- Senior Research Fellowship in 2008 at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
T.S. Zhao is Director of Energy Institute for Carbon Neutrality, Chair Professor of Mechanical & Energy Engineering, Southern University of Science & Technology (SUSTech). Befor joining SUSTech in 2021, he held the named professorship of Engineering and Environment at HKUST. Prof Zhao is an elected academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Society Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the Chinese Society of Chemistry, and a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate/Thomson Reuters, and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.
Professor Zhao’s research has focused on heat transfer, fuel cells, and batteries. Being driven by a desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while improving energy efficiency and air quality, he aims to establish the scientific underpinnings for innovations and breakthroughs in energy storage devices. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines thermo-fluid sciences with electrochemistry, he is exploring the best combination of materials and system structures to enable revolutionary advances in the performance, cost, and lifetime of energy storage devices.
In recognition of his research achievements, Prof. Zhao has received many awards, including the 2014 Distinguished Research Excellence Award (HKUST), a named professorship in Engineering and Environment, two State Natural Science Awards, the 2018 Ho Leung Ho Lee Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress, the Croucher Senior Fellowship award, the Overseas Distinguished Young Scholars Award (NSFC), and the Commemorative Medal for the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, among others.
His current research is focused on energy science and engineering, with particular emphasis on the study of physical and chemical processes in fuel cells and advanced batteries.