Sustainable Process Analysis, Design, and Engineering Lab


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Our research group is focused on understanding basic principles of chemical engineering and applying them to solve various challenging problems encountered in chemical processes. In particular, our group collaborates with various research groups from university, national research institute, and industry to achieve this goal. Our research group covers diverse research areas including process simulation and design, techno- economic analysis, numerical modeling, computational fluid dynamics, separation process, reaction engineering, AI, ML, etc. by well balancing between theoretical and experimental studies. The current research topics that we’re interested in are a membrane reactor system, H2 production, water electrolysis, fuel cells, vanadium redox flow battery, steam reformer, CO2 capture and utilization, Non-CO2 gas(CF4 SF6) reduction, landfill gas, batteries, to name a few.

Major research field

Process design and economics, Separation process, Reactor design, Computational fluid dynamics, AI/ML, Business model

Desired field of research

Digital twin, Particulate matter, CO2 utilization, Risk analysis, Process safety

Research Keywords and Topics

Process simulation and design, Scale-up, Techno-economic analysis, Numerical modeling, Computational fluid dynamics, Separation process, Reaction engineering, Business model, Machine-learning, Digital twin

Research Publications

• ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING/ Materializing international trade of decarbonized hydrogen through optimization in aspects of both economic and environmental/Kim, Ayeon; Kim, Heehyang; Lim, Dongjun; Cheon, Seunghyun; Lim, Hankwon/2023-01
• CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL/Machine learning based predictive model for methanol steam reforming with technical, environmental, and economic perspectives/Byun, Manhee; Lee, Hyunjun; Choe, Changgwon; Cheon, Seunghyun; Lim, Hankwon/2021-12
• RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS / Technical and economic feasibility under uncertainty for methane dry reforming of coke oven gas as simultaneous H-2 production and CO2 utilization / Lee, Boreum; Kim, Hyunwoo; Lee, Hyunjun; Byun, Manhee; Won, Wangyun; Lim, Hankwon / 2020-11
• APPLIED ENERGY / Design, economic evaluation, and market uncertainty analysis of LOHC-based, CO2 free, hydrogen delivery systems / Brigljevic, Boris; Byun, Manhee; Lim, Hankwon / 2020-09


• Joseph M. Schwartz, Joey M. Corpus, Hankwon Lim, “Method of making a hydrogen transport membrane, and article” / United States Patent / US9084970B2