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DR. HANWU LEI Biofuels, Bioproducts & Thermochemical Catalysis Lab

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Awards & Honors

  • Highly Cited Research ” from Biosystems Engineering . The published paper “Thermal behaviour and kinetic study for woody biomass torrefaction and torrefied biomass pyrolysis by TGA ” is one of the 5 most highly cited papers during 2016, 2015, and 2014 published in Biosystems Engineering according to data from Scopus. A certificate for “Highly Cited Research” in Biosystems Engineering was awarded to Dr. Lei in recognition of the contribution to the quality of the Elsevier journal.
  • Dr. Hanwu Lei’s research featured in a top journal ”: The August 2016 issue of the journal of Green Chemistry features the research article from Dr. Lei’s group, “ Catalytic co-pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass with polymers: a critical review.” (Front cover based on a design by Drs. Xuesong Zhang and Hanwu Lei; Dr. Xuesong Zhang is the recent PhD graduate from Dr. Lei’s group). Green Chemistry is a top journal (Impact Factor: 8.506) and the frontiers of the interdisciplinary science of alternative sustainable technologies and publishes cutting-edge research.
  • Listed as “2016 Top 20 Articles” published on the same topic at BioMedLib: Bu Q, H. Lei*, Wang L, Wei Y, Zhu L, Zhang X, Liu Y, Yadavalli G, Tang J. 2014. Bio‐based phenols and fuel production from catalytic microwave pyrolysis of lignin by activated carbons. Bioresour Technol. 162:142‐7.
  • Best Paper Award 2015” from Bioresource Technology. The published paper “A review of catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-derived phenols from biomass pyrolysis appears among the ten top cited papers contributing to theBioresource Technology 2014 Impact Factor. Dr. Hanwu Lei and his co-authors are contributing such high quality work to the journal, and helping to secure Bioresource Technology’s continued position as a high impact journal in its field of biomass, biological waste treatment, and bioenergy.
  • Outstanding Services”, Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological, and Food Engineers (AOCABFE) extends its sincere appreciation in recognition of outstanding services to Dr. Hanwu Lei at the 2015 Annual Meeting of ASABE, New Orleans, LA, July 2015.
  • Early Career Award“, Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological, and Food Engineers (AOCABFE), July 2014. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding career achievement by a young AOC member in the profession of Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineering. The award is to honor achievement through education, research, innovation, development, extension, consulting, administration, international collaboration, and other professional activities.
  • Listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 12th Edition (2016-2017)
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, 70th Edition (2016)
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, 69th Edition (2015)
  • “Elsevier Reviewer Recognition”, “Certificate of Reviewing”, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation” for valuable contribution and dedicated service in the peer review of manuscripts submitted to ACS journals, Journals Publishing Group, American Chemical Society, 2012
  • Guest of Honor” in 2012 American Chemical Society Annual Meeting of Author & Reviewer Reception, San Diego, CA, March 2012.
  • Listed as “2015 Top 20 Articles” published on the same topic at BioMedLib: #1. H. Lei*, S. Ren, L. Wang, Q. Bu, J. Julson, J. Holladay, R. Ruan. 2011. Microwave pyrolysis of distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) for biofuel production. Bioresour Technol., 102 (10):6208-13.
  • Listed as “2014 Top 20 Articles” published on the same topic at BioMedLib: #7. H. Lei*, S. Ren, L. Wang, Q. Bu, J. Julson, J. Holladay, R. Ruan. 2011. Microwave pyrolysis of distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) for biofuel production. Bioresour Technol., 102 (10):6208-13.
  • Listed as “2013 Top 20 Articles” published on the same topic at BioMedLib: #1. H. Lei*, S. Ren, L. Wang, Q. Bu, J. Julson, J. Holladay, R. Ruan. 2011. Microwave pyrolysis of distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) for biofuel production. Bioresour Technol., 102 (10):6208-13; #16. Q. Bu Q, H. Lei*, S. Ren, L. Wang, Q. Zhang, J. Tang, R. Ruan. 2012. Production of phenols and biofuels by catalytic microwave pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass. Bioresour Technol., 108: 274-9.
  • Listed as “2012 Most Downloaded Articles” in J. Analytic and Applied Pyrolysis: S. Ren, H. Lei*, L. Wang, Q. Bu, S. Chen, J. Wu, J. Julson, and R. Ruan. 2012. Biofuel production and kinetics analysis of microwave pyrolysis for Douglas fir sawdust pellet. J. Analytic and Applied Pyrolysis. 94: 163-169.
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, 68th Edition (2014)
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, 67th Edition (2013)
  • Listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 11th Edition (2011-2012)
  • Orville and Enolia Bentley Research Award“: C. R. Keierleber, H. Lei*, J. Julson. 2009. Development of corn ethanol process – liquefaction without alpha amylase.
  • Third Place Paper Award” of “Modeling die pressure, shaft torque, SME, and product temperature in a co-rotating twin-screw extruder”. Paper No. 056113. AOC Paper Competition of ASABE Annual International Meeting, Tampa, Florida, 2005
  • A Future Leader in Agricultural Engineering“, International Commission of Agricultural Engineering, XV CIGR World Congress, Chicago, 2002
  • Paper Award” of “A study of improving producing quality of the ready-to-serve rice” at Chinese National Agricultural Product Drying and Storing Machinery New Technology Development Symposium, 1998
  • Excellent Graduate Dissertation“, Wuxi University of Light Industry, China, 1992
  • Undergraduate Scholarships of Institute “, Wuxi University of Light Industry, China, 1988- 1992


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Grants

Current Projects

Aromatic hydrocarbons from agricultural and forest wastes using biomass derived carbon catalysts
Sponsor Agency: USDA NIFA
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD)

Applying abundant plants to develop battery materials and study the benefits on agricultural economy
Sponsor Agency: USDA NIFA
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD), K. Zhong (WSU), L. Scudiero (WSU), T. Marsh (WSU), P. Tozer (WSU)

Bio-phenols production from lignocellulosic biomass
Sponsor Agency: USDA NIFA SBIR
Principal Investigator: Z. Yang, H. Lei (Co-PI/PD), J. Canin (Washington Bio-oils Inc.), H. Sun (Washington Bio-oils Inc.)

Conversion of biomass feedstock to bio-oils by microwave pyrolysis
Sponsor Agency: Creative Energy Systems
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD)

Former Projects

High energy dense bio-fuels from a microwave conversion system: feedstocks and processes for securing bio-aromatic hydrocarbons
Sponsor Agency: Commercialization Gap Fund, WSU Office of Commercialization, WSU Office of Commercialization, the Offices of the President and Provost in conjunction with the Vice President of Research, and the Washington Research foundation
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD) and J Canin

Hydrogen saving process for cycloalkanes (naphthenes) in jet fuels from diverseWashington state forest biomasses
Sponsor Agency: Joint Center for Aerospace Technology and Innovation, Joint Industry-University Research Program
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD)

Acquisition of a high performance microtherm-split-tube furnace reactor integrated with micro parr reactor
Sponsor Agency: Chancellor’s Equipment Grant Program
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI)

Aromatic hydrocarbons for aviation biofuels from Lignocellulosic Biomass
Sponsor Agency: Joint Center for Aerospace Technology and Innovation, Joint Industry-University Research Program
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD)

Advanced lithium-ion batteries incorporating bio-and nano-materials and the effects on the agricultural economy
Sponsor Agency: WSU Research Advancement Challenge (RAC) Competition program
Principal Investigator: W.H. K. Zhong, M. G. Norton, L. Scudiero, and T. Marsh, andH. Lei (Co-PI)

Torrefaction as biomass pretreatment for PNNL fluid-bed pyrolysis
Sponsor Agency: DOE Office of Biomass Program through PNNL
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD)

Torrefaction as a pretreatment method to improve biofuel quality
Sponsor Agency: WSU Office of Research
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI)

National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC)
Sponsor Agency: DOE (www.eere.energy.gov)
Principal Investigator: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Albemarle Corporation, Amyris Biotechnologies, Argonne National Laboratory, BP Products North America Inc., Catchlight Energy, LLC, Colorado School of Mines, Iowa State University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pall Corporation, RTI International, Tesoro Companies Inc., University of California, Davis, UOP, LLC, Virent Energy Systems, Washington State University (B. Ahring, H Lei),

Infrastructure: Create a more flexible, more reliable, and higher capacity U.S. energy infrastructure
Sponsor Agency: DOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program
Principal Investigator: D. C. Elliott (PI, PNNL) and H. Lei (Co-PI)

Development of microwave pyrolysis of biomass and biochar utilization
Sponsor Agency: DOE through SunGrant
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD) and J. Julson (SDSU)

Center for Biofuels Research and Development
Sponsor Agency: NSF I/UCRC Program
Principal Investigator: Collaborating institutions: South Dakota State U (B. Gibbons,H. Lei, Team Member), SDSMT, Kansas State U, North Carolina State U, U New York at Stony Brook, U Hawaii

Develop sustainable renewable energy systems for practical utilization of bulky biomass
Sponsor Agency: DOT through SunGrant
Principal Investigator: R. Ruan (PI, UMN), Schmidt (UMN), Kiittelson (UMN), P. Chen (UMN), H. Lei (Co-PI), Tiffany (UMN), D. Raynie (SDSU), W. Gibbons (SDSU), K. Muthukumarappan (SDSU), Kittelson (SDSU)

Hydrothermal pretreatment and clean fractionation of lignocelluloses biomass for production of biobased products and fuels
Sponsor Agency: SD research and Commercialization Council
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD) and J. Julson (SDSU)

Development of a novel pyrolytic process for the conversion of corn biomass to biofuels and char residue
Sponsor Agency: SD Corn Utilization Council
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD), J. Julson (SDSU), K. Muthukumarappan (SDSU), D. Raynie (SDSU), R. Gelderman (SDSU)

Development of an interactive input/output process and cost model with consideration of impacts of the end use of the biochar on the carbon status of the fuels or products made in the thermochemical conversion process
Sponsor Agency: USDA through SunGrant
Principal Investigator: V. Kelley (PI, SDSU), H. Lei (Co-PI), J. Julson (SDSU), K. Muthu (SDSU), S. A. Clay (SDSU), G. Warmann (SDSU)

Biomass torrefaction and catalytic pyrolysis
Sponsor Agency: SDSU Agricultural Experimental Station
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI/PD) and J. Julson (SDSU)

Development of corn ethanol process – liquefaction without alpha amylase
Sponsor Agency: Bentley and Griffith Undergraduate Research Program
Principal Investigator: H. Lei (PI), C. R. Keierleber (SDSU), J. Julson (SDSU)

Interactions of biochar source/properties impacts on soil properties, c sequestration potential, and crop management
Sponsor Agency: DOE through SunGrant
Principal Investigator: D. D. Malo (PI, SDSU), S.A. Clay (SDSU), T.E. Schumacher (SDSU), H.J. Woodard (SDSU), D.E. Clay (SDSU), and R.H. Gelderman (SDSU), H. Lei(Co-PI), and J. Julson (SDSU)

Evaluation of ethanol production from extrusion-cooked corn starch
Sponsor Agency: Buhler Group
Principal Investigator: R. Ruan (PI, UMN) and H. Lei (Co-PI)

Extrusion scale-up and systematical analysis of screw configurations
Sponsor Agency: General Mills
Principal Investigator: R. Ruan (PI, UMN) and H. Lei (Co-PI)

Extraction, characterization and utilization of anthocyanins from red corn
Sponsor Agency: French Ag Research
Principal Investigator: R. Ruan (PI), P. Chen (UMN), R. Barros (UMN), F. Rigelhof (UMN), M. French (UMN), H. Lei (Co-PI)


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Patents and Invention Disclosures

2016
17. H. Lei, X Zhang. “From intact biomass to renewable cycloalkanes for jet fuels”. USPTO 62385841, September 2016

2015
16. H. Lei, G. Yadavalli. “Carbon dioxide capture using ammonium sulfate surface modified activated biomass carbon”. Date Filed: July 2015
15. H. Lei, X Zhang. “From intact biomass to renewable cycloalkanes for jet fuels”. Date filed: July 2015
14. H. Lei and L. Wang. “Aromatic hydrocarbons from lignocellulose biomass”. USPTO 27158.8047.US01, February 2015

2014
13. H. Lei. “Fuels, chemicals, and hydrogen-rich syngas production from microwave assisted carbon catalysis of lignocellulosic biomass”. Date filed: April 2014
12. H. Lei and L. Wang. “Aromatic hydrocarbons from lignocellulose biomass”. USPTO 61938416, February 2014

2012
11. H. Lei and L. Wang. “Aromatic hydrocarbons from lignocellulose biomass”. Date filed: November 2012

2011
10. H. Lei, Q. Bu, S. Ren, and L. Wang. “Microwave Assisted Pyrolysis and Phenol Recovery”. USPTO 61483132, May 2011
9. H. Lei, Q. Bu, S. Ren, and L. Wang. “Methods and Synthesis of Phenol and Phenolics from Lignocellulose Biomass and Related Biomass Derived Phenol-formaldehyde (PF) Resin / Polyurethane (PU) Foam and Hydrocarbon Biofuels”. Date filed: January 2011

2010
8. H. Lei and S. Ren. “Catalytic microwave torrefaction/pyrolysis of biomass for biofuels and bioproducts”. Date filed: October 2010
7. H. Lei. “Feedstock-flexible plasma gasification system for biofuels and bioproducts”. Date filed: July, 2010
6. H. Lei and S. Ren. “Method and apparatus for biomass torrefaction and pyrolysis”. USPTO 61404560, March 2010

2009
5. H. Lei and S. Ren. “Novel catalyst and catalytic microwave pyrolysis for high quality biofuels and chemicals production with zero total acid number and enhanced aromatic compounds”. Date filed: May 2009
4. H. Lei and S. Ren. “Method and apparatus for biomass torrefaction and pyrolysis for biofuels and chemicals production”. USPTO 61278157, 2009
3. H. Lei, J. Julson, and I. Cybulska. “Method of fractionating lignocellulosic material into lignin, cellulose and dissolved sugars with enhanced delignification and cellulose digestibility”. Date filed: 2009.

2008
2. H. Lei, J. Julson, and C. keierleber. “Process for producing corn ethanol – liquefaction and saccharification without alpha amylase and glucoamylase enzymes”. Date filed: 2008

2007 
1. R. Ruan, X. Pan, P. Chen, and H. Lei. “A novel process for producing biopolymers from agricultural crop residuals”. Date filed: 2007