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Dr Xinyan Huang 黄鑫炎

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Dept of Building Environment and Energy Engineering

Deputy Director, Research Center for Fire Safety Engineering

Member, Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development

Address: ZS 832, BLK Z, 181 Chatham Road South, Kowloon, Hong Kong       
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Research Areas: Combustion, Fire Safety Engineering, Smart Firefighting, Energy Safety, and Fire Ecology

  • 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)

Associate Editor of Fire Technology, International Journal of Wildland Fire

Editorial Member of Fire Safety Journal, Fire and Materials

Director of the International Association of Wildland Fire


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)

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Dr Congliang Ye 叶从亮

Postdoc Fellow (2023 - )


Research: Explosion Dynamics, Thermal Safety, Firefighting Technology, Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation

  • PhD, Beijing Institute of Technology (2022)

  • B. Eng. & M.Eng., Nanjing Tech University (2016)



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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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)

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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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Yifei Ding  丁一飞

PhD student (2022 - )


Research: Smart Firefighting

  • BEng, South China University of Technology (2022)


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Weikang Xie  谢伟康

PhD Student (2023 - )


Research:  IoT-based Temperature Monitoring and Building Smart Firefighting

  • MEng, China University of Petroleum (2022)

  • BEng, China University of Petroleum (2018)



Jakub Bielawski

Joint PhD Student (2023 - )


Research:  Fire dynamics, tunnel fires, smoke control, fire behavior of building elements

  • MEng, Main School of Fire Service (2022)

  • BEng, Main School of Fire Service (2020)



LingChu (Sue) Su  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)



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)

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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)


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

  • MSc, Imperial College London (2022)

  • BEng, Jiangnan University (2021) 


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Yuxin Zhou   周钰鑫

PhD Student (2023 - )


Research:  Lithium-ion battery thermal runaway; Flame retardant materials; Water mist

  • MEng, Nanjing Tech University (2023)

  • BEng, Nanjing Tech University (2020)


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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)



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)

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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)


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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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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Meng Wang  王蒙

PhD Student (2023 - )


Research: Smart firefighting, Firefighting robots

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

  • BEng, Yangzhou University (2019)


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Die Luan   栾蝶

Joint PhD Student (2023 - )


Research:  Tunnel Fire Dynamics, Fire Simulation

  • MEng, Central South University (2018)

  • BEng, Zhengzhou University (2014)


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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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Xinghao Chen  陈星好

Research Assistant (2022 - )


Research: Robotic Firefighting

  • BEng, Nankai University (2023)


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) 

Professor at Nanjing Tech University

Past Postdoc and PhD Students

Dr Xiqiang Wu 吴西强

Postdoc Fellow (2020)

PhD in University of Hong Kong (2019) 

Current Position: Associate Professor at Southeast University, China


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

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Dr Han Yuan 袁晗

Postdoc Fellow (2021) 

PhD in Imperial College London(2021) 

Current Position: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at Sun Yat-sen University


Dr Shaorun Lin  林少润

Postdoc Fellow (2021-2022)

PhD at PolyU (2018-2021) 

Current Position: Postdoc at University of California, Berkeley

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Dr Zhirong Liang 梁志荣

Postdoc Fellow (2021)

PhD in Beihang University (2017)

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Beihang University (Hangzhou)

Dr Aatif Ali Khan

Postdoc Fellow (2021-22)

PhD in PolyU (2021)

Current Position: Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Past Research Assistants / Visiting Students

Mr Younggi Park

Research Assistant (2019-20)

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) 

Current Position: CEO Assistant at Galaxy Holding Group

​Ms Yifan JIA  贾逸凡 

MEng in BSE (2019-20)

Current Position: China Railway Design Corporation, Tianjin


Haoran Fan   范浩然  

Research Assistant (2020)

Mr Jingze Zhu 朱靖哲

MEng in BSE (2018-19) 

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

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Alvis Chow   周梓謙

Research Assistant (2020-21) 

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

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Cheng Peng   彭程 

Master Student (2020-2021)

Current Position: Engineer at Bright Future Chinese Medicine Ltd., HK

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

Mr Yau Kuen (Daniel) CHEUNG  張有權

Undergraduate Assistant (2019-20) 

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

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