CHEN Chun 陳淳
Associate Professor
TEL: 852 - 3943 8052
Room 305, William M.W. Mong Engineering Building

Dr. Chun Chen received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from the Department of Building Science at Tsinghua University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 2015. After his graduate study, he worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in at Purdue University. Dr. Chen joined the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in August, 2016. His research interests include indoor air quality, energy-efficient buildings, aerosol dynamics, and airborne infectious disease transmission.

Research Interests
  • Indoor air quality
  • Aerosol dynamics
  • Aircraft cabin environment
  • Airborne infectious disease transmission
Current Projects
  • Development of metal-organic framework-embedded nanofiber air filters with enhanced particle removal efficiency and their applications in indoor particle control. Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, General Research Fund (GRF), No. 14221122, HK$1,115,452, 01/2023 – 12/2025
  • Developing an improved Lagrangian model for predicting the dispersion, deposition, and ultraviolet disinfection of bioaerosols in aircraft cabins. The Boeing Company, No. 2021-GT-326, US$140,000 (~HK$1,089,000), 10/2021 to 09/2022.
  • Enhancing the performance of electrospun nanofiber filters by structure optimization and their application in buildings for effective indoor PM2.5 control. Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, General Research Fund (GRF), No. 14204520, HKD873,995, 01/2021 to 12/2023.
Teaching by Years
EEEN2040 Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) I
EEEN3010 Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) II
MAEG3030 Fluid Mechanics
EEEN3010 Building Automation and Control
MAEG5150 Advanced Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics (Co-Instructor)
EEEN2040 Building Service Engineering and Green Building
EEEN3010 Building Automation and Control
EEEN2040 Building Service Engineering and Green Building
EEEN4998/4999 Final Year Project (4 students)
MAEG4998/4999 Final Year Project (2 students)
EEEN3010 Building Automation and Control
EEEN2040 Building Service Engineering and Green Building
MAEG5150 Advanced Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics (Co-Instructor)
EEEN4998/4999 Final Year Project (1 student)
ENER4998/4999 Final Year Project (2 students)
MAEG4998/4999 Final Year Project (5 students)

Journal Papers (in the recent five years)

  1. Pan, Y., Zhang, H., Niu, Z., An, Y., Chen, C.* (2022). Boundary conditions for exhaled airflow from a cough with a surgical or N95 mask. Indoor Air, 32, e13088.
  2. Niu, Z., Xiao, C., Mo, J., Zhang, L., Chen, C.* (2022). Investigating the influence of metal-organic framework loading on filtration performance of electrospun nanofiber air filters. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 14, 27096–27106.
  3. Zhou, Y., An, Y., Huang, W., Chen, C., You, Y. (2022). A combined deep learning and physical modelling method for estimating air pollutants’ source location and emission profile in street canyons. Building and Environment, 219, 109246.
  4. Xia, T.^, Guo, K.^, Pan, Y., An, Y., Chen, C.* (2022). Temporal and spatial far-ultraviolet disinfection of exhaled bioaerosols in a mechanically ventilated space. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 436, 129241.
  5. Huang, W., Wang, K., Hung, C.-T., Chow, K.-M., Tsang, D., Lai, R.W.-M., Xu, R.H., Yeoh, E.-K., Ho, K.-F.*, Chen, C.* (2022). Evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in COVID-19 isolation wards: on-site sampling and numerical analysis. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 436, 129152.
  6. Yu, X., Yao, F., Huang, W., Xu, D., Chen, C.* (2022). Enhanced radiative cooling paint with broken glass bubbles. Renewable Energy, 194, 129−136.
  7. Bian, Y.*, Niu, Z., Wang, S., Pan, Y., Zhang, L., Chen, C.* (2022). Removal of size-dependent submicron particles using metal-organic framework-based nanofiber air filters. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 14, 23570−23576.
  8. Dai, H.K., Chen, C.* (2022). Air infiltration rates in residential units of a public housing estate in Hong Kong. Building and Environment, 219, 109211.
  9. Huang, W., An, Y., Pan, Y., Li, J., Chen, C.* (2022). Predicting transient particle transport in periodic ventilation using Markov chain model with pre-stored transition probabilities. Building and Environment, 211, 108730.
  10. Huang, W., Chen, C.* (2022). An improved Markov chain model with modified turbulence diffusion for predicting indoor particle transport. Building and Environment, 209, 108682.
  11. Xia, T., Qi, Y., Dai, X., Liu, J., Xiao, C., You, R., Lai, D., Liu, J.*, Chen, C.* (2021). Estimating long-term time-resolved indoor PM2.5 of outdoor and indoor origin using easily-obtainable inputs. Indoor Air, 31, 2020–2032.
  12. Yu, X., Chan, J., Chen, C.* (2021). Review of radiative cooling materials: performance evaluation and design approaches. Nano Energy, 88, 106259.
  13. Zhou, Y., An, Y., Chen, C., You, R.* (2021). Exploring the feasibility of predicting contaminant transport using a stand-alone Markov chain solver based on measured airflow in enclosed environments. Building and Environment, 202, 108027.
  14. An, Y., Xia, T., You, R., Lai, D., Liu, J., Chen, C.* (2021). A reinforcement learning approach for control of window behavior to reduce indoor PM2.5 concentrations in naturally ventilated buildings. Building and Environment, 200, 107978.
  15. Dai, H.K., Huang, W., Fu, L., Lin, C.-H., Wei, D., Dong, Z., You, R., Chen, C.* (2021). Investigation of pressure drop in flexible ventilation ducts under different compression ratios and bending angles. Building Simulation, 14, 1251–1261.
  16. Yu, X., Chen, C.* (2021). Coupling spectral-dependent radiative cooling with building energy simulation. Building and Environment, 197, 107841.
  17. Wang, L.^, Bian, Y.^, Lim, C.K., Lee P.K.H., Chen, C.*, Zhang, L.*, Daoud, W.A.*, Zi, Y.* (2021). Tribo-charge enhanced hybrid air filter masks for efficient particulate matter capture with greatly extended service life. Nano Energy, 85, 106015.
  18. Pan, Y., Chen, C.* (2021). Exploring the relationship between particle deposition and near-wall turbulence quantities in the built environment. Building and Environment, 196, 107814.
  19. Niu, Z.^, Bian, Y.^, Xia, T., Zhang, Li.*, Chen, C.* (2021). An optimization approach for fabricating electrospun nanofiber air filters with minimized pressure drop for indoor PM2.5 control. Building and Environment, 188, 107449.
  20. Xia, T., Chen, C.* (2021). Evolution of pressure drop across electrospun nanofiber filters clogged by solid particles and its influence on indoor particulate air pollution control. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 402, 123479.
  21. Liu, W., van Hooff, T., An, Y., Hu, S., Chen, C.* (2020). Modeling transient particle transport in transient indoor airflow by fast fluid dynamics with the Markov chain method. Building and Environment, 186, 107323.
  22. Pan, Y., Lin, C.-H., Wei, D., Dong, Z., Chen, C.* (2020). Computer-aided design of a new cabin supply air nozzle in commercial airplanes for reducing particle deposition. Building and Environment, 186, 107324.
  23. Xia, T., Bian, Y., Shi, S., Zhang, L., Chen, C.* (2020). Influence of nanofiber window screens on indoor PM2.5 of outdoor origin and ventilation rate: an experimental and modeling study. Building Simulation, 13, 873–886.
  24. Bian, Y.^, Wang, S.^, Jin, D., Wang, R.*, Chen, C.*, Zhang, L.* (2020). A general anion exchange strategy to transform metal-organic framework embedded nanofibers into high-performance lithium-ion capacitors. Nano Energy, 75, 104935.
  25. Bian, Y., Chen, C., Wang, R., Wang, S., Pan, Y., Zhao, B., Chen, C.*, Zhang, L.* (2020). Effective removal of particles down to 15 nm using scalable metal-organic framework-based nanofiber filters. Applied Materials Today, 20, 100653.
  26. Pan, Y., Lin, C.-H., Wei, D., Chen, C.* (2020). Influence of surface roughness on particle deposition distribution around multi-slot cabin supply air nozzles of commercial airplanes. Building and Environment, 176, 106870.
  27. Yu, X., Chen, C.* (2020). A simulation study for comparing the cooling performance of different daytime radiative cooling materials. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 209, 110459.
  28. Xia, T., Chen, C.* (2020). Toward understanding the evolution of incense particles on nanofiber filter media: its influence on PM2.5 removal efficiency and pressure drop. Building and Environment, 172, 106725.
  29. Bian, Y., Wang, S., Zhang, L.*, Chen, C.* (2020). Influence of fiber diameter, filter thickness, and packing density on PM2.5 removal efficiency of electrospun nanofiber air filters for indoor applications. Building and Environment, 170, 106628.
  30. Liu, W.*, You, R., Chen, C.* (2019). Modeling transient particle transport by fast fluid dynamics with the Markov chain method. Building Simulation, 12, 881–889.
  31. Lai, D.*, Chen, C.* (2019). Comparison of the linear regression, multinomial logit, and ordered probability models for predicting the distribution of thermal sensation. Energy and Buildings, 188–189, 269–277.
  32. Pan, Y., Lin, C.-H., Wei, D., Chen, C.* (2019). Experimental measurements and large eddy simulation of particle deposition distribution around a multi-slot diffuser. Building and Environment, 150, 156–163.
  33. Xia, T., Chen, C.* (2019). Differentiating between indoor exposure to PM2.5 of indoor and outdoor origin using time-resolved monitoring data. Building and Environment, 147, 528–539.
  34. Chen, C.*, Zhao, B., Lai, D., Liu, W. (2018). A simple method for differentiating direct and indirect exposure to exhaled contaminants in mechanically ventilated rooms. Building Simulation, 11, 1039–1051.
  35. Bian, Y., Wang, R., Ting S.H., Chen, C.*, Zhang, L.* (2018). Electrospun SF/PVA nanofiber filters for highly-efficient PM2.5 capture. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 17, 934–939.
  36. Liu, C.*, Yang, J., Ji, S., Lu, Y., Wu, P., Chen, C.* (2018). Influence of natural ventilation rate on indoor PM2.5 deposition. Building and Environment, 144, 357–364.
  37. Bian, Y., Wang, R., Wang, S., Yao, C., Ren, W., Chen, C.*, Zhang, L.* (2018). Metal-organic frameworks-based nanofiber filters for effective indoor air quality control. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6, 15807–15814. (Google Scholar citations: 100+)
  38. Bian, Y., Zhang, L.*, Chen, C.* (2018). Experimental and modeling study of pressure drop across electrospun nanofiber air filters. Building and Environment, 142,244–251.
  39. Lai, D., Chen, C., Liu, W., Shi, Y., Chen, C.* (2018). An ordered probability model for predicting outdoor thermal comfort. Energy and Buildings, 168, 261–271.
  40. Xia, T., Bian, Y., Zhang, L., Chen, C.* (2018). Relationship between pressure drop and face velocity for electrospun nanofiber filters. Energy and Buildings, 158, 987–999.

Honours and Awards

  1. Dean’s Exemplary Teaching Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2017
  2. Best Student Paper Award (First author), the 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2014), 2014
  3. Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue University, 2014
  4. Grant-in-Aid Award, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), 2013
  5. Best Paper Award (First author), Building and Environment journal, 2012
  6. Boeing Scholarship, Boeing Company, 2012