Professor and Graduate Program Officer, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
5050 Anthony Wayne Drive
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
- Multiscale Complex System Modeling, Analysis, and Decision Making
- Sustainabiilty Science and Engineering
- Integrated Material, Product, and Process Design
- Process Synthesis and Integration
- Sustainable and Smart Manufacturing
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.
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 (10-1~102 m and 100~103 sec), 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 107~108 sec). 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.
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.