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Li Zhu

Li Zhu



APEC Sustainable Energy Center (APSEC)




School of Architecture




215 Room, Yifu Building



Dr. Zhu received her Ph.D. in Chemical Process Equipment from Tianjin University. She is currently a Professor and Ph.D. Supervisor in the School of Architecture at Tianjin University.

She is the President of APEC Sustainable Energy Center (APSEC). She is mainly engaged in research on low-carbon energy transition and its application in buildings and cities. She has led 42 research projects, including three national projects, such as the National Key Research and Development Programme projects and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. She and her group at Tianjin University have published more than 200 refereed journal and conference papers. Dr. Zhu also has been awarded 29 Chinese innovative patents.



Ph D (Chemical Process Equipment), Tianjin University, 2001/09 - 2005/04

MS (Chemical Engineering), Tianjin University, 1999/09 - 2001/04

BS (Chemical Engineering), Central South University, 1995/09 - 1999/07


Research Interests

(1) Study on low carbon building design and technology integration. Among the relevant research topics carried out by the team, we focus on interdisciplinary research in building facades and energy technology, including the application of solar technologies such as BIPV. Exploratory work in this area can better support the development of carbon reduction in buildings. 

(2) Research on energy planning and key technologies for low-carbon towns. Among the relevant research topics carried out by the team, we focus on interdisciplinary research in urban planning and regeneration design and energy technologies, including the development and application of renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaic power generation at the urban scale. Exploratory work in this area can better support China's future cities' low-carbon development and energy transition.


Selected Publications (2020-2022)

(1) Yifan Jing, Li Zhu, Baoquan Yin, Fangfang Li. Evaluating the PV system expansion potential of existing integrated energy parks: A case study in North China[J]. Applied Energy, 2023,330:120310.

(2) Li Zhu, Jiqiang Zhang*, Yuzhe Gao,Wei Tian, Zhexing Yan, Xueshun Ye, Yong Sun*, Cuigu Wu. Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of cooling and heating loads for building energy planning [J]. Journal of Building Engineering, 2022, 45:103440.

(3) Li Zhu, Jiqiang Zhang, Di Wang,Yong Sun*, Cuigu Wu. Optimal Design and Photoelectric Performance Study of Micro-lens Light Trapping Structure for CIGS Thin Film Solar Cell in BIPV [J]. Renewable Energy, 2021, 177:1356-1371.

(4) Li Zhu, Zhonghua Zhao, Yiping Wang, Qunwu Huang, Yong Sun, Dapeng Bi. Weighting of toilet assessment scheme in China implementing analytic hierarchy process[J]. Journal of Environmental Management, 2021, 283: 111992.

(5) Li Zhu, Binghua Wang, Yong Sun. Multi-objective optimization for energy consumption, daylighting and thermal comfort performance of rural tourism buildings in north China [J]. Building and Environment, 2020, 176:106841

(6) Qingxiang Li, Li Zhu, Yong Sun, Lin Lu, Yang Yang. Performance prediction of Building Integrated Photovoltaics under no-shading, shading and masking conditions using a multi-physics model[J]. Energy,2020, 213:118795.

(7) Li Zhu, Jiqiang Zhang, Qingxiang Li, Zebiao Shao, Mengdong Chen, Yang Yang, Yong Sun. Comprehensive analysis of heat transfer of double-skin facades integrated high concentration photovoltaic (CPV-DSF) [J]. Renewable Energy, 2020, 161: 635-649.


Selected Awards and Honors

(1) Tianjin March-Eighth Red-Banner Pacesetter, 2017

(2) Peiyang Young Scholar, 2016

(3) New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education of China, 2012

(4) Jury Committee Member of APEC ESCI Awards 2017, 2019 and 2021

Teaching Experience

(1) Architectural Drafting A & B (Master students)

(2) Solar Buildings (Master students)

(3) Digital analysis and calculation (Undergraduate students)