Dr. Bin Yang, assistant professor from
Washington State University revisited biofuels institute at Jiangsu University
and delivered a presentation titled as "Scaling-Up Biorefinery with
Synergies in Co-products" on November 11, 2013. More than 30 faculties,
graduate students participated in his seminar. Dr. Yang’s visit was invited by Dr.
Jianzhong Sun, director of Biofuels Institute, Jiangsu University.
In Dr. Bin Yang’s seminar, he systematically
analyzed co-product approaches for large-scale production of biofuels derived from
lignocellulose and discussed techno-economic issues relevant to the scale of
bioethanol industry; Dr. Yang also demonstrated the research progresses in his team
in the field of biomass refining, particularly in lignin catalytic degradation with
microbial decomposers for various hydrocarbon productions. In addition, the academic
cooperation and post-graduate exchanging between WSU and JU were also discussed;
and finally, some exciting start-up collaborative projects were further reached
by both sides.
After his presentation, accompanied by Prof.
Sun, Dr. Yang also toured the laboratory and the relevant facilities at
Biofuels Institute. Dr. Yang was really impressed with the high quality of the lab
equipment, relevant supporting facility, and the research projects currently
conducted at Biofuels Institute.
Dr. Bin Yang, is an active and frontier
scientist in biofuels area. He has ever worked at a couple of professional
institutes in the United States, such as University of California at Riverside
and Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. His research interests were
mainly focused on cellulosic biomass conversion and the relevant novel
pretreatment technologies. Over the past decade, he has made many unique and
impressive contributions to the cellulosic biofuels, particularly in biomass
pretreatment and the potentials of lignin utilizations. Dr. Yang has served as
a referee for many top journals in the world, such as Biofuels Bioproducts
& Biorefinery, Recent Patents on Food and Nutrition & Agriculture and
Biofuels, etc. In addition, he also serves as a member on the advisory board
for USA-NSF. Dr. Yang has authored or co-authored for more than 50
peer-reviewed journal papers, as well as 3 professional book chapters. Dr. Yang
currently serves as a PI or leading scientist for more than 10 important
projects/grants from DOE or other sponsors in USA.