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Shan Zhong obtained her BEng and MEng degrees from Tsinghua University in China and her PhD degree from Cambridge University. She joined The University of Manchester as a Lecturer in 1997 after having worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Oxford University for three years. She is now Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechanics and the head of Aerodynamics Research Group at the School of MACE.

Prof Zhong's research is concerned with fluid flows. She is particularly interested in studying the fundamental physical mechanics of complex fluid phenomenon using various experimental methods, including PIV and flow visualization techniques. Her research work spans a wide range of flow regimes from low-Reynolds number propulsion to supersonic flow. The primary focus of her current work is flow control with the aim of increasing aerodynamics performance, operation range and fuel efficiency of turbomachinery and air/land transportation vehicles. Prof Zhong’s work has received financial support from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust, Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Dyson Tech Ltd and other sources. By far, she has published over 140 papers in international journal and conferences, and supervised 23 PhD and 6 MPhil students to a successful completion of their projects as their main supervisor.

Prof Zhong is a Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society and a senior life-time member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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  • Boundary layer laminar-turbulent transition
  • Flow control
  • Enhancement of fluid mixing
  • Low Reynolds number propulsion

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

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  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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