Wenqiao (Wayne) Yuan


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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!


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


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.

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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)