Xi is Lecturer in chemical engineering/Bioenergy and an expert in multiphase modelling, particular in CFD modelling and population balance modelling with more than ten years experiences. His current focus is on utilising CFD numerical techniques to simulate, predict and optimise various reactors (e.g. fluidised bed, high shear granulator, downer, circulating fluidised bed and rotation drum) under different scales (e.g. lab, pilot and industrial), the application area covers chemicals, food, oil, pharmaceuticals and energy. He has published 24 journal and conference papers. He was award as Leverhulme Trust Fellowship at 2012. He is actively involved in building collaboration with industrial partner (e.g. AstraZeneca, GSK, TOTAL and E.ON).
Supervision of MEng students
(a) 2013/2014: MEng student: Syed Safwan Latafat (1st class award), Aston University
Project: Measurement of the Minimum Fluidisation Velocity in a Wet Bed
(b) 2014/2015: MEng student: Muhibb Akhtar (2.1 award), Aston University
Project: A correlation equation for the minimal fluidisation velocity in a Wet Bed