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Dr Xinyan Huang is an Associate Professor at Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering and the Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic Univesity. He received his PhD from Imperial College London, MSc from University of California, San Diego, and BEng from Southeast University. Before joining PolyU, Dr Huang was a Postdoc and Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, where he explored the Microgravity Fire Safety for the International Space Station with NASA. Dr Huang is a Combustion Scientist and a Fire Safety Engineer who has co-authored over 180 journal papers and reviewed over 70 journals. He is an Associate Editor of Fire Technology and International Journal of Wildland Fire, an editorial member of J. Building Engineering, Fire Safety J. and Fire and Materials, a Chartered Building Services and Fire Engineer. He is a board member of International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) and the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), a committee member for the HK Fire Safety Code, and a Fire Expert for the HK High Court. He is a winner of the NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund, Bernard Lewis Fellowship and Sugden Best Paper Award from Combustion Institute, Early Career Award from IAFSS, Ricardo Award from Institute of Physics, Fire Engineering Grand Award from HKIE, “5 under 35” and Bono Award from Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). His research team has 20+ PhD students and postdoc fellows, and new positions are open all year round. 

黄鑫炎博士是香港理工大学建筑环境及能源工程系副教授、博导,消防安全工程研究中心 副主任;英国帝国理工博士,美国加州大学圣地亚哥分校硕士,东南大学学士。加入港理工之前,黄博士在美国加州大学伯克利分校担任博士后研究员和讲师,并与美国宇航局合作研究微重力燃烧和国际空间站的消防安全。主要研究领域涉及基础燃烧科学和火灾安全应用,发表了180余篇SCI论文,并担任70多本国际期刊的审稿人。黄博士是SCI期刊 Fire Technology和 Intl. J. Wildland Fire的副主编、J. Building Engineering, Fire Safety J. 和Fire and Materials的编委、屋宇设备及消防特许工程师、国际火灾学会和国际林火学会理事、香港特区政府消防规范与技术顾问、高等法院火灾调查专家。承担国家优秀青年科学基金、香港主题研究计划等科研项目;获得国际燃烧学会伯纳德-刘易斯学者、英国物理学会和燃烧学会最佳论文奖、国际火灾学会杰出青年科学家奖、香港工程师协会消防工程卓越大奖、国际消防工程师协会杰出青年学者和最佳论文奖等。研究团队有20多名博士生和博士后,欢迎新成员加入。


  • BSE3321 Fire Services (BEng)
  • BSE4315 Fire Science (BEng)
  • BSE531 Fire Modelling (MSc)
  • BSE533 Fire Dynamics (MSc)
  • BSE6004 Fire Science and Engineering (PhD)
  • CE620 Research Methods (PhD)

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College London

Bachelor of Engineering, Southeast University

Master of Science, University of California


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