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Name : WEI YAN
Industry Type : CHEMICAL ENGINEER
City & State : RENO, NV
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Relocation Preferences : Energy Producers- Developers
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Wei Yan
394 Beverly Street, Apt B
Reno, NV 89512
Phone: (901) 634-9894
Email: weiy[at]unr.edu
Education
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia
Dissertation Title: Gas Phase Conversion of Sugar Alcohols to C3 Chemicals
Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Galen J. Suppes, GPA: 3.9/4.0
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China
2008
2003
2000
Qualification
Strong knowledge of chemical engineering principles including chemical process design, transport
processes, reaction engineering, and thermodynamics
Extensive experience in stage-gate project management, business case development, work plan
development and execution, PFD construction, equipment selection, and preliminary financial analysis
Solid knowledge of chemical simulation using Aspen One and CHEMCAD, and statistical analysis by
MINITAB, SAS, DOE
Extensive experience in TGA, DSC, HPLC, GC/MS, SEM, Calorimetry, Elemental Analyzer, etc
Great performance in both lab and plant environment, excellent team spirit and inter-person skills
Excellent capability of preparing and presenting technical papers/reports and conducting technical
training to partners/customers
Professional Experience
Research Engineer July 2008- Present
Dept. of Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno (working on DOE-funded project
Developing Thermal Conversion Options for Biorefinery Residues Award DE-FG36-01GO11082)
Designed and optimized hydrothermal pretreatment process for lignocellulosic biomass
Interfaced the pretreatment process to gasifiers and fast pyrolyzers
Assisted in the deployment and field testing in Nevada
Performed techno-economic analyses (process design and optimization, capital cost estimation)
Graduate Researcher June 2005- June 2008
Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia
Studied vapor pressures and evaporation studies of sugars and sugar alcohols
Investigated low-pressure packed-bed gas phase dehydration of glycerol to acrolein (catalyst preparation,
characterization and testing, continuous process design and setup)
Studied liquid-phase oxidation of glycerol to glyceric acid with the presence of gold catalyst (preparation
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and characterization of gold/activated carbon catalyst and testing in a batch reactor)
Independent Instructor September 2004- June 2005
Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia,
Course: Chemical Engineering Unit Operation
Duties include: Preparing and giving the lectures, supervising lab experiments, and grading the lab reports
Research/Teaching Assistant September 2000- March 2003
Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China,
Course: Introduction of Chemical Engineering, Supercritical Fluid Technology
Engineering Internship Winter 1998, Summer 1999
Sinopec Beijing Yanshan Chemical Corp., China
Tianjin Oil Refinary, China
Selected Publications
Yan W., Hastings J.T., Acharjee T.C., Coronella. C.J., Vasquez V.R. (2010), Mass and Energy Balance in
Wet Torrefaction of Ligocellulosic Biomass, Energy & Fuels. In press (available online).
Yan W., Coronella C.J., Vasquez V.R. (2010), Wet Torrefaction of Lignocellulosic Biomass, Biomass &
Bioenergy. In revision.
Yan W., Suppes G.J. (2009) Low-Pressure Packed-Bed Gas Phase Dehydration of Glycerol to Acrolein.
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 48, 3279-3283.
Yan W., Acharjee T.C., Coronella C.J., Vasquez V.R. (2009) Thermal Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic
Biomass, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, 28, 435-440.
Yan W., Suppes G.J. (2008) Vapor Pressures and Evaporation Studies of Sugars and Sugar Alcohols,
Journal of Chemical Engineering Data, 53, 2033-2040.
Yan W., Suppes G.J. (2007) Approaches for Glycerol as a Platform Chemical: Gas Phase Dehydration of
Glycerol to Acrolein, Proceedings of 11th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference,
Washington D.C. (NSF Student Scholarship).
Yan W., Li S.F. and Tian S.J. (2002) Ultrasound-assisted Extraction Technology, Chemical Industry and
Engineering Process, 21, 27-29.
Li S.F., Yan W., Tang S.K. (2002) Extraction of Diosgenin with Supercritical CO2, Proceedings of the 1st
International Symposium on Supercritical Fluid Technology for Energy and Environmental Application,
83-86.
Yan W., Hastings T.J., Coronella C.J., Vasquez V.R., Kinetic Modeling of Biomass Torrefaction, in
review.
Yan W., Suppes G.J., Gas Processing of Sorbitol for Valuable Chemicals, in review.
Yan W., Wu Z.F., Bajpai R.K., Optimization Study on 17-Hydroxy-9-Octadecenoic Acid Production by
Bioconversion of Oleic Acid using New Mutants, in review.
Presentations
Developing thermal conversion options for biorefinery residues, Joint Seminar of Department of Chemical
and Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, February, 2010 (invited)
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Mass and energy balance in wet torrefaction of lignocellulosic biomass. Annual conference of American
Institute of Chemical Engineers, Nashville, TN, November, 2009 (contributed)
Kinetic modeling of biomass torrefaction. Annual conference of American Institute of Chemical
Engineers, Nashville, TN, November, 2009 (contributed)
Thermal pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass & mass and energy balance of hydrothermal
pretreatment. International Conference on Thermochemical Biomass Conversion Science, Chicago, IL,
Sept. 2009 (contributed)
Hydrothermal pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass. 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering,
Montral, Canada, August, 2009 (contributed)
Thermal pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass.17th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition,
Hamburg, Germany, June, 2009 (contributed)
Gas processing of sorbitol. Annual conference of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Philadelphia,
PA, November, 2008 (contributed)
Vapor pressures and evaporation studies of sugars and sugar alcohols. 12th Annual Green Chemistry &
Engineering Conference, Washington D.C. June, 2008 (contributed)
Low-pressure packed-bed gas phase dehydration of glycerol to acrolein. Energy Research Division,
Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC, May, 2008 (invited)
Conversion of sugars and sugar alcohols to valuable chemicals. Cambridge Chemical Co., Cambridge,
MA, June, 2008 (invited)
Approaches for glycerol as a platform chemical: Gas phase dehydration of glycerol to acrolein. 11th
Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, Washington D.C. June, 2007 (contributed)
Extraction of diosgenin with supercritical CO2. 1st International Symposium on Supercritical Fluid
Technology for Energy and Environmental Application, Suwon, Korea, 2002 (contributed)
Honors & Awards
National Science Foundation Scholarship by American Chemical Society (2007)
Graduate Student Travel Award by Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia
(2005-2007)
Graduate Fellowship by University of Missouri-Columbia (2004-2008)
Outstanding Performance Award on Doctoral Examination by University of Missouri-Columbia (2005)
Professional Affiliations
Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Member, American Chemical Society
Member, American Oil Chemists Society





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