ILASS Young Scholar Committee

Committee Member

  • Xuesong Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

Xuesong Li, Associate Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University with expertise in spray atomization and laser diagnostics, particularly in phase changing sprays. Currently Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. PI of several fundings such as NSFC, industrial collaboration projects in spray and combustion, etc.

  • Yingtao Wu(Xi’an Jiao Tong University, China)

Dr. Yingtao Wu, Assistant Professor, joined the Clean Combustion Center, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2020. He was supported by the Youth Excellent Talent A-Class Plan of Xi’an Jiaotong University. Dr. Yingtao Wu’s research mainly focuses on the spray combustion and experimental measurement of spray characteristics of aviation and automotive fuels, as well as spray modelling. He is currently leading the National Natural Science Foundation of China’s Youth Project, the Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi Province’s Youth Project, and the Basic Research Fund for Postdoctoral Project. He has participated in the international cooperation project of the Science Center for gas turbine, as well as the “Ye Qixun” Scientific Fund project, responsible for the experimental measurement and simulation model development of the atomization characteristics of new bio-aviation kerosene, and the mechanism of electric field on aviation kerosene atomization characteristics.

  • Yikai Li(Beihang University, China)

Professor Yikai Li obtained his B.E. and M.E. in Automotive Engineering from Beihang University in 2008 and 2010, respectively, as well as his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan, in 2015. At the same year, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in Beijing Institute of Technology and has been doing his research works there until now. Professor Li’s main research interests include the interfacial dynamics of liquid-gas two-phase flow (including theoretical analysis on the instability problem and numerical methods on capturing liquid-gas interface), mechanism of the fuel jet atomization in engines, and the adaptability of ICEs to extreme environments. Based on the above related researches, he has led more than 10 research projects supported by the National and Regional Natural Science Foundations, etc.. Professor Li has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and published an academic monograph on the secondary atomization of droplet in ICEs. He is the leading inventor of 16 granted patents and has won 3 provincial and ministerial research awards.

  • Xi Xia(Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

Xi Xia is an Associate Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). He obtained his Ph.D. (2016) and M.S. (2010) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida and University of Colorado Boulder. Before joining SJTU in 2019, he worked in Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a Research Fellow. His research is mainly focused on exploring the dynamics of flames, droplets, and vortices in phenomena and processes that are important to spray and combustion applications. His representative works have been published in top journals of fluid mechanics and combustion, including PNAS, J. Fluid Mech., Phys. Rev. Fluids, Phys. Fluids, Combust. Flame, and Proc. Combust. Inst., etc. He has received the Shanghai High-level Young Talent Award in 2020 and the Young Investigator Award (of Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion) in 2021.

  • Bo-qi Jia(Beijing Jiao Tong University, China)

Dr. Bo-qi Jia is lecturer of School of Mechanical, Electronic and Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University. Dr. Jia received B. Eng. and Ph. D. degrees in Aerospace Propulsion Theory and Engineering from Beihang University in 2015 and 2021, respectively. From 2021, Dr. Jia attended as a postdoctor in Beijing Jiaotong University. His research current interests include the atomization mechanism of liquid and gelled propellants and effects of multiple physical effects such as acoustics and electric field on instability and atomization. In his study, the atomization mechanism of planar liquid sheets in the axial and transverse acoustic fields was investigated theoretically. The standing wave travelling spatially and the travelling wave oscillating temporally are predicted. Experiments were conducted to verify the theoretical results. More recently, the instability of liquid film under coupling effect of acoustic oscillations was analyzed theoretically. In total, he concentrates on the coupling effect of parametric instability and other instabilities, such as Kelvin-Helmholtz and Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and uses these theories to explore methods to improve the atomization of propellants. Based on the previous studies, Dr. Jia has published more than 20 articles on Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physical Review Fluids, Physics of Fluids, etc, obtained 4 authorized national invention patents, and undertakes four scientific research items including National Natural Science Foundation of China(NSFC).

  • Yanzhi Zhang(Dalian University of Technology, China)

Dr. Zhang Yanzhi, Associate Professor at the School of Energy and Power Engineering at Dalian University of Technology, obtained his doctoral degree in 2017 and subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at IFPEN in France, Lund University in Sweden, and the Technical University of Denmark. His research primarily focuses on modeling of spray breakup and phase change processes under engine-like conditions, modeling of spray-wall interactions, supercritical transition mechanisms in sprays, and spray cooling in electric motors. During his PhD period, he has built the improved sub-models of splash, wall film formation, wall film dynamics and vaporization, and film separation under engine-relevant conditions. Additionally, he also proposed improved multi-component quasi-dimensional vaporization models of wall film and free droplet with high accuracy and efficiency for the practical multi-component fuels. During his post-doc period, he conducted the research related to the cooling of electric motors by developing new multiphase flow model for CONVERGE software at IFPEN, and he has also achieved outstanding results in the ammonia direct injection testing and flash boiling modelling, which has a great impact on the development of advanced technologies for reducing pollutant emissions and increasing the use of carbon neutral fuels in internal combustion engines. In addition, he also investigates the advanced low temperature combustion modes (GCI, RCCI, DDFS et al.) to pursue ultra-high thermal efficiency while near-zero engine-out emissions by employing lots of strategies using numerical approaches.

  • Hongliang Luo(Harbin Engineering University, China)

Hongliang LUO, Ph.D., associate Professor in Harbin University. He obtained his PhD degree in September of 2018, and then he was hired as a special researcher in Hiroshima University. From April in 2019, he was hired as an assistant professor in Hiroshima University, responsible for teaching and scientific research. In 2023, he came back to China as an associate professor in Harbin engineering university.The main research directions involve three areas: turbulent atomization, microfluidic-wall interaction, and efficient combustion from low-carbon fuels. So far, as the first and corresponding author, he has published 31 high-level papers (SCI), including 18 top papers in the first district of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; one English book as the sole author. Moreover, he conducted several projects including 1 national-level project, 2 national key laboratory open projects and 1 provincial key experimental open project. He received the 2022 Hiroshima Prefecture Governor’s Award in Japan; the 2021 Research Paper Special Contribution Award of the Institute of Ultra-high Energy Utilization; the 2018 Saudi KAUST Fellowships and the 2017 Top Ten Paper Award of the International Top Society COMODIA, etc. Furthermore, he was appointed as chapter chairman of international conferences and member of technical program committees of several international conferences, young editorial board member of Green Energy and Resources and member of the review board of Electronics. In addition, he is a reviewer for more than 20 international journals.

  • Wenjun Zhong(Jiangsu University, China)

Dr. Wenjun Zhong is an associate professor at Jiangsu University and holds the position of Deputy Director at Advanced Power Research Institute. He obtained his doctoral degrees from Jiangsu University, and conducted joint doctoral training at the CMT Research Institute of Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain. Dr. Zhong’s primary research focuses on the mechanism of advanced dynamic spray and combustion processes, the application of renewable energy, and optical diagnostics of combustion processes. Notably, he has made significant contributions in the field of second-generation hydrogenated catalytic biodiesel spray combustion and its application in engines, marking the first successful implementation in direct injection compression ignition engines. Dr. Zhong has been selected as a participant in the Jiangsu “333 Project” (the third level) and is recognized as a young and promising talent in the realm of science and technology in Jiangsu Province. He also holds the distinction of being an outstanding young core teacher at Jiangsu University. He has directed two projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation, as well as more than ten provincial-level research projects. Dr. Zhong has received two second-class awards for scientific and technological progress in Jiangsu Province (3rd and 5th place) and two other industry-specific scientific and technological awards (1st and 3rd place). His scholarly contributions include publishing over 40 SCI academic papers, authorizing more than 20 patents, including PCT and national invention patents. Additionally, he serves as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Jiangsu Renewable Energy Society.


  • Shangning Wang(Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

Mr. Shangning Wang is currently a Ph.D. student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interests includes multiphase flow-induced spray phenomenon and optical diagnostic techniques. He has been with ILASS-Asia since 2019 and participated every ILASS-Asia/ICLASS event. He will obtain his Ph.D. degree in June 2025 (if things go smoothly) and he wish to have a position in Universities.