Li min

High-energy scholar continually striving for research and teaching excellence. Combine strong analytical 

High-energy scholar continually striving for research and teaching excellence. Combine strong analytical skills and creative thinking to conduct original research. Recognized for productivity and dependability with a rapidly increasing record of internationally excellent publications. 6+ years’ experience in teaching undergraduates and 3+ years’ experience in supervising graduate students.

Core Strengths & Expertise:

Ø Heat and Mass Transfer

Ø  Engineering Thermodynamic/Entropy-Based Second-law Analysis

Ø Ground-Source Heat Pumps/Ground Heat Exchangers/Energy Piles

Ø  Building Energy Systems (HVAC&R Systems)

Ø  Excellent Skills in Solving Mathematical Physics Problems

Ø  Ability to Quickly Learn New Knowledge



To date, I have published 1 book chapter in Advances in ground heat pumps and 20+ papers in high-impact international journals, including Environ Sci & Technol, Int J Heat Mass Transf, Appl Energy, Energy, Int J Therm Sci, etc. The subjects of my papers involve heat transfer analysis of pile and borehole ground heat exchangers, VOCs diffusion in building materials, medium-low temperature Organic Rankine Cycles, etc. In particular, I have developed a set of analytical models for heat transfer by pile and borehole ground heat exchangers (GHEs):

1  Composite-medium line-source models for short-term heat transfer

2  Anisotropic heat-source solutions for improved long-term predictions

3  Full-scale line-source models for diverse time-space scales

4  New quasi-3D model for U-shaped GHEs

These analytical models provide a scientific basis for analysis, simulation, and optimum design of ground-coupled heat pump systems. Please find more details about my papers on




[1] Min Li*, ACK Lai, (2015) Review of analytical models for heat transfer by vertical ground heat exchangers (GHEs): A perspective of time and space scales, Applied Energy 151: 178-191.

[2] Min Li, K Zhu, ZH Fang, (2016) Analytical methods for analysis of vertical ground heat exchangers (GHEs), in: Simon, Rees (Eds.), Advances in ground heat pump systems, Elsevier Inc., Woodhead.

[3] Min Li*, Ping Li, V Chan, et al., (2014) Full-scale temperature response function (G-function) for heat transfer by borehole ground heat exchangers (GHEs) from sub-hour to decades, Applied Energy 136: 197-205.

[4] Min Li*, ACK Lai, (2013) Analytical Model for short-time responses of ground heat exchangers with U-shaped tubes: model development and validation, Applied Energy 104: 510-516.

[5] Min Li, ACK Lai*, (2012) New temperature response functions (G functions) for pile and borehole ground heat exchangers based on composite-medium line-source theory, Energy 38: 255-263.

[6] Min Li*, BX Zhao, (2016) Analytical thermal efficiency of medium-low temperature organic Rankine cycles derived from entropy-generation analysis. Energy 106: 121-130.

[7] Min Li*, ACK Lai*, (2012) Heat-source solutions to heat conduction in anisotropic media with application to pile and borehole ground heat exchangers, Applied Energy 96: 451-458.

[8] Min Li, ACK Lai*, (2012) Parameter estimation of in-situ thermal response tests for borehole ground heat exchangers, Int J of Heat and Mass Transfer 55(9): 2615-2624.

[9] Min Li, ACK Lai*, (2013) Thermodynamic optimization of ground heat exchangers with single U-tube by entropy generation minimization method. Energy Conversion and Management 65: 133-139.

[10] Min Li, ACK Lai*, (2013) Analytical solution to heat conduction in finite hollow composite cylinders with a general boundary condition. Int J of Heat and Mass Transfer 60: 549-556.

[11] Min Li*, (2013) Robust non-fitting way to determine mass diffusivity and initial concentration for VOCs in building materials with accuracy estimationEnvironmental Science & Technology 47(16): 9086-9092.

[12] Min Li*, (2013) Diffusion-controlled emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs): Short-, mid-, and long-term emission profiles. Int J of Heat and Mass Transfer 62: 295-302.

[13] Min Li*, CL Wu, LL Sun, et al., (2012) A dynamic simulation of indoor polydispersion of particles in all-air air-conditioned environment with dynamical particle sources, Indoor and Built Environment 21(2): 282-291.

[14] Min Li*, CL Wu, et al., (2008) State-space model for airborne particles in multizone indoor environmentsAtmospheric Environment 42(21): 5340-5349. ttp://

[15] Min Li*, NR Diao, ZH Fang, (2007) Analysis of seepage flow in confined aquifer with a standing column well, Journal of Hydrodynamics 19 (1): 84-91.

[16] WW Ma, Min Li*, P Li, ACK Lai, (2015) New quasi-3D model for heat transfer in U-shaped GHEs (ground heat exchangers): Effective overall thermal resistance, Energy 90: 578-587.

[17] Yi Yang, Min Li*, (2014) Short-time performance of composite-medium line-source model for predicting responses of ground heat exchangers with single U-shaped tube, Int J of Thermal Sciences 82: 130-137.

[18] WW Ma, WX Liu, Min Li*, (2015) Modeling heat transfer from warm water to foot: Analytical solution and experimental validation, Int J of Thermal Sciences 98: 364-373.

[19] WW Ma, WX Liu, Min Li*, (2016) Analytical heat transfer model for targeted brain hypothermia, Int J of Thermal Sciences 100: 66-74.

[20] WW Ma, MG Rasul, G Liu, Min Li*, et al., (2016) Climate change impacts on techno economic performance of roof PV solar system in Australia, Renewable Energy 88: 430-438.

[21] LK Yu, B Su, XZ Wang, Min Li, WW Ma* (2016) Experimental study on skin temperature and thermal response of the foot-bather, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 123 (3): 2507-2516.

[22] LL Sun, Min Li, YP Yuan, et al., (2016) Effect of tilt angle and connection mode of PVT modules on the energy efficiency of a hot water system for high-rise residential buildings, Renewable Energy 93: 291-301.

[23] CKH Yu, Min Li, V Chan, ACK Lai*, (2014) Influence of mechanical ventilation system on indoor carbon dioxide and particulate matter concentration, Building and Environment 76: 73-80.

[24] ACK Lai*, JLS Fung, Min Liet al., (2012) Penetration of fine particles through rough cracks. Atmospheric Environment 60: 436-443.

[25] Min Li*, (2012) Modeling transfer of Dialkyl Organotins from PVC Pipe into Water: comments on the paper “Predicting the Migration Rate of Dialkyl Organotins from PVC Pipe into Water”, Environmental Science and Technology 46(7): 4249-4251.