WU Lei
Associate Professor


BSc: 2001/09-2005/06 Zhejiang Normal University (China)

MSc: 2005/09-2008/02 Zhejiang Normal University (China)

PhD:  2010/11-2013/09 University of Strathclyde (UK)


Research and Professional Experiences:

2019/11-Present Southern University of Science and Technology  Associate Professor

2018/12-2019/10  University of Strathclyde(UK) Senior Lecturer

2015/04-2018/11 University of Strathclyde(UK)  Chancellor Fellow &Lecturer

2013/10-2015/03 University of Strathclyde(UK) Postdoctoral Research Associate

2008/09-2010/10 Zhejiang Agricultural and Forestry University: Lecturer



His research interest is in Rarefied (non-equilibrium) Gas Dynamics, in particular to construct efficient and accurate numerical schemes to solve the Boltzmann equation for dilute gases and the Enskog equation for dense gas/liquid- vapour multiphase flows, as well as kinetic modelling for polyatomic gas flows, with applications in high-altitude aerothermodynamics of space vehicles, microelectromechanical systems, shale gas transportation in ultra-tight shale strata, granular flows, multi-scale heat transfer in crystals, and thermal motion of quantum gases.



2019 -16th International Conference for Mesoscopic Methods in Engineering and Science , Edinburgh)
2018- Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award
2010-2013 Scotland Overseas Research Students Award


2018  New Investigator Award: “CO2-Enhanced Gas Recovery (CO2-EGR): Multi-Scale Simulation of Rarefied Gas Flows in Porous Media”
2018: “Advanced Hybrid Method for Pore-Scale Simulation of Shale Gas Flows”
2017 “Multi-scale and multi-physics high-order lattice Boltzmann modelling of shale gas transport”
2017 Carnegie Research Incentive Grants: “Understanding the rarefied gas flow through porous media”



1.Lei Wu*, Jiefang Zhang, Lu Li (2007) Modulational instability and bright solitary wave solution for Bose-Einstein condensates with time-dependent scattering length and harmonic potential. New Journal of Physics 9:69.
2. Lei Wu, Jiefang Zhang, Lu Li, Qing Tian, K Porsezian (2008). Similaritons in nonlinear optical systems. Optics Express 16:6352-6360.
3. Lei Wu*, Lu Li, Jiefang Zhang, Dumitru Mihalache, Boris A. Malomed, Wuming Liu (2010) Exact solutions of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation for stable vortex modes in two-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensates. Physical Review A 81:061805R.
4. Lei Wu, Jianping Meng and Yonghao Zhang (2012) Kinetic modelling of the quantum gases in the normal phase. Proceedings of the Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences 468:1799-1823.
5. Lei Wu and Yonghao Zhang (2012) Applicability of the Boltzmann equation for a two-dimensional Fermi gas. Physical Review A 85:045601.
6. Lei Wu, Craig White, Thomas J. Scanlon, Jason M. Reese, Yonghao Zhang (2013) Deterministic numerical solutions of the Boltzmann equation using the fast spectral method. Journal of Computational Physics 250:27-52.
7. Lei Wu, Jason M. Reese, Yonghao Zhang (2014) Solving the Boltzmann equation deterministically by the fast spectral method: application to gas microflows. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 746:53-84.
8. Lei Wu, Jason M. Reese, Yonghao Zhang (2014) Oscillatory rarefied gas flow inside rectangular cavities. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 748:350-367.
9. Lei Wu, Craig White, Thomas J. Scanlon, Jason M. Reese, Yonghao Zhang (2015) A kinetic model of the Boltzmann equation for nonvibrating polyatomic gases. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 763:24-50.
10. Lei Wu*, Jun Zhang, Jason M. Reese, Yonghao Zhang (2015) A fast spectral method for the Boltzmann equation for monatomic gas mixtures. Journal of Computational Physics 298:602-621.
11. Lei Wu*, Haihu Liu, Yonghao Zhang, Jason M. Reese (2015) Influence of inter-molecular potentials on rarefied gas flows: Fast spectral solutions of the Boltzmann equation. Physics of Fluids 27:082002.
12. Lei Wu*, Yonghao Zhang, Jason M. Reese (2015) Fast spectral solution of the generalized Enskog equation for dense gases. Journal of Computational Physics 303:66-79.
13. Lei Wu*, Haihu Liu, Jason M. Reese, Yonghao Zhang (2016) Nonequilibrium dynamics of dense gas under tight confinement. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 794:252- 266.
14. Lei Wu*, Jun Zhang, Haihu Liu, Yonghao Zhang, Jason M. Reese (2017) A fast iterative scheme for the linearized Boltzmann equation. Journal of Computational Physics 338:431-451.
15. Lei Wu*, Minh Tuan Ho, Lefki Germanou, Xiaojun Gu, Chang Liu, Kun Xu, Yonghao Zhang (2017) On the apparent permeability of porous media in rarefied gas flows. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 822:398-417.
16. Lei Wu*, Henning Struchtrup (2017) Assessment and development of the gas kinetic boundary condition for the Boltzmann equation. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 823:511-537.
17. Wei Su, Peng Wang, Haihu Liu, Lei Wu* (2019) Accurate and efficient computation of the Boltzmann equation for Couette flow: influence of intermolecular potentials on Knudsen layer function and viscous slip coefficient. Journal of Computational Physics 378: 573-590.
18. Wei Su, Peng Wang, Yonghao Zhang, Lei Wu* (2019) A high-order hybridizable discontinuous Galerkin method with fast convergence to steady-state solutions of the gas kinetic equation. Journal of Computational Physics 376: 973-991.
19. Lei Wu (2019) A fast spectral method for the Boltzmann collision operator for quantum gas mixtures: homogeneous relaxation and transport coefficients. Journal of Computational Physics 399:108924.