Current Members

Mr Yanyao Bao, Experimental and numerical study on liquid transport in porous media: with application to water management of gas diffusion layer in fuel cells.

Yanyao Bao obtained his Bachelor from Chang'an University (2014) and MPhil from The University of Sydney (2018). He joined Dr.Gan's group in 2016 and now is a PhD student at University of Sydney. His research focuses on modelling transport phenomena in porous media, multiphase flows, and dynamic behaviours of liquid at pore-scale.
Mr Xu Wang, Experimental and numerical studies regard effective electrical conductivity of compacted granular system.

Xu Wang was awarded the degree of bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering, Geotechnical) from the University of Sydney (2017). He joined Dr. Gan’s group in 2018 as a research assistant, and he is now a PhD student in the University of Sydney. He is currently focusing on the electric conductivity on fractal rough surface both experimentally and numerically, and also has interest in contact mechanics between randomly rough surfaces.
Mr Haobin Liang, Performance enhancement and optimization of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems using Phase Change Materials (PCMs)
Co-supervisors: Prof. Jianlei Niu (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), A/Prof. Ali Abbas

Haobin Liang received his Bachelor's Degree in Energy Engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 2017. He joined Dr. Gan's research group in 2018 and is currently working on enhancing the performance of thermal energy storage systems with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Numerical Heat Transfer (NHT).

"Renewable energy resources are gaining worldwide attention in the present days and it is of great importance to achieve higher efficiency and effectiveness of all kinds of renewable energy systems.

"I am interested in thermal energy as heat is abundant in nature such as sunlight and geothermal energy. Meanwhile, as low-grade energy, heat is less expensive, which can be widely collected as waste heat from the operation of machines in the industrial process and electronic devices as the computing demand is increasing. Collected heat can be utilized for generating electricity and HVAC systems in buildings, showing promising opportunity for industry and individuals."
Mr Mingrui Dong, Dynamics responses of unsaturated granular media.

"I graduated from China University of Geosciences (Beijing) in 2014 with a BA in Geophysics and achieved Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) at The University of Sydney in 2018. I would like to say the transformation of my study field is analogous to that an X-ray physician finally becomes a surgeon in the hospital, the difference is that my target is the earth rather than the human body.

Kids seems eager to and good at playing with the mixture of soil and water, and we can always easily help them build a castle, but the complexity of the property of such mixture is beyond our imagination. My passion is to investigate properties of the unsaturated granular materials which constitute most part of our life, the related example can range from civil engineering materials (concrete and foundation), environment (landfill), agriculture (liquid retention of soil), food (knead dough and cook porridge) and pharmacy production (small particle assemblies in capsules).

I am aiming at developing a liquid-solid numerical model using DEM to investigate the dynamic behaviour (Rheology and Liquefaction) of the partially saturated assemblies and comparing the results with the physical model. "
Mr Peiji Deng, Preparation and Catalytic Properties of Carbon Quantum Dots (CQDs) and Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) Composites.
Co-supervisors: Dr. Haitao Li

Peiji Deng was awarded his Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering (Functional Material) in 2017. He is currently a MPhil student in Gan’s group from July 2018. He focuses on chemical synthesis of carbon-based porous crystalline composites and their photocatalytic and electrocatalytic properties, including carbon dioxide reduction, nitrogen reduction and water splitting.
Mr Zhongzheng Wang, Capillary Effects on Fluid Transport: Porous Media and Patterned Surfaces.
Co-supervisors: Dr. Kapil Chauhan, and Prof. Jean-Michel Pereira at ENPC France.

"I am interested and passionate about pattern recognition. For multiphase flows in porous media, the interplays among various packing state of granular material, roughness and wettability distribution, and distinct pore-scale mechanisms with different time scales, can lead to fascinating macroscopic displacement patterns. I hope to contribute to the research in this field through deepening the understanding of connections between microscopic mechanisms and macroscopic features."
Mr Si Suo, Multiphase flow in porous media: the multi-scale effects of topological heterogeneity.
Co-supervisor: Prof. Weihua Li at University of Wollongong.

"I love basketball and skiing, and am a fresh learner of photography."
Mr Deheng Wei, Modelling granular media with non-spherical particles.
Co-supervisor: Prof. Itai Einav.
Ms Yongmei Zhang, Numerical modelling of surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT).
Co-supervisor: A/Prof. Gwénaëlle Proust.

Yongmei Zhang obtained her Bachelor degree from Xi'an University of Science and Technology and her Master from Xi'an Jiaotong University. She received the EITRS scholarship and joined Gan's Research Lab in March 2017. She is working on numerical modelling of surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT).
Mr Noor Mohammad, Desiccation cracks in thin bentonite layers.
Co-supervisor: Prof. Abbas El-Zein

Mr Noor Mohammad received his B.Sc and M.Sc in Civil Engineering. He also has Master degree in Environmental Engineering from IIUM, Malaysia. He has joined Gan Research Group in 2016 as a PhD student. His research focuses on desiccation and cracks in bentonite clay under different conditions (layer thickness, initial water content, temperature, mixing with kaolinite).
Mr Zhang (Simon) Shi, The micromechanics of partially saturated soils.
Co-supervisor: Dr. Benjy Marks.

"My research interest includes pore network modelling of drainage and imbibition into porous media and the behaviour of liquid bridges."



Group photo in front of The Quadrangle at The University of Sydney, 31/03/2017. From left: Linkin Wu, Weijing Dai, Chongpu Zhai, Mojtaba Nazemi, Simon Shi, Simone Pupeschi, Marigrazia Moscardini, Yixiang Gan, Sharon Li, Yongmei Zhang, Yanyao Bao, Mingrui Dong, Noor Mohammad, and Guanzhe Cui.


Dr. Dorian Hanaor (PostDoc, 2013-2015) at The University of Sydney.
Currently Faculty at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany.
2018Mr Weijing Dai (PhD, 2015-2018)

Thesis: Thermal Conduction in Granular Media: From Interface, Topology to Effective Property. [PDF]
Co-supervisor: Dr. Dorian Hanaor.
2017Dr. Chongpu Zhai (PhD, 2014-2017)

Thesis: Stress-dependent Electrical Conduction in Granular Materials. [PDF]
Co-supervisors: Dr. Dorian Hanaor and A/Prof Gwénaëlle Proust.
Currently PostDoc at Johns Hopkins University, USA.
2018Mr Nanwangzi (Linkin) Wu (MPhil, 2016-2018)

Thesis: Numerical Modelling of Geothermal Energy Piles: Thermo-mechanical Behaviour and Thermal Performance.
2018Mr. Guanzhe Cui (MPhil 2017-2018)

Thesis: Pore-scale Numerical Modelling of Gravity-driven Drainage in Porous Media with Disordered Microstructure. [PDF]
Currently at Country Garden.
2018Mr. Yanyao Bao (MPhil 2016-2018)

Thesis: Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Simulations for Dynamic Capillary Interactions. [PDF]
Co-supervisor: A/Prof Luming Shen.
2017Ms. Shuoqi (Sharon) Li (MPhil, 2015-2017)

Thesis: The Distribution of Saturated Clusters in Wetted Granular Materials. [PDF]
Co-supervisor: Dr. Dorian Hanaor.
Currently at EI Australia.
2016Ms. Yi Zhang (MPhil, 2014-2016)

Thesis: Static and Dynamic Behaviour of Inter-granular Liquid Bridges: Hysteresis of Contact Angle and Capillary Forces. [PDF]
Co-supervisor: Dr. Dorian Hanaor.
Currently at Pells Sullivan Meynink (PSM), Australia.



2019Mr Jiarui Li (Mar-Sep 2019, PhD student, Beijing Institute of Technology)
2019-2020Mr Jun Ma (Jan 2019-Jan 2020, PhD student, Beijing University of Science and Technology)
Mr Simone Pupeschi (Oct-Dec 2015 and Jan-Apr 2017, PhD student, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

PhD Thesis, 2017, at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Thermomechanical characterization of advanced ceramic breeder beds for fusion blankets. [PDF]
Mrs Marigrazia Mascardiniare (Oct-Dec 2015 and Jan-Apr 2017, PhD student, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

PhD Thesis, 2018, at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Discrete Element Methods for the Thermo-Mechanics of Ceramic Breeder Pebble Beds. [PDF]
Mr Mingchao Liu (Jan-Jul 2015 and Jun-Dec 2017, PhD student, Tsinghua University)

PhD Thesis, 2018, at Tsinghua University, Liquid Penetration and Effective Properties in Porous Media (in Chinese). [PDF]
Mr Oleg Birkholz (Oct-Dec 2016 and Mar-Apr 2018, PhD student, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
2013Ms Julia Ott (May-Jul 2013, PhD student, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

PhD Thesis, 2015, at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Modeling the Microstructural and Micromechanical Influence on Effective Properties of Granular Electrode Structures. [PDF]


Prof. Jean-Michel Pereira, ENPC, France (web).

Prof. Changqing Chen, Tsinghua University, China.

Prof. Ratna Kumar Annabattula, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Madras, India (web).

Prof. Marc Kamlah, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

Dr. Giang D Nguyen, University of Adelaide, Australia.

Dr. Emmanuel Flores-Johnson, CONACYT – Unidad de Materiales, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, México.