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.
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.
Antioxidant activity of phlorotannins from brown algae
Liu, X., Yuan, W. Q., Sharma-Shivappa, R., & van Zanten, J. (2017), International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 10(6), 184-191.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 5/31/18)
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)