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Liang-Shih Fan

  • Dist Univ Prof/C J Easton Prof, Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
  • 302 CBEC
    151 W. Woodruff Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-688-3262

About

Education

  • B.S., National Taiwan University, 1970
  • M.S., West Virginia University, 1973
  • Ph.D., West Virginia University, 1975
  • M.S. (Statistics), Kansas State University, 1978

 

Key Honors and Distinctions

  • Invented the leading clean-coal technology in the United States: chemical looping processes for electricity, hydrogen, fuel and chemical production -- which have been licensed and are currently being demonstrated at a pilot scale for commercial applications.
  • Invented the first and only Electrical Capacitance Volume Tomography for 3-dimensional real-time imaging of multiphase flows and reactor systems – commercialized by a spinoff company (Tech4Imaging) and used worldwide in academic research and industrial practice.

Top Awards:

  • 67th Institute Lecture of AIChE at its Annual Meeting in Utah, November 2015
  • 2014 R&D 100 List
  • National Academy of Engineering, 2001
  • AIChE Wilhelm Award, 2013
  • Chinese Academy of Engineering, 2009
  • One of the 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era, AIChE, 2008
  • International Pitt Award for Innovation in Coal Conversion, 2008
  • International Fluidization Award of Achievement, 2007
  • Academician of the Academia Sinica in Republic of China, 2006
  • E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2006
  • Joseph Sullivant Medal of The Ohio State University, 2005
  • Elected to Mexican Academy of Science, 2005 
  • Malcom E. Pruitt Award, Council for Chemical Research, 2000 
  • ASEE Chemical Engineering Division Union Carbide Lectureship Award, 1999 
  • AIChE Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, 1996

 

RESEARCH AREAS - Fan Facility for Clean Energy Research
  • Fluidization, Multiphase Flow, Particulate Reaction Engineering, Particle Technology, Energy and Environmental Engineering.
  • Graduate student research opportunities are currently available (highly selective).
  • PUBLICATIONS AND PATENTS

My research group is engaged in fundamental and applied research in the areas including fluidization and multiphase flow, particulate reaction engineering, and particle technology. These areas are of relevance to energy and environmental systems and of direct interest to chemical, petrochemical, mineral, and material industries. The specifics of current research efforts in these areas are briefed below. 

We are investigating the turbulent diffusion of particles from the core-to-wall region and probing into the origin of particle clusters in the core region of a segregated flow in a circulating fluidized bed. Our study also extends to examining the flow structure and mixing characteristics of a turbulent fluidized bed under high-pressure and hightemperature conditions and the effects of fine particles on the fluidization behavior. This research group has developed a unique large-scale flow visualization apparatus in conjunction with a particle image velocimetry system to analyze the high-pressure and high-temperature phenomena in gasliquid bubble columns, slurry bubble columns, and three-phase fluidized beds. Our research has addressed the key issues that dictate the fluid dynamics and transport behavior of these systems such as bubble instability, bubble formation and jetting, flow regime transition, and heat and mass transfer mechanisms. A computational code for discrete-phase simulation for three-phase flow has been developed and has been verified to mimic the real flow situations. We have also developed Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT) for three-dimensional, real-time imaging of two- and threephase flows. 

Our research resulted in the synthesis of calcium-based sorbents with tailored internal structures that are effective in flue gas emission control for coal combustion. Based on this patented concept, a new coal combustion process system is being commercially demonstrated. Recent studies are focused on examining ionic diffusion through solids, ultrafast powder reaction engineering, and kinetics of the reaction between calcium-based powder with H2S and other toxic substances (selenium and arsenic). The kinetic data are obtained using a specially designed high-pressure, high-temperature differential-bed reactor capable of being operated under fixed, fluidized, and entrained-bed conditions at pressures up to 3.5 MPa and temperatures up to 1000ºC. Measurements of the powder properties, e.g., surface charge and internal angle of friction, are conducted in the well-equipped powder testing laboratory of this group. 

In addition to federal and state agencies, an industrial consortium is supporting the program with an annual consortium symposium hosted by this research group. The interaction with the consortium members has proven to be of great benefit to our group members over the years.

 

Honors

  • 2016

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2016

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker. .

  • 2016

    Invited Lecture. .

  • 2015

    Keynote Lecture. .

  • 2015

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture. .

  • 2015

    67th Institute Lecture, AIChE Annual Meeting. .

  • 2015

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture. .

  • 2015

    EPIC Keynote Lecture. .

  • 2015

    Plenary Lecture, Chemical Engineering Forum. .

  • 2014

    Wilhelm Award Honoring Session at Annual AIChE Meeting. .

  • 2014

    R&D 100 Award, jointly with ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), for HECLOT: High-Efficiency Calcium Looping Technology. .

  • 2014

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2014

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2014

    Ryckman Lecture, Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering. .

  • 2014

    Who's Who in Energy 2014. .

  • 2014

    Pei-Yang Lecture. .

  • 2013

    Foreign Member. .

  • 2013

    Fellow. .

  • 2013

    Distinguished Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department. .

  • 2013

    Distinguished Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Department. .

  • 2013

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture. .

  • 2013

    Distinguished Lecturer. .

  • 2013

    Deepak Group's Padma Bhushan Prof L K Doraiswamy Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award. .

  • 2013

    R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering. .

  • 2013

    Reuel Shinnar Lecture, Chemical Engineering Department. .

  • 2013

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2013

    Distinguished Lecturer, Chemical Engineering. .

  • 2013

    Distinguished Lecturer, Bold Aspirations Lecturer. .

  • 2013

    Who's Who in Energy 2013. .

  • 2012

    Innovator of the Year Award. .

  • 2012

    Distinguished Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering. .

  • 2012

    Engineering Innovator Award. .

  • 2012

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture. .

  • 2011

    Plenary/Keynote. .

  • 2011

    Distinguished Lecturer. .

  • 2011

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2011

    Certificate of Recognition for Excellence and Service as Chair. .

  • 2010

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2008-2010

    Distinguished Research Chair. .

  • 2010

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2010

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2010

    Appointed Honorary Professor. .

  • 2010

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture. .

  • 2010

    Plenary/Keynote. .

  • 2010

    Texas Distinguished Faculty Lectureship in Chemical Engineering. .

  • 2010

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2009

    Best Paper Award in Fluidization and Fluid-Particle Systems. .

  • 2009

    Elected as Foreign Mmeber. .

  • 2009

    2009 Western Distinguished Engineering Lectureship. .

  • 2009

    Plenary Session on "Energy Policy and Technology". .

  • 2009

    65. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research Festschrift Issue in Honor of L.-S. Fan. .

  • 2009

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker. .

  • 2009

    Festschrift Issue. .

  • 2009

    Journal of Taiwanese Institute of Chemical Engineering Festchrift Issue in Honor of L.S. Fab. .

  • 2009

    Charles Ellison MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching. .

  • 2004-2009

    Elected to the Governing Board representing the U.S. .

  • 2009

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker. .

  • 2008

    International Pitt Award for Innovation in Coal Conversion. .

  • 2008

    Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service. The Ohio State University.

  • 2008

    National Taiwan University Distinguished Alumnus Award. .

  • 2008

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2008

    Shell Chair Professorship. .

  • 2008

    Albert Einstein Chair Professorship. .

  • 2008

    Named as one of the ” One Hundred Engineers in the Modern Era”. .

  • 2008

    Invited Lecturer. .

  • 2008

    Norman Li Lectureship. .

  • 2008

    Award for Life Time Achievement. .

  • 2007

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2007

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker. .

  • 2007

    International Fluidization Award of Achievement. .

  • 2007

    International Fluidization Award of Achievement. .

  • 2006

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2006

    Recipient. .

  • 2006

    Elected as Academician of the Academia Sinica. .

  • 2006

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2006

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2006

    E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. .

  • 2006

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2006

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2005

    Honorary Visiting Professorship. .

  • 2005

    Elected as a Correspondence Member. .

  • 2005

    Distinguished Visiting Professorship. .

  • 2005

    Joseph Sullivant Medal. .

  • 2005

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2005

    Distinguished Chemical Engineering Alumnus Award. .

  • 2005

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2005

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2005

    Corresponding member. .

  • 2005

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2004

    Certificate of Recognition for Service to the Societal Impact Operating Council. .

  • 2004

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2004

    Honorary Visiting Professorship. .

  • 2003

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2003

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2003

    Ralph Peck Memorial Lectureship. .

  • 2003

    Distinguished Visiting Scientist Award. .

  • 2003

    Certificate of Recognition for Service to the Societal Impact Operating Council. .

  • 2003

    Appointed to C. John Easton Professorship of Engineering. .

  • 2003

    International Multiphase Flow Lectureship. .

  • 2002

    Awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa). .

  • 2002

    Lumley Research Award. .

  • 2001

    Elected to National Academy of Engineering. .

  • 2001

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2001

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2001

    Lectureship of the Centennial Lecture Series. .

  • 2001

    National Academy of Engineering.

  • 2000

    Minority Engineering Program Department of the Year Award. .

  • 2000

    Elected to Fellow. .

  • 2000

    Lectureship of the NCE Cullimore Memorial Lecture Series. .

  • 2000

    Malcolm E. Pruitt Award. .

  • 2000

    Elected to Fellow. .

  • 2000

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 2000

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1999

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1999

    Lectureship of the Inaugural Henry E. Bent Distinguished Lecture Series. .

  • 1999

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1999

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1999

    Clara M. and Peter L. Scott Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. .

  • 1999

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1999

    Union Carbide Lectureship Award. .

  • 1998

    Lumley Research Award. .

  • 1998

    Powder Technology Journal Festschrift. .

  • 1995-1997

    Visiting Professorship of The Netherlands. .

  • 1997

    Distinguished Chemical Engineering Alumnus Award. .

  • 1997

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1997

    Honoree. .

  • 1997

    Distinguished Department Teaching Award. .

  • 1996

    Distinguished University Professor. .

  • 1996

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1996

    Gary Leach Recognition Award. .

  • 1996

    Named Distinguished University Professor. .

  • 1996

    FLOTU Prize. .

  • 1996

    Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research. .

  • 1996

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1996

    Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research. .

  • 1995

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1995

    Fluidized Process Recognition Award. .

  • 1992-1995

    Selected for Best Articles in a Single-Subject Source Book for the paper "Particulates Reaction Engineering,". .

  • 1994

    Certificate of Recognition for Service to the Particle Technology Forum. .

  • 1994

    Fluidization Lectureship Award. .

  • 1994

    Institution Eminent Speaker Award. .

  • 1994

    Institution Eminent Speaker Award. .

  • 1994

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1994

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1994

    Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle System. .

  • 1994

    Kramers Fysisch Technologisch Lectureship. .

  • 1993

    Certificate of Recognition for Service to the Particle Technology Forum. .

  • 1993

    Lumley Research Award. .

  • 1993

    Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. .

  • 1993

    JAN-E PURKYNE Medal. .

  • 1992

    International Outstanding Faculty Award. .

  • 1991

    Distinguished Visiting Professorship Award. .

  • 1991

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1991

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1990

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1990

    Fulbright-Hays Senior Scholar Award. .

  • 1990

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker. .

  • 1990

    Distinguished Visiting Scientist Award. .

  • 1989

    Senior Research Award. .

  • 1989

    Charles Ellison MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching. .

  • 1988

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1987

    Stanley E. Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. .

  • 1985

    Senior Research Award. .

  • 1985

    Innovation in Chemical Engineering Award. .

  • 1983

    Sigma Xi Research Award. .

  • 1983

    Distinguished Research Award. .

  • 1983

    International Energy Expert Award. .

  • 1983

    Distinguished Scholar Award. .

  • 1983

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. .

  • 1982

    Senior Research Award. .

  • 1980

    Research Award of Battelle Memorial Institute. .