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Dr Xinyan Huang 黄鑫炎

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Dept of Building Environment and Energy Engineering

Deputy Director, Research Center for Fire Safety Engineering

Memeber, Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development

Address: ZS 832, BLK Z, 181 Chatham Road South, Kowloon, Hong Kong       

Google Scholar Profile        CV


Research Areas

Combustion Science, Fire Protection Engineering, New Energy Technologies

  • Ph.D. in Mech. Engineering, Imperial College London (2016)

  • M.Sc. in Mech. Engineering, University of California, San Diego (2012)

  • B.Eng. in Thermal Engineering, Southeast University, China (2010)


Dr Shaorun Lin  林少润

Postdoc Fellow (2021 - )


Linkedin Website  ResearchGate

Research Areas: Fire Dynamics, Smoldering Fire, Peat Fire, Wildland Fire, Fire Ecology, and Waste Management

  • PhD, HK Polytechnic University (2021) 

  • BEng, Shenzhen University (2018)


Dr Rahul Wadhwani

Postdoc Fellow (2022 - )


Research: Wildfire Simulation, Extreme Wildfire Behaviour, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Machine Learning 

  • PhD, Victoria University, Melbourne (2019)

  • MSc,  Indian Institute of Technology (2014)


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Dr Peiyi (Sally) Sun  孙培艺

Postdoc Fellow (2022 - )


Linkedin Website   ResearchGate

Research: Dripping Fire, Phase Change, Fire Dynamics

  • PhD, HK Polytechnic University (2022) 

  • MEng, HK Polytechnic University (2018) 

  • BEng, Tianjing Chengjian University, China (2017)


Dr Shakeel Ahmad

Postdoc Fellow (2022 - )


Research: Heat transfer, Phase-change, Thermal management, Interfacial thermal transport, Machine learning

  • PhD, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2019)

  • MSc, Xi’an Jiaotong University (2015).



Tianhang Zhang 张天航

PhD student (2020 - )


Research: Smart Firefighting, Tunnel Fire and Ventilation.

  • MEng, Zhejiang University (2020)

  • BEng, Zhejiang University (2017)


Zilong Wang 王自龙

PhD Student (2020 - )


Research: Smart firefighting and Fire Numerical Simulation.

  • MEng, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (2020)

  • BEng, China University of Mining & Technology (2017)


LingChu (Sue) Su  蘇鈴筑

Part-time PhD Student (2019 - )

Email:         Linkedin Website

Research: Smart firefighting, performance-based fire engineering design

  • MSc, University of Leeds, UK (2015)

  • BSc, Central Police University, Taiwan (2010)



Yuying Chen 陈玉莹

PhD student (2020 - )


Research: Smoldering fire,  CFD, Biomass combustion

  • MEng, Beijing Institute of Technology (2020)

  • BEng, China University of Petroleum (2017)

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Xiaoning Zhang   张小宁 

PhD Student (2021 - )


Research: Tunnel Fire, Fire Modeling, and AIoT 

  • MSc, HK Polytechnic University (2020

  • BEng, China University of Petroleum(2019)

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Yanhui Liu 刘彦辉

PhD Student (2021 - )


Research: Fire Dynamics and Thermal Safety of Battery

  • MEng, HK Polytechnic University   (2020) 

  • BEng, Southwest Jiaotong University (2017)


Yunzhu Qin  秦蕴竹

PhD Student (2021 - )


Research: Smouldering, Wildland Fire and Fire Ecology, Fire Emission

  • BEng, Sichuan University (2021)


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Yizhou Li   李逸舟 

PhD Student (2021 - )


Google Scholar   ResearchGate 

Research: Wildfire, Coal Fire, AI-based Firefighting

  • BEng, China University of Mining & Technology (2021)


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Yanfu Zeng 曾彦夫

PhD Student (2021 - )


Research: Smart Firefighting, Performance-based Fire Engineering Design, Fire Modeling

  • MSc, University of Leeds, UK (2018) 

  • BEng, Southwest Jiaotong University (2017)

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Wai Kit (Wilson) Cheung 張偉傑

PhD student (2022 - )


Research: Smouldering fire, performance-based design, fire modelling and firefighting robots

  • BEng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2022)


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Yifei Ding  丁一飞

PhD student (2022 - )


Research: Smart Firefighting

  • BEng, South China University of Technology (2022)



Ho Yin Wong   黃灝賢 

PhD Student (2021 - )


Research: AIoT Sensor, Smart firefighting

  • BEng, City University of Hong Kong (2021)


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Lei Zhang  张磊

PhD Student (2023 - )


Research: Battery thermal safety, Battery structure

  • MEng, Imperial College London (2021 -)

  • BEng, Jiangnan University (2021) 


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Meng Wang  王蒙

Research Assistant (2022 - )


Research: Smart firefighting, Firefighting robots

  • MSc, HK Univ of Science and Technology (2022)

  • BEng, Yangzhou University (2019)


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Zonghao Xie  谢宗昊

Research Assistant (2022 - )


Research: Hydrogen safety, Smart firefighting

  • MEng, HK Univ of Science and Technology (2022)

  • BEng, Southwest Jiaotong University (2021)


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Fuqiu Wang   王福秋

Research Assistant (2022 - )


Research:  Smart Evacuation with VR and AR, Smart firefighting

  • MSc, Tokyo University of Science (2017)

  • BEng, Yangzhou University (2014)


Previous Fire Lab Members

Past Visiting Scholars

Prof. Cangsu XU 许沧粟

Visiting Professor (2019-20) 

Associate Prof. at Zhejiang University


Prof. Supan Wang 王苏盼

Visiting Scholar (2019-20) 

Associate Prof. at Nanjing Tech University

Past Postdoc Fellows

Dr Xiqiang Wu 吴西强

Postdoc Fellow (2020)

PhD in University of Hong Kong (2019) 

Current Position: Associate Professor at Southeast University, China

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Dr Han Yuan 袁晗

Postdoc Fellow (2021) 

PhD in Imperial College London(2021) 

Current Position: Postdoc at Imperial College London

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Dr Zhirong Liang 梁志荣

Postdoc Fellow (2021)

PhD in Beihang University (2017)

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Zhongfa Aviation University, Hangzhou

Dr Aatif Ali Khan

Postdoc Fellow (2021-22)

PhD in PolyU (2021)

Current Position: Lecturer at University of Canterbury, New Zealand


Dr Caiyi Xiong 熊才溢

Postdoc Fellow (2019-2022)

PhD in University of Science and Technology of China (2019) 

Current Position: Tenure-track Assistant Professor at South China University of Technology

Past Research Assistants / Visiting Students

Mr Younggi Park

Research Assistant (2019-20)

Project: Smart firefighting in tunnel

Current Position: CFD Engineer in LG Co.


Dayang Nur Sakinah Binti Musa

Visiting PhD student (2022)

Universiti Malaysia Pahang

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Mr Yichao Zhang  张轶超

Visiting Master Student (2022)

Inner Mongolia Agricultural University

Past Master Students

Mr Xiao Yang 萧洋 

MEng in BSE (2018-19) 

Project: Suppression of peat fire by rainfall

Current Position: CEO Assistant at Galaxy Holding Group


Haoran Fan   范浩然  

Research Assistant (2020)

MSc. in Building Services Engineering (with distinction), HK PolyU

Research Areas: Flame Spread theory

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Alvis Chow   周梓謙

Research Assistant (2020-21) 

Current Position: Engineer at Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD)

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Cheng Peng   彭程 

Master Student (2020-2021)

Project: Numerical Validation of Empirical Fire Plume Models

Current Position: Engineer at Bright Future Chinese Medicine Ltd.

​Ms Yifan JIA  贾逸凡 

MEng in BSE (2019-20)

Project: Fire Hazards of Thermoplastic Drips: dripping Ignition Theory.

Current Position: China Railway Design Corporation, Tianjin

Mr Jingze Zhu 朱靖哲

MEng in BSE (2018-19) 

Project: Fire impact to NPP in the strike by a passenger jet 

Current Position: Engineer at Guangdong Academy of Building Research Group Co. Ltd

Mr Yau Kuen (Daniel) CHEUNG  張有權

Undergraduate Assistant (2019-20) 

Project: An experimental study on the water-based peat fire suppression

Past Undergraduate Students

Ms Haiwei (Flora) Li  李海蔚

Undergrad Assistant (2018-19) 

Project: Fire Impact on the Drying Process in Porous Soils

Current Position: PhD Student at University of Cambridge with full scholarship


Siyan Wang   王思言 

Undergrad Assistant (2020-21)

Project: Ignition mechanism of concentrated sunlight

Current Position: PhD Student at University of California, Berkeley with full scholarship


Gulzhan Aldan

Undergrad Assistant (2020-21)

Project: Immersion Cooling for Li-ion battery

Current Position: PhD Student at University of Pennsylvania with full scholarship

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