• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Contact Details

    Phone: 0121 204 3433

    Email: y.yang6@aston.ac.uk

    Office: EB102


    I am currently a lecturer within CEAC. My research interest lies 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

    Teaching Activity

    CE2002 Design Project
    CE3003 Advanced Design Project
    CE4011 MEng Research Project
    Process Labs (2nd Year)


    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

    •  Healing-capable Bitumen from Pyrolysis of Mixed Plastic Waste. Royal Society. PI. £11.9k. 2020 – 2022.
    •  A Sustainable and Innovative Thermochemical Approach for Producing Hydrocarbon Fuels from Unrecycled Plastic Waste in Turkey. Newton Fund via British Council. Co-I. £149.9k. 2020 - 2022.
    •  Biomass-CCU: Biomass Gasification with Negative Carbon Emission through Innovative CO2 Capture and Utilisation and Integration with Energy Storage. Horizon 2020 RISE. Co-I, €846k. 2019 - 2022.
    •  Upgrading of Pyrolysis Oil by Low Temperature Plasma. SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Mobility Award. PI. £1.3k. 2018 - 2018.
    •  GreenCarbon: Advanced Carbon Materials from Biowaste: Sustainable Pathways to Drive Innovative Green Technologies. Horizon 2020 ITN. Co-I. €3.6m. 2017 - 2020.
    •  Process Intensification of Biodiesel Production. SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Sandpit Grant. PI (Aston). £50.2k. 2016 - 2017.

    Professional Bodies

    2020 - present, Chartered Member, IChemE
    2020 - present, Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council 
    2019 - present, Full Member, EPSRC Peer Review College
    2019 - present, Fellow, The Higher Education Academy
    2012 - present, Associate Member, The Energy Institute


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