Smart materials for green buildings

  • Novel functional materials for green buildings: towards energy efficiency, energy utilization, and a healthy indoor environment
Latest research from Qin's group

  • Green materials + Environmental design: our P+ Demonstration building is an interdisciplinary test platform and labs for sustainable building technology research. 

  • Invited speech at IAQVEC Technical Seminar Series: Novel functional materials for energy-efficient indoor moisture control. Time: 11th November, 2021, at 3:00 PM CET
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Smart materials as an IAQ management strategy

Kick-off meeting of International Energy Agency (IEA) Annex 86 ST3 project: Smart materials as an IAQ management strategy


Keynote speech at ICMB21, UCL, London

Keynote speech at the International Conference on Moisture in Buildings (ICMB21), University College London, United Kingdom 28 June 2021


  • Experimental and modeling investigation of a novel bio-based green synthesis Metal-organic Framework (MOF) for indoor moisture control. The new MOF is non-toxic and cost-effective, and is suitable for indoor environment control and sorption-based solid desiccant systems.

  • P+ Building is an important test platform for the international project 'Green Buildings and Building Industrialization' led by Prof. Qingyan Chen. 

Short Bio of Prof. Dr. Menghao Qin

Prof. Qin has performed research into building physics and building energy system since the late1990s. His work has included heat, air and moisture transport in buildings; smart building materials; indoor environmental quality; energy-efficient building system design, etc. He has developed advanced experimental methods, new smart materials, computer simulation models and environmental control technologies. He has published 3 books and over 150 research papers, and has managed several large-scale research projects with international partners, e.g. EU H2020, IEA, NSFC, etc., He has been invited to deliver many lectures internationally.

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 Featured Research


Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) for building applications

MOFs are an emerging class of porous materials. Most MOFs can exhibit very high surface areas and large adsorption capacity for gas. Due to their structural and functional tunability, MOFs have become one of the most fascinating classes of materials for both scientists and engineers. In the area of built environment, MOFs can be used for indoor moisture regulation, pollutant removal, air purification, and thermal storage, etc. Qin's group has been working on these topics since 2016.


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