12th International Conference on Gas-Liquid & Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering (GLS12)

June 28 - July 1, 2015

The 12th International Conference on Gas–Liquid and Gas–Liquid–Solid Reactor Engineering (GLS-12) followed the success of the 11 previous GLS conferences, which focus on all aspects of fundamentals and engineering of multiphase reactors and processes and brought together top class researchers and engineers from diverse fields.

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Focus & Background

GLS-12 will particularly emphasize topics related to sustainable energy and water. 

The 12th International Conference on Gas–Liquid and Gas–Liquid–Solid Reactor Engineering (GLS-12) will be held in New York City from June 28 to July 1, 2015, following the success of the eleven previous conferences which were held in Columbus, OH, USA (1992), Cambridge, UK (1995), Kanazawa, Japan (1997), Delft, The Netherlands (1999), Melbourne, Australia (2001), Vancouver, Canada (2003), Strasbourg, France (2005), New Delhi, India (2007), Montreal, Canada (2009), Braga, Portugal (2011) and Seoul, South Korea (2013).

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Special Issue

Selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper to be published in a special issue of Chemical Engineering Science. Since there will be a peer review, it is not guaranteed that a submitted full paper will be published as part of the special issue. The deadline for selected abstracts to submit full papers is July 31, 2015.  For any questions regarding the special issue, please contact Alissa Park at

Attendee Lists

The conference attendee list and presenters list has been distributed. If you need a copy, please send a request to Kevin Chin at


Conference proceedings are now available.

GLS12 is supported by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation.


GLS12 Banquet

The banquet will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Low Library in Columbia University at 6:00 PM.  Attendees who wish to dine at the banquet must pay a fee of $125 when they register for the GLS12 Conference.

GLS12 Plant Tours

On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 30, 2015, GLS12 attendees will have the opportunity to visit 1 of 3 nearby facilities. Transportation and a boxed lunch will be provided.

Featured Speakers

Bing Du

Bing Du is a senior engineer at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University. Before joining ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Bing worked in Dow Chemical for two years. After he joined ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Bing worked on the R&D activities in FCC and Fluid Coking areas. Now, Bing is the expert for the process development and scale-up of fluid-solids reactors including FCC, Fluid Coker, Methanol Conversion, and Chemical application....Read more

Liang-Shih Fan

Liang-Shih (L.-S.) Fan is Distinguished University Professor and C. John Easton Professor in Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. His research fields are in fluidization, powder science and technology, and multiphase flows and reaction engineering. Professor Fan is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Australia Academy of Technology Science and Engineering, and the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and an Academician of the Academia Sinica. He was named...Read more

Lynn Gladden

Lynn Gladden graduated in Chemical Physics from the University of Bristol, UK, before studying for her PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Following completion of her thesis she was awarded a Pickering Fellowship of the Royal Society and moved to a faculty position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Cambridge. In the period 2006-2010 she was department Chair, and was then appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research. She is also Director of the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre at Cambridge.

Lynn’s research interests have been motivated by...Read more

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park is the Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. She is also the Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute.Read more

Joseph Powell

Joseph B. Powell (PhD) is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Shell’s Chief Scientist - Chemical Engineering since 2006. He joined the Process Development Department at Shell Technology Center Houston in 1988, where he has led R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, and enhanced oil recovery, in addition to a Hunters innovation group.

Dr. Powell has been co-inventor on more than 125 distinct patent applications with more than 60 granted, and has received several industry awards including the A. D. Little Award for Chemical Engineering...Read more

Ning Yang

Ning Yang is a Professor and the dean of Research Center of Meso-Science (COM) at the Institute of Process Engineering of Chinese Academy of Sciences. His earlier work is about the multiscale simulation of gas-solid two-phase flow in fluidization. This pioneering work is devoted to develop the EMMS drag model (Energy-Minimization Multi-scale) to improve the multiphase CFD simulation of circulating fluidized beds. His current work is about the CFD modeling of gas-liquid and gas-liquid-solid systems. He developed a EMMS method with consideration of meso-...Read more


Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Gas-Liquid & Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering (GLS12) are now available: