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Yuanhui Zhang

Yuanhui Zhang
Yuanhui Zhang
Founder Professor
(217) 333-2693
332C Agricultural Engr Sciences Bld
(217) 333-2693
332C Agricultural Engr Sciences Bld

Primary Research Area

  • Bio-Micro and Nanotechnology

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Education

  • Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1989
  • M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1985
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineering, Shandong Institute of Technology, China, 1978

Academic Positions

  • Founder Professor in Agricultural Engineering, 2020-present, Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Professor, 2003-date, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Affiliate, Bioengineering Dept, Mechanical Science and Engineering Dept and Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Associate Professor, 1996-2003, Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Research Scientist - Engineering and Adjunct Professor, 1992-1996, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Research Associate, 1990-1992, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 1989-1990, Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Research Interests

  • Indoor air quality, effect of indoor air quality on occupants, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning control. His team has developed and continued research on aerodynamic filter-less air cleaning; and three-dimensional, near-real-time volumetric particle tracking velocimetry (VPTV) for room air flow measurement and modeling. His book, Indoor Air Quality Engineering, has been used as textbook in several universities.
  • Professor Zhang has pioneered the research in Environment-Enhancing Energy (E2-Energy), in which he combines waste treatment, water cleaning, carbon dioxide sequestration and biofuel conversion into one process. He has successfully converted biowaste including animal and human waste, food processing waste and algae into crude oil using thermochemical conversion (TCC) much similar to mother-nature’s petroleum-formation, but in a few minutes rather than geological years. Professor Zhang’s research is to enhance the quality of living by focusing on the immediate environment of living things, people, animal and plants.

Primary Research Area

  • Bio-Micro and Nanotechnology

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Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Extract Nitrogen-Containing Compounds in Biocrude Oil Converted from Wet Biowaste via Hydrothermal Liquefaction Chen, W. T., Tang, L., Qian, W., Scheppe, K., Nair, K., Wu, Z., Gai, C., Zhang, P. & Zhang, Y. Apr 4 2016 In : ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. 4, 4, p. 2182-2190 9 p.
  • On the Lagrangian features of circular and semicircular jets via 3D Particle Tracking Velocimetry Kim, J. T., Zhang, Z., Liberzon, A., Zhang, Y. & Chamorro, L. P. Oct 1 2016 In : Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science. 77, p. 306-316 11 p.

Honors

  • Endowed Innoventor Professor in Engineering, College of Engineering and College of ACES, University of Illinois, 2011
  • Fellow, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers, 2008
  • Henry Giese Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2008
  • Blue Ribbon Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1998
  • General Electric Scholar, U of I College of Engineering, 1997

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