Dr. Gan Huang is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory, led by Professor Christos Markides. He is also the lead researcher in Solar Flow Ltd. (an award-winning UK company).
He received his PhD degree from Tsinghua University in 2018 (Outstanding Graduate Award; Outstanding PhD Thesis Award). Prior to joining Imperial College London, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford from 2018. He spent time and gained research experience at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA in 2017, and also gained engineering experience during the internship in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan in 2015.
Dr. Huang’s current research focuses on next-generation solar technologies, specifically the development of hybrid photovoltaic-thermal solar systems based on technologies of spectral splitting, emissivity control, thin-film semi-transparent solar cells, biomimetic hydrogel, nanofluids, etc., aiming at harvesting solar energy to simultaneously generate electricity and high-temperature heat energy with high efficiencies and low costs.
He also has an on-going interest in biomimetic transpiration cooling based on technologies of microporous materials and additive manufacturing, aiming at protecting ultra-high heat flux devices, such as electronic chips and high concentrating solar collectors, in a bionic intelligent way.
His researches have been featured in the world’s leading physics magazines ‘Physics World’ (UK) and ‘Advances in Engineering’ (Canada) in 2018, and more recently, by 'Imperial College London News', and by news outputs 'PV magazine', 'EurekAlert', 'Solar Daily' etc. in 2021. He received the 'Best Paper Award' of ECOS2020 (33rd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems).
Huang G, Markides CN, 2021, Spectral-splitting hybrid PV-thermal (PV-T) solar collectors employing semi-transparent solar cells as optical filters, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol:248, ISSN:0196-8904, Pages:114776-114776
et al., 2021, On the performance of concentrating fluid-based spectral-splitting hybrid PV-thermal (PV-T) solar collectors, Renewable Energy, Vol:174, ISSN:0960-1481, Pages:590-605
et al., 2021, Photovoltaic/Thermal Solar Collectors, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Huang G, Wang K, Markides CN, 2021, Efficiency limits of concentrating spectral-splitting hybrid photovoltaic-thermal (PV-T) solar collectors and systems, Light: Science and Applications, Vol:10, ISSN:2047-7538, Pages:1-1
Huang G, Markides C, On the potential of employing semi-transparent solar cells as optical filters for spectral-splitting hybrid PV-thermal (PV-T) solar collectors, International Conference on Applied Energy 2020