Wei He - Post-doctoral Researcher

Research Interests

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab at MIT. I am interested in desalination, renewable energy generation, energy storage, numerical and computational modelling, optimisation, thermodynamics, heat/mass transfer, and fluid dynamics.

My PhD research focused on analysis, modelling, optimisation and control of osmotic energy generation using pressure retarded osmosis and its applications in desalination. Before joining GEAR Lab, I was a Research Fellow at Warwick University, focused on dynamic modelling and optimisation of Compressed Air Energy Storage and Thermal Energy Storage systems.

At the GEAR lab, I am working on cost-effective photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal (PV-EDR) systems, which is a joint project of GEAR Lab and MIT PV Research Lab.


  • B.S. in Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2009
  • M.Sc. in Applied Thermal Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2012
  • PhD Mechanical Engineering, Queen Mary University of London, 2015
  • Honors and Awards

  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, 2016
  • Student award from Great Britain Educational Trust, 2015
  • Doctoral Research Award from Association of British Turkish Academics, 2015
  • Student grant from Henry Lester Trust, 2015
  • Publications

    See Google Scholar Page