Projects per year
The main stream of my research is solid waste valorization for the production of power, heat, fuel, and chemicals. I work on thermochemical conversion technologies (pyrolysis, gasification, liquefaction, combustion, co-firing), and further upgrading. The final products of interest include fossil compatible fuel (bio-gasoline, bio-diesel), fuel additives (ethanol, methanol, dimethyl ether, oxymethylene ethers), gaseous products (hydrogen, methane) and bio-chemicals (e.g. levoglucosan); to realize low carbon, low cost, and low GHG emission bio-fuel production. The research approaches include Quantum Mechanics modelling based on Density Functional Theory (DFT), Molecular Dynamic modelling, Process Modelling, Thermodynamic and Kinetic experimental investigation and Techno-economic Analysis. I have been awarded research projects from various funding bodies including EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, and industry.
I received a Ph.D. degree from Royal Institute of Technology-KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, and worked as a Post-doc Research Fellow in University of Alberta, Canada. From January 2015 to June 2019, I worked at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) as a Lecturer and joined University of Strathclyde in July 2019 as a Senior Lecturer (Chancellor's Fellow) under Strathclyde Global Talent Programme. I am currently on the editorial board of two international journals and I am an academic member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a member of the Energy Institute (EI) and a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy in the UK, and have taught core Engineering courses include Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer.
- Waste valorization for production of fuels and advanced materials;
- Bioenergy, biofuel, production of high value-added chemicals;
- Pyrolysis, gasification, combustion, carbonization;
- Process design and manufacturing of renewable energy systems.
Expertise & Capabilities
- Quantum Mechanics (QM) modelling based on Density Functional Theory (DFT);
- Process design and optimization of energy systems;
- Thermodynamic, Energy and Exergy analysis;
- Techno-economic analysis, System design.
Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Sep 2009 → May 2013
Award Date: 23 May 2013
1/07/19 → 30/06/20
Catalytic steam reforming of syngas hydrocarbons to maximise hydrogen production - a thermodynamic studyMukamwi, M., Li, J., Zhang, X. & Somorin, T., 11 Sep 2020. 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › AbstractOpen AccessFile
Mechanism investigation on the formation of olefins and paraffin from the thermochemical catalytic conversion of triglycerides catalyzed by alkali metal catalystsLong, F., Zhang, X., Cao, X., Zhai, Q., Song, Y., Wang, F., Jiang, J. & Xu, J., 1 Apr 2020, In : Fuel Processing Technology. 200, 8 p., 106312.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Xiaolei Zhang (Advisor)11 Sep 2020
Activity: Membership types › Membership of committee