Kentaro Umeki
Kentaro Umeki

Kentaro Umeki

Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Energy Engineering
Energy Science
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
kentaro.umeki@ltu.se
+46 (0)920 492484
E148 Luleå

General

Kentaro Umeki, born 1982 in Miyazaki, Japan, is associate 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=7.182) 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) and at Monash University, Australia 2011 (6 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), and Gunnar Öquist Fellow (2016).

Umeki worked as a (tenure track) research fellow at LTU from 2011, and became associate professor in 2015. He has published >30 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, one book chapter, and more than 55 conference contributions including 3 invited presentations.

 

Research area

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

 

Teaching

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

 

Interests

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

Publications

Article in journal

Catalytic hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass with K2CO3 for production of gasification feedstock (2018)

Hardi. F, Furusjö. E, Kirtania. K, Imai. A, Umeki. K, Yoshikawa. K
Biofuels, ISSN: 1759-7269
Conference paper

Change in size and density of a biomass char during heterogeneous reactions (2018)

Phounglamcheik. A, Umeki. K
Paper presented at : 25th International conference on Chemical Reaction Engineering, Florence, Italy, 20-23 May 2018
Article in journal

Characterization and reactivity of soot from fast pyrolysis of lignocellulosic compounds and monolignols (2018)

Trubetskaya. A, Brown. A, Tompsett. G, Timko. M, Kling. J, Broström. M, et al.
Applied Energy, ISSN: 0306-2619, Vol. 212, s. 1489-1500
Conference paper

Effect of supercritical extraction on the soot nanostructure and gasification product yields (2018)

Trubetskaya. A, Kling. J, Umeki. K, Attard. T, Budarin. V, Hunt. A
Paper presented at : 37th International Symposium on Combustion, Dublin, Ireland, 29 July-3 August, 2018
Conference paper

Effects of pyrolysis oil recycling and reaction gas atmosphere on the physical properties and reactivity of charcoal from wood (2018)

Phounglamcheik. A, Wang. L, Romar. H, Broström. M, Ramser. K, Skreiberg. Ø, et al.
Paper presented at : 22nd International Symposium on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, Kyoto, Japan, 3-8 June 2018