Bioenergy Laborotary







 Peer Reviewed Publications (* corresponding author)

1.      Wang, H., B. Zhao, L. Qin, Y. Wang, F. Yu, and J. Han. 2020. Non-thermal plasma-enhanced dry reforming of methane and CO2 over Ce-promoted Ni/C catalysts. Molecular Catalysis. 485: 110821.

2.      Alizadeh M., J. Ma., M. Marufuzzaman, and F. Yu. 2019. Sustainable olefin supply chain network design under seasonal feedstock supplies and uncertain carbon tax rate. Journal of Cleaner Production. 222: 280-299.

3.      Wang, H., J. Han, B. Zhao, L. Qin, Y. Wang, and F. Yu. 2019. Non-thermal plasma enhanced dry reforming of CH4 with CO2 over activated carbon supported Ni catalysts. Molecular Catalysis. 475: 110486.

4.      Dou, J., R. Zhang,X. Hao, Z. Bao, T. Wu, B. Wang, and F. Yu*. 2019. Sandwiched SiO2@Ni@ZrO2 as a coke resistant nanocatalyst for dry reforming of methane. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 254: 612-623.

5.      Peng, D., M. Gu, Y. Zhao, F. Yu, and H. Choi. 2018. Effects of Biochar Mixes with Peat-moss Based Substrates on Growth and Development of Horticultural Crops. Horticultural Science and Technology. 36: 501-512.

6.      Quddus, M., S. Chowdhury, M. Marufuzzaman F. Yu, and L. Bian. 2018. A two-stage chance-constrained stochastic programming model for a bio-fuel supply chain network. International Journal of Production Economics. 195: 27-44.

7.      Dou, J., Z. Bao, and F. Yu*. 2017. Mesoporous Ni(OH)2/CeNixOy composites derived Ni/CeNixOy catalysts for dry reforming of methane. ChemCatChem. 10: 250-258.

8.      Han, J., Y. Liang, J. H, L. Qin, J. Street, Y. Lu, and F. Yu*. 2017. Modeling downdraft biomass gasification process by restricting chemical reaction equilibrium with Aspen Plus. Energy Conversion and Management. 153: 641-648.

9.      Han, J., L. Zhang, Y. Lu, J. Hu, B. Cao, and F. Yu*. 2017. The Effect of Syngas Composition on the Fischer Tropsch Synthesis over Three-Dimensionally Ordered Macro-porous Iron Based Catalyst. Molecular Catalysis. 440: 175-183.

10.  Lu, Y., R. Zhang, B. Cao, B. Ge, F. Tao, J. Shan, L. Nguyen, Z. Bao, T. Wu, J. Pote, B. Wang, and F. Yu*. 2017. Elucidating the Copper - Hagg Iron Carbide Synergistic Interactions for Selective CO Hydrogenation to Higher Alcohols. ACS Catalysis. 7: 5500−5512.

11.  Bao, Z., Y. Zhan, J. Street, W. Xu, F. To, and F. Yu*. 2017. Insight into the phase evolution of NiMgAl catalyst from reduction to post-reaction for dry reforming of methane. Chemical Communications. 53: 6001-6004.

12.  Zhan, Y., J. Han, Z. Bao, B. Cao, Y. Li, J. Street, and F. Yu*. 2017. Biogas Reforming of Carbon Dioxide to Syngas Production over Ni-Mg-Al Catalysts. Molecular Catalysis. 436: 248-258.

13.  Han, J., Y. Zhan, J. Street, F. To, and F. Yu*. 2017. Natural Gas Reforming of Carbon Dioxide for Syngas over Ni-Ce-Al Catalysts. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 42: 18364 e18374.

14.  Lu, Y., Q. Yan, J. Han, B. Cao, J. Street, and F. Yu*. 2017. Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of olefin-rich liquid hydrocarbons from biomass-derived syngas over carbon-encapsulated iron carbide/iron nanoparticles catalyst. Fuel. 193: 369-384.

15.  Bao, Z., Y. Lu, and F. Yu*. 2017. Kinetic Study of Methane Reforming with Carbon Dioxide over NiCeMgAl Bimodal Pore Catalyst. AIChE Journal. 63: 2019-2029.

16.  Street, J., F. Yu, Q. Yan, J. Wooten, E. Columbus, and E. Hassan. 2016. Pilot-Plant Production of Gas-to-Liquid Synthetic Fuel Using Gasified Biomass over a Novel Biochar-Supported Catalyst. Transactions of the ASABE. 59(6): 1485-1496.

17.  Luo, Y., V. Guda, E. Hassan, P. Steele, B. Mitchell, and F. Yu. 2016. Hydrodeoxygenation of oxidized distilled bio-oil for the production of gasoline fuel type. Energy Conversion and Management. 112: 319-327.

18.  Mohammad, M., X. Li, F. Yu, and F. Zhou. 2016. Supply Chain Design and Management for Syngas Production. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 4:890-900.

19.  Lu, Y., J. Hu, J. Han, and F. Yu*. 2016. Synthesis of gasoline-range hydrocarbons from nitrogen-rich syngas over a Mo/HZSM-5 bi-functional catalyst. Journal of the Energy Institute. 89: 782-792.

20.  Yan, Q., J. Street, and F. Yu*. 2015. Synthesis of carbon-encapsulated iron nanoparticles from wood derived sugars by hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) and their application to convert bio-syngas into liquid hydrocarbons. Biomass and Bioenergy. 83:85-95.

21.  Lu, Y., P. Zhou, J. Han, and F. Yu*. 2015. Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of liquid hydrocarbon over mesoporous SBA-15 supported cobalt catalysts. RSC Advances. 5:59792-59803.

22.  Yan, Q., Y. Lu, F. To, Y. Li, and F. Yu*. 2015. Synthesis of Tungsten Carbide Nanoparticles in Biochar Matrix as a Catalyst for Dry Reforming of Methane to Syngas. Catalysis Science & Technology. 5:3270-3280.

23.  Xu, C., J. Liu, Z. Zhao, F. Yu, K. Cheng., Y. Wei, A. Duan, and G. Jiang. 2015. NH3-SCR denitration catalyst performance over vanadium-titanium with the addition of Ce and Sb. Journal of Environmental Sciences. 31:74-80.

24.  Qin, L., J. Han, X. He, Y. Zhan, and F. Yu. 2015. Recovery of energy and iron from oily sludge pyrolysis in a fluidized bed reactor. Journal of Environmental Management. 154:177-182.

25.  Bao, Z., Y. Lu, J. Han, Y. Li, and F. Yu*. 2015. Highly Active and Stable Ni-based Bimodal Pore Catalyst for Dry Reforming of Methane. Applied Catalysis A, General. 491:116-126.

26.  Wijayapala, R., F. Yu, C. Pittman, and T. Mlsna. 2014. K-promoted Mo/Co- and Mo/Ni-catalyzed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of aromatic hydrocarbons with and without a Cu water gas shift catalyst. Applied Catalysis A, General. 480:93-99.

27.  Yang, L., X. Ge, C. Wan, F. Yu, and Y. Li. 2014. Progress and perspectives in converting biogas to transportation fuels. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 40:1133-1152.

28.  Han, J., X. He, R. Li, C. Wan, Q. Yan, and F. Yu*. 2014. Oxygen removal from syngas by catalytic oxidation of copper catalyst. Journal of the Energy Institute. 87:246-252.

29.  Yan, Q., Y. Lu, C. Wan, J. Han, J. Rodriguez, J. Yin, and F. Yu*. 2014. Synthesis of Aromatics-rich Gasoline Range Hydrocarbons from Biomass-derived Syngas over Pd-promoted Fe/HZSM-5 Catalyst. Energy and Fuels. 28 (3):2027-2034.

30.  Sukhbaatar, B., Q. Li, C. Wan, F. Yu, E. Hassan, and P. Steele. 2014. Inhibitors removal from bio-oil aqueous fraction for increased ethanol production. Bioresource Technology. 161:379-384.

31.  Qin, L., J. Han, W. Ye, S. Zhang, Q. Yan, and F. Yu*. 2014. Characteristic of Coal and Pine Sawdust Co-carbonization. Energy and Fuels. 28: 848-857.

32.  Lu, Y., B. Cao, F. Yu*, J. Liu, Z. Bao, and J. Gao. 2014. High Selectivity Higher Alcohols Synthesis from Syngas over Three-dimensionally Ordered Macroporous Cu-Fe catalysts. ChemCatChem. 6:473-478.

33.  Wan, C., F. Yu*, Y. Zhang, Q. Li, and J. Wooten. 2013. Material Balance and Energy Balance Analysis for Syngas Generation by a Pilot-plant Scale Downdraft Gasifier. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy. 7: 690-695.

34.  Radhakrishnan, S., J.O. Paz, F. Yu, S. Eksioglu, and D.L. Grebner. 2013. Assessment of potential capacity increases at combined heat and power facilities based on available corn stover and forest logging residue. Energies. (6): 4418-4428.

35.  Yan, Q., C. Wan, J. Street, D. Yan, J. Han, and F. Yu*. 2013. Catalytic Removal of Oxygen from Biomass-derived Syngas. Bioresource Technology. 147:117-123.

36.  Zhang, Y., C., Wan, Q. Li, P.H. Steele, and F. Yu*. 2013. Studies of Biochars Generated from Pilot-scale Downdraft Gasification. Transactions of the ASABE. 56(3): 995-1001.

37.  Yan, Q., C. Wan, J. Liu, J. Gao, F. Yu*, J. Zhang, and Z. Cai. 2013. Iron Nanoparticles in situ Encapsulated in Biochar-based Carbon as an Effective Catalyst for Conversion of Biomass-derived Syngas to Liquid Hydrocarbons. Green Chemistry. 15:1631-1640.

38.  Gu, M., Q. Li, P.H. Steele, G. Niu, and F. Yu*. 2013. Growth of Fireworks gomphrena grown in substrates amended with biochar. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment. 11(1):819-821.

39.  Li, Q., P.H. Steele, F. Yu, B. Mitchell, and E.M. Hassan. 2013. Pyrolytic spray increases levoglucosan production during fast pyrolysis. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. 100: 33-40.

40.  Li, Q., P.H. Steele, B. Mitchell, L. Ingram, and F. Yu. 2013. The Addition of Water to Extract Maximum Levoglucosan from the Bio-oil Produced via Fast Pyrolysis of Pretreated Loblolly Pinewood. Bioresources. 8(2): 1868-1880.

41.  Yan, Q., F. Yu*, Z. Cai, and J. Zhang. 2012. Catalytic upgrading nitrogen-riched wood syngas to liquid hydrocarbon mixture over a Fe-Pd/ZSM-5 catalyst. Biomass and Bioenergy. 47: 469-473.

42.  Yan, Q., F. Yu*, J. Liu, J. Street, J. Gao, Z. Cai, and J. Zhang. 2012. Catalytic Conversion Wood Syngas to Synthetic Aviation Turbine Fuels over A Multifunctional Catalyst. Bioresource Technology.127:281-290.

43.  Wang, H., D. Livingston, R. Srinivasan, Q. Li, P. Steele, and F. Yu. 2012. Detoxification and fermentation of pyrolytic sugar for ethanol production. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 168:1568-1583.

44.  Hu, J., F. Yu*, and Y. Lu. 2012. Application of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis in Biomass to Liquid Conversion. Catalysts. 2:303-326.

45.  Kim, H., P. B. Parajuli, F. Yu, E. P. Columbus, and W. D. Batchelor. 2012. Economic Evaluation of Syngas Production: Model Development and Analysis. Transactions of the ASABE. 55(3): 1033-1045.

46.  Wang, H., R. Srinivasan, F. Yu, P. Steele, Q. Li, B. Mitchell and A. Samala. 2012. Effect of Acid, Steam Explosion, and Size Reduction Pretreatments on Bio-oil Production from Sweetgum, Switchgrass, and Corn Stover. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 167:285-297.

47.  Street, J., F. Yu*, J. Warnock, J. Wooten, and M. G. White. 2012. Design and testing of a labview controlled catalytic packed-bed reactor system for production of hydrocarbon fuels. Transactions of the ASABE. 55(3): 1047-1055.

48.  Lu, Y., F. Yu*, J. Hu, and J. Liu. 2012. Catalytic conversion of syngas to mixed alcohols over Zn-Mn promoted Cu-Fe based catalyst. Applied Catalysis A, General. 429-430:48-58.

49.  Street, J., F. Yu, J. Wooten, E. Columbus, M. White, and J. Warnock. 2012. Gasoline-range hydrocarbon production using biomass derived synthesis gas over Mo/H+ZSM-5. Fuel. 96:239-249.

50.  Street, J. and F. Yu*. 2011. Production of high-value products including gasoline hydrocarbons from thermochemical conversion of syngas. Biofuels. 2(6):677-691.

51.  Yan, Q., H. Toghiani, F. Yu, Z. Cai, and J. Zhang. 2011. Effects of Pyrolysis Conditions on Yield of Bio-chars from Pine Chips. Forest Prod. J. 61(5):367-371.

52.  Wang, H., R. Srinivasan, F. Yu, P. Steele, Q. Li, B. Mitchell. 2011. Effect of acid, alkali and steam explosion pretreatments on characteristics of bio-oil produced from pinewood. Energy and Fuels. 25(8):3758-3764.

53.  Yu, F., P. H. Steele, R. Ruan. 2010. Microwave Pyrolysis of Corn Cob and Characteristics of the Pyrolytic Chars. Energy Sources Part A. 32: 475-484.

54.  Patton, R, H. Steele, F. Yu. 2010. Coal vs Charcoal-Fueled Diesel Engines: A Review. Energy Sources Part A. 32: 315-322.

55.  Yu, F., R. Ruan, P. H. Steele. 2009. Microwave pyrolysis of corn stover. Transactions of the ASABE. 52(5):1595-1601.

56.  Hassan, E.M., F. Yu, L.L. Ingram and P.H. Steele. 2009. The Potential Use of Whole-tree Biomass for Bio-oil Fuels. Energy Sources Part A. 31:1829-1839.

57.  Wu, J., Y. Wang, Y. Wan, H. Lei, F. Yu, Y. Liu, P. Chen, L. Yang, R. Ruan. 2009. Processing and properties of rigid polyurethane foams based on bio-oils from microwave-assisted pyrolysis of corn stover. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. 2(1): 40-50.

58.  Wang, Y., J. Wu, Y. Wan, H. Lei, F. Yu, P. Chen, X. Lin, and R. Ruan. 2009. Liquefaction of corn stover using industrial biodiesel glycerol. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. 2(2): 1-9.

59.  Yu, F., R. Ruan, P. H. Steele. 2008. Consecutive Reaction Model for the Pyrolysis of Corn Cob. Transactions of the ASABE. 51(3): 1023-1028.

60.  Yu, F., Z. Le, P. Chen. et al. 2008. Atmospheric pressure liquefaction of dried distillers grains (DDG) and its application to polyurethane foams. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 148:235-243.

61.  Zhu J., X Wu, C. Miller, F. Yu. et al. 2007. Biohydrogen production through fermentation using liquid swine manure as substrate. Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part B. 42: 393-401.

62.  Yu, F., S. Deng, P. Chen. et al. 2007. Physicochemical behavior of pyrolytic oils from microwave pyrolysis of corn residue. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 136-140: 957-970.

63.  Yu, F., R. Ruan, P. Chen. et al. 2007. Liquefaction of corn cobs with supercritical water treatment. Transactions of the ASABE. 50(1): 175-180.

64.  Yu, F., R. Ruan, X. Lin. et al. 2006. Reaction kinetics of stover liquefaction in recycled stover polyol. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 130, (1-3): 563-573.

65.  Yu, F., Y. Liu, X. Pan. et al. 2006. Liquefaction of corn stover and preparation of polyester from the liquefied polyol. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 130: 574-585.

66.  Yu, F., C. Wu, J. Luo, L. Liu. 2001. Effect of some release factors on taxol production in cell culture of Taxus chinensis. Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 29, (6): 100-102. (in Chinese)

67.  Yu, F., C. Wu, J. Luo, L. Liu. 2001. The comparative study on Taxus chinensis c ell suspension culture in airlift bioreator and stirred tank bioreactor. Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 29 Sup. : 52-54. (in Chinese)

68.  Luo, J., F. Yu, L. Liu, C. Wu, X. Mei. 2001. Effect of dissolved oxygen on the suspension culture of Taxus chinensis. Chinese Journal of Biotechnology 17, (2): 215-217. (in Chinese)

69.  Zhang, S., F. Yu, C. Wang, X. Mei. 2001. The effect of ultrasound on the cell growth and release of taxol. Biotechnology. 11 (2): 14-17. (in Chinese)

70.  Wang, C., F. Yu, S. Zhang, X. Mei. 2001. Effect of some stress factors on taxol production in cell culture of Taxus chinensis. Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 29 (2): 111-113. (in Chinese)

71.  Mei, X., Q. Xiong, F. Yu, A. Wang, C. Wu. 2001. Optimum of fungal elicitor on taxol production in suspension cells of Taxus chinensis. Life Science Research. 5 (4): 342-344. (in Chinese)

72.  Tang, Z., X. Mei, F. Yu. 2001. Fermentation Kinetic Models for Taxus Chinese Cell Suspension Culture. Guangzhou Chemical Industry and Technology. 29 (1): 16-18. (in Chinese)

73.  Jin, B., J. Luo, F. Yu, X. Mei. 2001 Screening of Lipase Producing Strain of Candida sp. and the Characteristic of Its Lipase. Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 29 (5): 111-113. (in Chinese)

74.  Mei, X., Q. Xiong, F. Yu. 2001. Optimization on culture conditions in cell suspensions of Taxus chinensis. Biotechnology. 11(5): 5-7. (in Chinese)

75.  Yu, F., S. Zhang, M. Lu, J. Lu. 2000. Optimization on the sifting medium from Taxus chinensis. Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 28 (10): 110-112. (in Chinese)

76.  Yu, F., S. Zhang, L. Liu, Z. Tang. 2000. Measurement of the growth rate for Taxus chinensis cell suspension culture by the conductance method. Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 28 (10): 108-112. (in Chinese)

77.  Mei, X., F. Yu, S. Zhang, Z. Tang. 2000. Research of structured kinetic model for Taxus chinensis cell suspension culture. Biotechnology. 10 (3):8-11. (in Chinese)

78.  Lin, L., M. Lu, Q. Hong, F. Yu. 1999. Studies on the application of phytic acid in cell suspension culture of Taxus chinensis. Biotechnology. 9 (6): 8-11. (in Chinese)

79.  Lu, M., L. Lin, F. Yu, Q. Hong. 1999. On the method of plating cell culture from Taxus chinensis. Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 27 (1): 93-95. (in Chinese)

80.  Lu, M., F. Yu, Q. Hong, L. Lin, 1998. Research on taxus cell suspension culture and metabolic kinetics in airlift bioreactor. Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 26 (11): 110-112. (in Chinese)

81.  Yu, F., F. Jin, 1997. Continuous production of L-alanine with packed bed reactor. Journal of Dalian Institute of Light Industry. 16 (4): 79-84. (in Chinese)



1.      Method of increasing anhydrosugars, pyroligneous fractions and esterified bio-oil. Philip H. Steele, Fei Yu, Qi Li, and Brian Michell. US 8920609B2.

2.      Using biochar as container substrate for plant growth.

Fei Yu, Mengmeng Gu, Philip H. Steele, and Yan Zhao. US9359267B2.

3.      Upgrading bio-oil using synthesis gas.

Philip H. Steele, Sanjeev K. Gajjela, Todd Mlsna, Charles U. Pittman, and Fei Yu. US 20140073827A1.

4.      Catalysts for converting syngas into liquid hydrocarbons and methods thereof.

Fei Yu, Qiangu Yan, and William Batchelor. US 9283551B2.

5.      Nano-Structured Catalysts. Fei Yu and Qiangu Yan. US 2017-0283259 A1.



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