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Xiangtan University's Chemical Process Simulation and Optimization Team

The development of petrochemical industry, fine chemical industry and other emerging chemical industries is responsible for the improvement of human beings life. Nowadays, most of the chemical processes are energy intensive and environment unfriendly, so the optimization of chemical process is becoming essential in future’s chemical industry. The Chemical Process Simulation and Optimization Team of Xiangtan University has been dedicated to the research area of simulation and optimization of chemical reaction engineering for a long time, aiming at increasing the utilization of resources, reducing waste production, simplifying the technological process, cutting down the construction and operation cost and improving the operation security. The group leader is prof. Luo He’an. Currently, the team is composed of 12 full-time members, including 7 professors, 1 associate professor, 1 senior engineer and 3 lecturers.

In the past decades, the team had undertaken more than 40 national and local projects, such as the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), the National Science and Technology Major Project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the Key/General/Youth Programs of National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Science and Technology Major Research Plan of Hunan Province. Based on the close cooperation between the team and enterprises, over 30 enterprise projects were successfully completed. Until now, the team has made significant progress in many fields, including 300+ scientific articles published on important academic journals (such as AIChE J., Chem. Eng. Sci., Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., Chem. Eng. J., Energy Environ. Sci., J. Catal. and Chem. Communi.), 60+ authorized Chinese patents and 1 authorized Japan patent, 8 provincial and ministerial appraisal techniques; and won a lot of awards, including the second prize of National Scientific and Technological Progress Award (2 times), the first prize in Natural Science of the Ministry of Education, the first prize in Scientific and Technological Progress of Hunan Province, the second prize in Scientific and Technological Progress of Hunan Province, and the third prize in Scientific and Technological Progress of Hunan Province (3 times). A lot of these achievements have been transformed to industry applications, which gained economic benefit of ca. 0.3 billion Chinese dollars per year.

The team’s leader of Prof. Luo Hean is the Talent of Science and Technology in Hunan Province, supervisor of the Doctor Station of Chemical Engineering and Technology of Xiangtan University, director of National & Local Joint Engineering Research Center of Chemical Process Simulation and Optimization, director of Provincial 2011 Collaborative Innovation Center of “Environmental Friendly and Efficient Utilization of Resources in the New Technology of Chemical Engineering”, director of Ministerial Engineering Research Center of Chemical Process Simulation and Optimization (Hunan Province Engineering Research Center), deputy of the 11th and 12th National People's Congresses, expert enjoying special allowances of the State Council. Prof. Luo has made significant contribution in the area of fracture and coalescence of fluid particles. Two fluid dynamics models proposed by him are famous for Luo & Svendsen’s and Luo’s models among foreign researchers.

Aiming at making more contribution to our human beings’ life, the Chemical Process Simulation and Optimization Team of Xiangtan University will keep on working on the road of scientific research.