Dr Jun Li


Chemical and Process Engineering

Personal statement

Biography I completed my first degree in thermal engineering in 2005 at North China Electric Power University in Beijing, China. In between 2005 and 2007, I was a Project Engineer at Taiyuan Boiler Group Co., Ltd, in Shanxi, China. I subsequently, in 2007, moved back to North China Electric Power University for Master’s study based on the National Engineering Lab for Biomass Power Generation Equipment. Then, in June 2010, I moved to Sweden and stared working on my doctoral thesis on energy engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. After awarded a PhD degree in February 2014, I moved to the Systems, Power & Energy Research Division within the School of Engineering at University of Glasgow and worked there as a postdoctoral research assistant. In June 2015, I joined the chemical and process engineering department at University of Stathclyde. I have been working on energy engineering for 13 years, including 2-year industrial experience working on power generation sectors. I am a specialist on design, retrofit, installation, and operation of pulverized fuel boilers and circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boilers. I have strong CFD and process simulations skills using MATLAB, FORTRAN, ANSYS Fluent, and ASPEN Plus. I am an academic membership of International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF).


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.


Experimental study on the influences of operating parameters on the retention of potassium during the biomass combustion
Cao Wenhan, Peshkur Tanya, Lue Leo, Li Jun
Energy Procedia Vol 158, pp. 1033 - 1038 (2019)
Experimental study on the ignition characteristics of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin and their mixtures
Cao Wenhan, Li Jun, Martí-Rosselló Teresa, Zhang Xiaolei
Journal of the Energy Institute (2018)
Quantitatively modelling kinetics through a visual analysis of the derivative thermogravimetric curves : application to biomass pyrolysis
Martí-Rosselló Teresa, Li Jun, Lue Leo
Energy Conversion and Management Vol 172, pp. 296-305 (2018)
Study on the ignition behavior and kinetics of combustion of biomass
Cao Wenhan, Li Jun, Lue Leo
Energy Procedia Vol 142, pp. 136-141 (2018)
Kinetic analysis of biomass pyrolysis with a peak temperature method
Marti Rossello Teresa, Li Jun, Lue Leo
The 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (2017)
Kinetic models for biomass pyrolysis
Martí Rosselló Teresa, Li Jun, Lue Leo
Archives of Industrial Biotechnology Vol 1, pp. 4-7 (2016)

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

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
IBioIC Annual Conference

more professional activities


Chemical and Process Engineering
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