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Zhong, Lexuan


Dr. Zhong is the director and founder of the Built Environment Technology Lab (BETLab). She has extensive research and industrial experience in the field of a healthy indoor environment, with an in-depth understanding of heat and mass transfer in buildings, physicochemical purification technologies, catalysis, and nanotechnology. She is a dynamic researcher who is highly proficient in applying experimental, computational, and field approaches to her research. Her speciality areas include building material characterization, air cleaning & odor control, indoor air science, resilience and indoor environmental quality, the design of advanced HVAC systems and green buildings, smart sensors and controls, and health exposure assessment. Her impactful research has been cited by multiple media websites, including Science Newsline, phys.org, Science News, CIHR, and Global News. She is a technical committee member on the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Zhong's research is supported by CIHR, NSERC, MITACS, and Alberta Innovates.

Zhong, Lexuan

Publications, Activities, and Awards

  • A comprehensive review of the application of solar assisted ground source heat pump (SAGSHP) systems in Canada
  • Advancing Geothermal Frontiers: A CFD-based Analysis of Frozen Soil Effects on Heat Pump Technology in Canada
  • Evaluate the application of ground-source heat pumps under freezing soil conditions in Alberta
  • Framework for design and optimization of a retrofitted light industrial space with a renewable energy-assisted hydroponics facility in a rural northern canadian community
  • Improving building energy performance with phase change materials: a case study in Alberta for energy-savings
  • Technical assessment of frozen soil on geothermal heat pump technology in western Canada