LAboratory for Multiscale Separation Technologies (LAMST)

Our group is interested in developing particulate separation technologies to support efficient and economic production of materials for manufacturing industries with a primary focus on hydrophobicity-based particulate separation. Our goal is to improve process efficiency, understand underlying mechanisms, and reduce the environmental impacts of mining and mineral processing operation.

Mineral Processing

A central theme of research in our lab is process development of mineral processing technologies. Our goal is to improve process efficiency through fundamental study, sensor development, statistical reasoning, and model improvement. One of our favorite topics under the fundamental research theme is to investigate a complex coupling of hydrodynamic and intermolecular forces in bubble-particle interactions.

Recycling of Secondary Resources

Another research thrust in our lab involves a development of an advanced physical and physiochemical separation system to recover value-added constituents from spent electronic devices. Our goal is to convert recycled products into acceptable refinery feeds or new products for downstream applications.


AIChE - YCOSST award video.

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We thank following agencies and partners for their generous support

We are seeking energetic and passionate researchers of all stages to join our group. To inquire about open positions, please send your CV, transcript and a brief statement of research interests to Dr. Pan (

Open positions:

  • 2 * GRA/GTA in Spring/Fall 2020
  • Multiple openings for undergraduate researchers.

Lei Pan, Ph.D.

Asssitant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Michigan Technological University


1400 Townsend Dr

Houghton, MI 49931


Phone: (906)487-2569 (O)