Lian Zhang

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

20072019
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Biography

As one of the 200 Inaugural Future Fellowship Awardees across Australia in 2009, Dr Lian Zhang specialises in the Research, Development and Deployment related to a broad range of high-efficiency and low-emission clean energy technologies, particularly for the advanced utilisation of low-rank coal, biomass and industry waste. He has also been conducting interdisciplinary research including hydrometallurgical leaching of low-rank coal and biochar for the selective removal of troublesome elements; extraction of specific metals to make construction materials such as MgO-Board from low-rank coal fly ash and steelmaking slag; as well as the use of synchrotron – based facilities for both ex-situ and in-situ characterisation of a variety of solid products collected from the clean energy processes.  

 

Apart from being interested in the fundamental aspects of every research topic, Dr Zhang is also keen to commercialise a number of patented technologies that were developed by his group, including the manufacturing of high-pyrity MgO/MgSO4/CaO from low-rank coal fly ash, selective removal of troublesome elements from low-rank coal and biochar, and advanced catalysts for in-situ production of aromatic – rich hydrocarbons from the pyrolysis of low – rank coal and biomass. 

 

Dr Zhang obtained his MEng in 1999 from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his PhD in 2003 from the Department of Applied Chemistry, Chubu University Japan. Dr Zhang undertakes extensive collaborative research with a variety of industry partners and research organisations across Australia and from overseas. He is a member of the Japan Society of Chemical Engineers, the Japan Institute of Energy and the Engineer Australia. He is currently leading the Clean Solid Fuel Laboratory (CSFL) in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, supervising one postdoctoral research fellow and eight PhD students.

 

 

Research interests

  • High-Efficiency Low - Emission (HELE) Combustion (oxy-Fuel Combustion), and Gasification (Catalytic Gasification) Technologies for Low-Rank Coal and Biomass;
  • Catalytic Pyrolysis for the Production of Value-Added Chemicals from Coal, Biomass and Industrial Wastes;
  • Advanced Blending Combustion and Gasification Technologies for the Use of Low-Rank Coal Char and Biochar;
  • De-ashing/Demineralisation of Low-Rank Coal and Biochar for the Production of clean fuel;
  • Production of Value-Added Products including MgO-Board from Low-Rank Coal Fly Ash and Steelmaking Slag. 

Low-Rank Coal/Biomass Combustion Technologies:

  • EnergyAustralia (Yallourn Power Plant) – oxy-fuel combustion;
  • GDE SUEZ (Hazelwood Power Plant) – oxy-fuel combustion;
  • Shanghai Boiler Works Co Ltd (SBWL) – Ash slagging and fouling, tube corrosion;
  • Coal Energy Australia (CEA) – oxy-fuel combustion in rotary kiln.

 

Low – Rank Coal Blending/Hybrid Gasification and Combustion Technologies:

  • Coal Energy Australia (CEA) – hybrid solar thermal/PV coal combustion technology;
  • Kailuan Coal Research Center – bituminous coal – lignite char blending combustion;
  • China Huadian Electric and Power Research Institute (CHDER) – brown coal char – bituminous coal blending combustion.

 

Pyrolysis of Low – Rank Coal, Biomass and Scrap Tyre

  • Coal Energy Australia (CEA);
  • Hubei Yihua Group (HYG);
  • Tyrerecycle Pty Ltd, Australia.

Monash teaching commitment

  • CHE3165 – Separation Processes (Unit Coordinator)
  • CHE3166 – Process Design (Unit Coordinator)
  • CHE4180 – Chemical engineering project (Mentor)

Consulting

Keywords

  • Low-emission combustion and gasification technologies
  • Waste to Energy and Products Technologies
  • Catalytic fash pyrolysis for bio-oil production
  • Molten chloride chemistry

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Projects 2011 2014

Innovative Synchrotron Science - Access Program to the Australian National Beamline Facility and Cutting-Edge Beamlines at International Synchrotrons

Spiccia, L., Aguilar, M., Wilce, M., Zhang, L., Bond, C., Brugger, J., Burton, E., Bush, R., Chantler, C., Collins, R., Creagh, D., De Marco, R., Dillon, C., Garrett, R., Gentle, I., Gerson, A., Gray, E., Hambley, T., Harmer-Bassell, S., Harris, H., Johnston, S., Kepert, C., Lay, P., Low, I., Noller, B., Shimomura, O., Sullivan, L., Tardio, J., Trevitt, A. & Waite, T.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Monash University

1/01/1131/12/11

Project: Research

Research Output 2007 2019

Biodiesel production using calcium-based catalyst from venus shell: modeling of startup production in an industrial reactor

Sun, Y., Zhang, J., Sun, Z. & Zhang, L., 1 May 2019, In : Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy. 38, 3, 9 p., e13053.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Catalytic performance of scrap tyre char for the upgrading of eucalyptus pyrolysis derived bio-oil via cracking and deoxygenation

Zhou, Q., Zarei, A., De Girolamo, A., Yan, Y. & Zhang, L., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. 139, p. 167-176 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Influence of biomass blends on the particle temperature and burnout characteristics during oxy-fuel co-combustion of coal

Issac, M., De Girolamo, A., Dai, B., Hosseini, T. & Zhang, L., 6 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of the Energy Institute. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Kinetics underpinning the C-CO2 gasification of waste tyre char and its interaction with coal char upon co-gasification

Issac, M., Dai, B. & Zhang, L., 15 Nov 2019, In : Fuel. 256, 14 p., 115991.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Occurrence of calcium and magnesium in the ash from Zhundong coal combustion: emphasis on their close juxtaposition

Fan, B., Yu, D., Zeng, X., Liu, F., Wu, J., Zhang, L. & Xu, M., 21 Mar 2019, In : Energy and Fuels. 33, 3, p. 2556-2564 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review