Zirui He
PhD student
M.Sc. at Shandong University 2016

Main project: auto-thermal Chemical Looping Reforming
Funding: FNRS
Supervisor(s): Juray De Wilde

This project aims at developing a simulation model and tool, coupling detailed reaction kinetics and a detailed gas-solid flow model. The optimization and scale-up of the a-CLR process require a fundamental understanding of the technology by rigorous modeling and simulation. As well the detailed reaction mechanism and the complex gas-solid hydrodynamics have to be accounted for. A 1D code accounting for essentials of fluidized bed hydrodynamic and detailed reaction kinetics will be developed. The kinetics of catalytic methane reforming, of oxidation/reduction of oxygen carrier should be studied as well.

The 1D a-CLR model that consists of a riser air reactor and a bubbling fluidized bed fuel reactor has been established and the key factors of operating a commercial scale a-CLR unit have been studied. This part of results have been published in Chemical Engineering Journal (

IMMC main research direction(s):
Processing and characterisation of materials
Chemical engineering

reacting flows
reaction engineering
thermal engines

Research group(s): IMAP

Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Xu, Xiao; Hartanto, Yusak; Nikolaeva, Daria; He, Zirui; Chergaoui, Sara; Luis, Patricia. High-performance ZIF-8-biopolymer chitosan mixed-matrix pervaporation membrane for methanol-dimethyl carbonate separation. In: Separation and Purification Technology, Vol. 293, no.121085, p. 121085 (2022). doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2022.121085.

2. He, Zirui; De Wilde, Juray. Numerical simulation of commercial scale autothermal chemical looping reforming and bi-reforming for syngas production. In: Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 417, p. 128088 (2021). doi:10.1016/j.cej.2020.128088.

Conference Papers

1. He, Zirui; De Wilde, Juray; Minette, Florent. Modelling of Autothermal Chemical Looping Reforming for Syngas Production. 2019 xxx.

2. He, Zirui; Minette, Florent; De Wilde, Juray. Numerical simulation of industrial scale autothermal Chemical Looping Methane Reforming for syngas production in a dual fluidised bed reactor. 2018 xxx.