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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

  • National Academy of Engineering, 2001
  • 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 and Honors:

  •  2017 Ansys Particle Technology Forum Award for Service, AIChE Particle Technology Forum
  • 6th Annual Global Distinguished Lectureship at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, Korea, 2016
  • 67th Institute Lecture of AIChE at its Annual Meeting in Utah, November 2015
  • 2014 R&D 100 List
  • 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.

 

Recent Distinguished Lectures

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, ExxonMobil Distinguished Lecture, April 4, 2017
  • Korean Advance Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Global Distinguished Lecture, Daijeon, Korea, December 6, 2016
  • Centennial Technical Lecture, West Virginia University, Chemical Engineering Department, March 24, 2017
  • Banquet Keynote Lecture, Chinese American Chemical Society meeting at AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 14, 2016
  • McCabe Lecture, North Carolina State University, Chemical Engineering Department, March 27, 2017
  • Zhang Tayu Lecture, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2017, date - TBD)
  • Honeywell/UOP Invitational Lecture, September 21, 2016

 

Recent Plenary/Keynote Lectures

  • International Fluidization Conference XV, Fairmont LeChateau Montebello, Canada, May 26-31, 2016
  • Japan Science and Technology Agency Symposium on “Co-Generation”, Tokyo, Japan January 29, 2016.
  • 41th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal and Fuel Systems, Tutorial, Clearwater, Florida, June 5-9, 2016.
  • 4th International Chemical Looping Conference, Nanking, China, September 25-28, 2016.
  • Banff International Research Station EPIC – Enabling Process Innovation through Computation, Banff, Canada, August 8-12, 2016

 

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

  • 20160901

    Invited Lecture.

  • 20160501

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker.

  • 20160101

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20151101

    67th Institute Lecture, AIChE Annual Meeting.

  • 20151001

    Plenary Lecture, Chemical Engineering Forum.

  • 20151001

    Keynote Lecture. DeVry Institute of Technology.

  • 20150701

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture. Calvary Baptist College.

  • 20150501

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture.

  • 20150501

    EPIC Keynote Lecture.

  • 20141201

    Pei-Yang Lecture.

  • 20141101

    Wilhelm Award Honoring Session at Annual AIChE Meeting.

  • 20140801

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

  • 20140501

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Cornish College of the Arts.

  • 20140501

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Academy Education Center.

  • 20140401

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

  • 20140101

    Who's Who in Energy 2014.

  • 20131201

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

  • 20131201

    Reuel Shinnar Lecture, Chemical Engineering Department.

  • 20131101

    Foreign Member.

  • 20130801

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Carver State Technical College.

  • 20130801

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture. Carver State Technical College.

  • 20130401

    Distinguished Lecturer, Chemical Engineering.

  • 20130401

    Distinguished Lecturer, Bold Aspirations Lecturer.

  • 20130101

    Distinguished Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Department.

  • 20130101

    R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering.

  • 20130101

    Who's Who in Energy 2013.

  • 20130101

    Fellow.

  • 20130101

    Distinguished Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department.

  • 20130101

    Distinguished Lecturer.

  • 20121001

    Innovator of the Year Award.

  • 20120501

    Engineering Innovator Award.

  • 20120301

    Distinguished Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering.

  • 20120201

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture. Banner Institute.

  • 20110801

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20110801

    Plenary/Keynote.

  • 20110401

    Distinguished Lecturer.

  • 20110101

    Certificate of Recognition for Excellence and Service as Chair.

  • 20080101-20101201

    Distinguished Research Chair.

  • 20101001

    Appointed Honorary Professor.

  • 20101001

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Wallace Community College.

  • 20100701

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. College of the Atlantic.

  • 20100601

    Plenary/Keynote. Fredd State Technical College.

  • 20100601

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Fredd State Technical College.

  • 20100501

    Plenary/Keynote Lecture. Harid Conservatory of Music.

  • 20100401

    Texas Distinguished Faculty Lectureship in Chemical Engineering.

  • 20100301

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Harid Conservatory of Music.

  • 20091101

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker. Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

  • 20091101

    Plenary Session on "Energy Policy and Technology".

  • 20091101

    Elected as Foreign Mmeber.

  • 20091101

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

  • 20091101

    Best Paper Award in Fluidization and Fluid-Particle Systems.

  • 20090701

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker. Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

  • 20040601-20090601

    Elected to the Governing Board representing the U.S.

  • 20090501

    Charles Ellison MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching.

  • 20090401

    2009 Western Distinguished Engineering Lectureship.

  • 20090101

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

  • 20090101

    Festschrift Issue.

  • 20081101

    National Taiwan University Distinguished Alumnus Award.

  • 20081101

    Award for Life Time Achievement.

  • 20080901

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. American Samoa Community College.

  • 20080901

    International Pitt Award for Innovation in Coal Conversion. Magnolia Bible College.

  • 20080401

    Norman Li Lectureship.

  • 20080101

    Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service.

  • 20080101

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

  • 20080101

    Invited Lecturer.

  • 20080101

    Shell Chair Professorship.

  • 20080101

    Albert Einstein Chair Professorship.

  • 20070901

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker. Culinary Institute of America.

  • 20070501

    International Fluidization Award of Achievement.

  • 20070301

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20070101

    International Fluidization Award of Achievement. Fredd State Technical College.

  • 20061001

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20060701

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20060701

    Elected as Academician of the Academia Sinica. College of Saint Thomas More.

  • 20060401

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Calvary Baptist College.

  • 20060301

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20060101

    Recipient.

  • 20060101

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

  • 20051101

    Distinguished Chemical Engineering Alumnus Award.

  • 20051101

    Elected as a Correspondence Member.

  • 20051001

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • 20050901

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • 20050801

    Joseph Sullivant Medal.

  • 20050601

    Distinguished Visiting Professorship.

  • 20050501

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20050401

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20050101

    Honorary Visiting Professorship.

  • 20050101

    Corresponding member.

  • 20040501

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Carver State Technical College.

  • 20040101

    Honorary Visiting Professorship.

  • 20040101

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

  • 20031201

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20031001

    Appointed to C. John Easton Professorship of Engineering.

  • 20031001

    International Multiphase Flow Lectureship.

  • 20031001

    Ralph Peck Memorial Lectureship.

  • 20030901

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Border Institute of Technology.

  • 20030501

    Distinguished Visiting Scientist Award.

  • 20030101

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

  • 20020901

    Awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa).

  • 20020501

    Lumley Research Award.

  • 20011101

    Lectureship of the Centennial Lecture Series.

  • 20010901

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Calvary Baptist College.

  • 20010601

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20010201

    Elected to National Academy of Engineering.

  • 20010101

    National Academy of Engineering.

  • 20000901

    Malcolm E. Pruitt Award.

  • 20000801

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Cornish College of the Arts.

  • 20000401

    Minority Engineering Program Department of the Year Award.

  • 20000401

    Lectureship of the NCE Cullimore Memorial Lecture Series.

  • 20000301

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 20000101

    Elected to Fellow.

  • 19991001

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 19990801

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • 19990601

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Dubois Business College.

  • 19990301

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

  • 19990101

    Union Carbide Lectureship Award.

  • 19990101

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

  • 19981201

    Powder Technology Journal Festschrift.

  • 19980501

    Lumley Research Award.

  • 19971201

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 19971101

    Honoree.

  • 19970601

    Distinguished Department Teaching Award.

  • 19950601-19970601

    Visiting Professorship of The Netherlands.

  • 19970501

    Distinguished Chemical Engineering Alumnus Award.

  • 19961101

    Gary Leach Recognition Award.

  • 19961101

    Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research.

  • 19960801

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 19960601

    FLOTU Prize.

  • 19960601

    Named Distinguished University Professor.

  • 19960501

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. Calvary Baptist College.

  • 19960101

    Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research.

  • 19960101

    Distinguished University Professor.

  • 19950301

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer. American Samoa Community College.

  • 19950101

    Fluidized Process Recognition Award.

  • 19920101-19950101

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

  • 19941201

    Kramers Fysisch Technologisch Lectureship.

  • 19941101

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 19940901

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 19940101

    Certificate of Recognition for Service to the Particle Technology Forum.

  • 19940101

    Fluidization Lectureship Award.

  • 19940101

    Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle System.

  • 19940101

    Institution Eminent Speaker Award.

  • 19930901

    JAN-E PURKYNE Medal.

  • 19930501

    Lumley Research Award.

  • 19930101

    Certificate of Recognition for Service to the Particle Technology Forum.

  • 19930101

    Alexander von Humboldt Research Award.

  • 19920501

    International Outstanding Faculty Award.

  • 19910901

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 19910601

    Distinguished Visiting Professorship Award.

  • 19901001

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 19900901

    Plenary/Keynote Speaker.

  • 19900501

    Distinguished Visiting Scientist Award.

  • 19900101

    Fulbright-Hays Senior Scholar Award.

  • 19890501

    Charles Ellison MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching.

  • 19890501

    Senior Research Award.

  • 19880901

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 19870501

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

  • 19850501

    Innovation in Chemical Engineering Award.

  • 19850501

    Senior Research Award.

  • 19830501

    Plenary/Keynote Lecturer.

  • 19830501

    Sigma Xi Research Award.

  • 19830501

    International Energy Expert Award.

  • 19830501

    Distinguished Research Award.

  • 19830101

    Distinguished Scholar Award.

  • 19820501

    Senior Research Award.

  • 19800101

    Research Award of Battelle Memorial Institute.