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Associate Professor Yansong Shen

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Dr Yansong Shen is an Associate Professor (tenured) and ARC Future Fellow since 2019 (Senior Lecturer, 2016-2018, UNSW; Lecturer, 2014-2016, Monash). He is the director of a vibrant research lab - Process Modelling and Optimisation of Reaction and Separation "ProMO Lab", with applications to a range of complex reactive flow processes in traditional and emerging industries particularly resource and energy sectors, including process...view more
 
Dr Yansong Shen is an Associate Professor (tenured) and ARC Future Fellow since 2019 (Senior Lecturer, 2016-2018, UNSW; Lecturer, 2014-2016, Monash). He is the director of a vibrant research lab - Process Modelling and Optimisation of Reaction and Separation "ProMO Lab", with applications to a range of complex reactive flow processes in traditional and emerging industries particularly resource and energy sectors, including process metallurgy, solid fuel preparation/utilization, water treatment, biology processes, and renewable energy processes e.g. solar cell/biomass/hydrogen/battery. His research interests range from understanding fundamentals to optimising & developing new, cleaner and more efficient technologies, powered by advanced numerical and experimental approaches.
ProMO research
His research contributions are reflected by a strong track record in terms of publication, research grants, and synergistic activities. 
  • Career total of over 100 peer-reviewed papers published in book chapters, journals, and conference proceedings (h-index 25, as of 2019). ResearcherID: A-9037-2010; Scopus Author ID: 25028505200
  • >AUD 5 million research grants, including
    • ARC research grants (6 ARC grants active at present), including FT190100361 (sole CI, 2019-2023, A$878k), DP180101232 (lead CI, 2018-2022, A$342k), LP150100112 (lead CI, 2015-2019, A$1.1M), LP160101100 (lead CI, 2016-2020, A$0.7M), LP120200469, IH140100035, LP150100911, DP160103433,  and
    • several grants from other sources as lead CI/co-CI, for example, sole CI in ACARP e.g. C26041, ARENA projects e.g. RND2017/011 (Tandem solar cell), RND2018/014 (PVE for H2 generation, 2019-2022), RND2018/015  (Biomass for H2 generation, 2019-2022) and BAJC e.g. BA14026 and BA19007 etc.  
  • Long-term industry engagements established with leading Australian/overseas industries, including Baosteel, Rio Tinto, BlueScope Steel, Coal Energy Australia, ACARP, BHP Billiton, Peabody Energy, Jellinbah Resources, etc, as evidenced by joint ARC grants and industry projects, and employment potential of PhD graduates.
  • Several research-related competitive awards and ARC fellowship, for example, ARC Future Fellowship; ARC APDI Fellowship and ATSE Emerging Future Leaders in Low Emission Coal Technology Fellowship. 
  • Leadership/Member of several professional associations/societies, for example,
    • President, Australian Particle Technology Society;
    • Chartered IChemE Fellow and TMS, AIST, AIE members. 
  • Active in synergistic activities, for example, 
    • Manager of Australia-China Joint Centre on Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials; 
    • Guest editor of a special issue of Steel Research International; 
    • Organiser/contacts of several international conferences/symposiums/meetings.  
 

Referee for scholarly journals:

  • Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B (Board of Review; Key Reader)
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Chemical Engineering Science
  • Chemical Engineering Journal
  • Powder Technology
  • AIChE Journal
  • Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
  • Minerals Engineering
  • Fuel
  • ISIJ International

Scholarship/RA/TA opportunities

  • UNSW Scientia PhD scholarship, Tuition fee+50k pa, Please contact A/Prof. Shen for details.  Update: We received two Scientia PhD Scholarships in 2017 (Ms S Song and Mr ZZ Xie). Apply here
  • UNSW Scholarship to international/domestic students, Tuition fee+26k pa. Click here. For the key date, click here
  • Project Scholarship available in A/Prof. Shen's Lab, Tuition fee+26k pa. Please contact A/Prof. Shen for details. 
  • China Scholarship Council (CSC) Joint Scholarship program (中国国家公派出国留学奖学金). For more details, click here. To apply CSC, click here. Extra top-up scholarships will be provided to CSC awardees. It may increase yearly with performance. 
  • UNSW English requirements can be found at UNSW website (click here)

  • Research Assistant positions are available. Please contact A/Prof. Shen for details. 
  • Teaching Assistant positions are available.  
  • Postdoc fellow positions are available. 

Potential employment opportunities

Iron ore and coal are the two largest exports in Australia. sProMO group has a high reputation for collaboration with industries in iron ore and coal sectors including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, ACARP, Coal Energy Australia, Baosteel.  PhD graduates will readily be exposed to these industries for potential employment. The same applies to our research in the fields of photovoltaics, water, biomass, etc. 


My Grants

8 ARC research grants (updated: 2019)

  • FT190100361"Data-driven modelling of complex reactive flows", ARC Future Fellowship, A$ 878k.
  • DP180101232  ARC-Discovery Project, A$342k.
  • LP160101100   ARC-Linkage Project, A$700k.
  • LP150100112   ARC-Linkage Project, A$1.1M. 
  • LP120200469   ARC-Linkage Project, A$1.3M. 
  • IH140100035   ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub, A$ 10M (250k to UNSW). 
  • DP160103433  ARC-Discovery Project, A$270k. 
  • LP150100911   ARC-Linkage Project, A$510k.  

External research grants

  • A Zero-Emission Tandem Array for Transforming Waste Biomass into Renewable Hydrogen, ARENA, RND2018/015, (2019-2021), A$1M.
  • Highly efficient and low cost photovoltaic electrolysis (PVE) system to generate hydrogen by harvesting the full spectrum of sunlight, ARENA, RND2018/014 (2019-2021), A$1.3M.
  • Australian PCI Coals under Industry Scale Blast Furnace Conditions using 3D Computer Modelling: Stage 2 the Injection of Coal Blends: Ext C26041, ACARP (Australian Coal Association Research Program)(2018), A$100k.
  • Efficient Adamantine Thin-Film on Silicon Tandem Cells: The Next Step in Commercial Cell Evolution, ARENA, (2018-2022), RND2017/011, A$3.2M.
  • Development of Beyond 20% Efficiency Kesterite (CZTSSe) Solar Cells: win the PV race with sustainable low-cost, low-toxic and stable materials, ARENA, RND2017/006, (2018-2022), A$1.3M. 
  • Evaluation of Australian PCI coals under industry-scale conditions of ironmaking blast furnace using 3D computer modelling”, ACARP (Australian Coal Association Research Program)(2017), A$100k.
  • Effect of Flotation Water Chemistry on Coal Chemistry, Fluidity and Coke Quality”, ACARP (Australian Coal Association Research Program)(2017), A$100k.
  • Low-cost, high-efficiency Copper-Zinc-Tin-Sulfide on silicon multi-junction solar cells, ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency), $2,6M
  • Detailed investigation of PCI operations for stable and low-cost ironmaking”, Baosteel-Australia Joint Centre(2015-2017), A$250k. 
  • Development of CZTS thin film solar cells on Baosteel stainless steel for BIPV application”, Baosteel-Australia Joint Centre(2014-2016), A$500k. 

 


My Qualifications

BEng                 School of Materials and Metallurgy (Top Student Class)

1996-2001          Northeastern University, Shenyang, China

MEng               School of Materials and Metallurgy

2001-2003          Northeastern University, Shenyang, China

PhD                  School of Materials Science and Engineering

2004-2009          The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

 

My Awards

2017     Best Presentation Award, 19th International conference on oil, gas and coal, Zurich, Switzerland, 2017 June. 

2015     Korea-Australia Emerging Researchers Exchange Award, National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

2014     Best Poster Award, The 2nd Australia-China Joint Symposium on Minerals and Metallurgy, Sydney.

2012     ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2012-2015.

2012     Emerging Future Leaders in Low Emission Coal Technology Fellowship, ATSE-JCG.

2011     Silver Star Award, A$35k, UNSW.

2011     Best Poster Award, Poster Competition, UNSW.

2010     Best Oral Presentation Award, Chemeca 2010, Adelaide.


My Research Activities

 

 

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Research interests
  • Process modelling and design
  • Reacting flow in complex reactors
  • Multiscale simulations
  • Process metallurgy
  • Coal preparation, upgrade and utilization 
  • Combustion of solid fuel (blends): e.g. biomass, plastic, coal
  • Water treatment
  • Recycling
  • Renewable energy generation/storage processes: e.g. photovoltaics solar cells, biomass, hydrogen generation/storage.

Currently supervising

Current members

A/Prof. YS Shen

Group leader

 

Dr S Wang

RA

CFD-DEM modelling of reacting flows

Dr WY LI

RA

Data-driven fault analysis

Dr R Chandratilleke

RA

DEM modelling of particle mixing

Dr YT Zhuo

RA

Low-rank coal pyrolysis; Hydrogen generation

Ms YR Liu

PhD 17s1

Biomass combustion and gasification

Ms JX Cui

PhD 17s1

Phase diagram modelling of PV materials

Mr XB Yu

PhD 17s1

Carbon composite briquette charging in a BF

Mr YH Yue

PhD 17s1

Spout deflection in a spouted bed

Ms SY Li

PhD 17s2

Chemical looping combustion

Mr X Jin

PhD 18s1

Particle flow in a U-shape mixer for future food manufacturing

Ms S Song (Scientia PhD)

PhD 18s1

Water treatment

Mr Z Xie (Scientia PhD)

PhD 18s2

Water treatment

Ms XY Wong

PhD 19t2

Electrolyser design for hydrogen generation

 

Master students

Xiangyu Han

Master

2016 S1/S2

Run Geng

Master

2016 S2 / 2017 S1

Boheng Zhu

Master

2016 S2 / 2017 S1

Bowen Zhang

Master

2016 S2 / 2017 S1

Kedi Huang

Master

2017 S1/S2

DongtingSong

Master

2017 S2 / 2018 S1

Hongyang Li

Master

2017 S2 / 2018 S1

Nan Wang

Master

2017 Summer / 2018 S1

Mohamad Naim Amir Khairul Amar

Honours

2017 Summer / 2018 S1

Changyoung Jung

Honours

2017 S2 / 2018 S1

Min Kim

Honours

2017 S2 / 2018 S1

Muhammad Nazmi Bin Mohd Nazim

Honours

2018 S1/S2

Muhammad Amir Firdaus Bin Mohd Zainol

Honours

2018 S1/S2

Ziguang Zhao

Master

2019

Haoran Xu

Honours

2019

Peiyu Wang

Honours

2019

Athit Pinthong

Master

2019

Siying Pan

Honours

2019

Muhammad Hanif Najmi Bin Norsham

Honours

2019

Muhammad Fakhrulghazi Bin Mohd Fouad

Honours

2019

Simon Liu

Honours

2019

Rongjie Li

Master

2019

Shipeng Guo

Master

2019

 


My Engagement

President, Australiasian Particle Technology Society, 2019-


My Teaching

Teaching Commitment:

  • Advanced Transport Phenomena (CHEN6706)

  • Heat and Mass Transfer (CEIC2002)

  • Chemical Reaction Engineering (CEIC2005)

  • Engineering Design and Innovation (ENGG1000)

  • Chemical Engineering Lab (CEIC2007)

 
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Location

Room 401, Science and Engineering Building (E8)

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Contact

+61 2 9385 4448
+61 2 9385 5966

Publications

by Associate Professor Yansong Shen