Dr Soonho Lee

Dr Soonho Lee

Research Associate

School of Engineering

Career Summary

Biography

Soonho Lee obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Newcastle in 2019. From 2019 to present, he has been working at the University of Newcastle as a research associate. Thus far, he has been conducting several pioneering studies in a range of areas broadly classified as energy and environmental research, which includes conversion and utilization of coal. He is particularly renowned for his fundamental research on coking behaviours of coking coal during the coking process in a coke oven, including mechanistic studies on the thermoplastic behaviours and subsequent coke structure development. This study has significantly deepened a fundamental understanding of underlying chemical and physical mechanisms of coking behaviours of Australian coking coal.  This has ultimately provided an advanced tool to predict coke quality for coke-making industry. He has undertaken several Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) projects to carry out the coking research. He has successfully obtained several accesses to Australian Synchrotron at Melbourne to lead the projects using several advanced analytical techniques, including micro CT and infrared IR microspectroscopy.

He has recently expanded this research on combustion and ash behaviours of thermal coal. The major focus has been to achieve a fundamental understanding of combustion behaviours and slagging/fouling propensities of Australian thermal coal under advanced coal-fired power systems. These studies have the potential to provide an improved understanding of coking behaviours and combustibility of Australian coal that can pave the way for improved models to predict coke strength and combustion behaviours. Ultimately, it will provide innovations in the use of Australian coal to maximize their value in the international market and encourage increase usage (market share) and price.

He has successfully attracted three international relations grants funded by Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to strengthen bilateral relationships between Australia and Korea in areas of sustainable clean coal technologies. This led to the establishment of the International Collaborative Centre of the Carbon Future (ICCCF), which has supported an R&D network of leading industry and university partners from Australia, Korea, and China to research sustainable clean coal technologies. As a key research fellow for the centre, He has actively engaged in organising the annual international symposium on clean energy and advanced materials (CEAM). This has provided a global network of researchers working on clean energy technologies for sharing information and engaging power industry partners for R&D to accelerate technology transfer. This has developed a reputation as a researcher of international standing.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University - South Korea
  • Master of Science, Pusan National University - South Korea

Keywords

  • Clean Coal Technology
  • Coal chemistry
  • Coal combustion
  • Coal combustion and pyrolysis
  • Coke production
  • Coke structure development
  • Coke-making
  • Coking technology
  • Hydrogen production and utilization
  • Metallurgical coal
  • Thermoplasticity of coking coal

Languages

  • Korean (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
400403 Chemical engineering design 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Kim J, Lee S, Tahmasebi A, Jeon CH, Yu J, 'A Review of the Numerical Modeling of Pulverized Coal Combustion for High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions (HELE) Power Generation', Energy and Fuels, 35 7434-7466 (2021) [C1]

High-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plant technologies operate with a higher thermal efficiency of the steam cycle for coal-fired power generation, reducing CO2... [more]

High-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plant technologies operate with a higher thermal efficiency of the steam cycle for coal-fired power generation, reducing CO2 emissions per unit energy generation. They represent some of the primary and intermediate solutions to the world's energy security. Extensive numerical modeling efforts have been undertaken over the past several decades, which have increased our understanding of the technical problems in HELE boilers, including combustion and boiler performance optimization, ash deposition, and material problems at higher operating temperatures and pressures. Overall, the differences in the physical and chemical models, boiler performance, and ash deposition of oxy-fuel combustion in HELE boilers that recirculate CO2 and H2O in the boilers are also discussed in comparison with the combustion of coal in the air. This Review comprehensively summarizes the current research on numerical modeling to offer a better understanding of the technical aspects and provides future research requirements of HELE coal-fired boilers, including boiler performance optimization, ash deposition, and material problems. The effects of changes in the configuration and operating conditions are discussed, focusing on the optimization of boiler performance in aspects such as unburnt carbon and NOx emissions. The paper also reviews the retrofit and optimization of operating conditions and the burner geometry with the low-NOx coal combustion technologies necessary to operate the HELE power plants. In terms of ash deposition, the development of submodels, including particle sticking and impacting behaviors and their effects on the deposit growth predictions under different temperatures, are discussed. Numerical models of the material oxidation and creep in the austenitic and nickel-based alloys generally used in HELE conditions have been developed using the finite element method to predict the availability of advanced alloys and creep life in the actual service time of the boiler parts. The predictions of oxide scale growth and exfoliation on the steam-side and fire-side and the creep strength are analyzed. The review also identifies some further research requirements in numerical modeling to achieve the optimization of coal combustion processes and address the technical problems in advanced HELE power plant operations.

DOI 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c00343
Co-authors Jianglong Yu, Arash Tahmasebi
2020 Chen Y, Lee S, Tahmasebi A, Bai J, Vongsvivut J, Yu J, 'Chemical structure transformation during the later stage of plastic layers during coking using Synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy technique', Fuel, 273 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.117764
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Arash Tahmasebi, Jianglong Yu
2020 Lee S, Mahoney M, Yu J, 'Advances in the understanding of the formation and chemistry of the plastic layer during coke-making: A comprehensive review', Fuel, 263 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.fuel.2019.116655
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Jianglong Yu
2020 Hui Y, Lee S, Chen Y, Mahoney M, Yu J, 'Using Three-Dimensional Image Analysis Techniques To Understand the Formation of the Plastic Layer during the Heating of Australian Coking Coal Blends', Energy & Fuels, 34 3153-3160 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c00069
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Jianglong Yu
2020 Chen Y, Lee S, Tahmasebi A, Bai J, Mahoney M, Yu J, 'A review of the state-of-the-art research on carbon structure evolution during the coking process: From plastic layer chemistry to 3D carbon structure establishment', Fuel, 271 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.117657
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Arash Tahmasebi, Jianglong Yu
2020 Hui Y, Tian L, Lee S, Chen Y, Tahmasebi A, Mahoney M, Yu J, 'A comprehensive study on the transformation of chemical structures in the plastic layers during coking of Australian coals', Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 152 (2020) [C1]

The changes in chemical structures over the plastic layer region during the coking of coals have a significant impact on coke formation and coke quality. This paper employed the S... [more]

The changes in chemical structures over the plastic layer region during the coking of coals have a significant impact on coke formation and coke quality. This paper employed the Solid-state 13Carbon Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (13C NMR), and the Synchrotron attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) microspectroscopy (Synchrotron IR) to study the transformation of the chemical structures in plastic layer samples. The light gases (mainly methane and hydrogen) released from coking process were analyzed using micro gas chromatography (micro-GC) connected to a small coking reactor heated in an electric furnace that simulated the formation of the plastic layers. The results show clearly that the total aromaticity increased consistently in the plastic layers for all coals tested, while the amounts of side-chains decreased significantly during the plastic layer. There was a clear trend showing that the total number of bridge bonds and the looped structures, indicating that the degree of cross-linking would increase through the plastic layer. The plastic layer samples from low fluidity exhibited cross-linking structures with a high degree of branching and aromaticity, while those from high fluidity coals formed cross-linking structures with a relatively low degree of aromaticity and branching but with a large number of bridge bonds and looped structures. The transferable methyl, methylene and hydrogen were strongly correlated to the cross-linking reaction and side-chain elimination in the thermoplastic region, which is reflected by the release profiles of methane and hydrogen gas during the plastic layer stage.

DOI 10.1016/j.jaap.2020.104947
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Arash Tahmasebi, Jianglong Yu
2020 Wang R, Yu J, Islam F, Tahmasebi A, Lee S, Chen Y, 'State-of-the-Art Research and Applications of Carbon Foam Composite Materials as Electrodes for High-Capacity Lithium Batteries', Energy & Fuels, 34 7935-7954 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c01802
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Arash Tahmasebi, Jianglong Yu
2020 Li L, Tahmasebi A, Dou J, Lee S, Li L, Yu J, 'Influence of functional group structures on combustion behavior of pulverized coal particles', Journal of the Energy Institute, 93 2124-2132 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.joei.2020.05.007
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Arash Tahmasebi, Jianglong Yu
2019 Lee S, Yu J, Mahoney M, Tremain P, Moghtaderi B, Tahmasebi A, et al., 'Study of chemical structure transition in the plastic layers sampled from a pilot-scale coke oven using a thermogravimetric analyzer coupled with Fourier transform infrared spectrometer', Fuel, 242 277-286 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.fuel.2019.01.024
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Rohan Stanger, Terry Wall, John Lucas, Behdad Moghtaderi, Arash Tahmasebi, Jianglong Yu
2019 Lee S, Yu J, Mahoney M, Tahmasebi A, Stanger R, Wall T, Lucas J, 'In-situ study of plastic layers during coking of six Australian coking coals using a lab-scale coke oven', Fuel Processing Technology, 188 51-59 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.fuproc.2019.02.007
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Arash Tahmasebi, Terry Wall, Jianglong Yu, John Lucas, Rohan Stanger
2018 Lee S, Yu J, Mahoney M, Tremain P, Moghtaderi B, Tahmasebi A, 'A study on the structural transition in the plastic layer during coking of Australian coking coals using Synchrotron micro-CT and ATR-FTIR', Fuel, 233 877-884 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.06.118
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Arash Tahmasebi, Behdad Moghtaderi, Jianglong Yu
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Lee S, Mahoney M, Yu J, 'An in-situ study of the plastic layer formation in coking coals using a lab-scale test furnace', (2016) [O1]
Co-authors Jianglong Yu
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 19
Total funding $1,708,779

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20213 grants / $521,204

Novel H2 production technology using brown coal for clean power generation$374,840

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Arash Tahmasebi, Doctor Soonho Lee, Professor Jianglong Yu, Professor Jianglong Yu, Professor Chunghwan Jeon
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2023
GNo G2000101
Type Of Funding C1200 - Aust Competitive - ARC
Category 1200
UON Y

Transformation of Cross Linking Structures in the Plastic Layers During Coking of Australian Coals and its Role in Coke Formation$144,800

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Soonho Lee, Associate Professor John Lucas, Doctor Arash Tahmasebi
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2022
GNo G2100286
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON Y

Examination of pore structure development of the blends of Australian coking coals and plastic wastes during the coking process$1,564

Funding body: ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)

Funding body ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
Project Team Doctor Soonho Lee, Doctor Arash Tahmasebi
Scheme Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2100831
Type Of Funding C2200 - Aust Commonwealth – Other
Category 2200
UON Y

20202 grants / $534,838

ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Innovation$380,838

Funding body: BHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd

Funding body BHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Geoffrey Evans, Associate Professor Tom Honeyands, Doctor Soonho Lee, Associate Professor John Lucas, Professor Jianglong Yu
Scheme Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2024
GNo G2000874
Type Of Funding C3100 – Aust For Profit
Category 3100
UON Y

In-situ study of the permeability of the plastic layers of Australian coking coals using an advanced permeability test apparatus$154,000

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Professor Jianglong Yu, Doctor Soonho Lee, Doctor Arash Tahmasebi, Associate Professor Merrick Mahoney, Miss Yixin Chen
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2000235
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON Y

20198 grants / $253,855

Carbon structure transformation in the plastic layer and coke of Australian coking coals: better understanding of coke strength and reactivity$144,900

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team

Professor Jianglong Yu, Miss Yixin Chen, Doctor Soonho Lee, Doctor Arash Tahmasebi, Associate Professor Merrick Mahoney

Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N

Comprehensive technical review on coal quality impacts on High-Efficiency Low-Emission(HELE) coal combustion for power generation$79,900

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Professor Jianglong Yu, Doctor Soonho Lee, Doctor Arash Tahmasebi
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1801437
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON Y

Effect of Blend Characteristics on the High-Temperature Strength Evolution and Relevant Mechanisms in Cokes$22,000

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Professor Jianglong Yu, Doctor Soonho Lee, Doctor Fanyu Meng, Miss Yixin Chen
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1901389
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON Y

Synchrotron IR study on chemical structure transition inside coke/semi-coke region$1,427

Funding body: ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)

Funding body ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
Project Team Professor Jianglong Yu, Doctor Soonho Lee, Doctor Fanyu Meng, Mr Yanfeng Shen, Ms Yixin Chen
Scheme Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900948
Type Of Funding C2200 - Aust Commonwealth – Other
Category 2200
UON Y

Examining underlying physical mechanisms of separated maceral concentrates of coking coals during plastic layer formation through micro-CT imaging and analysis$1,427

Funding body: ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)

Funding body ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
Project Team Professor Jianglong Yu, Doctor Soonho Lee, Doctor Fanyu Meng, Mr Yanfeng Shen, Ms Yixin Chen
Scheme Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900950
Type Of Funding C2200 - Aust Commonwealth – Other
Category 2200
UON Y

An investigation of the effects of liptinite maceral on the physical structure of the plastic layers formed from Australian coking coals using the Synchrotron micro-CT$1,427

Funding body: ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)

Funding body ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
Project Team Professor Jianglong Yu, Doctor Soonho Lee, Doctor Fanyu Meng, Miss Yixin Chen, Ms Rou Wang
Scheme Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1901135
Type Of Funding C2200 - Aust Commonwealth – Other
Category 2200
UON Y

Examining the physical structure of plastic layer formed during the coking process of coal blends with different ranks using micro-CT imaging and analysis$1,413

Funding body: ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)

Funding body ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
Project Team Professor Jianglong Yu, Doctor Soonho Lee, Mr Soonho Lee, Mr Yanfeng Shen, Mr Yanfeng Shen, Miss Yixin Chen, Mr Yunze Hui
Scheme Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900490
Type Of Funding C2200 - Aust Commonwealth – Other
Category 2200
UON Y

Synchrotron IR study of chemical structure transformation of the plastic layer during coal coking process$1,361

Funding body: Australian Synchrotron

Funding body Australian Synchrotron
Project Team Professor Jianglong Yu, Doctor Soonho Lee, Mr Yanfeng Shen, Mr Yunze Hui, Miss Yixin Chen
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900312
Type Of Funding C2200 - Aust Commonwealth – Other
Category 2200
UON Y

20183 grants / $161,419

Plastic Layer Formation during Blending of Australian Coking Coals with Weakly Coking and Non-Coking Coals using the UON 4kg Lab Scale Coke Oven$135,500

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team

Professor Jianglong Yu, Associate Professor Merrick Mahoney, Mr Fengkui Yin, Mr Soonho Lee, Mr Yunze Hui

Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N

Enhancement of Australian-Korean Collaboration Capacity for Sustainable Energy Research$24,492

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia
Project Team

Professor Jianglong Yu, Professor Chunghwan Jeon, Mr Soonho Lee

Scheme Australia-Korea Foundation Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N

Investigation of the effects of coal rank and maceral concentrates on microstructures of the plastic layer through micro-CT imaging analysis$1,427

Funding body: ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)

Funding body ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
Project Team

Professor Jianglong Yu, Associate Professor Merrick Mahoney, Mr Soonho Lee, Mr Yunze Hui, Doctor Hannah Lomas

Scheme Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding C1500 - Aust Competitive - Commonwealth Other
Category 1500
UON N

20172 grants / $23,933

Establishment of Australia-Korea Collaborative Research Network for Clean Energy Technology$22,506

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia
Project Team

Professor Jianglong Yu, Professor Chunghwan Jeon, Mr Soonho Lee

Scheme Australia-Korea Foundation Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N

Examining underlying physical mechanisms of plastic layer through micro-CT imaging and analysis$1,427

Funding body: ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)

Funding body ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
Project Team

Professor Jianglong Yu, Associate Professor Merrick Mahoney, Mr Soonho Lee

Scheme Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding C1500 - Aust Competitive - Commonwealth Other
Category 1500
UON N

20151 grants / $213,530

An in-situ study of the plastic layer formation in coking coals using a lab-scale test furnace$213,530

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team

Professor Jianglong Yu, Mr Soonho Lee, Associate Professor Merrick Mahoney, Doctor Rohan Stanger, Associate Professor John Lucas, Emeritus Professor Terry Wall

Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 PhD Impact of Polymer Addition on Coking Behaviour and Coke Quality of Australian Coals PhD (Chemical Engineering), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 PhD A Study on the Mechanism of the Evolution of Carbon Structures during the Coking Process of Australian Coking Coals PhD (Chemical Engineering), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Soonho Lee

Position

Research Associate
International Collaborative Centre for Carbon Futures
School of Engineering
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email soonho.lee@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4033 9285
Mobile 0473 989 959

Office

Room NIER block A, A307
Building NIER Block A
Location NIER block A

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