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. He joined Ohio State in 1978 and served as Department Chair from 1994 – 2003. Professor Fan’s expertise is in fluidization and multiphase flow, powder science and technology, and energy and environmental reaction engineering.
His inventions include electrical capacitance volume tomography used commercially for 3-dimensional imaging of static media and real-time dynamic multiphase flows, and 7 clean fossil energy conversion processes for controlling sulfur, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions and converting carbonaceous fuels to electricity, chemicals or liquid fuels which are all in various stages of industrial demonstration. Professor Fan is Editor-in-Chief of Powder Technology and has served as a consulting editor of ten other journals including the AIChE Journal. He has authored or co-authored four books, 400 journal papers, and 45 patents.
Professor Fan’s awards include AIChE’s Alpha Chi Sigma and Wilhelm Awards, Particle Technology Forum Award for Life Time Achievements and their Thomas Baron and Fluidization Lectureship Awards, ACS’s Murphree Award, ASEE’s Dow Lectureship, CCR’s Malcolm Pruitt Award, R&D 100 Awards, International Fluidization Achievement Award, and International Pitt Award for Innovation in Coal Conversion. At Ohio State, he has been recognized with the Charles MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Joseph Sullivant Medal for Teaching, Research and Service Excellence, one of the highest honors of the University awarded every five years.
He is a Fellow of the AIChE, 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, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and an Academician of Academia Sinica. In 2008, Professor Fan was named as one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by the AIChE.