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Kentaro Umeki
Kentaro Umeki

Kentaro Umeki

Luleå University of Technology
Energy Engineering
Energy Science
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
+46 (0)920 492484
E148 Luleå


Kentaro Umeki, born 1982 in Miyazaki, Japan, is professor in Energy Engineering at Luleå University of Technology (LTU). Umeki is also a laboratory manager and research coordinator of thermochemical area at the Division of Energy Science. He is currently serving as a subject assistant editor of Applied Energy (Elsevier Inc., IF=7.9) and a board member for Swedish Flame Research Committee. 

His main research interests are thermochemical conversion of biomass as alternative energy processes to fossil based technologies. Umeki earned PhD in Environmental Science and Technology in 2010 after earning BEng in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and MEng in Environmental Science and Technology in 2007, all from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He received research fellowships from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2008-2010) during his PhD study, and Canon Foundation in Europe (2010-2011) during his postdoctoral research at Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He was a guest researcher at Korean Institute of Machnery and Materials 2007-2008 (5 months), at Monash University, Australia 2011 (6 weeks), and at RWTH Aachen University 2019 (3 weeks). He was awarded a best paper award (6th International Conference on Fluid and Thermal Energy, 2009), a best reviewer award (Applied Energy, Elsevier Inc., 2012), the innovative young researcher award (Norbotten Research Council, 2015), Gunnar Öquist Fellow (2016), and supervisor of the year (2018).

Umeki is working at LTU from 2011, and as a professor since 2019. He has published >50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, one book chapter, and more than 65 conference contributions including 3 invited presentations.


Research area

Thermochemical conversion of biomass, modelling and simulation, chemical reaction engineering



F7010T Fuels, Combustion and Gasification Technology; F7011T Energy Plant and Systems Engineering; F7034T Fuels; W0020T Energy Plant Analyses



Cooking, DIY (do-it-yourself), travelling, basketball, cycling and socializing


Article in journal

Catalytic hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass with K2CO3 for production of gasification feedstock (2021)

Hardi. F, Furusjö. E, Kirtania. K, Imai. A, Umeki. K, Yoshikawa. K
Biofuels, Vol. 12, nr. 2, s. 149-160
Article in journal

Effect of calcium dispersion and graphitization during high-temperature pyrolysis of beech wood char on the gasification rate with CO2 (2021)

Schneider. C, Walker. S, Phounglamcheik. A, Umeki. K, Kolb. T
Fuel, Vol. 283
Article in journal

Numerical simulation of a biomass cyclone gasifier (2021)

Effects of operating conditions on gasifier performance
Chishty. M, Umeki. K, Risberg. M, Wingren. A, Gebart. R
Fuel processing technology, Vol. 218
Article in journal

Soot formation during biomass gasification (2021)

A critical review
He. Q, Guo. Q, Umeki. K, Ding. L, Wang. F, Yu. G
Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, Vol. 139
Article in journal

Supercritical extraction and microwave activation of wood wastes for enhanced syngas production and generation of fullerene-like soot particles (2021)

Trubetskaya. A, Hunt. A, Budarin. V, Attard. T, Kling. J, Surup. G, et al.
Fuel processing technology, Vol. 212