Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Lua Aik Chong

Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Prof Lua Aik Chong

Professor Lua Aik Chong is currently the Head of Thermal & Fluids Engineering Division, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He obtained his BEng(Hons) and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 1976 and 1982, respectively. In 2001, he was awarded the "Notable Mention, Asian Innovation Awards 2001" organized by the Far Eastern Economic Review, in recognition of his outstanding and innovative research in converting oil-palm-shell wastes into activated carbon adsorbents for air and water pollutants.
Research Interests
Professor Lua's areas of expertise are the development of activated carbons for adsorbing gaseous and aqueous pollutants and measurement of flow rates. His current research activities are the preparation and characterization of activated carbons, adsorption technology for air pollution and water filtration, development of polymeric membranes for gas separation, measurement of flow rates using fluidic flowmeters and measurements of particulates and gas emissions from diesel engines.
Current Projects
  • Collaboration with SMI in Driving and Coordinating Maritime and Offshore Research and Education within NTU
  • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Professorships
  • Prototype electric power generator using integrated fuel cells coupled with on-board-ship hydrogen production by thermocatalytic decomposition of methane
  • SMI Maritime Research Fellowship
Selected Publications
  • Q.P. Jia and A.C. Lua. (2008). Concentration-dependent branched pore kinetic model for aqueous phase adsorption. Chemical Engineering Journal, 136, 227-235.
  • J. Guo, Y. Luo, A.C. Lua, R.A. Chi, Y.L. Chen, X.T. Bao and S.X. Xiang. (2007). Adsorption of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) by activated carbons derived from oil-palm shell. Carbon, 45(2), 330-336.
  • A.C. Lua and Q.P. Jia. (2007). Adsorption of phenol by oil-palm-shell activated carbons. Adsorption, 13, 129-137.
  • J.C Su and A.C. Lua. (2007). Effects of carbonisation atmosphere on the structural characteristics and transport properties of carbon membranes prepared from Kapton polyimide. Journal of Membrane Science, 305, 263-270.
  • A.C. Lua and J.C. Su. (2006). Isothermal and nonisothermal pyrolysis kinetics of Kapton polyimide. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 91(1), 144-153.

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