Kunlei Liu

Kunlei Liu

Research Director
Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky

Kunlei Liu, Ph.D, is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky and the Associate Director for Research at the Center for Applied Energy Research. He has over 29 years’ experience in directing research projects in the areas of combustion, gasification, and emissions control. Since 2006, as principal investigator, he has received more than $65M from US DOE, the State of Kentucky, and an industrial consortium to develop a robust and cost-effective technology for pollution control, water treatment, CO2 capture and utilization from power generation processes that covers advanced catalytic solvent development and evaluation, process integration, membrane-based solvent enrichment, chemical looping combustion/gasification, and metal behavior in the post-combustion carbon capture system. His research interests include fossil fuel combustion and gasification, emission control, carbon management in power plants and biomass utilization for fuels and chemicals. Dr. Liu received his Bachelors of engineering degree (1988) and his PhD (1993) in Thermoenergy engineering from the Southeast University, Nanjing, China. Prior to the University of Kentucky, he has been employed by Southeast University, Western Kentucky University, Environmental Systems Corporation (ESC), and Babcock & Wilcox.