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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 2017

Adaptability research on phase change materials based technologies in China

Zeng, C., Liu, S. & Shukla, A. 25 Jan 2017 In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 73, June 2017, p. 145–158

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phase change materials
Energy storage
Thermal energy
Energy efficiency
Latent heat
Solar collectors
Turbulence models
Energy efficiency
Heat transfer

Investigating the impact of Cp-T values determined by DSC on the PCM-CFD Model

Iten, M., Liu, S., Shukla, A. & Silva, P. D. 7 Feb 2017 In : Applied Thermal Engineering. 117, p. 65-75 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phase change materials
Differential scanning calorimetry
2 Citations

A completive survey study on the feasibility and adaptation of EVs in Beijing, China

Sun, L., Huang, Y., Liu, S., Chen, Y., Yao, L. & Kashyap, A. 19 Nov 2016 In : Applied Energy. 187, February, p. 128–139

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

electric vehicle
Electric vehicles
transportation system
18 Citations

A review on the air-PCM-TES application for free cooling and heating in the buildings

Iten, M., Liu, S. & Shukla, A. 2016 In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 61, p. 175-186 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thermal energy
Energy storage
Phase change materials

Activities 2013 2015

  • 6 Participation in conference

International conference of the Sustainable Thermal Energy Management network

Liu, S. (Track Chair)
7 Jul 20158 Jul 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Marketforce’s 3rd Annual Conference Customer Operations in Utilities

Liu, S. (Speaker)
24 Mar 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

14th international conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies

Liu, S. (Session Chair)
25 Aug 201527 Aug 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

4th Journal Conference on Environmental Science and Development

Liu, S. (Speaker)
29 Oct 201430 Oct 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

4th New Energy Forum

Liu, S. (Speaker)
21 Sep 201423 Sep 2014

Activity: Participation in conference