Dr. Liben Jiang

Senior Lecturer and Admission Tutor for Mechanical, Mechatronics and Aerospace Engineering programmes

School of Engineering

C&T Building, CM022

+44 (0) 1772 89 5789


Subject Areas: Engineering, Energy and Sustainability

Dr Liben Jiang is a Senior Lecturer who has had intensive research experiences for more than 15 years in the building/energy-related subjects. His research interests lie in the fields of thermoelectric cooling/power generation, solar thermal/PV applications, HVAC systems and sustainability.

Dr Jiang is open to PhD applicants who have interests in his research fields.

Dr Liben on LinkedIn and ResearchGate

Having finished his first and master degrees at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, with experiences of working with Chinese industry and research councils, Dr Liben Jiang joined the University of Nottingham, UK for a PhD study with a project titled “A solar-powered heating/cooling/power tri-generation system for buildings”. After successful completion of his PhD study, he spent another 2 ½ years there as a postdoctoral research fellow working on an EPSRC funded project in the field of the thermoelectric heat pumping system, exploring the effective heat recovery by using rotating heat pipes and thermoelectric devices.

Since he joined the University of Central Lancashire in July 2008 after finishing his postdoctoral research work, Dr Jiang has been focusing on both teaching and research activities in HVAC systems and applications of sustainable energy technologies in buildings. He not only delivers several modules both on campus and overseas but also supervises students at all levels including PhD supervision. Dr Jiang actively helps school develop international cooperations, such as overseas course development and collaborative research work, with Chinese and Malaysian universities.  He also contributes his knowledge to a couple of the knowledge transfer projects within the University. 

  • PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, UK, 2012
  • PhD Built Environment, University of Nottingham, UK, 2006
  • MEng Thermal Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, 2000
  • BEng (Hons) Chemical Machinery and Equipment Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, 1997


Ong, Kok S; Jiang, Liben; Lai, Koon C. (2018) Thermoelectric Energy Conversion, In: Ibrahim Dincer (eds.) Comprehensive Energy System, vol. 4, pp. 794-815. Oxford: Elsevier, ISBN 9780128095973

Harrison, Shaun and Jiang, Liben. (2017).An Investigation into the Energy Performance Gap between the Predicted and Measured Output of Photovoltaic Systems Using Dynamic Simulation Modelling Software – A Case Study. International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies (Special Issue), https://doi.org/10.1093/ijlct/ctx016

Liben Jiang. (2016). Isothermal dehumidification with a simply thermoelectric device: concept and feasibility. International Journal of Ambient Energy. 37(5): 481-485

Rusdy Hartungi, Liben Jiang (2012). "Energy efficiency and conservation in an office building: a case study".  International Journal of Energy Sector Management,  6(2):175 – 188

Mark Gillott, Liben Jiang, Saffa Riffat. (2010). An Investigation of Thermoelectric Cooling Devices for Small Scale Space Conditioning Applications in Buildings. International Journal of Energy Research, 34(9) :776–786

Liben Jiang, Mark Gillott, Saffa Riffat. (2009). Experimental Study of a Thermoelectric Heat Pump System Utilising Bent Heat Pipes for Heat Transfer. International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, 2009, 4:  197-204

More publications

Full list of publications (PDF, 134KB)


  • Development of a Flue Gas Heat Recovery System for Retrofitting to Domestic Gas-Fired Boilers to improve SAP Energy Rating of Dwellings
  • Energy consumption in 3D printing (small products)
  • Investigation of heat pipe for effective thermoelectric heat pumping
  • Solar-powered heating/cooling/power tri-generation system for buildings
  • A solar-powered ejector cooling system for Caribbean climate
  • Exergy analysis of food freeze-drying process
  • Energy survey and retrofit with integration processing technology
  • Study of an absorption-ejector hybrid refrigeration system

Research Activities

  • Jan. 2005 -- June 2008: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Nottingham, UK
  • Oct. 2012: Academic visitor, Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia
  • Dec 2001 – June 2002: Academic visitor, The University of Nottingham, UK


Dr Liben Jiang is teaching the following subjects:

  • Heat transfer
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Services Design
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Thermodynamics


  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of World Society of Sustainable Energy Technology (WSSET)
Research Groups
  • Built environment and sustainability
  • Energy

External Activities

  • External evaluator for Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus, 2017 & 2018
  • External evaluator for PhD Thesis from Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, India, Jun. 2018
  • External examiner for PhD viva at the University of Nottingham and Coventry University since Oct. 2015 (x 10 times)
  • External supervisor for one PhD student from Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia, 2012-2014

Active reviewer for the following journals:

  • Advances in Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Sciences
  • Applied Thermal Engineering
  • Energy and Buildings
  • Energy for Sustainable Development
  • Energy Policy
  • International Journal of Energy Research
  • International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies
  • Journal of Electronic Materials
  • Material
  • Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews


  • Session Chair in the 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET2015), August 2015, Nottingham, UK
  • Member of International Scientific Committee in SET international conferences since 2015.

Presentations were delivered  in the following conferences:

  • International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies in 2017 (Bologna, Italy), 2015 (Nottingham, UK), 2010 (Shanghai, China), 2006 (Vicenza, Italy) and 2004 (Nottingham, UK), 
  • International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2010 (SEB10) in Briton, UK;
  • International seminar & workshop on Sustainable building design (SBD08) in Liverpool, UK.