Zhiwei Sun

Dr Zhiwei Sun

Senior Lecturer

School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr. Zhiwei Sun works on advanced experiments in combustion and multiphase flows like particleg-laden flows, fluidised beds and bubbles. Novel and unique home-developed optical/laser-based techniques are used to visualise the key parameters in lamianr or turbulent flows with high spatial and temporal resolution. He focuses on the development of unique new experimental methods.

  • Advanced laser/optical diagnostics
  • Experiments in thermo-fluids, laminar and turbulent 
  • Renewable thermal energy, hydrogen, combustion and multi-phase flows (particles, bubbles,...)
  • High temperature processing and industry decarbonisation
  • Measurement Achievement Encouragement Award (formerly the NMI prize), National Measurement Institute (2023)
  • Centre’s Best contribution to Research Quality in Optical Diagnostics, Centre for Energy Technology (CET), The University of Adelaide (2020)
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship, Department of Education (2018) 
  • David Warren Travelling Fellowship, ANZ section, the Combustion Institute (2014)
Grant and Funding:
  • SiPHyR: A new technology for affordable net-zero hydrogen production, CRC-P 15, $2,500,000 (UoA: Nathan and Sun, 2024 - 2027)
  • The Global Hydrogen Production Technologies (HyPT) Centre, NSF and CSIRO; UoA~$2,225,000 (UoA: Metha, Nathan and Sun, 2024 - 2028)
  • Global partnership engagement seed funding to Sweden for green ironmaking, The University of Adelaide, $6,800 (Sun, 2023)
  • A high-speed camera, The University of Adelaide, $93,000 (Sun and Medwell, 2023)
  • Develop a heat-exchanger via optical diagnostics and CFD modellings, $450,000 (Sun, Nathan and Chin, 2022 - 2023)
  • Digi+ FAME Strategy: Step-change numerical models using big data from laser diagnostics, $100,000 (co-CI Sun, 2022)
  • Innovation Connections Grant, Stage-II, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources,  $160,000 (Nathan and Sun, 2021)
  • Innovation Connections Grant, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, $100,000 (Nathan, Sun, Jafarian and Alwahabi, 2020)
  • Particle Technologies, Australian Solar Thermal Institute (ASTRI), $363,000 (Nathan, Arjomandi, Saw, Sun, Sedaghatizadeh, Manickam, 2020)

Combustion technology & High-temperature processing

  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83132310
  • Email: zhiwei.sun@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor Third Floor
  • Room: S324
  • Org Unit: Mechanical Engineering

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