Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
PhD, University of Kentucky

Heng Ban's research covers topics in thermal-fluid sciences, materials properties, sensors and measurement, and energy sciences. His recent focus has been to understand the relationship between material microstructural change and its thermal performance, particularly experimental and computational material thermophysical properties and measurement technique development. The research has applications in nuclear fuels and materials, manufacturing, micro-scale measurements, and development of hot-cell and/or in-pile sensors and instrumentations.

Most Cited Publications
  1.  "Convection—diffusion controlled laminar micro flames," H. Ban,  S. Venkatesh, K. Sait, Journal of Heat Transfer, 116, 954 (1994)
  2. "Impacts of pH and ammonia on the leaching of Cu(II) and Cd(II) from coal fly ash," J. Wang, H.  Ban, X. Teng, H. Wang, K. Ladwig, Chemosphere, 64, 1892 (2006)
  3. "Characterizing the metal adsorption capability of a class F coal fly ash,"J. Wang, X.b,  Wang, H. Teng, H. Ban, Environmental Science and Technology, 38, 6710 (2004)
  4. "Dry triboelectrostatic beneficiation of fly ash," H. Ban, T.X. Li, J.C. Hower, J.L. Schaefer,  J.M. Stencel,  Fuel, 76, 801 (1997)
  5. "Particle tribocharging characteristics relating to electrostatic dry coal cleaning," H. Ban,  J.L. Schaefer, K. Saito, J.M. Stencel,  Fuel, 73, 1108, (1994)


Recent Publications
  1. " Sensitivity analysis of VERA-CS and FRAPCON coupling in a multiphysics environment," C. Blakely,  H. Zhang, & H. Ban, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 111, 683 (2018)
  2.  "Thermal Characterization of Alkali Treated Kenaf Fibers and Kenaf-Epoxy Composites," , L. Gardner, T. Munro, E. Villarreal, K. Harris, T. Fronk, & H. Ban, Fibers and Polymers 19, 393 (2018)
  3.  "From lignocellulose to biocomposite: Multi-level modelling and experimental investigation of the thermal properties of kenaf fiber reinforced composites based on constituent materials," J. Guillou, D.N. Lavadiya, T. Munro, T. Fronk, & H. Ban, Applied Thermal Engineering, 128, 1372 (2018)
  4. "A general method to analyze the thermal performance of multi-cavity concentrating solar power receivers," A. Fleming, C. Folsom, H. Ban, & Z. Ma, Solar Energy, 150, 608 (2017) 
  5.  "A new measurement approach for interface thermal resistance using frequency-scan photothermal reflectance technique." Z. Hua, & H. BanInternational Journal of Thermal Sciences, 117, 59 (2017)

Kevin Chen Receives $1.275 Million to Improve Sensor Technology

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 28 June 2017

Kevin Chen received $1.275 million to develop radiation-hard, multi-functional, distributed fiber sensors, and sensor-fused components that can be placed in a nuclear reactor core to improve safety and efficiency. The grant is from the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program as part of the DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP).

This NEET grant will allow our lab to continue its partnerships with leading technological companies and national laboratories to develop solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting nuclear energy production,” said Chen. “Advances in sensor technology can greatly enhance the sensitivity and resolution of data in harsh environments like a nuclear reaction, thereby improving safety operations.”

Kevin Chen Awarded DoD Grant to Build Laser Shooter to Detect Foreign Substances

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 27 September 2012

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity fired its first laser beam in August, blasting a space rock at more than one million watts per shot to determine whether the red planet could be habitable. The method, called laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), is used to detect not only the composition of space-related soils but also an array of foreign materials. Now, with the help of a $1.12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, PQI faculty Kevin Chen will build upon the LIBS technique and related instruments to dramatically improve the detection sensitivity of the technology for substances of interest to Homeland Security.