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Fan, Liang-Shih



L.-S. Fan is Distinguished University Professor and C. John Easton Professor in Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. He has been on the faculty of Chemical Engineering at Ohio State since 1978 and served as Department Chair from 1994 – 2003. Professor Fan received his B.S. (1970) from National Taiwan University, and his M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1975) from West Virginia University, all in Chemical Engineering. In addition, he earned an M.S. (1978) in Statistics from Kansas State University.

  • Expertise

Professor Fan’s expertise is in particle science and technology, multiphase reaction engineering, and energy and environmental systems. He is an inventor of a number of industrially viable clean fossil conversion processes including OSCAR, CARBONOX, pH Swing, Calcium Looping, Syngas and Coal-Direct Chemical Looping Processes. These processes control sulfur, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions and convert carbonaceous fuels to hydrogen, chemicals or liquid fuels. He also invented the electrical capacitance volume tomography for 3-dimensional, real time multiphase flow imaging that is currently being used in academia and industry worldwide. Professor Fan is the Editor-in-Chief of Powder Technology. He has also served as a consulting editor of ten other journals and book series, including the AIChE Journal and the International Journal of Multiphase Flow, and as a consultant for 20 major corporations. He has authored or co-authored five books, 450 journal papers, and 55 patents.

  • Memberships of National Academies and Professional Societies

National Academy of Engineering (Member, 2001), National Academy of Inventors (Member, 2013), Chinese Academy of Engineering (Foreign Member, 2009), Australian Academy of Technology Science and Engineering (Foreign Member, 2013), Mexican Academy of Sciences (Foreign Member, 2005), Academia Sinica (Academician, 2006), Indian National Academy of Engineering (Foreign Member, 2019), American Association for Advancement of Science (Fellow, 2000), AIChE (Fellow, 2000), American Society of Engineering Education (Member), ACS (Member)

  • Honors and Awards

Professor Fan has received a number of awards (85)  in recognition of his research, teaching and services including the ACS Murphree Award in Industrial Engineering and Chemistry, the AIChE Alpha Chi Sigma Award in Chemical Engineering Research, the Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering, and the 67th Institute Lectureship Awards, the ASEE Dow Lectureship, the Council for Chemical Research Pruitt Award, the R&D 100 Award, the International Fluidization Achievement Award, the International Pitt Award for Innovation in Coal Conversion, and  the Joseph Sullivant Medal of The Ohio State University. Professor Fan was named in 2008 as one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by the AICHE.