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1. Air Quality Research Lab

The Ajou University Air Quality Research Laboratory was established in 2009. Various research based on air quality modeling have been performed for managing air quality. There are several main tracks of research: long-range Transboundary air pollutants in Northeast Asia, establishing chemical modeling and high resolution meteorology for forecasting regional scale concentration of particulate matter, providing guidelines for air quality modeling, developing programs for calculating emissions for air quality modeling, hazardous air pollutant managing, and so on. The researchers of the lab participate in conferences to acquire advanced knowledge.

Contact : room 338, West Hall, Ajou University.

2. Eco-product Research Institute[ERI]

Environmental problems we face today have expanded from local and regional ones to global ones. Resource consumption and environmental emissions originating from industrial activities pose serious threats to human health and to the sustainability of our society. Furthermore, environmental pollution from the entire product life cycle is exceeding the global environmental carrying capacity. Thus, there are growing concerns that a sustainable society may not be realized.

In general, environmental load throughout the entire life cycle of a product is much greater than that from the manufacturing stage alone. Consequently environmental load occurring throughout a product life cycle is the main cause of today's environmental problems. Thus, life cycle thinking is a prerequisite to any attempt to solving the current sustainability problem.

The Eco-product Research Institute (ERI) in Ajou University was established in 1995. The lab is led by Professor/Dr. Lee. The underlying philosophy of the ERI is based on the practical application of theory where product competitive edge in the market depends not only on the performance of the product but also on its environmental performance. As such, the main research topics of the ERI include environmental assessment tools such as LCA, eco product design methods, ecodesign, and green business paradigm, which enable promoting sustainable consumption and production.

3. Solid & Hazardous Waste Treatment Lab

The Solid & Hazardous Waste Treatment Lab. is performing the development of industrial wastewater and leachate treatment processes and optimization based on chemical treatment and 21st century environmental conservation to establish a comprehensive management plan.
Specifically, by using a chemical treatment, toxic substances, non-biodegradable organic substances and heavy metals which are used in industry are  focused on in the designing process.

4. Air Pollution Laboratory

  • - Professor Min-seon Hong started at his new post in 1987 and established his laboratory with plentiful research.
    Especially, he is a leader in the air section of domestic environment research.
  • - The major research field is reduction and treatment technology of GHGs, ar pollutants, air pollutants modeling and
    research for development of an overall air environmental technology.
  • - Currently, there is a Doctor's course (1), a Master's course (1) and an intern courses (2).

[Major papers]

  • - Reserch on removal of nitrogen characteristics of corona/catalysis single body, Korea Air Environment Institute.
  • - Research on corona removal nitrogen technology about industrial diesel equipment, Korea Air Environment Institute.
  • - Change characteristics of fabric catalysis

[Research results]

  • - Research on reduction technology of CO2 in each industry section.
  • - Develope dust/SOx/NOx simutaneous removal technology by ceramic filter.
  • - Air pollutant emission reduction and economic study by increasing Hi-pass system.
  • - Research on pollutant occurrence and management for small-scale incineration system.
  • - Research on transportation of long-term air pollutants by measurements on Jeju Island at the height of 110 m.

5. Water Quality Lab

The primary focus of our research is studying the effects of water and wastewater treatment processes on various waterborne microorganisms.
More specifically, our major research areas include removal/inactivation of waterborne microorganisms by water and wastewater treatment processes (both physico-chemical and disinfection processes)and development of proper methods (including molecular biological methods) to detect pathogens in the environment.

6. Chemical Process Safety Lab (CPSL)

Chemicals play an essential role in this high-technology world and they are getting more complex and various. Chemical plants or semiconductor production facilities contain a large variety of hazards.  These chemical hazards include fire and explosion hazards, reactivity hazards, and toxic hazards. The potential always exists for an accident of catastrophic proportions. Despite substantial safety programs by the chemical industry, incidents keep occurring. 
The goal of Chemical Process Safety engineering is to find major causes and effects of disasters which can be prevented and to analyze risks in a systematical way.  Chemical process safety engineering focuses on preventing releases of any substance defined as a "highly hazardous chemicals". One of its major analytic tool is Process Safety Management (PSM) which is referred to a set of inter-related approaches to manage hazards associated with the chemical process industries and is intended to reduce the frequency and severity of incidents resulting from releases of chemicals and other energy sources. 
In this laboratory, we especially work on; 
- Process Safety Management (PSM)
- Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) 
- Hand-on experiment for LFL (Lower Flammability Limit) using ASTM 681 apparatus
- Hand-on experiment for Fire retardant using mass-loss calorimeter 
- Dispersion modeling using Effects9, Phast (multicomponent option)
- Develop a Vapor Cloud Explosion (VCE) model for facility siting
- Consequence Modeling with incorporating various Fire and Explosion scenarios into Risk Mapping
- Develop an algorithm to achieve a global optimality in solving facility layout problems
- Develop JET fire modeling study for hydrogen release 
- Perform CFD simulation (Fluent,CFX,FLACS) to study the dispersion of toxic, flammable gas release and mitigations


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