Dr. TieJun (TJ) Zhang
Prof. TieJun (TJ) Zhang Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information
tiejun.zhang@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 4341


Prof. TieJun (TJ) Zhang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi and a Member of the Mohammed bin Rashed Academy of Scientists of UAE. He is also the acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering at Khalifa University and the Theme Leader of Abu Dhabi Virtual Research Institute for Sustainability (Energy). He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in USA. As one of World’s Top 2% of Scientists, he has over 140 peer-reviewed publications. As an innovator, he has multiple international patents and a spin-off company. As an educator, he has mentored over 50 PhD & MSc students and research staffs as well as many intern students.

Prof. Zhang is the recipient of the UAE National Research Foundation University-Industry Research Collaboration Award, the Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence, and the US National Academy of Sciences Arab-American Frontiers Fellowship Award. He has been the Principal Investigator of many research projects (over US$10 millions) on energy, water and micro/nanotechnologies, and also served as the Principal Scientist leading the Alibaba Cloud-Khalifa University Joint Innovation Laboratory. Prof. Zhang is an Associate Editor of Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was the co-chair (Arab-side) of the Fourth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium between USA and 22 Arab countries (organized by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine). He has been an invited reviewer for many international research proposals, doctoral dissertations and over 50 scientific journals.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), 2011
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, 2008
  • MSc, Thermal Energy Engineering, Southeast University (China), 2004
  • BEng, Thermal Power Engineering, Southeast University (China), 2001

  • Advanced Heat Transfer (MEEN-613)
  • Advanced Pro. Dynmc. & Cont. (MEEN-761)
  • Computer-Controlled Systems (MEEN-356)
  • Interfacial Transport and Phas (MEEN-744)
  • Introduction to Computing (ENGR113)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Masdar Institute

Research Interests
  • Phase-Change Heat Transfer, Thermal Radiation and Microfluidics
  • Micro-3D Printing, Nano-Fabrication and Smart Manufacturing
  • Solar Power Generation, Radiative Cooling and Solar Desalination
  • Intelligent Process Control, Machine Learning and Automation

Research Projects

“Bioinspired Passive Solar Desalination empowered by Micro-3D Printing” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, Principal Investigator, with Co-I: Profs. Faisal AlMarzooqi, Alejandro Galvan, 1/2020-6/2023)

  • “Alibaba Cloud-Khalifa University Joint Innovation Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence for Clean Energy” (Sponsor: Alibaba Cloud, Principal Scientist, 9/2018-12/2020). Main research themes: AI-enabled subsurface energy extraction and gas processing, machine learning-assisted energy materials development and smart manufacturing, and AI/cloud computing-empowered smart renewable energy production.

  • “Environmentally Friendly Refrigeration Cooling” (Khalifa University Competitive Internal Research Award, Principal Investigator, with Co-I: Profs. Lourdes Vega, Maryam Khaleel, Nahla AlAmoodi, 7/2018-6/2021)

  • “Impact of Pore-scale Wettability Changes on Relative Permeability Characterization in Carbonate Reservoirs” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company R&D Department – Reservoir Characterization and Modeling Program, Principal Investigator, with Co-I: Profs. Mohamed Sassi and Mustapha Jouiad at Masdar Institute, Kean Wang at Petroleum Institute, 12/2015-12/2019)

  • “Energy Efficiency via Nanostructured Condensers for Natural Gas Processing” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company R&D Department – Energy Efficiency and Environment Program, Principal Investigator, with Profs. Evelyn Wang at MIT and Kean Wang at Petroleum Institute, 10/2015-12/2018)

  • “High-Performance Compact Solar Thermal Power and Cooling Systems” (Masdar Institute-MIT Flagship Research Project, Principal Investigator, with Profs. Evelyn Wang, Gang Chen, Nicholas Fang at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Profs. Amal Al Ghaferi, Weidong Xiao, Peter Armstrong at Masdar Institute, 7/2013-6/2016)

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Aikifa Raza Research Scientist
Hongxia Li Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Afra Saeed Alketbi PhD Student
Qiangshun Guan PhD Student
Lin Yuan PhD Student
Muhammad Sajjad PhD Student
Ameer Hamza PhD Student
Abubaker Omer PhD Student
Abdulrahman Outhman Khrbtli Master Student
Mohamed Abbas Abdelsalam Master Student
Natnael Ftsum Haile Master Student
Hamza Fiaz Master Student