Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park


1038A Mudd Hall
Mail Code: 4711


Alissa Park develops technologies for carbon mineral sequestration, sustainable energy conversion of solid wastes, and electrostatic phenomenon in multiphase flow systems.

Research Interests

Carbon capture and storage; Clean fossil energy conversion systems; Waste-to-Energy; Alternative energy production; Particle technology; Electrostatic tomography; Multiphase flow systems.

The containment of CO2 involves CO2 separation, transportation, and storage. Until now these technologies have been developed independently of one another, which has resulted in complex and economically challenged large scale designs. Park’s work addresses this by focusing on tools to enable the development of a viable energy conversion system integrated with in-situ carbon mineral sequestration.

At the same time, Park’s research group is investigating an energy conversion system that converts the now landfilled petrochemical portion of MSW to value added liquid fuel which is very attractive in terms of environmental sustainability and national security. At Columbia, Park is also involved in building a laboratory specialized in electrostatic phenomena, to study in depth a system containing non-conductive liquid fuel and fine particles. The fundamental findings from this study related to electrostatic charge generation and dissipation in various multiphase flows will contribute to the understanding of the particle-particle interactions and interparticle forces, the development of the non-invasive measurement technique, and the improvement in the computational fluid dynamics.

Park earned her BASc and MASc in chemical and biological engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada and her PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Ohio State University.

Research Experience

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ohio State University

Professional Experience

2007 – present Lenfest Junior Professor in Applied Climate Science, the Earth Institute, Columbia University
Associate Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Columbia University
2012 – present Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
2013 – present Visiting Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
2007 – 2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University

Professional Affiliations

  • Appointed as the Programming Committee member of Energy and Fuel (ENFL) Division at the American Chemical Society (ACS): Deputy-Chair (2013-2014), Chair (2014-2015), and Program Secretary (2015-2016).
  • Appointed as a member of the International Committee at the AIChE (2012 – present)
  • Elected as the Vice-Chair (2009 – 2011) and the Chair (2011 – 2013) of the Area 3 Group B – Fluidization and Fluid-Particle Systems, and elected as the Treasurer (2010 – present): Particle Technology Forum, AIChE 
  • Elected as the Executive committee member of the Particle Technology Forum of the AIChE (2008 – 2012)
  • Elected organization director (2008 – present) and outreach director (2006 – 2008) of the KIChE-US Chapter
  • Appointed as the member of the Societal Impact Operating Council of AIChE (2008 – 2011): Involved committees include AIChE K-12 (2008 – 2009), Webinar (2009 – 2011), Mentoring/Scholarships (2010 – 2011), and External Award Committee (2010 – 2011).
  • External evaluator for the Brain Korea for 21st Century program of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea (Spring 2008 – present) 
  • Active member of Research and New Technology Committee (RANTC) of AIChE (2007 – 2011)
  • Member of the Earth Institute and Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University (2007 – present)
  • Member of American Chemical Society (2009 – present)
  • Member of Particle Technology Forum of the AIChE (2001 – present)
  • Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) (2001 – present)

Honors & Awards

2010 James Lee Young Investigator Award
2010 Nominated for the Packard Fellowship by Columbia University
2009 NSF CAREER Award
2008 Research Fellowship of the University Diversity Initiative, Columbia University
2006 The American Institute of Chemists Foundation Outstanding Post-Doctoral Research Award
2005, 06 Finalist for the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, OSU
2003, 04 Outstanding Research Award, OSU
2003 2nd place for the poster competition at the Ohio Air Quality Research Symposium
2000, 01 Chemical Engineering Departmental Fellowship, OSU
1998-00 Faculty of Applied Science International Graduate Tuition Fee Scholarship, UBC
1998-99 Faculty of Graduate Studies International Graduate Tuition Fee Scholarship, UBC
1998 1st place SNC-Lavalin Plant Design Competition Award in Canada
1996 MacMillan Bloedel Limited Scholarship, UBC


Selected Publications

  • “Eliminating Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal Fired Power Plants,” K. S. Lackner, A.-H. A. Park & B. Miller, Electricity Generation in a Carbon Constrained World, Ed. F. P. Sioshansi, (in preparation). – Invited Book Chapter
  • “Novel Applications of Chemical Looping Technologies,” A.-H. A. Park, P. Gupta & L.-S. Fan, Chemical Looping Technology, (in preparation). – Book Chapter
  • “Synthesis of Iron-Based Chemical Looping Sorbents during Carbon Mineral Sequestration,” Hyung Rae Kim, A.-H. A. Park, D. H. Lee & L.-S. Fan, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, (in review).“
  • Carbon sequestration,” A.-H. A. Park, K. Lackner & L.-S. Fan, Hydrogen Fuel: Production, Transport and Storage, Edited by Ram Gupta, CRC Press, pp. 569-601, 2008.– Invited Book Chapter.
  • “Particle Technology,” A.-H. A. Park, C. Zhu & L.-S. Fan, Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008.– Invited Encyclopedia Chapter
  • “Electrostatic Charging Phenomenon in Gas-Liquid-Solid Flow Systems,” A.-H. A. Park & L.-S. Fan, Chemical Engineering Science, 62, pp. 371-386, (2007).