Xiaotao Tony Bi

Co-Director, China-Canada Joint Centre for BioEnergy Research and Innovation

Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Associate Director, Clean Energy Centre (CERC), UBC

Manager, Fluidization Research Centre (FRC), UBC

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Dr. Xiaotao (Tony) Bi is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Canada and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He currently serves as the Associate Director of UBC Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) and the Manager of the UBC Fluidization Research Centre (FRC). He is also a member of several professional organizations in Canada.
He is a leading expert in the field of fluidization and multiphase reactor systems. He has outstanding achievements in the advancement of fluidization engineering, particularly flow regimes, choking, electrostatics, and dynamic signal interpretation. He has also made significant contributions to broad areas of engineering practice: thermochemical conversion of forest biomass residues, development of next generation torrefied wood pellets, life cycle analysis of biomass and bioenergy systems, and integration of biomass energy systems for greenhouse gas emission reduction and local air quality improvement.
He has published more than 300 peer‐reviewed papers in leading journals of chemical/environmental/energy engineering fields, which have been cited more than 9900 times with a current h‐index of 50. He also held patents on novel fluidized bed reactors for organic waste treatment, catalytic NOx reduction, and electrostatics monitoring. He has been participating in numerous interdisciplinary programs and international collaborative programs, held multiple visiting professorships in Chinese universities, appointed as a K.C. Wong Research Fellow by Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003, won the UBC Killam Senior Faculty Research Fellowship in 2011, and won the AIChE Particle Technology Forum Lectureship Award in 2012.

Current projects

Novel Microwave Fluidized Bed Reactor for Catalytic Pyrolysis of Biomass Residues and Biochar Applications
• 2016 – 2019, as Principal Investigator

Biomass Torrefaction in a Novel Fluidized Bed Reactor and Life Cycle Analysis
• 2016 – 2018, as Principal Investigator

Development of Novel Reactors and Integrated Assessment Tools for Biomass Energy Systems
• 2012 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Technology Scanning and Integrated Assessments of Biomass Thermochemical Conversion to Bio Jet Fuel
• 2015 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Synthesis and Characterization of Pt-M/C Binary and Ternary Core-Shell Structured Nanoparticle Electrocatalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Membrance Fuel Cells
• 2015 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Yan-Jie Wang, Nana Zhao, Baizeng Fang, Hui Li, Xiaotao T Bi, Haijiang Wang. (2016). A highly efficient PtCo/C electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction. RSC Advances. 6(41): 34484-34491.
• Xuantian Li, Anwu Li, Ali Gulamhusein, Clive Brereton, John R Grace, C Jim Lim, Xiaotao Bi, Mike Wormsbecker, Craig A McKnight. (2016). A TCD-based technique for experimental study of mass transfer in a gas–solid fluidized bed with liquid injection. Powder Technology. 290: 83–90.
• Chuan He, Xiaotao T. Bi, John R. Grace. (2016). Decoupling electrostatic signals from gas–solid bubbling fluidized beds. Powder Technology. 290: 11-20.
• Hongsheng Chen, Zhong Zheng, Zhiwei Chen, Xiaotao T. Bi. (2016). Simulation of flow and heat transfer around a heated stationary circular cylinder by lattice gas automata. Powder Technology. 290: 72–82.
• Fahimeh Yazdanpanah, Shahab Sokhansanj, Choon Jim Lim, Anthonly Lau, X Bi. (2016). Gas Adsorption Capacity of Wood Pellets. Energy & Fuels. 30(4): 2975-2981.
• Farzaneh Jalalinejad, Xiaotao T. Bi, John R. Grace. (2016). Comparison of theory with experiment for single bubbles in charged fluidized particles. Powder Technology. 290: 27–32.
• Turki A. Alsmari, John R. Grace, Xiaotao T. Bi. (2016). Effects of particle properties on entrainment and electrostatics in gas–solid fluidized beds. Powder Technology. 290: 2-10.
• BA Mohamed, N Ellis, CS Kim, X Bi, AE Emam. (2016). Engineered biochar from microwave-assisted catalytic pyrolysis of switchgrass for increasing water-holding capacity and fertility of sandy soil. Science of the Total Environment. 566-567: 387-397.
• Sheng Wang, Xiaotao Bi, Shudong Wang. (2016). Boiling heat transfer in small rectangular channels at low Reynolds number and mass flux. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science. 77: 234–245.
• Chuan He, Xiaotao T. Bi, John R. Grace. (2016). Comparison of conventional and novel probes for measuring electrostatics and hydrodynamics during fluidization of polyethylene. Journal of Electrostatics. 79: 7–15.
• Yan-Jie Wang, Baizeng Fang, Hui Li, Xiaotao T. Bi, Haijiang Wang. (2016). Progress in modified carbon support materials for Pt and Pt-alloy cathode catalysts in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Progress in Materials Science. 82: 445–498.
• Ladan J Naimi, Flavien Collard, Xiaotao Bi, C Jim Lim, Shahab Sokhansanj. (2016). Development of size reduction equations for calculating power input for grinding pine wood chips using hammer mill. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery. 1-9.
• Badr A. Mohamed, Chang Soo Kim, Naoko Ellis, Xiaotao Bi. (2016). Microwave-assisted catalytic pyrolysis of switchgrass for improving bio-oil and biochar properties. Bioresource Technology. 201: 121–132.
• Pak Sui Lam, Pak Yiu Lam, Shahab Sokhansanj, C. Jim Lim, Xiaotao T. Bi, James D. Stephen, Amadeus Pribowo, Warren E. Mabee. (2015). Steam explosion of oil palm residues for the production of durable pellets. Applied Energy. 141: 160–166.
• Lifeng Zhang, Xiaotao Bi, John R Grace. (2015). Measurements of Electrostatic Charging of Powder Mixtures in a Free-fall Test Device. Procedia Engineering. 102: 295-304.
• Jaya Shankar Tumuluru, C. Jim Lim, Xiaotao T. Bi, Xingya Kuang, Staffan Melin, Fahimeh Yazdanpanah, Shahab Sokhansanj. (2015). Analysis on Storage Off-Gas Emissions from Woody, Herbaceous, and Torrefied Biomass. Energies. 8(3): 1745-1759.
• Jianghong Peng, Xiaotao T. Bi, C. Jim Lim, Hanchao Peng, Chang Soo Kim, Dening Jia, Haibin Zuo. (2015). Sawdust as an effective binder for making torrefied pellets. Applied Energy. 157: 491–498.
• Mohammad S. Masnadi, John R. Grace, Xiaotao T. Bi, C. Jim Lim, Naoko Ellis, Yong Hua Li, A. Paul Watkinson. (2015). From coal towards renewables: Catalytic/synergistic effects during steam cogasification of switchgrass and coal in a pilot-scale bubbling fluidized bed. Renewable Energy. 83: 918–930.
• Farzaneh Jalalinejad, Xiaotao T Bi, John R Grace. (2015). Effect of electrostatics on freely-bubbling beds of mono-sized particles. International Journal of Multiphase Flow. 70: 104-112.
• Yan-Jie Wang, Nana Zhao, Baizeng Fang, Hui Li, Xiaotao T Bi, Haijiang Wang. (2015). Effect of different solvent ratio (ethylene glycol/water) on the preparation of Pt/C catalyst and its activity toward oxygen reduction reaction. RSC Advances. 5(70): 56570-56577.
• Sheng Wang, Xiaotao Bi, Shudong Wang. (2015). Thermodynamic analysis of biomass gasification for biomethane production. Energy. 90: 1207-1218.
• Jun S Lee, Shahab Sokhansanj, Anthony K Lau, C Jim Lim, Xiaotao T Bi, Vaughan Basset, Fahimeh Yazdanpanah, S Melin. (2015). The effects of storage on the net calorific value of wood pellets. Canadian Biosystem Engineering Journal. 57
• Farzaneh Jalalinejad, Xiaotao T Bi, John R Grace. (2015). Effect of electrostatics on interaction of bubble pairs in a fluidized bed. Advanced Powder Technology. 26(1): 329-334.
• Turki A. Alsmari, John R. Grace, Xiaotao T. Bi. (2015). Effects of superficial gas velocity and temperature on entrainment and electrostatics in gas–solid fluidized beds. Chemical Engineering Science. 123: 49–56.
• Mohammad S. Masnadi, John R. Grace, Xiaotao T. Bi, C. Jim Lim, Naoko Ellis. (2015). From fossil fuels towards renewables: Inhibitory and catalytic effects on carbon thermochemical conversion during cogasification of biomass with fossil fuels. Applied Energy. 140: 196–209.
• X He, AK Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, XT Bi, S Melin. (2015). Quantification of gas emissions from stored softwood chips as solid biofuels. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 12(5): 1549-1558.
• Jianghong Peng, Jingsong Wang, Xiaotao T. Bi, C. Jim Lim, Shahab Sokhansanj, Hanchao Peng, Dening Jia. (2015). Effects of thermal treatment on energy density and hardness of torrefied wood pellets. Fuel Processing Technology. 129: 168–173.
• Chuan He, Xiaotao T. Bi, John R. Grace. (2015). A novel dual-material probe for in situ measurement of particle charge densities in gas–solid fluidized beds. Particuology. 21: 20–31.
• Hua Pan, Yuhui Guo, Xiaotao T. Bi. (2015). NOx adsorption and reduction with C3H6 over Fe/zeolite catalysts: Effect of catalyst support. Chemical Engineering Journal. 280: 66–73.
• Chuan He, Xiaotao T Bi, John R Grace. (2015). Monitoring Electrostatics and Hydrodynamics in Gas–Solid Bubbling Fluidized Beds Using Novel Electrostatic Probes. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 54(33): 8333-8343.
• Hongsheng Chen, Zhong Zheng, Zhiwei Chen, Xiaotao T Bi. (2015). Simulation of flow and heat transfer around a heated stationary circular cylinder by lattice gas automata. Powder Technology. 290: 72–82.


Tianwei Tan

Co-Director, China-Canada Joint Centre for BioEnergy Research and Innovation

Professor and President, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Fellow, Chinese Academy of Engineering

Dr. Tianwei Tan has been the President of Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) since 2012. He is also a Professor in the College of Life Science and Technology at BUCT. He is a fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and a National Distinguished Teacher. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China and Executive Vice President of China Education Association of Chemical Industry.
Dr. Tan is a leading expert in the field of biochemical engineering. His research focuses on industrial enzyme catalysis and the development and utilization of bioenergy. He successfully industrialized the production of lipase for organic synthesis, developed new technology for large scale fermentation based on metabolite marker control, developed new technology for industrial utilization of fermentation waste mycelium, innovated methodology to extract ergosterol, chitosan and glucosamine from penicillium mycelium, and set up a 100-ton enzymatic bio-diesel production device which is the largest in both China and the world.
He has been the director of 14 projects under the National Key Technology R&D Program, the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), the National Basic Research Program (973 Program), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He has published over 200 SCI papers and 230 EI papers. He has won 2 Second Prizes of the National Award for Technological Invention, 5 First Prizes and 5 Second Prizes of the Ministry and Provincial Awards. In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Yangzi River Outstanding Professorship by China Ministry of Education. In 2003, he received an Outstanding Young Scientist Award from National Science Foundation of China.

Recent publications

• Preparation of γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane cross-linked poly (aspartic acid) superabsorbent hydrogels without organic solvent. J Biomater Sci Polym Ed 2016 27; 27(2):133-43. Epub 2015 Nov 27. Hongyu Meng, Xin Zhang, Shenyu Sun, Tianwei Tan, Hui Cao
• Immobilization of Yarrowia lipolytica lipase Ylip2 for the biocatalytic synthesis of phytosterol ester in a water activity controlled reactor. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2016 Oct 28;146:490-7. Epub 2016 May 28. Caixia Cui, Nan Guan, Chen Xing, Biqiang Chen, Tianwei Tan
• The effect of amino acids on lipid production and nutrient removal by Rhodotorula glutinis cultivation in starch wastewater. Bioresour Technol 2016 Oct 9;218:712-7. Epub 2016 Jul 9. Meng Liu, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan
• Mechanistically harvesting of Chlorella vulgaris and Rhodotorula glutinis via modified montmorillonoid. Bioresour Technol 2016 Oct 14;218:737-42. Epub 2016 Jul 14. Jing Liu, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan
• The optimization of l-lactic acid production from sweet sorghum juice by mixed fermentation of Bacillus coagulans and Lactobacillus rhamnosus under unsterile conditions. Bioresour Technol 2016 Oct 20;218:1098-105. Epub 2016 Jul 20. Yong Wang, Changjing Chen, Di Cai, Zheng Wang, Peiyong Qin, Tianwei Tan
• Fermentation scale up for α-arbutin production by Xanthomonas BT-112. J Biotechnol 2016 Sep 18;233:1-5. Epub 2016 May 18. Meng Wei, Yi Ren, Changxia Liu, Ruican Liu, Peng Zhang, Yi Wei, Tao Xu, Fang Wang, Tianwei Tan, Chunqiao Liu
• Co-generation of microbial lipid and bio-butanol from corn cob bagasse in an environmentally friendly biorefinery process. Bioresour Technol 2016 Sep 21;216:345-51. Epub 2016 May 21. Di Cai, Zhongshi Dong, Yong Wang, Changjing Chen, Ping Li, Peiyong Qin, Zheng Wang, Tianwei Tan
• Effect of dilute alkaline pretreatment on the conversion of different parts of corn stalk to fermentable sugars and its application in acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation. Bioresour Technol 2016 Jul 15;211:117-24. Epub 2016 Mar 15. Di Cai, Ping Li, Zhangfeng Luo, Peiyong Qin, Changjing Chen, Yong Wang, Zheng Wang, Tianwei Tan
• Improvement of l-lactic acid productivity from sweet sorghum juice by repeated batch fermentation coupled with membrane separation. Bioresour. Technol. Bioresour Technol 2016 Jul 22;211:291-7. Epub 2016 Mar 22. Yong Wang, Hongyu Meng, Di Cai, Bin Wang, Peiyong Qin, Zheng Wang, Tianwei Tan
• Biorefinery of corn cob for microbial lipid and bio-ethanol production: An environmental friendly process. Bioresour Technol 2016 Jul 1;211:677-84. Epub 2016 Apr 1. Di Cai, Zhongshi Dong, Yong Wang, Changjing Chen, Ping Li, Peiyong Qin, Zheng Wang, Tianwei Tan
• Acetone-butanol-ethanol from sweet sorghum juice by an immobilized fermentation-gas stripping integration process. Bioresour Technol 2016 Jul 1;211:704-10. Epub 2016 Apr 1. Di Cai, Yong Wang, Changjing Chen, Peiyong Qin, Qi Miao, Changwei Zhang, Ping Li, Tianwei Tan
• Rational Design of Methodology-Independent Metal Parameters Using a Nonbonded Dummy Model. J Chem Theory Comput 2016 Jul 7;12(7):3250-60. Epub 2016 Jun 7. Yang Jiang, Haiyang Zhang, Tianwei Tan
• Food Waste Fermentation to Fumaric Acid by Rhizopus arrhizus RH7-13. Appl Biochem Biotechnol 2016 Jul 7. Epub 2016 Jul 7. Huan Liu, Jingyuan Ma, Meng Wang, Weinan Wang, Li Deng, Kaili Nie, Xuemin Yue, Fang Wang, Tianwei Tan
• Molecularly imprinted plasmonic nanosensor for selective SERS detection of protein biomarkers. Biosens Bioelectron 2016 Jun 1;80:433-41. Epub 2016 Feb 1. Yongqin Lv, Yating Qin, Frantisek Svec, Tianwei Tan
• Biodiesel production using lipase immobilized on epoxychloropropane-modified Fe3O4 sub-microspheres. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2016 Apr 11;140:446-51. Epub 2016 Jan 11. Qian Zhang, Zhong Zheng, Changxia Liu, Chunqiao Liu, Tianwei Tan
• Effective multiple stages continuous acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation by immobilized bioreactors: Making full use of fresh corn stalk. Bioresour Technol 2016 Apr 21;205:82-9. Epub 2016 Jan 21. Zhen Chang, Di Cai, Yong Wang, Changjing Chen, Chaohui Fu, Guoqing Wang, Peiyong Qin, Zheng Wang, Tianwei Tan
• Effect of acid pretreatment on different parts of corn stalk for second generation ethanol production. Bioresour Technol 2016 Apr 28;206:86-92. Epub 2016 Jan 28. Ping Li, Di Cai, Zhangfeng Luo, Peiyong Qin, Changjing Chen, Yong Wang, Changwei Zhang, Zheng Wang, Tianwei Tan
• NMR Study on the Inclusion Complexes of β-Cyclodextrin with Isoflavones. Molecules 2016 28;21(4):372. Epub 2016 Mar 28. Rui Zhao, Corine Sandström, Haiyang Zhang, Tianwei Tan
• Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Metal-Organic Frameworks in Macroporous Polymer Monolith and Their Use for Enzyme Immobilization. Macromol Rapid Commun 2016 Mar 25;37(6):551-7. Epub 2016 Jan 25. Liyin Wen, Aicong Gao, Yao Cao, Frantisek Svec, Tianwei Tan, Yongqin Lv
• Ethanol fermentation integrated with PDMS composite membrane: An effective process. Bioresour Technol 2016 Jan 2;200:648-57. Epub 2015 Nov 2. Chaohui Fu, Di Cai, Song Hu, Qi Miao, Yong Wang, Peiyong Qin, Zheng Wang, Tianwei Tan
• Synthesis of core-shell bioaffinity chitosan-TiO₂ composite and its environmental applications. J Hazard Mater 2015 4;283:888-96. Epub 2014 Nov 4. Gang Xiao, Haijia Su, Tianwei Tan
• Efficient magnesium lactate production with in situ product removal by crystallization. Bioresour Technol 2015 Dec 26;198:658-63. Epub 2015 Sep 26. Yong Wang, Di Cai, Changjing Chen, Zheng Wang, Peiyong Qin, Tianwei Tan
• Open fermentative production of L-lactic acid using white rice bran by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation. Bioresour Technol 2015 Dec 25;198:664-72. Epub 2015 Sep 25. Yong Wang, Di Cai, Meiling He, Zheng Wang, Peiyong Qin, Tianwei Tan
• Separation of capsaicin from capsaicinoids by macroporous resin adsorption chromatography. J Sep Sci 2015 Dec 13;38(23):4141-5. Epub 2015 Nov 13. Changxia Liu, Ruican Liu, Peng Zhang, Yiming Chen, Tao Xu, Fang Wang, Tianwei Tan, Chunqiao Liu
• Refined Dummy Atom Model of Mg(2+) by Simple Parameter Screening Strategy with Revised Experimental Solvation Free Energy. J Chem Inf Model 2015 Dec 7;55(12):2575-86. Epub 2015 Dec 7. Yang Jiang, Haiyang Zhang, Wei Feng, Tianwei Tan


Susan Baldwin

Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Dr. Susan Baldwin is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. Her research areas include Bioprocess Engineering, Anaerobic Fermentation, Bioremediation, Reactor Modeling, Biochemical Reaction Modeling, and Reaction Kinetics. Dr. Baldwin’s research has focused on the seemingly impossible task of understanding and possibly controlling a diverse number of processes from blood coagulation to mineral dissolution and precipitation. Despite being vastly different systems, structural similarities in reaction networks result in repeatable patterns of behaviour. Other areas being embarked upon include cultivation of marine organisms such as sponges so as to obtain secondary metabolites useful as pharmaceuticals, biochar production, and food processing.


David Bressler

Professor, Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta

Dr. David Bressler is a Full Professor appointed within the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences at University of Alberta where he studies the conversion of biomass to valuable materials and chemicals. His general area of research is the industrial application of chemical, thermal, and biological systems for the conversion of biomass into higher value materials, chemicals, and value-added commodities. His research program is unique in that it utilizes a multidisciplinary approach combining industrial microbiology, biotechnology, and analytical chemistry with previous experience in engineering and high temperature free radical chemistries. The program is very applied and is resourced through numerous partnerships with leading enzyme companies as well as agricultural, chemical and forestry industries. He is the holder of several patents and patent applications in the areas of renewable biofuels and in the production of renewable biomaterials.
Dr. Bressler is also the inventor and technology founder behind Forge Hydrocarbons, a novel thermochemical lipid-to-hydrocarbon based technology company, with internationally awarded patents, that has commenced building commercial facilities in Sombra Ontario with expected completion fall 2018. Dr Bressler was named to Canada’s Clean 50 for 2017 being named one of the top 50 people in clean tech in Canada.


Cedric Briens

Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Western University

Director, R&D, the Institute for Chemical and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR)

Dr. Cedric Briens is a Professor from the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western University. He is also the Director, R&D of the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), which he founded with Dr. Franco Berruti and other colleagues at Western University. His areas of expertise are fluidization and particulate operations, which he has applied, for example, to the development of new reactor technology for the conversion of biomass and heavy oils into valuable products. Current research projects, supported by Industry, address the industrial processes used to convert biomass and fossil fuels into valuable fuels and chemicals. Dr. Briens is the co-inventor of the pyrolysis technology commercialized by AgriTherm, which has entered into an exclusive license agreement with a Beijing-based multinational biotech company. Dr. Briens led a project to build a compact, mobile 100 kg/h pyrolyzer, using new technologies, which are commercialized by Bio-TechFar. Cedric holds the NSERC/Syncrude/ExxonMobil Senior Industrial Research Chair in Fluid Coking Technologies. Dr. Briens was the Scientific Director of the Lignoworks network: http://www.lignoworks.ca.


Harry Brumer

Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories and Chemistry Department, UBC

Prof. Harry Brumer is a leading expert in the discovery, characterization, and applications of carbohydrate-active enzymes. In his 12-year tenure as a faculty member at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (1999-2011), Prof. Brumer fostered a world-class research program of synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and glycosidase enzymology. Based on his achievements, Prof. Brumer was recruited in 2011 as a Full Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories, with a joint faculty appointment in the Dept. of Chemistry, at the University of British Columbia. His emphasis on collaborative projects is highlighted by numerous publications with a diversity of intra- and international researchers. Moreover, Prof. Brumer has either been a core member of, or has successfully initiated and coordinated, larger European (WoodWisdom-NET, Eureka, FP7) and Swedish (Biomime, CarboMat, WWSC) excellence networks on biomass valorization. In view of his frontier contributions to various related fields, Dr. Brumer has been an invited speaker at 8 Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) during 2005-2013 (Cellulases, Plant Cell Walls, Polysaccharides) He was elected Chair of the 2013 GRC on Cellulases, Cellulosomes, and other Carbohydrate-modifying Enzymes and is a standing Scientific Committee Member of the Symposium on Biotechnology Applied to Lignocellulosics (LignoBiotech). Further highlighting his expertise in enzymes and biomass conversion, Dr. Brumer is a member of the editorial boards of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Physiologia Plantarum, Biotechnology for Biofuels, and the Biochemical Journal; he has been ad hoc reviewer for a similarly diverse range of journals in the biological, chemical, and biotechnological sciences.

Recent publications

• Benselfelt, T., Cranston, E.D., Ondaral, S., Johansson, E., Brumer, H., Rutland, M.W., Wågberg, L. (2016) Adsorption of xyloglucan onto cellulose surfaces of different morphologies: An entropy-driven process. Biomacromolecules, in press. DOI:10.1021/acs.biomac.6b00561
• Hemsworth, G.R., Thompson, A.J., Stepper, J., Sobala, Ł.F., Coyle, T., Larsbrink, J., Spadiut, O., Goddard-Borger, E.D., Stubbs, K.A., Brumer, H., Davies, G.J. (2016) Structural dissection of a complex Bacteroides ovatus gene locus conferring xyloglucan metabolism in the human gut. Open Biol., 6, Article number: 160142. DOI:10.1098/rsob.160142
• Attia, M.A., Brumer, H. (2016) Recent structural insights into the enzymology of the ubiquitous plant cell wall glycan xyloglucan. Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol., 40, 43-53. DOI:10.1016/j.sbi.2016.07.005
• Attia, M., Stepper, J., Davies, G.J., Brumer, H. (2016) Functional and structural characterization of a potent GH74 endo-xyloglucanase from the soil saprophyte Cellvibrio japonicus unravels the first step of xyloglucan degradation. FEBS J., 283, 1701-1719. DOI:10.1111/febs.13696
• Tauzin, A.S., Kwiatkowski, K.J., Orlovsky, N.I., Smith, C.J., Creagh, A.L., Haynes, C.A., Wawrzak, Z., Brumer, H., Koropatkin, N.M. (2016) Molecular dissection of xyloglucan recognition in a prominent human gut symbiont. mBio, 7, e02134-15. DOI:10.1128/mBio.02134-15
• Derikvand, F., Yin, D.T., Barrett, R., Brumer, H. (2016) Cellulose-based biosensors for esterase detection. Anal. Chem., 88, 2989–2993. DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b04661
• Hemsworth, G.R., Déjean, G., Davies, G.J., Brumer, H. (2016) Learning from microbial strategies for polysaccharide degradation. Biochem. Soc. Trans., 44, 94-108. DOI:10.1042/BST20150180
• McGregor, N., Morar, M., Fenger, T.H., Stogios, P., Lenfant, N., Yin, V., Xu, X., Evdokimova, E., Cui, H., Henrissat, B., Savchenko, A., Brumer, H. (2016) Structure-function analysis of a mixed-linkage beta-glucanase/xyloglucanase from key ruminal Bacteroidetes Prevotella bryantii B14. J. Biol. Chem., 291, 1175-1197. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M115.691659
• Yin, D.T., Urresti, S., Lafond, M., Johnston, E.M., Derikvand, F., Ciano, L., Berrin, J.G., Henrissat, B., Walton, P.H., Davies, G.J., Brumer, H. (2015) Structure-function characterization reveals new catalytic diversity in the galactose oxidase and glyoxal oxidase family. Nat. Commun., 6, Article number: 10197. DOI:10.1038/ncomms10197
• Gerttula, S., Zinkgraf, M., Muday, G., Lewis, D., Ibatullin, F.M., Brumer, H., Hart, F., Mansfield, S.D., Filkov, V., Groover, A. (2015) Transcriptional and hormonal regulation of gravitropism of woody stems in Populus. Plant Cell, 27, 2800–2813. DOI:10.1105/tpc.15.00531 (Selected for the issue cover image. Comment in DOI:10.1105/tpc.15.00824)
• McKee, L.S., Brumer, H. (2015) Growth of Chitinophaga pinensis on plant cell wall glycans and characterisation of a Glycoside Hydrolase Family 27 β-L-arabinopyranosidase implicated in arabinogalactan utilisation. PLoS ONE, 10(10), e0139932. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0139932
• Coyle, T., Brumer, H., Stubbs, K.A. (2015) An improved preparation of some aryl alpha-L-arabinofuranosides for use as chromogenic substrates for alpha -L-arabinofuranosidases. Can. J. Chem., 93, 1176-1180. DOI:10.1139/cjc-2015-0227
• Fenger, T.H., Brumer, H. (2015) Synthesis and analysis of specific covalent inhibitors of endo-xyloglucanases. ChemBioChem., 16, 575–583. DOI:10.1002/cbic.201402663
• Oksanen, A., Retulainen, E., Brumer, H. (2014) Bulky paper with good strength and smoothness? Certainly! Nord Pulp Pap. Res. J., 29, 725-731. DOI:10.3183/NPPRJ-2014-29-04-p725-731
• Banasiak, A., Ibatullin, F.M., Brumer, H., Mellerowicz, E.J. (2014) Glycoside hydrolase activities in cell walls of sclerenchyma cells in the inflorescence stems of Arabidopsis thaliana visualized in situ. Plants, 3, 513-525. DOI:10.3390/plants3040513
• Larsbrink, J., Thompson, A.J., Lundqvist, M., Gardner, J.G., Davies, G.J., Brumer, H. (2014) A complex gene locus enables xyloglucan utilization in the model saprophyte Cellvibrio japonicus. Mol. Microbiol., 94, 418–433. DOI:10.1111/mmi.12776
• Brumer, H., Gilbert, H. (2014) Editorial Overview: Carbohydrate-protein interactions: The future is taking shape. Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol., 28, v–vii. DOI:10.1016/j.sbi.2014.09.001
• Martens, E.C., Kelly, A.G., Tauzin, A.S., Brumer, H. (2014) The devil lies in the details: How variations in polysaccharide fine-structure impact the physiology and evolution of gut microbes. J. Mol. Biol., 426, 3851–3865. DOI:10.1016/j.jmb.2014.06.022
• Anasontzis, G.E., Penã, M.S., Spadiut, O., Brumer, H., Olsson, L. (2014) Effects of temperature and glycerol- and methanol- feeding profiles on the production of recombinant galactose oxidase in Pichia pastoris. Biotechnol. Progress, 30, 728-735. DOI:10.1002/btpr.1878
• Larsbrink, J., Rogers, T.E., Hemsworth, G.R., McKee, L.S., Tauzin, A.S., Spadiut, O., Klinter, S., Pudlo, N.A., Urs, K., Koropatkin, N.M., Creagh, A.L., Haynes, C.A., Kelly, A.G., Nilsson Cederholm, S., Davies, G.J., Martens, E.C., Brumer, H. (2014) A discrete genetic locus confers xyloglucan metabolism in select human gut Bacteroidetes. Nature, 506, 498–502. DOI:10.1038/nature12907 (Press releases: UBC, MSL, University of York, KTH; Spotlight: Trends Biochem. Sci.; Recommended: F1000Prime; Headline: UniProt release 2014_03)
• Song, Y., Gyarmati, P., Araújo, A.C., Lundeberg, J., Brumer, H., Ståhl, P.L. (2014) Visual Detection of DNA on Paper Chips. Anal. Chem., 86, 1575-1582. DOI:10.1021/ac403196b
• Wang, Y., Vilaplana, F., Brumer, H., Aspeborg, H. (2014) Enzymatic characterization of a glycoside hydrolase family 5 subfamily 7 (GH5_7) mannanase from Arabidopsis thaliana. Planta, 239, 653-665. DOI:10.1007/s00425-013-2005-y
• Leppänen, A.-S., Xu, C., Parikka, K., Eklund, P., Sjöholm, R., Brumer, H., Tenkanen, M., Willför, S. (2014) Targeted allylation and propargylation of galactose-containing polysaccharides in water. Carbohydr. Polym., 100, 46-54. DOI:10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.11.053
• Eklof, J. M. ; Shojania, S. ; Okon, M. ; McIntosh, L. P. ; Brumer, H. Structure-Function Analysis Of A Broad Specificity Populus Trichocarpa Endo-Beta-Glucanase Reveals An Evolutionary Link Between Bacterial Licheninases And Plant Xth Gene Products. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2013, 288, 15786-15799.
• Xu, C. ; Spadiut, O. ; Araujo, A. Catarina; Nakhai, A. ; Brumer, H. Chemo-Enzymatic Assembly Of Clickable Cellulose Surfaces Via Multivalent Polysaccharides. ChemSusChem 2012, 5, 661-665.
• Araujo, A. Catarina; Song, Y. ; Lundeberg, J. ; Stahl, P. L. ; Brumer, H. Activated Paper Surfaces For The Rapid Hybridization Of Dna Through Capillary Transport. Analytical Chemistry 2012, 84, 3311-3317.
• Ibatullin, F. M. ; Banasiak, A. ; Baumann, M. J. ; Greffe, L. ; Takahashi, J. ; Mellerowicz, E. J. ; Brumer, H. A Real-Time Fluorogenic Assay For The Visualization Of Glycoside Hydrolase Activity In Planta. Plant Physiology 2009, 151, 1741-1750


Jamal Chaouki

Professor, Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Dr. Jamal Chaouki is a full professor from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. He has supervised more than 120 researchers. He published more than 450 reviewed articles in refereed journals and in different reviewed proceedings and more than 450 other scientific articles and edited 6 books. He has more than 22 patents on different processes. He is now editor of the Chemical Product and Process Modeling. He is also director of Biorefinery Center and member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has co-chaired 10 International Conferences including the 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering 2009 where he has acted as technical director, he is also member of the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering and he was the president of the Fluidization XV - Engineering Conferences International. He is now supervising 40 researchers (25 Ph.Ds, 8 PDFs, 3 research associates and 5 researchers). He is a member of the Board of the Polytechnique Montréal and several companies. He is world-renowned consultant for at least 20 national and international companies. He has created 6 start-ups with his students: Formmat Tech. Inc., Shopmedia Inc., Pyrowave Inc, Ecolomondo, RMTech and GoldRecyc. He is Principal Chair Holder of NSREC-Total Group in hydrodynamic modeling of multiphase processes at extreme conditions. His work is mainly dedicaded to develop processes from waste, biomass and complex feedstocks to heat & power, fuels and chemicals.


Hanping Chen

Professor and Head, New Energy Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology

Deputy Director, National Key Laboratory of Coal Combustion

Deputy Director, National Energy R&D Center of Biomass Gas Preparation & Utilization Technology

Dr. Hanping Chen is a Professor and the Head of the Department of New Energy Science and Engineering in Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the National Key Laboratory of Coal Combustion and the Deputy Director of the National Energy R&D Center of Biomass Gas Preparation & Utilization Technology. He has been engaged in the theoretical research and technology development of fluidized bed and biomass energy utilization. Specifically, his work involves gas-solid flow and heat transfer, gas-solid separation, combustion, gasification and liquefaction, pollution control, as well as the R&D of fluidized bed boilers, high temperature flue gas furnace, pulverized coal gasifier, biomass gasifier, biomass liquefier, flue gas cleaning facility with key components, main auxiliary equipment, and computer monitoring technology.
Dr. Chen has published 3 professional books and over 100 papers and articles in major journals. He has directed over 20 projects under programs including the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Basic Research Program (973 Program), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), the National Key Technology R&D Program, etc. and over 40 projects with patents and technology translation. He has won 1 first prize nomination of the National Technology Invention Award and 1 first prize nomination of the National Science and Technology Progress Award by China Ministry of Education. In 2009, he won the Award of Excellent Young Teacher Sustentation Program by National Education Ministry. In 2013, he won the National Overseas Chinese Contribution Award (Innovation Project). In 2014, he won the Second-class Award of National Science and Technology Progress (as the first completed person) and the Blue Sky Award of Global Top Investment Scenarios to Apply New Technology for Renewable Energy Utilization (as the first completed person).

Current projects

Research on Coulpling Pyrolysis Mechanism of All the Components in Biomass
• 2013 - 2017, as Principal Investigator

Research and Demonstration on Pyrolysis Carbonization Co-Generation Key Technology of Straw in Moving-bed
• 2013 - 2016, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Application of biomass pyrolytic polygeneration technology using retort reactors. Liu Biao, Chen Yingquan, Yang Haiping, Chen Wei, Yang Qing, Chen Hanping. Bioresource Technology. 2016. 200: 64-71
• Greenhouse gas emissions of a biomass-based pyrolysis plant in China. Yang Qing, Han Fei, Chen Yingquan, Yang Haiping, Chen Hanping. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2016, 53: 1580-1590.
• Fusion and transformation properties of the inorganic components in biomass ash. SL Du, HP Yang, KZ Qian, XH Wang, HP Chen. Fuel, 2014, 117, Part B: 1281-1287
• Effect of catalysts on the reactivity and structure evolution of char in petroleum coke steam gasification. Y Li, HP Yang, JH Hu, XH Wang, HP Chen. Fuel, 2014, 117, Part B: 1174-1180
• Torrefaction of agriculture straws and its application on biomass pyrolysis poly-generation. YQ Chen, HP Yang, Q Yang, HM Hao, B Zhu, H Chen. Bioresource Technology, 2014, 156: 70–77
• Evolution of functional groups and pore structure during cotton and corn stalks torrefaction and its correlation with hydrophobicity. YQ Chen, Biao Liu, HP Yang, Q Yang, H Chen Fuel, 2014, 137: 41-48.
• Hydrogen production from catalytic reforming of the aqueous fraction of pyrolysis bio-oil with modified Ni/Al catalysts. DD Yao, CF Wu, HP Yang, Q Hu, MA Nahil, HP Chen, P T. Williams. International J. of Hydrogen Energy, 2014, 39: 14642-14652,
• The enhancing mechanism of calcium oxide on water gas shift reaction for hydrogen production. B Li, LY Wei, HP Yang, XH Wang, HP Chen. Energy, 2014, 68: 248-254
• Fractional condensation of multicomponent vapors from pyrolysis of cotton stalk. HQ Sui, HP Yang, JA Shao, XH Wang, YC Li, HP Chen. Energy& Fuels, 2014, 28(8): 5095-5102
• Characteristics of the Temperature Distribution and Product Gas Evolving of an Updraft Biomass Gasifier. Bin Li, HP Chen, HP Yang, XH Wang Shihong Zhang. Energy Fuels, 2013, 27 (3), pp 1460–1465
• Assessment of pyrolysis polygeneration of biomass based on major components: Product characterization and elucidation of degradation pathways. S Xin, HP Yang, Y Chen, X Wang, H Chen. Fuel, 2013, 13, 266–273
• Influence of NH3/CO2 Modification on the Characteristic of Biochar and the CO2 Capture. X Zhang, S Zhang, HP Yang, Tao S, Y Chen. BioEnergy Research, 2013, 6, (4): 1147-1153
• Biomass-Based Pyrolytic Polygeneration system on Cotton Stalk Pyrolysis: Influence of Temperature. YQ Chen, HP Yang, XH Wang, HP Chen, SH, Zhang. Bioresource Technology 2012, 107: 411–418
• Modeling and Simulation of Calcium Oxide Enhanced H2 Production from Steam Gasification of Biomass.Li Bin, Chen Hanping, Yang Haiping, Wang Xianhua, Zhang Shihong, Dai Zhenghua. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, 5(3), pp 378-384, 2011.
• Characteristics of the Temperature Distribution and Product Gas Evolving of an Updraft Biomass Gasifier. Li Bin, Chen Hanping, Yang Haiping, Wang Xianhua, Zhang Shihong. Energy & Fuels, 27(3), pp 1460-1465, 2013.
• Novel bi-functional Ni–Mg–Al–CaO catalyst for catalytic gasification of biomass for hydrogen production with in situ CO2 adsorption. Mohamad A. Nahil, Wang Xianhua, Wu Chunfei, Yang Haiping, Chen Hanping, Paul T. Williams. RSC Advances, 3(16), pp 5583-5590, 2013.
• A study of non-isothermal kinetics of limestone decomposition in air (O2/N2) and oxy-fuel (O2/CO2) atmospheres. Tian Luning, Chen Hanping, Chen Zhenhui, Wang Xianhua, Zhang Shihong. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 115(1), pp 45-53, 2014.
• Effect of residence time on chemical and structural properties of hydrochar obtained by hydrothermal carbonization of water hyacinth. Gao Ying, Wang Xianhua, Wang Jun, Li Xiangpeng, Cheng Jianjun, Yang Haiping, Chen Hanping. Energy, 58, pp 376-383, 2013.
• Upgrading of bio-oil: Removal of the fermentation inhibitor (furfural) from the model compounds of bio-oil using pyrolytic char. Li Yunchao, Shao Jingai, Wang Xianhua, Yang Haiping, Chen Yingquan, Deng Yong, Zhang Shihong, Chen Hanping. Energy & Fuels, 2013, 27(10): 5975-5981.
• Combustion behaviours of tobacco stem in a thermogravimetric analyser and a pilot-scale fluidized bed reactor. Yang Zixu, Zhang Shihong, Liu Lei, Li Xiangpeng, Chen Hanping, Yang Haiping, Wang Xianhua. Bioresource technology, 2012, 110: 595-602.
• Biomass-based pyrolytic polygeneration system on cotton stalk pyrolysis: influence of temperature. Chen Yingquan, Yang Haiping, Wang Xianhua, Zhang Shihong, Chen, Hanping. Bioresource technology, 2012, 107: 411-418.
• Characterization of products from hydrothermal treatments of cellulose. Gao Ying, Wang Xianhua, Yang Haiping, Chen Hanping. Energy, 2012, 42(1): 457-465.


Jinwen Chen

Director, Hydrocarbon Conversion, CanmetENERGY Devon, Natural Resources Canada

Dr. Jinwen Chen is currently the director of hydrocarbon conversion program at CanmetENERGY Devon lab, Natural Resources Canada. He joined CanmetENERGY in 1999 as a research scientist. His research areas and expertise include: biomass conversion and biocrude upgrading; co-processing biocrudes with petroleum; oil sands bitumen and heavy oil production, upgrading and processing; petroleum refining; process modeling, simulation and optimization; life cycle assessment on GHG emissions from oil and gas industry; design, modeling and simulation (including CFD simulation) of multiphase chemical reactors; novel catalysts and catalytic process development; chemical reaction engineering and reactions kinetics; thermodynamics and vapor-liquid phase equilibrium in hydroprocessing systems.
Dr. Jinwen Chen has led and accomplished numerous research projects sponsored by governments and industrial companies to advance fundamental research and new technology development. He established broad national and international collaborations with other federal and provincial government organizations, academia and industry over a wide range of research subjects. He has authored/co-authored over 160 journal and conference proceeding papers, and many industrial client reports. He has been a member of many scientific committees and expert panels to evaluate research proposals, assess centers of research excellence, and organize international conferences, symposia and workshops. Dr. Chen is a member of serval journal editorial boards, and a regular reviewer for many prestigious scientific journals. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Jinwen Chen received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph. D. degrees from Tianjin University, China. Before joining CanmetENERGY, he worked in Tianjin University, Washington University in St. Louis and University of Calgary as an associated professor, research associate and research scientist, respectively.


Roland Clift

Adjunct Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Professor Emeritus, Environmental Technology, University of Surrey

Dr. Roland Clift is an Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technology at the University of Surrey and an Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. He is also the founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy and previously Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey.
Dr. Clift is a world renowned expert and leader on environment and sustainability. His research interest lies in the following areas: Industrial Ecology, including Environmental System Analysis, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainable Energy Systems; Bioenergy; Sustainable Supply Chains. He has published numerous highly recognized papers, articles, and books. He has served in a wide range of professional positions in the industry and has won many significant honors and awards. Notably, Dr. Clift is a past Executive Director and President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE); and a member of Rolls-Royce’ Environmental Advisory Board. He is a past member of the UK Eco-labelling Board, of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP), the Science Advisory Council of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Royal Society/Royal Academy Working Group on nanotechnology and the Working Group which drafted and updated the BSI/Defra/Carbon Trust Standard on carbon labelling, PAS 2050. In 2004-2005, he acted as Expert Adviser to a House of Lords Select Committee enquiry into energy efficiency. In 2012-2014, he served as Review Editor for the Industry chapter of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Recent publications

• Martin G, Clift R, Christie IP. (2016) 'Urban Cultivation and Its Contributions to Sustainability: Nibbles of Food but Oodles of Social Capital'. Sustainability, 8 (5), pp. 409-409.
• Arena N, Lee J, Clift R. (2016) 'Life Cycle Assessment of activated carbon production from coconut shells'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 125, pp. 68-77.
• Evangelisti S, Tagliaferri C, Clift R, Lettieri P, Taylor R, Chapman C. (2015) 'Life cycle assessment of conventional and two-stage advanced energy-from-waste technologies for municipal solid waste treatment'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 100, pp. 212-223.
• Sinclair P, Cohen B, Hansen Y, Basson L, Clift R. (2015) 'Stakeholder engagement within the sustainability assessment of bioenergy: Case studies in heat, power and perennial and annual crops from the UK'. Biomass and Bioenergy, 73, pp. 11-22.
• Zhang S, Bi XT, Clift R. (2015) 'Life cycle analysis of a biogas-centred integrated dairy farm-greenhouse system in British Columbia'. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 93, pp. 18-30.
• Evangelisti S, Tagliaferri C, Lettieri P, Taylor R, Chapman C, Clift R. (2014) 'Life cycle assessment of conventional and two-stage advanced energy-from-waste technologies for municipal solid waste treatment'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 100(1), pp. 212–223
• Brandão M, Clift R, Cowie A, Greenhalgh S. (2014) 'The Use of Life Cycle Assessment in the Support of Robust (Climate) Policy Making: Comment on "Using Attributional Life Cycle Assessment to Estimate Climate-Change Mitigation"'. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 18 (3), pp. 461-463.
• Evangelisti S, Lettieri P, Borello D, Clift R. (2014) 'Life cycle assessment of energy from waste via anaerobic digestion: A UK case study'. Waste Management, 34 (1), pp. 226-237.
• Evangelisti S, Lettieri P, Clift R, Borello D. (2014) 'Distributed generation by energy from waste technology: A life cycle perspective'. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 93, pp. 161–172.
• Zhang S, Bi XT, Clift R. (2013) 'A Life Cycle Assessment of integrated dairy farm-greenhouse systems in British Columbia'. Bioresource Technology, 150, pp. 496-505.
• Lee J, Keller E, Mila a Canals L, King H, Clift R. (2013) 'Agri-food certification schemes: how do they address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions'. Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management, 3 (3-4), pp. 85-106.
• Munoz I, Mila i Canals L, Clift R. (2012) 'Consider a Spherical Man: A Simple Model to Include Human Excretion in Life Cycle Assessment of Food Products. Journal of Industrial Ecology (vol 12, pg 521, 2010)'. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 16 (2), pp. 286-286.
• Clift R. (2012) 'Integrated waste management: environmental assessment and planning'. February 2012 Edition. Ambiente Rischio Comunicazione, (2), pp. 74-89.
• Theis TL, Bakshi BR, Clift R, Durham D, Fthenakis VM, Gutowski TG, Isaacs JA, Seager T, Wiesner MR. (2012) 'A life cycle framework for the investigation of environmentally benign nanoparticles and products (vol 5, pg 312, 2011)'. Physica Status Solidi-Rapid Research Letters, 6 (2), pp. 98-98.
• Levasseur A, Brandao M, Lesage P, Margni M, Pennington D, Clift R, Samson R. (2012) 'COMMENTARY: Valuing temporary carbon storage'. Nature Climate Change, 2 (1), pp. 6-8.
• Theis TL, Bakshi BR, Clift R, Durham D, Fthenakis VM, Gutowski TG, Isaacs JA, Seager T, Wiesner MR. (2011) 'Erratum: A life cycle framework for the investigation of environmentally benign nanoparticles and products [Phys. Status Solidi RRL 5, No. 9, 312-317.
• Levasseur A, Brandão M, Lesage P, Margni M, Pennington D, Clift R, Samson R. (2012) 'Valuing temporary carbon storage'. Nature Climate Change, 2 (1), pp. 6-8.


Ajay Dalai

Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Ajay Kumar Dalai is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2009~2016, he is also a "Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)" in Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing. His expertise mainly lies in: 1) Production of Biodiesel from Vegetable Oils; 2) Biochemical and Biolubricants production From Glycerol and Vegetable Oils; 3) Hydrotreating of Heavy Gas Oils and Heavy Oil Upgrading in a Fluidized-Bed Reactor; 4) Development of a Process for the Removal of Low Concentrations of H2S from Natural Gas, and Mercaptans from Hydrocarbon Fluids; 5) Gas-to-Liquid Technology for the Production of Liquid Fuels from Syngas. His work also covers novel catalysts synthesis and characterization, nanomaterials for energy, activated carbon, gasification, pyrolysis, and biomass pelletization. Dr. Dalai has published more than 300 peer‐reviewed papers in leading journals which have been cited more than 15,700 times with a current h‐index of 60. He also has over 700 other publications. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2012, Fellow of both American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2013, Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in 2014, and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2016. He also won the Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice by Chemical Institute of Canada in 2014.

Recent publications

• Kulkarni, M.G. & Dalai, A.K. 2006, "Waste cooking oil - An economical source for biodiesel: A review", Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, vol. 45, no. 9, pp. 2901-2913.
• Lang, X., Dalai, A.K., Bakhshi, N.N., Reaney, M.J. & Hertz, P.B. 2001, "Preparation and characterization of bio-diesels from various bio-oils", Bioresource technology, vol. 80, no. 1, pp. 53-62
• Naik, S.N., Goud, V.V., Rout, P.K. & Dalai, A.K. 2010, "Production of first and second generation biofuels: A comprehensive review", Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 578-597.
• Kulkarni, M.G., Gopinath, R., Meher, L.C. & Dalai, A.K. 2006, "Solid acid catalyzed biodiesel production by simultaneous esterification and transesterification", Green Chemistry, vol. 8, no. 12, pp. 1056-1062.
• Jacobson, K., Gopinath, R., Meher, L.C. & Dalai, A.K. 2008, "Solid acid catalyzed biodiesel production from waste cooking oil", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, vol. 85, no. 1-2, pp. 86-91.
• Dmytryshyn, S.L., Dalai, A.K., Chaudhari, S.T., Mishra, H.K. & Reaney, M.J. 2004, "Synthesis and characterization of vegetable oil derived esters: Evaluation for their diesel additive properties",Bioresource technology, vol. 92, no. 1, pp. 55-64.
• J. Zhang, H. Wang, A.K. Dalai, 2007, Development of stable bimetallic catalysts for carbon dioxide reforming of methane, Journal of Catalysis, 249(2), 300-310.
• Ferdous, D., Dalai, A.K., Bej, S.K. & Thring, R.W. 2002, "Pyrolysis of lignins: Experimental and kinetics studies", Energy and Fuels, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 1405-1412.
• Issariyakul, T., Kulkarni, M.G., Dalai, A.K. & Bakhshi, N.N. 2007, "Production of biodiesel from waste fryer grease using mixed methanol/ethanol system", Fuel Processing Technology, vol. 88, no. 5, pp. 429-436.
• Valliyappan, T., Bakhshi, N.N. & Dalai, A.K. 2008, "Pyrolysis of glycerol for the production of hydrogen or syn gas", Bioresource technology, vol. 99, no. 10, pp. 4476-4483.
• Akande, A.J., Idem, R.O. & Dalai, A.K. 2005, "Synthesis, characterization and performance evaluation of Ni/Al 2O3 catalysts for reforming of crude ethanol for hydrogen production", Applied Catalysis A General, vol. 287, no. 2, pp. 159-175.
• Dalai, A.K. & Davis, B.H. 2008, "Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: A review of water effects on the performances of unsupported and supported Co catalysts", Applied Catalysis A: General, vol. 348, no. 1, pp. 1-15.
• Kulkarni, M.G., Dalai, A.K. & Bakhshi, N.N. 2007, "Transesterification of canola oil in mixed methanol/ethanol system and use of esters as lubricity additive", Bioresource technology, vol. 98, no. 10, pp. 2027-2033.
• Meher, L.C., Kulkarni, M.G., Dalai, A.K. & Naik, S.N. 2006, "Transesterification of karanja (Pongamia pinnata) oil by solid basic catalysts", European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, vol. 108, no. 5, pp. 389-397.
• Tavasoli, A., Abbaslou, R.M.M., Trepanier, M. & Dalai, A.K. 2008, "Fischer-Tropsch synthesis over cobalt catalyst supported on carbon nanotubes in a slurry reactor", Applied Catalysis A: General, vol. 345, no. 2, pp. 134-142.


Wenli Duo

Principal Scientist, Thermochemical Processes and Boiler Optimization, FPInnovations

Dr. Wenli Duo is the Principal Scientist on Thermochemical Processes and Boiler Optimization at FPInnovations. He got his Bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University in China, Master's degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and PhD degree from the Technical University of Denmark. Since 2001, he has been working in FPInnovations on Biomass combustion, co-firing; Evaluation and optimization of hog fuel power boilers and black liquor recovery boilers at pulp and paper mills; Boiler emissions control; and Thermochemical conversion of biomass.


Naoko Ellis

Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Dr. Naoko Ellis is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC, the Acting Senior Research Director of Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, and a member of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.
Her expertise lies in the area of multiphase reaction engineering with emphasis on fluidized beds. Specifically it includes: 1) Multiphase Systems and Reaction Engineering; 2) Chemical Looping Systems; 3) Biomass Utilization; 4) Bio-Oil Upgrading; 5) Biochar Potential; 6) Biodiesel Production. She has won the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Leadership from UBC APSC Sustainability Pathway Initiative from 2013 to 2015. And she has been a UBC Sustainability Initiative Teaching & Learning Fellow since 2013. And she is passionate about engaging others on sustainability related issues, and developing ways to advance environmental literacy.

Current projects

Utilization of Biomass Carbon Through Pyrolysis Products, as Principal Investigator
Capacitative Deionozation on Activated Biochar, as Principal Investigator
Bio-oil Production and Upgrading, and its Combustion Characteristics, as Co-Investigator
Biomass Gasification, as Co-Investigator
Engineered Biochar Prodution with Microwave Energy, as co-Principal Investigator
Catalytic Pyrolysis of Biomass in a Fluidized Bed, as Co-Investigator

Recent publications

• Solids flux measurements via alternate techniques in a gas-fluidized bed. Sina Tebianian, Kristian Dubrawski, Naoko Ellis, Ray A. Cocco, Roy Hays, S.B. Reddy Karri, Thomas W. Leadbeater, David J. Parker, Jamal Chaouki, Rouzbeh Jafari, Pablo Garcia-Trinanes, Jonathan P.K. Seville, John R. Grace. Chemical Engineering Journal 306, 306-321
• Engineered biochar from microwave-assisted catalytic pyrolysis of switchgrass for increasing water-holding capacity and fertility of sandy soil. BA Mohamed, N Ellis, CS Kim, X Bi, AE Emam. Science of The Total Environment 566, 387-397
• Comparison of particle velocity measurement techniques in a fluidized bed operating in the square-nosed slugging flow regime. Sina Tebianian, Kristian Dubrawski, Naoko Ellis, Ray A. Cocco, Roy Hays, S.B. Reddy Karri, Thomas W. Leadbeater, David J. Parker, Jamal Chaouki, Rouzbeh Jafari, Pablo Garcia-Trinanes, Jonathan P.K. Seville, John R. Grace. Powder Technology 296, 45-52
• A novel method to tailor the porous structure of KOH-activated biochar and its application in capacitive deionization and energy storage. AM Dehkhoda, E Gyenge, N Ellis. Biomass and Bioenergy 87, 107-121
• Effect of activated biochar porous structure on the capacitive deionization of NaCl and ZnCl 2 solutions. AM Dehkhoda, N Ellis, E Gyenge. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 224, 217-228
• Microwave-assisted catalytic pyrolysis of switchgrass for improving bio-oil and biochar properties. BA Mohamed, CS Kim, N Ellis, X Bi. Bioresource technology 201, 121-132
• Editorial–Special Issue of “Powder Technology” on Fluid-Particle Systems. R Clift, N Ellis, X Bi. Powder Technology, 1
• X-ray imaging for flow characterization and investigation of invasive probe interference in travelling fluidized bed. S Tebianian, N Ellis, P Lettieri, JR Grace. Chemical Engineering Research and Design 104, 191-202
• From coal towards renewables: Catalytic/synergistic effects during steam co-gasification of switchgrass and coal in a pilot-scale bubbling fluidized bed. MS Masnadi, JR Grace, XT Bi, CJ Lim, N Ellis, YH Li, AP Watkinson. Renewable Energy 83, 918-930
• Mineral matter interactions during co-pyrolysis of coal and biomass and their impact on intrinsic char co-gasification reactivity. N Ellis, MS Masnadi, DG Roberts, MA Kochanek, AY Ilyushechkin. Chemical Engineering Journal 279, 402-408
• Gasification of Woody Biomass. J Dai, J Saayman, JR Grace, N Ellis. Annual review of chemical and biomolecular engineering 6, 77-99
• Embedding sustainability principles into engineering education. D Salvatore, N Ellis, S Nesbit, P Ostafichuk.
• Investigation of particle velocity in FCC gas-fluidized beds based on different measurement techniques. Sina Tebianian, Kristian Dubrawski, Naoko Ellis, Ray A. Cocco, Roy Hays, S.B. Reddy Karri, Thomas W. Leadbeater, David J. Parker, Jamal Chaouki, Rouzbeh Jafari, Pablo Garcia-Trinanes, Jonathan P.K. Seville, John R. Grace. Chemical Engineering Science 127, 310-322
• Biomass/coal steam co-gasification integrated with in-situ CO 2 capture. MS Masnadi, JR Grace, XT Bi, N Ellis, CJ Lim, JW Butler. Energy 83, 326-336
• From fossil fuels towards renewables: Inhibitory and catalytic effects on carbon thermochemical conversion during co-gasification of biomass with fossil fuels. MS Masnadi, JR Grace, XT Bi, CJ Lim, N Ellis. Applied Energy 140, 196-209
• Single-fuel steam gasification of switchgrass and coal in a bubbling fluidized bed: A comprehensive parametric reference for co-gasification study. MS Masnadi, JR Grace, XT Bi, CJ Lim, N Ellis, YH Li, AP Watkinson. Energy 80, 133-147
• Hydrodynamics of lime-based pellets in a Dual Fluidized Bed and the effect of temperature. J Saayman, M Aumann, JR Grace, CJ Lim, PA Reyes-Ramirez, ....Chemical Engineering Journal 260, 532-540
• CO 2 sorbent attrition testing for fluidized bed systems. A Knight, N Ellis, JR Grace, CJ Lim. Powder Technology 266, 412-423
• Gas leakage between reactors in a dual fluidized bed system. J Saayman, M Xu, JC Lim, N Ellis Powder Technology 266, 196-202
• Process and apparatus for producing coated particles. JR Van Ommen, N Ellis, C Yurteri, JCM Marijnissen. US Patent 8,758,853
• Fluidisation behaviour of struvite recovered from wastewater. MS Rahaman, DS Mavinic, N Ellis. Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science 9 (2), 137-149
• Modeling phosphorus removal and recovery from anaerobic digester supernatant through struvite crystallization in a fluidized bed reactor. MS Rahaman, DS Mavinic, A Meikleham, N Ellis.Water research 51, 1-10
• Fuel characterization and co-pyrolysis kinetics of biomass and fossil fuels. Mohammad S. Masnadi, Rozita Habibi, Jan Kopyscinski, Josephine M. Hill, Xiaotao Bi, C. Jim Lim, Naoko Ellis, John R. Grace. Fuel 117, 1204-1214
• Electrosorption on activated biochar: effect of thermo-chemical activation treatment on the electric double layer capacitance. AM Dehkhoda, N Ellis, E Gyenge. Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 44 (1), 141-157


Yunming Fang

Professor, College of Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Dr. Yunming Fang is a Professor in the College of Chemical Engineering at Beijing University of Chemical Technology in China. His research areas include: 1) Sustainable fuel and chemical production by thermo-catalytic conversion of biomass; 2) Development of “molecular engineering” approach for biofuel production; 3) Co-refinery of biomass and heavy oil; 4) Novel catalytic process for clean transportation fuel production; 5) Novel catalytic materials including mesoporous zeolite and metal organic frameworks. His group is currently developing thermos-catalytic conversion technology for biofuel and bio-chemical conversion.


John Grace

Professor Emeritus, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Director, Fluidization Research Centre (FRC), UBC

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Dr. John Grace is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. He has served as Head of the Department from 1979 to 1987, founding Director of UBC's Fluidization Research Centre, and Acting Director of the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre from 2008 to 2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Chemical Institute of Canada. He has held a Canada Research Chair since 2001, and is a Theme Leader and a member of the Board of Directors of Carbon Management Canada, a National Centre of Excellence.
He has more than 530 publications, mostly on fluidization, related fluid-particle systems and environmentally friendly energy processes. He has supervised ~100 graduate students as well as many post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars. He has worked on a wide range of research topics, both fundamental and applied, including hydrodynamics, heat transfer and mass transfer in fluidized beds, reactor modeling, scale-up, combustion and gasification, capture of CO2 and SO2, biomass processing, steam reforming, spouted beds and removal of particulates from gas streams. He has also served as a consultant, chaired international conferences, served on national committees and won a number of awards and honours.

Current projects

Carbon Capture
• 2015 – 2019, as Co-Investigator

Towards Negative CO2 Emissions: Energy and Multiphase Flow Studies
• 2011 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Ziliang Wang, Maysam Saidi, C. Jim Lim, John R. Grace, Hassan Basirat Tabrizi, Zhiwei Chen, Yonghua Li. (2016). Comparison of DEM simulation and experiments in a dual-column slot-rectangular spouted bed with a suspended partition. Chemical Engineering Journal. 290: 63–73.
• Li XT, Grace JR, Bi XT and Campbell JS. (2016). A new pyrolysis model based on generalized extreme value (GEV) distributions and its application to lignocellulosic biomass. Fuel. 184: 211-221.
• Jun Young Kim, Jong Wook Bae, John R. Grace, Norman Epstein, Dong Hyun Lee. (2016). Hydrodynamic characteristics at the layer inversion point in three-phase fluidized beds with binary solids. Chemical Engineering Science.
• Turki A. Alsmari, John R. Grace, Xiaotao T. Bi. (2016). Effects of particle properties on entrainment and electrostatics in gas–solid fluidized beds. Powder Technology. 290: 2-10.
• Chuan He, Xiaotao T. Bi, John R. Grace. (2016). Comparison of conventional and novel probes for measuring electrostatics and hydrodynamics during fluidization of polyethylene. Journal of Electrostatics. 79: 7–15.
• Chuan He, Xiaotao T. Bi, John R. Grace. (2016). Decoupling electrostatic signals from gas–solid bubbling fluidized beds. Powder Technology. 290: 11–20.
• Sina Tebianian, Kristian Dubrawski, Naoko Ellis, Ray A. Cocco, Roy Hays, S.B. Reddy Karri, Thomas W. Leadbeater, David J. Parker, Jamal Chaouki, Rouzbeh Jafari, Pablo Garcia-Trinanes, Jonathan P.K. Seville, John R. Grace. (2016). Comparison of particle velocity measurement techniques in a fluidized bed operating in the square-nosed slugging flow regime. Powder Technology. 296: 45-52.
• Farzaneh Jalalinejad, Xiaotao T. Bi, John R. Grace. (2016). Comparison of theory with experiment for single bubbles in charged fluidized particles. Powder Technology. 290: 27–32.
• Saidi M, Tabrizi HB, Ahmadi G, Grace JR and Lim CJ. (2016). Hydrodynamics of pulsed spouted beds: effects of pulsation waveform, amplitude and frequency. Drying Technology.
• Maysam Saidi, Ziliang Wang, John R. Grace, C. Jim Lim. (2016). Numerical and experimental investigation of hydrodynamic characteristics of a slot-rectangular spouted bed. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 94(2): 332–339.
• Minhee Kim, Loretta Y. Li, John R. Grace. (2016). Predictability of physicochemical properties of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) based on single-molecular descriptor models. Environmental Pollution. 213: 99–111.
• Nong Xu, Sung Su Kim, Anwu Li, John R. Grace, C. Jim Lim, Tony Boyd. (2016). Investigation of the influence of tar-containing syngas from biomass gasification on dense Pd and Pd–Ru membranes. Powder Technology. 290: 132–140.
• Xuantian Li , Anwu Li, Ali Gulamhusein, Clive Brereton, John R. Grace, C. Jim Lim, Xiaotao Bi, Mike Wormsbecker, Craig A. McKnight. (2016). A TCD-based technique for experimental study of mass transfer in a gas-solid fluidized bed with liquid injection. Powder Technology. 290: 83–90.
• Xuantian Li, Anwu Li, C. Jim Lim, John R. Grace. (2016). Hydrogen permeation through Pd-based composite membranes: Effects of porous substrate, diffusion barrier and sweep gas. Journal of Membrane Science. 499: 143–155.
• Campbell JS, Grace JR, Lim CJ and Mochulski DW. (2016). A new diagnostic when determining the activation energy by the advanced isoconversional method. Thermochimica Acta. 636: 85-93.
• Chuan He, Xiaotao T. Bi, John R. Grace. (2015). Simultaneous measurements of particle charge density and bubble properties in gas-solid fluidized beds by dual-tip electrostatic probes. Chemical Engineering Science. 123
• Belinda Li, Loretta Y. Li, John R. Grace. (2015). Adsorption and hydraulic conductivity of landfill-leachate perfluorinated compounds in bentonite barrier mixtures. Journal of Environmental Management. 156: 236–243.
• Lifeng Zhang, Xiaotao Bi, John R. Grace. (2015). Measurements of Electrostatic Charging of Powder Mixtures in a Free-fall Test Device. Procedia Engineering. 102: 295–304.
• Maysam Saidi, Hassan Basirat Tabrizi, John R. Grace, C. Jim Lim. (2015). Hydrodynamic investigation of gas-solid flow in rectangular spout-fluid bed using CFD-DEM modeling. Powder Technology. 284: 355–364.
• Mohammad S. Masnadi, John R. Grace, Xiaotao T. Bi, Naoko Ellis, C. Jim Lim, James W. Butler. (2015). Biomass/coal steam co-gasification integrated with in situ CO2 capture. Energy. 83: 326–336.
• Jean Saayman, Martin Aumann, John R. Grace, C. Jim Lim, Paula A. Reyes-Ramirez, Olaf Hinrichsen, Naoko Ellis. (2015). Hydrodynamics of lime-based pellets in a Dual Fluidized Bed and the effect of temperature. Chemical Engineering Journal. 260: 532–540.
• Sina Tebianiana, Naoko Ellisa, Paola Lettierib, John R. Grace. (2015). X-ray imaging for flow characterization and investigation of invasive probe interference in travelling fluidized bed. Chemical Engineering Research and Design. 104: 191–202.
• Mojgan Abbasi, John R. Grace, Rahmat Sotude-Gharebagh, Reza Zarghami, Navid Mostoufi. (2015). Numerical comparison of gas-liquid bubble columns and gas-solid fluidized beds. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 93(10): 1838–1848.
• Minhee Kim, Loretta Y. Li, John R. Grace, Chaoyang Yue. (2015). Selecting reliable physicochemical properties of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) based on molecular descriptors. Environmental Pollution. 196: 462–472.
• Cai Liang, John R. Grace, Liu Shen, Gaoyang Yuan, Xiaoping Chen, Changsui Zhao. (2015). Experimental investigation of pressure letdown flow characteristics in dense-phase pneumatic conveying at high pressure. Powder Technology. 277: 171–180.
• Maysam Saidi, Hassan Basirat Tabrizi, John R. Grace, C. Jim Lim, and Goodarz Ahmadi. (2015). Hydrodynamic and Mixing Characteristics of Gas–Solid Flow in a Pulsed Spouted Bed. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 54(32): 7933–7941.


Josephine Hill

Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary
Canada Research Chair, Hydrogen and Catalysis

Dr. Josephine Hill is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary. She currently also serves as the Canada Research Chair in Hydrogen and Catalysis. She holds BASc and MASc degrees from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research group’s key areas of interest are: 1) Catalytic Hydrotreating of Heavy Oil; 2) Water Treatment; 3) Catalytic Gasification. In 2014, Dr. Hill was among the first group of 91 scholars to join the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, an organization launched by the Royal Society of Canada. She has received the Engineers Canada Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. In 2015, she received an Research Excellence Award and an Outstanding Teaching Performance award from Schulich School of Engineering at University of Calgary. She was also awarded as the WEF Expo Advocating Woman in Engineering Award in 2015.


Mark Johnson

Associate Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC

Dr. Mark Johnson is an Associate Professor at UBC with a joint appointment in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) and Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS). From 2011 to 2013 he served as a UBC Sustainability Research Fellow. His research interests center on ecohydrology and watershed biogeochemistry. His research group conducts field-based research involving hydrometric and water quality monitoring, which they complement through GIS-based modeling, laboratory analysis and stakeholder input. The overarching goal is to leverage this research towards the development of more sustainable landuse practices and urban systems.

Current projects

Ecohydrological Controls on Carbon Drainage Fluxes in Natural and Human-Impacted Watersheds
• 2014 – 2019, as Principal Investigator

Terrestrial Research on Ecosystems & Worldwide Education & Broadcast
• 2011 – 2017, as Co-Investigator

Integrating Land Use Planning and Water Governance in Amazonia: Towards Improved Freshwater Security in the Agricultural Frontier of Mato Grosso
• 2013 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Carbon and Ecohydrology of Mato Grosso Ecosystems and Agroecosystems
• 2013 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Enhancing Adaptation and Resilience to Drought in Dry Tropical Social-Ecological Systems: The Guanacaste, Costa Rica Example
• 2013 – 2016, as Co-Investigator

International WaTERS Research and Training Network
• 2013 – 2016, as Co-Investigator

Recent publications

• Developing a Hydrologic Monitoring Network in Data-Scarce Regions Using Open-Source Arduino Dataloggers. SV Hund, MS Johnson, T Keddie. Agricultural & Environmental Letters 1 (1)
• Simultaneous Measurements of Soil CO2 and CH4 Fluxes Using Laser Absorption Spectroscopy. RS Jassal, C Webster, TA Black, I Hawthorne, MS Johnson. Agricultural & Environmental Letters 1 (1)
• Physiological responses to extreme hydrological events in the Pantanal wetland: heterogeneity of a plant community containing super‐dominant species. Higo J Dalmagro, Michael J Lathuillière, George L Vourlitis, Roberto C Campos, Osvaldo Borges Pinto, Mark S Johnson, Carmen ER Ortíz, Francisco de A Lobo, Eduardo G Couto. Journal of Vegetation Science
• Attenuation of urban agricultural production potential and crop water footprint due to shading from buildings and trees. MS Johnson, MJ Lathuillière, TR Tooke, NC Coops. Environmental Research Letters 10 (6), 064007
• Nitrogen enrichment potential of biochar in relation to pyrolysis temperature and feedstock quality. Rachhpal S Jassal, Mark S Johnson, Marina Molodovskaya, T Andrew Black, Ashlee Jollymore, Kelly Sveinson. Journal of Environmental Management 152, 140-144
• Biochar decreases dissolved organic carbon but not nitrate leaching in relation to vinasse application in a Brazilian sugarcane soil. AJ Eykelbosh, MS Johnson, EG Couto. Journal of Environmental Management 149, 9-16
• Dinâmica dos atributos físico-químicos e variação sazonal dos estoques de carbono no solo em diferentes fitofisionomias do Pantanal Norte Mato-Grossense. JM Mello, EG Couto, RSS Amorim, LA Chig, MS Johnson, FA Lobo. Revista Árvore 39 (2), 325-336
• Quantifying summertime greenhouse gases fluxes from soils in various stages of restoration in the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area. Andreas Christen, Rachhpal Jassal, Andrew T Black, Nick Grant, Iain Hawthorne, Mark Johnson, Rick Ketler, Sung-Ching Lee, Markus Merkens, R Daniel Moore, Zoran Nesic, Katrin Schmid, Alice Stevenson, Yuexian Wang. Geography Faculty Publications and Reports
• Estimating water balance components of tropical wetland lakes in the Pantanal dry season, Brazil. J Schwerdtfeger, M Weiler, MS Johnson, EG Couto. Hydrological Sciences Journal 59 (12), 2158-2172
• Land Transformation and Occupation Impacts of Farming Practices for the Production of Soybean in Mato Grosso, Brazil, Using Life Cycle Impact Assessment. MJ Lathuillière, EJ Miranda, EG Couto, MS Johnson. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 1, 0528
• Inundation and groundwater dynamics for quantification of evaporative water loss in tropical wetlands. J Schwerdtfeger, MS Johnson, EG Couto, RSS Amorim, L Sanches, JH Campelo Jr, M Weiler. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 18 (11), 4407-4422
• Environmental footprints show China and Europe’s evolving resource appropriation for soybean production in Mato Grosso, Brazil. MJ Lathuilliere, MS Johnson, GL Galford, EG Couto. Environmental Research Letters 9 (7), 074001
• Biochar from Sugarcane Filtercake Reduces Soil CO2 Emissions Relative to Raw Residue and Improves Water Retention and Nutrient Availability in a Highly-Weathered Tropical Soil. AJ Eykelbosh, MS Johnson, ES de Queiroz, HJ Dalmagro, EG Couto. PLoS ONE 9 (6), e98523
• Soil Oxidation-Reduction Potential and Plant Photosynthetic Capacity in the Northern Pantanal of Mato Grosso, Brazil. MJ Lathuillière, MS Johnson, HJ Dalmagro, OBP Jr, EG Couto. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 1, 1168
• A New Approach to Quantify Evaporative Water Loss in Tropical Wetlands. J Schwerdtfeger, M Weiler, MS Johnson, EG Couto. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 1, 1160
• Soil CO 2 Dynamics in a Tree Island Soil of the Pantanal: The Role of Soil Water Potential. Mark S Johnson, Eduardo Guimarães Couto, Osvaldo B Pinto Jr, Juliana Milesi, Ricardo S Santos Amorim, Indira AM Messias, Marcelo Sacardi Biudes. PLoS One 8 (6), e64874
• Monitoring the soil redox potential and its interactions with associated variables in the Northern Pantanal. IAM Messias, EG Couto, RSS Amorim, MS Johnson, OB Pinto Junior. Revista Brasileira de Ciência do Solo 37 (3), 632-639
• Contrasting CO2 concentration discharge dynamics in headwater streams: A multi‐catchment comparison. KJ Dinsmore, MB Wallin, MS Johnson, MF Billett, Kevin Bishop, Jukka Pumpanen, Anne Ojala. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 118 (2), 445-461
• Integral emission factors for methane determined using urban flux measurements and local-scale inverse models. Andreas Christen, Mark Johnson, Marina Molodovskaya, Rick Ketler, Zoran Nesic, Ben Crawford, Marco Giometto, Mike van der Laan. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 15, 6143
• Stream water nutrient and organic carbon exports from tropical headwater catchments at a soil degradation gradient. JW Recha, J Lehmann, MT Walter, A Pell, L Verchot, M Johnson. Nutrient cycling in agroecosystems 95 (2), 145-158
• Monitoramento contínuo do potencial redox e de variáveis complementares em ambiente hipersazonal no pantanal norte. IAM Messias, EG Couto, RSS Amorim, MS Johnson, OB Pinto Junior. Revista Brasileira de Ciência do Solo 37 (3), 632-639


Patrick Kirchen

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UBC

Dr. Patrick Kirchen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. His research is about Internal Combustion Engines and Ion Transport Membrane (ITM) Reactors. Efforts are focused on understanding the impacts of engine operating parameters such as fuel type, injection strategies, and charge preparation on the fundamental combustion and emission formation processes. An engine testing facility is under development to optically characterize these processes using various optical and thermo-optical techniques. ITM reactors present a technology with the potential to significantly reduce the capital and operating costs associated with gas separation (e.g. O2 from air). When combined with reactive processes, such as oxy-fuel combustion or partial oxidation of methane, higher conversion rates and product selectivities are possible than with conventional co-feed reactors. His research interests lie in furthering the understanding of the coupling between fuel conversion and gas separation using both numerical and experimental investigations, and applying this knowledge to the development of novel reactor concepts.

Current projects

Optical Studies of Advanced Natural Gas Fuelled Internal Combustion Engine Technologies
• 2013 – 2018, as Principal Investigator

Thermo-optical Diagnostics for Combustion Engine Development
• 2013 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Air-Fuel Dilution and Hot Surface Ignition Technologies for Natural Gas Engines
• 2015 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Production and Combustion Characteristics of Bio-oil Fuel Blends
• 2013 – 2018, as Co-Investigator

Recent publications

• Effect of Fueling Control Parameters on Combustion and Emissions Characteristics of Diesel-Ignited Methane Dual-Fuel Combustion. J Rochussen, J Yeo, P Kirchen. SAE Technical Paper
• Combustion and Emissions of Paired-Nozzle Jets in a Pilot-Ignited Direct-Injection Natural Gas Engine. Christopher WJ Mabson, Ehsan Faghani, Pooyan Kheirkhah, Patrick Kirchen, Steven N Rogak, Gordon McTaggart-Cowan. SAE Technical Paper
• The coupling effect of gas-phase chemistry and surface reactions on oxygen permeation and fuel conversion in ITM reactors. J Hong, P Kirchen, AF Ghoniem. Journal of Membrane Science 488, 1-12
• Application of Fuel Momentum Measurement Device for Direct Injection Natural Gas Engines. E Faghani, P Kirchen, SN Rogak. SAE Technical Paper
• Toward enhanced hydrogen generation from water using oxygen permeating LCF membranes. XY Wu, L Chang, M Uddi, P Kirchen, AF Ghoniem. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17 (15), 10093-10107
• CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis of a novel reactor design using ion transport membranes for oxy-fuel combustion. P Ahmed, MA Habib, R Ben-Mansour, P Kirchen, AF Ghoniem. Energy 77, 932-944
• Measuring the oxygen profile and permeation flux across an ion transport (La0. 9Ca0. 1FeO3− δ) membrane and the development and validation of a multistep surface exchange model. A Hunt, G Dimitrakopoulos, P Kirchen, AF Ghoniem. Journal of Membrane Science 468, 62-72
• A novel ion transport membrane reactor for fundamental investigations of oxygen permeation and oxy-combustion under reactive flow conditions. P Kirchen, DJ Apo, A Hunt, AF Ghoniem. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 34 (2), 3463-3470
• Modeling of a combined ion transport and porous membrane reactor for oxy-combustion. MA Habib, P Ahmed, R Ben-Mansour, HM Badr, P Kirchen, AF Ghoniem. Journal of Membrane Science 446, 230-243
• Analysis of heterogeneous oxygen exchange and fuel oxidation on the catalytic surface of perovskite membranes. J Hong, P Kirchen, AF Ghoniem. Journal of Membrane Science 445, 96-106
• Laminar oxy-fuel diffusion flame supported by an oxygen-permeable-ion-transport membrane. J Hong, P Kirchen, AF Ghoniem. Combustion and Flame 160 (3), 704-717
• Interactions between oxygen permeation and homogeneous-phase fuel conversion on the sweep side of an ion transport membrane. J Hong, P Kirchen, AF Ghoniem. Journal of Membrane Science 428, 309-322
• Numerical simulation of ion transport membrane reactors: Oxygen permeation and transport and fuel conversion. J Hong, P Kirchen, AF Ghoniem. Journal of Membrane Science 407, 71-85
• A review of recent developments in carbon capture utilizing oxy‐fuel combustion in conventional and ion transport membrane systems. MA Habib, HM Badr, SF Ahmed, R Ben‐Mansour, K Mezghani, S Imashuku, Y Shao‐Horn, ND Mancini, A Mitsos, P Kirchen, AF Ghoneim. International Journal of Energy Research 35 (9), 741-764
• Experimental investigation on different injection strategies in a heavy-duty diesel engine: emissions and loss analysis. T Thurnheer, D Edenhauser, P Soltic, D Schreiber, P Kirchen, A Sankowski. Energy Conversion and Management 52 (1), 457-467
• Exhaust-Stream and In-Cylinder Measurements and Analysis of the Soot Emissions From a Common Rail Diesel Engine Using Two Fuels. P Kirchen, P Obrecht, K Boulouchos, A Bertola. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 132 (11), 112804
• Soot emission measurements and validation of a mean value soot model for common-rail diesel engines during transient operation. P Kirchen, P Obrecht, K Boulouchos. SAE International Journal of Engines 2 (1), 1663-1678
• Development and validation of a phenomenological mean value soot model for common-rail diesel engines. P Kirchen, K Boulouchos. SAE Technical Paper


Anthony Lau

Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Dr. Anthony Lau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. His research interest is in the area of waste management for resource recovery. At present, his research projects may be divided into two major sub-areas: 1) biomass feedstock engineering, and 2) bioconversion processes and systems. Biomass feedstock engineering includes the characterization, preprocessing, storage, and quality control of lignocellulosic waste resources such as wood waste, municipal solid waste, forest-origin residues and agricultural residues. These activities bridge the gap between waste collection and the production and utilization of solid and liquid biofuels. Research work on biomass feedstock engineering is extended to wood pellets as a densified form of solid biofuel. Studies on bioconversion processes and systems are primarily focused on aerobic composting and anaerobic fermentation of non-woody waste biomass.

Recent publications

• Size, shape and flow characterization of ground wood chip and ground wood pellet particles. H Rezaei, CJ Lim, A Lau, S Sokhansanj. Powder Technology. 2016. 301, 737-746
• Pyrolysis of ground pine chip and ground pellet particles. H Rezaei, F Yazdanpanah, CJ Lim, A Lau, S Sokhansanj. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2016.
• Development of Empirical Drying Correlations for Ground Wood Chip and Ground Wood Pellet Particles. H Rezaei, CJ Lim, A Lau, X Bi, S Sokhansanj. Drying Technology. 2016.
• Impact assessment of biomass-based district heating systems in densely populated communities. Part I: Dynamic intake fraction methodology. O Petrov, X Bi, A Lau. Atmospheric Environment. 2015. 115, 70-78
• Characterization and flocculation mechanism of a bioflocculant from potato starch wastewater. J Guo, AK Lau, Y Zhang, J Zhao. Applied microbiology and biotechnology. 2015. 99 (14), 5855-5861
• Effects of manipulating cyclic duration and pH on fermentative hydrogen production in an anaerobic sequencing batch reactor. SG Won, AK Lau. Journal of Environmental Science and Health. 2015. Part A 50 (7), 750-756
• Effectiveness of purging on preventing gas emission buildup in wood pellet storage. F Yazdanpanah, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, A Lau, X Bi. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2015. 93 (6), 1024-1032
• Quantification of gas emissions from stored softwood chips as solid biofuels. X He, AK Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, XT Bi, S Melin. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 2015. 12 (5), 1549-1558
• Application of a Model to Simulate the Wetting and Drying Processes of Woody Biomass in the Field. X He, A Lau, S Sokhansanj, J Lim, X Bi. Drying Technology. 2015. 33 (4), 434-442
• The effect of storage on the net calorific value of wood pellets. JS Lee, S Sokhansanj, AK Lau, CJ Lim, XT Bi, V Basset, F Yazdanpanah, SO Melin. Canadian Biosystems Engineering. 2015. 57, 8.5-8.12
• Modeling Size Reduction and Fractionation for Cellulosic Feedstock. LJ Naimi, S Sokhansanj, XT Bi, CJ Lim, AK Lau, M Emami, S Melin. Innovative Solutions in Fluid-Particle Systems and Renewable Energy Management.
• Stratification of off-gases in stored wood pellets. F Yazdanpanah, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, A Lau, X Bi, S Melin. Biomass and Bioenergy. 2014. 71, 1-11
• Investigating gas emissions and dry matter loss from stored biomass residues. X He, AK Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, XT Bi, S Melin. Fuel. 2014. 134, 159-165
• Comparison of Gas Emissions and Dry Matter Loss from Two Different Types of Forest Residues. X He, AK Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, XT Bi. Journal of Bioprocess Engineering and Biorefinery. 2014. 3 (3), 170-176
• Potential for flammability of gases emitted from stored wood pellets. F Yazdanpanah, S Sokhansanj, J Lim, A Lau, X Bi, PY Lam, S Melin. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2014. 92 (4), 603-609
• Investigating cost of delivering Switchgrass (Pnicum Virgatum) to a greenhouse using IBSAL model. HK Hamedani, S Sokhansanj, A Lau, J Debruyn, M Ebadian. 2014 Montreal, Quebec Canada July 13–July 16, 2014, 1
• Measurement of off-gases in wood pellet storage. Fahimeh Yazdanpanah, Shahab Sokhansanj, Hamid Rezaei, JC Lim, A Lau, X Bi, S Melin, J Tumuluru, C Kim. Adv. Gas Chromatogr. 2014. 1-33
• Moisture sorption isotherms and drying characteristics of aspen (Populus tremuloides). X He, AK Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, XT Bi, S Melin, T Keddy. Biomass and Bioenergy. 2013. 57, 161-167
• Optimal operational conditions for biohydrogen production from sugar refinery wastewater in an ASBR. SG Won, SA Baldwin, AK Lau, M Rezadehbashi. International journal of hydrogen energy. 2013. 38 (32), 13895-13906
• Steam treatment of four softwood species and bark to produce torrefied wood. Zahra Tooyserkani, Shahab Sokhansanj, Xiaotao Bi, Jim Lim, Anthony Lau, Jack Saddler, Linoj Kumar, Pak Sui Lam, Staffan Melin. Applied energy. 2013. 103, 514-521
• Breakage behavior of wood pellets due to free fall. E Oveisi, A Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, X Bi, SH Larsson, S Melin. Powder technology. 2013. 235, 493-499
• SO2-catalyzed steam pretreatment enhances the strength and stability of softwood pellets. Zahra Tooyserkani, Linoj Kumar, Shahab Sokhansanj, Jack Saddler, Xiaotao T Bi, C Jim Lim, Anthony Lau, Staffan Melin. Bioresource technology. 2013. 130, 59-68
• Development of size reduction equations for calculating energy input for grinding lignocellulosic particles. LJ Naimi, S Sokhansanj, X Bi, CJ Lim, AR Womac, AK Lau, S Melin. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 2013. 29 (1), 93-100
• Resistance of wood pellets to low airflow. F Yazdanpanah, A Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, X Bi, S Melin. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2012. 90 (6), 1479-1483
• Dry matter losses in combination with gaseous emissions during the storage of forest residues. X He, AK Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, XT Bi, S Melin. Fuel. 2012. 95, 662-664
• Effect of steam treatment on pellet strength and the energy input in pelleting of softwood particles. Z Tooyserkani, S Sokhansanj, X Bi, CJ Lim, J Saddler, A Lau, S Melin, PS Lam, L Kumar. Transactions of the ASABE. 2012. 55 (6), 2265-2272
• Effects of key operational parameters on biohydrogen production via anaerobic fermentation in a sequencing batch reactor. SG Won, AK Lau. Bioresource technology. 2011. 102 (13), 6876-6883
• Airflow versus pressure drop for bulk wood pellets. F Yazdanpanah, S Sokhansanj, AK Lau, CJ Lim, X Bi, S Melin. biomass and bioenergy. 2011. 35 (5), 1960-1966
• The effects of bioadditive in the form of yeasts and zeolite on the composting process and odour emission. W Zhang, AK Lau. International Journal of Environmental Engineering. 2011. 3 (1), 1-17
• Development of a population balance model to simulate fractionation of ground switchgrass. LJ Naimi, S Sokhansanj, AR Womac, X Bi, CJ Lim, C Igathinathane, AK Lau, T Sowlati, S Melin, M Emami, M Afzal. 2011. Transactions of the ASABE 54 (1), 219-227
• Permeability of wood pellets in the presence of fines. F Yazdanpanah, S Sokhansanj, AK Lau, CJ Lim, X Bi, S Melin, M Afzal. Bioresource technology. 2010. 101 (14), 5565-5570
• Quality of wood pellets produced in British Columbia for export. Jaya Shankar Tumuluru, Shahabaddine Sokhansanj, C Jim Lim, Tony Bi, Anthony Lau, Staffan Melin, Taraneh Sowlati, Ehsan Oveisi. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 2010. 26 (6), 1013-1020


Robert Legros

Professor and Director, Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal
Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Dr. Robert Legros is a Chemical Engineering Professor at Polytechnique Montreal with a long experience in industrial process development. He is the Chair holder of a new Research Chair on Advanced Waste recovery. He is a well-recognized expert in the fields of waste and biomass conversion processes, powder technology, multiphase contacting systems, simultaneous heat and mass transfer phenomena, drying and purification systems. Dr. Legros has greatly contributed to the understanding of fundamental aspects involved during gas-solids contacting. His work enables to gain insight into the behavior of complex solids (such as solid waste, biomass and foodstuffs) during various thermal/physical/chemical processing. His innovative modeling approach, combining hydrodynamics behavior, heat and mass transfer phenomena, together with chemical and physical reaction kinetics, has contributed to the development of interesting technologies.
Dr. Legros has trained a large number of highly qualified personnel (engineers, master and doctorates, and postdoctoral fellows (more than 70 trained so far) and has publish more than 80 publications. Professor Legros is very active in the Canadian Chemical Engineering community: Member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering since 2012, President of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (CSChE) in 2010-11, President of the Association of Canadian Chairs of Chemical Engineering (ACCCE) in 2006, Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering between 1998 and 2003 and again as of January 2014. He was the Head of the Chemical Engineering department at Polytechnique Montreal from 2003 to 2009.

Current projects

Clean Fractionation of Biomass Using Thermal Processing

Treatment of municipal organic wastes in the context of a circular economy

Development of a micro-methanization process for municipal organic wastes

Optimization of waste management strategies using LCA-MFA modeling

Study of the potential of using MSW in an industrial cluster

Production of RDF from recycling plant rejects

Study of mixed organic waste composting

Recent publications

• F. Tanguay-Rioux, S. Viau, G. Majeau-Bettez, L. Spreutels, R. Samson and R. Legros (2017), « Development of a Tool for Waste Management Planning Based on The Integration of Material Flow Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment », Sardinia 2017: 16th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, Sardinia, Italy, October 2017.
• C. Van Engeland, L. Spreutels, R. Legros and B. Haut (2017), « Drying Of Yeast Pellets Containing A Carrier », EuroDrying 2017, Liège, Belgium, June 2017.
• C. Girard, R. Legros and L. Spreutels (2017), « Development of an Optimization Model for the Design of Mechanical Treatment Processes Under Final Product Constraints », Waste-to-Resources 2017, Hanover, Germany, May 2017.
• Spreutels, L., J. Chaouki, F. Bertrand, B. Haut, R. Legros, “Gas Residence Time Distribution in a Conical Spouted Bed”, Powder Technology, 200: 62-71(2016).
• Vanessa C. Harvey, Patrice Farand, Robert Legros, Jason R. Tavares, “On the average perception of perceived averages”, Education for Chemical Engineers, 12: 12-19 (2015).
• Spreutels, L. , B. Haut, J. Chaouki, F. Bertrand, R. Legros, “Conical spouted bed drying of Baker's yeast: Experimentation and multi-modeling”, Food Research International, 62: 137-150 (2014).
• Spreutels, L., F.Debaste, R. Legros and B. Haut, "Experimental characterization and modeling of Baker's yeast continuous drying", Food Research International, 52: 275-287 (2013).
• Wang, C., J. Peng, H. Li, X. Bi, R. Legros, C.J. Lim, S. Sokhansanj, “Oxidative Torrefaction of Biomass Residues and Densification of Torrefied Sawdust to Pellets”, Bioresource Technology, 127 : 318-325 (2013).
• Li, H., X. Liu, R. Legros, X. Bi, C.J. Lim, S. Sokhansanj, “Pelletization of Torrefied Sawdust and Properties of Torrefied Pellets”, Applied Energy, 93, 680-685 (2012).
• Li, H., X. Liu, R. Legros, X. Bi, C.J. Lim, S. Sokhansanj, “Torrefaction of Sawdust in a Fluidized Bed Reactor”, Bioresource Technology, 103, 453-458 (2012).


Changzhu Li

Professor and Director, Hunan Academy of Forestry, Changsha, China

Dr. Changzhu Li is a Professor and the Director of Hunan Academy of Forestry. He also serves as the Standing Deputy Director of Camellia Oil R&D Centre of State Forestry Administration and the Director of Hunan Biodiesel Research and Engineering Centre. He pioneered the Energy Plants and Biodiesel field in China. He has over 30 years of research experiences on the efficient utilization of Litseae cubebae, Swida wilsoniana, Vernicia fordii, and Ricinus communis. He developed the dwarfing clone breeding technology for energy plants, developed and optimized the clean and efficient technology for fuel production from non-food oil plants, developed 5 categories of technologies on producing fuels and materials from non-food industrial fat. Most of these technologies are novel in China. He has founded six national and local innovation organizations including the first provincial engineering laboratory of oil energy plants and the first provincial Biodiesel Research and Engineering Centre in China.
His recent specific research topics include: 1) Selecting of cost effective feedstocks for biodiesel production; 2) Technologies of scale cultivation and processing of non-edible oil as biodiesel feedstocks; 3) Breeding of plant species for biodiesel feedstocks by resource investigation, selection, mutation breeding and other bio-techniques; 4) Optimizing process technologies for biodiesel production, including catalyst selection, standard index and effect of reaction.
In the past 10 years, Dr. Li has directed and co-directed over 20 major projects on energy plants and biodiesel funded by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), the National Key Technology R&D Program, the Ministry of Science and Technology, National Development and Reform Commission, and National Forestry Administration. He has been awarded 13 patents. The new products and technologies created direct economic benefit of 4.18 billion Chinese Yuan. Dr. Li has published over 200 papers and 6 books. He has supervised 15 Master's students, 2 PhD students, 2 Post-docs, and another 12 senior researchers in the bioenergy field. He has won 15 national and provincial level awards. In May 2016, he was awarded the title of "China's Outstanding Science and Technology Personnel".

Current projects

International training on the development and utilization of industrial oil plant resources
• 2016, as Principal Investigator

Large-scale woody oil high-value grading utilization technology and products
• 2016, as Principal Investigator

National-Regional Joint Laboratory on Engineering Verification Innovation for Efficient Conversion of Oil Plant
• 2016, as Principal Investigator

Technical specification for tung oil refining
• 2016, as Co-Investigator

Efficient Utilization and Industrialization Demonstration of Tung Tree Resources
• 2016, as Co-Investigator

CO2 Emission Reduction Technology for Oil Plant Efficient Conversion and Energy Utilization
• 2016, as Co-Investigator

Forestry residues pyrolysis for co-production of activated carbon and bio-oil
• 2016, as Co-Investigator

Recent publications

• Intelligent release of cinnamon oil from engineered proteoliposome via stimulation of Bacillus cereus protease. Haiying Cui, Wei Li, Changzhu Li, Lin Lin. Food Control. 2016. 67: 68-74
• Enhancing the antibacterial activity of thyme oil against Salmonella on eggshell by plasma-assisted process. Haiying Cui, Cuixia Ma, Changzhu Li, Lin Lin. Food Control. 2016. 70: 183-190
• Biorefining fractionation of the Camellia oleifera, Abel. hull into diverse bioproducts with a two-stage organosolv extraction. Sun, Song Tang, Rukuan Liu, Yanjun Tang, Rui Wang,Zhanying Zhang, Zhongyuan Gao, Hui Li, Changzhu Li and Zhihong Xiao. Industrial Crops & Products. 2016. 94: 790-799. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2016.09.062
• Variation in the physical properties of wood pellets and emission of aldehyde/ketone under different storage conditions. Siyuan Wang, Xingzhong Yuan, Changzhu Li, Zhongliang Huang, Lijian Leng, Guangming Zeng, Hui Li. Fuel. 2016. 183: 314-321
• Antibacterial Activity and Mechanism of Cinnamon Essential Oil and Its Application in Milk. H. Y. Cui, H. Zhou, L. Lin, C. T. Zhao, X. J. Zhang, Z. H. Xiao and C. Z. Li. J. Anim. Plant Sci. 2016. 26(2): 532-541.
• Thermogravimetric characteristics and kinetics analysis of oil cake and torrefied biomass blends. Liang Cao, Xingzhong Yuan, Longbo Jiang, Changzhu Li, Zhihua Xiao, Zhongliang Huang, Xiaohong Chen, Guangming Zeng, Hui Li. Fuel. 2016. 175: 129-136
• Liposome containing cinnamon oil with antibacterial activity against Methicillin-resistant Staphycoccus aureus biofilm. Cui Haiying, Li Wei, Li Changzhu, Vittayapadung Saritporn, Lin Lin. Biofouling. 2016. 32(1): 215-225
• The energy consumption and pellets’ characteristics in the co-pelletization of oil cake and sawdust. Huang Zhongliang, Li Hui, Yuan Xingzhong, Lin Lin, Cao Liang, Xiao Zhihua, Jiang Longbo, Li Changzhu. RSC Advances. 2016. 6(23): 19199-19207
• Anti-listeria effects of chitosan-coated nisin-silica liposome on Cheddar cheese. Cui Haiying, Wu Juan, Li Changzhu, Lin Lin. Journal of Dairy Science. 2016. 99(11): 8598-8606
• Rosin-Nanosilica Hybrid Materials: Preparation and Properties. Wu H, Xiao Z, Li C, et al. Journal of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology. 2016. 16(7):7064-7068
• Biomass energy and products: Advanced technologies and applications. Changzhu Li, Dehua Liu, Shri Ramaswamy, Jinyue Yan. Applied Energy. 2015. 157: 489-490
• Changzhu Li, Liangbo Zhang, Zhihong Xiao, Peiwang Li, Rukuan Liu, Jingzhen Chen, Zhenxiang He, Jie Fu. Production of Biodiesel Using a Vegetable Oil from Swida wilsoniana Fruits. Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering. 2015. 59(4): 283-287
• Haiying Cui, Xuejing Zhang, Hui Zhou, Chengting Zhao, Zhihong Xiao, Lin Lin, Changzhu Li. Antibacterial Properties of Nutmeg Oil in Pork Andits Possible Mechanism. Journal of Food Safety. 2015. 35(3). 370–377.
• Complementary effects of torrefaction and co-pelletization: Energy consumption and characteristics of pellets. Liang Cao, Xingzhong Yuan, Hui Li, Changzhu Li, Zhihua Xiao, Longbo Jiang, Binbin Huang, Zhihong Xiao, Xiaohong Chen, Hou Wang, Guangming Zeng. Bioresource Technology. 2015. 185: 254-262
• Effects of compression ratio on variation of stresses and residual oil of cake in pressing process of castor beans and its curve fitting. Rukuan Liu, Fanglei Xu, Zhihong Xiao, Changzhu Li, Hui Li, Fantao Zeng, Hongqi Ye. Journal of Central South University. 2015. 11:4476-4482
• Co-pelletization of sewage sludge and biomass: The density and hardness of pellet. Longbo Jiang, Jie Liang, Xingzhong Yuan, Hui Li, Changzhu Li, Zhihua Xiao, Huajun Huang, Hou Wang, Guangming Zeng. Bioresource Technology. 2014. 166: 435-443
• A comparative study of direct transesterification of camelina oil under supercritical methanol, ethanol and 1-butanol conditions. Yingqiang Sun, Harvind K. Reddy, Tapaswy Muppaneni, Sundaravadivelnathan Ponnusamy, Prafulla D. Patil, Changzhu Li, Lijuan Jiang, Shuguang Deng. Fuel. 2014. 135: 530-536
• Optimization of high-energy density biodiesel production from camelina sativa oil under supercritical 1-butanol conditions. Fuel. Yingqiang Sun, Sundaravadivelnathan Ponnusamy, Tapaswy Muppaneni, Harvind K. Reddy, Prafulla D. Patil, Changzhu Li, Lijuan Jiang, Shuguang Deng. 2014. 135: 522-529
• Lin Lin, Haiying Cui, Saritporn Vittayapadung, Zhihong Xiao, Wenyu Wu, Aihua Zhang, Wa Mamdouh, Changzhu Li, Synthesis of Recyclable Hollow Fe/C-SO3H Fiber as A Catalyst for the Production of Biodiesel. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. 2014. 33(4): 1432-1437
• Youhua Fan, Changzhu Li, Zejun Chen, Fang Ma, Hong Chen. Study on fabrication of superhydrophobic and superparamagnetic functional coatings and its properties. Surface and Coatings Technology. 2012. 213: 8-14
• Jiang Lijuan, Li Peiwang, Li Changzhu. Physical and Chemical Mutagenesis in Vitro Euphorbia Trucalli Buds and Screening Cold Resistant Mutants, Journal of Plant Genetic Resources, 2003. 4(4): 321-325


Hui Li

Associate Professor and Associate Director, Institute of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Hunan Academy of Forestry, Changsha, China

Dr. Hui Li is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director in the Institute of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Hunan Academy of Forestry in China. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at Hunan University and was a Visiting Scholar in the UBC Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering from 2009 to 2011. His research interest is in the fields of biomass pelletization, torrefaction, removal of heavy metal from soil, and liquefaction. Specifically, he researched on co-pelletization of sewage sludge and biomass and investigated the energy input and pellet properties. He investigated the basis for torrefaction in fluidized bed reactors and the pelletization of torrefied sawdust. He analyzed the products from the subcritical liquefaction of agricultural waste in the presence of mixed solvent. He has highly-cited publications in the recently years as first author.

Recent publications

• Variation in the physical properties of wood pellets and emission of aldehyde/ketone under different storage conditions. Siyuan Wang, Xingzhong Yuan, Changzhu Li, Zhongliang Huang, Lijian Leng, Guangming Zeng, Hui Li. Fuel. 2016. 183: 314-321
• Thermogravimetric characteristics and kinetics analysis of oil cake and torrefied biomass blends. Liang Cao, Xingzhong Yuan, Longbo Jiang, Changzhu Li, Zhihua Xiao, Zhongliang Huang, Xiaohong Chen, Guangming Zeng, Hui Li. Fuel. 2016. 175: 129-136
• Hui Li, Longbo Jiang, Changzhu Li, Jie Liang, Xingzhong Yuan, Zhihua Xiao, Zhihong Xiao, Hou Wang. Co-pelletization of sewage sludge and biomass - The energy input and properties of pellets. Fuel Processing Techmology. 2015, 132(4):55-61.
• Zhihua Xiao, Xingzhong Yuan, Longbo Jiang, Xiaohong Chen, Hui Li, Guangming Zeng, Lijian Leng, Hou Wang, Huajun Huang. Energy recovery and secondary pollutant emission from the combustion of co-pelletized fuel from municipal sewage sludge and wood sawdust. Energy. 2015. 91: 441–450.
• Liang Cao, Liang Cao; Xingzhong Yuan; Hui Li; Changzhu Li; Zhihua Xiao; Longbo Jiang; Binbin Huang; Zhihong Xiao; Xiaohong Chen; Xiaohong Chen; Hou Wang; Guangming Zeng. Complementary effects of torrefaction and co-pelletization: Energy consumption and characteristics of pellets. Bioresource Technology, 2015, 185(6): 254-262.
• Longbo Jiang, Jie Liang, Xingzhong Yuan, Hui Li, Changzhu Li, Zhihua Xiao, Huajun Huang, Hou Wang, Guangming Zeng. Co-pelletization of sewage sludge and biomass: The density and hardness of pellet. Bioresource Technology, 2014, 166(5): 435-443.
• Congwei Wang, Jianghong Peng, Hui Li, Xiaotao T. Bi, Robert Legros, C.J. Lim, Shahab Sokhansanj. Oxidative torrefaction of biomass residues and densification of torrefied sawdust to pellets. Bioresource Technology. 2013, 127:318-325.
• Jiachao Zhang, Guangming Zeng, Yaoning Chen, Man Yu, Hongli Huang, Changzheng Fan, Yi Zhu, Hui Li, Zhifeng Liu, Ming Chen, Min Jiang. Impact of Phanerochaete chrysosporium inoculation on indigenous bacterial communities during agricultural waste composting. Apply Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2013. 97(7): 3159-3169.
• Hui Li, Xinhua Liu, Robert Legros, Xiaotao Bi, C J. Lim, Shahab Sokhansanj. Torrefaction of sawdust in a fluidised bed reactor. Bioresource Technology, 2012, 103(1):453-458.
• Hui Li, Xinhua Liu, Robert Legros, Xiaotao T. Bi, C J. Lim, Shahab Sokhansanj. Pelletization of Torrefied Sawdust and Properties of Torrefied Pellets. Applied Energy. 2012, 93(5):680-685.
• Zhifeng Liu, Guangming Zeng, Hua Zhong, Xingzhong Yuan, Haiyan Fu, Meifang Zhou, Xiaoling Ma, Hui Li, Jianbing Li. Effect of dirhamnolipid on the removal of phenol catalyzed by laccase in aqueous solution. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2012. 28:175-181.
• Xingzhong Yuan, Xiaokai Pei, Guangming Zeng, Huajun Huang, Jingyu Wang, Hui Li, Huina Zhu. Co-liquefaction of microalgae and synthetic polymer mixture in sub- and supercritical ethanol. Fuel Processing Technology, 2012, 93(1):35-44.
• Huajun Huang, Xingzhong Yuan, Guangming Zeng, Huina Zhu, Hui Li, Zhifeng Liu, Hongwei Jiang, Lijian Leng, Wenkai Bi. Quantitative evaluation of heavy metals’ pollution hazards in liquefaction residues of sewage sludge. Bioresource Technology. 2011, 102(22):10346-10351.
• Ming Chen, Guangming Zeng, Zhongyang Tan, Ming Jiang, Hui Li, Lifeng Liu, Yi Zhu, Zhen Yu, Zhen Wei, Yuanyuan Liu, Gengxin Xie. Understanding lignin-degrading reactions of ligninolytic enzymes: binding affinity and interactional profile. PLoS ONE, 2011, 6(9):1-8.
• Xingzhong Yuan, Jingyu Wang, Guangming Zeng, Huajun Huang, Xiaokai Pei, Hui Li, Zhifeng Liu, Minghui Cong. Comparative studies of thermochemical liquefaction characteristics of microalgae using different organic solvents, Energy, 2011, 36(11):6406-6412.
• Guangming Zeng, Jiachao Zhang, Yaoning Chen, Zhen Yu, Man Yu, Hui Li, Zhifeng Liu, Ming Chen, Lunhui Lu, Chunxiao Hu. Relative contributions of archaea and bacteria to microbial ammonia oxidation differ under different conditions during agricultural waste composting. Bioresource Technology, 2011, 102(19): 9026-9032.
• Huajun Huang, Xingzhong Yuan, Guangming Zeng, Jingyu Wang, Hui Li, Chunfei Zhou, Xiaokai Pei, Qiao You, Liang Chen. Thermochemical liquefaction characteristics of microalgae in sub- and supercritical ethanol. Fuel Processing Technology, 2011, 92(1): 147-153.
• Xingzhong Yuan, Huajun Huang, Guangming Zeng, Hui Li, Jingyu Wang, Chunfei Zhou, Huina Zhu, Xiaokai Pei, Zhifeng Liu, Zhantao Liu. Total concentrations and chemical speciation of heavy metals in liquefaction residues of sewage sludge. Bioresource Technology, 2011, 102(5): 4104-4110.
• Jiachao Zhang, Guangming Zeng, Yaoning Chen, Man Yu, Zhen Yu, Hui Li, Yong Yu, Hongli Huang. Effects of physico-chemical parameters on the bacterial and fungal communities during agricultural waste composting. Bioresource Technology, 2011, 102(3): 2950-2956.
• Guangming Zeng, Zhen Yu, Jiachao Zhang, Hui Li, Man Yu, Mingjie Zhao. Response of compost maturity and microbial community composition to pentachlorophenol (PCP)-contaminated soil during composting. Bioresource Technology, 2011, 102(10): 5905-5911.
• Zhen Yu, Guangming Zeng, Yaoning Chen, Jiachao Zhang, Yong Yu, Hui Li, Zhifeng Liu, Tang L. Effects of inoculation with phanerochaete chrysosporium on remediation of pentachlorophenol-contaminated soil waste by composting. Process Biochemistry, 2011, 46(6): 1285-1291.
• Hui Li, Xingzhong Yuan, Guangming Zeng, Danlian Huang, Huang Huajun, Tong Jingyi, Qiao Youiao, Zhang Jiachao, Zhou Ming. The formation of bio-oil from sludge by deoxy-liquefaction in supercritical ethanol. Bioresource Technology, 2010, 101(8): 2860-2866.


Yuanguang Li

Professor, School of Biotechnology, National Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology

Dr. Yuanguang Li is a Professor in the School of Biotechnology at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), founder and Director of the Marine Bioprocess Engineering Group under the State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering.
Dr. Li has over 20 years of R&D experience in microalgae cultivation and photobioreactor, and directs projects under National Basic Research Program of China (973 Project) in the field of microalgae biofuels. His research areas include: 1) Marine bioprocess engineering: Microalgae biofuels and CO2 emission mitigation; Design, optimization and scale-up of photobioreactor; Photoautotrophic, heterotrophic, mixtrophic and Sequential Heterotrophy-Dilution-Photoinduction (SHDP) cultivation technologies of microalgae; Cultivation of marine microbiology. 2) Biopesticides: R&D of novel microbial pesticide and commercialization; R&D of novel agricultural antibiotics from marine microbiology. 3) Fermentation Engineering: Process development, scale-up and commercialization of fermentation processes for bioproducts. Dr. Li has published over 100 academic papers and applied for more than 40 patents.

Current Projects

Optimizing and Up-scaling of Photobioreactor Basing on Mixing and Microalgae Photoreception Parameters Analysis
• 2014 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Optimization and Industrialization of a Novel Heterotrophic-Dilution-Light-Induced Series Culture Technology for Haematococcus Pluvialis with High Astaxanthin Yield
• 2015 – 2017, as Co-Investigator

Recent publications

• Jianhua Fan, Jianke Huang, Yuanguang Li, Feifei Han, et al. Sequential Heterotrophy - Dilution - Photoinduction Cultivation for Efficient Microalgal Biomass and Lipid Production.Bioresource Technology, 112 (2012): 206-211.
• Feifei Han, Jianke Huang, Yuanguang Li, Weiliang Wang, Jun Wang, Jianhua Fan, Guoming Shen. Enhancement of microalgal biomass and lipid productivities by a model of photoautotrophic culture with heterotrophic cells as seed. Bioresource Technology, 118 (2012) 431-437.
• Jianhua Fan, Yanbin Cui, Minxi Wan, Weiliang Wang and Yuanguang Li. Lipid accumulation and biosynthesis genes response of the oleaginous Chlorella pyrenoidosa under three nutrition stressors. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 2014, 7, 17.
• Jianke Huang, Yuanguang Li, Minxi Wan, Yi Yan, Fei Feng, Xiaoxing Qu, Jun Wang, Guomin Shen, Wei Li, Jianhua Fan, Weiliang Wang. Novel flat-plate photobioreactors for microalgae cultivation with special mixers to promote mixing along the light gradient. Bioresource Technology, 2014, 159: 8-16.
• Jianke Huang, Shaofeng Kang, Minxi Wan, Yuanguang Li, Xiaoxing Qu, Fei Feng, Jun Wang, Weiliang Wang, Guomin Shen, Wei Li. Numerical and experimental study on the performance of flat-plate photobioreactors with different inner structures for microalgae cultivation. Journal of Applied Phycology. 2015, 27 (1): 49-58.
• Jianke Huang, Fei Feng, Minxi Wan, Jiangguo Ying, Yuanguang Li, Xiaoxing Qu, Ronghua Pan, Guomin Shen, Wei Li. Improving performance of flat-plate photobioreactors by installation of novel internal mixers optimized with computational fluid dynamics. Bioresource Technology, 2015, 182: 151-159.
• Jianke Huang, Xiaoxing Qu, Minxi Wan, Jiangguo Ying, Yuanguang Li, Wei Li, et al. Investigation on the performance of raceway ponds with internal structures by the means of CFD simulations and experiments. Algal Research. 2015, 10: 64-71
• Minxi Wan, Zhen Zhang, Jun Wang, Jianke Huang, Jianhua Fan, Anquan Yu, Weiliang Wang, Yuanguang Li. Sequential Heterotrophy–Dilution–Photoinduction Cultivation of Haematococcus pluvialis for efficient production of astaxanthin. Bioresource Technology, 2015, 198: 557-563
• Jianhua Fan, Kang Ning, Jian Xu, Yuanguang Li, et al. Genomic foundation of starch to lipid switch in oleaginous Chlorella. Plant Physiology, 2015, 169(4):2444-2461.


Jim Lim

Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Dr. Jim Lim is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. His research has been focused on the fundamentals of spouting and fluidization phenomena, and the application of these technologies to environmentally friendly processes and clean energy production. His current research interests include: 1) Biomass gasification with CO2 capture in a circulating fluidized bed; 2) Hydrogen production in a fluidized bed membrane reactor from steam reforming of higher hydrocarbons; 3) Performance of limestone for CO2 capture from a high-temperature/pressure reactor over many calcinations/carbonation cycles; 4) Chemical looping combustion for CO2 separation; 5) Development of thin Pd-based composite membrane suitable for hydrogen separation at high temperature/pressure; 6) Process modeling and simulation. He is also an active member of UBC’s Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG).

Current projects

Fluidization and Spouting and Application to Clean Energy Production
• 2013 - 2017, as Principal Investigator

CREATE Training Program in Carbon Capture
• 2015 - 2020, as Co-Investigator

Recent publications

• X Li, A Li, A Gulamhusein, C Brereton, JR Grace, CJ Lim, XT Bi, M Wormsbecker, CA Mcknight. 2016. A TCDbased techniques for experimental study of mass transfer in a gas-solid fluidized bedwith liquid injection. Powder Technology. 20:89-93
• Z Wang, M Saidi, CJ Lim, JR Grace, HB Tabrizi, Z Chen, Y Li. 2016. Comparison of DEM simulation and experiments in a dual-column slot-rectangular spouted bed with a suspended partition. Chemical Engineering Journal. 290:63-73
• MM Yu, MS Masnadi, JR Grace, XT Bi, CJ Lim, Y Li. 2015. Cogasification of Biosolids with Biomass: Thermo gravimetric Analysis and Pilot Scale Study in a Bubbling Fluidized Bed Reactor. Bioresource Technology. 175:51-58
• X He, AK Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, XT Bi and S Melin. 2015. Quantification of Gas Emissions from
• Stored Softwood Chips as Solid Biofuels. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 12(5):1549-1558
• MS Masnadi, JR Grace, XT Bi, CJ Lim, N Ellis, YH Li, P Watkinson. 2015. From Coal towards Renewables: Catalytic/Synergistic Effects during Steam Co-gasification of Switchgrass and Coal in a Pilot scale Fludized Bed. Renewable Energy. 83:918-930
• KS Su, N Xu, A Li, JR Grace, CJ Lim, S Ryi. 2015. Development of a New Porous Metal Based on Nickel and Its Application for Pd Based composite Membrane. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 40(8):3520-3527
• J Saayman, M Aumann, JR Grace, CJ Lim, PR Ramirez. 2015. Hydrodynamics of Lime-based Pellets in a Fluidized Bed and the Effects of Temperature. Chemical Engineering Journal. 260:532-540
• F Yazdanpanah, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, A Lau, XT Bi. 2015. Effectiveness of Purging on Preventing Gas Emission Build up in Wood Pellets Storage. Can. J. Chem. Eng. 93(6):1024-1032
• X He, AK Lau, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim and XT Bi. 2015. Application of a Model to Simulate the Wetting and Drying Processes of Woody Biomass in the Field. Drying Technology. 33(4):434-442
• J Peng, J Wang, XT Bi, CJ Lim, S Sokhansanj, H Peng, D Jia. 2015. Effects of Thermal Treatment on Energy Density and Hardness of Torrefied Wood Pellets. Fuel Processing Technology. 129:169-173
• MB Braga, Ziling Wang, JR Grace, CJ Lim, SCS Rocha. 2015. Slot-rectangular Spouted Bed: Hydrodynamic Stability and Effects of Operating Conditions on Drying Performance. Drying Technology. 33(2):216-226
• MS Masnadi, JR Grace, XT Bi, N Ellis, CJ Lim, JW Butler. 2015. Biomass/coal Steam Co-gasification Integrated with in-situ CO2 Capture. Energy. 83:326-336
• PK Lam, PY Lam, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, XT Bi, JD Stephen, A Pribowo, WE Mabee. 2015. Steam Explosion of Oil Palm Residues for the Production of Durable Pellets. Applied Energy. 141:160-166
• F Yazdanpanah, S Sokhansanj, CJ Lim, A Lau, XT Bi, PY Lam, and S Melin. 2014. Potential for Flammability of Gases Emitted from Stored Wood Pellets. Can. J. Chem. Eng. 92(4):603-609
• G Xiao, JR Grace, CJ Lim. 2014. Evolution of Limestone Particle Size Distribution in an Air-Jet Attrition Apparatus. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 53(41):15845-15851
• W Guo, K Trischuk, XT Bi, CJ Lim, and S Sokhansanj. 2014. Measurement of Wood Pellet Self-heating Kinetic Parameters using Isothermal Calorimetry. Biomass and Bioenergy. 63:1-9
• B Ghiasi, L Kumar, T Furubayashi, CJ Lim, XT Bi, CS Kim, S Sokhansanj. 2014. Densified Biocoal from Woodchips: Is it Better to Do Torrefaction before or after Densification? Applied Energy. 134:133-142
• A Knight, N Ellis, JR Grace and CJ Lim. 2014. CO2 Sorbent Attrition Testing for Fluidized Bed Systems. Powder Technology. 266:412-423
• JW Butler, CJ Lim, JR Grace. 2014. Kinetics of CO2Absorption by CaO through Pressure Swing Cycling. Fuel. 127:78-87
• Y Chen, A Mahech-Botero, CJ Lim, JR Grace, J Zhang, Y Zhao, C Zheng. 2014. Hydrogen Production in a Sorption-Enhanced Fluidized-Bed Membrane Reactor: Operating Parameters Investigation. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 53(14):6230-6242


Dehua Liu

Professor and Director, Institute of Applied Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University

Director, Tsinghua-UFRJ China-Brazil Center for Climate Change and Energy Technology Innovation (CCBCE)

Dr. Dehua Liu is the Director and a Professor of the Institute of Applied Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering of Tsinghua University, and the Director of Tsinghua-UFRJ China-Brazil Center for Climate Change and Energy Technology Innovation (CCBCE). He is also an editorial board member of six Chinese and international academic journals, and the Director of seven International Bioenergy Conferences. His research areas mainly include renewable energy utilization, bioenergy engineering, fermentation engineering and technologies, and bioreactors. He has participated and directed a number of national research projects, including National Key Technology R&D Program, the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), the National Basic Research Program (973 Program), the National Key Industrialization Trial Program, the High-Tech Industrialization Demonstration Program, and the Science and Technology Assistant Program to Developing Countries. He has broad and intensive research collaborations with several companies in China and abroad, and with experts in Europe, US, Brazil and Japan. He established the Tsinghua-UFRJ China-Brazil Center for Climate Change and Energy Technology Innovation (CCBCE) with Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2010.
Dr. Liu has published over 190 articles, of which more than 100 are SCI papers. He has 57 patent applications with 49 have been authorized. He won the China Technology Market Association Golden Bridge Award of Science and Technology Development Center, Ministry of Education in 2007. And he received the title of "National Outstanding Scientific and Technological Professional in Chemical Engineering" issued by China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association in 2010.

Recent publications

• Yujia Mao, Tie Yin, Wei Du, Xuebing Zhao, Lingmei Dai, and Dehua Liu. High Level Expression of Lipase BTL2 by Pichia Pastoris and Its Application for Biodiesel Production. Journal of Bioprocess Engineering and Biorefinery, 2014, 3(3): 177-181.
• Yan Zhou, Hongmei Chen, Feng Qi, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Non-ionic surfactants do not consistently improve the enzymatic hydrolysis of pure cellulose. Bioresource Technology, 2015, 182:136-143
• Lei Dong, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Kinetic modeling of atmospheric formic acid pretreatment of wheat straw with “potential degree of reaction” models. RSC Advances 2015, 5:20992 – 21000, DOI: 10.1039/C4RA14634D
• Jingyang Xu, Wei Du, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Exploration of sodium lignosulphonate's effects on lipid production of Rhodosporidium toruloides. Process Biochemistry, 2015, doi:10.1016/j.procbio.2015.01.006
• Xuebing Zhao, Feng Qi, Chongli Yuan, Wei Du, Dehua Liu. Lipase-catalyzed Process for Biodiesel Production: Enzyme Immobilization, Process Simulation and Optimization. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2015, 44: 182-197.
• Yuichi Morikawa, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Biological co-production of biodiesel and ethanol from wheat straw: A case of dilute acid pretreatment. RCS Advance, 2014, 4, 37878-37888, DOI: 10.1039/c4ra07251k.
• Qianqian Wang, Xuebing Zhao, J.Y. Zhu. Kinetics of Strong Acid Hydrolysis of A Bleached Kraft Pulp for Producing Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC). Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2014, 53 (27): 11007–11014 DOI: 10.1021/ie501672m
• Xingkai Cui, Xuebing Zhao, Jing Zeng, Soh Kheang Loh, Yuen May Choo, Dehua Liu. Robust enzymatic hydrolysis of Formiline-pretreated oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB) for efficient conversion of polysaccharide to sugars and ethanol. Bioresource Technology, 2014, 166: 584–591. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.05.102
• Feng Qi, Yuki Kitahara, Zitian Wang, Xuebing Zhao, Wei Du, Dehua Liu. Novel mutant strains of Rhodosporidium toruloides by plasma mutagenesis approach and their tolerance for inhibitors in lignocellulosic hydrolyzate. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 2014, 89(5): 735-742.
• Yuki KITAHARA, Tie YIN, Xuebing ZHAO, Masaaki WACHI, Wei DU, Dehua LIU. Isolation of oleaginous yeast Rhodosporidium toruloides mutants tolerant to sugarcane bagasse hydrolysate. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 2014, 78(2): 336-342. DOI: 10.1080/09168451.2014.882746
• Xuebing Zhao, Yuichi Morikawa, Feng Qi, Jing Zeng, Dehua Liu. A novel kinetic model for polysaccharide dissolution during atmospheric acetic acid pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse. Bioresource Technology 2014, 151: 128–136.
• Hyun Tae Hwang, Feng Qi, Chongli Yuan, Xuebing Zhao, Doraiswami Ramkrishna1, Dehua Liu and Arvind Varma. Lipase-Catalyzed Process for Biodiesel Production: Protein engineering and lipase production. Biotechnology & Bioengineering, 2014, 111(4):639-653
• Xuebing Zhao, Ming Fan, Jing Zeng, Wei Du, Canming Liu, Dehua Liu. Kinetics of lipase recovery from the aqueous phase of biodiesel production by macroporous resin adsorption and reuse of the adsorbed lipase for biodiesel preparation. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 2013, 52(4-5): 226-233.
• Duan Zhangqun, Du Wei, Liu Dehua. Improved synthesis of 1,3-diolein by Novozym 435-mediated esterification of monoolein with oleic acid. JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR CATALYSIS B-ENZYMATIC. 89: 1-5, MAY 2013
• Li Yang, Du Wei, Liu Dehua. Effect of phospholipids on free lipase-mediated methanolysis for biodiesel production. JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR CATALYSIS B-ENZYMATIC. 91: 67-71, JUL 2013
• Lu He, Xuebing Zhao, Keke Cheng, Yan Sun, Dehua Liu. Kinetic modeling of fermentative production of 1, 3-propanediol by Klebsiella pneumoniae HR526 with consideration of multiple product inhibitions. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2013, 169(1): 312-326.
• Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Kinetic modeling and mechanisms of acid-catalyzed delignification of sugarcane bagasse by aqueous acetic acid. BioEnergy Research DOI: 10.1007/s12155-012-9265-4
• Xuebing Zhao, Lei Dong, Liang Chen, Dehua Liu. Batch and multi-step fed-batch enzymatic saccharification of Formiline-pretreated sugarcane bagasse at high solid loadings for high sugar and ethanol titers. Bioresource Technology, 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.09.074
• Qiang Li, Xuebing Zhao, Keke Cheng, Wei Du, Dehua Liu. Simulation and experimentation on the gas holdup characteristics of a novel oscillate airlift loop reactor. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, DOI 10.1002/jctb.3888.
• Jingyang Xu, Wei Du, Xuebing Zhao, Guoling Zhang and Dehua Liu. Microbial oil production from various carbon sources and its use for biodiesel preparation. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 2013, 7(1):65-77.
• Zheng Zong-Ming, Wang, Ti-Peng, Xu Yun-Zhen, Liu, De-Hua. Coenzyme B-12-Dependent Glycerol Dehydratase Deficiency in Klebsiella pneumonia. ASIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, 25(13): 7323-7326, OCT 2013


Guangqing Liu

Professor, Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Executive Director, Biomass Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Centre

Dr. Guangqing Liu is a Professor of the College of Chemical Engineering at Beijing University of Chemical Technology in China. He is also an Administrative Committee member of the International Research Centre for Soft Matter.
His research areas include: 1) Converting biomass wastes for biogas using fermentation; 2) Biomass Pyrolysis Engineering for syngas production; 3) Converting syngas to methane using bacteria fermentation; 4) Clean biomass stoves design and emission testing; 5) Clean Energy Carbon trading. Dr. Liu has published 40 academic papers, 5 books and chapters, and been granted 7 patents. As the Principal Investigator, he got more than 20 program grants from China Ministry of Science and Technology, China National Science Founding, World Bank, etc. He has been invited as a Chinese representative to give presentations in more than 20 international conferences in USA, Canada, Japan, India etc.

Recent publications

• Jiafu Zhang, Lu Feng, Dan Wang, Ruihong Zhang, Guangqing Liu, Gang Cheng. Thermogravimetric analysis of lignocellulosic biomass with ionic liquid pretreatment. Bioresource Technology, 2014.
• Jiafu Zhang, Yixun Wang, Liye Zhang, Ruihong Zhang, Guangqing Liu, Gang Cheng. Understanding changes in cellulose crystalline structure of lignocelluosic biomass during ionic liquid pretreatment by XRD. Bioresource Technology, 2014, 151: 402-405.
• Yeqing Li, Ruihong Zhang, Chang Chen, Guangqing Liu, Yanfeng He, Xiaoying Liu. Biogas production from co-digestion of corn stover and chicken manure under anaerobic wet, hemi-solid, and solid state conditions. Bioresource Technology, 2013, 149: 406-412.
• Yeqing Li, Ruihong Zhang, Guangqing Liu, Chang Chen, Yanfeng He, Xiaoying Liu. Comparison of methane production potential, biodegradability, and kinetics of different organic substrates. Bioresource Technology, 2013, 149: 565-569.
• Xiao Xiao, Ruihong Zhang, Yanfeng He, Yeqing Li, Lu Feng, Chang Chen, Guangqing Liu. Influence of particle size and alkaline pretreatment on the anareobic digestion of corn stover [J]. BioResources, 2013, 8(4): 5850-5860.
• Feng Lu, Li Yeqing, Chen Chang, Liu Xiaoying, Xiao Xiao, Ma Xinxin, Zhang Ruihong, He Yanfeng, Liu Guangqing. Biochemical methane potential (BMP) of vinegar residue and the influence of feed to inoculum ratios on biogas production [J]. BioResources, 2013, 8(2): 2487-2498.
• Yeqing Li, Ruihong Zhang, Xiaoying Liu, Chang Chen, Xiao Xiao, Lu Feng, Yanfeng He, Guangqing Liu. Evaluating methane production from anaerobic mono- and co-digestion of kitchen waste, corn stover, and chicken manure [J]. Energy & Fuels, 2013, 27(4): 2085-2091.
• Guangqing Liu, Ruihong Zhang, Hamed M. El-Mashad, Renjie Dong.Effect of Feed to Inoculum Ratios on Biogas Yields of Food and Green Wastes.Bioresource Technology,2009, 100 (21):5103-08.
• Xiaoying Liu, Xiaofu Chen, Guangqing Liu. The Up to Date of the Development of Rural Renewable Energy in China. Asia Pacific Tech Monitor Nov-Dec 2009.
• Xiaofu, Chen,Guangqing Liu. evelopment and commercialization of improved stoves in China. Glow, Vol.39,2007.
• Guangqing Liu, Ruihong Zhang, Zhenjun Sun, Xiujin Li and Renjie Dong.Research Progress in Anaerobic Digestion of High Moisture Organic Solid Waste. Agricultural Engineering International: the CIGR Ejournal. Invited Overview No.13. Vol. IX. November, 2007.


Longlong Ma

Professor and Director, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Longlong Ma is the Director and Professor of Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He devotes himself mainly to the R&D of bioenergy, other renewable energies, and the energy strategy. He has directed over 30 major research projects under programs including the National Basic Research Program (973 Program), National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), the National Key Technology R&D Program, etc. He has published over 70 academic papers and articles and 7 books.
His research focuses on conversion efficiency and utilization of biomass: 1) Preparation and efficient utilization of biofuel; 2) Pyrolysis and gasification of biomass and power generation; 3) Efficient conversion and utilization of all components of biomass. Specifically it includes biogas, syngas, hydrogen production from biomass, alkane fuel preparation from aqueous phase catalysis of biomass; gasification synthesis of liquid fuel; bio-oil preparation, extraction, and utilization; novel technology of biomass pyrolysis and gasification; technology for syngas production; biomass distributed generation and cogeneration technology; efficient liquefaction of lignin; aromatics and olefins production from lignin catalytic degradation.

Current Projects

Basic Research on Biomass Hydrothermal Conversion for High Quality Fuels
• 2016 – 2020, as Principal Investigator

Production and Application of High Quality Bio-fuels
• 2015 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Herbaceous Energy Plant Cultivation and Chemical Catalytic Preparation of Advanced Liquid Fuels
• 2012 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

High Efficient Biorefinery and Comprehensive Utilization of Low Value and Waste Agricultural Biomass
• 2014 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Technology Integration and Industrialization of Industrial Biomass Waste Gasification for Clean Synthetic Gas/ Pretreatment of Wet Industrial Biomass Wastes
• 2014 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Innovation Team Projects on Major Areas
• 2014 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Zhang Yulan, Ma Longlong, Tu Junling, Wang Tiejun, Li Xinjun. One-pot synthesis of promoted porous iron-based microspheres and its Fischer-Tropsch performance. Applied Catalysis A-General, 2015, 499: 139-145.
• Zhang Yulan, Ma Longlong, Wang Tiejun, Li Xinjun. Highly activated Ag-doped Fe-based catalysts designed for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. RSC Advances, 2015, 5(56): 45426-45430.
• Zhang xinghua, Chen Lungang, Kong Wei, Wang Tiejun, Zhang Qi, Long Jinxing, Xu Ying, Ma Longlong. Upgrading of bio-oil to boiler fuel by catalytic hydrotreatment and esterification in an efficient process. Energy, 2015, 84: 83-90.
• Zhang xinghua, Wang Tiejun, Zhang Qi, Xu Ying, Long Jinxing, Chen Lungang, Wang Chenguang, Ma Longlong. Production of Alkanes from Lignin-derived Phenolic Compounds over In Situ Formed Ni Catalyst with Solid Acid. Chemistry Letters. 2015, 44(5): 648-650.
• Zhang Yulan, Ma Longlong, Wang Tiejun, Li Xinjun. Synthesis of Ag promoted porous Fe3O4 microspheres with tunable pore size as catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch production of lower olefins. Catalysis Communications, 2015, 64: 32-36.
• Weng Yujing, Qiu Songbai, Xu Ying, Dong Mingyue, Chen Lungang, Zhang Qi, Ma Longlong, Wang Tiejun. One-pot aqueous phase catalytic conversion of sorbitol to gasoline over nickel catalyst. Energy Conversion and Management, 2015, 94:95-102.
• Li Yuping, Liao Yuhe, Cao Xiaofeng, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong, ect. Advances in hexitol and ethylene glycol production by one-pot hydrolytic hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis of cellulose. 2015, 74: 148-161.
• Shu Riyang, Long Jinxing, Yuan Zhengqiu, Zhang Qi, Wang Tiejun, Wang Chenguang, Ma Longlong. Efficient and product-controlled depolymerization of lignin oriented by metal chloride cooperated with Pd/C. Bioresource Technology, 2015, 179: 84-90.
• Ding Mingyue, Tu Junling, Qiu Minghuang, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong, Li Yuping. Impact of potassium promoter on Cu-Fe based mixed alcohols synthesis catalyst. Applied Energy, 2015, 138: 584-589.
• Yang Xu, Wu Liangpeng, Ma Longlong, Li, Xinjun, Wang Tiejun, Liao, Shijun. Pd nano-particles (NPs) confined in titanate nanotubes (TNTs) for hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde. Catalysis Communications, 2015, 59: 184-188.
• Tu Junling, Ding Mingyue, Zhang Yulan, Li Yuping, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong, Wang Chenguang, Li Xinjun. Synthesis of Fe3O4-nanocatalysts with different morphologies and its promotion on shifting C-5(+) hydrocarbons for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Catalysis Communications, 2015, 59: 211-215.
• Liu Yong, Chen Lungang, Wang Tiejun, Zhang Xinghua, Long Jinxing, Zhang Qi, Ma Longlong. High yield of renewable hexanes by direct hydrolysis-hydrodeoxygenation of cellulose in an aqueous phase catalytic system. RSC Advances, 2015, 5(15): 11649-11657.
• Liu Qiying, Cao Xiaofeng, Wang Tiejun, Wang Chenguang, Zhang Qi, Ma Longlong. Synthesis of shape-controllable cobalt nanoparticles and their shape-dependent performance in glycerol hydrogenolysis. RSC Advances, 2015, 5(7): 4861-4871.
• Xu Ying, Long Jinxing, Liu Qiying, Li Yanbing, Wang Chenguang, Wang Tiejun, Zhang Xinghua, Zhang Qi, Ma Longlong. In situ hydrogenation of model compounds and raw bio-oil over Raney Ni catalyst. Energy Conversion and Management, 2015, 89:188-196.
• Wang Tiejun, Li Kai, Liu Qiying, Zhang Qing, Qiu Songbai, Long Jinxing, CHen Lungang, Ma Longlong, Zhang Qi. Aviation fuel synthesis by catalytic conversion of biomass hydrolysate in aqueous phase. Applied Energy, 2014, 136:775-780.
• Li Yanbing, Xu Ying, Ma Longlong, Zhang Qi, Wang Tiejun, Chen Guanyi, Zhang Limin. Research on in situ Hydrogenation of o-Cresol over Ni/CMK-3 Catalysts. Chemocal Journal of Chinese Universities-Chinese. 2014, 35(12): 2654-2661.
• Zhang Xinghua, Chen Lungang, Zhang Qi, Long Jinxing, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong. Production of Hydrocarbons via Hydrodeoxygenation of Lignin-Derived Phenolic Compounds. Progress in Chemistry, 2014, 26(12): 1997-2006.
• Li Yuping, Qin Xinxin, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong, Chen Lungang, Tsubaki Noritatsu. Fischer Tropsch synthesis from H-2-deficient biosyngas over Mn added Co/SiO2 catalysts. Fuel, 2014, 136: 130-135.
• Long Jinxing, Xu Ying, Wang Tiejun, Shu Riyang, Zhang Qi, Zhang Xinghua, Fu Juan, Ma Longlong. Hydrothermal Depolymerization of Lignin: Understanding the Structural Evolution. 2015, 9(4): 7162-7175.
• Ding Mingyue, Tu Junling, Liu Jianguo, Tsubaki Noritatsu, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong. Copper-iron supported bimodal pore catalyst and its application for higher alcohols synthesis. Catalysis Today. 2014, 234(SI): 278-284.
• Liao Yuhe, Liu Qiying, Wang Tiejun, Long Jinxing, Zhang Qi, Ma Longlong. Promoting Hydrolytic Hydrogenation of Cellulose to Sugar Alcohols by Mixed Ball Milling of Cellulose and Solid Acid Catalyst. Energy & Fuels, 2014, 28(9): 5778-5784.
• Li Bosong, Lv Wei, Zhang Qi, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong. Pyrolysis and catalytic upgrading of pine wood in a combination of auger reactor and fixed bed. Fuel, 2014, 129:61-67.
• Li Bosong, Lv Wei, Zhang Qi, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong. Pyrolysis and catalytic pyrolysis of industrial lignins by TG-FTIR: Kinetics and products. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 2014, 108: 295-300.
• Chen Lungang, Li Yuping, Zhang Xinghua, Zhang Qi, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong. Applied Catalysis A-General. 2014, 478: 117-128.
• Liu Qiying, Zou Hualiang, Zhang Qi, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong. Hydrodeoxygenation of palm oil to hydrocarbon fuels over Ni/SAPO-11 catalysts. Chinese Hournal of Catalysis. 2014, 35(5): 748-756.
• Qiying Liu, Yuwei Bie, Songbai Qiu, Qi Zhang, Jani Sainio, Tiejun Wang, Longlong Ma, Juha Lehtonen. Hydrogenolysis of Methyl Heptanoate over Co Based Catalysts: Mediation of Support Property on Activity and Product Distribution. Applied Catalysis B, 2014, 147 (4), 236-245.
• Qing Zhang, Tiejun Wang, Ying Xu, Qi Zhang, Longlong Ma. Production of liquid alkanes by controlling reactivity of sorbitol hydrogenation with a Ni/HZSM-5 catalyst in water. Energy Conversion and Management, 2014, 77: 262-268.
• Li Yanbing, Xu Ying, Ma Longlong, Zhang Qi, Wang Tiejun, Chen Guanyi. Effects of Supports and Promoters on in situ Hydrogenation of o-Cresol over Ni-based Catalysts. Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics. 2014, 27(6): 697-703.
• Shi Ning, Liu Qiying, Wang Tiejun, Zhang Qi, Tu Junling, Ma Longlong. Conversion of Cellulose to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in Water-Tetrahydrofuran and Byproducts Identification. Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics. 2014, 27(6): 711-717.
• Liu Yong, Chen Lungang, Wang Tiejun, Xu Ying, Zhang Qi, Ma Longlong. Direct conversion of cellulose into C-6 alditols over Ru/C combined with H+-released boron phosphate in an aqueous phase. RSC Advances, 2014, 4(94): 52402-52409.
• Li Yuping, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong, Wu Chuangzhi, Ding Mingyue. Journal of Inorganic Materials. 2014, 29(6): 599-604.
• Zhang Xinghua, Zhang Qi, Long Jinxing, Xu Ying, Wang Tiejun, Ma Longlong, Li Yuping. Phenolics Production through Catalytic Depolymerization of Alkali Lignin with Metal Chlorides. Bioresources, 2014, 9(2): 3347-3360.
• Liao Yuhe, Liu Qiying, Wang Tiejun, Long Jinxing, Zhang Qi, Ma Longlong. Zirconium phosphate combined with Ru/C as a highly efficient catalyst for the direct transformation of cellulose to C-6 alditols. 2014, Green Chemistry, 2014, 16(6): 3305-3312.
• Shi Ning, Liu Qiying, Ma Longlong, Wang Tiejun, Zhang Qi, Liao Yuhe. Direct degradation of cellulose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in hot compressed steam with inorganic acidic salts. RSC Advances, 2014, 4(10): 4978-4984.


Walter MÉRIDA

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UBC

Director, Clean Energy Centre, UBC

Dr. Walter Mérida has been a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC since 2002. He is previously co-appointed at the National Research Council--Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation from 2002 to 2011. He currently serves as the director of UBC's Clean Energy Research Centre. His research focuses on sustainable energy systems, transportation, low carbon fuels, and fuel cells and hydrogen. His group at CERC is working on new techniques to ensure the durability and reliability of fuel cells as they move into mass manufacturing. They are collaborating with hydrogen fuel-cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems, based in Burnaby, and with Germany’s Mercedes-Benz.

Recent publications

• Microscale X-ray tomographic investigation of the interfacial morphology between the catalyst and micro porous layers in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Sebastian Prass, Sadegh Hasanpour, Pradeep Kumar Sow, André B. Phillion, Walter Mérida. Jul 2016, Journal of Power Sources • Validation of surface wettability theories via electrochemical analysis. Beniamin Zahiri, Pradeep Kumar Sow, Chun Haow Kung, Walter Mérida. May 2016, Electrochemistry Communications • Analysis of energy dissipation and turbulence kinetic energy using high frequency data for wind energy applications. M.A. Escalante Soberanis, A. Bassam, W. Mérida. Apr 2016, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics • Synthesis of transport layers with controlled anisotropy and application thereof to study proton exchange membrane fuel cell performance. Devin Todd, Walter Mérida. Apr 2016, Journal of Power Sources • Anisotropic electrical resistance of proton exchange membrane fuel cell transport layers as a function of cyclic strain. Devin Todd, Scott Bennett, Walter Mérida. Mar 2016, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy • Renewable Energy, Infrastructure and GHG Implication of Electrified Transportation: Metro Vancouver Case Study. Morteza Taiebat, Hoda Talebian, Farrokh Sassani, Walter Mérida. Oct 2015 • Regarding the influence of the Van der Hoven spectrum on wind energy applications in the meteorological mesoscale and microscale. M. A. Escalante Soberanis, W. Mérida. Sep 2015, Renewable Energy • An Alternative Approach to Evaluate the Wettability of Carbon Fibre Substrates. Pradeep Kumar Sow, Sebastian Prass, Walter Merida. Sep 2015, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces • Comparison of Startup and Shut down cycles in a Non-Segmented and Segmented Polymer-Electrolyte-Membrane Fuel Cell Hardware. M. Schwager, S. R. Dhanushkodi, W. Merida. Jul 2015, ECS Transactions • Understanding flexural, mechanical and physico-chemical properties of gas diffusion layers for polymer membrane fuel cell and electrolyzer systems. S.R. Dhanushkodi, F. Capitanio, T. Biggs, W. Mérida. Jul 2015, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy • Corrigendum to “Thermodynamics of high-temperature, high-pressure water electrolysis” [J. Power Sources (2014) 424–429]. Devin Todd, Maximilian Schwager, Walter Mérida. May 2015, Journal of Power Sources • The economic feasibility of renewable energy for off-grid mining deployment. M.A. Escalante Soberanis, A. Alnaggar, W. Mérida. Apr 2015 • Water Uptake and Swelling Hysteresis in a Nafion Thin Film Measured with Neutron Reflectometry. W Peter Kalisvaart, Helmut Fritzsche, Walter Merida. Apr 2015, Langmuir • Transport phenomena in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells via voltage loss breakdown. Sarah Flick, Shankar R. Dhanushkodi, Walter Mérida. Apr 2015, Journal of Power Sources • Deconvolution of electrical contact and bulk resistance of gas diffusion layers for fuel cell applications. Pradeep Kumar Sow, Sebastian Prass, Peter Kalisvaart, Walter Mérida. Feb 2015, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy • A Novel Diagnostic Approach to Measure the Water Breakthrough in Porous Carbon Materials. Maximilian Schwager, Shankar R Dhanuskodi, Walter Merida. Jan 2015, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters • Three-Dimensional Anisotropic Electrical Resistivity of PEM Fuel Cell Transport Layers as Functions of Compressive Strain. Devin Todd, Maximilian Schwager, Walter Merida. Jan 2015, Journal of The Electrochemical Society • Morphologically controlled fuel cell transport layers enabled via electrospun carbon nonwovens. Devin Todd, Walter Mérida. Jan 2015, Journal of Power Sources • Thermodynamics of high-temperature, high-pressure water electrolysis. Devin Todd, Maximilian Schwager, Walter Mérida. Dec 2014, Journal of Power Sources • PEMFC Durability: Spatially Resolved Pt Dissolution in a Single Cell. S. R. Dhanushkodi, Maximilian Schwager, D. Todd, W. Mérida. Sep 2014, Journal of The Electrochemical Society • Designed experiments to characterize PEMFC material properties and performance. Sarah Flick, Maximilian Schwager, Edward McCarthy, Walter Mérida. Sep 2014, Applied Energy • Impregnated electospun nanofibrous membranes for water vapour transport applications. Ryan Huizing, Walter Mérida, Frank Ko. Jul 2014, Journal of Membrane Science • Design of Experiments to Evaluate Material Characteristics of Porous Transport Layers in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells. Sarah Flick, W. Merida. Oct 2013, ECS Transactions • Response surface methods for membrane humidifier performance. Edward McCarthy, Sarah Flick, Walter Mérida. Oct 2013, Journal of Power Sources • Optimization of hydrogen vehicle refueling via dynamic simulation. E. Rothuizen, W. Mérida, M. Rokni, M. Wistoft-Ibsen. Apr 2013, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy • Anode and cathode overpotentials and temperature profiles in a PEMFC. O.E. Herrera, D.P. Wilkinson, W. Mérida. Jan 2012, Journal of Power Sources


James Olson

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UBC

Interim Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Dr. James Olson is a Professor at UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Interim Dean of UBC Faculty of Applied Science. He is the previous Director of UBC’s Pulp and Paper Centre. And he is an internationally recognized forest products researcher who has been actively involved in the transformation of the forest sector into a vibrant diversified bio-products industry. His research is at the intersection of fluid mechanics, machine design and material science as applied to the forest bio-products industry. He currently leads a $4M research consortium focused on industrial energy conservation, as well as a research group focused on the development of novel biomaterials. His research has been the recipient of 2 NSERC Synergy Awards, the 2008 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Innovation, the 2009 Fundamental Research Committee’s Van den Akker Gold medal, and several best paper awards.

Current projects

Energy Reduction in Mechanical Pulping
• 2013 - 2018, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• The relation between net power, gap, and forces on bars in low consistency refining. Reza Harirforoush, Peter Wild, James Olson. Mar 2016, Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal
• Energy and paper recycling: Modelling the time and energy requirements for low consistency batch repulping. Frank Saville, Mark Martinez, James Olson. Mar 2016, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
• Characterizing latency removal in mechanical pulping processes part I: Kinetics. J. Gao, D.M. Martinez, J.A. Olson. Feb 2016
• Pilot-Scale Investigation into the Effects of Alkaline Peroxide Pre-Treatments on Low-Consistency Refining of Primary Refined Softwood TMP. Xue Feng Chang, Antti Luukkonen, James Olson, Rodger Beatson. Jan 2016, Bioresources
• Effects of Drying Strategies and Microfibrillated Cellulose Fiber Content on the Properties of Foam-Formed Paper. Reza Korehei, Pouyan Jahangiri, Abbas Nikbakht, Mark Martinez, James Olson. Jan 2016, Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology
• The effect of foil rotor design on some aspects of pulp screen performance. Hayder J. Salem, Robert W. Gooding, James A. Olson. Jan 2016, Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal
• On acoustical properties of novel foam-formed cellulose-based material. Pouyan Jahangiri, Banda Logawa, Reza Korehei, Murray Hodgson, D. Mark Martinez and James A. Olson. Jan 2016, Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal
• Influence of the solvent and nonsolvent composition on the electrospinning of a cellulose acetate ternary system. Reza Korehei, James Olson, Frank Ko, John Kadla. Sep 2015, Journal of Applied Polymer Science
• The Effect of Consistency and Freeness on the Yield Stress of Chemical Pulp Fibre Suspensions. Jiulong Sha, Abbas Nikbakht, Chen Wang, Hui Zhang, James Olson. May 2015, Bioresources
• Multistage fiber fractionation of softwood chemical pulp through smooth-hole screen cylinders and its effects on paper properties. S. Junaid S. Qazi, Masita Mohamad, James A. Olson, D. Mark Martinez. Apr 2015, Tappi Journal
• The effect of blending ratio and crowding number on the yield stress of mixed hardwood and softwood pulp fibre suspensions. Jiulong Sha, Sudipta Mitra, Abbas Nikbakht, Hui Zhang, James Olson. Jan 2015, Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal
• Low consistency refining of mechanical pulp: How plate pattern and refiner operating conditions change the final properties of pulp. Ali Elahimehr, James A. Olson, D. Mark Martinez. Jan 2015, Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal
• Variables affecting specific energy requirements for repulping. Frank Saville, Mark Martinez, James Olson. Dec 2014, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
• Turbulent couette flow between corrugated walls: The case with motion of one wall perpendicular to the corrugation cavities. Nina Rajabi Nasab, Troy Mithrush, James A. Olson, D. Mark Martinez. Oct 2014, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
• Fibre suspensions in Hagen-Poiseuille flow: Transition from laminar plug flow to turbulence. A. Nikbakht, A. Madani, J.A. Olson, D.M. Martinez. Oct 2014, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
• A quantitative analysis of turbulent drag reduction in a hydrocyclone. Jordan MacKenzie, D. Mark Martinez, James A. Olson. Aug 2014, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
• Experimental Study of a Turbulent Crossflow Near a Rough Wall With Narrow Apertures. Satya Mokamati, James A. Olson, D. Mark Martinez, Robert W. Gooding. Aug 2014, AIChE Journal
• Ultra-lightweight paper foams: Processing and properties. A. Madani, S. Zeinoddini, S. Varahmi, H. Turnbull, A. B. Phillion, J. A. Olson, D. M. Martinez. Jun 2014, Cellulose
• Understanding of No-load power in low consistency refiners. Nina Rajabi Nasab, James A. Olson, Jens Heymer, Mark D. Martinez. Mar 2014, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
• Fabrication and Characterization of Microfibrillated Cellulose Reinforced Sodium Alginate-Based Biodegradable Films for Packaging Applications. Ruhul A. Khan, Reza Korehei, Hayder J. Salem, Nici Darychuk, Mark Martinez, James A. Olson. Jan 2014


Pingkai Ouyang

Professor, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Director, National Engineering Research Centre for Biotechnology, Nanjing Technology University

Fellow, Chinese Academy of Engineering

Dr. Pingkai Ouyang is a Professor of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering and the Director of National Centre for Biochemical Engineering Technology at Nanjing Technology University. He is a fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a Principle Investigator of the National Basic Research Program (973 Program). He also serves as the Director of Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute.
As a pioneer in the biochemical engineering and industrial biotechnology field of China, Dr. Ouyang's research focuses on the application of biotechnology on chemical engineering and the advanced production of materials and fine chemicals. He and his group have made outstanding achievements in biocatalysts engineering, novel biochemical equipment, material synthesis, energy and chemicals from low biomass, and environmental pollution mitigation. Among them, the work of simultaneous reaction and separation of biocatalysts for the production of chiral compounds and high energy phosphate compounds won the first prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award and the second prize of the National Science and Technology Award, respectively.

Recent publications

• Li, Zhenjiang; Sun, Yingjie; Ren, Xinghua; Wei, Ping; Shi, Yuhu; Ouyang, Pingkai. Sulfamic acid catalyzed direct condensation of aldehydes, amines, and TMSCN to α-aminonitriles at ambient temperature. Synlett, 2007, (5): 803-805.
• Yan, Ming; Ge, Jun; Liu, Zheng; Ouyang, Pingkai. Encapsulation of Single Enzyme in Nanogel with Enhanced Biocatalytic Activity and Stability. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2006, 128(34): 11008-11009.
• Li, Zhenjiang; Ren, Xinghua; Wei, Ping; Wan, Honggui; Shi, Yuhu; Ouyang, Pingkai. A convenient preparation of aliphatic and aromatic N-sulfonylimines mediated by sulfamic acid in aqueous media. Green Chemistry, 2006, 8(5): 433-436.
• Lu, Dingqiang; Li, Hui; Dai, Yan; Ouyang, Pingkai. Biocatalytic properties of a novel crude glycyrrhizin hydrolase from the liver of the domestic duck. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 2006, 43(1-4): 148-152.
• Wu, Qun; Xu, Hong; Zhang, Lujia; Yao, Jun; Ouyang, Pingkai. Production, purification and properties of γ-glutamyltranspeptidase from a newly isolated Bacillus subtilis NX-2. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 2006, 43(1-4): 113-117.
• Jia, Honghua; Ni, Fang; Chen, Meijuan; Zhou, Hua; Wei, Ping; Ouyang, Pingkai. The immobilization of D-hydantoinase and characterization under classic condition and microwave irradiation. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 2006, 43(1-4): 74-79.
• Han, Shiqing; Ouyang, Pingkai; Wei, Ping; Hu, Yi. Enzymatic synthesis of (R)-cyanohydrins by a novel (R)-oxynitrilase from Vicia sativa L. Biotechnology Letters, 2006, 28(23): 1909-1912.
• Yan, Ming; Ge, Jun; Dong, Wenguo; Liu, Zheng; Ouyang, Pingkai. Preparation and characterization of a temperature-sensitive sulfobetaine polymer-trypsin conjugate. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 2006, 30(1): 48-54.
• Xu, Hong; Wei, Ping; Zhou, Hua; Fan, Weiping; Ouyang, Pingkai. Efficient production of L-phenylalanine catalyzed by a coupled enzymatic system of transaminase and aspartase. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 2003, 33(5): 537-543.
• Fan, Keke; Ouyang, Pingkai; Wu, Xijun; Lu, Zuhong. Prediction of aqueous phase pH for enzymatic synthesis of peptides in aqueous-organic biphasic systems. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 2001, 76(8): 851-856.


Scott Renneckar

Associate Professor, Faculty of Forestry, UBC
Canada Research Chair, Advanced Renewable Materials

Dr. Scott Renneckar is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC and a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Renewable Materials. He is also a member of American Chemical Society, Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials and a member of Society of Wood Science and Technology. His research areas include: 1) Advanced renewable materials; 2) Biopolymer structure characterization; 3) Clean fractionation of biomass; 4) Electrospinning fibers; 5) Nanocellulose; 6) Self-assembly of biopolymers. He investigates the molecular structure and reactions of wood to transform trees and recycled fiber into novel materials that will serve as a platform for a green economy. Critical to this transformation is the application of fundamental polymer science principles to the characterization, processing, and performance of the biopolymers and biobased composites. His research group’s goal is to apply novel processing methods to create petroleum free composites for the next generation of advanced renewable materials from Canadian forests and fields.

Current projects

Clean Fractionation of Biomass Using Thermal Processing
• as Principal Investigator

Identification of Structural Aspects of Lignin and Hemicelluloses for Fiber Spinning and Bioplastics
• as Principal Investigator

Novel Bioadhesives and Coating Materials for Wood Composites
• as Principal Investigator

Cellulose Fermentation from Waste Agricultural Resources
• as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Zhang, W.; N. Sathsitsuksanoh; B. Simmons, C. Frazier; J. Barone; & S. Renneckar (2016). Revealing the thermal sensitivity of lignin during glycerol thermal processing through structural analysis RSC Advances (36)30234-30246
• Zhang, W.; N. Sathitsuksanoh; J. R. Barone, S. Renneckar (2016). Enhanced enzymatic saccharification of pretreated biomass using glycerol thermal processing (GTP) Bioresource technology (199)148-154
• Pillai, K.V. & S. Renneckar (2016). Dynamic mechanical analysis of layer-by-layer cellulose nanocomposites Industrial crops and products
• Zhang, W.; J.R. Barone &S. Renneckar (2016). Reducing the heterogeneity of xylan through processing Carbohydrate Polymers
• Haghdan, S. S. Renneckar G.D. Smith (2015). Sources of Lignin Elsevier, Oxford, United Kingdom In O. Faruk & M. Sain (Eds.), Lignin-based Polymer Composites, 1st Edition., Elsevier, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 1-11.
• Wei, H.; K. Rodriguez; S. Renneckar; W. Leng; & P. Vikesland (2015). Preparation and evaluation of nanocellulose–gold nanoparticle nanocomposites for SERS applications Analyst 140(16), 5640-5649
• Dolan, J.A.; N. Sathitsuksanoh; K. Rodriguez; B. A. Simmons; C. E. Frazier; S. & Renneckar (2015). Biocomposite adhesion without added resin: understanding the chemistry of the direct conversion of wood into adhesives RSC Advances (82)67267-67276
• Zhang, W.; J. Barone; & S. Renneckar (2015). Biomass fractionation after denaturing cell walls by glycerol thermal processingACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 3 (3):413–420.
• Sathitsuksanoh, N.; M. Sawant; Q. Troung; J. Tran; C. Canlas; N. Sun; W. Zhang; S. Renneckar; T. Prasomsri; J. Shi; O. Cetinkol; S. Singh; B. A. Simmons; & A. George (2015). How alkyl chain length of alcohols affects lignin fractionation and ionic liquid recycle during lignocellulose pretreatment BioEnergy Research 8:973-981
• Rodríguez, K.; J. Sundberg; P. Gatenholm; & S. Renneckar (2014). Electrospun nanofibrous cellulose scaffolds with controlled microarchitecture Carbohydrate Polymers 100(16) :143–149.
• Gao, S.; C. You; S. Renneckar; J. Bao; & Y-H P. Zhang. (2014). New Insights into Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Heterogeneous Cellulose by using Cellulose-Binding Module-3 containing GFP and Cellulose-Binding Module 17-containing CFP Biotechnology for Biofuels 7:24.
• Bosmans, T.; A. Stépán; G. Toriz; S. Renneckar; E. Karabulut; L. Wagberg; & P. Gatenholm. (2014). Assembly of Debranched Xylan from Solution and on Nanocellulosic Surfaces Biomacromolecules, 15 (3):924–930.
• Pillai, K.; F. Navarro; W. Zhang; & S. Renneckar (2014). Towards biomimicking wood: Fabricated free-standing films of nanocellulose, lignin, and a synthetic polycation Journal of Visualized Experiments, 17(88):doi: 10.3791/51257
• Wei, H.; K. Rodriguez; S. Renneckar; & P. Vikesland. (2014). Environmental science and engineering applications of nanocellulose-based nanocomposites Environmental Science: Nano, 1:302-316.
• Renneckar S. (2013). State of the Art Paper: Biomimetics: Adapting performance and function of natural materials for biobased composites Wood and Fiber Science, 45(1):3-14.
• Haupt, R. A., & S. Renneckar (2013). Chemical shifts of phenolic monomers in solution and implications for addition and self-condensation Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 51(2), 95-101.
• Lin, Z.; W. Zhang; & S. Renneckar. (2013). Impact of clay nanoparticles on glutaraldehyde crosslinked fiber composites Journal of Materials Science, 48(17):5983-5989.
• Li, Q.; S. McGinnis; A. Wong; S. Cutter; & S. Renneckar. (2013). Nanocellulose life cycle assessment ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 1(18):919-928.
• Zhang, W.; R.K. Johnson; Z. Lin; C. Chandoha-Lee; A. Zink-Sharp; & S. Renneckar. (2013). In situ generated cellulose nanoparticles to enhance the hydrophobicity of paper Cellulose, 20(6):2935-2945.
• Rodriguez, K.; P. Gatenholm; & S. Renneckar. (2012). Electrospinning cellulosic nanofibers for biomedical applications: Structure and in vitro biocompatibility Cellulose 19(5):1583-1598.
• Li, Q. & S. Renneckar. (2011). Supramolecular structure characterization of molecularly thin cellulose I nanoparticlesBiomacromolecules 12(3):650-659.
• Lin, Z & S. Renneckar (2011). Nanocomposite–based lignocellulosic fibers 3. Polyelectrolyte adsorption onto heterogeneous fiber surfaces Cellulose 18(3):563-574.
• Rodriguez, K.; S. Renneckar; & P. Gatenholm (2011). Biomimetic calcium phosphate crystal mineralization on electrospun cellulose-based scaffolds ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 3(3):681-689.
• Lin, Z. & S. Renneckar (2011). Nanocomposite-based lignocellulosic fibers 2. Layer-by-layer modification of wood fibers as reinforcement in thermoplastic composite Composites, Part A 42(1):84-91.


Andrew Riseman

Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC

Dr. Andrew Riseman is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. His research interests include understanding the role of plant genetics in the design of sustainable production systems, identifying relevant traits useful in these systems, combining them within superior germplasm, and integrating this germplasm into an optimized system. General areas of interest include plant breeding, intercrop interactions, nutrient use efficiency, root physiology, biotic and abiotic stressor resistance, and edaphic selection. In addition to his research interests, he is passionate about the UBC Farm and its future evolution into a world-class academic resource. He co-chairs the South Campus Academic Plan committee charged by UBC’s Board of Governors to develop an academically rigorous and globally significant plan to guide the future of the Farm.

Current projects

Evaluation of Plant Genetics on Small Grain: Legume Intercropping Systems
• as Principal Investigator

Evaluation of Various Nitrogen Sources in Organic Production Systems
• as Principal Investigator

Evaluation of Cover Crops and Green Mulches for Wireworm (Agriotes Sp.) Control
• as Principal Investigator

Development of Fungal Resistant Exacumand Daphne Sp.
• as Principal Investigator

Development of Haploid Exacum via Anther/Pollen Culture
• as Principal Investigator

Continued Development of Staphylea, Lonicera and Dierama Germplasm for Ornamental Use
• as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• How an entry-level, interdisciplinary sustainability course revealed the benefits and challenges of a university-wide initiative for sustainability education. Nicholas C. Coops, Jean Marcus, Ileana Construt, Erica Frank, Ron Kellett, Eric Mazzi, Alison Munro, Susan Nesbit, Andrew Riseman, John Robinson, Anneliese Schultz and Yona Sipos. Sep 2015, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
• Review of Potato Molecular Markers to Enhance Trait Selection. Alisa P. Ramakrishnan, Carol E. Ritland, Raul H. Blas Sevillano,Andrew Riseman. Apr 2015, American Journal of Potato Research
• Nitrogen and carbon transformations, water use efficiency and ecosystem productivity in monocultures and wheat-bean intercropping systems. Tejendra Chapagain, Andrew Riseman. Jan 2015, Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems
• Intercropping Wheat and Beans: Effects on Agronomic Performance and Land Productivity. Tejendra Chapagain, Andrew Riseman. Sep 2014, Crop Science
• Barley–pea intercropping: Effects on land productivity, carbon and nitrogen transformations. Tejendra Chapagain, Andrew Riseman. Sep 2014, Field Crops Research
• Elaboration of in vitro root culture protocols to efficiently limit daphne sudden death syndrome. Ewa Hanus-Fajerska, Alina Wiszniewska, Andrew Riseman. Jan 2014, Acta scientiarum Polonorum. Hortorum cultus = Ogrodnictwo
• Evaluation of Heirloom and Commercial Cultivars of Small Grains under Low Input Organic Systems. Tejendra Chapagain, Andrew Riseman. Jan 2012, American Journal of Plant Sciences
• Assessment of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and Conventional Practices under Organic and Inorganic Management in Japan. Tejendra CHAPAGAIN, Andrew RISEMAN, Eiji YAMAJI. Dec 2011, Rice Science
• Achieving More with Less Water: Alternate Wet and Dry Irrigation (AWDI) as an Alternative to the Conventional Water Management Practices in Rice Farming. Tejendra Chapagain, Andrew Riseman, Eiji Yamaji. Sep 2011
• First report of Thielaviopsis baskola on Daphne cneorum. D. Noshad, A. Riseman, Z. K. Punja. Apr 2010, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology
• In vitro propagation of seven Daphne L. species. David Noshad, Saber Miresmaili, Andrew Riseman, Abul Ekramoddoullah. Feb 2009, Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture


Steven Rogak

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UBC

Dr. Steven Rogak is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. His group's research develops around several interconnected paths: 1) understanding how particle morphology of solid, fractal-like particles (such as soot) affects the transport properties and measurement of the particles; 2) Developing new fuel injectors and injection strategies to minimize particle formation in compression ignition engines; 3) Reducing aerosol concentrations where people spend most of their time – inside buildings. He is actively pursuing all three research threads, and interested in bringing new experimental and theoretical techniques to these problems.

Recent publications

• Automated primary particle sizing of nanoparticle aggregates by TEM image analysis. R Dastanpour, JM Boone, SN Rogak. Powder Technology 295, 218-224
• The effect of primary particle polydispersity on the morphology and mobility diameter of the fractal agglomerates in different flow regimes. R Dastanpour, SN Rogak. Journal of Aerosol Science 94, 22-32
• Combustion and Emissions of Paired-Nozzle Jets in a Pilot-Ignited Direct-Injection Natural Gas Engine. Christopher WJ Mabson, Ehsan Faghani, Pooyan Kheirkhah, Patrick Kirchen, Steven N Rogak, Gordon McTaggart-Cowan. SAE Technical Paper
• Improved sizing of soot primary particles using mass-mobility measurements. R Dastanpour, SN Rogak, B Graves, J Olfert, ML Eggersdorfer, AM Boies. Aerosol Science and Technology 50 (2), 101-109
• Structural Change of Aerosol Particle Aggregates with Exposure to Elevated Relative Humidity. JF Montgomery, SN Rogak, SI Green, Y You, AK Bertram. Environmental Science & Technology 49 (20), 12054-12061
• Particle emission characteristics of a gas turbine with a double annular combustor. Adam M Boies, Marc EJ Stettler, Jacob J Swanson, Tyler J Johnson, Jason S Olfert, Mark Johnson, Max L Eggersdorfer, Theo Rindlisbacher, Jing Wang, Kevin Thomson, Greg Smallwood, Yura Sevcenco, David Walters, Paul I Williams, Joel Corbin, Amewu A Mensah, Jonathan Symonds, Ramin Dastanpour, Steven N Rogak. Aerosol Science and Technology 49 (9), 842-855
• Characterization of particulate matter morphology and volatility from a compression-ignition natural-gas direct-injection engine. B Graves, J Olfert, B Patychuk, R Dastanpour, S Rogak. Aerosol Science and Technology 49 (8), 589-598
• Impact of Relative Humidity on HVAC Filters Loaded with Hygroscopic and Non-Hygroscopic Particles. JF Montgomery, SI Green, SN Rogak. Aerosol Science and Technology 49 (5), 322-331
• Application of Fuel Momentum Measurement Device for Direct Injection Natural Gas Engines. E Faghani, P Kirchen, SN Rogak. SAE Technical Paper
• Financial implications of modifications to building filtration systems. JF Montgomery, CCO Reynolds, SN Rogak, SI Green. Building and Environment 85, 17-28
• Effective density and mass-mobility exponent of aircraft turbine particulate matter. Tyler J Johnson, Jason S Olfert, Jonathan PR Symonds, Mark Johnson, Theo Rindlisbacher, Jacob J Swanson, Adam M Boies, Kevin Thomson, Greg Smallwood, David Walters, Yura Sevcenco, Andrew Crayford, Ramin Dastanpour, Steven N Rogak, Lukas Durdina, Yeon Kyoung Bahk, Benjamin Brem, Jing Wang. Journal of Propulsion and Power 31 (2), 573-582
• Observations of a correlation between primary particle and aggregate size for soot particles. R Dastanpour, SN Rogak. Aerosol Science and Technology 48 (10), 1043-1049
• Potential of zero charge of glassy carbon at elevated temperatures. HR Zebardast, S Rogak, E Asselin. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 724, 36-42
• Effects of Distilled Water, Sodium Chloride Solution, and Hydrochloric Acid Solution on Particulate Emission of Flares. Mohsen Kazemimanesh, Darcy Corbin, Ramin Dastanpour, Steven N Rogak, Matthew R Johnson, Larry W Kostiuk, Jason S Olfert. Proceedings of Combustion Institute – Canadian Section. Spring Technical Meeting
• Potentiometric titration of hematite and magnetite at elevated temperatures using a ZrO 2-based pH probe. HR Zebardast, M Pawlik, S Rogak, E Asselin. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 444, 144-152
• Kinetics of decomposition of hydrogen peroxide on the surface of magnetite at high temperature. HR Zebardast, S Rogak, E Asselin. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 705, 30-36
• Electrochemical detection of corrosion product fouling in high temperature and high pressure solution. HR Zebardast, S Rogak, E Asselin. Electrochimica Acta 100, 101-109
• A phenomenological model of two circular turbulent jets. E Faghani, SN Rogak. International Journal of Engine Research 14 (3), 293-304
• Mass, mobility, volatility, and morphology of soot particles generated by a McKenna and inverted burner. R Ghazi, H Tjong, A Soewono, SN Rogak, JS Olfert. Aerosol Science and Technology 47 (4), 395-405
• Characterization of ultrafine particulate matter from traditional and improved biomass cookstoves. B Just, S Rogak, M Kandlikar. Environmental science & technology 47 (7), 3506-3512
• A Two-Dimensional Laminar Flow Model for Thermodenuders Applied to Vapor Pressure Measurements. SH Park, SN Rogak, AP Grieshop. Aerosol Science and Technology 47 (3), 283-293
• Morphology and optical properties of numerically simulated soot aggregates. A Soewono, SN Rogak. Aerosol Science and Technology 47 (3), 267-274
• Concurrent injection of liquid and gaseous fuels in an engine. SN Rogak, WK Bushe, G McTaggart-Cowan. US Patent 8,322,325


Jack Saddler

Professor, Forest Products Biotechnology and Bioenergy, UBC

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Jack Saddler is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology and Bioenergy (originally an NSERC Industry Chair) and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Forestry at UBC. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canada’s highest recognition for scientists. He has received many other awards such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO’s) Scientific Achievement Award, the Charles D. Scott award for contributions to the field of “Biotechnology for fuels and Chemicals”, and the British Columbia Life Sciences Leadership award. His work is highly cited (H-index of 73, 19215 citations), he has published more than 390 peer-reviewed papers, several books, holds several patents and is a regular reviewer/advisor for agencies such as the US Dept. of Energy, USDA, NSERC, World Bank, etc.
Outside of the research setting, Dr. Saddler has advised policy-makers at the highest levels. He has been instrumental in the creation of long-standing initiatives to demonstrate, commercialize and transfer promising biorefining technologies. Nationally, his influence extends to such bodies as the Science Directorate of the Canadian Forest Service, the Canadian Council of Forests Ministers, and the National Roundtable on Economy and Environment. Internationally, he has contributed significantly to the work of agencies such as VTT, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the US DoE, USDA and the International Energy Agency (IEA) Paris. He has acted as the Task Leader of the Liquid Biofuels network of IEA Bioenergy organization for the last ten years. He recently returned from sabbatical at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris where he was based in the Renewable Energy Division, reviewing their projects for bioenergy/biofuels use until 2050. He is a member of the Markus Wallenberg Prize selection committee, the forest sectors Nobel Prize.

Current projects

A Bio-Refinery Approach to Obtaining Maximum Chemical/Biofuel Value from Canadian Biomass
• 2013 - 2016, as Principal Investigator

Upgrading Cellulose Filaments for Incorporation into Value-added Products
• 2013 - 2016, as Principal Investigator

Chemi-mechanical Pretreatments for Maximizing Conversion, Recovery and Fractionation
• 2015 - 2016, as Principal Investigator

Evaluation of Domestic and International Policy Mechanisms to Facilitate the Establishment of a Renewable Drop0in/aviation/Marine Biofuel Supply Chain in Canada
• 2015 - 2017, as Principal Investigator

The Potential to Repurpose Canadian Pulp Mills into Biorefineries
• 2016 - 2017, as Principal Investigator

IEA Bioconversion Task
• 1998 - 2018, as Principal Investigator

Assessment of Likely Technology Maturation Pathways Used to Produce Biojet from Forest Residues
• 2015 - 2018, as Principal Investigator

Biomass Recalcitrance, the Use of Enzymes and their Component – Parts to Better Elucidate Cellulose Amorphogenesis and Fiber Structure
• 2015 - 2018, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• The influence of lignin on steam pretreatment and mechanical pulping of poplar to achieve high sugar recovery and ease of enzymatic hydrolysis. RP Chandra, QL Chu, J Hu, N Zhong, M Lin, JS Lee, J Saddler. Bioresource technology 199, 135-141
• Accessory enzymes influence cellulase hydrolysis of the model substrate and the realistic lignocellulosic biomass. FF Sun, J Hong, J Hu, JN Saddler, X Fang, Z Zhang, S Shen. Enzyme and microbial technology 79, 42-48
• Optimization of chip size and moisture content to obtain high, combined sugar recovery after sulfur dioxide-catalyzed steam pretreatment of softwood and enzymatic hydrolysis of the cellulosic component. C Olsen, V Arantes, J Saddler. Bioresource technology 187, 288-298
• A NaBH4 Coupled Ninhydrin-Based Assay for the Quantification of Protein/Enzymes During the Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Pretreated Lignocellulosic Biomass. YK Mok, V Arantes, JN Saddler. Applied biochemistry and biotechnology 176 (6), 1564-1580
• Bioenergy Research: Advances and Applications-9780444595614. VK Gupta, MG Tuohy, CP Kubicek, J Saddler, F Xu. International Journal of Performability Engineering 11 (4)
• Steam pretreatment of agricultural residues facilitates hemicellulose recovery while enhancing enzyme accessibility to cellulose. RP Chandra, V Arantes, J Saddler. Bioresource technology 185, 302-307
• The addition of accessory enzymes enhances the hydrolytic performance of cellulase enzymes at high solid loadings. J Hu, R Chandra, V Arantes, K Gourlay, JS van Dyk, JN Saddler. Bioresource technology 186, 149-153
• Enhancing hemicellulose recovery and the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose by adding lignosulfonates during the two-stage steam pretreatment of poplar. RP Chandra, K Gourlay, CS Kim, JN Saddler. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 3 (5), 986-991
• Commercializing conventional and advanced liquid biofuels from biomass. J McMillan, J Saddler, S van Dyk. Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC) 27, 30
• The accessible cellulose surface influences cellulase synergism during the hydrolysis of lignocellulosic substrates. J Hu, K Gourlay, V Arantes, JS Van Dyk, A Pribowo, JN Saddler. ChemSusChem 8 (5), 901-907
• The use of carbohydrate binding modules (CBMs) to monitor changes in fragmentation and cellulose fiber surface morphology during cellulase-and swollenin-induced deconstruction of lignocellulosic substrates. K Gourlay, J Hu, V Arantes, M Penttilä, JN Saddler. Journal of Biological Chemistry 290 (5), 2938-2945
• Second-generation ethanol in Chile: optimisation of the autohydrolysis of Eucalyptus globulus. Carolina Parra Teresita Marzialetti, Juan Pablo Salazar, Constanza Ocampos, Richard Chandra, Pablo Chung, Jack Saddler. Springer 4 (2), 125-135
• The enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated pulp fibers predominantly involves "peeling/erosion" modes of action. KGJNS Valdeir Arantes. Biotechnology for Biofuels 7, 87
• Lignin Valorization: Improving Lignin Processing in the Biorefinery. CEW Arthur J. Ragauskas, Gregg T. Beckham, Mary J. Biddy, Richard Chandra, et al. Science 344, 1246843-1 to 1246843-10
• Substrate factors that influence the synergistic interaction of AA9 and cellulases during the enzymatic hydrolysis of biomass. KGJNS Jinguang Hu, Valdeir Arantes, Amadeus Pribowo. Energy & Environmental Science 7 (7), 2308-2315
• The Ability of Cellulosic Ethanol to Compete for Feedstock and Investment with Other Forest Bioenergy Options. JD Stephen, WE Mabee, JN Saddler. Industrial Biotechnology 10 (2), 115-125
• Enzymatic modification of the hemicellulose in paper grade pulps and its influence on cellulose purity, reactivity, and accessibility. RP Chandra, E Dou, JN Saddler. Abstracts Of Papers Of The American Chemical Society 247
• The potential and challenges of drop-in biofuels. S Karatzos, JD McMillan, JN Saddler. Report for IEA Bioenergy Task 39
• Biorefineries, using lignocellulosic feedstocks, will have a key role in the future bioeconomy. L Olsson, J Saddler. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 7 (5), 475-477
• Lignocellulosic ethanol production from woody biomass: The impact of facility siting on competitiveness. JD Stephen, WE Mabee, JN Saddler. Energy policy 59, 329-340
• Swollenin aids in the amorphogenesis step during the enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated biomass
• Keith Gourlay, Jinguang Hu, Valdeir Arantes, Martina Andberg, Markku Saloheimo, Merja Penttilä, Jack Saddler. Bioresource technology 142, 498-503
• The synergistic action of accessory enzymes enhances the hydrolytic potential of a “cellulase mixture” but is highly substrate specific. J Hu, V Arantes, A Pribowo, JN Saddler. Biotechnology for biofuels 6 (1), 1
• How effective are traditional methods of compositional analysis in providing an accurate material balance for a range of softwood derived residues? S Burkhardt, L Kumar, R Chandra, J Saddler. Biotechnology for biofuels 6 (1), 1
• The development and use of an ELISA-based method to follow the distribution of cellulase monocomponents during the hydrolysis of pretreated corn stover. AY Pribowo, J Hu, V Arantes, JN Saddler. Biotechnology for biofuels 6 (1), 1
• Steam treatment of four softwood species and bark to produce torrefied wood. Zahra Tooyserkani, Shahab Sokhansanj, Xiaotao Bi, Jim Lim, Anthony Lau, Jack Saddler, Linoj Kumar, Pak Sui Lam, Staffan Melin. Applied energy 103, 514-521
• SO 2-catalyzed steam pretreatment enhances the strength and stability of softwood pellets
• Zahra Tooyserkani, Linoj Kumar, Shahab Sokhansanj, Jack Saddler, Xiaotao T Bi, C Jim Lim, Anthony Lau, Staffan Melin. Bioresource technology 130, 59-68
• A two-stage pretreatment approach to maximise sugar yield and enhance reactive lignin recovery from poplar wood chips. IA Panagiotopoulos, RP Chandra, JN Saddler. Bioresource technology 130, 570-577
• Special Issue from the NSERC Bioconversion network workshop: pretreatment and fractionation of biomass for biorefinery/biofuels. J Saddler, L Kumar. Biotechnology for biofuels 6 (1), 1
• Effect of replacing polyol by organosolv and kraft lignin on the property and structure of rigid polyurethane foam. X Pan, JN Saddler. Biotechnology for biofuels 6 (1), 1
• A" Compare-And-Contrast" of Pulping Processes That Have Been Adapted For Biomass Pretreament. R Chandra, J Saddler. J-For-Journal of Science & Technology for Forest Products and Processes 3 (6), 6-14


Douglas Singbeil

Research Manager, Process Engineering/BioEnergy, FPInnovations

Dr. Douglas Singbeil is the Research Manager on Process Engineering/BioEnergy at FPInnovations. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and has been working in FPInnovations since 1990s. He had been the Research Leader on Corrosion and Materials, Bioenergy, and Biofuels for 24 years till 2015. Then he works as the Research Manager on Bioenergy, Biofuels, Pulping and Bleaching, Chemical Recovery, Corrosion and Materials, and Sensors and Control. He has also served as a Board Member for BioFuelNet Canada and as the Membership Chair and Engineering Division Conference Chair of the paper industry association TAPPI.


Kevin Smith

Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Dr. Kevin Smith is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. The aim of his research is to better understand the relationships between heterogeneous catalyst properties, reaction kinetics and reaction mechanisms, so as to assist in the design and development of improved catalysts and catalytic processes. He focuses on issues related to the Canadian energy scene. Current research activities include an investigation of hydrogen production by catalytic methane decomposition, synthesis gas conversion to alcohols and hydrocarbons, residue and bio-oil hydroconversion (upgrading) as well as hydrogen storage using heteroaromatic liquids. His group's research approach is based mainly on experimental work. Catalysts are prepared and characterized and experiments are designed to elucidate reaction kinetics and mechanisms. This information is used to build kinetic models that reflect catalyst performance as a function of both the catalyst properties and the process conditions.

Current projects

Hydrotreating Catalysis for Sugar-to-Glycol Conversion - Kinetics and Reactor Modelling
• 2015 - 2016, as Principal Investigator

Nanostructured Metal Phosphide Catalysts for Clean Energy
• 2013 - 2018, as Principal Investigator

Bio-oil Production and Upgrading, and its Combustion Characteristics
• 2013 - 2018, as co-Principal Investigator

Methane Oxidation Catalysts
• 2015 - 2018, as Co-Investigator

Recent publications

• A kinetic analysis of the inhibition of CH4 oxidation by H2O on PdO/Al2O3 and CeO2/PdO/Al2O3 catalysts. M Alyani, KJ Smith. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
• Synthesis and Hydrodeoxygenation Activity of Carbon Supported Molybdenum Carbide and Oxycarbide Catalysts. H Wang, S Liu, KJ Smith. Energy & Fuels
• Deactivation of Pd Catalysts by Water during Low Temperature Methane Oxidation Relevant to Natural Gas Vehicle Converters. MA Rahman Gholami, KJ Smith. Advances in Catalyst Deactivation, 180
• Activity and kinetics of ruthenium supported catalysts for sodium borohydride hydrolysis to hydrogen. Y Li, X Zhang, Q Zhang, JB Zheng, NW Zhang, BH Chen, KJ Smith. RSC Advances 6 (35), 29371-29377
• Stability of a Cs‐promoted Co‐Mo/Al2O3 catalyst during synthesis gas conversion. SJ Ardakani, M Alyani, KJ Smith. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
• Effect of preparation method on Ni 2 P/SiO 2 catalytic activity for NaBH 4 methanolysis and phenol hydrodeoxygenation. K Yan, Y Li, X Zhang, X Yang, N Zhang, J Zheng, B Chen, KJ Smith. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 40 (46), 16137-16146
• Nanostructured Materials Prepared by Surface-Assisted Reduction: New Catalysts for Methane Oxidation. A Gomathi, Susan M Vickers, Rahman Gholami, Mina Alyani, Renee WY Man, Mark J MacLachlan, Kevin J Smith, Michael O Wolf. ACS applied materials & interfaces 7 (34), 19268-19273
• Slurry-Phase Batch Microreactor for Hydroconversion Studies. RS Kukard, KJ Smith. Energy & Fuels 29 (8), 5274-5281
• Activity of PdO/SiO 2 catalysts for CH 4 oxidation following thermal treatments. R Gholami, KJ Smith. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 168, 156-163
• Mesoporous Mn-and La-Doped Cerium Oxide/Cobalt Oxide Mixed Metal Catalysts for Methane Oxidation. SM Vickers, R Gholami, KJ Smith, MJ MacLachlan. ACS applied materials & interfaces 7 (21), 11460-11466
• Deactivation of Pd Catalysts by Water during Low Temperature Methane Oxidation Relevant to Natural Gas Vehicle Converters. R Gholami, M Alyani, KJ Smith. Catalysts 5 (2), 561-594
• Preparation of Unsupported NiMoP Catalysts for 4, 6-Dimethyldibenzothiophene Hydrodesulfurization. R Wang, KJ Smith. Catalysis Letters 144 (9), 1594-1601
• Effect of Annealing Temperature on Co–MoS2 Nanosheets for Hydrodesulfurization of Dibenzothiophene. Z Wu, VML Whiffen, W Zhu, D Wang, KJ Smith. Catalysis Letters 144, 1-7
• Catalyst deactivation in slurry-phase residue hydroconversion. H Rezaei, KJ Smith. Energy & Fuels 27 (10), 6087-6097
• An overview of the kinetics and catalysis of hydrogen storage on organic liquids. F Sotoodeh, KJ Smith. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 91 (9), 1477-1490
• The kinetics of decalin ring opening over a Ir/H-Beta catalyst. AH Alzaid, KJ Smith. Applied Catalysis A: General 450, 243-252
• Analysis of H2 Release from Organic Polycyclics over Pd Catalysts Using DFT. F Sotoodeh, KJ Smith. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117 (1), 194-204
• Study of MoS2 Catalyst Recycle in Slurry-Phase Residue Hydroconversion. H Rezaei, SJ Ardakani, KJ Smith. Energy & Fuels 26 (11), 6540-6550
• A comparative study of 4-methylphenol hydrodeoxygenation over high surface area MoP and Ni2P. VML Whiffen, KJ Smith. Topics in Catalysis 55 (14-15), 981-990
• Comparison of MoS2 catalysts prepared from Mo-micelle and Mo-octoate precursors for hydroconversion of Cold Lake vacuum residue: catalyst activity, coke properties and catalyst recycle. H Rezaei, SJ Ardakani, KJ Smith. Energy & Fuels 26 (5), 2768-2778
• The effect of the N atom on the dehydrogenation of heterocycles used for hydrogen storage. F Sotoodeh, BJM Huber, KJ Smith. Applied Catalysis A: General 419, 67-72
• The influence of citric acid on the synthesis and activity of high surface area MoP for the hydrodeoxygenation of 4-methylphenol. VML Whiffen, KJ Smith, SK Straus. Applied Catalysis A: General 419, 111-125
• The effect of Cu loading on the formation of methyl formate and C 2-oxygenates from CH 3 OH and CO over K-or Cs-promoted Cu-MgO catalysts. S Goodarznia, KJ Smith. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 353, 58-66
• Dehydrogenation kinetics and catalysis of organic heteroaromatics for hydrogen storage. F Sotoodeh, BJM Huber, KJ Smith. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 37 (3), 2715-2722
• A review of molybdenum catalysts for synthesis gas conversion to alcohols: catalysts, mechanisms and kinetics. S Zaman, KJ Smith. Catalysis Reviews 54 (1), 41-132
• Study of Synthesis Gas Conversion to Methane and Methanol over an Mo6P3 Cluster Using Density Functional Theory. M Meunier, SF Zaman, KJ Smith. Industrial Applications of Molecular Simulations, 303-322
• A comparative study of ring opening of naphthalene, tetralin and decalin over Mo 2 C/HY and Pd/HY catalysts. SJ Ardakani, KJ Smith. Applied Catalysis A: General 403 (1), 36-47
• Synthesis gas conversion over a Rh–K–MoP/SiO 2 catalyst. SF Zaman, KJ Smith. Catalysis today 171 (1), 266-274
• Structure sensitivity of dodecahydro-N-ethylcarbazole dehydrogenation over Pd catalysts. F Sotoodeh, KJ Smith. Journal of catalysis 279 (1), 36-47
• The effect of Mg and K addition to a Mo 2 C/HY catalyst for the hydrogenation and ring opening of naphthalene. X Liu, SJ Ardakani, KJ Smith. Catalysis Communications 12 (6), 454-458


Shahab Sokhsansanj

Adjunct Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Researcher, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Shahab Sokhansanj is an Adjunct Professor of UBC Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His core research is in feedstock engineering focusing on harvesting, drying, fractionating, and densification of cellulosic biomass. These processes add value to an otherwise low value commodity. The work has evolved in two fronts: 1) experimenting with innovative biomass preprocesses to acquire engineering data for design and optimum operation of individual unit operations; and 2) developing engineering models for simulation of unit operations for optimizing the entire supply chains. His research has resulted in the development of a highly successful modeling platform IBSAL (Integrated Biomass Supply Analysis & Logistics). This dynamic modeling environment is constructed on GIS spatial data, engineering processes, operations research, and real time climate data. A value chain that consists of a sequence of operations is constructed from an ensemble of modules available in a library. The elements of the IBSAL have been validated through peer reviewed publications in engineering journals.
He has recently won the 2016 Founders’ Award in Bioenergy Excellence at the 7th International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition, the ASABE (American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers) President’s Citation Award in 2010, the Maple Leaf Award by Canadian Society for Bioengineering in 2009, and Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in 2009.

Current projects

Size Reduction and Torrefaction of Biomass
• 2012 - 2016, as Principal Investigator

Densification and Logistics of Biomass
• 2012 - 2017, as Principal Investigator

Steam Treatment and Reduction in Chlorine in Woody Materials
• 2016 - 2017, as Principal Investigator

Exploring Coating Pellets
• 2014 - 2018, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Yazdanpanah, F., S. Sokhansanj, C. J. Lim, A. Lau, and X. Bi. 2016. Gas Adsorption Capacity of Wood Pellets. Energy & Fuels
• Naimi, Ladan J., Flavien Collard, Xiaotao Bi, C. Jim Lim, Shahab Sokhansanj. 2016. Development of size reduction equations for calculating power input for grinding pine wood chips. Journal Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery,1-9.
• Jia, Dening, Océane Cathary, Jianghong Peng, Xiaotao Bi, C. Jim Lim, Shahab Sokhansanj, Yuping Liu and Ruixu Wang. 2015. Fluidization and Drying of Biomass Particles in a Vibrating Fluidized Bed with Pulsed Gas Flow. Fuel Processing Technology Volume 138, October 2015, Pages 471–482
• Lee, J.S. , S. Sokhansanj, A.K. Lau, C. J. Lim, X. T. Bi, V. Basset, F. Yazdanpanah, S. Melin, 2015. The effects of long term storage on the net calorific value of wood pellets. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 57:8.5-8.12.
• Shahrukh, Hassan, Adetoyese Olajire Oyedun, Amit Kumar, Bahman Ghiasi, Linoj Kumar, Shahab Sokhansanj. 2015. Net Energy Ratio for the Production of Steam Pretreated Biomass-based Pellets. Biomass and Bioenergy 80 (2015) 286-297
• Popp, M., Searcy, S., S. Sokhansanj. 2015. Influence of weather on the predicted moisture content of field chopped energy sorghum and switchgrass. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 31(2) 179-190 (doi: 10.13031/aea.31.10674)
• Tumuluru, Jaya Shankar, C. Jim Lim, Xingya Kuang, Staffan Melin, Fahimeh Yazdanpanah and Shahab Sokhansanj. 2015. Analysis on Storage Off-Gas Emissions from Woody, Herbaceous, and Torrefied Biomass. Energies 2015, 8, 1
• Yazdanpanah, F., S. Sokhansanj, C.J. Lim, A. Lau, X. Bi, S. Melin. 2014. Stratification of off-gases in stored wood pellets. Biomass & Bioenergy
• Iroba, Kingsley L., Lope G. Tabil, Shahab Sokhansanj, Tim Dumonceaux. 2014. Pretreatment and fractionation of barley straw using steam explosion at low severity factor. Biomass & Bioenergy
• Lam, Pak Yiu, Pak Sui Lam, Shahab Sokhansanj, Xiaotao T Bi, Jim C Lim, Staffan Melin. 2014. Effects of pelletization conditions on breaking strength and dimensional stability of Douglas fir Pellet. Journal of Fuel. 117(Part B):1085-1092.
• Lam, P.K., S. Sokhansanj, X.T. Bi, C.J. Lim. 2013. Mechanical and compositional characteristics of steam-treated Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii L.) during pelletization. Biomass and Bioenergy 56 (2013):116-126.
• Naimi, Ladan, Shahab Sokhansanj, Xiaotao Bi, C. Jim Lim, Alvin R. Womac, Anthony Lau, Staffan Melin. 2013. Development of size reduction equations for calculating energy input for grinding lignocellulosic particles. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 29(1):93-100.
• Peng, J.H., X.T. Bi, S. Sokhansanj, and J.C. Lim. 2012. Development of torrefaction kinetics for BC softwood. International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering. 10(1):1-37
• Tooyserkani, Zahra, Linoj Kumar, Shahab Sokhansanj, Jack Saddler, Xiaotao T. Bi, C. Jim Lim, Anthony Lau, Staffan Melin. 2012. SO2-catalyzed steam pretreatment enhances the strength and stability of softwood pellets. Bioresource Technology 130:59-68.
• Ghafghazi, S., T. Sowlati, S. Sokhansanj, X. Bi, S. Melin. 2011. Life cycle assessment of base-load heat sources for district heating system options, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 16(3):212-223.
• Bitra, Venkata S.P., Alvin R. Womac, Yuechuan T. Yang, Petre I. Miu, C. Igathinathane, Nehru Chevanan, Shahab Sokhansanj. 2011. Characterization of wheat straw particle size distributions as affected by knife mill operating factors. Biomass and Bioenergy 35(8): 3674–3686


Hua Song

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary

Dr. Hua Song received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University (2001) and M.S. degree in Applied Chemistry from Tsinghua University (2004) in China. He then continued his study in Heterogeneous Catalysis in the United States and received his Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University in 2009. He joined the Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) company as a Lead Engineer doing coal combustion emission control related research right after his graduation for about one and a half years (2009 ~ 2010). He then continued his professional career at Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) as a Research Chemical Engineer II conducting clean energy related work for another one and half years (2011 ~ 2012).
Dr. Song is now holding the associate professor position in Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary. His prior and current work has concentrated on development and characterization of heterogeneous catalyst systems for use in clean energy conversion and emissions control such as heavy oil upgrading, natural gas storage and utilization, CO2 capture and utilization, solid (coal, biomass, and municipal solid wastes) gasification for liquid production, and hazardous pollutants removal in waste water and flue gas after fossil fuel combustion. He has more than 40 refereed publications with high impact factor, more than 10 domestic and international patents, 6 books and book chapters. He has also received multiple internal and external research grants during the past seven years with total funding size over $4 million. His research has been recognized by multiple public media including NPR, UPI, CEP (AICHE), Tcetoday (IChemE), Science Daily, the Columbus Dispatch, the Calgary Herald, and Southern Weekend. Dr. Song has also been invited as the speaker and session chair of various professional meetings held nationally and internationally, and is an editorial board member and expert reviewer for multiple professional magazines with high impact in the field of energy and catalysis.

Recent publications

• Wang, A., Austin, D., Yung, M., Zeng, H., Song, H.*, "Catalytic Co-Aromatization of Acetic Acid and Methane", ACS Catalysis, (2017), 7, 3681-3692
• He, P., Gatip, R., Yung, M., Zeng, H., Lou, Y., Song, H.*, "Co-Aromatization of Olefin and Methane over Ag-Ga/ZSM-5 Catalyst at Low Temperature”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2017) 211, 275-288
• He, P., Wen, Y., Gatip, R., Austin, D., Lou, Y., Song, H.*, “Selective participation of methane in olefin upgrading over Pd/ZSM-5 and Ir/ZSM-5: Investigation using deuterium enriched methane”, ChemistrySelect, (2017) 2, 252-256
• He, P., Luan, Y., Zhao, L., Cheng, W., Wu, C., Chen, S., Song, H.*, "Catalytic Bitumen Partial Upgrading over Ag-Ga/ZSM-5 under Methane Environment", Fuel Processing Technology, (2017) 156, 290-297
• He, P., Zhao, L., Song, H.*, "Bitumen Partial Upgrading over Mo/ZSM-5 under Methane Environment”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2017) 201, 438-450
• Lou, Y., He, P., Zhao, L., Cheng, W., Song, H.*, "Olefin Upgrading over Ir/ZSM-5 catalysts under Methane Environment", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2017) 201, 278-289
• Zhao, L., He, P., Lou, Y., Song, H.*, "Catalytic Bitumen Partial Upgrading under Methane Environment", Energy & Fuels, (2016) 30, 10330-10340
• Lou, Y., He, P., Zhao, L., Song, H.*, "Highly Selective Olefin Hydrogenation: Refinery Oil Upgrading over bifunctional Pd/H-ZSM-5", Catalysis Communications, (2016) 87, 66-69
• Lou, Y., He, P., Zhao, L., Song, H.*, "Refinery Oil Upgrading under Methane Environment over PdOx/H-ZSM-5: Highly Selective Olefin Saturation”, Fuel, (2016) 183, 396-404
• Wang, A., He, P., Yung, M., Zeng, H., Qian, H., Song, H.*, "Catalytic Co-Aromatization of Ethanol and Methane", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2016) 198, 480-492
• He, P., Lou, Y., Song, H.*, "Olefin Upgrading under Methane Environment over Ag-Ga/ZSM-5 Catalyst", Fuel, (2016) 182, 577-587
• Xiao, Y., Cheng, W., Liu, J., Shan, W., Song, H.*, "Converting Solid Wastes into Liquid Fuel using a Novel Methanolysis Process", Waste Management, (2016) 49, 304-310
• He, P., Shan, W., Xiao, Y., Song, H.*, “Performance of Zn/ZSM-5 for In-Situ Catalytic Upgrading of Pyrolysis Oil by Natural Gas”, Topics in Catalysis, (2016) 59(1), 86-93
• Guo, A., Wu, C., He, P., Luan, Y., Zhao, L., Shan, W., Song, H.*, "Low-Temperature and Low-Pressure Nonoxidative Activation of Methane for Upgrading Heavy Oils", Catalysis Science & Technology, (2016) 6, 1201-1213
• Xiao, Y., Song, H.*, "Simultaneous Low Cost Carbon Sources and CO2 Valorizations through Catalytic Gasification", Energy & Fuels, (2015) 29 (11), 7497–7507
• Shan, W., Song, H.*, "Catalysts for the Selective Catalytic Reduction of NOx with NH3 at Low Temperature", Catalysis Science & Technology, (2015) 5, 4280-4288
• He, P., Song, H.*, “Catalytic Conversion of Biomass by Natural Gas for Oil Quality Upgrading”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, (2014) 53 (41), 15862-15870
• Guo, A., Zhou, Y., Chen, K., Xue, Z., Wang, Z., Song, H.*, “Co-processing of Vacuum Residue/Fraction Oil Blends: Effect of Fraction Oils Recycle on the Stability of Coking Feedstock”, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis (2014) 109, 109-115
• Guo, A., Wei, Z., Zhao, B., Chen K., Liu, D., Wang, Z., Song, H.*, "Separation of Toluene-insoluble Solids in the Slurry Oil from an RFCC Unit: Determination of Solid Content and Sequential Selective Separation of Solid Components", Energy & Fuels, (2014) 28 (5), 3053-3065
• Song, H., Zhang, L., Ozkan, U.S., “The effect of Surface Acidic and Basic Properties on Ethanol Steam Reforming Performance of Co-based Catalysts”, Topics in Catalysis, (2012) 55 (19-20), 1324-1331


Taraneh Sowlati

Professor, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

Dr. Taraneh Sowlati is a Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. She is also a member of Canadian Operational Research Society, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences. Her research areas include supply chain management, mathematical modeling and optimization, multi-criteria decision making, simulation, and life cycle assessment. She is currectly leading several projects under Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Current projects

Integrated and Sustainable Forest Biomass Supply Chain
• as Principal Investigator

Inventory and Routing Optimization in Forest Biomass Supply Chain
• as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Multi-criteria assessment of partnership components. M Piltan, T Sowlati. Expert Systems with Applications 64, 605-617
• Incorporating social benefits in multi-objective optimization of forest-based bioenergy and biofuel supply chains. C Cambero, T Sowlati. Applied Energy 178, 721-735
• Optimal design of supply chains for second generation biofuels incorporating European biofuel regulations. LE Hombach, C Cambero, T Sowlati, G Walther. Journal of Cleaner Production
• Economic and life cycle environmental optimization of forest-based biorefinery supply chains for bioenergy and biofuel production. C Cambero, T Sowlati, M Pavel. Chemical Engineering Research and Design 107, 218-235
• A multi-criteria decision support model for evaluating the performance of partnerships. M Piltan, T Sowlati. Expert Systems with Applications 45, 373-384
• Modeling of forest and wood residues supply chains for bioenergy and biofuel production. T Sowlati. Biomass Supply Chains for Bioenergy and Biorefining, 167
• A hybrid multi-stage stochastic programming-robust optimization model for maximizing the supply chain of a forest-based biomass power plant considering uncertainties. N Shabani, T Sowlati. Journal of Cleaner Production 112, 3285-3293
• Life cycle greenhouse gas analysis of bioenergy generation alternatives using forest and wood residues in remote locations: a case study in British Columbia, Canada. C Cambero, MH Alexandre, T Sowlati. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 105, 59-72
• Strategic optimization of forest residues to bioenergy and biofuel supply chain. C Cambero, T Sowlati, M Marinescu, D Röser. International Journal of Energy Research 39 (4), 439-452
• Evaluating the impact of uncertainty and variability on the value chain optimization of a forest biomass power plant using Monte Carlo Simulation. N Shabani, T Sowlati. International Journal of Green Energy
• Tactical supply chain planning for a forest biomass power plant under supply uncertainty. N Shabani, T Sowlati, M Ouhimmou, M Rönnqvist. Energy 78, 346-355
• Assessing the integration of torrefaction into wood pellet production. M Mobini, JC Meyer, F Trippe, T Sowlati, M Fröhling, F Schultmann. Journal of Cleaner Production 78, 216-225
• Assessment and optimization of forest biomass supply chains from economic, social and environmental perspectives–A review of literature. C Cambero, T Sowlati. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 36, 62-73
• Optimal flow of regional forest biomass to a district heating system. S Akhtari, T Sowlati, K Day. International Journal of Energy Research 38 (7), 954-964
• Economic feasibility of utilizing forest biomass in district energy systems–A review. S Akhtari, T Sowlati, K Day. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 33, 117-127
• The effects of variations in supply accessibility and amount on the economics of using regional forest biomass for generating district heat. S Akhtari, T Sowlati, K Day. Energy 67, 631-640
• Development of an integrated tactical and operational planning model for supply of feedstock to a commercial‐scale bioethanol plant. M Ebadian, T Sowlati, S Sokhansanj, LT Smith, M Stumborg. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 8 (2), 171-188
• A review of partnership studies in the forest products value chain: with a focus on developed countries (United States, Canada, and Western Europe). M Piltan, T Sowlati. Forest Products Journal 64 (1), 4-10
• Current and Future Role of Information Technology in the Global Forest Sector. T Sowlati. The Global Forest Sector: Changes, Practices, and Prospects, 317
• A simulation model for the design and analysis of wood pellet supply chains. M Mobini, T Sowlati, S Sokhansanj. Applied energy 111, 1239-1249
• Value chain optimization of forest biomass for bioenergy production: a review. N Shabani, S Akhtari, T Sowlati. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 23, 299-311
• A mixed integer non-linear programming model for tactical value chain optimization of a wood biomass power plant. N Shabani, T Sowlati. Applied Energy 104, 353-361
• Modeling and analysing storage systems in agricultural biomass supply chain for cellulosic ethanol production. M Ebadian, T Sowlati, S Sokhansanj, L Townley-Smith, M Stumborg. Applied energy 102, 840-849
• Analysis of available software products in the North American cabinet industry. R Hewitt, T Sowlati, JC Paradi. International Journal of Applied Management Science 5 (3), 281-296


Heather Trajano

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Dr. Heather Trajano is an Assistant Professor of UBC Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She completed her Ph.D. degree from University of California Riverside in 2012. Her research interest is on flowthrough pretreatment of softwoods: fundamentals and applications, recovery and purification of extractives, and chemocatalytic conversion of biomass. The goal of her research is to make large-scale biorefineries a reality by examining and harnessing the fundamental kinetic and transport phenomena of fractionation and catalysis for maximum economic and environmental benefit.

Current projects

Chemicals and Fuels from Biomass Through Extraction and Catalytic Conversion
• 2014 – 2019, as Principal Investigator

Chemical Recovery from Pyrolysis Oil via Catalysis
• 2016 – 2018, as Principal Investigator

Superior Pulp Performance Through Waste Stream Recovery
• 2014 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Rosales Calderon O, Trajano HL;, Posarac D, Duff SJB. 2016. "Modeling of oxygen delignified wheat straw enzymatic hydrolysis as a function of hydrolysis time, enzyme concentration, and lignin content. Industrial Biotechnology, 12: 176-186.
• Foston MB, Trajano HL, Samuel R, Wyman CE, Ragauskas AJ. 2015. Recalcitrance and structural analysis by water-only flow-through pretreatment of C13 enriched corn stover stem. Bioresource Technology, 197: 128-136.
• Trajano HL, Pattathil S, Hahn MG, Tomkins BA, Tschaplinski TJ, van Berkel GJ, Wyman CE. 2015. Xylan hydrolysis in Populus trichocarpa x P. deltoides stemwood and model substrates during hydrothermal pretreatment. Bioresource Technology, 179: 202-210.
• Kapu NS, Trajano HL. 2014. Hemicellulose hydrolysis in recalcitrant feedstocks: softwoods and bamboo. Invited review for Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1517.
• Rosales Calderon O, Trajano HL, Duff SJB. 2014. Stability of cellulase and β-glucosidase under hydrolysis conditions. PeerJ 2:e402. http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.402.
• Trajano HL, Engle NL, Foston M, Ragauskas AJ, Tschaplinski TJ, Wyman CE. 2013. Fate of lignin during hydrothermal pretreatment. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 6. DOI: 10.1186/1754-6834-6-11.
• Trajano HL, DeMartini JD, Studer MH, Wyman CE. 2013. Comparison of the effectiveness of a fluidized sand bath and a steam chamber for reactor heating. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 52: 4932-4938.
• Trajano HL and Wyman CE. "Fundamentals of Biomass Pretreatment at Low pH" in Aqueous Pretreatment of Plant Biomass for Biological and Chemical Conversion to Fuels and Chemicals, Wyman CE, Ed, Wiley Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2013. Invited submission.
• Podkaminer KP, Guss AM, Trajano HL, Hogsett D, Lynd L. 2012. Characterization of xylan utilization and discovery of a new endoxylanase in Thermoanaerobacterium saccharolyticum through targeted gene deletions. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78: 8441-8447.
• Studer MH, Brethauer S, DeMartini JD, McKenzie HL, Wyman CE. 2011. Co-hydrolysis of dilute pretreated Populus slurries to support development of a high throughput pretreatment system. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 4: 19-29.
• Studer MH, DeMartini JD, Brethauer S, McKenzie HL, Wyman CE. 2010. Engineering of a high-throughput screening system to identify cellulosic biomass, pretreatments, and enzyme formulations that enhance sugar release. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 105: 231-238


Yinhua Wan

Professor, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Associate Director, National Biochemical Engineering Technology Research Center

Dr. Yinhua Wan is a Professor in the Institute of Process Engineering (Beijing), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the Associate Director of the State Key Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering, the Associate Director of the National Biochemical Engineering Technology Research Center (Beijing). He also serves as the Deputy Secretary General of China Society of Biological Engineering and an editor of several academic journals.
Dr. Wan has been devoted himself in the fundamental and application research of membrane technology field. Main research areas focus on the essential technology of membrane processes such as functional membrane development, membrane surface modification, membrane process intensification, and membrane contamination control. He also works on the application of these technologies to clean production, biological separation, and waste water treatment. He has significant achievements on preparation of novel functional organic membrane, separation and purification of bio-based products and pharmaceutical proteins using high-throughput and high-selective membranes, fermentation-membrane separation coupling technology, and membrane technology in waste water treatment.
In recent years, he has directed over 20 projects under the National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program), the National Basic Research Program (973 Program), National Natural Science Foundation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and China Ministry of Science and Technology. He has published more than 130 papers on Chinese and English journals, obtained 18 Chinese patents and 2 U.S. patents on inventions. He won First Prize of the Science and Technology Award with Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology in 2009, First Prize of Technology Invention Award with China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation in 2013, and Second Prize of Science and Technology Development Promotion Award with Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2014.

Current projects

Development and Application of High Efficient Separation and Purification Medium
• 2014 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Study of Membrane Separation Process of Straw Alkali Treatment Black Liquor and Hemicellulase Enzymolysis Liquid
• 2014 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Membrane - Chromatography Integration Technology
• 2014 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Technology and Quality Control of Clinical Nutrient Supplements for Patients with Lung Cancer and Breast Cancer
• 2014 – 2016, as Principal Investigator

Production Mechanism of Biomaterial β-Polymaleic Acid Prepared by Fermentation-Membrane Separation Coupling
• 2015 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Development of Biological Technology to Produce Long Chain Dibasic Acid by Fermentation-Membrane Separation Coupling
• 2015 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Preparation Mechanism and Application of Separation, Adsorption and Catalysis Multifunctional Membrane Based on Biomimetic Coatings
• 2016 – 2018, as Principal Investigator

Novel Forward Osmosis Membrane Process of In - situ Absorption of Perfluorooctanoic Acid Micelle Concentration Polarization Layer
• 2017 – 2019, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• One step separation of Aureobasidium pullulans from β-poly (L-malic acid) fermentation broth by membranes technology. Jiandong Cui, Hongbao Li, Jianquan Luo, Weifeng Cao, Changsheng Qiao, Yinhua Wan. Aug 2016, Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology
• Separation and concentration of ionic liquid aqueous solution by vacuum membrane distillation. Huanhuan Wu, Fei Shen, Junfeng Wang, Jianquan Luo, Lixia Liu, Rashid Khan, Yinhua Wan. Jul 2016, Journal of Membrane Science
• Refining sugarcane juice by an integrated membrane process: Filtration behavior of polymeric membrane at high temperature. Jianquan Luo, Xiaofeng Hang, Wei Zhai, Benkun Qi, Weijie Song, Xiangrong Chen, Yinhua Wan. Jul 2016, Journal of Membrane Science
• Recent development of ionic liquid membranes. Junfeng Wang, Jianquan Luo, Shicao Feng, Haoran Li, Yinhua Wan, Xiangping Zhang. May 2016, Green Energy & Environment
• High-performance PDMS membranes for pervaporative removal of VOCs from water: The role of alkyl grafting. Hui Zhou, Yi Su, Xiangrong Chen, Jianquan Luo, Yinhua Wan. Apr 2016, Journal of Applied Polymer Science
• Polydopamine meets porous membrane: A versatile platform for facile preparation of membrane adsorbers. Jinxin Fan, Jianquan Luo, Xiangrong Chen, Yinhua Wan. Apr 2016, Journal of Chromatography A
• Surface modification of silicalite-1 with alkoxysilanes to improve the performance of PDMS/silicalite-1 pervaporation membranes: Preparation, characterization and modeling. Xiaojie Zhuang, Xiangrong Chen, Yi Su, Jianquan Luo, Shichao Feng, Hui Zhou, Yinhua Wan. 2016. Journal of Membrane Science, 499: 386-395
• Effect of alkali lignins with different molecular weights from alkali pretreated rice straw hydrolyzate on enzymatic hydrolysis. Yun Li, Benkun Qi, Jianquan Luo, Yinhua Wan. 2016. Bioresource Technology, 200: 272-278
• Biofouling control in membrane filtration system by newly isolated novel quorum quenching bacterium, Bacillus methylotrophicus sp. WY. R. Khan, F. Shen, K. Khan, L. X. Liu, H. H. Wu, J. Q. Luo and Y. H. Wan. Mar 2016, RSC Advances
• Concentration of ionic liquids by nanofiltration for recycling: Filtration behavior and modeling. Junfeng Wang, Jianquan Luo, Xiangping Zhang, Yinhua Wan. Mar 2016, Separation and Purification Technology
• Separation of human serum albumin and polyethylene glycol by electro-ultrafiltration. Guoqiang Chen, Weijie Song, Benkun Qi, Raja Ghosh, Yinhua Wan. Jan 2016, Biochemical Engineering Journal
• High molecular weight β-poly(l-malic acid) produced by A. pullulans with Ca2+ added repeated batch culture. Weifeng Cao, Xiangrong Chen, Jianquan Luo, Junxiang Yin, Changsheng Qiao, Yinhua Wan. Dec 2015, International journal of biological macromolecules
• A novel plasma-induced surface hydrophobization strategy for membrane distillation: Etching, dipping and grafting. Lixia Liu, Fei Shen, , Xiangrong Chen, Jianquan Luo, Yi Su, Huanhuan Wu, Yinhua Wan. Nov 2015, Journal of Membrane Science
• Improved performance of PDMS/silicalite-1 pervaporation membranes via designing new silicalite-1 particles. Xiaojie Zhuang, Xiangrong Chen, Yi Su, Jianquan luo, Weifeng Cao, Yinhua Wan. Nov 2015, Journal of Membrane Science
• Directing membrane chromatography to manufacture α1-antitrypsin from human plasma fraction IV. Fan J, Luo J, Song W, Chen X, Wan Y. Oct 2015, Journal of Chromatography A
• NOM fouling behavior during ultrafiltration: Effect of membrane hydrophilicity. Xiangrong Chen, Jianquan Luo, Benkun Qi, Weifeng Cao, Yinhua Wan. Sep 2015, Journal of Water Process Engineering
• Fully recycling dairy wastewater by an integrated isoelectric precipitation-nanofiltration-anaerobic fermentation process. Zhiwei Chen, Jianquan Luo, Xiangrong Chen, Xiaofeng Hang, Fei Shen, Yinhua Wan. Article, Aug 2015, The Chemical Engineering Journal
• Alkali Recycling from Rice Straw Hydrolyzate by Ultrafiltration: Fouling Mechanism and Pretreatment Efficiency. Yun Li, Benkun Qi, Jianquan Luo, Yinhua Wan. Jul 2015, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
• Separation of protein mixtures by an integrated electro-ultrafiltration–electrodialysis process. Guoqiang Chen, Weijie Song, Benkun Qi, Jing Li, Raja Ghosh, Yinhua Wan. Jun 2015, Separation and Purification Technology
• Separation and concentration of hydroxycinnamic acids in alkaline hydrolyzate from rice straw by nanofiltration. Yun Li, Benkun Qi, Jianquan Luo, Rashid Khan, Yinhua Wan. Jun 2015, Separation and Purification Technology
• Removal and recovery of perfluorooctanoate from wastewater by nanofiltration. Xiaofeng Hang, Xiangrong Chen, Jianquan Luo, Weifeng Cao, Yinhua Wan. May 2015, Separation and Purification Technology
• Resource Recovery from Soybean Soaking Water by Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis. Xiaofeng Hang, Weifeng Cao, Jianquan Luo, Xiangrong Chen, Junxiang Yin, Qiang Wang, Wen Luo, Yinhua Wan. May 2015, Food and Bioprocess Technology
• Effects of Fermentation By-products and Inhibitors on Pervaporative Recovery of Biofuels from Fermentation Broths with Novel Silane Modified Silicalite-1/PDMS/PAN Thin Film Composite Membrane. Shouliang Yi, Benkun Qi, Yi Su, Yinhua Wan. May 2015, The Chemical Engineering Journal
• Efficient production of acetone–butanol–ethanol (ABE) from cassava by a fermentation–pervaporation coupled process. Jing Li, Xiangrong Chen, Benkun Qi, Jianquan Luo, Yuming Zhang, Yi Su, Yinhua Wan. Oct 2014, Bioresource Technology
• Phase separation of an acetone–butanol–ethanol (ABE)–water mixture in the permeate during pervaporation of a dilute ABE solution. Haoli Zhou, Yi Su, Yinhua Wan. Aug 2014, Separation and Purification Technology
• Lactic acid production from lignocellulosic hydrolysates under non-sterilized conditions using Bacillus coagulans IPE22. Yinhua Wan, Yuming Zhang, Xiangrong Chen, Benkun Qi, Yi Su. Jul 2014, New Biotechnology
• Inhibition of Cellulase, b-Glucosidase, and Xylanase Activities and Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Dilute Acid Pretreated Wheat Straw by Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol Fermentation Products. Benkun Qi, Xiangrong Chen, Su Yi, Yinhua Wan. Jul 2014, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy
• Inhibitory effect of vanillin on cellulase activity in hydrolysis of cellulosic biomass. Yun Li, Benkun Qi, Yinhua Wan. Jun 2014, Bioresource Technology
• Simultaneous extraction of oil and soy isoflavones from soy sauce residue using ultrasonic-assisted two-phase solvent extraction technology. Xiangrong Chen, Yijie Luo, Benkun Qi, Yinhua Wan. May 2014, Separation and Purification Technology
• Improving lactic acid productivity from wheat straw hydrolysates by membrane integrated repeated batch fermentation under non-sterilized conditions. Zhang Y, Chen X, Qi B, Luo J, Shen F, Su Y, Khan R, Wan Y. Apr 2014, Bioresource Technology
• A two-stage ultrafiltration and nanofiltration process for recycling dairy wastewater. Jianquan Luo, Luhui Ding, Benkun Qi, Michel Y. Jaffrin, Yinhua Wan. Apr 2014
• Built-up superhydrophobic composite membrane with carbon nanotubes for water desalination. Bowu Zhang, Lixia Liu, Siyuan Xie, Fei Shen, Hui Yan, Huanhuan Wu, Yinhua Wan, Ming Yu, Hongjuan Ma, Linfan Li and Jingye Li.Apr 2014, RSC Advances
• An efficient process for lactic acid production from wheat straw by a newly isolated Bacillus coagulans strain IPE22. Zhang Y, Chen X, Luo J, Qi B, Wan Y. Mar 2014, Bioresource Technology
• beta-poly( L- malic acid) production by fed- batch culture of Aureobasidium pullulans ipe-1 with mixed sugars. Cao, WF; Luo, JQ; Qi, BK; Zhao, J; Qiao, CS; Ding, LH; Su, Y; Wan, YH. Mar 2014, Engineering in Life Sciences
• Continuous Acetone–Butanol–Ethanol (ABE) Fermentation with in Situ Solvent Recovery by Silicalite-1 Filled PDMS/PAN Composite Membrane. Jing Li, Xiangrong Chen, Benkun Qi, Jianquan Luo, Xiaojie Zhuang, Yi Su, and Yinhua Wan. Jan 2014, Energy & Fuels
• Improving lactic acid productivity from wheat straw hydrolysates by membrane integrated repeated batch fermentation under non-sterilized conditions. Yuming Zhang, Xiangrong Chen, Benkun Qi, Jianquan Luo, Fei Shen, Yi Su, Rashid Khan, Yinhua Wan. Jan 2014, Bioresource Technology


Guangyu Wang

Professor, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

Assistant Dean, Asian Strategies, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

Dr. Guangyu Wang is a Professor and the Assistant Dean, Asian Strategies, of UBC Faculty of Forestry. He is a member of Canadian Institute of Forestry, member of Chinese Society of Forestry, research fellow of Canadian International Council, fellow of World Forest Institute at USA, senior fellow of Fujian Forestry Evaluation Center in China, and senior advisor of the Carbon Institute at the University of California in San Diego. He is also an adjunct professor of three Chinese universities.

Dr. Wang's current research is focused on sustainable forest management and integrated watershed management by using geography information systems (GIS) and computer modeling. He has completed several research projects on watershed scale forest restoration and sustainable development projects, where he has used system dynamic approaches, bioregional assessments, GIS, and satellite remote sensing (SRS) techniques to analyze the mechanisms of ecosystem degradation and model the all over land use management. A computerized optimized model has been developed to define the parameters of water quality and quantity, soil erosion and productivity, biodiversity, and societal satisfaction in order to estimate the result of various applications of land use patterns, silvicultural systems, and forest practice techniques in the watershed.

As a business professional for many years in China and the US, he is also interested in strategic planning, financial management, marketing promotion, and project management. He has successfully completed several marketing, investment and development projects, and initiated several promotional events for multi-national forestry companies entering China’s market.

Dr. Wang has won the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) award in the category of “Excellence and Innovation in the Integration of Technology in Educational Practices/Collaboration” in 2016, the Best Poster Award for the Adaptation of Asia Pacific Forests to Climate Change at IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania in 2016, the Jinshan Overseas Scholar title by Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University from 2012 to 2015, and the Jiangsu Talented Overseas Scholar title by Nanjing Forestry University from 2011 to 2013.

Current projects

Adaptation of Asia Forests to Climate Change (II)
• 2016 – 2018, as Co-Investigator

Adaptation of subtropical forest ecosystems to climate change and social development
• 2016 – 2018, as Co-Investigator

China’s forestry Carbon Trade and the effective approach to link global carbon market
• 2016 – 2018, as Co-Investigator

Dynamic mechanism of particulate matter released from forest slash burning in southern China and its potential contribution to haze and smog
• 2016 – 2018, as Co-Investigator

Forestry education coordination in the Asia-Pacific
• 2016 – 2016, as Co-Investigator

Young faculty academic capacity building
• 2014 – 2016, as Co-Investigator

Forestry online course development (II)
• 2017 – 2019, as Co-Investigator

Recent publications

• Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Yang, Y., Chen, S., J. Krzyzanowski, Xie, J. and Lin, W. Extent of soil erosion and surface runoff associated with large-scale infrastructure development in Fujian Province, China. 2012. Catena 89: 22-30.
• Wang, G.Y., J.L. Innes, S.W. Wu, J. Krzyzanowski, Y. Yin, S. Dai, X. Zhang, S. Liu. National Park Development in China: Conservation or Commercialization? 2012. AMBIO 41(3): 247-261.
• Wang, G.Y, J.L. Innes, R. Hajjar, X.P, Zhang, J.X. Wang. Public Awareness and Perceptions of Watershed Management in the Min River Area, Fujian, China. 2013. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal 26(5): 586-604.
• Chen, J., B. Chen, Black, T. A., Innes, J. L., Wang, G.Y., G. Kiely, T. Hirano, G. Wohlfahrt. Comparison of terrestrial evapotranspiration estimates using the mass transfer and Penman-Monteith equations in land surface models. 2013. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci 118: 1715-1731.
• Yan, J.Y., Chen, B.Z., Feng, M., John Innes, Wang, G.Y., Fang S, Xu G., Zhang H.F., Fu D.J, Wang H.M., Yu G.R, Sun X.M. Research on Land Surface Thermal-Hydrologic Exchange in Southern China under Future Climate and Land Cover Scenarios. 2013. Advances in Meteorology 1-12.
• Yan, J., Chen, B., Feng, M., Innes, J.L., Wang, G.Y., Fang, S., Xu, G., Zhang, H., Fu, D., Wang, H., Yu, G., and Sun, X. Research on land surface thermal-hydrologic exchange in southern China under future climate and land cover scenarios. 2013. Advances in Meteorology Volume 2013, Article ID 969145, 12 pages.
• Chen, B.Z., Xu, G., Coops, N. C., Philippe, C., John, L. I., Wang, G.Y., Ranga, B. M., Wang, T.L., Krzyzanowski, J. Li, Q.L. Cao, L, Liu, Y. Changes in vegetation photosynthetic activity trends across the Asia-Pacific region over the last three decades. 2014. Remote Sensing of Environment 144: 28-41.
• Xu, Y., Wang, G.Y., Cao, F., Zhu, C., Wang, G., & El-Kassaby, Y. A. Light intensity affects the growth and flavonol biosynthesis of Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.). 2014. New Forests 45(6): 765-776.
• Chen, M., Chen, B., Innes, J. L., Wang, G.Y., Dou, X., Zhou, T., et al. Spatial and temporal variations in the end date of the vegetation growing season throughout the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau from 1982 to 2011. 2014. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 189: 81-90.
• Lin, W.X., Huang, Y.R., Wang, G.Y., Hong C.F. Fractal Study on Soil Structure of Mixed Forest of Cunninghamia lanceolata in Jiulong River Watershed. 2014. Journal of Biomathematics, Issue 2.
• Lu, Y., Coops, N.C., Bolton, D.K., Wang, T., and Wang, G.Y. Comparing stem volume predictions of coastal Douglas-fir stands in British Columbia using a simple physiological model and LiDAR remote sensing. 2014. Forest Science 61(3): 586-596.
• Xu, G., Zhang, H., Chen, B., Zhang, H., Innes, J.I., Wang, G.Y., Yan, J., Zheng, Y., Zhu, Z., and Myneni R.B. Changes in vegetation growth dynamics and relations with climate over China’s landmass from 1982 to 2011. 2014. Remote Sensing 6: 3263-3283.
• Wang, J, Tang, D, and Wang, G.Y. Comparison and Revelation on Correlations of Forestry Development with Forestry Higher Education between China and USA. 2014. World Forestry Research. DOI:10.13348/j.cnki.sjlyyj.2014.01.015.
• Lu, Y., Coops, N.C., Wang, T., and Wang, G.Y. A process-based approach to estimate Chinese Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) distribution and productivity in southern China under climate change. 2015. Forests 6(2): 360-379.
• Wang, G., Cao, F., Wang, G.Y., & El-Kassaby, Y. A. Role of Temperature and Soil Moisture Conditions on Flavonoid Production and Biosynthesis-Related Genes in Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.) Leaves. 2015. Natural Products Chemistry & Researc 3:162. doi:10.4172/2329-6836.1000162.
• Zhang, L, Liu, S., Sun, P, Wang T, Wang, G. Y., Zhang X, Wang L. Consensus forecasting of species distributions: the effects of niche model performance and niche properties. 2015. PLoS One 18: 10(3): e0120056. doi: 10.1371.
• Wang, T., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Nitschke, C.R., and Kang, K. Climatic niche models and their consensus projections for future climates for four major forest tree species in the Asia-Pacific region. 2015. Forest Ecology and Management 360: 357-366.
• Wang, G.Y., Mang, S., Krzyzanowski, J., Guo, F., Wang, T., Riehl, B., Kang, H., Li, Q. and Innes, J.L. Climate change and forest adaptation in the Asia-Pacific. 2015. Journal of Geographical Research 63: 73-109.
• Guo, F.T., Su, Z.W., Wang, G.Y., Wang, Q, Sun, L., Yang T. Prediction model of human-caused fire occurrence in the boreal forest of northern China. 2015. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 26(7): 2099-2106.
• Guo, F.T., Wang, G.Y., Ma, Z.H., John, L. Innes, and Ma, X.Q. Sun, L., and Hu, H.Q. Gamma Generalized Linear Model to Investigate the Effects of Climate Variables on the Area Burned by Forest Fire in Northeast China. 2015. Journal of Forestry Research 26: 545-555.
• Wang, G.Y., Wang, T., Kang, H., Mang, S., Riehl, B., Seely, B., & Innes, J.L. (2016). Adaptation of Asia-Pacific forests to climate change. 2016. Journal of Forestry Research 27(3): 469-488.
• Guo, F., Wang, G.Y., Su, Z., Liang, H., Wang, W., Lin, F., & Liu, A. What drives forest fire in Fujian, China? Evidence from logistic regression and Random Forests. 2016. International Journal of Wildland Fire 25(5): 505-519.
• Wang, S., Luo, Y., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J. L., Kang, H., Wang, B., & Liu, B. Methane Fluxes along a Permafrost Hillslope Gradient in Northcentral China. 2016. Forest Science 62(3): 281-287.
• Zhang, Z., Zang, R., Wang, G.Y., & Huang, X. Classification of landscape types based on land cover, successional stages and plant functional groups in a species-rich forest in Hainan Island, China. 2016. Tropical Conservation Science 9(1): 135-152.
• Guo, F., Su, Z., Wang, G.Y., Sun, L., Lin, F., & Liu, A. Wildfire ignition in the forests of southeast china: Identifying drivers and spatial distribution to predict wildfire likelihood. 2016. Applied Geography 66: 12-21.
• Guo, F.T., Wang, G.Y., Ma, Z.H., John, L. I., Ma, X.Q. Comparison of Six Generalized Linear Models for Modeling the Occurrence of Lightning-Induced Fires in Northern Daxing’an Mountains, China. 2016. Journal of Forestry Research 27: 379-388.
• Zhang, L., Liu, S., Sun, P., Wang, T., Wang, G.Y., Wang, L., & Zhang, X. Using DEM to predict Abies faxoniana and Quercus aquifolioides distributions in the upstream catchment basin of the Min River in southwest China. 2016. Ecological Indicators 69: 91-99.
• Guo, F., Selvalakshmi, S., Lin, F., Wang, G.Y., Wang, W., Su, Z., & Liu, A. Geospatial information on geographical and human factors improved anthropogenic fire occurrence modeling in the Chinese boreal forest. 2016. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46(4): 582-594.
• Kang, H., Seely, B., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J., Zheng, D., Chen, P., et al. Evaluating management tradeoffs between economic fiber production and other ecosystem services in a Chinese-fir dominated forest plantation in Fujian Province. 2016. Science of the Total Environment 557-558: 80-90.
• Wang, G.Y,, Mang, S., Cai, H., Innes, J.L., Liu, S., Zhang, Z. Integrated watershed management: evolution, development and emerging trends. 2016. Journal of Forestry Research 27(5):967–994.
• Wu, P.F., Wang, G.Y., El-Kassaby, Y.A., Wang, P., Zou, X.H., Ma. X.Q., Solubilization of aluminum-bound phosphorus by root cell walls: evidence from Chinese fir, Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook. 2016. Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Accepted and published online).
• Kang, H., Wang, T., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Zheng, D., Guo, P., Seely, B., Li, Q. and Chen, P. Application of climate niche approach to project future distribution of Chinese fir and its adaptation strategies under changing climate in Fujian Province, China. 2016. Forests, 8.
• Chen, P., Kang, H., Seely, B., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Zheng, D., Wang, T. and Li, Q. Simulating the impact of climate change on the growth of Chinese fir plantations in Fujian Province, China. 2016. PLoS One, in press.
• Pang, Y., Wang, G.Y., Mang, S.L., Xu, Z., Zhai, H., Yang Z. and Innes, J.L. RE: Effects of Conservation policy on China’s forest recovery. 2016. Science Advances, Vol 2, No. 3.


Paul Watkinson

Professor Emeritus, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Dr. Paul Watkinson is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. His current research falls primarily into two main areas--deposition and fouling of heat exchangers and process equipment biomass gasification. Fouling of process equipment and heat exchangers is an ubiquitous industrial problem, and is of particular importance in processing of heavy hydrocarbon streams. Current research involves experimental studies of deposition of particulates and asphaltenes, and the interaction of iron sulphide and coke formation in fouling of sour oils. Production of useful chemicals and liquid fuels from biomass via gasification is studied in bench or pilot scale equipment. Current work involves gasification of wood and agricultural wastes, and downstream steam reforming of tars.

Current projects

Deposition and Fouling of Heat Exchangers and Process Equipment
• as Principal Investigator

Biomass Gasification
• as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• From coal towards renewables: Catalytic/synergistic effects during steam co-gasification of switchgrass and coal in a pilot-scale bubbling fluidized bed. Mohammad S. Masnadi, John R. Grace, Xiaotao T. Bi, C. Jim Lim, Naoko Ellis, Yong Hua Li, A. Paul Watkinson. Renewable Energy, Volume 83, November 2015, Pages 918-930
• Single-fuel steam gasification of switchgrass and coal in a bubbling fluidized bed: A comprehensive parametric reference for co-gasification study. Mohammad S. Masnadi, John R. Grace, Xiaotao T. Bi, C. Jim Lim, Naoko Ellis, Yong Hua Li, A. Paul Watkinson. Energy, Volume 80, 1 February 2015, Pages 133-147
• CFD simulation and experimental measurement of droplet deposition and hydrocarbon fouling at high temperaturesOriginal Research Article. B. Lakghomi, F. Taghipour, D. Posarac, A.P. Watkinson. Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 172, Issue 1, 1 August 2011, Pages 507-516
• Watkinson, AP and ACL Lisboa (2011) “Gasification, pyrolysis and combustion”: Chapt 15 in Spouted and Spout-Fluid Beds, N Epstein, J Grace ( Eds), Cambridge University Press, UK.
• Watkinson, AP, Z Fan, B Petkovic (2011) ”Extending Fouling Concepts from Heat Exchangers to Process Equipment” Proc. Int. Conf. Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning, Crete Island, Greece pp15-22. Published on-line www.heatexchanger-fouling.com
• Wang, W and AP Watkinson (2011) “Iron Sulphide and Coke Fouling from Sour Oils:Review and Initial Experiments” Proc. Int. Conf. Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning, Crete Island, Greece pp23-30. Published on-line www.heatexchanger-fouling.com
• Lakghomi, B, F Taghipour, D Posarac, AP Watkinson (2011) “CFD Simulation of Aerosol Flow and Hydrocarbon Fouling on a Circular Disk” Chemical Engineering Journal 172, 507-516.
• Fan, Z and AP Watkinson (2011)”Kinetics and Structural Evolution During Aging of Coker Vapor Deposits” Heat Transfer Engineering 32 (3-4) 237-247.
• Li YH and AP Watkinson (2011) “Deposit Formation during Evaporation of a Pulp Mill Effluent” Heat Transfer Engineering 13 (3-4) 258-63.
• Steam gasification reactivity of char from rapid pyrolysis of bio-oil/char slurryOriginal Research Article. Masakazu Sakaguchi, A. Paul Watkinson, Naoko Ellis. Fuel, Volume 89, Issue 10, October 2010, Pages 3078-3084
• Sakaguchi, M, AP Watkinson, and N Ellis (2010) “Steam Gasification of Bio-oil and Bio-oil/Char Slurry in a Fluidized Bed Reactor” Energy Fuels 24, 5181-5189.


Guanghui Xie

Professor, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Chinese University of Agriculture

Associate Director, The National Energy R&D Centre for Non-food Biomass, Beijing

Dr. Guanghui Xie is a Professor in the College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University. He studied on arid land soil nutrient cycle as a post doctor in Bar-Ilan University in Israel during 1999-2000. Since 1987, he has more than 28 years experience in crop science at CAU, and is the author of 4 books, 120 scientific articles and 7 patents. He has supervised 35 MSc and 12 PhD students for their theses. He started non-food biomass research and development since 2004 and is one of the pioneers of this field in China. Due to his excellent work, he is deputy director of the National Energy R&D Centre for Non-food Biomass (NECB), which is under the leadership of National Energy Administration of China. His research areas are: 1) Biomass availability assessment and characterization for biofuel; 2) breeding, cultivation technology, and value chain of energy sorghum; 3) Distribution and potential of marginal land for energy crop plantation; 4) Biomass feedstock sustainability and production management.

Current projects

Carbon Mitigation Potential for Energy Utilization from Organic Waste and Related Policy Research in China
• 2016 – 2018, as Principal Investigator
• Funded by the National Development and Reform Commission Climate Secretary Clean Development Mechanism Fund of China

Effect of Grass Energy Sorghum and Switchgrass on Soil Carbon and Nutrients in Semi-arid Sandy Wasteland
• 2015 – 2018, as Principal Investigator
• Funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China

Evaluation of Crop Residue Availability Based on Its Sustainable Retaining in Soil in Seven Provinces in China
• 2016 – 2017, as Principal Investigator
• Funded by the Boeing Company

Recent publications

• Yang Yang, Tongcheng Fu, Weiqing Bao, Guanghui Xie. Life Cycle Analysis of Greenhouse Gas and PM2.5 Emissions from Restaurant Waste Oil Used for Biodiesel Production in China. BioEnergy Research. 2016. 1-9. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-016-9792-5
• Meng Li, Jun Wang, Yuezhou Yang, Guanghui Xie. Alkali-based pretreatments distinctively extract lignin and pectin for enhancing biomass saccharification by altering cellulose features in sugar-rich Jerusalem artichoke stem. Bioresour Technol. 2016. 208:31-41
• Wang JS, Wang ML, Spiertz J.H.J, Liu Z, Han L, Xie GH. 2013. Genetic variation in yield and chemical composition of a wide range of sorghum accessions grown in Northwest China. Research on Crops, 14(2)
• Fan F, Spiertz JHJ, Han LP, Liu ZX, Xie GH. 2013. Sweet sorghum performance under irrigated conditions in Northwest China: Biomass and its partitioning in inbred and hybrid cultivars at two nitrogen levels. Research on Crops, 14(2)
• Zhao YL, Steinberger Y, Shi M, Han LP, Xie GH. 2012. Changes in Stem Composition and Harvested Produce of Sweet Sorghum during the Period from Maturity to a Sequence of Delayed Harvest Dates. Biomass and Bioenergy, 39: 261-273
• Liu ZX, Spiertz JHJ, Sha J, Xue S, Xie GH. 2012. Growth and Yield Performance of Jerusalem Artichoke Clones in a Semi-arid Region of China. Agronomy Journal, 104 (6): 1538–1546
• Ren LT, LiuZX, Wei TY, Xie GH. 2012. Evaluation of energy input and output of sweet sorghum grown as a bioenergy crop on coastal saline-alkali land. Energy, 47: 166-173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2012.09.024
• Shuai Xue, Dong Qian Han, Yong Jing Yu, Li Pu Han, Yosef Steinberger, Guang Hui Xie. 2011. Dynamics in Size, Elongation, and Dry Weight of Elongated Internodes in Sweet Sorghum Plants. Field Crop Research. Field Crops Research, 2012, 126:37
• Liu ZX, Han LP, Yosef Steinberger and Xie GH. 2011. Genetic Variation and Yield Performance of Jerusalem Artichoke Germplasm Collected in China. Agricultural Sciences in China, 2011, 10(5): 101-105
• Han LP, Guo XQ, Yu YJ, Duan LS, Manjunatha S. R., Xie GH. 2011. Effect of prohexadione-calcium, maleic hydrazide and glyphosine on lodging rate and sugar content of sweet sorghum. Research On Crops, 2011, 12(1): 230-238
• Li Pu Han, Yosef Steinberger, Ya Li Zhao, Guang Hui Xie. 2011. Accumulation and partitioning of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in different varieties of sweet sorghum. Field Crops Research, 2011, 120:230
• Han LP, Wang XL, Guo XQ, Rao MS., Steinberger Y, Cheng X, Xie GH. 2011. Effects of Plant Growth Regulators on Growth, Yield and Lodging of Sweet Sorghum. Research on Crops. 12(2): 372-382
• Zhao YL, Steinberger Y, Shi M, Han LP, Xie GH. 2009. Effects of Delayed Harvest on Carbohydrates in Stems of Sweet Sorghum for Biofuel in North China. Biomass and Bioenergy.
• Zhao YL, Dolat A, Steinberger Y, Wang X, Osman A, Xie GH. 2009. Biomass Yield and Changes in Chemical Composition of Sweet Sorghum Cultivars Grown for Biofuel. Field Crops Research, 111(1-2): 55-64
• Dai XQ, Li P, Guo XQ, Sui P, Steinberger Y, and Xie GH. 2008. Nitrogen and Phosphorus Uptake and Yield of Wheat and Maize Intercropped with Poplar. Arid Land Research and Management, 22: 296-309
• Dai XQ, Sui P, Xie GH, Steinberger Y. 2006. Water Use and Nitrate Nitrogen Changes in Intensive Farmlands Following Introduction of Poplar (Populus´ euramericana) in a Semi-Arid Region. Arid Land Research and Management, 20:281-294


Chunbao Charles Xu

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), Western University

Dr. Charles Xu is a full Professor and Associate Chair-Undergraduate of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Director of Industrial Bioproducts Laboratory of Western University, and was the NSERC/FPInnovations Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery between 2011 and 2016. Dr. Xu graduated from Anhui University of Technology (formerly East China Institute of Metallurgy) with a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering in June 1993, and he earned two Ph.D. degrees, one in Metallurgical Engineering (1998) from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and the other in Chemical Engineering (2004) from The University of Western Ontario. He has acquired an international reputation in the field of biorefinery, particularly in the production of bio-energy, bio-fuels, bio-based chemicals and materials from wastes and byproducts/residues from the forestry and agricultural sectors. In the past 10 years, he has contributed to training of 110 HQP (23 PDF/research assistants, 58 graduate students and 29 BSc undergraduate students). He has co-edited/authored 2 Springer books on biorefinery, published 12 book chapters nearly 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals. In accordance to Google Scholar, his work has received a total citation of 4000+ with an H-index of 33 to date. His research has also resulted in 3 international patent (PCT) and 5 US provisional US/Canadian patents filed, and nearly 20 invention disclosures reported. He was the recipient of the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award in 2011 from CSChE, the 2014 Outstanding Profile Award in Professionals Sector from Fairchild Television, and more recently the 2015 VELUX Visiting Professorship at Aalborg University, Denmark, and 2016 Visiting Erskine Fellowship at University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is serving as the co-editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering (IJCRE).

Current projects

NSERC/FPInnovations Associate Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery
• 2011 – 2016

Development of new pathways and technologies for high value products from pulp and paper co-products and forestry residues
• 2012 – 2017

Industrial Bioproducts Laboratory (IBL)
• 2012 – 2017

Fundamental studies of drying, combustion, and ash properties of biomass and impact on boiler and pulp and paper mill operations
• 2012 – 2016

An Integrated Biorefining Process for Conversion of Agricultural Biomass/Residues into Starch/Cellulose Acetates and Bio-based Polyurethane Materials
• 2013 – 2016

Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass into Renewable Gasoline, Aviation Biofuels and Bio-based Chemicals – towards the Development of 5-HMF-Platform Biorefinery
• 2014 – 2019

Development of bio-based wood adhesives with low formaldehyde emission from liquefied crop residues
• 2015 – 2017

Hydrothermal/hydro-liquefaction processes for cost-effective conversion of wet biomass (including various bio-residues and algae) into marine diesel and bio-based chemicals
• 2015 – 2017

Recent publications

• Li H, Mahmmod N, Ma Z, Zhu M, Wang J, Zheng J, Yuan Z, Wei Q*, Xu C*, 2017. Preparation and characterization of bio-polyol and bio-based flexible polyurethane foams from fast pyrolysis of wheat straw. Industrial Crops and Products 103: 64-72.
• Shui H*, Xu H, Zhou Y, Pan C, Wang Z, Lei Z, Ren S, Kang S, Xu C, Shui T, 2017. Study on hydro-liquefaction kinetics of thermal dissolution soluble fraction from Shenfu sub-bituminous coal. Fuel 200: 576–582.
• Rahman S, Xu C, Ma K, Nanda M, Qin W*, 2017. High Production of 2,3-butanediol by a Mutant Strain of the Newly Isolated Klebsiella pneumoniae SRP2 with Increased Tolerance Towards Glycerol. International Journal of Biological Sciences 13: 308-318.
• Yang L, Havard P, Corscadden K, Wang X, Xu, C, He Q*. Co-liquefaction of spent coffee grounds and lignocellulosic feedstocks. Bioresource Technology. (In press)
• Hu Y, Gong M, Xu C*, Bassi A*, 2017. Investigation of an alternative cell disruption approach for improving hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae. Fuel (In press)
• Li B, WangY, Mahmood N, Yuan Z, Schmidt J, Xu C*, 2017. Preparation of Bio-based Phenol Formaldehyde Foams using Depolymerized Hydrolysis Lignin. Industrial Crops and Products 97: 409–416.
• Nazari L, Yuan Z, Santoro D, Sarathy S, Ho D, Batstone D, Xu C*, Ray M*, 2017. Low-Temperature Thermal Pre-Treatment of Municipal Wastewater Sludge: Process Optimization and Effects on Solubilization and Anaerobic Degradation. Water Research 113: 111-123.
• Zhang Y, Ferdosian F, Yuan Z, Xu C*, 2017. Sustainable Glucose-based Phenolic Resin and Its Curing with A DGEBA Epoxy Resin. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers 71: 381–387.
• Dessbesell L, Xu C*, Pulkki R*, Leitch M, Mahmood N, 2017. Forest biomass supply chain optimization for a biorefinery aiming to produce high-value bio-based materials and chemicals from lignin and forestry residues: A review of literature. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 47: 277–288.
• Wei R, Zhang L, Cang D, Li J, Li X, Xu C*. 2017. Current status and potential of biomass utilization in ferrous metallurgical industry. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Review 68: 511–524.
• Shui H*, Ma X, Yang L, Shui T, Pan C, Wang Z, Lei Z, Ren S, Kang S, Xu C. 2017. Thermolysis of biomass-related model compounds and its promotion on the thermal dissolution of coal. Journal of the Energy Institute 90: 418-423.
• Shui T, Feng S, Yuan Z, Kuboki T, Xu C*, 2016. Highly efficient organosolv fractionation of cornstalk into cellulose and lignin in organic acids. Bioresource Technology 218: 953–961.
• Ferdosian F, Zhang Y, Yuan Z, Anderson M, Xu C*, 2016. Curing Kinetics and Mechanical Properties of Bio-based Epoxy Composites Comprising Lignin-Based Epoxy Resins. European Polymer Journal 82: 153-165.
• Niasar HS, Li H, Kasanneni TVR, Ray MB*, Xu C*, 2016. Surface amination of activated carbon and petroleum coke for the removal of naphthenic acids and treatment of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW). Chemical Engineering Journal 293: 189 – 199.
• Ferdosian F, Yuan Z, Anderson M, Xu C*, 2016. Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrolysis Lignin-Based Epoxy Resins. Industrial Crops and Products 91: 295-301.
• Yang L, Mahmood N, Corscadden K, Xu C*, He Q*. 2016. Production of crude bio-oil via direct liquefaction of spent K-Cups. Biomass and Bioenergy 95: 354-363.
• Li B, Feng S, Niasar H, Zhang Y, Yuan Z, Schmidt J, Xu C*. 2016. Preparation and Characterization of Bark-derived Phenol Formaldehyde Foams. RSC Advances 6: 40975 – 40981.
• Guo C, Rao KTV, Reyhanitash E, Yuan Z, Rohani S, Xu C*, He SQ, 2016. Novel Inexpensive Transition Metal Phosphide Catalysts for Upgrading of Pyrolysis Oil via Hydrodeoxygenation. AIChE Journal 62: 3664–3672.
• Tian X, Rehmann L, Xu C, Fang Z*. 2016. Pretreatment of eastern white pine (Pinus strobes L.) for enzymatic hydrolysis and ethanol production by organic electrolyte solutions. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 4 (5): 2822–2829.
• Behnia I, Yuan Z, Charpentier P, Xu C*. 2016. Supercritical water gasification of aqueous fraction of pyrolysis oil in the presence of a Ni-Ru catalyst. AIChE Journal 62: 2786–2793.
• Reyhanitash E, Tymchyshyn M, Yuan Z, Albion K, van Rossum G, Xu C*.2016. Hydrotreatment of fast pyrolysis oil: effects of esterification pre-treatment of the oil using alcohol at a small loading. Fuel 179: 45–51.
• Yuan Z, Tymchyshyn M, Xu C*. 2016. Reductive depolymerization of Kraft and organosolv lignin in su-percritical acetone for chemicals and materials. ChemCatChem 8: 1968 – 1976.
• Nanda M; Yuan Z; Qin W; Xu C*. 2016. Recent advancements in catalytic conversion of glycerol into propylene glycol: A review. Catalysis Reviews 58: 309-336.
• Ferdosian F, Yuan Z, Anderson M, Xu C*. 2016. Thermal Performance and Thermal Decomposition Kinetics of Lignin-Based Epoxy Resins. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 119: 124–132.
• Yang L, Nazari L, Yuan Z, Corscadden K, Xu C*, He Q*. 2016. Hydrothermal liquefaction of spent coffee grounds in water medium for bio-oil production. Biomass and Bioenergy 86: 191-198.
• Tushar MSHK, Dutta A*, Xu C. 2016. Catalytic Supercritical Gasification of Biocrude from Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Cattle Manure. Applied Catalysis B 189: 119-132.
• Feng S, Yuan Z, Leitch M, Shui H, Xu C*, 2016. Effects of bark extraction before liquefaction and liquid Oil fractionation after liquefaction on bark-based phenol formaldehyde resoles. Industrial Crops and Products 84: 330-336.
• Mahmood N, Yuan Z, Schmidt J, Xu C*, 2016. Depolymerization of Lignins and their Applications for the Preparation of Polyols and Rigid Polyurethane Foams: A review. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 60: 317-329.
• Mahmood N, Yuan Z, Schmidt J, Tymchyshyn M, Xu C*. 2016. Hydrolytic Liquefaction of Hydrolysis Lignin for the Preparation of Bio-based Rigid Polyurethane Foam. Green Chemistry 18, 2385–2398.
• Zhang Y, Yuan Z, Mahmood N, Huang S, Xu C*. 2016. Sustainable Bio-phenol-hydroxymethylfurfural Resins using Phenolated De-polymerized Hydrolysis Lignin and their Application in Bio-composites. Industrial Crops and Products 79: 84-90.
• Montes A, Ghiasi E, Tran H, Xu C*. 2016. Study of bed materials agglomeration in a heated bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) using silica sand as the bed material and KOH to simulate molten ash, fluidized bed, Powder Technology 291: 178–185.
• Nanda M, Zhang Y, Yuan Z, Qin W, Ghaziaskar HS, Xu C*. 2016. Catalytic conversion of glycerol for sustainable production of solketal as a fuel additive: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 56: 1022-1031.
• Zhang Y, Nanda M, Tymchyshyn M, Yuan Z, Xu C*. 2016. Mechanical, Thermal, and Curing Characteristics of Renewable Phenol-hydroxymethylfurfural Resin for Application in Bio-composites. Journal of Materials Science 51: 732-738.
• Ahmadi S, Yuan Z, Rohani S, Xu C*. 2016. Effects of nano-structured CoMo catalysts on hydrodeoxygenation of fast pyrolysis oil in supercritical ethanol. Catalysis Today 269: 182-194.
• Behnia I, Yuan Z, Charpentier P, Xu C*. 2016. Production of methane and hydrogen via supercritical water gasification of renewable glucose at a relatively low temperature: Effects of metal catalysts and supports. Fuel Processing Technology 143: 27-34.


Guangwen Xu

Professor and Vice President, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology
Director, Institute of Industrial Chemistry and Energy technology
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Guangwen Xu is a Professor and the Vice President of Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, the Director of Institute of Industrial Chemistry and Energy technology, an Adjunct Professor of Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Chair Scientist of the National Scientific Research Program (973), a member of Expert Team of National High-Tech Development Program (863), a board committee member of the International CFB Technology and several Chinese associations and technology innovation alliances, the principal editor of Natural Gas Chemical Industry (Chinese), and a member of editorial boards for CIESC Journal. He obtained his bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Tsinghua University in 1991 and Ph.D. degree in Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences. Between 1996 and 2006 he has worked in Japan with NEDO, AIST and IHI as a senior researcher and in Germany as a Humboldt Fellow. Then, he has initiated and also led the Advanced Energy Technology (AET) Laboratory for about 10 years in Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 240 journal papers, with citations of about 3000, applied about 90 patents, given more than 40 various invited lectures or conference reports, and been granted with several scientific prizes in China. He and his team have also several successful technology developments and demonstrations / applications in coal pyrolysis for high-efficiency production of liquid tar and gas, low-NOx biomass combustion, wide-working temperature denitration catalyst and isothermal reaction analysis using micro fluidized bed.

Recent publications

• Enhancement of Biogas Yield of Poplar Leaf by High-Solid Codigestion with Swine Manure. Appl Biochem Biotechnol 2016 May 25;179 (2):270-82. Li Wangliang, Zhang Zhikai, Xu Guangwen
• Alkaline thermal pretreatment at mild temperatures for biogas production from anaerobic digestion of antibiotic mycelial residue. Bioresour Technol 2016 May 22;208: 49-57. Chunxing Li, Guangyi Zhang, Zhikai Zhang, Dachao Ma, Guangwen Xu
• Industrial demonstration plant for the gasification of herb residue by fluidized bed two-stage process. Bioresour Technol 2016 Apr 29;206: 93-8. Xi Zeng, Ruyi Shao, Fang Wang, Pengwei Dong, Jian Yu, Guangwen Xu
• Dengguo Lai, Zhaohui Chen, Lanxin Lin, Yuming Zhang, Shiqiu Gao, and Guangwen Xu. Secondary upgrading and cracking of shale oil from pyrolyzing shale oil over oil shale ash. Energy and Fuels. 2015. 29 (4), pp 2219–2226
• Qing Liu, Fangna Gu, Jiajian Gao, Huifang Li, Guangwen Xu, Fabing Su. Coking-resistant Ni-ZrO2/Al2O3 catalyst for CO methanation. Journal of Energy Chemistry. 2014. 23(6): 761-770
• Chuanqiang Zhu, Shuyuan Liu, Huan Liu, Juan Yang, Xiaoxing Liu, Guangwen Xu. NOx emission characteristics of fluidized bed combustion in atmospheres rich in oxygen and water vapor for high-nitrogen fuel. Fuel. 2015. 139: 346-355
• Pengwei Dong, Gan Chen, Xi Zeng, Mo Chu, Shiqiu Gao, and Guangwen Xu. Evolution of inherent oxygen in solid fuels during pyrolysis. Energy and Fuels. 2015. 29 (4), pp 2268–2276
• Fang Wang, Xi Zeng, Yonggang Wang, Jian Yu, Guangwen Xu. Characterization of Coal Char Gasification with Steam in a Micro Fluidized Bed Reaction Analyzer. Fuel Processing Technology. 2015. 141(1): 2-8
• Jiao Liu, Dianmiao Cui, Changbin Yao, Jian Yu, Fabing Su, Guangwen Xu. Syngas methanation in fluidized bed for an advanced two-stage process of SNG production. Fuel Processing Technology. 2016. 141(1): 130-137
• Dianmiao Cui, Jiao Liu, Jian Yu, Fabing Su and Guangwen Xu. Attrition-Resistant Ni-Mg/Al2O3 Catalyst for Fluidized Bed Syngas Methanation. Catalysis Science and Technology. 2015 5: 3119-3129
• Juwei Zhang, Guangwen Xu. Scale-up of bubbling fluidized beds with continuous particle flow based on particle-residence-time distribution. Particuology. 2015. 19: 155-163
• Jiao Liu, Dianmiao Cui, Jian Yu, Fabing Su, Guangwen Xu. Performance Characteristics of Fluidized Bed Syngas Methanation over Ni-Mg/Al2O3 Catalyst. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2015. 23(1): 86-92
• Jin-Hui Zhan, Rongcheng Wu, Xiaoxing Liu, Shiqiu Gao, Guangwen Xu. Preliminary understanding of initial reaction process for subbituminous coal pyrolysis with molecular dynamics simulation. Fuel. 2014. 134: 283-292
• Dengguo Lai, Zhaohui Chen, Lanxin Lin, Yuming Zhang, Shiqiu Gao, and Guangwen Xu. Secondary upgrading and cracking of shale oil from pyrolyzing shale oil over oil shale ash. Energy and Fuels. 2015. 29 (4), pp 2219–2226
• Xiaoping Liu, Jin-Hui Zhan, Dengguo Lai, Xiaoxing Liu, Zhanjun Zhang, and Guangwen Xu. Initial pyrolysis mechanism of oil shale kerogen with reactive molecular dynamics simulation. Energy and Fuels. 2015. 29 (5), pp 2987–2997
• Dianmiao Cui, Jiao Liu, Jian Yu, Junrong Yue, Fabing Su and Guangwen Xu. Necessary moderate metal-support interaction in Ni/Al2O3 for syngas methanation at high temperatures. RSC Advances. 2015 5: 10187-10196
• Xiaoxing Liu, Chuanqiang Zhu, Shujun Geng, Meiqin Yao, Jinhui Zhan, Guangwen Xu. Two-fluid modeling of Geldart A particles in gas-solid micro-fluidized beds. Particuology. 2015. 21: 118-127
• Cuina Peng, Guangyi Zhang, Junrong Yue, Guangwen Xu. Pyrolysis of black liquor for phenols and impact of its inherent alkali. Fuel Processing Technol. 2015. 127: 149-156
• Anaerobic digestion of antibiotic residue in combination with hydrothermal pretreatment for biogas. Bioresour Technol 2015 Sep 13;192: 257-65. Guangyi Zhang, Chunxing Li, Dachao Ma, Zhikai Zhang, Guangwen Xu
• Anaerobic digestion of yard waste with hydrothermal pretreatment. Appl Biochem Biotechnol 2014 Mar 15; 172(5):2670-81. Wangliang Li, Guangyi Zhang, Zhikai Zhang, Guangwen Xu
• Impact of pretreatment on solid state anaerobic digestion of yard waste for biogas production. World J Microbiol Biotechnol 2014 Feb 31; 30(2): 547-54. Zhikai Zhang, Wangliang Li, Guangyi Zhang, Guangwen Xu
• Kinetics and mechanism of direct reaction between CO2 and Ca(OH)2 in micro fluidized bed. Environ Sci Technol 2013 Jul 12; 47(13):7514-20. Jian Yu, Xi Zeng, Guangyi Zhang, Juwei Zhang, Yin Wang, Guangwen Xu
• Hydrogenolysis of cellulose to C4-C7 alcohols over bi-functional CuO-MO/Al2O3 (M=Ce, Mg, Mn, Ni, Zn) catalysts coupled with methanol reforming reaction. Bioresour Technol 2013 Jun 25; 137: 311-7. Yanhua Wu, Fangna Gu, Guangwen Xu, Ziyi Zhong, Fabing Su


Vikramaditya Yadav

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Dr. Vikramaditya Yadav is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. His research group – the BioFoundry – utilises metabolic & enzyme engineering to investigate and customise novel biosynthetic enzymes that can convert biomass-derived feedstocks into better fuels, pharmaceuticals and value-added chemicals. They also extend these principles to the design and development of unique bioremediation strategies to rehabilitate the water quality in and around industrial zones. In addition to green engineering, the BioFoundry is also pursues medical biotechnology research, and we are working extensively on infectious disease drug discovery, drug delivery and tissue engineering. His group actively collaborates with local start-ups, industry, academic groups and medical research laboratories, and his work is fostering innovation in a strategic domain for Canada.

Recent publications

• The impending renaissance in discovery & development of natural products. SV Pawar, JC Ho, GD Yadav, VG Yadav. Current topics in medicinal chemistry
• Unraveling the multispecificity and catalytic promiscuity of taxadiene monooxygenase. VG Yadav. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic 110, 154-164
• Metabolic engineering: The ultimate paradigm for continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing. VG Yadav, G Stephanopoulos. ChemSusChem 7 (7), 1847-1853
• Biosynthonics: Charting the Future Role of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering in Drug Discovery. VG Yadav. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 53 (49), 18597-18610
• Combining metabolic pathway design and retrosynthetic planning for the design of a novel semisynthetic manufacturing scheme for paclitaxel. VG Yadav. Organic Process Research & Development 18 (6), 816-826
• Rational enzyme redesign for enhancing activity and selectivity of heterologous taxane oxidation in engineered E. coli. VG Yadav, SMB Edgar, G Stephanopoulos. The FASEB Journal 27 (1 Supplement), 998.3-998.3
• Biosynthetic engineering for the assembly of better drugs. VG Yadav. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• The future of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology: towards a systematic practice. VG Yadav, M De Mey, CG Lim, PK Ajikumar, G Stephanopoulos. Metabolic engineering 14 (3), 233-241
• Systems biotechnology for drug discovery and development. VG Yadav, AP Kumaran, CG Lim, GN Stephanopoulos. Abstracts of Papers of The American Chemical Society 243
• Education in a developing world. G Yadav, V Yadav. Chemical engineer, 30-32
• Reevaluating synthesis by biology. VG Yadav, G Stephanopoulos. Current opinion in microbiology 13 (3), 371-376
• Fuelling the Indian economic engine by retooling Indian technical education. VG Yadav, GD Yadav. Current science 98 (11), 1442
• De novo metabolic engineering and the promise of synthetic DNA. D Klein-Marcuschamer, VG Yadav, A Ghaderi, GN Stephanopoulos. Biosystems Engineering I, 101-131
• Micro-and Nanoscale Technologies in High-Throughput Biomedical Experimentation. VG Yadav, MD Brigham, L Yibo, C Rivest, U Demirci, A Khademhosseini. NanoScience in Biomedicine, 314-346
• Cell and protein compatibility of parylene-C surfaces. Tracy Y Chang, Vikramaditya G Yadav, Sarah De Leo, Agustin Mohedas, Bimal Rajalingam, Chia-Ling Chen, Selvapraba Selvarasah, Mehmet R Dokmeci, Ali Khademhosseini. Langmuir 23 (23), 11718-11725
• Microscale hydrogels for medicine and biology: synthesis, characteristics and applications. Christopher Rivest, David Morrison, Bin Ni, Jamie Rubin, Vikramaditya Yadav, Alborz Mahdavi, Jeffrey Karp, Ali Khademhosseini. Journal of Mechanics of materials and structures 2 (6), 1103-1119


changfeng yan

Professor, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Changfeng Yan is the Director and a Professor of the Hydrogen Production Laboratory at Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also a council member of Hydrogen Production Professional Committee, Chinese Renewable Energy Society, and a council member of China Energy Society.
He is mainly engaged in fundamental research on syngas, natual gas, and hydrogen production from bio-oil. Also works on biomass and solid waste pyrolysis, combustion, gasification and liquefaction, energy-saving technology research and development, energy system optimization, low dust clean combustion of pulverized coal, and pollution and emissions control. Specifically, it includes: 1) Hydrogen production and other low-carbon energy production: fundamental research on gas (such as syngas and natural gas), liquid (such as bio-oil, methanol and ethanol), and hydrogen production from solid fuels; 2) Carbon capture, transport and storage: mechanism and technology of CO2 chemical chain capture. Analysis and assessment are conducted on different capture technologies and their technical and economic parameters; 3) energy-saving technology R&D: Key technology of semiconductor thermoelectric power generation, energy system optimizationof industries productions; technology R&D on medium-to-high temperature dehydrogenation heat pipes; industrial application of medium-to-low temperature heat pipe technology.
Dr. Yan has directed and participated in over 40 projects including the National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program), Key Technology R&D Program of the National Development and Reform Commission in the National "ninth 5-year Plan", Key Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in the National "eighth 5-year Plan", as well as several other national and provincial programs. He has published more than 40 papers in academic journals including 19 SCI / EI papers. He has 14 patent applications with 9 have been authorized; 4 of which are invention patents. He has won the First Prize and Third Prize of Guangdong Provincial Science and Technology Progress Award.

Recent publications

• Zhida Wang, Yuan Gan, Changfeng Yan, Ying Huang, Wei Jiang. Mechanism study of reversible transition between self-assembly and disassembly of ABC triblock copolymer micelles. Polymer. 2016. 90: 276-281
• Feng-Man Sun; Chang-Feng Yan; Zhi-Da Wang; Chang-Qing Guo; Shi-Lin Huang, Ni/Ce-Zr-O catalyst for high CO2 conversion during reverse water gas shift reaction (RWGS), International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40(46), pp 15985-15993, 14/12/2015.
• Ying Huang; Chang-Feng Yan; Chang-Qin Guo; Shi-Lin Huang, Enhanced Photoreduction Activity of Carbon Dioxide over Co3O4/CeO2 Catalysts under Visible Light Irradiation, International Journal of Photoenergy, Vol 2015, 16/4/2015.
• Yan, Changfeng; Hai, Hang; Hu, Rongrong; Guo, Changqing; Huang, Shilin; Li, Wenbo; Wen, Ye, Effect of Cr promoter on performance of steam reforming of dimethyl ether in a metal foam micro-reactor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39(32), pp 18625-18631, 31/10/2014.
• Yan, Chang-Feng; Ye, Wen; Guo, Chang-Qing; Huang, Shi-Lin; Li, Wen-Bo; Luo, Wei-Min, Numerical simulation and experimental study of hydrogen production from dimethyl ether steam reforming in a micro-reactor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39(32), pp 18642-18649, 31/10/2014.
• Yan, Chang-Feng; Chen, Hao; Hu, Rong-Rong; Huang, Shilin; Luo, Weimin; Guo, Changqing; Li, Mingyu; Li, Wenbo, Synthesis of mesoporous Co-Ce oxides catalysts by glycine-nitrate combustion approach for CO preferential oxidation reaction in excess H-2, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39(32), pp 18695-18701, 31/10/2014.
• Yan, Changfeng; Hai, Hang; Guo, Changqing; Li, Wenbo; Huang, Shilin; Chen, Hao, Hydrogen production by steam reforming of dimethyl ether and CO-PrOx in a metal foam micro-reactor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39(20), pp 10409-10416, 3/7/2014.
• Hu, Rong-rong; Yan, Chang-feng; Zheng, Xiao-xiao; Liu, Hong; Zhou, Zhou-yu, Carbon deposition on Ni/ZrO2-CeO2 catalyst during steam reforming of acetic acid, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38(14), pp 6033-6038, 10/5/2013.
• Yao, Zhiwei; Hai, Hang; Lai, Zhuangchai; Zhang, Xiaohong; Peng, Feng; Yan, Changfeng, A Novel Carbothermal Synthesis Route for Carbon Nanotube Supported Fe2P Nanoparticles, Topics in Catalysis, 55(14-15), pp 1040-1045, 2012/10.
• Zheng, Xiao-xiao; Yan, Chang-feng; Hu, Rong-rong; Li, Juan; Hai, Hang; Luo, Wei-min; Guo, Chang-qing; Li, Wen-bo; Zhou, Zhou-yu, Hydrogen from acetic acid as the model compound of biomass fast-pyralysis oil over Ni catalyst supported on ceria-zirconia, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37(17), pp 12987-12993, 9/2012.
• Hu, Rongrong; Yan, Changfeng; Xie, Lanying; Cheng, Yi; Wang, Dezhang, Selective oxidation of CO in rich hydrogen stream over Ag/OMS-2 catalyst, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36(1), pp 64-71, 2011/1
• Chang-Feng Yan, Fei-Fei Cheng, Rong-Rong Hu. Hydrogen production from catalytic steam reforming of bio-oil aqueous fraction over Ni/CeO2–ZrO2 catalysts. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2010. 35(21): 11693–11699.
• Chang-Feng Yan, John R. Grace, C. Jim Lim. Effects of rapid calcination on properties of calcium-based sorbents. Fuel Processing Technology. 2010. 91(11): 1678-1686.
• Yan, Chang-Feng; Hu, En-Yuan; Cai, Chi-Liu, Hydrogen production from bio-oil aqueous fraction with in situ carbon dioxide capture, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 35(7), pp 2612-2616, 4/2010.
• Hu, En-Yuan; Yan, Chang-Feng; Cai, Chi-Liu; Hu, Rong-Rong, Experimental research on hydrogen production by catalytic steam reforming of bio-oil aqueous fraction, Journal of Fuel Chemistry and Technology, 37(2), pp 177-182, 2009


Linbo Yan

Lecturer, Beijing Jiaotong University

Dr. Linbo Yan is a lecturer and Master's supervisor in Beijing Jiaotong University. He got his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. degree in Beijing Jiaotong University, and then continued his postdoc research in Tsinghua University and the University of British Columbia. His research fields include: 1) Developing zero emission coal systems and doing corresponding process simulations; 2) Numerical simulations for entrained bed and fluidized bed gasification, and developing relative sub-models; 3) Retrofitting of power plant boilers and implementing corresponding thermal balance calculations. He has led two Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, one China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, one National Natural Science Foundation of China for Yong Scientist, and one Talent Research Start-up Fund of Beijing Jiaotong University. He has published 20 SCI papers and 2 EI papers in recent years.

Current projects

Clean and Efficient Combustion of High Ash Content and High Melting Point Anthracite - Development and Demonstration of Large Scale Coal Dust Gasification Technology Using Gas-Fluidized Bed
• 2017 - 2020, as Co-Investigator
• Funded by China National Key Research & Development Plan

Technology Development and Demonstration of Clean and High Efficient Conversion of Low-rank Coal
• 2017 - 2020, as Co-Investigator
• Funded by China National Key Research & Development Plan

Recent publications

• Linbo Yan, Guangxi Yue, Boshu He. Application of an efficient exponential wide band model for the natural gas combustion simulation in a 300 kW BERL burner furnace. Applied Thermal Engineering. 2016 94: 209-220
• Linbo Yan, Guangxi Yue, Boshu He. Thermodynamic analyses of a biomass–coal co-gasification power generation system. Bioresource Technology. 2016. 205: 133-141
• Linbo Yan, Guangxi Yue, Boshu He. Development of an absorption coefficient calculation method potential for combustion and gasification simulations. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 2015. 91: 1069-1077
• Linbo Yan, Guangxi Yue, Boshu He. Exergy analysis of a coal/biomass co-hydrogasification based chemical looping power generation system. Energy. 2015. 93(2): 1778-1787
• Chaojun Wang, Boshu He, Linbo Yan, Xiaohui Pei, Shinan Chen. Thermodynamic analysis of a low-pressure economizer based waste heat recovery system for a coal-fired power plant. Energy. 2014. 66: 80-90
• Linbo Yan, Boshu He, Xiaohui Pei, Chaojun Wang, Zhipeng Duan, Jingge Song, Xuezheng Li. Design and comparisons of three biomass based hydrogen generation systems with chemical looping process. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2014. 39(31): 17540–17553
• Linbo Yan, Boshu He, Tianyi Hao, Xiaohui Pei, Xusheng Li, Chaojun Wang, Zhipeng Duan. Thermogravimetric study on the pressurized hydropyrolysis kinetics of a lignite coal. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2014. 39(15): 7826–7833
• Xiaohui Pei Boshu He, Linbo Yan, Chaojun Wang, Weining Song, Jingge Song. Process simulation of oxy-fuel combustion for a 300 MW pulverized coal-fired power plant using Aspen Plus. Energy Conversion and Management. 2013. 76: 581-587
• Linbo Yan, Boshu He, Xiaohui Pei, Xusheng Li, Chaojun Wang. Energy and exergy analyses of a Zero emission coal system. Energy. 2013. 55: 1094-1103
• Linbo Yan, Boshu He, Xiaohui Pei, Xusheng Li, Chaojun Wang, Huaxin Liang. Kinetic model and prediction for coal hydrogasification. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2013. 38(11): 4513-4523
• Linbo Yan, Boshu He, Lele Ma, Xiaohui Pei, Chaojun Wang, Xusheng Li. Integrated characteristics and performance of zero emission coal system. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2012. 37(12): 9669-9676
• Chaojun Wang, Boshu He, Shaoyang Sun, Ying Wu, Na Yan, Linbo Yan, Xiaohui Pei. Application of a low pressure economizer for waste heat recovery from the exhaust flue gas in a 600 MW power plant. Energy. 2012. 48(1): 196-202


Qing Yang

Associate Professor, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Dr. Yang is an Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. She was a Visiting Scholar at UBC Department of Chemical and Biological in 2011. Dr. Yang specializes in systems accounting for renewable energies and carbon capture and storage technologies and their implications to environment and ecological systems. She has been involved in the assessment and optimization of renewable energy derived processes and carbon capture and storage technologies, with multiple scales relationship to climate change (thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, transport and reaction, environment, renewable resources, land use, natural resources, carbon emissions and climate change, ecological systems, regional and global sustainability). She has more than 20 papers published in international journals recently, including 2 highly-cited papers and one paper ranking Top 25 hottest papers by Elsevier.

Current projects

Study on Biomass Low-Temperature Strengthened De-Oxygen and Its Pyrolysis Process in Aim of Production for Mononuclear Aromatics
• 2015 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Coupling Mechanism Study on Biomass Low-Temperature De-Oxygen and Its Pyrolysis Process
• 2014 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Haiping Yang, Biao Liu, Yingquan Chen, Wei Chen, Qing Yang, Hanping Chen. Application of biomass pyrolytic polygeneration technology using retort reactors. Bioresource Technology. 2016. 200: 64-71
• Qing Yang, Fei Han, Yingquan Chen, Haiping Yang, Hanping Chen. Greenhouse gas emissions of a biomass-based pyrolysis plant in China. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2016. 53: 1580–1590
• Yanyang Mei, Qingfeng Che, Qing Yang, Christopher Draper, Haiping Yang, Shihong Zhang, Hanping Chen. Torrefaction of different parts from a corn stalk and its effect on the characterization of products. Industrial Crops and Products. 2016. 92: 26-33
• Li, J.S., Luo, R., Yang, Q., et al., 2016, Inventory of CO2 emissions driven by energy consumption in Hubei Province: A time-series energy input-output analysis, Fronties of Earth Science. 1-14.
• Lei Chen, Xianhua Wang, Haiping Yang, Qiang Lu, Di Li, Qing Yang, Hanping Chen. Study on pyrolysis behaviors of non-woody lignins with TG-FTIR and Py-GC/MS. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. 2015. 113: 499-507
• Yanyang Mei, Rujie Liu, Qing Yang, Haiping Yang, Jingai Shao, Christopher Draper, Shihong Zhang, Hanping Chen. Torrefaction of cedarwood in a pilot scale rotary kiln and the influence of industrial flue gas. Bioresource Technology. 2015. 177: 355-360
• Wu, X.F., Chen, G.Q., Wu, X.D., Yang, Q. et al., 2015, Renewability and sustainability of biogas system: Cosmic exergy based assessment for a case in China. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 51: 1509–1524
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• Yingquan Chen, Haiping Yang, Qing Yang, Hongmeng Hao, Bo Zhu, Hanping Chen. Torrefaction of agriculture straws and its application on biomass pyrolysis poly-generation. Bioresource Technology. 2014. 156: 70-77
• Chen, D.M., Liu, F., Yang, Q., et al. Nonrenewable energy cost and greenhouse gas emissions of biomass direct combustion system, Acta Energiae Solaris Sinica, 2014, accepted.
• Han, F., Yang, Q., et al. Emergy analysis of biomass-based pyrolytic polygeneration system. Acta Energiae Solaris Sinica, 2014, accepted.
• Chen, Y.Q., Liu, B., Yang, H.P., Yang, Q., et al., 2014, Evolution of functional groups and pore structure during cotton and corn stalks torrefaction and its correlation with hydrophobicity. Fuel. 137, 41-49.
• Wu, X.F., Yang, Q., Wang, X.H., Yang, H.P., Zhang, S.H., Chen, H.P., Chen, G.Q. 2013. Life cycle assessment of rural biogas system. Acta Energiae Solaris Sinica, accepted.
• Yang, Q., Chen, G.Q., Liao, S., Zhao, Y.H., Peng, H.W., Chen, H.P., 2013, Environmental sustainability of wind power: An emergy analysis of a Chinese wind farm, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 25, 229-239
• Yang, Q., Chen, G.Q., 2013, Greenhouse gas emissions of corn-ethanol production in China, Ecological Modelling. 252, 176-184.
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• Wu, X.F., Wu, X.D., Li, J.S., Xia, X.H., Mi, T., Yang, Q., Chen, G.Q., Chen, B., Hayat, T. and Alsaedi, A., 2014, Ecological accounting for an integrated “pig–biogas–fish” system based on emergetic indicators, Ecological Indicators. 47, 189-197.
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Yingjin Yuan

Professor, Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University

Vice President, Tianjin University

Dr. Yingjin Yuan is the Vice President of Tianjin University in China and a Professor in Chemical Engineering of Tianjin University. He is also the Associate Director of China Pharmaceutical Association Pharmaceutical Engineering Committee, a member of the Pharmaceutical Engineering Teaching Steering Sub-Committee of China Ministry of Education, and a member of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Committee of China Ministry of Education.
Dr. Yuan mainly focuses on research projects of biopharmaceutical engineering and cell culture engineering, in the field of immobilized growing cells in a moving-bed production of alcohol. He has accomplished important results, which have been recognized as reaching the advanced level internationally. In the past five years he has directeded over 12 research projects, and has developed a new process to produce docetaxel. He developed a new anticancer drug docetaxel and their preparations, are already in clinical trials; based on hyaluronic acid targeting, Dr. Yuan developed the new formulation of paclitaxel acid using hyaluronic as a substrate for inclusion preparation. Animal experiments showed clear reliability and superiority. He also proposed a new method to improve the secondary metabolites in the theory of cell culture methods, revealing the relationship between apoptosis and signal transduction and secondary metabolism; in elicitor, apoptosis, signal transduction and secondary metabolism aspects of the relationship between product syntheses, gained influential theoretical research results.

Recent publications

• Design, analysis and application of synthetic microbial consortia. Xiaoqiang Jia, Chang Liu, Hao Song, Mingzhu Ding, Jin Du, Qian Ma, Yingjin Yuan. Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology. 2016. 1(2): 109–117
• Heterologous biosynthesis and manipulation of alkanes in Escherichia coli. Ying-Xiu Cao, Wen-Hai Xiao, Jin-Lai Zhang, Ze-Xiong Xie, Ming-Zhu Ding, Ying-Jin Yuan. Metabolic Engineering. 2016. 38: 19-28
• In situ detoxification of dry dilute acid pretreated corn stover by co-culture of xylose-utilizing and inhibitor-tolerant Saccharomyces cerevisiae increases ethanol production. Jia-Qing Zhu, Xia Li, Lei Qin, Wen-Chao Li, Hui-Ze Li, Bing-Zhi Li, Ying-Jin Yuan. Bioresource Technology. 2016. 218: 380–387
• Exogenous cofactors for the improvement of bioremoval and biotransformation of sulfamethoxazole by Alcaligenes faecalis. Yi-Bi Zhang, Jiao Zhou, Qiu-Man Xu, Jing-Sheng Cheng, Yu-Lu Luo, Ying-Jin Yuan. Science of The Total Environment. 2016. 565: 547–556
• Evaluation of soluble fraction and enzymatic residual fraction of dilute dry acid, ethylenediamine, and steam explosion pretreated corn stover on the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose. Lei Qin, Li Liu, Wen-Chao Li, Jia-Qing Zhu, Bing-Zhi Li, Ying-Jin Yuan. Bioresource Technology. 2016. 209: 172–179
• Biosynthesis of odd-chain fatty alcohols in Escherichia coli. Ying-Xiu Cao, Wen-Hai Xiao, Duo Liu, Jin-Lai Zhang, Ming-Zhu Ding, Ying-Jin Yuan. Metabolic Engineering. 2015. 29: 113–123
• Modularization of genetic elements promotes synthetic metabolic engineering. Hao Qi, Bing-Zhi Li, Wen-Qian Zhang, Duo Liu, Ying-Jin Yuan. Biotechnology Advances. 2015. 33(7): 1412–1419
• Simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation of dry diluted acid pretreated corn stover at high dry matter loading: Overcoming the inhibitors by non-tolerant yeast. Jia-Qing Zhu, Lei Qin, Wen-Chao Li, Jian Zhang, Jie Bao, Yao-Dong Huang, Bing-Zhi Li, Ying-Jin Yuan. Bioresource Technology. 2015. 198: 39–46
• A novel toxicity mechanism of CdSe nanoparticles to Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Enhancement of vacuolar membrane permeabilization (VMP). Meiqing Sun, Qilin Yu, Ming Liu, Xiaoyan Chen, Zhe Liu, Hao Zhou, Yingjin Yuan, Lu Liu, Mingchun Li, Chengdong Zhang. Chemico-Biological Interactions. 2014. 220: 208–213
• Regulation of extracellular oxidoreduction potential enhanced (R,R)-2,3-butanediol production by Paenibacillus polymyxa CJX518. Jun-Jun Dai, Jing-Sheng Cheng, Ying-Quan Liang, Tong Jiang, Ying-Jin Yuan. Bioresource Technology. 2014. 167: 433–440
• Simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation of aqueous ammonia pretreated corn stover with an engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae SyBE005. Jia-Qing Zhu, Lei Qin, Bing-Zhi Li, Ying-Jin Yuan. Bioresource Technology. 2014. 169: 9–18
• The distribution of apolipoprotein E gene polymorphism in Chinese civil aircrews, and a possible risk factor to their overweight and dyslipidemia is cumulative flight time. He Huang, Jing Liu, Yingjin Feng, Weiru Chen. Clinica Chimica Acta. 2013. 416: 36–40
• Effects of biomass particle size on steam explosion pretreatment performance for improving the enzyme digestibility of corn stover. Zhi-Hua Liu, Lei Qin, Feng Pang, Ming-Jie Jin, Bing-Zhi Li, Yong Kang, Bruce E. Dale, Ying-Jin Yuan. Industrial Crops and Products. 2013. 44: 176–184
• Evaluation of storage methods for the conversion of corn stover biomass to sugars based on steam explosion pretreatment. Zhi-Hua Liu, Lei Qin, Ming-Jie Jin, Feng Pang, Bing-Zhi Li, Yong Kang, Bruce E. Dale, Ying-Jin Yuan. Bioresource Technology. 2013. 132: 5–15
• High temperature aqueous ammonia pretreatment and post-washing enhance the high solids enzymatic hydrolysis of corn stover. Lei Qin, Zhi-Hua Liu, Mingjie Jin, Bing-Zhi Li, Ying-Jin Yuan. Bioresource Technology. 2013. 146: 504–511
• Combinational expression of sorbose/sorbosone dehydrogenases and cofactor pyrroloquinoline quinone increases 2-keto-l-gulonic acid production in Ketogulonigenium vulgare–Bacillus cereus consortium. Jin Du, Wei Bai, Hao Song, Ying-Jin Yuan. Metabolic Engineering. 2013. 19: 50–56
• Taxoids profiling of suspension Taxus chinensis var. mairei cells in response to shear stress. Pei-pei Han, Ting-xiang Ye, Bin Qiao, Ying-jin Yuan. Biochemical Engineering Journal. 2013. 77: 66–73
• Identification of antitumor constituents in curcuminoids from Curcuma longa L. based on the composition–activity relationship. Jian-Lan Jiang, Xiao-Li Jin, Huan Zhang, Xin Su, Bin Qiao, Ying-Jin Yuan. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. 2012. 70: 664–670


Zhenhong Yuan

Professor, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Zhenhong Yuan is a Professor of the Bioenergy Research Centre at Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the Director of Biomass Energy Committee, Chinese Renewable Energy Society. He is the former Vice Director, Expert Group of Advanced Energy Technology for "National Program of High Technology Research and Development (863)" from 2001-2009. And he is an Expert on the Expert Advisory Committee of "The National Basic Research Program of China (973)".
His has been working on the R&D and management of bioenergy technology. Specific areas include: 1) Bioenergy biochemical conversion technology to produce bio-diesel, fuel ethanol, biogas, etc; 2) Bioenergy production from energy plants and algae; 3) China's development strategy on bioenergy resource and technology which includes technology economic assessment, development direction, roadmap, and policies; 4) China's bioenergy Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.
He has directed over 50 research projects with funding from China Ministry of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangdong Province, and World Bank. He has published more than 200 papers and 6 books, and applied for 71 patents with 57 successfully granted. He participated in writing the China's National General Plan for Science and Technology Development during the 11th Five-Year Plan Period and the National Medium- and Long-Term Science and Technology Development Plan (2006-2020). He has won the Second Prize of National Energy Bureau Science and Technology Progress Award in 2012. In June 2014, Dr. Yuan was awarded the Linneborn Prize for his distinguished contributions to China's biomass energy field and he is the first Asian scientist who has won this Prize.

Recent publications

• Characterization of the decomposition behaviors of catalytic pyrolysis of wood using copper and potassium over thermogravimetric and Py-GC/MS analysis. Shiyou Xing, Haoran Yuan, Huhetaoli, Yujie Qi, Pengmei Lv, Zhenhong Yuan, Yong Chen. Energy, Volume 114, 1 November 2016, Pages 634-646
• A new approach of microalgal biomass pretreatment using deep eutectic solvents for enhanced lipid recovery for biodiesel production. Weidong Lu, Md. Asraful Alam, Ying Pan, Jingcheng Wu, Zhongming Wang, Zhenhong Yuan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 218, October 2016, Pages 123-128
• High conversion of sugarcane bagasse into monosaccharides based on sodium hydroxide pretreatment at low water consumption and wastewater generation. Wen Wang, Qiong Wang, Xuesong Tan, Wei Qi, Qiang Yu, Guixiong Zhou, Xinshu Zhuang, Zhenhong Yuan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 218, October 2016, Pages 1230-1236
• Cation exchange resin catalysed biodiesel production from used cooking oil (UCO): Investigation of impurities effect. Junying Fu, Zhibing Li, Shiyou Xing, Zhiyuan Wang, Changlin Miao, Pengmei Lv, Zhenhong Yuan. Fuel, Volume 181, 1 October 2016, Pages 1058-1065
• Discovery of genes for production of biofuels through transcriptome sequencing of Dunaliella parva. Changhua Shang, Guican Bi, Zhenhong Yuan, Zhongming Wang, Mohammad Asraful Alam, Jun Xie. Algal Research, Volume 13, January 2016, Pages 318-326
• Liquid hot water pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for bioethanol production accompanying with high valuable products. Xinshu Zhuang, Wen Wang, Qiang Yu, Wei Qi, Qiong Wang, Xuesong Tan, Guixiong Zhou, Zhenhong Yuan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 199, January 2016, Pages 68-75
• Liquid hot water pretreatment of energy grasses and its influence of physico-chemical changes on enzymatic digestibility. Qiang Yu, Jing Liu, Xinshu Zhuang, Zhenhong Yuan, Wen Wang, Wei Qi, Qiong Wang, Xuesong Tan, Xiaoying Kong. Bioresource Technology, Volume 199, January 2016, Pages 265-270
• Catalytic hydroprocessing of fatty acid methyl esters to renewable alkane fuels over Ni/HZSM-5 catalyst. Liangguang Chen, Huiwen Li, Junying Fu, Changlin Miao, Pengmei Lv, Zhenhong Yuan. Catalysis Today, Volume 259, Part 2, 1 January 2016, Pages 266-276
• Influence of lignin level on release of hemicellulose-derived sugars in liquid hot water. Qiang Yu, Xinshu Zhuang, Zhenhong Yuan, Xiaoying Kong, Wei Qi, Wen Wang, Qiong Wang, Xuesong Tan. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Volume 82, January 2016, Pages 967-972
• Luxury uptake of phosphorus changes the accumulation of starch and lipid in Chlorella sp. under nitrogen depletion. Shunni Zhu, Yajie Wang, Jin Xu, Changhua Shang, Zhongming Wang, Jingliang Xu, Zhenhong Yuan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 198, December 2015, Pages 165-171
• Consolidated bioprocess for bioethanol production with alkali-pretreated sugarcane bagasse. Yunyun Liu, Yu Zhang, Jingliang Xu, Yongming Sun, Zhenhong Yuan, Jun Xie. Applied Energy, Volume 157, 1 November 2015, Pages 517-522
• Optimization of high solids fed-batch saccharification of sugarcane bagasse based on system viscosity changes. Yunyun Liu, Jingliang Xu, Yu Zhang, Zhenhong Yuan, Jun Xie. Journal of Biotechnology, Volume 211, 10 October 2015, Pages 5-9
• Sequential bioethanol and biogas production from sugarcane bagasse based on high solids fed-batch SSF. Yunyun Liu, Jingliang Xu, Yu Zhang, Zhenhong Yuan, Minchao He, Cuiyi Liang, Xinshu Zhuang, Jun Xie. Energy, Volume 90, Part 1, October 2015, Pages 1199-1205
• Cultivation of Chlorella sp. using raw dairy wastewater for nutrient removal and biodiesel production: Characteristics comparison of indoor bench-scale and outdoor pilot-scale cultures. Weidong Lu, Zhongming Wang, Xuewei Wang, Zhenhong Yuan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 192, September 2015, Pages 382-388
• Characteristics of lipid extraction from Chlorella sp. cultivated in outdoor raceway ponds with mixture of ethyl acetate and ethanol for biodiesel production. Weidong Lu, Zhongming Wang, Zhenhong Yuan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 191, September 2015, Pages 433-437
• Free fatty acids esterification for biodiesel production using self-synthesized macroporous cation exchange resin as solid acid catalyst. Junying Fu, Liangguang Chen, Pengmei Lv, Lingmei Yang, Zhenhong Yuan. Fuel, Volume 154, 15 August 2015, Pages 1-8
• Investigation of the pellets produced from sugarcane bagasse during liquid hot water pretreatment and their impact on the enzymatic hydrolysis. Wen Wang, Xinshu Zhuang, Zhenhong Yuan, Qiang Yu, Wei Qi. Bioresource Technology, Volume 190, August 2015, Pages 7-12
• Effect of microalgae supplementation on the silage quality and anaerobic digestion performance of Manyflower silvergrass. Lianhua Li, Yongming Sun, Zhenhong Yuan, Xiaoying Kong, Yao Wao, Ligui Yang, Yi Zhang, Dong Li. Bioresource Technology, Volume 189, August 2015, Pages 334-340
• Characterization of lipid and fatty acids composition of Chlorella zofingiensis in response to nitrogen starvation. Shunni Zhu, Yajie Wang, Changhua Shang, Zhongming Wang, Jingliang Xu, Zhenhong Yuan. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, Volume 120, Issue 2, August 2015, Pages 205-209
• Growth and lipid accumulation characteristics of Scenedesmus obliquus in semi-continuous cultivation outdoors for biodiesel feedstock production. Pingzhong Feng, Kang Yang, Zhongbin Xu, Zhongming Wang, Lu Fan, Lei Qin, Shunni Zhu, Changhua Shang, Peng Chai, Zhenhong Yuan, Lei Hu. Bioresource Technology, Volume 173, December 2014, Pages 406-414
• Low-cost additive improved silage quality and anaerobic digestion performance of napiergrass. Li Lianhua, Zhen Feng, Sun Yongming, Yuan Zhenhong, Kong Xiaoying, Zhou Xianyou, Niu Hongzhi. Bioresource Technology, Volume 173, December 2014, Pages 439-442
• Optimization of fed-batch enzymatic hydrolysis from alkali-pretreated sugarcane bagasse for high-concentration sugar production. Yueshu Gao, Jingliang Xu, Zhenhong Yuan, Yu Zhang, Yunyun Liu, Cuiyi Liang. Bioresource Technology, Volume 167, September 2014, Pages 41-45
• Application of surface-modified carbon powder in microbial fuel cells. Gaixiu Yang, Yongming Sun, Zhenhong Yuan, Pengmei Lü, Xiaoying Kong, Lianhua Li, Guanyi Chen, Tianhong Lu. Chinese Journal of Catalysis, Volume 35, Issue 5, May 2014, Pages 770-775
• Metabolic changes of starch and lipid triggered by nitrogen starvation in the microalga Chlorella zofingiensis. Shunni Zhu, Wei Huang, Jin Xu, Zhongming Wang, Jingliang Xu, Zhenhong Yuan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 152, January 2014, Pages 292-298
• The study of bimetallic Ni–Co/cordierite catalyst for cracking of tar from biomass pyrolysis. Min Lu, Pengmei Lv, Zhenhong Yuan, Huiwen Li. Renewable Energy, Volume 60, December 2013, Pages 522-528
• Improved biogas production from rice straw by co-digestion with kitchen waste and pig. Jingqing Ye, Dong Li, Yongming Sun, Guohui Wang, Zhenhong Yuan, Feng Zhen, Yao Wang. Waste Management, Volume 33, Issue 12, December 2013, Pages 2653-2658
• Pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse with liquid hot water and aqueous ammonia. Qiang Yu, Xinshu Zhuang, Zhenhong Yuan, Wei Qi, Wen Wang, Qiong Wang, Xuesong Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 144, September 2013, Pages 210-215
• Effects of different pretreatment methods on chemical composition of sugarcane bagasse and enzymatic hydrolysis. Yueshu Gao, Jingliang Xu, Yu Zhang, Qiang Yu, Zhenhong Yuan, Yunyun Liu. Bioresource Technology, Volume 144, September 2013, Pages 396-400
• Nutrient removal and biodiesel production by integration of freshwater algae cultivation with piggery wastewater treatment. Liandong Zhu, Zhongming Wang, Qing Shu, Josu Takala, Erkki Hiltunen, Pingzhong Feng, Zhenhong Yuan. Water Research, Volume 47, Issue 13, 1 September 2013, Pages 4294-4302
• Scale-up potential of cultivating Chlorella zofingiensis in piggery wastewater for biodiesel production. Liandong Zhu, Zhongming Wang, Josu Takala, Erkki Hiltunen, Lei Qin, Zhongbin Xu, Xiaoxi Qin, Zhenhong Yuan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 137, June 2013, Pages 318-325
• Improving the low temperature flow properties of palm oil biodiesel: Addition of cold flow improver. Pengmei Lv, Yufeng Cheng, Lingmei Yang, Zhenhong Yuan, Huiwen Li, Wen Luo. Fuel Processing Technology, Volume 110, June 2013, Pages 61-64
• Liquid hot water pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse and its comparison with chemical pretreatment methods for the sugar recovery and structural changes. Qiang Yu, Xinshu Zhuang, Shuangliang Lv, Minchao He, Yu Zhang, Zhenhong Yuan, Wei Qi, Qiong Wang, Wen Wang, Xuesong Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 129, February 2013, Pages 592-598


Xu Zhang

Professor, College of Life Science and Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Associate Director, National Energy R&D Centre for Biorefinery, Beijing

Dr. Xu Zhang is a Professor in the College of Life Science and Technology of Beijing University of Chemical Technology in China. He was a Visiting Scholar in the State University of New York in 2011 and in Washington State University in 2012.
His research focuses on utilization of non-food biomass and cellulosic materials, oil-producing microalgae, and yeast culture and biodiesel conversion. As a leader, he directed projects under the National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program) of China and six projects under the National Key Technology R&D Program. He has published over 30 articles on Science Citation Index, granted six national patents, applied another six patents, won First Prize of Sinopec Technology Invention Award.

Recent publications

• The effect of amino acids on lipid production and nutrient removal by Rhodotorula glutinis cultivation in starch wastewater. Meng Liu, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 218, October 2016, Pages 712-717
• Mechanistically harvesting of Chlorella vulgaris and Rhodotorula glutinis via modified montmorillonoid. Jing Liu, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 218, October 2016, Pages 737-742
• Biomass to bio-ethanol: The evaluation of hybrid Pennisetum used as raw material for bio-ethanol production compared with corn stalk by steam explosion joint use of mild chemicals. Jingzhi Zhang, Yanliang Song, Bingwu Wang, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Renewable Energy, Volume 88, April 2016, Pages 164-170
• Biodiesel production by direct transesterification of microalgal biomass with co-solvent. Yan Zhang, Ya Li, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 196, November 2015, Pages 712-715
• The correlation between cellulose allomorphs (I and II) and conversion after removal of hemicellulose and lignin of lignocellulose. Yanliang Song, Jingzhi Zhang, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 193, October 2015, Pages 164-170
• Lipid extraction from non-broken and high water content microalgae Chlorella spp. by three-phase partitioning. Zhubo Li, Ya Li, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Algal Research, Volume 10, July 2015, Pages 218-223
• Anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and straw for biogas production. Zihan Yong, Yulin Dong, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Renewable Energy, Volume 78, June 2015, Pages 527-530
• Synergistic effects of oleaginous yeast Rhodotorula glutinis and microalga Chlorella vulgaris for enhancement of biomass and lipid yields. Zhiping Zhang, Hairui Ji, Guiping Gong, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 164, July 2014, Pages 93-99
• Lipid and carotenoid production by Rhodotorula glutinis under irradiation/high-temperature and dark/low-temperature cultivation. Zhiping Zhang, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 157, April 2014, Pages 149-153
• Simultaneously concentrating and pretreating of microalgae Chlorella spp. by three-phase partitioning. Zhubo Li, Feifei Jiang, Ya Li, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 149, December 2013, Pages 286-291
• Biorefinery of sweet sorghum stem. Jianliang Yu, Tao Zhang, Jing Zhong, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Biotechnology Advances, Volume 30, Issue 4, July–August 2012, Pages 811-816
• The effect of different trophic modes on lipid accumulation of Scenedesmus quadricauda. Guili Zhao, Jiayi Yu, Feifei Jiang, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 114, June 2012, Pages 466-471
• The influence of nitrogen sources on ethanol production by yeast from concentrated sweet sorghum juice. Guojun Yue, Jianliang Yu, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 39, April 2012, Pages 48-52
• The effects of four different pretreatments on enzymatic hydrolysis of sweet sorghum bagasse. Jingzhi Zhang, Xingxing Ma, Jianliang Yu, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 102, Issue 6, March 2011, Pages 4585-4589
• Current development of biorefinery in China. Tianwei Tan, Fei Shang, Xu Zhang. Biotechnology Advances, Volume 28, Issue 5, September–October 2010, Pages 543-555
• Pilot-scale production of microbial lipid using starch wastewater as raw material. Feiyan Xue, Bin Gao, Yongqiang Zhu, Xu Zhang, Wei Feng, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 101, Issue 15, August 2010, Pages 6092-6095
• Immobilization of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to modified bagasse for ethanol production. Jianliang Yu, Guojun Yue, Jing Zhong, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Renewable Energy, Volume 35, Issue 6, June 2010, Pages 1130-1134
• Optimization of media conditions for the production of ethanol from sweet sorghum juice by immobilized Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Jianliang Yu, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 33, Issue 3, March 2009, Pages 521-526
• Influence of various glucose/xylose mixtures on ethanol production by Pachysolen tannophilus. Lei Zhao, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 32, Issue 12, December 2008, Pages 1156-1161
• Very-high-gravity brewing: Effects of bean curd residue on ethanol fermentation from concentrated sweet sorghum juice. Tianwei Tan, Jianliang Yu, Jing Zhong, Xu Zhang. Journal of Biotechnology, Volume 136, Supplement, October 2008, Pages S435-S436
• Studies on lipid production by Rhodotorula glutinis fermentation using monosodium glutamate wastewater as culture medium. Feiyan Xue, Jinxin Miao, Xu Zhang, Hui Luo, Tianwei Tan. Bioresource Technology, Volume 99, Issue 13, September 2008, Pages 5923-5927
• An novel immobilization method of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to sorghum bagasse for ethanol production. Jianliang Yu, Xu Zhang, Tianwei Tan. Journal of Biotechnology, Volume 129, Issue 3, 1 May 2007, Pages 415-420
• A new method for preparing raw material for biodiesel production. Feiyan Xue, Xu Zhang, Hui Luo, Tianwei Tan. Process Biochemistry, Volume 41, Issue 7, July 2006, Pages 1699-1702


Xuebing Zhao

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University

Dr. Xuebing Zhao is an Associate professor and Ph.D supervisor in Department of Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University, China. He earned this Master degree and Ph.D degree at Tsinghua University in 2004 and 2009, respectively. He performed his post-doctoral research works at Tsinghua University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. He once worked as a Research Assistant in Shell Global Solutions International B.V. in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His research work is focused on biorefining of lignocellulosic biomass to produce biofuels and chemicals via chemical and biological ways, especially on the process development and fundamentals of biomass fractionation, enzymatic saccharification of cellulosic substrates, process simulation and economic evaluation, development of direct biomass fuel cell, and multi-scale analysis and intensification of the conversion process. He has published 70 peer-reviewed papers, with more than 2100 total cites and an H-index of 22 (Google Scholar). He has published 2 books, filed 12 Chinese patents and 3 PCT patent applications with seven of them being granted in China. He has been invited as a reviewer for more than 70 international journals.

Current projects

Development of Key Technology for Cellulosic Ethanol Production and Its Industrial Demonstration
• 2014 – 2017, as Principal Investigator

Recent publications

• Hongmei Chen, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Relative significance of the negative impacts of hemicelluloses on enzymatic cellulose hydrolysis is dependent on lignin content: evidences from substrate structural features and protein adsorption ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01540
• Ardak Akimkulova, Yan Zhou, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Improving the enzymatic hydrolysis of dilute acid pretreated wheat straw by metal ion blocking of non-productive cellulase adsorption on lignin. Bioresource Technology, 2016, 208:110-116.
• Ruchun Wu, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Structural features of Formiline pretreated sugarcane bagasse and their impacts on the enzymatic digestibility of cellulose. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2016, 4 (3), pp 1255–1261
• Xuebing Zhao, J.Y. Zhu, Efficient Conversion of Lignin to Electricity Using A Novel Direct Biomass Fuel Cell Mediated by Polyoxometalates at Low Temperatures. ChemSusChem 2016, 9(2): 197–207.
• Feng Qi, Xuebing Zhao, Tian Li, Xianjin Ou, Wei Du, Dehua Liu. Integrative transcriptomic and proteomic analysis of the mutant lignocellulosic hydrolyzate-tolerant Rhodosporidium toruloides. Engineering in Life Science, 2016, DOI: 10.1002/elsc.201500143.
• Zhou Yan, Zhao Xuebing, Liu Dehua. Effects of Non-ionic Surfactants on the Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Lignocellulose and Corresponding Mechanism. Progress in Chemistry 2015, 27(11): 1555-1565.
• Yuanman Zhang, Ji’an Luo, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. A novel strategy for 1, 3-propanediol recovery from fermentation broth and colority control using scraped thin-film evaporation for desalination. RSC Advances 2015, 5:48269 - 48274
• Hongmei Chen, Tianhang Hu, Jia Zhao, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. A comparison of several organosolv pretreatments for increasing the enzymatic hydrolysis of wheat straw: substrate digestibility, fermentability and structural features. Applied Energy, 2015,150:224-232
• Yan Zhou, Hongmei Chen, Feng Qi, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Non-ionic surfactants do not consistently improve the enzymatic hydrolysis of pure cellulose. Bioresource Technology, 2015, 182:136-143
• Lei Dong, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Kinetic modeling of atmospheric formic acid pretreatment of wheat straw with “potential degree of reaction” models. RSC Advances 2015, 5:20992 – 21000, DOI: 10.1039/C4RA14634D
• Xuebing Zhao, Feng Qi, Chongli Yuan, Wei Du, Dehua Liu. Lipase-catalyzed Process for Biodiesel Production: Enzyme Immobilization, Process Simulation and Optimization. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2015, 44: 182-197.
• Yuichi Morikawa, Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Biological co-production of biodiesel and ethanol from wheat straw: A case of dilute acid pretreatment. RSC Advance, 2014, 4:37878-37888, DOI: 10.1039/c4ra07251k.
• Qianqian Wang, Xuebing Zhao, J.Y. Zhu. Kinetics of Strong Acid Hydrolysis of A Bleached Kraft Pulp for Producing Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC). Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2014, 53 (27): 11007–11014 DOI: 10.1021/ie501672m
• Xingkai Cui, Xuebing Zhao, Jing Zeng, Soh Kheang Loh, Yuen May Choo, Dehua Liu. Robust enzymatic hydrolysis of Formiline-pretreated oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB) for efficient conversion of polysaccharide to sugars and ethanol. Bioresource Technology, 2014, 166: 584–591. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.05.102
• Xuebing Zhao, Yuichi Morikawa, Feng Qi, Jing Zeng, Dehua Liu. A novel kinetic model for polysaccharide dissolution during atmospheric acetic acid pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse. Bioresource Technology 2014, 151: 128–136.
• Hyun Tae Hwang, Feng Qi, Chongli Yuan, Xuebing Zhao, Doraiswami Ramkrishna1, Dehua Liu and Arvind Varma. Lipase-Catalyzed Process for Biodiesel Production: Protein engineering and lipase production. Biotechnology & Bioengineering, 2014, 111(4):639-653.
• Xuebing Zhao, Ming Fan, Jing Zeng, Wei Du, Canming Liu, Dehua Liu. Kinetics of lipase recovery from the aqueous phase of biodiesel production by macroporous resin adsorption and reuse of the adsorbed lipase for biodiesel preparation. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 2013, 52(4-5): 226-233.
• Lu He, Xuebing Zhao, Keke Cheng, Yan Sun, Dehua Liu. Kinetic modeling of fermentative production of 1, 3-propanediol by Klebsiella pneumoniae HR526 with consideration of multiple product inhibitions. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2013, 169(1): 312-326.
• Xuebing Zhao, Dehua Liu. Kinetic modeling and mechanisms of acid-catalyzed delignification of sugarcane bagasse by aqueous acetic acid. BioEnergy Research, 2013, 6(2): 436-447.
• Xuebing Zhao, Lei Dong, Liang Chen, Dehua Liu. Batch and multi-step fed-batch enzymatic saccharification of Formiline-pretreated sugarcane bagasse at high solid loadings for high sugar and ethanol titers. Bioresource Technology, 2013, 135:350-356


Ying Zheng

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Ying Zheng is a Professor at the University of New Brunswick. She is interested in the development of of novel catalysts and chemical processes for waste-to-energy/value-added products. She promotes biofuel upgrading at low hydrogen-to-oil ratio and mild operating conditions. She has authored/co-authored 130+ referred publications and holds 10 patents. She is a chartered engineer in UK and a registered professional engineer in New Brunswick of Canada. She was elected to Fellow of IChemE in 2017, Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2016, Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) and Member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada in 2014. Her contribution to Chemical Engineering has also been clearly recognised by several awards, including the 2010 Syncrude Canada Innovation Award, Imperial Oil University Research Award (2009) and the University of New Brunswick Research Scholar (2009).

Recent publications

• Rogers KA. and Zheng Y., “Selective Deoxygenation of Biomass-derived Bio-oils Within Hydrogen Modest Environments: A Review and New Insights”, ChemSusChem, 9, 1750-1772, 2016.
• Zhang H., Lin H., Zheng Y., Hu YF, MacLennan A. “Catalytic activity and chemical structure of Nano MoS2 synthesized in a controlled environment”, Reaction Chem. & Eng., 1, 121-254, 2016 (inner cover page).
• Sharifvaghefi S. and Zheng Y., “Development of a Novel Magnetically Recyclable MoS2 Catalyst for Direct Hydrodesulfurization”, ChemCatChem, 7 (20), 3397-3403, 2015.
• Zhang HP, Lin HF, and Zheng Y., “The role of cobalt and nickel in hydrodeoxygenation of vegetable oils”, Appl. Catal. B: ENVIRONMENTAL, 160–161, 415-422, 2014.
• Zhang HP, Lin HF, Zheng Y. and Hu P., “Hydroprocessing of waste cooking oil over a dispersed nano catalyst: Kinetics study and temperature effects”, Appl. Catal. B: ENVIRONMENTAL, 150-151, 28-248, 2014.