Dr Jun Li

Senior Lecturer

Chemical and Process Engineering


Personal statement

Dr Jun Li is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and is Deputy Theme Lead (Bioenergy) at ETP Scotland. Dr Li studied his MSc at the National Engineering Lab for Biomass Power Generation Equipment, based in the North China Electric Power University (Beijing), and received his Ph.D. from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2014. He has been working at the University of Glasgow as a Research Associate. He is an academic member of the International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF) and Combustion Institute (British Section). He serves as the Editorial Board of International Journal of Green Energy and jounal of Frontiers in Thermal Engineering.

Dr Li’s research has been focusing on to pioneer cost-effective and innovative ways to decarbonize energy and chemical engineering systems, particularly focusing on opening new routes to enabling wider use of waste streams as a sustainable resource to cost-effectively produce energy, fuels, and materials, ultimately towards achieving a low-carbon circular economy. Dr Li’s research group has strong expertise in CFD modelling of reacting flow (e.g. ignition and flame, multiphase interactions, reacting progress, and pollutant formation), and is equipped to characterise fuel properties, reaction kinetics, and thermal/hydrothermal performance.

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Research Interests

Dr Li's research interests include the fundamental investigation and understanding of problems associated with the complex interactions of thermo-fluids dynamics, thermochemical processes, heat & mass transports in thermal/chemical processes, predominantly focusing on:

  • Clean bioenergy technologies, including clean combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, wet waste-to-energy. 
  • Production and utilisation of renewable hydrogen/hydrogen-rich syngas for decarbonising industry systems. 
  • Development/application of advanced computational fluid dynamics modelling of multiphase reacting fluids.
  • Development and demonstration of innovative, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy systems.
  • Technoeconomic and environmental assessment of energy/chemical systems.

Accpeting PhD student application in the following topics:

Embedding Sustainability in Medicines Development & Manufacturing as Part of UKRPIF Net Zero Pilot

Catalytic reforming of renewable hydrocarbons to maximise hydrogen production

Development of novel pathways to convert CO2 into C2+ fuels and chemicals towards net zero

Current PDRA:

  • Dr Muhammad Uzair (Project: CFD modelling of thermal lance combustion)
  • Dr Robert Price (Project: Decarbonising distillation process with hydrogen derived from whisky waste)

Current PhD students:

  • Morgen Mukamwi (Catalytic reforming of syngas for hydrogen production)
  • Asuquo Jackson Asuquo (Green catalyst development)
  • Robert Sait-Stewart (Hydrogen/power generation from wet biowaste)
  • Haitian Chen (Catalytic synthesis of biogas for SAF production)
  • Ali Rabeeah ( Integrated hydrogen production and carbon capture)
  • Fahad Alajmi (Nanomaterial-based catalysts for hydrogen production)

Formal PhD students/Postdocs/Visiting Scholars:

  • Dr Jixiang Zhang (PhD thesis: Beyond Green Planet: A Comprehensive and Systematic Second-Generation Biomass Supply Chain Optimisation)
  • Dr Teresa Marti Rossello (PhD thesis: Development of robust modelling methods for a quick evaluation of biomass pyrolysis performance and its transient behaviour at a particle level)
  • Dr Wenhan Cao (PhD thesis: Experimental and modelling study on the release of potassium during biomass combustion)  
  • Dr Jakub Mularski (Project: Development of robust numerical modelling for evaluation of biomass ignition performance
  • Dr Leteng Lin (Project: Monitoring PM formation and predictions during biomass thermal conversions)

Professional Activities

31st European Biomass Conference & Exhibition
External Examiner of PhD Viva at University of Kent
Contribution to ETP review of draft Scottish Energy Strategy
External Examiner of PhD Viva at University of Glasgow
International Journal of Green Energy (Journal)
Editorial board member
IChemE EdSIG COP26 webinar

More professional activities


DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Paterson, Thomas
Lue, Leo (Principal Investigator) Li, Jun (Co-investigator) Paterson, Thomas (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2025
KTP 13260 - AHK Energy Services Ltd. Development of robust analytical methodology to support the creation of an index of risk of self-heating ability of biomass pellets
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator) Li, Jun (Co-investigator) Liggat, John (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Sustainable Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: Computer aided solvent design to minimise solvent use across integrated synthesis, purification & isolation
Price, Chris John (Principal Investigator) Kerr, William (Co-investigator) Li, Jun (Co-investigator) Lindsay, David (Co-investigator) Sefcik, Jan (Co-investigator)
11-Jan-2022 - 10-Jan-2025
KTP - R&B Distillers Ltd. Electrochemical engineering processes for energy storage and conversion, biomass energy, and clean fuel technologies
Li, Jun (Principal Investigator) Brightman, Edward (Co-investigator) Williams, Alistair (Co-investigator) Zait, Dzeti (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
SPARK 2066 - Membraneless Electrolyzer System for Direct Ocean CO 2 Capture
MacDonald, Lewis (Researcher) Roy, Sudipta (Principal Investigator) Brightman, Edward (Academic) Li, Jun (Academic) Morrison, Jennie (Researcher)
To use a membraneless electrolyser to produce both acid and base streams from a saltwater feed source which can be used in industrial processes. The acid stream will be used to release CO2 from seawater while the base stream will be used to precipitate Mg(OH)2 from sea water. Overall this will decarbonate and sterilise seawater that can then be returned to the ocean
29-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Sait-Stewart, Robert
Li, Jun (Principal Investigator) Lue, Leo (Co-investigator) Sait-Stewart, Robert (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025

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Dr Jun Li
Senior Lecturer
Chemical and Process Engineering

Email: jun.li@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 2393