Research field: Methodology development on interfacial mass transfer for complex fluids with complex solid-surface at mesoscale.
Research aims: Develop a novel method to describe the interfacial mass transfer at mesoscale based on the combination of AFM-Molecular simulation-Modelling.
Research field: Model development and its application in the investigation of mass transfer and process analysis.
Research aims: Represent/predict properties and phase equilibrium; Evaluate process performance (theoretical energy utilization & the amount of solvents circulated) for CO2 separation; Conduct mechanism study on how to achieve high absorption capacity and rate for CO2 separation with ionic liquid-based solvents; To study the nano-confinement-effect on the fluid properties.
Novel gas separation technology
Research field: Thermodynamics (absorption capacity, properties); Kinetics (rate, properties); Process simulation and optimization (Aspen Plus); Energy utilization analysis.
Research aims: To develop and apply the novel gas separation technology (ionic liquids) e.g. for CO2 capture in fossil fuel plants and for acid gas separation in biomass related processes.
CO2 absorption and utilization
Research field: Ionic liquid screening and designing, performance testing of CO2 conversion with electro-reduction method, technology evaluation and comparison with other technologies including H2S removal, techno-economic analysis and greenhouse gas performance.
Research aims: To develop a new process for gas cleaning/conditioning/upgrading combined with CO2 conversion to improve the overall process performance, e.g. for biofuel production from biomass gasification.
Research field: Process simulation, performance evaluation and comparison for gas separation based on Aspen Plus combined with pilot-testing.
Research aims: Screen proper solvent and process for specific gas separation with the consideration of up- and down-stream conditions; Evaluate the performance of different solvents/technologies for a specific gas separation process.