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


Algal Lysis by Sagittula stellata for the Production of Intracellular Valuables
Wang, M., Yuan, W. qiao, Chen, S., Wang, L., Zhao, S., & Li, S. (2021), APPLIED BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12010-021-03502-2
Algal biorefinery to value-added products by using combined processes based on thermochemical conversion: A review
Fan, L., Zhang, H., Li, J., Wang, Y., Leng, L., Li, J., … Zhou, W. (2020). [Review of , ]. ALGAL RESEARCH-BIOMASS BIOFUELS AND BIOPRODUCTS, 47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2020.101819
Algal cell lysis by bacteria: A review and comparison to conventional methods
Wang, M., Chen, S., Zhou, W., Yuan, W., & Wang, D. (2020). [Review of , ]. ALGAL RESEARCH-BIOMASS BIOFUELS AND BIOPRODUCTS, 46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2020.101794
Biochar production and applications in agro and forestry systems: A review
Wang, D., Jiang, P., Zhang, H., & Yuan, W. (2020). [Review of , ]. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 723. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137775
Composition and secondary structure of proteins isolated from six different quinoa varieties from China
Wang, X., Zhao, R., & Yuan, W. (2020), JOURNAL OF CEREAL SCIENCE, 95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcs.2020.103036
Desirability function approach for optimization of enzymatic transesterification catalyzed by lipase immobilized on mesoporous magnetic nanoparticles
Khoobbakht, G., Kheiralipour, K., Yuan, W., Seifi, M. R., & Karimi, M. (2020, October), RENEWABLE ENERGY, Vol. 158, pp. 253–262. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2020.05.087
Dynamics of microbial community and changes of metabolites during production of type I sourdough steamed bread made by retarded sponge-dough method
Wang, X., Zhu, X., Bi, Y., Zhao, R., Nie, Y., & Yuan, W. (2020), FOOD CHEMISTRY, 330. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2020.127316
Kinetic modeling of butyric acid effects on butanol fermentation by Clostridium saccharoperbutylacetonicum
Zhou, Q., Liu, Y., & Yuan, W. (2020), NEW BIOTECHNOLOGY, 55, 118–126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nbt.2019.10.004
The Effect of Gasification Conditions on the Surface Properties of Biochar Produced in a Top-Lit Updraft Gasifier
James, A. M. R., Yuan, W., Wang, D., Wang, D., & Kumar, A. (2020), APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.3390/app10020688
Type I sourdough steamed bread made by retarded sponge-dough method
Wang, X., Zhao, R., & Yuan, W. (2020), FOOD CHEMISTRY, 311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2019.126029

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Butanol & Nanocellulose from CRISPR-Edited Poplar
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services(4/30/21 - 6/29/23)
Biochar-Based Soil Nutrient Carriers: Production, Processing and Performance
US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)(7/15/19 - 7/14/22)
Renewable Paving Binders from Top-lit Updraft Kilning of Biomass
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/15/15 - 5/31/21)
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)