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I received MSc degree from North China Electric Power University in 2010, and my study was based in the National Engineering Lab for Biomass Power Generation Equipment. In 2014, I received PhD degree on energy engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Thereafter, I was working the University of Glasgow as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2015, I joined the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Strathclyde as a Lecturer. I have been working on research and development in the energy engineering area for over 12 years, including 2-year industry work experience in power generation sector. I am an academic member of International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF) and Combustion Institute (British Section). My research focuses on biomass waste to energy, including modelling development and optimization of thermal and chemical (catalytic) processes as well as advanced characterization of feedstocks and products, targeting productions of heat, power, and biofuels via various conversion technologies, e.g., clean combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, and torrefaction. The research work is supported by both modelling and experimental studies. My research group have expertise in CFD modelling of reacting flow, such as ignition and flame properties, multiphase interactions, reacting progress, heat transfer, and emissions. We have equipment to conduct experimental studies, at varying temperatures and heating rates, to characterize the solid fuel on its inherent properties, kinetics, and thermal performances.

Research Interests

  • Development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods of thermal/chemical processes.
  • Biomass characterization:fuel properties, kinetics, ignition, thermal conversion behaviour.
  • Biomass combustion & co-firing: large percentage biomass substitutions; ash related problems and aerosol formations.
  • Second generation biofuels production & upgrading by torrefaction, pyrolysis,  gasification, and synthesis.
  • Integrated energy systems: biomass and solar system combination; co-processing biomass/bio-oil in oil refinery; advanced clean combustion technologies
  • Ash related challenges: release mechanism and kinetics of alkali metals; removal of inherent alkali metals at fuel processing stage.

Expertise & Capabilities

I have expertise in assessment of thermal conversion behaviors of biomass and waste feedstock; experimental characterization of solid, gas and liquid products from thermal conversions of biomass and waste feedstock; kinetic evaluation of thermal conversions of solid fuel at varying ranges of temperatures and heating rates; kinetic evaluation of release of alkali metals during biomass combustion and prediction of ash related slagging and fouling. I also have extensive experience in the numerical simulations of reacting flow, heat transfer and energy system with particular interest in the application areas of biomass energy, clean fuel technologies, thermal process and heat recovery. My expertise is broadly covering the following areas:
  • Numerical simulation of turbulence reacting flow, multiphase flow, and heat transfer,
  • Biomass fuel characterization and thermal conversion performances analysis,
  • Clean combustion technologies & applications (i.e. flameless, volumetric,  and oxyfuel combustion),
  • Analysis and optimization of thermochemical processes and energy systems,
  • Techno-economic and environmental assessment of energy systems.

Teaching Interests

CP206: Chemical Engineering Practice 1 CP414: Particle Technology & Advanced Reactors CP407: Design Project CP533: Clean Combustion Technologies



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology

15 Jun 201017 Feb 2014

Master of Engineering, North China Electric Power University

10 Sep 20071 Apr 2010


  • Biomass
  • CFD
  • Energy efficiency, energy optimisation, energy modelling, demand side management, renewable energy, hybrid energy systems.
  • thermodynamics
  • Thermal analysis
  • Renewable energy technology
  • thermo-conversions
  • Furnace/Bioler

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Biomass devolatilization and char oxidation kinetics in IPFR reactor

Li, J.

Project: Projects from Previous EmploymentKnowledge Exchange (Facilities and Equipment Services)

Biomass ignition tests for large percentage biomass co-firing in coal-fired furnaces

Li, J.

Project: Projects from Previous EmploymentKnowledge Exchange (Facilities and Equipment Services)

Research Output 2011 2019

Experimental study on the influences of operating parameters on the retention of potassium during the biomass combustion

Cao, W., Peshkur, T., Lue, L. & Li, J., 28 Feb 2019, In : Energy Procedia. 158, p. 1033-1038 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
Heating rate

Heat transfer behaviour of a wheat straw pellet undergoing pyrolysis

Martí-Rosselló, T., Li, J., Lue, L., Kärlstrom, O. & Brink, A., 3 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press). 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Heat transfer
Temperature distribution

Activities 2008 2019

ICAE2019: The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy

Jun Li (Participant)
12 Aug 201915 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference