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The Consortium for Thermofluids and Energy (CTE) has been established since 2001 and was renamed in 2024 (previously known as Consortium for Combustion and Pollution Control). Over the past 20 years, the CTE has successfully developed a critical mass to deal with engineering and science problems related to energy and thermal technology as follows. Through serving both academia and industry, CTE has been well recognized as a leading research team in the field.

For convenience, the major research activities in the Consortium can be summarized as follows.

  • Heat/mass transfer
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy conversion
  • Energy storage
  • Advanced energy materials

Over the past 20 years, the CTE has been making vast effort to be excellent in research and fruitful achievements can be recognized from the following:

  • funds and grants from different governmental agencies
  • consultancy projects from industry
  • SCI journal publications
  • patents granted in clean energy and thermal systems
  • research graduates
  • research students under supervision

The CTE has been established to create and develop a critical mass dedicated to both fundamental and applied research of clean energy and thermal science. The specific objectives of CTE include, but not limited to,

  1. To acquire funding to support research activities in dealing with energy-related problems. A major emphasis will be on the outputs and impacts of these activities including application of created knowledge to help the industry and community, publication of quality papers, and training of research students in the relevant areas.
  2. To provide professional services to the Government/industry/community in solving problems related to clean energy and thermal science, through carrying out consulting projects, arrangement of technical workshops and seminars, and development of engineering and scientific devices/systems/strategies.
  3. To underpin graduate/undergraduate teachings with knowledge created from research and development works. Efforts will be made to improve and develop the academic program curriculum in the design of environmental-friendly energy systems. Efforts will also be made to provide graduate/undergraduate final year projects in the relevant areas.

Members of the CTE maintain strong and close collaboration in research and academic activities with other departments of PolyU, as well as other universities and institutions, both local and overseas. Through the implementation of these activities, excellent partnerships have been established in conducting research projects and developing program curriculum with the following universities/institutions:

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Tongji University, China
  • University of Science and Technology of China, China
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
  • Chongqing University, China
  • Shenzhen University, China
  • Southern University of Science and Technology, China
  • The University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HKSAR, China
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China
  • City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China
  • The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • California State University, Fullerton, USA
  • Flow and Heat/Mass Transfer in Electrochemical Energy Systems
  • Construction of Bismuth-based Hierarchical Nano/microstructured Electrodes and their Applications in Photoelectrochemical Cells for Solar-driven Ambient Ammonia Production
  • Research on Key Fundamental Issues of Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells

The CETS is well equipped with equipment and facilities including:
Electrochemical workstations (Autolab)
Gas Chromatographs
Ion chromatographs
Photoelectrochemical testing system
High gas tightness automatic online Photocatalytic analysis system
Normal temperature and pressure gas solid phase catalytic reaction system
Multichannel photochemical workstation

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