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Liang-Shih Fan named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

LS FanLiang-Shih FanLiang-Shih Fan, distinguished university professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. This distinction recognizes academic inventers who have made a tangible influence on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.

Fan is one of 143 innovators from 94 research universities, government organizations and non-profit research institutions honored for making outstanding contributions in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. The newest class of NAI Fellows hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents, with 39 held by Fan himself.   

Fan invented the leading clean-coal technology in the United States, called Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL), which chemically harnesses coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before it can be released into the atmosphere. In 2012, he was named The Ohio State University Innovator of the Year for his transformational impact on energy utilization and global climate change around the world. His Electric Capacitance Volume-Technology (ECVT) is used by DOE, NASA, as well as universities and industries around the world to record three-dimensional scans of gases and solids that mix inside boilers and other reactors.  

Currently, Fan is researching fluidization and multiphase flow, particulate reaction engineering and particle technology—all of which can be applied to energy and environment systems as well as chemical, petrochemical, mineral and material industries. His ultimate aim, Fan said, is to license and develop American-born technologies to spur economic growth, energy independence and clean energy.