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Dr Lei Chai
Research Fellow

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Lei Chai obtained his PhD in Thermal energy and power engineering at Beijing University of Technology in 2012 and then worked as a Lecturer at Chinese Academy of Sciences for 2 years and as a Postdoctoral Researcher Assistant at Queen Mary University of London for 3 years. Lei Chai has published over 60 scientific papers on experimental and numerical investigations on CO2 power and refrigeration systems, energy storage devices and systems, heat transfer enhancement and novel heat exchangers, boiling and condensation, hydrogen energy, function materials and applications, etc. Since June 2017, Lei Chai has worked as a Research Fellow at Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF), at Brunel University London. 


  • PhD, Thermal energy and power engineering, Beijing University of Technology
  • BSc, Oil & gas storage and transportation engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China)


  • Undertake research relevant to the projects in the area of thermal systems and energy conversion technologies, for example thermal to electrical power, heat to cooling, energy storage etc., including both experimental and numerical investigations.

Newest selected publications

Chai, L. and Tassou, SA. (2022) 'Performance Analysis of Heat Exchangers and Integrated Supercritical CO2 Brayton Cycle for Varying Heat Carrier, Cooling and Working Fluid Flow Rates'. Heat Transfer Engineering, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 21. ISSN: 0145-7632 Open Access Link

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Rose, JW. and Chai, L. (2022) 'Condensation on a Vertical Plate With Sinusoidal Microfins'. Journal of Heat Transfer, 144 (12). ISSN: 0022-1481 Open Access Link

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Cheng, L., Chai, L. and Guo, Z. (2022) 'THERMAL ENERGY, PROCESS, AND TRANSPORT INTENSIFICATION - A BRIEF REVIEW OF LITERATURE IN 2021 AND PROSPECTS'. Heat Transfer Research, 53 (18). pp. 1 - 25. ISSN: 1064-2285 Open Access Link

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Chai, L. and Tassou, SA. (2022) 'A Review of Heat Transfer of CO2 at Supercritical Pressure in the Critical and Pseudo-critical Region'. Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer, 29 (4). pp. 1 - 61. ISSN: 1065-5131 Open Access Link

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