Prof. Hui Tong Chua  is a Professor and Head,The University of Western Australia,Australia

Prof. Hui Tong Chua

Professor and Head

Organizing Committee


The University of Western Australia





KC Ng, TY Bong, HT Chua and HL Bao, "Theoretical and experimental analysis of an absorption chiller," Int. J. Refrig., 17 (5) pp:351-358 (1994).


KC Ng, TY Bong and HT Chua, "Performance evaluation of centrifugal chillers in an air-conditioning plant with the building automation system (BAS)," Proc. IME A J. Power Energ., 208, pp:249-255 (1994).


JM Gordon, KC Ng and HT Chua, "Centrifugal chillers: thermodynamic modeling and a diagnostic case study", Int. J. Refrig., 18 (4) pp:253-257 (1995). 


HT Chua, KC Ng and JM Gordon, "Experimental study of the fundamental properties of reciprocating chillers and their relation to thermodynamic modeling and chiller design", Int. J. Heat Mass Trans., 39 (11) pp:2195-2204 (1996).


JM Gordon, KC Ng and HT Chua, "Optimizing chiller operation based on finite-time thermodynamics: universal modeling and experimental confirmation", Int. J. Refrig., 20 (3) pp:191-200 (1997).


KC Ng, HT Chua, W Ong, SS Lee and JM Gordon, "Diagnostics and optimization of reciprocating chillers: theory and experiment", Appl. Therm. Eng. 17 (3) pp:263-276 (1997).


KC Ng, HT Chua and Q Han, "On the modeling of absorption chillers with external and internal irreversibilities", Appl. Therm. Eng., 17 (5) pp:413-425 (1997).


HT Chua, KC Ng, JM Gordon and Q Han, "Entropy production analysis and experimental confirmation of absorption systems", Int. J. Refrig., 20 (3) pp:179-190 (1997).


KC Ng, HT Chua and AS Ong, "Experimental verification of a diagnostic model for reciprocating chillers", Proc. IME E J. Process Mech. Eng., 211 pp:259-265 (1997).


HT Chua, KC Ng, A Malek, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa and BB Saha, "Entropy generation analysis of two-bed, silica gel-water, non-regenerative adsorption chillers", J. Phys. D Appl. Phys., 31 (12) pp:1471-1477 (1998).


KC Ng, K Tu, HT Chua, JM Gordon, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa and BB Saha, "Thermodynamic analysis of absorption chillers internal dissipation and process average temperatures",  Appl. Therm. Eng., 18 (8) pp:671-682 (1998).


KC Ng, HT Chua, K Tu, JM Gordon, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa and BB Saha, "The role of internal dissipation and process average temperature in chiller performance and diagnostics",  J. Appl. Phys., 83, pp:1831-1836 (1998).


HT Chua, KC Ng, A Malek, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa and BB Saha, "Modeling the performance of two-bed, silica gel-water adsorption chillers", Int. J. Refrig., 22, pp:194-204 (1999).  This paper is in the top 1% percentile.


JM Gordon, KC Ng and HT Chua, "Simple thermodynamic diagrams for real refrigeration systems", J. Appl. Phys., 85 (2) pp:641-646 (1999).


KC Ng, HT Chua, QA Han, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa and T Tsurusawa, "Thermodynamic modeling of absorption chiller and comparison with experiments", Heat Tran. Eng., 20 (2) pp:42-51 (1999).


JM Gordon, KC Ng, HT Chua and CK Lim, "How varying condenser coolant flow rate affects chiller performance: thermodynamic modeling and experimental confirmation", Appl. Therm. Eng., 20 (13) pp:1149-1159 (2000).


HT Chua, HK Toh, A Malek, KC Ng and K Srinivasan, "A general thermodynamic framework for understanding the behaviour of absorption chillers", Int. J. Refrig., 23 (7) pp:491-507 (2000).


HT Chua, HK Toh, A Malek, KC Ng and K Srinivasan, "Improved thermodynamic property fields of LiBr-H2O solutions", Int. J. Refrig., 23 (6) pp:412-429 (2000).


HT Chua, HK Toh, KC Ng, "Temperature-entropy diagram for an irreversible absorption refrigeration cycle", J. Appl. Phys., 88 (1) pp:446-452 (2000).


HT Chua, KC Ng, A Malek, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa and BB Saha, "Multi-bed regenerative adsorption chiller - improving the utilization of waste heat and reducing the chilled water outlet temperature fluctuation", Int. J. Refrig., 24 (2) pp:124-136 (2001).


HT Chua, KC Ng, A Malek, NM Oo, "General thermodynamic framework for understanding temperature-entropy diagram of batchwise operating thermodynamic cooling cycles", J. Appl. Phys., 89 (9) pp:5151-5158 (2001).


TH Wee, J Zhu, HT Chua, SF Wong, "Resistance of blended cement pastes to leaching in distilled water at ambient and higher temperatures", ACI Materials Journal. 98 (2) pp:184-193 (2001).


KC Ng, HT Chua, CY Chung, CH Loke, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa, BB Saha, "Experimental investigation of the silica gel-water adsorption isotherm characteristics", Appl. Therm. Eng., 21, pp:1631-1642 (2001).


JM Gordon, KC Ng, HT Chua, A Chakraborty, “The electro-adsorption chiller: a miniaturized cooling cycle with applications to micro-electronics”, Int. J. Refrig., 25 (8) pp:1025-1033 (2002).


HT Chua, KC Ng, XC Xuan, C Yap, and JM Gordon, “Temperature-entropy formulation of thermoelectric thermodynamic cycles”, Phys. Rev. E, 65, 056111(2002).


HT Chua, KC Ng, A Chakraborty, NM Oo, and MA Othman, “Adsorption characteristics of silica gel + water systems”, J. Chem. Eng. Data 47 (5) pp:1177-1181 (2002).


HT Chua, HK Toh, and KC Ng, “Thermodynamic modeling of an ammonia-water absorption chiller”, Int. J. Refrig., 25 (7) pp:896-906 (2002).


XC Xuan, KC Ng, C Yap, and HT Chua, “On minimizing the heat leak of current leads in cryogenic vacuum systems”, Cryogenics, 42 (12) pp:779-785 (2002).


XC Xuan, KC Ng, C Yap, and HT Chua, “A general model for studying effects of interface layers on thermoelectric devices performance”, Int. J. Heat Mass Trans., 45 (26) pp:5159-5170 (2002).


XC Xuan, KC Ng, C Yap, and HT Chua, “Optimization of two-stage thermoelectric coolers with two design configurations”, Energ. Convers. Manag., 43 (15) pp:2041-2052 (2002).


XC Xuan, KC Ng, C Yap, and HT Chua, “The maximum temperature difference and polar characteristic of two-stage thermoelectric coolers”, Cryogenics, 42 (5) pp:273-278 (2002).


XC Xuan, KC Ng, C Yap, and HT Chua, “Optimization and thermodynamic understanding of conduction-cooled Peltier current leads”, Cryogenics, 42 (2), pp:141-145 (2002).


BB Saha, S Koyama, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa, KC Ng, and HT Chua, “Waste heat driven dual-mode, multi-stage, multi-bed regenerative adsorption system”, Int. J. Refrig., 26 (7) pp:749-757 (2003).  This paper is in the top 1% percentile.


HT Chua, KC Ng, N Chakraborty, NM Oo, “Thermodynamic property fields of an adsorbate-adsorbent system”, Langmuir, 19(6) pp:2254-2259 (2003).


KCA Alam, A Akahira, Y Hamamoto, A Akisawa, T Kashiwagi, BB Saha, S Koyama, KC Ng and HT Chua, “Multi beds multi-stage adsorption refrigeration cycle—reducing driving heat source temperature”, Transactions of the Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, 20 (3) pp:413-420 (2003).


BB Saha, S Koyama, KCA Alam, Y Hamamoto, A Akisawa, T Kashiwagi, KC Ng and HT Chua, “Isotherm adsorption measurement for the development of high performance adsorption cooling system”, Transactions of the Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, 20 (3) pp:421-427 (2003).


KC Ng, HT Chua, JB Wang, XL Wang, T Kashiwagi, A Akisawa, and BB Saha, “Experimental Investigation on a Novel Four-Bed Adsorption Chiller”, Transactions of the Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, 20 (3), pp:429-435 (2003).


HT Chua, KC Ng, W Wang, C Yap, and XL Wang, “Transient modeling of a two-bed silica gel-water adsorption chiller”, Int. J. Heat Mass Trans., 47 (4) pp:659-669 (2004).


TW Ng, O Sasaki, and HT Chua, “Resolution analysis of atomic force microscopy using temporal phase modulation interferometry”, Opt. Eng., 43 (1) pp:75-78 (2004).


HT Chua, XL Wang, and JM Gordon, “Thermionic and tunneling cooling thermodynamics”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 84 (20) pp:3999-4001 (2004).


XL Wang, HT Chua, and KC Ng, “Experimental investigation of silica gel-water adsorption chillers with and without a passive heat recovery scheme”, Int. J. Refrig., 28 pp:756-765 (2005).


KL Tan, C Iliescu, F Tay, HT Chua, J Miao, “Nanotips cold-end contact for microcooling systems”, International Journal of Nanoscience, 4 (4) pp:701-707 (2005).


HT Chua, XL Wang, HY Teo, “A numerical study of the Hampson-type miniature Joule-Thomson cryocooler”, Int. J. Heat Mass Trans, 49 pp:582-593 (2006).


Gao LZ, XL Wang, HT Chua, and S Kawi, “Growth of La2CuO4 nanofibers under a mild condition by using single walled carbon nanotubes as templates”, J. Solid State Chem., 179 (7) pp:2036- 2040 (2006).


FEH Tay, C Iliescu, and HT Chua, “Nanotips array for thermoelectric coolers fabricated using notching effect of reflected charges on mask”, Rom. J. Inform. Sci. Tech., 9 (2) pp:81-148, (2006).


A Tay, HT Chua, and XD Wu, “A lamp thermoelectricity based integrated bake/chill system for photoresist processing”, Int. J. Heat Mass Trans., 50 pp:580-594, (2007).


XL Wang and HT Chua, “A comparative evaluation of different heat-recovery schemes as applied to a two-bed adsorption chiller”, Int. J. Heat Mass Trans., 50, pp:433-443 (2007).


XL Wang, HT Chua, and LZ Gao, “A thermogravimetric analyzer for condensable gas adsorption under subatmospheric conditions”, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 90 (3) pp:935-940 (2007).


XL Wang and HT Chua, “Two bed silica gel-water adsorption chillers: an effectual lumped parameter model”, Int. J. Refrig., 30 (8) pp:1417-1426 (2007).


LZ Gao, HT Chua, and S Kawi, “The direct decomposition of NO over the La2CuO4 nanofiber catalyst”, J. Solid State Chem., 181(10) pp:2804-2807, (2008).


HT Chua, A Tay, Y Wang, and X Wu, “A heater plate assisted bake/chill system for photoresist processing in photolithography”, Appl. Therm. Eng., 29(5-6) pp:985-997, (2009).


HT Chua, A Tay, and Y Wang, “Integrated bake/chill system for across-wafer temperature uniformity control in photoresist processing”, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B, 27(3) pp:1211-1214, (2009).


X Wang and HT Chua, “Absorption cooling: a review of lithium bromide-water chiller technologies”, Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering, 2 pp:193-213, (2009).  (Invited article)


LZ Gao, WK Zhang, A Cornejo, HT Chua, “Methane catalytic cracking to make COx free Hydrogen and carbons (nanotubes, microfibers, microballs)”, Advanced Materials Research, 79-82 pp:585-588 (2009).


K Regenauer-Lieb, A Karrech, HT Chua, FG Horowitz, and D Yuen, “Time-dependent, irreversible entropy production and geodynamics”, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 368 pp:285-300, (2010). (Invited article)


A Tay, HT Chua, Y Wang, and Y Ngo, “Equipment design and control of advanced thermal processing module in lithography," IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics, 57(3) pp:1112-1119 (2010).


X Wang, J French, S Kandadai, and HT Chua, “Adsorption measurements of methane on activated carbon in the temperature range (281 to 343) K and pressures to 1.2 MPa”, J. Chem. Eng. Data, 55(8) pp:2700-2706 (2010).


L Gao, E Yoo, J Nakamura, W Zhang, HT Chua, “Hydrogen storage in Pd–Ni doped defective carbon nanotubes through the formation of CHx (x = 1, 2)”, Carbon, 48(11) pp:3250-3255 (2010).


MH Fard, K Hooman, and HT Chua, “Numerical simulation of a CO2 supercritical geothermosiphon”, Int. Comm. Heat Mass Trans., 37(10) pp:1447-1451 (2010).


A Cornejo, W Zhang, L Gao, RR Varsani, M Saunders, K Swaminathan Iyer, CL Raston, and HT Chua, “Methane to zero emission hydrogen with carbon captured as pure spheroidal nanomaterials”, Chem. Eur. J., 17 pp: 9188 – 9192 (2011).


X Wang, A Christ, K Regenauer-Lieb, K Hooman, and HT Chua, “Low grade heat driven multi-effect distillation technology”, Int. J. Heat Mass Trans., 54 pp: 5497 – 5503 (2011).


X Wang, B Lee, and HT Chua, “Methane Desorption and Adsorption Measurements on Activated Carbon in (281 to 343) K and Pressures to 1.2 MPa”, J. Therm. Anal. Calorim., 110(3) pp: 1475-1485 (2012)


X Wang, A Bierwirth, A Christ, P Whittaker, K Regenauer-Lieb, and HT Chua, “Application of geothermal absorption air-conditioning system: A case study”, Appl. Therm. Eng., 50 pp: 71-80 (2013)


FM Yasin, RA Boulos, BY Hong, A Cornejo, KS Iyer, L Gao, HT Chua, and CL Raston, “Microfluidic Q1 size selective growth of palladium nano-particles on carbon nano-onions”, Chem. Commun., 48 pp: 10102-10104 (2012).


BCY Chan, X Wang, LKW Lam, JM Gordon, D Feuermann, CL Raston, and HT Chua, “Light-driven high-temperature continuous-flow synthesis of TiO2 nano-anatase”, Chem. Eng. J., 211-212 pp: 195-199 (2012).


PB Whittaker, X Wang, K Regenauer-Lieb, and HT Chua, “Predicting isosteric heats for gas adsorption”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15 pp: 473-482 (2013)


A Tay, HT Chua, Y Wang, G Yang, and WK Ho, “Modeling and real-time control of multi-zone thermal processing system for photoresist processing”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 52(13) pp: 4805-4814 (2013)


HB Lu, BCY Chan, XL Wang, HT Chua, CL Raston, A Albu-Yaron, M Levy, R Popowitz-Biro, R Tenne, D Feuermann, JM Gordon, “High-yield synthesis of silicon carbide nanowires by solar and lamp ablation”, Nanotechnology, 24(33), Article Number: 335603 (2013)


YA Goh, X Chen, FM Yasin, PK Eggers, RA Boulos, X Wang, HT Chua, CL Raston, “Shear flow assisted decoration of carbon nano-onions with platinum nanoparticles”, Chem. Commun., 49 pp: 5171-5173 (2013).


A. Christ, K. Regenauer-Lieb & H.T. Chua (2014) “Thermodynamic optimisation of multi effect distillation driven by sensible heat sources”, Desalination, 336 160-167


H. Lu, R.A. Boulos, B.C.Y. Chan, C.T. Gibson, X. Wang, C.L. Raston & H.T. Chua (2014) “Carbon nanofibres from fructose using a light-driven high-temperature spinning disc processor”, Chem. Commun., 50 1478.


P. Whittaker, X. Wang, K. Regenauer-Lieb, D. Blair & H.T. Chua (2014) “Geothermal air conditioning: typical application using deep-warm and shallow-cool reservoirs for cooling in Perth, Western Australia”, Int. J. Simul. Multisci. Des. Optim., 5 A10.


A. Christ, X. Wang, K. Regenauer-Lieb & H.T. Chua (2014) “Low grade heat driven desalination technology”, Int. J. Simul. Multisci. Des. Optim., 5 A02.


P. Whittaker, X. Wang, W. Zimmerman, K. Regenauer-Lieb & H.T. Chua (2014) “Predicting the Integral Heat of Adsorption for Gas Physisorption on Microporous and Mesoporous Adsorbents”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 118(16) 8350-5358


B. Rahimi, A. Christ, K. Regenauer-Lieb & H.T. Chua (2014) “A novel process for low grade heat driven desalination”, Desalination, 351 202-212.  This work is featured in Science Network WA 


A. Christ, K. Regenauer-Lieb & H.T. Chua (2014) “Application of the Boosted MED process for low-grade heat sources - A pilot plant”, Desalination, 366 47-58.


K. Regenauer-Lieb, A. Bunger, H.T. Chua, A. Dyskin, F. Fusseis, O. Gaede, R. Jeffrey, A. Karrech, T. Kohl, J. Liu, V. Lyakhovsky, E. Pasternak, R. Podgorney, T. Poulet, S. Rahman, C. Schrank, M. Trefry, M. Veveakis, B. Wu, D. Yuen, F. Wellmann & X. Zhang (2015) “Deep geothermal: the ‘Moon Landing’ mission in the unconventional energy and minerals space”, J. Earth Science, 26(1) 2-10.


A. Christ, K. Regenauer-Lieb & H.T. Chua (2015) “Boosted multi-effect distillation for sensible low-grade heat sources: A comparison with feed pre-heating multi-effect distillation”, Desalination, 366 32-46.


X. Wang, Z. He & H.T. Chua (2015) “Performance study of a four-bed silica gel-water adsorption chiller with the passive heat recovery scheme”, Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2015 Article ID 861065


X. Wang, Z. He & H.T. Chua (2015) “Performance simulation of multi-bed silica gel-water adsorption chillers”, Int. J. Refrig., 52 32-41.


H. Lu, P.K. Eggers, C.T. Gibson, X Duan, R.N. Lamb, C.L. Raston & H.T. Chua (2015) “Facile synthesis of electrochemically active Pt nanoparticle decorated carbon nano onions”, New J. Chem., 39 915.


B. Rahimi, J. May, K. Regenauer-Lieb & H.T. Chua (2015) “Thermo-economic analysis of two novel low grade sensible heat driven desalination processes”, Desalination, 365 316-328.


H.B. Lu, W.S. Woi, X.Y. Tan, C.T. Gibson, X.J. Chen, C.L. Raston, J.M. Gordon & H.T. Chua (2015) “Synthesis of few-layer graphene by lamp ablation”, Carbon, 94 349-351.


B. Rahimi, K. Regenauer-Lieb, H.T. Chua, E. Boom, S. Nicoli, & S. Rosenberg (2016) “A novel flash boosted evaporation process for alumina refineries”, Appl. Thermal Engineering, 94 375-384.


B. Rahimi, K. Regenauer-Lieb, H.T. Chua, E. Boom, S. Nicoli, & S. Rosenberg (2017) “A novel low grade heat driven process to re-concentrate process liquor in alumina refineries”, Hydrometallurgy, 170 34-42


J.M. Gordon & H.T. Chua (2016) “Thermodynamic perspective for the specific energy consumption of seawater desalination”, Desalination, 386 13-18


H.R. Dastgerdi, P.B. Whittaker, H.T. Chua (2016) “New MED based desalination process for low grade waste heat”, Desalination, 395 57-71


A. Christ, B. Rahimi, K. Regenauer-Lieb, H.T. Chua (2017) “Techno-economic analysis of geothermal desalination using Hot Sedimentary Aquifers: A pre-feasibility study for Western Australia”, Desalination, 404 167-181


J.M. Gordon, H.T. Chua (2017) “The merits of plasmonic desalination”, Nature Photonics, 11 70


H.R. Dastgerdi, H.T. Chua (2018) “Thermo-economic analysis of low-grade heat driven multi-effect distillation based desalination processes”, Desalination, 448 36-48


S. Eshon, W. Zhang, M. Saunders, Y. Zhang, H.T. Chua, J.M. Gordon (2018) “Panorama of boron nitride nanostructures via lamp ablation”, Nano Research


D. Lovell, T. Rickerby, B. Vandereydt, L. Do, X. Wang, K. Srinivasan, H.T. Chua (2019) “Thermal performance prediction of outdoor swimming pools”, Building and Environment, 160, article 106167.


B. Rahimi, Z. Marvi, A.A. Alamolhoda, M.A. Tehranifard, H.T. Chua (2019) “An industrial application of low-grade sensible waste heat driven seawater desalination: A case study”, Desalination, 470, article 114055.


(All degrees from the Mechanical Engineering Department, National University of Singapore)

Ph.D – 1999                            M.Eng – 1995                         B.Eng (First Class Honors) 1993


  • Near emission-free catalytic cracking of methane into hydrogen and graphitic carbon
  • High flux bright light driven chemical reactions
  • Geothermal/low grade heat desalination and air conditioning


  • Bachelor of Technology Engineering Educator Award 2001/2002, National University of Singapore
  • 2002/2003 University-level Excellent Teachers Listing – ranked among the top 6.3%, National University of Singapore
  • 2003/2004 Honours-list certificate for dedication to teaching, National University of Singapore
  • 2006 2nd Runner Up of the Western Australia Inventor of the Year Award (Research Organisation Category); awarded for methane to hydrogen technology
  • 2010 Commendation Award for Teaching Excellence (Individual Teaching) by the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, The University of Western Australia
  • 2010 Award for Teaching Excellence (Individual Teaching) by the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, The University of Western Australia
  • 2010 A*STAR-ATSE Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program participant, 2011 A*STAR-ATSE “Next Step Program”: Making Collaboration Happen funding recipient
  • 2011 Shanxi Government Distinguished Expert under the Shanxi (China) Hundred Man Program
  • 2013 Joint winner with Trevor Powell of Impacts Buildings Pty. Ltd. in the “Backyard Category” of The Australian Innovation Challenge for “Solar Desalination”.
  • 2017 Best Reviewer Award for NEVVE2017
  • 2017 Top Ten ARC Assessors from UWA
  • 2019 UWA Innovation Fellow
  • 2019 AIRAH Excellence in HVAC&R Research – DevelopmentWA, Awarded to the Cool Earth Project, The Vive, Craigie


Section Editor

The Open Mechanical Engineering Journal

Editorial Board Member

The Open Thermodynamics Journal, Chemical Engineering (CE, Academic Research Publishing House), Journal of Chemistry and Applied Chemical Engineering

Advisory Editorial Board

Member Sustainable Water Developments:  Resources, Management, Treatment, Efficiency and Reuse, ed. Jochen Bundschuh, CRC Press, (Nov. 2015 -)

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