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March 26: National Academy of Engineering member to speak at Ensor Lecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – National Academy of Engineering member L.S. Fan will speak on chemical looping technology for combustion, gasification, reforming, and chemical syntheses at the annual Ensor Lecture on Monday, March 26.

A reception will start at 3 p.m. followed by the lecture at 4 p.m. in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center on the WSU Pullman campus.

Fan is Distinguished University Professor and C. John Easton Professor in Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. His expertise is in fluidization and multiphase flow, powder technology and energy, and environmental reaction engineering. He invented seven industrially viable clean fossil conversion processes as well as the electrical capacitance volume tomography for 3-D, real time multiphase flow imaging that is currently being used in academia and industry. He has authored or co-authored five books, 420 journal papers, and 55 patents.

Chemical looping technology is a manifestation of the interplay among a broad spectrum of science and engineering subjects in connection to metal oxide physics, chemistry and reaction engineering, and particle science and technology. With major advances made recently on the bottleneck areas in this technology development, commercialization is now realistically possible and can be projected to take place in the near future.

The Ensor Lectureship in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering was established in 2016 to encourage communication and collaboration on emerging ideas in any area related to chemical engineering, bioengineering, aerosol technology and nanotechnology. David Ensor (’63, chemical engineering) and his wife, Sara, established the lectureship as a reflection of their deep interest in higher education and their strongly held belief in the empowerment that education provides for one’s life.



  • Tina Hilding, communications director, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-5095,


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