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Ma, Zhenjun

Associate Professor

  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Primary Group - Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Overview


Dr Zhenjun Ma obtained his BEng and MSc degrees in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning from Xi’an Jiaotong University and received his PhD degree in Building Energy Efficiency and Automation from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He worked in Shanghai HITACHI Electrical Appliance Co. as a design engineer from 2004-2005. Before joining University of Wollongong in 2011, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Building Services Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Over past years Zhenjun has been working extensively on energy efficiency and de-carbonization of commercial buildings.

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2012 Existing building retrofits: Methodology and state-of-the-art
    Published in   Energy and Buildings
    2016 A sensor fault detection strategy for air handling units using cluster analysis
    Published in   Automation in Construction
    2018 A model-based design optimization strategy for ground source heat pump systems with integrated photovoltaic thermal collectors
    Published in   Applied Energy

Research Overview


    • Modelling and optimal control of building HVAC systems.
    • Phase Change Materials (PCMs) in building applications.
    • Solar photovoltaic thermal systems and ground source heat pumps.
    • Building data analytics and mining.
    • Desiccant cooling.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • In July 2018 ASBEC and ClimateWorks Australia released their report: <em><a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code</a></em>. The report presents the findings of the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project, an industry-led effort to support long-term improvements to the energy requirements of the National Construction Code.<br /> <br />Built to Perform was produced with the support of the <a href="http://lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/research/program-3-engaged-communities/sp0016-building-code-energy-performance-trajectory-project-2" title="Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living</em></a>, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project was delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action, Strategy Policy Research and the <em><a href="https://sbrc.uow.edu.au/index.html" title="Sustainable Buildings Research Centre" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sustainable Buildings Research Centre</a></em> at the University of Wollongong, with oversight by ASBEC’s Building Code Task Group.<br /><br />The report recommends that the States, Territories and the Commonwealth:<br /><ol><li>Commit to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code, as part of a transition to net zero carbon new buildings by 2030. This would mean setting energy efficiency targets, and introducing net energy targets.</li><li>Deliver a step change in the energy requirements in the 2022 Code, with a strong focus on residential, and a further incremental increase in non-residential requirements.</li><li>Expand the scope of the Code and progress complementary measures, to prepare for future sustainability challenges and opportunities, including health, peak demand, maintainability, electric vehicles and embodied carbon.</li></ol><br />The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was a key contributor to the project by completing an extensive number of building energy simulations for the project for numerous design changes to three defined archetype buildings (an apartment, an attached townhouse, and a detached standalone house) across four Australian climate zones. Please find a link to the <em>Built to Perform</em> report <a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. The full Final Technical Report containing the evidence supporting the <em>Built to Perform,</em> is currently being compiled by the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project partners, and includes the University of Wollongong building energy simulation results, and will be released in August 2018.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Building data analytics and deep learning
  • Desiccant cooling technology
    Commercial building energy efficiency
    Thermal energy storage using phase change materials
    Off-grid renewable heating and cooling

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Membrane-based desiccant cooling and dehumidification
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Development and optimisation of an enthalpy recovery ventilation system Al-Bdoor, Ahmed Khafeef Obaid
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Evaluation of university buildings energy performance using data mining techniques Li, Kehua
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) A Solar Assisted Internally Heated Regenerator for Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification Systems Ren, Haoshan
    Doctor of Philosophy Thermal and Ventilation Performance of Existing and New-Build Mid-Rise Apartment Buildings Beltrame, Steven
    Doctor of Philosophy Delivering innovation in engineering as part of the Solar Decathlon. Baghi, Yeganeh
    Doctor of Philosophy Smart Energy System Modelling for Commercial and Residential Buildings Awan, Muhammad Bilal

Outreach Overview


  • Associate Editor
    Advisory/Editorial Board Member:
    • Sci - Open Access Journal (Since 2018);
    • Eastern-European Journal of Enterprise Technologies (Since 2018)
    • Computer Simulation in Application (Since 2018)
    • Buildings (since 2017)
    • Frontiers in Built Environment (since 2015)
    • Recent Patents on Engineering (since 2015)
    • Sustainable Development Editorial Advisory Boards of Cambridge Scholars Publishing (since 2017).
    Visiting appointments:
    • Visiting Researcher, NTNU, Norway (06/2016-09/2016).
    • Visiting Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy System, Germany (10/2016-11/2016).

Reviewer Of


Teaching Overview


  • - ENGG447/ENGG947: Advanced Building Design for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
    - ENGG941: Sustainability for Engineers, Scientists and Professionals
    - MECH442/MECH918: Sustainable Energy in Buildings

Keywords


  • Building control optimisation; Building energy efficiency; Thermal energy storage using phase change materials; Building big data mining; Desiccant cooling.

Full Name


  • Zhenjun Ma

Mailing Address


  • SBRC, B237

    Innovation Campus, Squires Way

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2012 Existing building retrofits: Methodology and state-of-the-art
    Published in   Energy and Buildings
    2016 A sensor fault detection strategy for air handling units using cluster analysis
    Published in   Automation in Construction
    2018 A model-based design optimization strategy for ground source heat pump systems with integrated photovoltaic thermal collectors
    Published in   Applied Energy

Research Overview


    • Modelling and optimal control of building HVAC systems.
    • Phase Change Materials (PCMs) in building applications.
    • Solar photovoltaic thermal systems and ground source heat pumps.
    • Building data analytics and mining.
    • Desiccant cooling.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • In July 2018 ASBEC and ClimateWorks Australia released their report: <em><a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code</a></em>. The report presents the findings of the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project, an industry-led effort to support long-term improvements to the energy requirements of the National Construction Code.<br /> <br />Built to Perform was produced with the support of the <a href="http://lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/research/program-3-engaged-communities/sp0016-building-code-energy-performance-trajectory-project-2" title="Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living</em></a>, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project was delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action, Strategy Policy Research and the <em><a href="https://sbrc.uow.edu.au/index.html" title="Sustainable Buildings Research Centre" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sustainable Buildings Research Centre</a></em> at the University of Wollongong, with oversight by ASBEC’s Building Code Task Group.<br /><br />The report recommends that the States, Territories and the Commonwealth:<br /><ol><li>Commit to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code, as part of a transition to net zero carbon new buildings by 2030. This would mean setting energy efficiency targets, and introducing net energy targets.</li><li>Deliver a step change in the energy requirements in the 2022 Code, with a strong focus on residential, and a further incremental increase in non-residential requirements.</li><li>Expand the scope of the Code and progress complementary measures, to prepare for future sustainability challenges and opportunities, including health, peak demand, maintainability, electric vehicles and embodied carbon.</li></ol><br />The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was a key contributor to the project by completing an extensive number of building energy simulations for the project for numerous design changes to three defined archetype buildings (an apartment, an attached townhouse, and a detached standalone house) across four Australian climate zones. Please find a link to the <em>Built to Perform</em> report <a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. The full Final Technical Report containing the evidence supporting the <em>Built to Perform,</em> is currently being compiled by the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project partners, and includes the University of Wollongong building energy simulation results, and will be released in August 2018.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Building data analytics and deep learning
  • Desiccant cooling technology
    Commercial building energy efficiency
    Thermal energy storage using phase change materials
    Off-grid renewable heating and cooling

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Membrane-based desiccant cooling and dehumidification
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Development and optimisation of an enthalpy recovery ventilation system Al-Bdoor, Ahmed Khafeef Obaid
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Evaluation of university buildings energy performance using data mining techniques Li, Kehua
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) A Solar Assisted Internally Heated Regenerator for Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification Systems Ren, Haoshan
    Doctor of Philosophy Thermal and Ventilation Performance of Existing and New-Build Mid-Rise Apartment Buildings Beltrame, Steven
    Doctor of Philosophy Delivering innovation in engineering as part of the Solar Decathlon. Baghi, Yeganeh
    Doctor of Philosophy Smart Energy System Modelling for Commercial and Residential Buildings Awan, Muhammad Bilal

Outreach Overview


  • Associate Editor
    Advisory/Editorial Board Member:
    • Sci - Open Access Journal (Since 2018);
    • Eastern-European Journal of Enterprise Technologies (Since 2018)
    • Computer Simulation in Application (Since 2018)
    • Buildings (since 2017)
    • Frontiers in Built Environment (since 2015)
    • Recent Patents on Engineering (since 2015)
    • Sustainable Development Editorial Advisory Boards of Cambridge Scholars Publishing (since 2017).
    Visiting appointments:
    • Visiting Researcher, NTNU, Norway (06/2016-09/2016).
    • Visiting Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy System, Germany (10/2016-11/2016).

Reviewer Of


Teaching Overview


  • - ENGG447/ENGG947: Advanced Building Design for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
    - ENGG941: Sustainability for Engineers, Scientists and Professionals
    - MECH442/MECH918: Sustainable Energy in Buildings

Keywords


  • Building control optimisation; Building energy efficiency; Thermal energy storage using phase change materials; Building big data mining; Desiccant cooling.

Full Name


  • Zhenjun Ma

Mailing Address


  • SBRC, B237

    Innovation Campus, Squires Way

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia