I-Lung Chien Professor

I-Lung Chien Professor
錢義隆 教授
email: ilungchien@ntu.edu.tw
office:Dept.of Chemical Engineering 213A
Lab Info
Process Systems Engineering Lab
Dept.of Chemical Engineering 307
(02)3366-3067; (02)2362-6970#11
  • Education Background

B.S. Ch. E. National Taiwan University, 1977
PhD. Ch. E. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985
Senior Consulting Engineer, DuPont Engineering, 1985-1993
Associate Professor, ChE. Dept., Chang Gung College of Medicine of Technology, 1993-1997
Associate Professor, ChE. Dept., National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 1997-1999
Professor, ChE. Dept., National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 1999-2010

  • Research Topic

Design and Control of Chemical, Energy Related and Separation Processes: Rigorous steady simulation, process design, optimization, dynamic simulation, and control strategy development of various processes. Recent research topics include:

  1. Coal gasification polygeneration processes, products can be: electricity, synthetic natural gas, ammonia, ethylene glycol, olefins, etc.
  2. Azeotropic or close boiling systems, including: diluted ethanol/water mixture, diluted acetonitrile/water mixture, diluted acrylic acid/acetic acid/water mixture, tert-butanol dehydration, N,N-dimethylacetamide/acetic acid, styrene/ethyl benzene, cyclohexane/cyclohexene, ethylene glycol/1,2-PDO, acetone/methanol, 1,4-dioxane/water, pyridine/water, isopropanol dehydration, MMA/MeOH/water, DMC/MeOH, Toluene/MeOH/water, Aceton/Chloroform, Phenol/Cyclohexanone, and utilizing ionic liquid in separation, etc.
  3. Reactive Distillation Processes, including: three kinds of carbonate esters, butyl lavulinate, esterification reaction with mixed alcohol feed, cyclohexanol, triacetin, ethylene glycol diacetate, Methyl Glycolate,
  4. Biorenewable-based processes, including using glycerol to produce glycerol tertiary butyl ethers, 1,2-PDO, 1,3-PDO, etc.
  5. CO2 utilization processes, including using direct synthesis, trans-esterification reaction, urea alcoholysis, etc. to produce various carbonates.
  6. Energy-saving design of separation system or reactive-distillation process, methods including: multi-effect distillation, thermally-coupled distillation, dividing-wall distillation, vapor recompression/HIDic column, etc.
  7. Energy-related processes, including: biodiesel, cellulosic bioethanol, polyoxymethylene dimethyl ethers, etc.
  8. Hybrid separation processes, including: hybrid extraction-distillation process, hybrid pervaporation-distillation process, etc.
  • Recent Research Topic

1. Design and Control of Two Energy-Saving Separation Processes for Diluted
Azeotropic Mixtures
Ministry of Science and Technology, Principle Investigator
MOST 107-2221-E-002-102, 8/1/2018–7/31/2019
2. Using Artificial Intelligence Technology for Predicting Melt Index in SAN Process
NTUST, Co-PI, 05/01/2018–04/30/2019
3. CO2 Capture and Utilization (2/4) Part III. Development of the novel DRC
Intensified Plant-wide Process
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Co-PI, 04/01/2018–11/30/2019

  • Honor
  1. Associate Editor, Journal of Process Control (IF: 2.700).
  2. 指導陳致安、張智凱、林家名三位同學獲得102年度(2012-2013)台灣化學工程學會大學部學生程序設計競賽第二名,得獎作品「異丙醇工廠純化區之程序設計」。
  3. International Program Committee (IPC) member, 6th International Conference on Process Systems Engineering (PSE Asia 2013), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 25-27, 2013.
  4. Program Co-Chair in Area 14: Process Intensification, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, U. S. A., November 3-8, 2013.
  5. 103學年度台大優良導師獎
  6. 邀請演講, 錢義隆, 講題「共沸物分離製程的操控優化」, 製程工廠智能化應用論壇, Taipei, Taiwan, March 11, 2014.
  7. Invited Lecturer for the Computer-Aided Chemical Process Design course, College of Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 and 11/3 (Every Monday afternoon from 2-5:30pm), 2014.
  8. Invited speaker on lecturing “Energy-Saving Design and Control of Azeotropic Separation System” at China National Petroleum Corporation, October 23, 2014.
  9. Invited speaker on lecturing “Energy-Saving Design and Control of Azeotropic Separation System” at SINOPEC Research Institute on Petroleum Processing and also at SINOPEC Engineering Incorporation, November 4, 2014.
  10. Invited speaker on lecturing “Energy-Saving Design and Control of Azeotropic Separation System” at Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science, November 18, 2014.
  11. Invited speaker on lecturing “Energy-Saving Design and Control of Azeotropic Separation System” at Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, November 26, 2014.
  12. 台灣化學工程學會會刊及叢書委員會編輯委員, 2011/05/01 – 2014/04/30.
  13. International Program Committee (IPC) member, 12th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering (PSE-2015/ESCAPE25), Copenhagen, Denmark, May 31 – June 4, 2015.
  14. Keynote speaker, 2016 International Symposium on Novel and Sustainable Technology, Tainan, Taiwan, October 6-7, 2016.
  15. International Program Committee (IPC) member, 7th International Symposium on Design Operation & Control of Chemical Processes (PSE Asia 2016), Tokyo, Japan, July 24-27, 2016.
  16. ACS期刊 “Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research” Excellence in Review Award, 2016.
  17. 指導陳宏興同學,獲得2016亞洲區程序系統工程研討會口頭報告「傑出學生論文獎」,2016.
  18. 指導余柏毅同學,獲得2016年「台灣巴斯夫碩/博士創新論文獎」,2016。並為台灣區唯一獲選全額補助至Ludwigshafen德國巴斯夫總部舉辦之「2017年巴斯夫國際夏令營」之活動。
  19. Selected as one of the ten the most highly prolific authors for Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research in 2017.
  20. ACS期刊 “Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research Excellence in Review Award, 2017.
  21. 指導傅子袁、徐瑋澤、林采葳三位同學獲得105年度(2016-2017)台灣化學工程學會大學部學生程序設計競賽第三名,得獎作品「以甘油產製碳酸甘油酯製程之設計最適化與經濟評估研究」。
  22. 指導余柏毅同學,獲得2017年「中技社科技研究獎學金」。


1. William L. Luyben and I-Lung Chien, Design and Control of Distillation Systems for Separating Azeotropes, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.
2. Wei-Ming Lu, Hsiao-Ping Huang, C. C. Yu, and I-Lung Chien, Chemical Process Design (in Chinese), Gau Lih Book Company, 2011.
3. Dominic Chwan Yee Foo, Nishanth Chemmangattuvalappil, Denny K. S. Ng, Rafil Elyas, Cheng-Liang Chen, Rene D. Elms, Hao-Yeh Lee, I-Lung Chien, Siewhul Chong, and Chien Hwa Chong, Chemical        Engineering Process Simulation, Elsevier, Inc., 2017.
4. Hsiao-Ping Huang, I-Lung Chien, and Hao-Yeh Lee, “Plantwide Control of a Reactive Distillation Process”, in Plantwide Control: Recent Developments and Applications. G. P. Rangaiah and V. Kariwala,            Eds. Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2012.
5. I-Lung Chien and D. S. H. Wong, “Distillation”, in Chemical Unit Operation III (in Chinese), Gau Lih Book Company, 2012.
錢義隆、汪上曉,第三章「蒸餾」「化工單元操作(三)」,高立書局,2012年 5月出版。
Journal Papers (2014-now)

  1. Jian-Kai Cheng, Chuan-Chen Chao, Jeffrey D. Ward, and I-Lung Chien*, “Design and control of a biodiesel production process using sugar catalyst for oil feedstock with different free fatty acid concentrations”, J. Taiwan Inst. Chem. Engrs., 45, 76-84 (2014). (SCI, EI)
  2. Shih-Wei Liu, Hsiao-Ping Huang, Chia-Hung Lin, and I-Lung Chien*, “Modified Control Algorithms for Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Undergoing Exercise”, J. Taiwan Inst. Chem. Engrs., 45, 2081-2095 (2014). (SCI, EI)
  3. Yu-Lung Kao, Po-Hsin Lee, Yu-Ti Tseng, I-Lung Chien, and Jeffery D. Ward*, “Design, Control and Comparison of Fixed-Bed Methanation Reactor Systems for the Production of Substitute Natural Gas”, J. Taiwan Inst. Chem. Engrs., 45, 2346-2357 (2014). (SCI, EI)
  4. Yi Chang Wu, Hao-Yeh Lee, Hsiao-Ping Huang, and I-Lung Chien*, “Energy-Saving Dividing-Wall Column Design and Control for Heterogeneous Azeotropic Distillation Systems”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 53, 1537-1552 (2014). (SCI, EI)
  5. Bor-Chang Chen, Bor-Yih Yu, Yuan-Lin Lin, Hsiao-Ping Huang, and I-Lung Chien*, “Reactive-Distillation Process for Direct Hydration of Cyclohexene to Produce Cyclohexanol”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 53, 7079-7086 (2014). (SCI, EI)
  6. Shih-Kai Hung, Chung-Cheng Lee, Hao-Yeh Lee, Chien-Lin Lee, and I-Lung Chien*, “Design and Control of Triacetin Reactive-Distillation Process for the Utilization of Glycerol”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 53, 11989-12002 (2014). (SCI, EI)
  7. Yi Chang Wu, Hsiao-Ping Huang, and I-Lung Chien*, “Investigation on the Energy-Saving Design of an Industrial 1,4-Dioxane Dehydration Process with Light Feed Impurity”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 53, 15667-15685 (2014). (SCI, EI)
  8. Bor-Yih Yu and I-Lung Chien*, “Design and Economic Evaluation of a Coal-to Synthetic Natural Gas Process”, Eng. Chem. Res., 54, 2339-2352 (2015). (SCI, EI)
  9. Yi-Chun Chen, Shih-Kai Hung, Hao-Yeh Lee, and I-Lung Chien*, “Energy-Saving Designs for the Separation of Close Boiling 1,2-Propanediol and Ethylene Glycol Mixture”, Eng. Chem. Res., 54, 3828-3843 (2015). (SCI, EI)
  10. Yi-Chun Chen, Kung-Ling Li, Cheng-Liang Chen and I-Lung Chien*, “Design and Control of a Hybrid Extraction/Distillation System for the Separation of Pyridine and Water”, Eng. Chem. Res., 54, 7715-7727 (2015). (SCI, EI)
  11. Bor-Yih Yu and I-Lung Chien*, “Design and Economic Evaluation of a Coal-Based Polygeneration Process to Coproduce Synthetic Natural Gas and Ammonia”, Eng. Chem. Res., 54, 10073-10087 (2015). (SCI, EI)
  12. Yao-Hsien Chung, Tzu-Hsuan Peng, Hao-Yeh Lee, Cheng-Liang Chen*, and I-Lung Chien, “Design and Control of Reactive Distillation System for Esterification of Levulinic Acid and n-Butanol”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 54, 3341-3354 (2015). (SCI, EI)
  13. Chien-Yuan Su, Cheng-Ching Yu, I-Lung Chien and Jeffrey D. Ward*, “Control of highly interconnected reactive distillation processes: purification of raw lactic acid by esterification and hydrolysis”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 54, 6932-6940 (2015). (SCI, EI)
  14. Bor-Yih Yu and I-Lung Chien*, “Design and Optimization of Methanol-to-Olefin (MTO) Process. Part I: Steady State Design and Optimization”, Chem. Eng. Technol., 39, 2293-2303 (2016). (SCI, EI)
  15. Bor-Yih Yu and I-Lung Chien*, “Design and Optimization of Methanol-to-Olefin (MTO) Process. Part II: Comparison of Different Methods for Propylene/Propane Separation”, Chem. Eng. Technol., 39, 2304-2311 (2016). (SCI, EI)
  16. Yi-Chun Chen, Bor-Yih Yu, Chung-Chih Hsu and I-Lung Chien*, “Comparison of Heteroazeotropic and Extractive Distillation for the Dehydration of Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether”, Chem. Eng. Res. Des., 111, 184-195 (2016). (SCI, EI)
  17. Wei-Lun Chang and I-Lung Chien*, “Energy-Saving Design and Control of a Methyl Methacrylate Separation Process”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 55, 3064-3074 (2016). (SCI, EI)
  18. Wei-Lun Chang and I-Lung Chien*, “Potential for Significant Energy-Saving via Hybrid Extraction−Distillation System: Design and Control of Separation Process for n-Propanol Dehydration”, Eng. Chem. Res., 55, 11291-11304 (2016). (SCI, EI)
  19. Ka-Man Lo and I-Lung Chien*, “Efficient Separation Method for tert-Butanol Dehydration via Extractive Distillation”, J. Taiwan Inst. Chem. Engrs., 73, 27-36 (2017). (SCI, EI)
  20. Bor-Yih Yu and I-Lung Chien*, “Design and Optimization of Dimethyl Oxalate (DMO) Hydrogenation Process to Produce Ethylene Glycol (EG)”, Chem. Eng. Res. Des., 121, 173-190 (2017). (SCI, EI)
  21. Hung-Hsin Chen, Meng-Kai Chen, Bor-Chang Chen, and I-Lung Chien*, “Critical Assessment of Using Ionic Liquid as Entrainer via Extractive Distillation”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 56, 7768-7782 (2017). (SCI, EI)
  22. Bor-Yih Yu, Ray Huang, Xin-Yi Zhong, Ming-Jer Lee*, and I-Lung Chien*, “Energy-Efficient Extraction-Distillation Process for Separating Diluted Acetonitrile-Water Mixture: Rigorous Design with Experimental Verification from Ternary Liquid-Liquid Equilibrium Data”, Eng. Chem. Res., 56, 15112-15121 (2017). (SCI, EI)
  23. Bor-Yih Yu, Meng-Kai Chen, and I-Lung Chien*, “Assessment on CO2 Utilization Through Rigorous Simulation: Converting CO2 to Dimethyl Carbonate”, Eng. Chem. Res., 57, 639-652 (2018). (SCI, EI)
  24. Chun-Cheng Yi, Wen-Chi Huang, and I-Lung Chien*, “Effective Separation Method for Close-Boiling Cyclohexane/Cyclohexene Mixture via Heterogeneous Extractive Distillation”, Taiwan Inst. Chem. Engrs., 87, 26-35 (2018). (SCI, EI)
  25. Ao Yang, Renxing Wei, Shirui Sun, Shun’an Wei, Weifeng Shen* and I-Lung Chien, “Energy-Saving Optimal Design and Effective Control of Heat Integration-Extractive Dividing Wall Column for Separating Heterogeneous Mixture Methanol/Toluene/Water with Multiazeotropes”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 57, 8036-8056 (2018). (SCI, EI)
  26. Yu Yang, Jing Liu, Weifeng Shen*, Jie Li, and I-Lung Chien, “High-Efficiency Utilization of CO2 in the Methanol Production by a Novel Parallel-Series System Combining Steam and Dry Methane Reforming”, Energy, 158, 820-829 (2018). (SCI, EI)
  27. Chun-Cheng Yi, Weifeng Shen, and I-Lung Chien*, “Design and Control of an Energy-Efficient Alternative Process for the Separation of Methanol/Toluene/Water Ternary Azeotropic Mixture”, Sep. Purif. Technol., 207, 489-497 (2018). (SCI, EI)
  28. Yen-Hsiang Wang and I-Lung Chien*, “Unique Design Considerations for Maximum-Boiling Azeotropic Systems via Extractive Distillation: Aceton/Chloroform Separation”, Eng. Chem. Res., 57, 12884-12894 (2018). (SCI, EI)
  29. Bor-Yih Yu, Chuan-Yi Chung and I-Lung Chien*, “Development of a Plant-Wide Dimethyl Oxalate (DMO) Synthesis Process from Syngas: Rigorous Design and Optimization”, Computers and Chemical Engineering, 119, 85-100 (2018). (SCI, EI)
  30. Yanjie Hu, Yang Su, Saimeng Jin, I-Lung Chien, and Weifeng Shen*, “Systematic Approach for Screening Organic and Ionic Liquid Solvents in Homogeneous Extractive Distillation Exemplified by the tert-Butanol Dehydration”, Sep. Purif. Technol., 211, 723-737 (2019). (SCI, EI)