Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences | Rutgers-New Brunswick

Taewon Han
Assistant Research Professor
Aerosol Mechanics

Education: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Phone: 848-932-5717

Research Interests

Aerosol science and its applications - design and testing of impaction-based and electrostatic-based collectors for aerosols or bioaerosols, filtration, PM emission control, particle processing (i.e., bioaerosol preparation, particle generation, charging); particle analysis techniques (e.g., optical-counting, microscopic-counting, fluorometric or adenosine triphosphate (ATP) methodologies, flow cytometry); numerical simulation for particle tracking using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools; design of the generic mixing plenum to satisfy single point representative sampling criteria.


On-going projects

  1. CDC/NIOSH project (started 09/2014) "Personal Electrostatic Bioaerosol Sampler (PEBS) with High Sampling Flow Rate" (PIs: Mainelis, G. and Han, T.). The main goal of this research is to design and develop a novel and self-contained personal bioaerosol sampler.
  2. NHLBI project "Development and characterization of animal exposure chamber to study delivery of nanosized drugs for treatment of pulmonary fibrosis" (Co-PI: Mainelis, G.). The project focuses on the development and evaluation of animal exposure chamber for inhalation delivery of nonosized drugs.

Completed projects

  1. CDC/NIOSH project .Advanced Sampler for Measuring Exposure to Biological Aerosols. (PI: Mainelis, G.). The project focuses on the development and validation of a novel electrostatics-based collector for biological aerosols. The collector features very high sample concentration rate and be compatible with laboratories-on-a-chip. Its final version, a field-deployable bioaerosol sampler, was fabricated and tested.
  2. Environmental Care & Energy Saving Technology Co., LTD, South Korea, project .A Novel Electrostatic Collector for Air Purifier. (PI: Han, T. and Co-PI: Mainelis, G.). The goal of this research project is to design and develop a novel eletrostatic air purifier that emits small amounts of ozone (i.e., less than 20 ppb at a single pass). The prototype of a multi-cell channel collector was designed, fabricated, and tested.
  3. Joint project by The Incubation Factory and Rutgers University .Continuing Development and Testing of the Electrostatic Battery for Emissions Control (ESBEC). (PI: Mainelis, G. and Co-PI: Han, T.). The ultimate goal of this project was to design a functional prototype of a novel diesel exhaust control device. The prototype was completely tested with actual diesel emission in the field environment.

Invention Disclosures and Patents

  1. Mainelis, G. and Han, T. "Electrostatic Screen Battery for Emission Control", U. S. Patent: 8,721,767 B2., May 13, 2014.
  2. Rutgers University Docket, a new improvement to existing US 8186235 (RU 05-088) entitled "Method and Device for the Collection of Airborne Particles and Their Concentration in Small Amounts of Liquid" by Drs. Mainelis, G. and Han, T. (Submitted)

Reviewer for Professional Journals

Aerosol Science and Technology
Analytical Chemistry
Atmospheric Environment
Building Simulation: An International Journal
HVAC&R Research
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Journal of Aerosol Science
Journal of Fluid Engineering
Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Nature Nanotechnology
Science of the Total Environment






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