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 serves as the Deputy Theme Lead (Bioenergy) at ETP Scotland. Dr Li studied for his MSc at the National Engineering Lab for Biomass Power Generation Equipment based in the North China Electric Power University (Beijing), and received his PhD degree from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. 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 on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Green Energy and Frontiers in Thermal Engineering.

Dr Li leads a research bioenergy group that pioneers innovation to decarbonize energy and chemical systems, focusing on opening new routes to enable cost-effective valorisation of biomass and waste as a sustainable source to produce low-carbon energy and fuels, while ultimately achieving a net zero circular economy. His research interests in bioenergy include fundamentals of reacting and conversion processes, advanced CFD modelling and plant-wise process simulations, and techno-economic assessments, predominantly working on green hydrogen production from biomass and clean bioenergy solutions including biofuel synthesis. 

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Currently taught modules:

  • CP533/CP969: Clean Combustion Technologies (Course Coordinator)
  • CP949: MSc Individul Project (Course Coordinator)
  • CP102: 
    Chemical Engineering: Fundamentals, Techniques and Tools
  • CP407: Design Project

Previously taught modules:

  • CP206: Chemical Engineering Practice 1 (Course Coordinator)
  • CP414: Particle Technology & Advanced Reactors (Course Coordinator)




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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.

Accepting PhD student applications in the following topics:

  • Biomass electrolysis for hydrogen production
  • Supercritical CO2-enhanced hydrothermal gasification 
  • Advanced biofuel synthesis and upgrading

Current PDRA:

  • Dr Lewis McDonnald (Project: Feasibility of green hydrogen production )
  • Dr Robert Price (Project: Decarbonising distillation process with hydrogen derived from whisky waste)

Current PhD students:

  • Chigozie Akanno
  • Nicola Voiculescu
  • Morgen Mukamwi
  • Asuquo Jackson Asuquo 
  • Robert Sait-Stewart 
  • Haitian Chen 
  • Ali Rabeeah 
  • Fahad Alajmi

Formal PhD students:

  • 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)  

Formal Research Associate:

  • Dr Jakub Mularski (2020-2022) 
  • Dr Muhammad Uzair (2022-2023)
  • Teresa Marti Rossello (2019)
  • Robert Sait-Stewart (2022)

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


Biosynthesis green hydrogen demonstration
Li, Jun (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2025
Green Hydrogen Integration at Sullom Voe (EETF Hydrogen Innovation Scheme)
Sillars, Fiona (Principal Investigator) Li, Jun (Co-investigator) Marrocco, Tiziana (Co-investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator) Roy, Sudipta (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
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-2026
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

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Dr Jun Li
Senior Lecturer
Chemical and Process Engineering

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