Cheng-Liang Chen Professor
(Manager of NTU Petrochemical Research Center )

陳誠亮 教授

phone:(02)2363-6194 or (02)3366-3039

email: ccl



Lab Info

Process Systems Engineering Laboratory


(02)3366-3068; (02)2362-6970#12

Education Background

B.S. Ch.E. National Taiwan University, 1979
M.S. Ch.E. National Taiwan University, 1981
PhD. Ch.E.National Taiwan University, 1987

Research Topic

Process Integration and Optimization
In ordinary chemical plants, owing to the necessity of processes, heat exchangers are used frequently to retrieve as much heat energy as possible. On the other hand, mass exchangers for absoption and stripping, among other applications, are applied extensively to maintain the quality and quantity of some ingredients. Therefore, from the issue of how to integrate these heat and mass exchangers systematically, with a thorough perspective about the whole plant, to lower the cost of equipment and operation as well as lessening the environmental impact comes the so-called energy-mass integration problem. Based on mathematical programming for the purpose of process integration, this research aims for achieving various objects: the effective design of the whole-plant mass-energy exchange networks, energy as well as water reservation, and waste reduction.  


Production Scheduling and Supply Chain Management

Batch process is a widely-used means to produce effectively a wide spectrum of high-priced, low-volume pharmaceuticals and special chemicals. The efficiency of a batch process plant will hinge on whether the scheduling of production is in an optimal arrangement. Deriving a mathematical programming model, with applicability to a great variety of processes, for batch process production scheduling and accomplishing relevant softwares used to find out the optimal short-term production scheduling are the primary goals of this research. Furthermore, since the product supply chain containing suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and customers is a complex dynamic system, how to integrate the supply chain in a complicated situation becomes a challenge. Also included in the research is the study of supply chain integration, which would again make use of mathematical programming to effectively plan for the supply chain production scheduling and conveying

Recent Research Topic

1.Construction of Automatic Glucose Level Regulating System for Diabetic Patients    糖尿病患者血糖濃度自動調控管理系統之研究(3/3) Cheng-Liang Chen, Sponsored by National Science Council #NSC96-2221-E-002-151-MY3, NT$828,000, 8/1/2009-7/31/2010
2.熱整合蒸餾系統之分析與設計(3/3) Sponsored by Economic Affairs Department  #96-EC-17-A-09-S1-019, NT$1,100,000, 12/1/2009-11/30/2010
3.先進操作系統運用之研究及發展計劃  Sponsored by 中技社  #08997, NT$478,000, 7/1/2009-6/30/2010 
4.整體工業園區內製程工廠間能源整合策略發展計畫 Development of Total-Site Energy Integration Strategies for Processing Plants on Industrial ParksSponsored by National Science Council NSC 98-3114-E-002 -009 -, NT$ 3,567,000, 11/1/2009-12/31/2010


1. Best Paper Award, Chen, C.L., P.S. Hung, “Mass Exchange Network Synthesis for Single component Problems,” Symposium on Process Systems Engineering, December 10, 2004, Taichung, Taiwan.

2. Fu-Su-Nan Research Award, National Taiwan University, 2005.

3. Professor An-Ping Su Award, Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2006

The Representative Publication Recent 5-years Publication

1. Chen, C.L., J.Y. Lee, Denny K.S. Ng and Dominic C.Y. Foo, “A Unified Model of Property Integration for Batch and Continuous Processes,” AIChE J., 56(7), 1845-1858 (2010). (SCI, EI)

2. Chen, C.L., S.W. Hung, J.Y. Lee, “Design of inter-plant water network with central and decentralized water mains,” Computers & Chem Eng., 34, 1522-1531 (2010). (SCI, EI)

3. Chen, C.L., H.W. Tsai, S.S. Wong, “Modeling the physiological glucose-insulin system on diabetics,” Journal of Theoretical Biology, 265, 314-322 (2010). (SCI, EI).

4. Chen, C.L., “In memoriam: Cheng-Ching Yu,” J.Taiwan Inst. Chemical Engineers, 41, 381 (2010). (SCI, EI)

5. Chen, C.L., H.L. Liao, X.P. Jia, Y.J. Ciou, J.Y. Lee, “Synthesis of heat-integrated water-using networks in process plants,” J.Taiwan Inst. Chemical Engineers, 41, 512-521 (2010). (SCI, EI)

6. Chen, C.L., J.Y. Lee, Denny K.S.Ng, Dominic C.Y. Foo, “Synthesis of Resource Conservation Network with Sink-Source Interaction,” Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 12 (6), 613–625 (2010). (SCI, EI)

7. J.F. Gouws, T.M. Majozi, Dominic C.Y. Foo, C.L. Chen, and J.Y. Lee, “Water Minimization Techniques for Batch Processes,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 49, 8877-8893 (2010). (SCI, EI)

8. Chen, C.L., C.Y. Chang, J.Y. Lee, “Resource-Task Network Approach to Simultaneous Scheduling and Water Minimization of Batch Plants,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 50 (7), 3660–3674 (2011). (SCI, EI)

9. Chen, C.L., J.Y. Lee, Denny K.S. Ng, Dominic C.Y. Foo, “Property integration for resource conservation network synthesis in palm oil mills,” Chemical Engineering Journal, 169, 207-215 (2011). (SCI, EI)

10. Chen, C.L., C.Y. Lin, “A flexible structural and operational design of steam systems,” Applied Thermal Engineering, 31, 2084-2093 (2011). (SCI. EI).

11. Chen, C.L., J.-Y. Lee, D. K. S. Ng, D. C. Y. Foo, “Synthesis of property-based resource conservation network in palm oil mills with time-varying process disturbance,” Clean Technol. Environ. Policy, 13 (4), 625–632 (2011).

12. Chen, C.L., C.Y. Lin, “Design and Optimization of Steam Distribution Systems for Steam Power Plants,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 50, 8097–8109 (2011). (SCI, EI)

13. Lee, J.Y., C.L. Chen, “Comments on “Continuous-Time Optimization Model for Source-Sink Matching in Carbon Capture and Storage Systems”,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 51, 11590–11591 (2012). (SCI, EI)

14. Chen, C.L., C.Y. Lin, “Design of Entire Energy System for Chemical Plants,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 51, 9980–9996 (2012). (SCI, EI)

15. Dominic C. Y. Foo, J.Y. Lee, Denny K. S. Ng, C.L. Chen, “Targeting and Design for Batch Regeneration and Total Network,” Clean Technol. Environ. Policy, 15:579–590 (2013)

16. Chen, C.L., C.Y. Lin, “Retrofit of Steam Power Plants in A Steel Mill,” Clean Techn Environ Policy, 15:753–763 (2013). (SCI, EI)

17. Lee, J.Y., C.L. Chen, C.Y. Lin, “A Mathematical Model for Water Network Synthesis Involving Mixed Batch and Continuous Units,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 52, 7047–7055 (2013). (SCI, EI)

18. Chen, C.L., C.Y. Lin, J.Y. Lee, “Design of Entire Energy System for Chemical Plants,” Applied Thermal Engineering, 61 (2013) 7–16 (2013). (SCI, EI)

19. Lee, J.Y., C.L. Chen, T.L. Wen, Denny K.S. Ng, Dominic C.Y. Foo, T.C. Wang, “Synthesis and Design of Chilled Water Networks Using Mathematical Optimization,” Applied Thermal Engineering, 58 (2013) 638–649 (2013). (SCI, EI)

20. Hoang N.H, F. Couenne , Y. Le Gorrec, C.L. Chen, B. Erik Ydstie, “Passivity-based Nonlinear Control of CSTR via Asmptotic Oservers,” Annual Reviews in Control, 37 278–288 (2013). (SCI, EI)