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Dr Eric Hu

Telephone +61 8 8313 0545
Position Associate Professor
Fax +61 8 8313 4367
Building Engineering South
Floor/Room 1 05
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Mechanical Engineering

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Biography/ Background

Dr. Eric Hu received his basic professional degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the Zhejiang University, China in 1984. He was majored in thermal power station technologies. After graduation, he proceeded to Beijing Solar Energy Research Institute for the degree of Master of Engineering (energy technology). Two and a half years later, he started work with the same institute as a research engineer for another three years. In January 1990, Eric was granted a French government scholarship to undertake the Doctor of Engineering program in Energy Technology Division at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok Thailand. He obtained the doctoral degree (D.Eng in Energy Technology) and came to Australia at the end of 1992. Eric worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer in Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at Gippsland School of Engineering, Monash University until 1999 when he joined the School of Engineering and Technology at Deakin University. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 at Deakin University. He starts with the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, as Associate Professor in Sustainable Energy Engineering, in Feb 2009.
Dr. Eric Hu has been working in energy engineering areas, including energy efficiencies for industrial process, solar thermal applications eg. heating, cooling and power generation, CO2 emission reduction for power stations and low energy desalination etc. He has won over $2.5m in research grant and published over 100 academic papers in Australia, all in energy (and water) areas. His industrial partners in Australia include Air International, Loy Yang Power, Alcoa (Australia), Ford, Energex, Melbourne Water and Seeley International (SA based)


Bachelor of Engineering , 1984 (Zhejiang University, China)

Master of Engineering , 1987 (Beijing Solar Energy Research Inst., China)

Ph.D. (Engineering) , 1992 (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)


Intelligent Energy Management Control of Vehicle Air Conditioning via Look-Ahead System, accepted by Applied Thermal Engineering, May 2011, doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2011.05.023.
Thermodynamic Cycles of Adsorption Desalination System, Accepted by Applied Energy, April, 2011, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.04.049
Evaluation of solar aided biomass power generation systems with parabolic trough field, accepted by Science China-Technological Sciences, January 2011, Vol.54 No.1: 1-7. doi: 10.1007/s11431-011-4366-4.
Dominant factor and mechanism of coupling phenomena in single cell of polymer electroyte fuel cell, Applied Energy (in Press) (doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.01.003)
Thermodynamic analysis of an adsorption-based desalination cycle (part II): Effect of evaporator temperature on performance" Accepted by Chemical Engineering Research and Design (ChERD). 2011 DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2010.12.012
A non-uniform pressure and transient boundary condition based dynamic modelling of the adsorption process of an adsorption refrigeration tube. Accepted by Applied Energy, 2010, (DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2010.12.062).
Characteristics of Carbon Monoxide Oxidization in Rich Hydrogen by Mesoporous Silica with TiO2 Photocatalyst," accepted by International Journal of Photoenergy, Nov 2010.(DOI: 10.1155/2010/294217)
Coordinated energy management of vehicle air conditioning system. 31 (2011) pp750-764, Applied Thermal Engineering.
An efficient way to use medium-or-low temperature solar heat for power generation-- integration into conventional power plant, Applied Thermal Engineering 31 (2011), pp. 157-162
CO2 Reforming Performance and Visible Light Responsibility of Cr-doped TiO2 Prepared by Sol-gel and Dip-coating Method" Accepted by International Journal of Chemical Engineering, June 2010 (doi: 10.1155/2010/309103)
Evaluation of Solar Aided Thermal Power Generation with Various Power Plants, Accepted by International Journal of Energy Research, (DOI: 10.1002/er.1748 ) May 2010.
Automated Detection of Lung Nodules in Computed Tomography Images: A Review. Accepted by Machine Vision and Applications (DOI 10.1007/s00138-010-0271-2)
Random forest based lung nodule classification aided by clustering, Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics. 34 (2010) pp535-542.
Using TiO2 Photocatalyst with Adsorbent to Oxidize CO in Hydrogen, Accepted by Catalysis Today, 158 (2010) 296-304.
Thermodynamic analysis of an adsorption-based desalination cycle, Chemical Engineering Research and Design (ChERD) 88 (2010) pp 1541-1547.
Multi-point and Multi-level solar integration into conventional power plant, Energy and Fuels , 2010, 24(7), 3733-3738.
Dynamic modelling and simulation of a solar direct steam generating system, International Journal of Energy Research, 2010, 34(15), 1341-1355.

Hybrid Classification of Pulmonary Nodules, a Chapter in Book Communications in Computer and Information Science, ISBN978-3-642-04961-3 (Print) 978-3-642-04962-0 (Online), Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2009.

Reforming CO2 into Fuels using TiO2 Photocatalyst and Gas Separation Membrane,  No 148 pp341-349 Catalysis Today, 2009.

Environmental related decision making using the Interlink Decision Making Index(IDMI)” Int. J. Environment and Waste management,Vol.2 No.3, 2008.

Kinetic modelling for photosynthesis of hydrogen and methane through catalytic reduction of carbon dioxides with water vapour.  Catalysis Today, 131, pp125-129 (2008).

Electrosorption; An alternative option for desalination, Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment Voc 11(3) pp92-95 (2007).

Using Titania photocatalysts to degrade toluene in a combined adsorption and photocatalysis process. Pp31—36, J. Adv. Oxid. Technol. Vol. 10, No. 1, 2007.

Photosynthesis of Hydrogen and Methane as Key Components for Clean Energy System, Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, 2007 (89—92)

Reverse Osmosis Membrane Fouling and Its Control, Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment, pp95-103.Vol.10(3) Sept. 2006.

Removal of VOCs by photocatalysis process using adsorption enhanced TiO2-SiO2 catalyst, Vol 45, pp959-964 Chemical Engineering and Processing, 2006.

Photocatalytic production of methane and hydrogen through reduction of carbon dioxide with water using titatnium pellets", Volume 3, Number 3, pp283-290, International Journal of Green Energy, July-September 2006.

Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 into gaseous hydrocarbons using TiO2 pellets”. Volume 115, Issues 1-4, pp 269-273 Catalysis Today, 2006. 

Enhanced degradation efficiency of toluene using titania/silica photocatalysis as a regeneration process” Environmental Technology, Vol 27 pp359-366, 2006.

Review: Photocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide, Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment, Vol. 9(1) March 2005. pp66-75.

Development of a cooling fabric from conducting polymer coated fibres: proof of concept, pp139-143, Vol 150, (2005) Synthetic Metals, 2005.

The core of the global warming problem: Energy, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, pp354—359, Vol 23 No. 4, 2005.

 Photocatalytic Decolorization of Lanasol Blue CE Dye Solution Using a Flat Plate Reactor, Journal of Environmental Engineering,  Vol.131 No.1 pp 102-107, 2005.

A comparative study on preparation of TiO2 pellets as photocatalysts based on different precursors, pp4165-4170, Vols. 475-479 Material Science Forum, Jan 2005.

Professional Interests

Engineering Thermodynamics;

Solar thermal applications eg. solar ice making, air conditioning systems and power genration etc.

Low energy desalination;

Emission and water reduction for power stations;

Energy credits and emission trading;

CFD and LCA;

Eco or energy efficient buildings.


Entry last updated: Saturday, 17 Jan 2015

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