Dr Jun Li


Chemical and Process Engineering

Personal statement

I joined the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Strathclyde as a Lecturer in 2015. My research focuses on turning waste biomass into chemicals, fuels, and energy. My research group have expertise in CFD modelling of reacting flow, such as ignition and flame properties, multiphase interactions, reacting progress, heat transfer, and emissions. We have equipment to conduct experimental studies, at high temperatures and high heating rates, to characterize the solid fuel on its inherent properties, kinetics, and thermal performances.

I received my PhD degree on energy engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden in 2014. Thereafter, I was working at the University of Glasgow as a postdoctoral researcher. I studied my MSc at the National Engineering Lab for Biomass Power Generation Equipment, based in the North China Electric Power University (Beijing). I am an academic member of International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF) and Combustion Institute (British Section). 


Has expertise in:

    I have expertise in assessment of thermal conversion behaviors of biomass and waste feedstock; experimental characterization of solid, gas and liquid products from thermal conversions of biomass and waste feedstock; kinetic evaluation of thermal conversions of solid fuel at varying ranges of temperatures and heating rates; kinetic evaluation of release of alkali metals during biomass combustion and prediction of ash related slagging and fouling. I also have extensive experience in the numerical simulations of reacting flow, heat transfer and energy system with particular interest in the application areas of biomass energy, clean fuel technologies, thermal process and heat recovery. My expertise is broadly covering the following areas:

    • Numerical simulation of turbulence reacting flow, multiphase flow, and heat transfer,
    • Biomass fuel characterization and thermal conversion performances analysis,
    • Clean combustion technologies & applications (i.e. flameless, volumetric,  and oxyfuel combustion),
    • Analysis and optimization of thermochemical processes and energy systems,
    • Techno-economic and environmental assessment of energy systems.


No-insulation high temperature superconductor winding technique for electrical aircraft propulsion
Wang Yawei, Weng Fangjing, Li Jianwei, Šouc Ján, Gömöry Fedor, Zou S, Zhang Min, Yuan Weijia
IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (2020)
Performance of biochar as a catalyst for tar steam reforming : effect of the porous structure
Buentello-Montoya David, Zhang Xiaolei, Li Jun, Ranade Vivek, Marques Simão, Geron Marco
Applied Energy (2019)
Prediction of potassium compounds released from biomass during combustion
Cao Wenhan, Martí-Rosselló Teresa, Li Jun, Lue Leo
Applied Energy Vol 250, pp. 1696-1705 (2019)
The use of gasification solid products as catalysts for tar reforming
Buentello-Montoya DA, Zhang X, Li J
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol 107, pp. 399-412 (2019)
Supply chain optimization of agricultural biomass waste for centralized power generation
Zhang Jixiang, Li Jun, Dong Changqing, Zheng Zongming, Liu Hao
ICAE2019: The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy (2019)
Heat transfer behaviour of a wheat straw pellet undergoing pyrolysis
Martí-Rosselló Teresa, Li Jun, Lue Leo, Kärlstrom Oskar, Brink Anders
ICAE2019: The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy (2019)

more publications


CP206: Chemical Engineering Practice 1 CP414: Particle Technology & Advanced Reactors CP407: Design Project CP533: Clean Combustion Technologies



Research interests

  • Development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods of thermal/chemical processes.
  • Biomass characterization:fuel properties, kinetics, ignition, thermal conversion behaviour.
  • Biomass combustion & co-firing: large percentage biomass substitutions; ash related problems and aerosol formations.
  • Second generation biofuels production & upgrading by torrefaction, pyrolysis,  gasification, and synthesis.
  • Integrated energy systems: biomass and solar system combination; co-processing biomass/bio-oil in oil refinery; advanced clean combustion technologies
  • Ash related challenges: release mechanism and kinetics of alkali metals; removal of inherent alkali metals at fuel processing stage.

Professional activities

ICAE2019: The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy
National Chung Hsing University
Visiting researcher
Modelling the Distribution of Mercury in Oil and Gas Processing Facilities - Manssor Khalifa - ViVa at University of Strathclyde
Workshop on Agricultural Biomass Waste -Utilisation Routes
ETP Energy Emporium 2018
Shilong Zhao

more professional activities


Chemical and Process Engineering
James Weir Building

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