Wenqiao (Wayne) Yuan

Professor

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Dr. Wenqiao (Wayne) Yuan is a professor in the area of bioenergy/bioproducts and sustainable agriculture. He received his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. His primary focus of research is on issues and needs related to biological/engineering systems that produce, process, or utilize agricultural commodities and other biologically based materials for energy, food, and value-added products. His lifetime goal is to discover and promote the use of next generation energy, food, feed, and other renewable products for a sustainable future!

Education

Ph.D. 2005

Agricultural/Biological Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S. 2000

Mechanical (Vehicle) Engineering

China Agricultural University

B.S. 1996

Mechanical (Vehicle) Engineering

China Agricultural University

Research Description

Microalgae culture and bioprocessing; Fermentations; Sustainable agriculture; Artificial photosynthesis and bioseparations; Biomass thermochemical conversion; Microbial and bio-fuel cells; Biodiesel quality control and utilization

Honors and Awards

  • NCSU University Faculty Scholar, 2017
  • ASABE Rain Bird Engineering Concept of the Year Award, 2016
  • ASABE Superior Paper Award, 2015
  • ASABE New Holland Young Researcher Award, 2012
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2010
  • Mid-central section of the ASABE Distinguished Service Award, 2010
  • ASABE Superior Paper Award, 2006
  • ASABE Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award 1st place (Ph.D.), 2005
  • AOCABFE Scholarly Achievement Award, 2005
  • AOCABFE Research Paper Award, 2nd place, 2005

Publications

Airflow and insulation effects on simultaneous syngas and biochar production in a top-lit updraft biomass gasifier
James, R. A. M., Yuan, W. Q., Boyette, M. D., & Wang, D. H. (2018), Renewable Energy, 117, 116–124.
Kinetic modeling of lactic acid and acetic acid effects on butanol fermentation by Clostridium saccharoperbutylacetonicum
Zhou, Q., Liu, Y., & Yuan, W. (2018), FUEL, 226, 181–189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2018.04.019
The Impact of Hydrothermal and Dilute Acid Pretreatments and Inorganic Metals on Thermal Decomposition of Agricultural Residues and Agricultural Residue Ash Properties
Ataie, F. F., Riding, K. A., & Yuan, W. (2018), BIOENERGY RESEARCH, 11(4), 826–834. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12155-018-9935-y
An integrated growth kinetics and computational fluid dynamics model for the analysis of algal productivity in open raceway ponds
Amini, H., Wang, L. J., Hashemisohi, A., Shahbazi, A., Bikdash, M., Dukka, K. C., & Yuan, W. Q. (2018), Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 145, 363–372.
The effect of furfural and 5-hydroxymethyl furfural on butyric acid fermentation by Clostridium tyrobutyricum
Liu, Y., Geng, Y. X., Zhou, Q., & Yuan, W. Q. (2018), Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 93(3), 849–854.
Antioxidant activity of phlorotannins from brown algae
Liu, X., Yuan, W. Q., Sharma-Shivappa, R., & Zanten, J. (2017), International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 10(6), 184–191.
Butyric acid fermentation in xylose and glucose by clostridium tyrobutyricum
Luo, G. H., Zhang, L., Chen, T. R., Yuan, W. Q., & Geng, Y. X. (2017), BioResources, 12(2), 2930–2940.
Cell-free artificial photosynthesis system
Ren, X., Ghassemi, P., Yuan, W. Q., Zhou, J., Chong, P., & Noh, M. (2017), (pp. 1859–1862).
Development of near-infrared spectroscopy models for quantitative determination of cellulose and hemicellulose contents of big bluestem
Zhang, K., Xu, Y. J., Johnson, L., Yuan, W. Q., Pei, Z. J., & Wang, D. H. (2017), Renewable Energy, 109, 101–109.
Extraction and quantification of phlorotannins from edible brown algae
Liu, X., Yuan, W., & Meng, X. (2017), Transactions of the ASABE, 60(1), 265–271.
Microalgal-biochar immobilized complex: A novel efficient biosorbent for cadmium removal from aqueous solution
Shen, Y., Li, H., Zhu, W. Z., Ho, H., Yuan, W. Q., Chen, J. F., & Xie, Y. P. (2017), Bioresource Technology, 244, 1031–1038.
Modeling the growth of archaeon halobacterium halobium affected by temperature and light
Lu, H., Yuan, W. Q., Cheng, J., Rose, R. B., Classen, J. J., & Simmons, O. D. (2017), Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 181(3), 1080–1095.
Porous polydimethylsiloxane as a gas-liquid interface for microfluidic applications
Ren, X., Lu, H., Zhou, J. G., Chong, P. L. G., Yuan, W. Q., & Noh, M. (2017), Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 26(1), 120–126.
The biological responses and metal phytoaccumulation of duckweed Spirodela polyrhiza to manganese and chromium
Liu, Y., Sanguanphun, T., Yuan, W. Q., Cheng, J. J., & Meetam, M. (2017), Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(23), 19104–19113.
Characterization of biochar from rice hulls and wood chips produced in a top-lit updraft biomass gasifier
James, R. A. M., Yuan, W. Q., Boyette, M. D., Wang, D. H., & Kumar, A. (2016), Transactions of the ASABE, 59(3), 749–756.
Modeling bubble dynamics and radical kinetics in ultrasound induced microalgal cell disruption
Wang, M., & Yuan, W. Q. (2016), Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 28, 7–14.
N2O emission and nitrogen transformation in chicken manure and biochar co-composting
Jia, X., Wang, M., Yuan, W., Shah, S., Shi, W., Meng, X., … Yang, B. (2016), Transactions of the ASABE, 59(5), 1277–1283. https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.59.11685
Numerical and experimental investigation of hydrodynamics and light transfer in open raceway ponds at various algal cell concentrations and medium depths
Amini, H., Hashemisohi, A., Wang, L. J., Shahbazi, A., Bikdash, M., Dukka, K. C., & Yuan, W. Q. (2016), Chemical Engineering Science, 156, 11–23.
Optimization of ultrasound-induced microalgal lipid recovery
Wang, M., Yuan, W., Luo, G., & Liu, Y. (2016), Transactions of the ASABE, 59(5), 1459–1465.
Study on an improved bio-electrode made with glucose oxidase immobilized mesoporous carbon in biofuel cells
Yang, X. W., Yuan, W. Q., Li, D. W., & Zhang, X. W. (2016), RSC Advances, 6(29), 24451–24457. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5ra27111h
Three-dimensional simulation of ultrasound-induced microalgal cell disruption
Wang, M., Yuan, W., & Hale, A. (2016), Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 178(6), 1184–1195.
The effect of biomass physical properties on top-lit updraft gasification ofwoodchips
James, A. M., Yuan, W. Q., & Boyette, M. D. (2016), Energies, 9(4).
The effect of light stress and other culture conditions on photoinhibition and growth of Dunaliella tertiolecta
Seepratoomrosh, J., Pokethitiyook, P., Meetam, M., Yokthongwattana, K., Yuan, W. Q., Pugkaew, W., & Kangvansaichol, K. (2016), Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 178(2), 396–407.
The influence of biochar addition on chicken manure composting and associated methane and carbon dioxide emissions
Jia, X. Y., Wang, M., Yuan, W. Q., Ju, X. T., & Yang, B. Z. (2016), BioResources, 11(2), 5255–5264.
Comparison of big bluestem with other native grasses: Chemical composition and biofuel yield
Zhang, K., Johnson, L., Prasad, P. V. V., Pei, Z. J., Yuan, W. Q., & Wang, D. H. (2015), Energy (Oxford, England), 83, 358–365.
Electricity and H-2 generation from hemicellulose by sequential fermentation and microbial fuel/electrolysis cell
Yan, D., Yang, X. W., & Yuan, W. Q. (2015), Journal of Power Sources, 289, 26–33.
Glucose synthesis in a protein-based artificial photosynthesis system
Lu, H., Yuan, W. Q., Zhou, J., & Chong, P. L. G. (2015), Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 177(1), 105–117.
Microalgal cell disruption in a high-power ultrasonic flow system
Wang, M., & Yuan, W. Q. (2015), Bioresource Technology, 193, 171–177.
Microalgal cell disruption via ultrasonic nozzle spraying
Wang, M., & Yuan, W. (2015), Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 175(2), 1111–1122.
Physical properties and reactivity of char obtained from downdraft gasification of sorghum and eastern red cedar
Qian, K. Z., Kumar, A., Bellmer, D., Yuan, W. Q., Wang, D. H., & Eastman, M. A. (2015), Fuel , 143, 383–389.
The effect of air flow rate and biomass type on the performance of an updraft biomass gasifier
James, A. M., Yuan, W. Q., Boyette, M. D., & Wang, D. H. (2015), BioResources, 10(2), 3615–3624.
The effects of solid carrier material and surface roughness on microalgal cell attachment
Cui, Y., Yuan, W., Cheng, J., & Wang, B. (2015), Transactions of the ASABE, 58(1), 161–168.
Design, fabrication, and characterization of archaeal tetraether free-standing planar membranes in a PDMS- and PCB-based fluidic platform
Ren, X., Liu, K. W., Zhan, Q. W., Noh, H., Kumbur, E. C., Yuan, W. W., … Chong, P. L. G. (2014), ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6(15), 12618–12628.
Disruption of microalgal cells using high-frequency focused ultrasound
Wang, M., Yuan, W. Q., Jiang, X. N., Jing, Y., & Wang, Z. C. (2014), Bioresource Technology, 153, 315–321.
Effect of surface texturing on microalgal cell attachment to solid carriers
Cui, Y., Yuan, W. Q., & Cao, J. (2014), International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 7(2), 82–91.
Glucan yield from enzymatic hydrolysis of big bluestem as affected by ecotype and planting location along the precipitation gradient of the Great Plains
Zhang, K., Johnson, L., Yuan, W. Q., Pei, Z. J., Chang, S. I., & Wang, D. H. (2014), Bioenergy Research, 7(3), 799–810.
In-chamber thermocatalytic tar cracking and syngas reforming using char-supported NiO catalyst in an updraft biomass gasifier
James, A. M., Yuan, W. Q., Boyette, M. D., Wang, D. H., & Kumar, A. (2014), International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 7(6), 91–97.
Thermal properties of big bluestem as affected by ecotype and planting location along the precipitation gradient of the Great Plains
Zhang, K., Johnson, L., Nelson, R., Yuan, W. Q., Pei, Z. J., Sun, X. S., & Wang, D. H. (2014), Energy (Oxford, England), 64, 164–171.
Understanding ph and ionic strength effects on aluminum sulfate-induced microalgae flocculation
Cui, Y., Yuan, W., & Cheng, J. (2014), Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 173(7), 1692–1702.
A char-supported nano-nio catalyst for biomass syngas cleanup and conditioning
Wang, D., Yuan, W., Wang, D., & Kumar, A. (2014), Transactions of the ASABE, 57(1), 93–101.
Effects of biomass feedstocks and gasification conditions on the physiochemical properties of char
Qian, K. Z., Kumar, A., Patil, K., Bellmer, D., Wang, D. H., Yuan, W. Q., & Huhnke, R. L. (2013), Energies, 6(8), 3972–3986.
Effects of surface texturing on micro algal cell attachment to solid carriers
Cui, Y., Yuan, W. Q., & Cao, J. (2013), International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 6(4), 44–54.
Flocculation optimization of microalga Nannochloropsis oculata
Shen, Y., Cui, Y., & Yuan, W. (2013), Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 169(7), 2049–2063.
Operating condition optimization of corncob hydrothermal conversion for bio-oil production
Gan, J., & Yuan, W. Q. (2013), Applied Energy, 103, 350–357.
Thermodynamic modeling of algal cell-solid substrate interactions
Cui, Y., & Yuan, W. Q. (2013), (Vol. 112, pp. 485–492).
Chemical and elemental composition of big bluestem as affected by ecotype and planting location along the precipitation gradient of the Great Plains
Zhang, K., Johnson, L., Nelson, R., Yuan, W. Q., Pei, Z. J., & Wang, D. H. (2012), Industrial Crops and Products, 40, 210–218.
Predicting the dynamic and kinematic viscosities of biodiesel-diesel blends using mid- and near-infrared spectroscopy
Zhang, W. B., Yuan, W. Q., Zhang, X. M., & Coronado, M. (2012), Applied Energy, 98, 122–127.

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Grants

Renewable Paving Binders from Top-lit Updraft Kilning of Biomass
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/15/15 - 5/31/19)
Collaborative Research: Artificial Photosynthesis Based on Archaeal Lipids and Proteins for Biofuels
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/14 - 8/31/18)
Bio-Binders From Hydrothermal Conversion of Biomass for Paving Applications
NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program(1/01/13 - 12/31/13)
GOALI/Collaborative Research: Additive Manufacturing for a Highly Efficient Artificial Photosynthesis Device with Multi-layer Interconnected Channels and Micro-Porous Structures
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/15/13 - 5/31/18)
Bio-Hydrogen Generation in a Sequential Fermentation-Microbial Electrolysis System
NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund(7/01/12 - 6/30/13)
Nozzle design and fluid dynamics for algal cell disruption and lipid extraction
NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program(7/01/12 - 6/30/13)
EAGER/Collaborative Research: Solid Freeform Fabrication of a Conceptual Artificial Photosynthesis Device
National Science Foundation (NSF)(1/01/12 - 7/31/13)
CAREER: Multi-Scale Structured Solid Carriers Enabling Algae Biofuel Manufacturing in the Ocean
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/01/12 - 6/30/18)
Value-Added Utilization of Biochar in Syngas Cleanup and Conditioning
US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)(1/01/12 - 10/15/14)
Evaluation of the Potential of Big Bluestem for Biofuel Production
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(1/01/12 - 6/30/13)