermoelectric System For Combined Heat and PowerKAZUZ RamadanGraduatePhD
Development and Investigation Of A Non-Catalytic Self-Aspirating Meso-Scale Premixed Burner Integrated Thermoelectric Power Generator.SINGH Tanuj DeepGraduatePhD
THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE BY A SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS APPROACH.CHARLES Terrance PriestleyCurrentPhD
Cold Electron BolometeraBRIEN TomThesis SubmittedPhD
Study Of B-FE S12 Thin Films For Thermoelectric Applications.WAN JAAFAR Wan Mohammed NazrulThesis SubmittedPhD