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DR. HANWU LEI Biofuels, Bioproducts & Thermochemical Catalysis Lab

My Research Team

Congratulations to group members current faculty and industry positions:

Dr. Quan Bu, Professor at Jiangsu University
Dr. Iwona Cybulska, Assistant Professor at Université catholique de Louvain
Dr. Lu Wang, Associate Professor at Hefei University of Technology
Dr. Yi We, Associate Professor at Zhejiang University of Technology
Dr. Shoujie Ren, Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Tennessee
Dr. Xuesong Zhang, Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Lei Zhu, Product Development Engineer at Molecule Works, Inc., Richland, WA
Yupeng Liu, Research Engineer at Dason Technology, Inc., Richland, WA


Research Associates


Zixu Yang, PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Postdoctoral Research Associate since Oct. 2016). Postdoctoral projects: Fundamental studies and development of carbon based catalysts and zeolite based catalysts in catalytic processes, bio-oil upgrading, and biocarbon utilization for renewable hydrocarbons, jet fuels and chemicals production.

 


Yayun Zhang, PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Postdoctoral Research Associate since Oct. 2016). Postdoctoral projects: Fundamental studies, modelling and computing development of biomass conversion pathways, kinetics, mechanism, and techno-economic analysis.

 

 

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Kezhen Qian, PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Postdoctoral Research Associate since Feb. 2017). Postdoctoral projects: Fundamental studies and development of carbon based catalysts and zeolite based catalysts in catalytic processes, bio-oil upgrading for renewable hydrocarbons, jet fuels and chemicals production.

 

 


Gayatri Yadavalli, MS, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Research Associate since Jan 2015); Post graduate projects: activated carbon, CO2 absorption, and protein separation.

Visiting Professors and Scholars


Shiela Marie Villota, Visiting Scholar, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Central Luzon State University, Philippines.

Current Students

Jouchin Chan, PhD Research Assistant, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU; PhD dissertation: Development of activated carbon and carbon catalysts for bio jet fuels production (in progress)

 

 


Marie Qian, PhD Research Assistant, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU; PhD dissertation: Lignin separation and catalytic conversion for bio jet fuels production (in progress)

 

 


Wendy Mateo, PhD Research Assistant, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU; PhD dissertation: Cellulose based catalysis for high value chemicals and jet fuels (in progress)

 

 


Elmar Villota, PhD Research Assistant, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU; PhD dissertation: Development of carbon catalysts for high value chemicals and jet fuels (in progress)

 

 


Dengle Duan, PhD Research Assistant, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU and Nanchang University; PhD dissertation: Lignin depolymerization and catalysis for high value chemicals and fuels (in progress)

 

 

 

 


Cindy Angelia, MS Research Assistant, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU; MS thesis: Effect of oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex insertion in cyanobacteria synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 (in progress)

Former Research Members


Research Associates


Lu Wang, PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Postdoctoral Research Associate from Sep. 2013-Dec. 2014; Now Associate Professor at Hefei University of Technology). Postdoctoral projects: Microwave catalytic pyrolysis, zeolite catalysis for renewable hydrocarbons and jet fuels from biomass.

 

 


Di Yan, MS, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Research Associate from Jan 2015 – Dec. 2016); Post graduate projects: microwave pyrolysis, activated carbon.

 

 

 


Yupeng Liu, MS, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU ( Research Associate from Jan. – Dec. 2015; Now Research Engineer at Dason Technology, Inc., Richland, USA). Post graduate projects: organosolv lignin separation and upgrading for bio-battery and jet fuels from biomass.

Visiting Professors and Scholars


Xiang Shen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, China University of Geoscience; Visiting Professor from Jan. 2014 – Jan. 2015.

PhD Graduates

Dr. Lei as Advisor/Major Professor


Lei Zhu, PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU; (Research Assistant from Aug. 2012-Nov. 2016; now Product Development Engineer at Molecule Works, Inc. Richland, WA); PhD dissertation: Development of microwave pyrolysis biochar as carbon catalysts for high value chemicals and hydrocarbons (Graduated Fall 2016)

 

 


Xuesong Zhang , PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Research Assistant from Jan. 2013-May 2016; now Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); PhD dissertation: Renewable hydrocarbons for jet fuels from biomass and plastics via microwave-induced pyrolysis and hydrogenation processes (Graduated Spring 2016)

 


Yi Wei, PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Research Assistant from Aug. 2011-Aug. 2015; Now Associate Professor at Zhejiang University of Technology); PhD dissertation: Advanced upgrading of pyrolysis oil via liquid-liquid extraction and catalytically upgrading (Graduated Spring 2015)

 

 


Quan Bu, PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Research Assistant from Aug. 2010-Aug. 2013; Now Professor at Jiangsu University); PhD dissertation: Catalytic microwave pyrolysis of biomass for renewable phenols and fuels (Graduated Summer 2013).

 

 


Lu Wang, PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Research Assistant from Aug. 2010-Aug. 2013; Now Associate Professor at Hefei University of Technology); PhD dissertation: Aromatic hydrocarbons production from catalyst assisted microwave pyrolysis of Douglas fir sawdust pellet(Graduated Summer 2013).

 

 


Shoujie Ren, PhD, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Research Assistant from Jan. 2010-Dec. 2012; Now post-doc Research Associate at University of Tennessee); PhD dissertation: Catalytic microwave torrefaction and pyrolysis of douglas fir pellet to improve biofuel quality (Graduated Fall 2012).

 

 


Iwona Cybulska, PhD, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, SDSU (Research Assistant from Jan. 2008-May. 2012; Now Assistant Professor at Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium); PhD dissertation:Pretreatment methods for lignocellulosic materials employed to produce fuel ethanol and value-added products (Graduated Spring 2012).

 

 


Rui Zhou, PhD, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, SDSU (Research Assistant from Jan. 2008-Dec. 2014); PhD dissertation: Microwave pyrolysis of biomass and kinetics (Graduated Spring 2015).

MS Graduates

Dr. Lei as Advisor/Major Professor


Gayatri Yadavalli, MS, Environmental Engineering, WSU (Aug. 2013-Dec. 2014; Now Research Associate at WSU); MS dissertation: Activated carbon surface modification for carbon dioxide adsorption (Graduated Fall 2014)

 

 


Jing Liang, MS, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Research Assistant from Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013; Now PhD student at University of California, Riverside); MS project title: Formate-assisted microwave pyrolysis of Douglas fir pellet (Graduated Summer 2013)

 

 


Yupeng Liu, MS, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU (Research Assistant from Aug. 2012-Dec. 2014; Now Research Engineer at Dason Technology, Inc., Richland, WA); MS thesis: Torrefaction of Douglas fir pellets and catalytic upgrading of torrefaction vapors(Graduated Spring 2015)