Dr Lifeng Li

  • 2021–present, Research officer, The Australian National University (ANU), Australia
  • 2015–2020, Doctor of Philosophy, The Australian National University (ANU), Australia
  • 2012–2014, Master of Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany & Uppsala University (UU), Sweden
  • 2008–2012, Bachelor of Engineering, Zhejiang University (ZJU), China

2016 & 2020, Tutor and guest lecturer of ANU undergraduate & graduate course Solar Thermal Technologies

 

My research interests are in optics, transport phenomena and chemical reaction engineering applied to solar thermochemical systems. Fascinated by the fundamental aspects of solar-driven processes, I am devoted to advancing the understanding of multi-physics processes involving multi-phase/multi-component media at multiple scales using experimental and numerical approaches. The development of solar-driven chemical systems relies on advances in optics, materials, reactions and reactor design, as well as in multi-physics numerical modelling of complex thermochemical systems.

My doctoral study on Design, Modelling and Optimisation of Optical Systems for High-Temperature Concentrating Solar Applications (2015–2020) was aligned with the R&D project of High-Temperature Solar Thermal Energy Storage via Manganese-Oxide Redox Cycling sponsored by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

My current postdoctoral research is focused on the development of a packed-bed solar thermochemical reactor technology for solar energy storage and carbon dioxide (CO2) capture using calcinationcarbonation chemical-looping cycling of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). A reactor prototype has been developed and is evaluated experimentally under simulated high-flux solar irradiation provided by the ANU high-flux solar simulator and numerically using advanced multiphase reactive flow models.

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS:

  1. L. Li, J. Coventry, R. Bader, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński, 2016. Optics of solar central receiver systems: A review. Optics Express 24(14), A985–A1007.
  2. W. Wang, B. Wang, L. Li, B. Laumert, and S. Torsten, 2016. The effect of the cooling nozzle arrangement to the thermal performance of a solar impinging receiver. Solar Energy 131, 222–234.
  3. L. Li, B. Wang, J. Pottas, and W. Lipiński, 2019. Design of a compound parabolic concentrator for a multi-source high-flux solar simulator. Solar Energy 183, 805–811.
  4. L. Li, B. Wang, R. Bader, J. Zapata, and W. Lipiński, 2019. Reflective optics for redirecting convergent radiative beams in concentrating solar applications. Solar Energy 191, 707–718.
  5. L. Li, S. Yang, B. Wang, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński, 2020. Optical analysis of a solar thermochemical system with a rotating tower reflector and a receiver–reactor array. Optics Express 28(13), 19429–19445.
  6. L. Li, B. Wang, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński, 2020. Temperature-based optical design, optimisation and economics of solar polar-field central receiver systems with an optional compound parabolic concentrator. Solar Energy 206, 1018–1032.
  7. B. Wang, L. Li, R. Bader, J. Pottas, V. Wheeler, P. Kreider, and W. Lipiński, 2020. Thermal model of a solar thermochemical reactor for metal oxide reduction. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 142, 051002.
  8. L. Li, B. Wang, J. Pye, R. Bader, W. Wang, and W. Lipiński, 2020. Optical analysis of a multi-aperture solar central receiver system for high-temperature concentrating solar applications. Optics Express 28(25), 37654–37668.
  9. W. Lipiński, E. Abbasi-Shavazi, J. Chen, J. Coventry, M. Hangi, S. Iyer, A. Kumar, L. Li, S. Li, J. Pye, J. F. Torres, B. Wang, Y. Wang, and V. Wheeler, 2020. Progress in heat transfer research for high-temperature solar thermal applications. Applied Thermal Engineering 184(C), 116137.
  10. B. Wang, L. Li, F. Schäfer, J. Pottas, A. Kumar, V. M. Wheeler, and W. Lipiński, 2021. Thermal reduction of iron–manganese oxide particles in a high-temperature packed-bed solar thermochemical reactor. Chemical Engineering Journal 410(C), 128255.
  11. S. Yang, L. Li, B. Wang, S. Li, J. Wang, P. Lund, and W. Lipiński, 2021. Thermodynamic analysis of a conceptual fixed-bed solar thermochemical cavity receiver–reactor array for water splitting via ceria redox cycling. Frontiers in Energy Research 9, 253.

ABSTRACTS AND EXTENDED ABSTRACTS IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:

  1. L. Li, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński. Review of optical studies on central tower concentrators. In Proceedings of the OSA 2015 Light, Energy and the Environment Congress, Suzhou, China, 2–5 November 2015. Extended abstract.
  2. R. Bader, L. Li, P. Kreider, J. Coventry, J. Pye, G. Burgess, K. Lovegrove, A.W. Weimer, and W. Lipiński. High-temperature thermochemical energy storage via manganese oxide-based redox cycles–solar reactor design. In Proceedings of the Energy Future Conference, Sydney, Australia, 4–6 July 2016.
  3. P. Kreider, L. Li, B. Wang, M. Hamidi, J. Zapata, V. Wheeler, J. Pottas, J. Coventry, J. Pye, K. Lovegrove, A.W. Weimer, and W. Lipiński. Grid-scale thermochemical energy storage using mixed metal oxide redox cycles. In Proceedings of the ASME 2017 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Bellevue, WA, 9–13 July 2017.
  4. P. Kreider, R. Bader, M. Hamidi, B.J. Ward, B.D. Ehrhart, A.W. Weimer, W. Lipiński, K. Lovegrove, J. Pye, J. Coventry, L. Li, and Q. Lei. Grid-scale thermochemical energy storage using mixed metal oxide redox cycles. In Proceedings of the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 13–18  November 2016.
  5. L. Li, R. Bader, and W. Lipiński. Beam-redirecting secondary optics for horizontal-axis high-flux solar simulators. In Proceedings of the 2016 Asia–Pacific Solar Research Conference, Canberra, 29 November–1 December 2016.
  6. P. Kreider, R. Bader, M. Hamidi, L. Li, Q. Lei, B.J. Ward, B.D. Ehrhart, J. Coventry, J. Pye, J. Jordan, K. Lovegrove, A.W. Weimer, and W. Lipiński. Grid-scale thermochemical energy storage using mixed metal oxide redox cycles. In Proceedings of the 2016 Asia–Pacific Solar Research Conference, Canberra, 29 November–1 December 2016.
  7. L. Li, B. Wang, J. Pottas, and W. Lipiński. Application of a compound parabolic concentrator to a multi-source high-flux solar simulator. In Proceedings of the OSA 2018 Light, Energy and the Environment Congress, Sentosa Island, Singapore, 5–8 November 2018. Extended abstract.
  8. L. Li, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński. Optical design of a heliostat field for a high-temperature receiver–reactor. In Proceedings of the OSA 2018 Light, Energy and the Environment Congress, Sentosa Island, Singapore, 5–8 November 2018. Extended abstract.
  9. L. Li, B. Wang, J. Pottas, and W. Lipiński. Application of a compound parabolic concentrator to a multi-source high-flux solar simulator. In Proceedings of the 2018 Asia–Pacific Solar Research Conference, Sydney, 4–6 December 2018.
  10. L. Li, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński. Optical design of a heliostat field for a high-temperature receiver–reactor. In Proceedings of the 2018 Asia–Pacific Solar Research Conference, Sydney, 4–6 December 2018.
  11. B. Wang, V.M. Wheeler, L. Li, J. Pottas, and W. Lipiński. Thermal model of a solar thermochemical reactor for metal oxide reduction. In Proceedings of the 2018 Asia–Pacific Solar Research Conference, Sydney, 4–6 December 2018.
  12. L. Li, B. Wang, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński. Optical design, optimization and economics of a solar polar-field tower system with an optional compound parabolic concentrator. In Proceedings of the 2019 Asia–Pacific Solar Research Conference, Canberra, Australia, 4–6 December 2019.
  13. B. Wang, F. Schäfer, L. Li, M. Habib, J. Pottas, A. Kumar, M.B. Venkataraman, and W. Lipiński. A conjugated heat transfer model and validation for a high-temperature solar packed-bed reactor for metal oxide reduction. In Proceedings of CHT-20 International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16–20 August 2020.
  14. L. Li, B. Wang, R. Bader, W. Wang, J. Pye and W. Lipiński. Optical analysis of multi-aperture solar central receiver systems for high-temperature concentrating solar applications. In Proceedings of the OSA Advanced Photonics Congress, virtual, 13–16 July 2020. Extended abstract.
  15. L. Li, S. Yang, B. Wang, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński. Optical analysis of a solar thermochemical system with a rotating tower reflector and a receiver–reactor array. In Proceedings of the AIChE Solar Energy Systems Conference, virtual, 12–14 August 2020.
  16. L. Li, B. Wang, R. Bader, W. Wang, J. Pye and W. Lipiński. Optical analysis of multi-aperture solar central receiver systems for high-temperature concentrating solar applications. In Proceedings of the 2020 SolarPACES International Symposium on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy, virtual, 29 September–2 October 2020.
  17. L. Li, S. Yang, B. Wang, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński. Optical analysis of a solar thermochemical system with a rotating tower reflector and a receiver–reactor array. In Proceedings of the AIChE Annual Meeting, virtual, 15–20 November 2020.
  18. L. Li, B. Wang, J. Pye, and W. Lipiński. Concentrating collector systems for high-temperature solar thermal applications. In Proceedings of the OSA Advanced Photonics Congress, virtual, 26–30 July 2021. Extended abstract.
  19. L. Li, B. Wang, R. Pottas, M. Taheri, M. Habib, and W. Lipiński. Experimental evaluation of a solar carbonation–calcination reactor under simulated high-flux solar irradiation. In Proceedings of the ASME 15th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, virtual, 16–18 June 2021.
  • 2015–present, ANU PhD Scholarship (international) and ANU University Research Scholarship (international), Australia
  • 2012–2014, Education for Sustainable Energy Development (ESED) Scholarship, Canada
  • 2012–2014, Full scholarship for master programme - Energy Technologies (ENTECH), from KIC InnoEnergy, European Institute of Innovation & Technology
  • 2011, First place (top 1%) in the 4th National Student Social Practice and Science Contest on Energy Saving & Emission Reduction, China
  • 2010, National Encouragement Scholarship, China


 

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