dr. T. Zhu (Tingting)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering   (Thermal Engineering group) at the University of Twente.

From 2019 to 2022, I was a postdoctoral Fellow (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship/H.C. Ørsted COFUND) in the research group of Prof. Brian Elmegaard at Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The research topic was heat pumps and zeotropic refrigerants for district heating systems. In addition, I was responsible for the development of a multifunctional heat pump test system for the DTU TES Laboratory.

In 2017, I finished my PhD on "Thermal behavior of novel solar thermal collectors based on micro heat pipe arrays" at Beijing University of Technology. During this period, I also participated in the high-efficiency phase change heat storage research project and the development of solar air heating combined heat storage system.


Engineering & Materials Science
Flow Rate
Heat Pipes
Heat Transfer
Hot Temperature
Phase Change Materials
Thermal Energy
Physics & Astronomy
Heat Pipes


Research fields
  • Heat pump and mixture refrigerant
  • Solar thermal energy/PVT
  • Micro-heat pipe technology
  • Energy storage technologies
  • Energy system integration and optimization


  • Dr. Zhu is open to collaborations with researchers from Academia,Industry, Research institute, etc. Please feel free to email t.zhu@utwente.nl to discuss any collaboration opportunities! 
  • Dr Zhu welcomes motivated and creative students to join the research, especially those who enjoy working on challenging projects!


Wang, X., Diao, Y., Wang, Z., Zhao, Y., Pan, Y., Zhang, D. , & Zhu, T. (2024). Performance investigation of a novel flat-plate solar air collector with L-shaped dual micro heat pipe arrays. Applied thermal engineering, 243, Article 122566. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2024.122566
Pan, Y., Diao, Y., Liu, Y., Chen, C., Zhao, Y., Wang, X., Zhang, D. , & Zhu, T. (2024). An experimental investigation on the heat transfer characteristics of cascaded thermal storage units based on multichannel flat tubes. Journal of Energy Storage, 78, Article 110012. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.est.2023.110012
Labuschagne, A. , Zhu, T., van der Bijl, H. , & Rohlfs, W. (2023). Method feasibility of micro-ct investigation into frost formation. In Proceedings of the 17th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC-17
Zhu, T., Liang, J., Thorsen, J. E., Gudmundsson, O. , Rohlfs, W., & Elmegaard, B. (2023). A heat pump system for simultaneous comfort floor cooling and domestic hot water. In 14th IEA Heat Pump Conference 2023
Chen, C., Diao, Y., Zhao, Y., Wang, Z., Han, Y., Wang, Z., Liu, Y., Fang, D. , & Zhu, T. (2023). Thermal performance of cold thermal energy storage system with fin and fin–foam structures. Applied thermal engineering, 228, 1-11. Article 120459. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2023.120459

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