I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Built Environment at Kingston University, School of Engineering and the Environment. Prior to this, I was a Lecturer in Green Technology & Sustainability at the UWL - School of Computing and Engineering from June 2022. I conducted a couple of years' postdoctoral research at the University of Reading (2018-2021) and Heriot-Watt University (2017) in the UK, with a focus on building performance simulation, urban tree cooling effects, and solar thermal. Apart from academic roles in the UK, I also had a couple of years overseas research experience in building technology and solar thermal application in buildings (Guest Researcher at Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, 2015-2016; Research Assistant Professor in Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 2014-2016; Postdoc at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2011-2013). In research, I am the author of 30+ international peer-reviewed journal paper publications in the related areas. My research interests cover a wide range of topics within sustainable technologies in the built environment.

For professional membership, I'm a registered Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (FCIBSE). In teaching, I've achieved PGCert in teaching and learning in Higher Education and Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). My teaching experience encompasses sustainable building and construction technology, building physics, environmental science in buildings, building services, renewable energy systems, engineering mathematics. At Kingston, I am currently dedicated to teaching the suite of courses including Construction Engineering Management BSc (Hons), Building Surveying BSc & MSC (Hons), Quantity Surveying BSc & MSc (Hons).

My professional passion is to pursue sustainable technology innovation in the built environment that helps to benefit real world in the UK higher education context, with a view to cultivating next generation of intelligent construction engineers and project managers in sustainable technologies in the built environment.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Built Environment


  • PhD in Heating, Ventilating & Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Engineering
  • BEng with Honours in Building Services Engineering
  • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • CEng
  • FHEA

Teaching and learning

The suite of courses I am committed to teaching includes Construction Engineering Management BSc (Hons), Building Surveying BSc & MSc (Hons), Quantity Surveying BSc & MSc (Hons).

I am currently the module leader in the below modules at UG/PG levels:

  CE5104 Commercial Construction Technology (Level 5)

  CE6113 Building and Environment Engineering (Level 6)

  CE7206 Sustainable Construction Technology and Practice (Level 7)

Other modules that I am contributing to embrace:

  CE4021B Navigate for the Professional Engineer  (Level 4)

  CE6014 Individual Project (Level 6) 

  CE6114 Individual Project (Level 6) 

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My research interests fall into the scope of sustainable technologies in the built environment, encompassing building and construction technology, building physics, building performance modelling and simulation, low-carbon and sustainable building design based on integrated approaches, building thermal energy systems, solar thermal applications in buildings (e.g. solar thermal collectors, small and large-scale solar thermal storages, PCM heat storage, building solar thermal integrated energy systems), regional solar PV power potential, Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP), Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP), thermofluids and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), compact heat exchangers, urban tree cooling effects and urban thermal environment.

In research, I am the author of more than 30 international peer-reviewed journal paper publications. Please find my Google Scholar research profile via: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=x8LjN0MAAAAJ&hl=en

Areas of specialism

  • Building physics
  • Building energy conservation
  • Solar thermal/PV (renewables)
  • Urban thermal environment
  • Environmental sustainability

Scholarly affiliations

  • The 10th & 11th editorial advisory board member of the Chinese core journal 'Tai Yang Neng Xue Bao/Acta Energiae Solaris Sinica'
  • Topical Advisory Panel Member, MDPI open access journal Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) (2021– present)
  • Guest Editor, MDPI open access journal Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309), www.mdpi.com/journal/buildings/special_issues/4434L2M58P


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Zhang, Hongjie, Yao, Runming, Deng, Jie and Wang, Wenbo (2024) A mathematical model for rapid estimation of solar radiation in urban canyons with trees and its applications. Solar Energy, 267, p. 112219. ISSN (print) 0038-092X

Chen, Xie, Zhou, Chaohui, Tian, Zhiyong, Mao, Hongzhi, Luo, Yongqiang, Sun, Deyu, Fan, Jianhua, Jiang, Liguang, Deng, Jie and Rosen, Marc A. (2023) Different photovoltaic power potential variations in East and West China. Applied Energy, 351, p. 121846. ISSN (print) 0306-2619

Ma, Zongyao, Hu, Lei, Mao, Hongzhi, Shao, Qingyang, Tian, Zhiyong, Luo, Yongqiang, Deng, Jie, Sun, Deyu and Fan, Jianhua (2023) Shading effect and energy-saving potential of rooftop photovoltaic on the top-floor room. Solar Energy, 265, p. 112099. ISSN (print) 0038-092X

Cheng, Nan, Zhou, Chaohui, Luo, Yongqiang, Shen, Junhao, Tian, Zhiyong, Sun, Deyu, Fan, Jianhua, Zhang, Ling, Deng, Jie and Rosen, Marc A. (2023) Thermal behavior and performance of shallow-deep-mixed borehole heat exchanger array for sustainable building cooling and heating. Energy and Buildings, 291, p. 113108. ISSN (print) 0378-7788

Mao, Hongzhi, Chen, Xie, Luo, Yongqiang, Deng, Jie, Tian, Zhiyong, Yu, Jinghua, Xiao, Yimin and Fan, Jianhua (2023) Advances and prospects on estimating solar photovoltaic installation capacity and potential based on satellite and aerial images. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 179, p. 113276. ISSN (print) 1364-0321

Chen, Xie, Zhang, Shicong, Tian, Zhiyong, Luo, Yongqiang, Deng, Jie and Fan, Jianhua (2023) Differences in urban heat island and its driving factors between central and new urban areas of Wuhan, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 30(20), pp. 58362-58377. ISSN (print) 0944-1344

Xu, Guozhi, Hu, Lei, Luo, Yongqiang, Tian, Zhiyong, Deng, Jie, Yuan, Guofeng and Fan, Jianhua (2022) Numerical modeling and parametric analysis of thermal performance for the large-scale seasonal thermal energy storage. Energy and Buildings, 275, p. 112459. ISSN (print) 0378-7788

Luo, Yongqiang, Cui, De'en, Cheng, Nan, Zhang, Shicong, Su, Xiaosong, Chen, Xi, Tian, Zhiyong, Deng, Jie and Fan, Jianhua (2022) A novel active building envelope with reversed heat flow control through coupled solar photovoltaic-thermoelectric-battery systems. Building and Environment, 222, p. 109401. ISSN (print) 0360-1323

Deng, Jie, Pickles, Brian J. and Shao, Li (2021) In-situ spectroscopy and shortwave radiometry reveals spatial and temporal variation in the crown-level radiative performance of urban trees. Remote Sensing of Environment, 253, p. 112231. ISSN (print) 0034-4257

Tian, Zhiyong, Deng, Jie, Zhang, Shicong, Yao, Runming and Shao, Li (2020) A quick measurement method for determining the incidence angle modifier of flat plate solar collectors using spectroradiometer. Solar Energy, 201, pp. 746-750. ISSN (print) 0038-092X

Deng, Jie, Pickles, Brian J., Smith, Stefan T. and Shao, Li (2020) Infrared radiative performance of urban trees : spatial distribution and interspecific comparison among ten species in the UK by in-situ spectroscopy. Building and Environment, 172, p. 106682. ISSN (print) 0360-1323

Tian, Zhiyong, Zhang, Shicong, Deng, Jie and Dorota Hrynyszyn, Bozena (2020) Evaluation on overheating risk of a typical Norwegian residential building under future extreme weather conditions. Energies, 13(3), p. 658. ISSN (online) 1996-1073

Deng, Jie, O'Donovan, Tadhg S., Tian, Zhiyong, King, Josh and Speake, Stuart (2019) Thermal performance predictions and tests of a novel type of flat plate solar thermal collectors by integrating with a freeze tolerance solution. Energy Conversion and Management, 198, p. 111784. ISSN (print) 0196-8904

Deng, Jie, Pickles, Brian J., Kavakopoulos, Anestis, Blanusa, Tijana, Halios, Christos H., Smith, Stefan T. and Shao, Li (2019) Concept and methodology of characterising infrared radiative performance of urban trees using tree crown spectroscopy. Building and Environment, 157, pp. 380-390. ISSN (print) 0360-1323

Tian, Zhiyong, Zhang, Shicong, Deng, Jie, Fan, Jianhua, Huang, Junpeng, Kong, Weiqiang, Perers, Bengt and Furbo, Simon (2019) Large-scale solar district heating plants in Danish smart thermal grid : developments and recent trends. Energy Conversion and Management, 189, pp. 67-80. ISSN (print) 0196-8904

Deng, Jie, Yao, Runming, Yu, Wei, Zhang, Qiulei and Li, Baizhan (2019) Effectiveness of the thermal mass of external walls on residential buildings for part-time part-space heating and cooling using the state-space method. Energy and Buildings, 190, pp. 155-171. ISSN (print) 0378-7788

Deng, Jie, Furbo, Simon, Kong, Weiqiang and Fan, Jianhua (2018) Thermal performance assessment and improvement of a solar domestic hot water tank with PCM in the mantle. Energy and Buildings, 172, pp. 10-21. ISSN (print) 0378-7788

Middlehurst, Gary, Yao, Runming, Jiang, Lai, Deng, Jie, Clements-Croome, Derek and Adams, George (2018) A preliminary study on post-occupancy evaluation of four office buildings in the UK based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process. Intelligent Buildings International, 10(4), pp. 234-246. ISSN (print) 1750-8975

Chang, Chun, Sciacovelli, Adriano, Wu, Zhiyong, Li, Xin, Li, Yongliang, Zhao, Mingzhi, Deng, Jie, Wang, Zhifeng and Ding, Yulong (2018) Enhanced heat transfer in a parabolic trough solar receiver by inserting rods and using molten salt as heat transfer fluid. Applied Energy, 220, pp. 337-350. ISSN (print) 0306-2619

Tian, Zhiyong, Perers, Bengt, Furbo, Simon, Fan, Jianhua, Deng, Jie and Dragsted, Janne (2018) A comprehensive approach for modelling horizontal diffuse radiation, direct normal irradiance and total tilted solar radiation based on global radiation under Danish climate conditions. Energies, 11(5), p. 1315. ISSN (online) 1996-1073

Deng, Jie (2017) Improved correlations of the thermal-hydraulic performance of large size multi-louvered fin arrays for condensers of high power electronic component cooling by numerical simulation. Energy Conversion and Management, 153, pp. 504-514. ISSN (print) 0196-8904

Deng, Jie, Yang, Ming, Ma, Rongjiang, Zhu, Xiaolin, Fan, Jianhua, Yuan, Guofeng and Wang, Zhifeng (2016) Validation of a simple dynamic thermal performance characterization model based on the piston flow concept for flat-plate solar collectors. Solar Energy, 139, pp. 171-178. ISSN (print) 0038-092X

Deng, Jie, Tian, Zhiyong, Fan, Jianhua, Yang, Ming, Furbo, Simon and Wang, Zhifeng (2016) Simulation and optimization study on a solar space heating system combined with a low temperature ASHP for single family rural residential houses in Beijing. Energy and Buildings, 126, pp. 2-13. ISSN (print) 0378-7788

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  • CEng
  • CIBSE interviewer - professional review assessor
  • 2024-2028: External Examiner at University of Greenwich