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I am keen to accept PhD students, Please contact Dr Xi Yu (x.yu3@aston.ac.uk) with your CV for more details.


  • Sep 2000-Jun 2004      Tianjin University, China B.Eng. (1st, Four Year-Programme), Chemical Engineering, (Tianjin University received IChemE accreditation, Chemical Engineering subject Top.1 in China).
  • Oct 2008-Apr 2012      The University of Sheffield, UK Ph.D, Chemical Engineering Adviser: Professor Mike Hounslow Industrial supervisor: Prof. Gavin Reynolds from AstraZeneca
  • 2013-2015              Aston University, UK PGCert of Professional Practice in Higher Education Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (PR088706)


  • Sep 2016-Present       Aston University, UK Lecturer in chemical engineering
  • May 2012-Aug 2016     Aston University, UK PDRA, (adviser: Professor Anthony V. Bridgwater, Dr Yassir Makkawi, Professor Raffaella Ocone and Dr. Sotos Generalis)
  • May 2013-Oct 2013      Heriot Watt University, UK Visiting PDRA (adviser: Professor Raffaella Ocone)
  • Dec 2007-Sep 2008      The University of Sheffield, UK Research assistant (adviser: Professor Mike Hounslow)
  • Sep 2004-Nov 2007      Tianjin University, China Research assistant (adviser: Hong-yuan (David) Wei)
  • Jan 2006 - Mar 2006     Chiyoda Corporation, Yokohama, Japan CFD consultant

Teaching Activity

  • CE4024 (CFD for Chemical Engineering Design, 10 credits, ~30 students)—MEng module leader
  • CE4028 (Advanced Particle Technology, 10 credits, ~30 students)—MEng Module leader
  • CE3003 (Advanced Process Design, 30 credits)-2 groups/year
  • CE1009 (Introduction to Transfer process, 20 credits, ~150 students)-30% contribution
  • CE2004 (Transfer Processes, 20 credits, ~150 students)-30% contribution
  • CE1002 (Design and Build)

Research Interests

  • Biomass and Bioenergy
  • Pyrolysis and Gasification
  • Modelling and optimisation, CFD
  • Particle engineering
  • Granulation and Crystallisation

Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 5099

Email: x.yu3@aston.ac.uk

Room number: MB110D

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 12 Apr 2012

BSc, Tianjin University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004


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