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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


    I am currently a lecturer within the Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry department. 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

    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

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

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    Research Output

    Open Access
  • Coal and biomass co-pyrolysis in a fluidized-bed reactor: Numerical assessment of fuel type and blending conditions

    Ismail, T. M., Banks, S. W., Yang, Y., Yang, H., Chen, Y., Bridgwater, A. V., Ramzy, K. & Abd El-salam, M., 1 Sep 2020, In : Fuel. 275, 118004.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Oily sludge catalytic pyrolysis combined with fine particle removal using a Ni-ceramic membrane

    Gao, N., Li, J., Quan, C., Wang, X. & Yang, Y., 29 May 2020, In : Fuel. 277, 118134.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Pyro-oil and wax recovery from reclaimed plastic waste in a continuous Auger pyrolysis reactor

    Al-Salem, S. M., Yang, Y., Wang, J. & Leeke, G. A., 20 Apr 2020, In : Energies. 13, 8, 2040.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Datasets


    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


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    Scientists convert household waste into road surfacing material

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    Aston scientists pave way for greener roads made of domestic waste

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