Invited Speaker

Dr. Ming-Chun Lu

Dr. Ming-Chun Lu

Professor, Department of Environmental Resources Management, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science
Speech Title: Treatment of industrial wastewaters by fluidized-bed technology

Abstract: Fenton process has been proven to be effective in the treatment of recalcitrant organic compounds. One disadvantage, however, is the production of a large amount of sludge that needs further treatment and disposal. The production of sludge is reduced by the use of fluidized-bed Fenton (FBF) process where iron is crystallized onto the surface of the carriers in the reactor. An overview of the recent developments on the application of FBF process to the treatment of industrial wastewater will be presented. The advantages of FBF process over other technologies that are based on Fenton oxidation in terms of performance, operating conditions and factors affecting the removal efficiency will be highlighted. Included also will be the reaction kinetics and mechanisms involved and the carriers that were used. Finally, large-scale applications will be presented and described.

Furthermore, the fluidized-bed technology can be also applied for metal ion recovery such as nickel and copper with homogeneous crystallization. This technology overcomes the limit of adding carriers at the initial operation stage. By changing the operation conditions and reactor design, crystals are formed in the reactor directly. The process can produce granules with high purity and therefore has potential to be applied in product synthesis and wastewater treatment. There are several advantages: (1) saving space, (2) reducing sludge, (3) cost down, (4) higher efficiency. Compared with conventional heterogeneous process, this new one can generate high-purity products and therefore it is easy to be applied in future.

Biography: Prof. Ming-Chun Lu earned his PhD degree at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan in 1993 and then worked at Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan for two years. At present, he is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Resources Management at Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Tainan, Taiwan. He has been with the University since 1995 and has held different academic positions such as Chair of the Department of Environmental Resources Management and Dean of School of Continuous Education. His research interests are mainly in the fields of catalyst synthesis for environmental remediation, desulfurization process for fuel and disinfection technology. He has published more than 200 journal papers, and 4 Chapter-book articles. He has obtained more than 60 patents in the field of chemical and environmental engineering and has won 60 medal awards in different international invention competitions.

After Prof. Lu’s starting his international collaboration in 2001, he has organized the International Conference on Sustainable Environmental Technologies, ICSET (formerly, the Asian Pacific Regional Conference on Environmental Technologies, APRC) since 2003, and the International Conference on Environmental Quality Concern, Control and Conservation (EQC) since 2006. To date, Prof. Lu has supervised 98 PhD and master students from different universities in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.