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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    Contact Details

    Phone: 0121 204 3433


    Office: EB102

    Scholarship and fellowship

    I currently have a fully funded PhD scholarship open for applicaton.

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    I am a lecturer within the Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry department. My research interests lie in the field of:

    Advanced thermal conversion
    •  Intermediate and slow pyrolysis process development
    •  Biomass derived liquid for diesel and heavy marine fuels
    •  Waste plastic polymer conversion to chemical monomers
    •  Novel bio-bitumen and bio-asphalt

    Energy System
    •  Combined heat and power from stationary engine system
    •  Renewable energy system integration (e.g. biological, thermal and solar processing) and evaluation
    •  Energy system techno-economic evaluation and carbon footprint analysis



    PhD Chemical Engineering, Aston University 2014

    BEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham 2009

    BEng Thermal and Energy Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology 2009


    2019 - present: Lecturer, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University

    2014 - 2019: Research Fellow, European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University

    2013 - 2014: Marie Curie Early Stage Fellow, WEHRLE-WERK AG (Germany)

    Research Grant

    2020 – 2022, PI, £11.9k "Healing-capable Bitumen from Pyrolysis of Mixed Plastic Waste", Royal Society International Exchanges grant. 

    2020 - 2022, Co-I, £149.9k, "FuelPlas", British Council UK-Turkey Institutional Link grant.

    2019 - 2022, Co-I, €846k, "Biomass-CCU", Horizon 2020 MSCA RISE grant.

    2018 - 2018, PI, £1.3k, "Upgrading of Pyrolysis Oil by Low Temperature Plasma", SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Mobility Award.

    2017 - 2020, Co-I, €3.6m, "GreenCarbon", Horizon 2020 MSA ITN grant.

    2016 - 2017, PI (Aston), £50.2k, "Process Intensification of Biodiesel Produciton" SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Sandpit grant.

    Professional Bodies

    2019 - present, EPSRC Associate College Member

    2019 - present, Fellow of Higher Education Academy

    2012 - present, Associate Member of the Energy Institute

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    Research Output

  • Industrial technologies for slow pyrolysis

    López Ordovás, J., Chong, K., Bridgwater, T. & Yang, Y., 28 May 2019, Advanced Carbon Materials from Biomass: An Overview. Manya, J. (ed.). p. 33-44 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Molecular dynamics investigation of interfacial adhesion between oxidised bitumen and mineral surfaces

    Gao, Y., Zhang, Y., Yang, Y., Zhang, J. & Gu, F., 15 Jun 2019, In : Applied Surface Science. 479, p. 449-462 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Production of renewable fuels by blending bio-oil with alcohols and upgrading under supercritical conditions

    Omar, S., Alsamaq, S., Yang, Y. & Wang, J., 1 Dec 2019, In : Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering. 13, 4, p. 702-717 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Thesis

    Energy production from biomass and waste derived intermediate pyrolysis oils

    Author: Yang, Y., 12 Mar 2015

    Supervisor: Brammer, J. G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



    Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Student Abroad

    Yang Yang (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: National/international honour

    Press / Media

    Could the roads of the future be bio-based?

    Yang Yang & Yuqing Zhang


    1 Media contribution

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    Scientists convert household waste into road surfacing material

    Yang Yang


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Aston scientists pave way for greener roads made of domestic waste

    Yang Yang


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