Qian Chen, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​My research interests include: low-temperature thermal desalination driven by waste heat/solar energy; zero-liquid desalination processes; sustainable cooling technologies.

Selected Publications

  • Chen Q., Burhan M., Akhtar F. H., Ybyraiymkul D., Shahzad M. W., Li Y., & Ng K. C. (2021). A decentralized water/electricity cogeneration system integrating concentrated photovoltaic/thermal collectors and vacuum multi-effect membrane distillation. Energy, 230, 120852.
  • Chen Qian, Muhammad Burhan, Muhammad Wakil Shahzad, Doskhan Ybyraiymkul, Faheem Hassan Akhtar, Yong Li, and Kim Choon Ng. "A zero liquid discharge system integrating multi-effect distillation and evaporative crystallization for desalination brine treatment." Desalination 502 (2021): 114928.
  • Chen Qian, Muhammad Burhan, and Seung Jin Oh. "A Brief Review of Solar Indoor Lighting System Integrated with Optofluidic Technologies." Energy Technology 9, no. 5 (2021): 2001099.
  • Chen Qian, Muhammad Burhan, Muhammad Wakil Shahzad, Doskhan Ybyraiymkul, Faheem Hassan Akhtar, Yong Li, and Kim Choon Ng. "A zero liquid discharge system integrating multi-effect distillation and evaporative crystallization for desalination brine treatment." Desalination 502 (2021): 114928.
  • Chen Qian, Muhammad Burhan, Muhammad Wakil Shahzad, Doskhan Ybyraiymkul, Faheem Hassan Akhtar, and Kim Choon Ng. "Simultaneous production of cooling and freshwater by an integrated indirect evaporative cooling and humidification-dehumidification desalination cycle." Energy Conversion and Management 221 (2020): 113169.
  • Chen Qian, Raid Alrowais, Muhammad Burhan, Doskhan Ybyraiymkul, Muhammad Wakil Shahzad, Yong Li, and Kim Choon Ng. "A self-sustainable solar desalination system using direct spray technology." Energy 205 (2020): 118037.
  • Burhan Muhammad, Qian Chen, Muhammad Wakil Shahzad, Doskhan Ybyraiymkul, Faheem Hassan Akhtar, and Kim Choon Ng. "Innovative concentrated photovoltaic thermal (CPV/T) system with combined hydrogen and MgO based storage." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 46, no. 31 (2021): 16534-16545.
  • Alrowais Raid, Chen Qian, Muhammad Burhan, Doskhan Ybyraiymkul, Muhammad Wakil Shahzad, and Kim Choon Ng. "A greener seawater desalination method by direct-contact spray evaporation and condensation (DCSEC): Experiments." Applied Thermal Engineering 179 (2020): 115629.
  • Ng Kim Choon, Muhammad Burhan, Qian Chen, Doskhan Ybyraiymkul, Faheem Hassan Akhtar, M. Kumja, Robert W. Field, and Muhammad Wakil Shahzad. "A thermodynamic platform for evaluating the energy efficiency of combined power generation and desalination plants." npj Clean Water 4, no. 1 (2021): 1-10.
  • Shahzad Muhammad Wakil, Jie Lin, Ben Bin Xu, Laurent Dala, Qian Chen, Muhammad Burhan, Muhammad Sultan, William Worek, and Kim Choon Ng. "A spatiotemporal indirect evaporative cooler enabled by transiently interceding water mist." Energy 217 (2021): 119352.

Education

  • ​Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2018
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 2014

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • ​2019- 2021: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018- 2019: Postdoctoral fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)​

Research Interests Keywords

Thermal desalination, Zero-liquid discharge Sustainable cooling