With the background in mechanical and chemical engineering, Dong’s research interests are in the physical and numerical modelling of building thermal performance, climate change impact and adaptation, building air conditioning and ventilation.
Dong got his double degrees in mechanical engineering and Chemistry at Tsinghua University in 1987 and his PhD degree in Chemical engineering at Auckland University in 1997. Since 1986, Dong has been researching thermal and energy efficiency systems. From 1990 to 1993, he worked as an assistant research professor in the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS).
Dong joined CSIRO’s Building Thermal and Ventilation team in 1999, at which point he invented the fine bubble building ventilation modelling technique which is used in research institutes worldwide. In 2000, Dong led the empirical confirmation of the occurrence of multiple ventilation rate solutions in wind/buoyancy coupled natural ventilation in buildings. Dong is currently leading the further development of AccuRate and the Chenath engine, the benchmark software tool for the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) in Australia. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for NatHERS Software Development. Dong has published 48 Journal papers, 53 conference papers and over 100 research reports.