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Associate Professor Zhifa Sun



Zhifa studied chemical engineering at Northwest University (Xi’an, China), graduating in 1977. Afterwards, he went on to complete his ME at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 1982, and his PhD at Tianjin University in 1988. He has worked in the Physics Department at Otago University since he was first appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1989.

My research includes fundamental developments in fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, non-equilibrium phase transitions, nonlinear systems and thermodynamics, and the development of new technologies to reduce the green house gas emissions and improve the energy efficiency of industry. I am interested in the following research areas

  • Steam generation, fuel combustion and gasification
  • Separation processes: distillation, absorption, extraction, adsorption
  • Drying processes
  • Coolers and heat pumps
  • Chemical and engineering thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Process modelling, simulation and optimization
  • Exergy-economic analysis of energy systems
  • Renewable energy, biofuels
  • Energy systems of commercial buildings
  • Energy end-user technology development, management and deployment

Find out more about my research.