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Department of Chemical Engineering
Lian Zhang

Lian Zhang

Senior Lecturer
lian.zhang@monash.edu
Phone:
+61 3 990 52592
Qualification:
PhD (Chubu, Japan), MEng (CAS, China)
Description/Interests:
Cutting-edge research on the development of advanced clean energy technologies with particular interests in high-temperature and hydrometallurgical processes

(EDUCATION) Ph D, Department of Applied Chemistry, Chubu University, Japan, 2003

M Eng, Graduate school of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 1999

B Eng, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, China, 1996

(PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE)

2010-, Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, Lecturer

2009-, Academic Staff in Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University

2008-2009, Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University

2005-2007, Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

2003-2005, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan

1997-1999, Research Associate, Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Teaching Commitments:

  • CHE3166
  • CHE
  • CHE4180
  • CHE3167

Publications:

  • Provisional Patent:
  • Use of Victorian brown coal fly ash for high-purity magnesium generation and on-site CO2 capture, under review.
  • Peer-reviewed Journals (2005 onwards):
  • 1. Jiao F, Wijaya N, Zhang L, Ninomiya Y, Hocking R, Synchrotron-based XANES speciation of chromium in the oxy-fuel ash collected from lab-scale drop-tube furnace, Environmental Science & Technology 2011, DOI: 10.1021/es200545e.
  • 2. WIjaya N, Choo T K, Zhang L, Generation of ultra-clean fuel from Victorian brown coal - sequential and single leaching at room temperature to elucidate the elution of individual inorganic elements, Fuel Processing Technology 2011, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2011.05.022.
  • 3.Zhang L, Jiao F, Binner E, Chen L, Bhattacharya S, Ninomiya Y and Li C-Z, Evolution of organically bound metals during coal combustion in air and O2/CO2 mixtures V a case study of Victorian brown coal, Proc. Combust. Inst. 2011, 33: 2795-2802.
  • 4.Jiao F, Cheng Y, Zhang L, Sato A, and Ninomiya Y, Investigation on the effects of impurities (HCl, SO2 and H2O) in flue gas on the condensation behaviour of lead and cadmium vapours upon cooling during municipal solid waste incineration, Proc. Combust. Inst. 2011, 33: 2887-2903.
  • 5.Binner E, Zhang L, Li C-Z, Bhattacharya S, In-situ observation of the combustion of air-dried and wet Victorian brown coal, Proc. Combust. Inst. DOI:10.1016/j.proci.2011, 33: 1739-46.
  • 6.Zhang L, Yu D, Wang Q, Ninomiya Y, Yao H and Xu M, Characterization of combustion-derived fine individual particulates by computer-controlled scanning electron microscopy. AIChE Journal 2009, 55(11), 3005-3016.
  • 7.Zhang L, Takanohashi T, Wang Q, Ninomiya Y, and Saito I. Elution of Ti during solvent extraction of coal and the transformation of eluted Ti upon combustion, AIChE Journal 2008, 54(6): 1646-1655.
  • 8.Zhang L, and Ninomiya Y. Transformation behavior of phosphorus during combustion of coal and sewage sludge and its contributions to PM10, Proc.Combust. Inst. 2007, 31: 2847-2854.
  • 9.Zhang L, Ninomiya Y, Wang Q, Yamashita T, Influence of woody biomass (cedar chip) addition on the PM10 emissions from pulverised coal combustion, Fuel, 2011, 90: 77-86.
  • 10.Wijaya N, Zhang L, A critical review of ultra-clean coal generation and its implication on the speciation of organically bound metals in coal, Energy & Fuels 2011, 25(1): 1-16.
  • 11.Zhang L, Binner E, Qiao Y and Li C-Z, In situ diagnostics of Victorian brown coal combustion in O2/N2 and O2/CO2 mixtures in drop-tube furnace, Fuel, 2010 (89): 2703-2712.
  • 12.Qiao Y, Zhang L, Binner E, Xu M and Li C-Z, An investigation of the causes of the difference in coal particle ignition temperature between combustion in air and in O2/CO2, Fuel 2010, 89(11): 3381-87.
  • 13.Zhang L, Chen L, Bhattacharya S, Wang Q, Ninomiya Y and Li C-Z, Experimental Investigation of the Combustion of Bituminous Coal in Air and O2/CO2 mixtures: 1. Particle Imaging of the Combustion of Coal and Char, Energy & Fuels 2010, 24: 4803-11.
  • 14.Zhang L, Jiao F, Chen L, Bhattacharya S, Ninomiya Y and Li C-Z, Experimental investigation of the combustion of bituminous coal in air and O2/CO2 mixtures: 2. Variation of the transformation behaviour of individual mineral species with bulk gas shift. Fuel 2011, 90: 1361-69.
  • 15.Jiao F, Zhang L, Wei Y, Ninomiya Y, Bhattacharya S, Vaporisation of organically bound metals and their coagulation upon the recirculation of flue gas impurities (H2O, HCl and SO2) during oxy-fuel combustion of lignite, Fuel 2011, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2011.02.016.
  • 16.Zhang L, Binner E, Qiao Y and Li C-Z, High-speed camera observation of coal combustion in air and O2/CO2 mixtures and measurement of burning coal particle temperature, Energy & Fuels 2010, 24, 29-37.
  • 17.Wang Q, Zhang L, Sato A, Ninomiya Y, and Yamashita T. Effects of coal blending on the reduction of PM10 during high-temperature combustion, 2. Fragmentation-coalescence model, Fuel 2009, 88(1), 150-157.
  • 18.Wang Q, Zhang L, Sato A, Ninomiya Y, and Yamashita T. Effects of coal blending on the reduction of PM10 during high-temperature combustion, 1. Mineral transformations, Fuel 2008, 87(13-14): 2997-3005.
  • 19.Zhang L, Takanohashi T, Kutsuna S, and Saito I. Coordination structures of organically bound paramagnetic metals within coal and their transformation upon solvent extraction, Fuel 2008, 87(12): 2628-2640.
  • 20.Zhang L, Takanohashi T, and Saito I. Sequential leaching of coal to investigate the elution of inorganic elements into coal extract, Energy & Fuels 2008, 22(4): 2474-2481.
  • 21.Zhang L, Kawashima H, Takanohashi T, Nakazato T, and Saito I. Partitioning of boron during the generation of ultraclean fuel (Hypercoal) by solvent extraction, Energy & Fuels 2008, 22(2): 1183-1190.
  • 22.Zhang L, Masui M, Ninomiya Y, et al, Properties of water-soluble and insoluble particulate matter emitted from dewatered sewage sludge incineration in a pilot-scale ash melting furnace, Fuel 2008, 87(6): 964-973.
  • 23.Wang Q, Zhang L, Ninomiya Y, and Yamashita T. Interactions among inherent minerals during coal combustion and their impacts on the emission of PM10: 1, Emission of fine particulates >1m, Energy & Fuels 2007, 21: 756-765.
  • 24.Zhang L, Wang Q, Ninomiya Y, and Yamashita T. Interactions among inherent minerals during coal combustion and their impacts on the emission of PM10: 2, Emission of submicron particulates T1m, Energy & Fuels 2007, 21: 766-777.
  • 25. Yu D, Xu M, Zhang L (corresponding author), Yao H, Wang Q, Ninomiya Y. Computer-controlled scanning electron microscopy (CCSEM) investigation on the heterogeneous nature of mineral matter in six typical Chinese coal, Energy & Fuels 2007 21(2): 468-476.
  • 26.Zhang L, Masui M, Ninomiya Y, and Kanaoka C. Formation of submicron particulates (PM1) from the oxygen-enriched combustion of dried sewage sludge and their properties, Energy & Fuels 2007, 21: 88-98.
  • 27.Ninomiya Y, Mizukoshi H, Masui M, Cui H., Zhang L, Kanaoka C, Otani Y. Simulation model for combustion of dehydration sludge in an ash-melting furnace using oxygen enrichment. Journal of the Japan Institute of Energy 2006, 85(9): 762-768.
  • 28.Zhang L, Ninomiya Y, and Yamashita T. Occurrence of inorganic elements in condensed volatile matter emitted from coal pyrolysis and their contributions to the formation of ultrafine particulates during coal combustion, Energy & Fuels 2006, 20, 1482-1489.
  • 29.Zhang L, Ninomiya Y, and Yamashita T. Formation of submicron particulates (PM1) during coal combustion and influence of reaction temperature, Fuel 2006, 85, 1446-1457.
  • 30.Zhang L, Ninomiya Y. Emission of suspended PM10 from laboratory-scale coal combustion and it correlation with coal mineral properties, Fuel 2006, 85, 194-203.
  • 31.Ninomiya Y, Zhang L, Sato A. Analysis of coal ash build up on ceramic filters in a hot gas filtration system. Journal of the Japan Institute of Energy 2005, 84(4): 359-365.
  • 32.Lin J-Y, Zhang S, Zhang L, Min Z-H, Tay H-L, Li C-Z, HCN and NH3 Formation during Coal/Char Gasification in the Presence of NO, Environmental Science & Technology, 2010 (44) 3719-3723.
  • 33.Premrudee K, Sakano T, Kanaoka C, Mikuni T, Ninomiya Y, Zhang L, Masui M. Effect of temperature on selective separation of metal in flue gas from the sewage sludge melting process. Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management 2005, 31(1): 30-37.
  • 34.Kanchanapiya P, Sakano Takeo, Kanaoka C, Mikuni T, Ninomiya Y, Zhang L. Masui M. Investigation of a direct melting dehydrated sewage sludge pilot plant. International Journal of Environment and Pollution 2007, 31(3/4): 371-384.
  • 35.Kanchanapiya P, Sakano T, Kanaoka C, Mikuni T, Ninomiya Y, Zhang L, Masui M, Masami F. Characteristics of slag, fly ash and deposited particles during melting of dewatered sewage sludge in a pilot plant. Journal of Environmental Management 2006, 79(2): 163-172.
  • Major Conference papers (2005 onwards):
  • 1.Zhang L.; Yang J.; Liu Z.; Gao H. Transformation of ferrous sulfate-based catalyst during hydrogenation of coal. Preprints of Symposia - American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry, 2005, 50(1): 359-360.
  • 2.Zhang L., Minami T., Wang Q., Ninomiya Y.,Yamashita T. Emission of PM10 from co-firing of coal and cedar in a lab-scale drop tube furnace. Proceedings of the 42nd annual coal conference, 2005, Japan, 113-114.
  • 3.Zhang L., Ninomiya Y., Yamashita T. Transformation of Na, K, P and S in coal combustion and their contributions to PM10. Proceedings of the 42nd annual coal conference, 2005, Japan, 63-64.
  • 4.Zhang L., Ninomiya Y. Mechanisms governing the formation of ultra-fine particulate (PM1) during coal combustion. Proceedings of the 9th international congress on combustion by-products and their health effects, June 12-15, 2005, Tucson, USA.
  • 5.Zhang L. and Ninomiya Y. Formation of ultra-fine particulate (PM1) from coal combustion and influence of reaction temperature, Proceedings of the 13th international conference on coal science and technology, 9-14 Oct. 2005, Okinawa, Japan.
  • 6.Zhang L. and Ninomiya Y. Emission of particulate matter from coal combustion and its correlation with coal mineral properties, Proceedings of the 13th international conference on coal science and technology, 9-14 Oct. 2005, Okinawa, Japan.
  • 7.Ninomiya Y. and Zhang L. Synthesis of organic calcium-based sorbent from the biomass pyroligneous acid and its De-SO2 and De-Cl capabilities during the combustion of high-sulfur coals. Proceedings of the 21st Pittsburgh coal conference, Sept. 13-17, 2005, Osaka, Japan.
  • 8.Zhang L. and Ninomiya Y. Decomposition of carbon with the progress of coal combustion and formation of fine/ultra-fine carbon particles. Proceedings of the 13th international conference on coal science and technology, 9-14 Oct. 2005, Okinawa, Japan.
  • 9.Zhang L. and Ninomiya Y. Emission of fine/ultra-fine unburnt carbon particles from coal combustion and the existence of inorganic metals within carbon particles. Proceedings of the 6th symposium on gas cleaning at high temperatures, Oct 20-22, 2005, Osaka, Japan.
  • 10.Zhang L. and Ninomiya Y. Influence of reaction temperature and coal type on the formation of ultra-fine particulates (PM1) during coal combustion. Proceedings of the 6th symposium on gas cleaning at high temperatures, Oct 20-22, 2005, Osaka, Japan.
  • 11.Zhang L., Takanohashi T., Saito I. Mineral evolution during coal extraction. Proceedings of the 43rd annual coal conference, 2006, 35-36, Kochi, Japan.
  • 12.Zhang L., Ninomiya Y., Emission of organically bound metals during coal pyrolysis and their contributions to particulate matter formation. Proceedings of the 9th China-Japan Symposium on coal and C1 chemistry, Oct 22-25, 2006, Chengdu China, 101-102.
  • 13.Zhang L., Ninomiya Y., Takanohashi T., Saito I. Fundamentals of combustion-derived nanoparticles and particulate matter formation. Proceedings of the 9th China-Japan Symposium on coal and C1 chemistry, Oct 22-25, 2006, Chengdu China, 23-24.
  • 14.Zhang L, Takanohashi T, and Saito I. Transformation of inorganic elements into coal extracts (HyperCoals), Preprint of American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry 2007, 51(1): 80-81.
  • 15.Zhang L, Ninomiya Y, Takanohashi T, and Saito I. Properties of inorganic PM emitted from incineration of sewage sludge: Speciation in individual elements and their water solubility, Preprint of American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry 2007, 51(1): 190-191.
  • 16.Zhang L., Binner E., Li. C-Z., high-speed camera observation of coal combustion in air and O2/CO2 mixtures and measurement of particle velocity, Proceedings of the 26th Pittsburgh coal conference, 19-23 Sept. 2009, PA, USA.
  • 17.Zhang L., Takanohashi T., Binner E., and Bhattacharya S., Abundance of Fe-bearing species in coal extract and its implications to the iron speciation in raw coal, Proceedings of the 26th Pittsburgh coal conference, 19-23 Sept. 2009, PA, USA.
  • 18.Zhang L., Binner E., and Li C.-Z., In-situ Diagnostics of a Victorian brown coal oxy-fuel combustion, Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Coal Science & Technology (ICCS& T), 26-29 Oct. 2009, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 19.Zhang L., Binner E., and Li C.-Z., In-situ observation of coal combustion in drop-tube furnace, Proceedings of the 2009 Sino-Australia symposium on advanced coal and biomass utilization technologies, 9-11 Dec. 2009, Wuhan, China, p 580-592.
  • 20.Wijaya N, Zhang L, Ultra-clean coal generation: a critical review, Chemeca, 26-29 Sept 2010, Adelaide, Australia.
  • 21.Zhang L, Jiao F, Chen L, Ninomiya Y, Bhattacharya S, Li C-Z, Oxy-fuel ash formation mechanisms, Chemeca, 26-29 Sept 2010, Adelaide, Australia.
  • 22.Zhang L, Jiao F, Mazid R, Chen J, Wijaya N, Chen L, Bhattacharya S, Ninomiya Y, Hocking R, Li C-Z, Emission of Trace Elements During Coal Combustion in Air Versus O2/CO2 Mixtures, Chemeca, 26-29 Sept 2010, Adelaide, Australia.
  • 23.Chen L, Yao H, Zhang L, Zhang P, Li Y, Xing Z, Xu M, Evaluation of SOX Removal AND PM1 Reduction by Limestone during Coal Combustion Under Oxy-Fuel Conditions, Chemeca, 26-29 Sept 2010, Adelaide, Australia.
  • 24.Wijaya N, Choo TK, Zhang L, Sequential and single leaching of Victorian brown coal to elucidate the elution of inorganic elements at room temperature, Preprint of American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry 2011, Anaheim, California, USA.

Supervision:

Postdoctoral research fellow: Dr Yong Sun;
PhD Candidates: Ms. Niken Wijaya, Ms. Fiona Low, Mr. Wirhan Pritiono;
Exchange postgraduate students: Ms. Juan Chen, Mr. Facun Jiao.
Two postgraduate positions and one research assistant/postdoctoral fellowship position are available.
http://eng.monash.edu.au/data/events/2011/document/469postgraduate study-LianZhang-group-1.pdf

Professional Association:

Japan Society of Chemical Engineers;
Japan Institute of Energy;

Research Interests:

  • Cutting-edge research for the R&D of advanced clean energy technologies, particularly for the advanced utilisation of Victorian brown coal, brown coal fly ash and other low-quality fuels in high-efficiency and low-emission modes. Detailed interests include:
  • 1) Oxy-fuel combustion (lab-scale and pilot-scale) and flame-less high-temperature combustion;
  • 2) Upgrading low-quality fuel for dry ultra-clean fuel with the potential to burn in gas turbine combined cycle and/or direct carbon fuel cell;
  • 3) Characterisation of the environment-relevant properties of combustion-derived pollutants (SOx, NOx, particulate matter and trace metals) and their control;
  • 4) Fly ash mineralogical properties, Hydrometallurgical leaching and utilisation for the generation of value-added metals;
  • 5) CO2 on-site mineralization for permanent capture and storage and generation of high-purity calcite.
  • 6) Development of advanced low-temp catalytic processes for the conversion of low-quality fuels to syn-gas.
  • Funding Supports:
  • Australian Research Council (ARC FT, ARC LIEF, ARC LP);
  • Australian National Low Emission Cooperation Research& Development (ANLEC R&D);
  • Brown Coal Innovation Australia (BCIA):
  • Australian Academy of Science;
  • Australian Synchrotron.
  • Collborating Research Institutes:
  • Chubu University, Nagoya University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Gifu University, KEK (ANBF), Japan;
  • Huazhong Univ of Sci and Technol (HUST), Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ, East China Univ of Sci and Technol (ECUST), Beijing Univ of Chem Technol (BUCT), Inst of Proc Eng and Inst of Coal Chem, Inst, Taiwan National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC), China;
  • IEF-2 Juerich, Germany.
  • Industrial Partners:
  • Shanghai Electric Group (Pilot-scale oxy-fuel combustion testing);
  • The Latrobe Magnesium (Use of brown coal fly ash for magnesium metal generation);
  • Brown coal power stations including TRUenergy, Hazelwood, Loy Yang B and Loy Yang;
  • IHI Co Ltd, Japan;
  • CRIEPI (Central Research Inst of Electric Power Industry), Japan;
  • Coal and Environment Research Laboratory, Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd, Japan;
  • J-Power Chigasaki Research Inst, Japan.