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DR. HANWU LEI Biofuels, Bioproducts & Thermochemical Catalysis Lab

My Students’ Achievements/Awards

  • Travel Award : PhD student Elmar Villota, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won a travel award from WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering to attend the 2017 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Conference to be held at Spokane, WA in July 2017. Elmar will make an oral presentation titled “Microwave-Assisted Activated Carbon Production from Biomass Precursors by Chemical Activation” at the conference.
  • Travel Award : PhD student Lei Zhu, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won 2017 Alaska Airlines Travel Award to attend the 2017 International Biomass Conference and Expo to be held at Minneapolis, MN in April 2017. Lei made an oral presentation titled “Development of Microwave Pyrolysis Biochar as Carbon Catalysts for High Value Chemicals and Hydrocarbons” at the conference.
  • Scholarship for Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development : PhD student Lei Zhu, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won 2016 scholarship for Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development. Lei Zhu was one of the 15 scholarship recipients from around the world, and the only one selected from the United States, to attend the 2nd Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development in Germany.
  • Graduate Studies Achievement Award: PhD student Xuesong Zhang, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won 2015-2016 WSU BSYSE Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Alfred and Genevieve Gallucci Scholarship of $500, November 2015.
  • Graduate Studies Achievement Award: PhD student Lei Zhu, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won 2015-2016 WSU BSYSE Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Alfred and Genevieve Gallucci Scholarship of $500, November 2015.
  • ACS Summer Program Scholarship: Lei Zhu, a doctoral student under the guidance of Dr. H. Lei, was selected for American Chemical Society Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy. Lei Zhu, is one of 33 United States-based students to be selected for the June 17-24 American Chemical Society Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy, to explore scientific solutions to the global challenges of sustainable energy through presentations by leading researchers, collaborative projects and discussions. The ACS summer program was open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Sixty students attended the program in 2015.
  • Graduate Leadership and Service Award: PhD student Lei Zhu, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won 2015 Graduate Leadership and Service Award from the Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers.
  • China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship: PhD student Xiaolu Zhu (Aug. 2015-Aug. 2019), under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship ($1300 per month for 4 years), May 2015.
  • Graduate Studies Achievement Award: BSysE PhD student Lei Zhu, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won 2014 WSU BSYSE Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Alfred and Genevieve Gallucci Scholarship of $500, May 2014.
  • Travel Award: PhD student Xuesong Zhang, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won a travel award of about $1,580 from WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering to attend the 2015 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Conference to be held at New Orleans, LA in July 2015. Xuesong will make an oral presentation titled “Renewable jet fuel range alkanes from integrated catalytic processes of Douglas Fir sawdust” at the conference.
  • Travel Award: PhD student Lei Zhu, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won a travel award of about $1,580 from WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering to attend the 2015 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Conference to be held at New Orleans, LA in July 2015. Lei will make an oral presentation titled “Preparation and characterization of biochar and activated carbon based solid acid catalysts for catalytic microwave pyrolysis” at the conference.
  • Graduate Studies Achievement Award: BSysE PhD student Quan Bu, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won WSU BSysE Graduate Studies Achievement Award – Alfred and Genevieve Gallucci Scholarship of $1000, May 2013
  • Second Place Paper Award: PhD student Lu Wang (Aug. 2010-Aug. 2013), under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei (co-author), won Second Place Paper Award of “L. Wang, H. Lei*, Q. Bu, L. Zhu, Y. Liu, J. Lee, S. Chen, J. Tang.  Catalytic upgrading of Douglas fir sawdust pellet vapors over Zn/ZSM-5 catalysts in a packed-bed catalysis reactor”. Paper No. 1594800. AOC Paper Competition of ASABE Annual International Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri in July 2013
  • Third Place Paper Award: PhD student Shoujie Ren (Jan. 2010-Dec. 2012), under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei (co-author), won Third Place Paper Award of ” S. Ren, H. Lei*, L. Wang, Q. Bu, Y. Liu, J. Liang, Y. Wei, S. Chen, J. Wu, and R. Ruan. Optimum conditions and characteristics of products from microwave torrefaction of Douglas fir sawdust pellet “. Paper No. 121337334. AOC Paper Competition of ASABE Annual International Meeting, Dallas, Texas in July 2012
  • China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship: PhD student Xuesong Zhang (Jan. 2013-Dec. 2016), under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship ($1300 per month for 4 years), May 2013; it is highly competitive nationally, especially difficult to be awarded for current students who are already enrolled in US universities
  • China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship: PhD student Lei Zhu (Aug. 2012-Aug. 2016), under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship ($1300 per month for 4 years), May 2012
  • China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship: PhD student Yi Wei (Aug. 2011-Aug. 2015), under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship ($1300 per month for 4 years), May 2011
  • Travel Award: BSysE PhD student Yi Wei, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won a travel award of about $2858 from WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering to attend the 2014 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Conference to be held at Montreal, QC Canada in July 2014. Yi will make an oral presentation titled “Advanced upgrading of pyrolysis bio-oil via liquid-liquid extraction and esterification by zeolite catalysis” at the conference.
  • Travel Award: BSysE PhD student Xuesong Zhang, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won a travel award of about $2858 from WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering to attend the 2014 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Conference to be held at Montreal, QC Canada in July 2014. Xuesong will make an oral presentation titled “Upgraded bio-oil from packed-bed catalysis over Ni/HZSM-5 with the addition of ethanol vapor coupled with microwave pyrolysis of Douglas fir pellets” at the conference.
  • Travel Award: BSysE PhD student Lei Zhu, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won a travel award of about $2858 from WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering to attend the 2014 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Conference to be held at Montreal, QC Canada in July 2014. Lei will make an oral presentation titled “Characterization of Surface Functional Groups in Corn Stover Biochar Derived from Microwave-assisted Pyrolysis” at the conference.
  • Travel Award: BSysE PhD student Shoujie Ren, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won a travel award of $450 from WSU Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) to attend the 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Conference to be held at Pittsburgh, PA in Oct-Nov 2012. Shoujie made an oral presentation titled “Furfural Production from Microwave Catalytic Torrefaction of Douglas Fir Sawdust Pellets” at the conference.
  • Travel Award: BSysE PhD student Quan Bu, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won a travel award of $450 from WSU Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) to attend the 2012 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Conference to be held at Dallas, Texas in July 2012. Quan made an oral presentation titled “Phenols and fuels from catalytic microwave pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass” at the conference.
  • National Science Foundation Travel Award: BSysE PhD student Shoujie Ren, under the supervision of Dr. H. Lei, won a travel award of $447 from University of Florida (UF) travel office through the National Science Foundation to attend the ASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) to be held at the Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR in June 2011. Shoujie made an oral presentation titled “Microwave torrefaction of corn stover and tech-economic analysis” at the conference.