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Prof. Meng Ni winning RGC CRF project

11 Jan 2021

Huge congratulations to Prof. Meng Ni,Professor and Associate Head (Research) of BRE! Prof.Ni will  receive  a  grant  of  HK$4.2  Million  from Research  Grant Council(RGC) Collaborative  Research  Fund(CRF)  for  his project “Durable  and  high-performance zinc-air  flow  batteries  for  energy  storage”.This  is  the first  RGC  large-scale  research grant received by BRE staff as a project coordinator. 


Renewable solar and wind power are intermittent and site specific.  Development of high performance and durable rechargeable batteries are essential for successful application of renewable power.  Compared with other types of batteries, zin-air batteries have high energy density,  cheap  and  safe.    To  solve  problems  of  Zn  dendrite  formation  and  Znelectrode passivation, Zn-air flow batteries will be developed.  To reduce the energy loss at the air electrode, novel perovskite catalyst will be explored.This project will develop high  performance  and  durable  Zn-air  flow  batteries  for  grid  scale  energy  storage  to facilitate the application of renewable solar and wind power. 


Prof.Ni will conduct this project in collaboration  with Prof. Dennis Leung from The University  of  Hong  Kong  (HKU)  andProf.  Tian shou Zhao from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Prof.K.Y. Chan from HKU and Prof. Peng Tan from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) will serve as collaborator of this project.


Prof. Meng Ni is currently a Professor and Associate Head (Research) of Department of Building and Real Estate.He is a Humboldt Fellow (Germany). His research focuses on high  temperature  fuel  cells,  rechargeable  metal-air  batteries,  flow  batteries,  novelelectro chemical cells for low-grade heat harvesting, and energy materials.


He is serving as a Senior Edito rfor Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments: and a former Associate Editor for Science Bulletin (Elsevier).  Recently, he was invited to be an Associate Editor for International   Journal   of   Green   Energy: & Francis) and International Journal of Energy Research: He is also one of the founding editors of Energy and     AI:



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