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Professor Kai H Luo FInstP, FASME, AFAIAA, MCI

Professor of Energy Systems, Chair of Thermodynamics and Propulsion Techning Panel,External Examiner of MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London

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Professor Kai H Luo is Professor of Energy Systems within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

B.Eng. Huazhong University of Science and Technology
M.Eng. Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Ph.D. Cambridge University
Postdoc. Imperial College, London; Queen Mary, London

Kai was previously Chair in Computational Fluids and Combustion, Engineering Department, Queen Mary, University of London.

Course Director and Admissions Tutor for the MSc in Sustainable Energy technologies at the University of Southampton.

Research interests

  • combustion
  • multiphase flow
  • compressible turblence
  • computational aeroacoustics
  • microscale and nanoscale thermofluids
  • sustainable energy and propulsion systems
  • multi-scale, multi-physics modelling and simulation
Research awards
  • Sugden Award in 2000
  • Gaydon Prize in 2002

Research group

Energy Technology

Affiliate research group

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

Research project(s)

Laser-Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT) nano-printing process: multiscale modelling, experimental validation and optimization

Despite the extensive and expensive experiments carried out by researchers around the world, fundamental understanding of the phenomena involved in LIFT is lacking.  This is attributed to the limited spatial and temporal resolutions in experiments and to the fact that many quantities/properties are not directly measurable especially at nanoscales.  Crucially, the causal relationships among the various parameters are difficult to establish without an exhaustive number of expensive experiments.  Therefore, it is highly desirable to develop theoretical and/or numerical models to capture the essential physics in LIFT so that trends can be predicted more easily and LIFT design more grounded on fundamental physics.  Success here will revolutionise key industries that have photonics, plasmonics and microelectronics as their cornerstone.

Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Automotive Propulsion SESM6018 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Introduction to Energy Technologies SESM6021 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Professor Kai H Luo
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute University of Southampton Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus Southampton SO16 7QF
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