Dr Guanchen Li

Lecturer in Thermodynamics and Multiscale Engineering, The University of Glasgow

Guanchen Li is a Lecturer in Thermodynamics and Multiscale Engineering at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the Energy and Sustainability Group within the Systems, Power & Energy (SPE) Research Division of the James Watt School of Engineering.

Dr Li was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Engineering Science and a Stipendiary Lecturer of Engineering Science at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford. Dr Li participated in two projects of the EPSRC Faraday Institution: Solid-state battery (SOLBAT) and Multiscale (MSM). Dr Li worked on continuum transport models to study the failure mechanism of solid-state lithium-ion batteries. Before this, Dr Li studied irreversible thermodynamics at Virginia Tech (PhD in Mechanical Engineering) and theoretical physics at Peking University (BS in Physics and dual degree in Economics).

Dr Li is interested in modelling nonequilibrium processes – e.g., reaction, diffusion, heat transfer, phase transition, etc.– in devices for energy storage and conversion. His experience ranges from the quantum level to the device level with applications including batteries, fuel cells, engines, and electronic devices. His research covers fundamental theories, numerical algorithms, models and practical applications.

Currently, Dr Li focuses on batteries simulation. He collaborates widely with researchers in the areas of applied mathematics, physics, material sciences, and control engineering. He uses models to predict the performance of batteries including next-generation designs (e.g., solid-state batteries); explain the failure mechanism of batteries; interpret the data of battery testing; and support the techno-economic analysis of battery technology.