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Research Interests

Exiting Building Refurbishment, Low Impact Buildings; Smarter meter and sensors ( intelligent buildings with smart technologies); Renewable energies utilised with Buildings ( Solar energy, Waste Heat, Biomass Energy); Heat and mass transfer technologies (PCM storage, Chemistry Energy Storage, heat/mass transfer membrane, Omic heating); Low Carbon Technologies applied for Buildings (GSHP, ASHP, Building Fabric, Heat Recovery, HVAC system, Desiccant cooling/heating, Natural Ventilation etc.)


Professor Shuli Liu is in the School of Energy, Construction and Environment, with 15 years research experience in the areas of low carbon cities and low impact buildings including building services and energy efficient technologies. Shuli has been involved in 12 research projects funded by EPSRC, KTP, China Natural Science Research Council and industry partners such as Tata Steel, Triton Shower and Orbit House Group, etc. She has been awarded more than £1.7 million of funding such as an EPSRC smart meter and sensors system for domestic houses, a KTP on low carbon energy models in social housing extensively using novel and sustainable technologies, solar ventilation system, free cooling and heating technologies, etc. Shuli has over 50 journal and conference publications. Within her research group, there are 5 PhD students completed, 3 research assistant finished, and currently another 2 PhD students, 2 Research assistants and one research fellow. Shuli has been active in different kinds of academic roles, such as journal editor, peer reviewer for more than 10 quality journals, external examiner for PhD examination (national and international), Research Council peer reviewer, member of professional institutes, chairing international conferences and has also been invited for keynote speeches.

Area of Expertise:

  • Building Technology
  • Building Service Engineering
  • PCM energy Storage
  • Solar energy cooling
  • Smart meter and sensors
  • Heat and Mass transfer

Vision Statement

My prime research interest is in renewable energies and the application of sustainable technologies in buildings. I hope through my research to integrate the key strands of: application of renewable energy and sustainable technology; enhanced building energy performance (materials, construction and lifecycle, etc.) and low carbon behaviours of occupiers and operators, to achieve a smart, Eco home for the future.

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Research Output 2008 2020

Heat transfer
Specific heat
Thermal conductivity
Phase change materials
1 Citation (Scopus)
phase change materials
Phase change materials
5 Downloads (Pure)

A Review on Solar Concentrators with Multi-surface and Multi-element (MS/ME) Combinations

Ma, X., Zheng, H. & Liu, S., 9 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Daylighting. 6, 2, p. 80-96 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
solar cooling
solar-pumped lasers
solar energy

A systematic review on parametric dependencies of transpired solar collector performance

Bake, M., Shukla, A., Liu, S. & Agrawal, A., Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Energy Research. 43, 1, p. 86-112 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Solar collectors
Collector efficiency
Wind effects
Gas emissions
Fossil fuels

Comparative assessment on the use of energy storage in the building envelopes

Liu, S., 2019, (Unpublished) Renewable Energy Sources-Sustainability Issues and Climate Change: Public Perception, Engagement and Impact. CRC publisher, p. (In-Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2013 2019

Healthy Buildings 2019 Asia (Event)

Shuli Liu (Steering Committee Member)
19 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee


Shuli Liu (Invited speaker)
7 Aug 20199 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Developing Self-powering Residential Houses for South, South East and East Asia

Shuli Liu (Chair)
24 Jan 201928 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

PROPOSAL for Future Research Frontiers

Shuli Liu (Reviewer)
Jun 2019

Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding

Researcher Links Workshop on Investigation of the Impact of Occupant Behaviour on Building Performance in the UK and China

Shuli Liu (Organiser)
3 Jun 20195 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course