Zhengxuan Liu Zhengxuan Liu

Zhengxuan Liu

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Vebleo Fellow, Guest Editors, Applied Sciences, & Processes

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Dr. Zhengxuan Liu was appointed to the position of Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow at Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft, on October 1 st, 2022. He is also the Lecture (for Course AC 3) and Assistant Lecture (for Courses ABE 009 and ABE 013) at TU Delft. His research interests mainly focus on Sustainable Urban Energy Transition, Net Zero (carbon and energy) Technologies, Building-to-Grid Integration, Zero Carbon Building and Community Design, Smart Building and Intelligent Community, Advanced Control and Optimization for Diversified Renewable Energy Integration, Digital Technology Application and AI, Health & Comfort for Indoor Environment, Thermal Management of Hydrogen Fuel Cells, and Socio-technical Systems.

Dr. Liu started his Postdoctoral research works at TU Delft on June 18th, 2021. He was a joint PhD candidate between Hunan University and University of Lyon-ENTPE, and obtained his PhD degree in June, 2019. Dr. Liu was the Assistant Dean of Institute for Sustainable Urbanization & Construction Innovation in Hunan University before coming to Delft.

Dr. Liu is currently the Executive-Chair of China Chapter (with over 800 members) of Marie Curie Alumni Association (with 21,864 members from 153 countries) that is an official international organization established and supported by the European Commission. 

Dr. Liu has authored over 80 research outputs by March 2024, including over 45 SCI papers (31 of them as the first or corresponding author, one ESI Highly Cited Paper), one Elsevier book and 8 invited book chapters, and 35 patents. 

Dr.Liu has successfully led 4 research projects as PI (Principal Investigator), and conducted 6 research projects as Sub-topic leader, Project Secretary or Assistant Coordinator. In 2022, Dr. Liu was won with the "Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships" (Approved funding of € 203,464.32 with a selected rate of about 13%), and honored as "Vebleo Fellow" which recognizes researchers or scientists who have prominence and leadership in the field of science, engineering, and technology.

Dr. Liu has conducted a number of courses with a total of over 120 hours of class time. He has attended and made presentations over 10 public seminars. In addition, he has been co-supervising 3 PhD and 15 Master students in their research.

Dr. Liu is the Associate Editors of two well-known SCI journals, i.e., Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (Nature subjournal, JCR Q1, IF=3.5), and Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (JCR Q3, IF=1.9). He is also the Editorial Board Member of 8 international journals (e.g., Buildings, Sustainable Horizons, etc.), and the Lead Guest Editor of over 6 Special Issues for Frontiers in Energy Research, Sustainability, and Processes, etc.

Dr.Liu was a reviewer of more than 20 SCI international journals with over 260 peer review experiences, e.g., The Innovation, Applied Energy, Energy Conversion and Management, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Building and Environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy and Buildings, etc.

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
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Vebleo Fellow

15 Feb 2022 → …

Assistant Dean of Institute for Sustainable Urbanization and Construction Innovation, Hunan University

15 Feb 202015 Jun 2021


  • TH Building construction
  • Zero carbon buildings
  • Renewable energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Energy storage
  • Techno-economic assessment
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Built environment
  • Building sciences
  • Barriers and driving forces
  • Transaction cost theory


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