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Intercultural Module|Zhiyuan Chair Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Mr. ZHANG Junliang Invited to Deliver Online Lecture for SPEIT’s Intercultural Module

On the afternoon of June 5th 2020, SPEIT invited Mr. ZHANG Junliang, Zhiyuan Chair Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, to deliver an online lecture to the second-year students of SPEIT, titled “Development of Energy Science and Technology and the Outlook”, as another intercultural module demonstrating the school-business cooperation of SPEIT.

 

 

Energy science and technology have always been what mankind have been pursuing, and new energy science and technology are what we need as our civilization evolves into a higher stage. In the first part of the lecture, Mr. ZHANG talked about energy technologies. According to Mr. ZHANG, 90% of China’s primary energy demand is still met by burning resources, and internal combustion engines consume two thirds of the global oil, making it one of the major sources of greenhouse gas and noxious emissions. It looks ever more urgent, he noted, to develop and use more efficient and clean energy. Looking ahead to the energy industry, he expected wind and solar energy, bioenergy (also known as “green oil”), and electrochemical energy to be the major players.

       He then went on to elaborate on the development of fuel cells as the fourth-generation power generation technology, which can be used as engines in multiple areas such as electric vehicles, drones, communication stations, and submarines. As he pointed out, there would be a complete industrial chain in the hydrogen energy field, with hydrogen production in the upstream sector, hydrogen storage and hydrogenation in the midstream sector, and hydrogen products and their application in the downstream sector, applicable to almost all dynamics and power generation industries. Japan, the US, and Canada have developed sophisticated auto fuel cell industries, he said, but China has no choice but to conduct research and development on its own due to embargo of many high-end technologies. With China lagging behind in basic theories and intellectual property rights, he talked about the need to have more ambitious people making concerted efforts to make breakthroughs.

         As one of the leading polytechnics in China, SJTU has remained steadfast in its mission of contributing its share to scientific and technological development of the country. For example, it developed the world’s first dimethyl ether-fueled city bus and China’s first liquefied natural gas-powered city bus, and was the first to propose the MIXPC turbocharging system in the world that greatly enhanced the maneuverability of special-purpose vehicles and ships.

         Mr. ZHANG said that China shall stay committed to the pursuit of excelling in basic theories and incubating leading industries of applied science and engineering technology. He also encouraged the students to work hard, improve their abilities of research and development, think more about the future, and make good plans and preparations. They ought to have lofty ideals at the very start of their school life, he said, and seize the day and live it to the fullest.

 

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ZHANG Junliang: Zhiyuan chair professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Executive Deputy Dean of SJTU Zhiyuan College, and Director of the Institute of Fuel Cells of SJTU School of Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from SJTU with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 1994 and 1997, and earned the doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2005. His research has focused on the electrochemical and electrocatalysis mechanisms, low/ultra-low-platinum catalysts, design and development of high-performance MEAs for fuel cells, and fuel cell stacks.