Yinlun Huang

Yinlun Huang

Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

5050 Anthony Wayne Drive
Room 1111


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Yinlun Huang


Ph.D., Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 1992
M.S., Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 1988
B.S., Zhejiang University, China, 1982
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1992-1993

Research Interests

  • Multiscale Complex System Modeling, Control, and Optimization
  • Integrated Process Design and Control
  • Process and Product Synthesis and Integration
  • Sustainable Systems Engineering and Industrial Ecology
  • Computational Nanocoating Design
  • Large-scale System Analysis and Decision Making
  • Information Processing and Computational Methods
  • Systems Biology

Research Projects


Research Statement and other Highlights:

Economic globalization, depletion of nonrenewable resources, pollution of air, water, and soil, global warming, etc., have raised a very serious question to the global society: how can industrial development be sustainable?  Sustainability is undoubtedly one of the most challenging areas of research in scope, scale, size, and sophistication.  The Laboratory for Multiscale Complex Systems Science and Engineering that I am directing has focused on both the theoretical study on multiscale science and complexity and the applied research ranging from sustainable (nano)material design to industrial system restructuring for sustainable development.

Theoretical research:

We pursue the research in two paths: (a) aiming at enhancing product functionality and performance and improving process energy/material efficiencies and environmental quality at the macroscale (10-1~10m and 100~10sec), we extend our study down to material design at the micro- or even nanoscale (10-6~10-9 m and 10-6~10-9 sec), and (b) in view of product and process systems as basic elements at the macroscale, we move up to examine the triple-bottom-line issues of sustainability of the industrial zones/regions at the megascale (103~104 m and 107~10sec).  The research through either path is featured by its multiscale complexity.  We are developing a theoretical foundation for quantitative sustainability and qualitative sustainability using multiscale science and complexity theory. 

Applied research:

Our active projects are in the areas of: (i) design and application of hierarchical, multifunctional, environmentally benign nanocomposite materials, (ii) integrated design, control, and optimization of sustainable energy-chemical poly-generation systems, and (iii) industrial-zone-focused sustainability via large-scale modeling, analysis, and decision making under uncertainty.  All the studies are through industrial collaboration.

Selected Publications:


Xiao J. and Y. L. Huang, "Microstructure-Property-Coating Quality Correlated Paint Design: A Lattice Monte Carlo Based Approach," accepted, AIChE J., 2008. 

Piluso, C., Y. L. Huang, and H. H. Lou, "Ecological Input-Output Analysis-Based Sustainability Analysis of Industrial Systems," Ind. & Eng. Chem. Research, 47(6), 1955-1966, 2008.

Patel, J., K. Uygun, and Y. L. Huang, A Path-Constraint Conscious Method for Integration of Process Design and Control, Comp. & Chem. Eng., 32(7), 1373-1384, 2008.

Qian, Y., Y. L. Huang, and H. B. Ji, "Preface - 1st SCPPE", Special Issue on The First International Symposium on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering, Chinese Journal of Chemical Eng., 16(3), pp. i-ii, 2008.

Xiao, J., J. Li, C. Piluso, and Y. L. Huang, Multiscale Characterization of Automotive Surface Coating Formation for Sustainable Manufacturing," Chinese J. of Chemical Eng., 16(3), 416-423, 2008.

Zhou, Q., A. J. Gullitti, J. Xiao and Y. L. Huang, "Neural-Network-Based Modeling and Optimization for Effective Vehicle Emission Testing and Engine Calibration, Chem. Eng. Comm., 195(6): 706 - 720, 2008.

Li, X., H. H. Lou, J. Xiao, and Y. L. Huang, "Surface Coating Thickness Distribution in Electrodeposition: A Case Study on Copper Plating of Tube Inner Surface," J. of Applied Surface Finishing / Plating & Surface Finishing, 95(3), 39-47, 2008.

Li, J., J. Xiao, Y. L. Huang, and H. H. Lou, Integrated Process and Product Analysis: A Multiscale Approach to Automotive Paint Spray, AIChE J., 53(11), 2841-2857, 2007.

Xiao, J., Y. L. Huang, and H. H. Lou, A Probability Distribution Estimation Based Method for Dynamic Optimization, AIChE J., 53(7), 1805-1816, 2007.

Xiao, J., Y. L. Huang, Y. Qian, and H. H. Lou, Integrated Product and Process Control of Single-Input-Single-Output Systems, AIChE J., 53(4), 891-901, 2007.

Uygun, K., H. W. Matthew, and Y. L. Huang, Investigation of Metabolic Objectives in Cultured Hepatocytes, Biotech. & Bioeng., 97(3), 622-637, 2007.

Uygun, K., H. W. T. Matthew, and Y. L. Huang, "DFBA-LQR: An Optimal Control Approach to Flux Balance Analysis," Ind. & Eng. Chem. Research, 45(25), 8554-8564, 2006.

Li, J. and Y. L. Huang, "Bayesian-based On-line Applicability Evaluation of Neural Network Models in Modeling Automotive Paint Spray Operations," Computers and Chemical Engineering, 30(9), 1392-1399, 2006.

Xiao, J., J. Li, H. H. Lou, and Y. L. Huang, "Cure-Window-Based Proactive Quality Control in Topcoat Curing," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 45(7), 2331-2340, 2006 

Xiao, J., J. Li, H. H. Lou, Q. Xu, and Y. L. Huang, "Ant-Colony-System-Based Dynamic Optimization for Curing of Polymeric Coating," AIChE J., 52(4), 1410-1422, 2006.

Kuntay, I., K. Uygun, Q. Xu, and Y. L. Huang, "Environmentally Conscious Hoist Scheduling in Material Handling Processes," Chem. Eng. Comm., 193, 273-293, 2006.

 Luo, X. W., M. Dong and Y. L. Huang, "On Distributed Fault-Tolerant Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE Transactions on Computers, 55(1), 58-70, 2006.  .

Uygun, K., Y. L. Huang, and H. H. Lou, "An Improved g-Analysis Method for Process Security Analysis," Trans. IChemE. (Part B), 84(2), 92-100, 2006.  [This article has been selected by Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK, as a featured article that is to be highlighted in The Chemical Engineer, a key magazine of the Institution, in 2006.]

Lou, H. H. and Y. L. Huang, Electroplating, in Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing, S. Lee (ed.), Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, 2006.

Yan, Q. Z., J. Xiao, and Y. L. Huang, "Synthesis of Highly Controllable Heat Integrated Systems," J. of Chi. I. Chem. Eng., 37(5), 457-465, 2006.

Xu. Q., A. Telukdarie, H. H. Lou, and Y. L. Huang, "Integrated Electroplating System Modeling and Simulation for Near Zero Discharge of Chemicals and Metals," Ind. & Eng. Chem. Research, 44(7), 2156-2164, 2005.

Telukdarie, A., C. Brouchart, and Y. L. Huang, "A Fuzzy-Logic-Based Approach to Cleaner Production Evaluation for Surface Finishing Plants," J. of Plating & Surface Finishing, 92(5), 50-55, 2005.

Piluso, C., K. Uygun, Y. L. Huang, and H. Lou, "Process Security in Chemical Engineering Education," Chemical Engineering Education, 39(1), 48-55, 2005. 

Xu. Q. and Y. L. Huang, "Design of an Optimal Reversed Drag-out Network for Maximum Chemical Recovery in Electroplating Systems," J. of Plating & Surface Finishing, 92(6), 44-48, 2005.

Lou, H. H. and Y. L. Huang, Profitable Pollution Prevention in Electroplating: An In-Process Focused Approach, in Toward Zero Discharge: Innovative Methodology and Technologies for Process Pollution Prevention, (Cover), T. K. Das (ed.), pp. 476 - 491, Wiley-Interscience, NY, 2005. 

Yang, Y. H., H. H. Lou, and Y. L. Huang, "A Structural Disturbance Propagation Model for the Conceptual Design of Highly Controllable Heat-integrated Reaction Systems," Chemical Engineering Communications, 192(8), 1096-1115, 2005.

Uygun, M. K. , Y. L. Huang, and H. H. Lou, "Fast Process Security Assessment Theory," AIChE J., 50(9), 2187-2202, 2004. 

Lou, H. H., M. A. Kulkarni, and Y. L. Huang, "A Game Theory Based Approach for Emergy Analysis of Industrial Ecosystem under Uncertainty," Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 6(3), 156-161, 2004.

Xu, Q. and Y. L. Huang, "Graph-Assisted Optimal Cyclic Hoist Scheduling for Environmentally Benign Electroplating," Ind. & Eng. Chem. Research, 43(26), 8307-8316, 2004. 

Uygun, K., Y. L. Huang, and H. H. Lou, "Design for Process Security," in Foundation of Computer-Aided Process Design, C. Floudas and R. Agrawal (eds.), AIChE, NY, 2004. Uygun, K., Y. L. Huang, and H. H. Lou, "Process Security Analysis: g -Analysis and S-Map," AIChE J., 49(9), 2445-2452, 2003. 

Lou, H. H. and Y. L. Huang, "Hierarchical Decision Support for Defect Reduction in Automotive Paint Applications," Int. J. of Eng. Appl. of Artificial Intelligence, 16(4), 237-250, 2003. 

Lou, H. H., R. Muthusamy, and Y. L. Huang, "Process Security Assessment: Operational Space Classification and Process Security Index," Trans. IChemE., 81(6), 418-429, 2003.

 Zhou, Q. and Y. L. Huang, "Hierarchical Optimization of Cleaning and Rinsing," J. Plating and Surface Finishing, 89(4), 68-71, 2002.  

Yan, Q. Z. and Y. L. Huang, "A Disturbance Rejection Model for Designing a Structurally Controllable Mass Exchanger Network with Recycles," Trans. IChemE, Part A, 80(5), 513-528, 2002. 

 Lou, H. H. and Y. L. Huang, "Rapid Prediction of Disturbance Propagation in a Non-Sharp Ternary Separation System," invited, in the Festschrift honoring Dr. Norman N. Li, J. of the Chin. I. Chem. Eng., 33(1), 87-94, 2002.  

Yan, Q. Z., Y. H. Yang, and Y. L. Huang, "Design of a Cost-Effective and Highly Controllable Heat Exchanger Network with Bypasses Using a Disturbance Propagation and Control Model," AIChE J., 47(10), 2253-2276, 2001. 

Zhou, Q., H. H. Lou, and Y. L. Huang, "Design of a Switchable Water Allocation Network Based on Process Dynamics," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 40(22), 4866-4873, 2001. 

Lou, H. H. and Y. L. Huang, "Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis for Environmentally Benign Electroplating Operations," in Green Engineering, Anastas, Heine, and Willamson (ed.), ACS Symposium Series No. 766, Chapter 5 (pp. 42-61), Oxford Press, NY, 2001.  

Huang, Y. L., H. H. Lou, J. P. Gong, and T. F. Edgar, "Fuzzy Model Predictive Control," IEEE Trans. on Fuzzy Systems, 8(6), 665-678, 2000. 

Lou, H. H. and Y. L. Huang, "Profitable Pollution Prevention: Concept, Fundamentals, and Development," J. of Plating and Surface Finishing, 87(11), 59-66, 2000.  

Lou, H. H. and Y. L. Huang, "Integrated Modeling and Simulation for Improved Reactive Drying of Clearcoat," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 38(3), 500-507, 2000. 

Yang, Y. H., H. H. Lou and Y. L. Huang, "Steady-State Disturbance Propagation Modeling of Heat Integrated Distillation Processes," Trans. IChemE, Part A, 78(3), 245-254, 2000. 

Yang, Y. H., Lou, H. R. and Y. L. Huang, "Synthesis of an Optimal Wastewater Reuse Network," Int. J. of Waste Management, 20(4), 311-319, 2000.

  Lou, H. H. and Y. L. Huang, "Fuzzy Logic Based Process Modeling Using Limited Experimental Data," Int. J. of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 13(2), 121-135, 2000.
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