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Research

We are interested in investigating various physical phenomena present in chemical, biological and environmental systems via computational modelling and in utilising computer models for model-based optimisation to offer better system and process designs and operating conditions.

 

Below are the main research areas, including but not limited to: 

  • Chemical & Environmental Systems

    • Water treatment and desalination via membranes

    • Membrane gas separation and gas-liquid membrane contactors

    • Carbon capture and utilisation

    • Steam reforming and dry reforming of methane

  •  Biomedical Systems

    • Blood flow and drug transport​ in the cardiovascular system

    • Targeted drug delivery in cancer therapy

    • Clot-dissolving treatments (thrombolysis)

    • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

Ongoing Projects

  • Project Title: “Development of MDG membrane system for removal of trace dissolved oxygen in ultra-pure water production”
    Funded by Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KIETI), South Korea (April 2021 - December 2024)

    • Computational fluid dynamics simulation for hollow fibre membrane modules

    • Optimisation of membrane module designs for high-performance module development

  • Project Title: “On the development of fouling-resistant next-generation reverse osmosis desalination technologies via integrated multi-level modelling and model-based optimisation”
    Funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea (March 2021 - February 2023)

    • Multiscale and multilevel modelling of reverse osmosis and fouling phenomena

    • Development of an integrated model for reverse osmosis for process optimisation and scheduling

 

  • Project Title: “Process modelling, technoeconomic analysis (TEA) and life cycle assessment (LCA) of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) processes”
    Funded by Chonnam National University (May 2021 - December 2022)

    • Process modelling of Membrane-based carbon capture and chemical absorption

    • Process modelling of methanol synthesis and dry reforming for CCU

    • TEA and LCA of integrated CCU processes

Past Projects

​At Chonnam National University

  • Project Title: “CFD simulation for a scrubber system”
    Funded by the Research Institute of Industrial Science & Technology (RIST) (November 2020)

    • CFD simulation to investigate the impact of scrubber designs on multiphase mixing

Before Chonnam National University

  • Project Title: “CFD simulation for a scrubber system”
    Funded by the Research Institute of Industrial Science & Technology (RIST) (November 2020)

    • CFD simulation to investigate the impact of scrubber designs on multiphase mixing

  • Project Title: “Technoeconomic analysis (TEA) and life cycle assessment (LCA) of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) processes"
    Funded by Ministry of Science and Technology Information and Communication (KCRC) (March 2019– July 2019)

  • Project Title: “Simulation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)”
    Funded by KSOE (Hyundai Heavy Industries) (March 2019– July 2019)

  • Project Title: “Stability requirements of stent-grafts in the thoraco-abdominal aorta used as extensions of thoracic stent-grafts, Part 1: Evaluation of flow-induced displacement forces”
    Funded by Cryolife+Jotec (industrial sponsor) (October 2017–November 2019)

    • CFD simulations for blood flow and flow-induced displacement forces in stent-grafts.​

  • Project Title: “Development of engineered liposomes for targeted thrombolytic therapy”. 
    Funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) (October 2017–November 2019)

    • Multiscale mathematical modelling of clot dissolution in the treatment of ischaemic stroke and optimisation for personalised treatment for stroke patients.

  • Project Title: “Thermo-electro-mechanical optimisation of an electric motor”    
    Funded by Innovate UK (April–October 2017)

    • Development of a scripted programme for parametric geometry drawing, electromagnetic simulation and motor design optimisation programme.

  • Project Title: “Modelling of reverse osmosis membrane process and transport phenomena for performance analysis and optimisation”
    Funded by BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM) (April 2013–March 2017)

    • ​CFD simulations for spacers in membrane modules for detailed transfer phenomena in various spacer designs.

    • Development of “Reverse Osmosis Simulator” using MATLAB graphical user interface and an optimisation programme in gPROMS.

  • Project Title: “Development of multi-purpose forward-osmosis desalination plant”
    Funded by Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea (October 2010-August 2012)

    • Mathematical modelling of forward osmosis module and pressure retarded osmosis and flowsheet-based simulations of draw solute recovery.

  • Project Title: “Seawater engineering & architecture of high efficiency reverse osmosis”
    Funded by Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of Korea (September 2009–August 2012)

    • Development of a mathematical model of reverse osmosis seawater desalination process.​

  • Project Title: “Modelling of physical absorption into a falling liquid film on a vertical and inclined plate”
    Funded by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service) (September–December 2008)​