Wenqiao (Wayne) Yuan


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Dr. Wenqiao (Wayne) Yuan is a professor in the area of bioenergy/bioproducts and sustainable agriculture. He received his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. His primary focus of research is on issues and needs related to biological/engineering systems that produce, process, or utilize agricultural commodities and other biologically based materials for energy, food, and value-added products. His lifetime goal is to discover and promote the use of next generation energy, food, feed, and other renewable products for a sustainable future!


Ph.D. 2005

Agricultural/Biological Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S. 2000

Mechanical (Vehicle) Engineering

China Agricultural University

B.S. 1996

Mechanical (Vehicle) Engineering

China Agricultural University

Research Description

Microalgae culture and bioprocessing; Fermentations; Sustainable agriculture; Artificial photosynthesis and bioseparations; Biomass thermochemical conversion; Microbial and bio-fuel cells; Biodiesel quality control and utilization

Honors and Awards

  • NCSU University Faculty Scholar,
  • ASABE Rain Bird Engineering Concept of the Year Award,
  • ASABE Superior Paper Award,
  • ASABE New Holland Young Researcher Award,
  • NSF CAREER Award,
  • Mid-central section of the ASABE Distinguished Service Award,
  • ASABE Superior Paper Award,
  • ASABE Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award 1st place (Ph.D.),
  • AOCABFE Scholarly Achievement Award,
  • AOCABFE Research Paper Award, 2nd place,


Lu, H., Wang, J., & Yuan, W. (2024), JOURNAL OF THE ASABE, 67(3), 525–531. https://doi.org/10.13031/ja.15349
Soil dependence of biochar composts in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions: An overlooked biophysical mechanism
Hu, J., Cyle, K. T., Yuan, W., & Shi, W. (2024), APPLIED SOIL ECOLOGY, 198. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2024.105374
Antibacterial Effects of Brown Algae Extract against Tilapia Spoilage Bacteria Pseudomonas fluorescens and Shewanella putrefaciens
Liu, X., Yuan, W., & Liu, Y. (2023), BIORESOURCES, 18(2), 2897–2912. https://doi.org/10.15376/biores.18.2.2897-2912
Biochar from agricultural residues for soil conditioning: Technological status and life cycle assessment
James, A., Sanchez, A., Prens, J., & Yuan, W. (2022). [Review of , ]. CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & HEALTH, 25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2021.100314
Succinic acid fermentation from agricultural wastes: The producing microorganisms and their engineering strategies
Wang, J., Zeng, A.-ping, & Yuan, W. (2022). [Review of , ]. CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & HEALTH, 25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2021.100313
Ultrasound for microalgal cell disruption and product extraction: A review
Liu, Y., Liu, X., Cui, Y., & Yuan, W. (2022). [Review of , ]. ULTRASONICS SONOCHEMISTRY, 87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultsonch.2022.106054
Understanding and Engineering Glycine Cleavage System and Related Metabolic Pathways for C1-Based Biosynthesis
Ren, J., Wang, W., Nie, J., Yuan, W., & Zeng, A.-P. (2022), ONE-CARBON FEEDSTOCKS FOR SUSTAINABLE BIOPRODUCTION, Vol. 180, pp. 273–298. https://doi.org/10.1007/10_2021_186
Algal Lysis by Sagittula stellata for the Production of Intracellular Valuables
Wang, M., Yuan, W. qiao, Chen, S., Wang, L., Zhao, S., & Li, S. (2021), APPLIED BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, 193(8), 2516–2533. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12010-021-03502-2
Zhu, F., Zhang, C., Shan, S., Yuan, W., PawLowski, A., Song, C., … Qian, J. (2021), ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ENGINEERING, 47(3), 83–101. https://doi.org/10.37190/epe210307
Algal biorefinery to value-added products by using combined processes based on thermochemical conversion: A review
Fan, L., Zhang, H., Li, J., Wang, Y., Leng, L., Li, J., … Zhou, W. (2020). [Review of , ]. ALGAL RESEARCH-BIOMASS BIOFUELS AND BIOPRODUCTS, 47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2020.101819

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High-Purity Bio-Hydrogen from Industrial Hemp Biomass
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services(4/01/22 - 3/31/25)
Biochar-Based Soil Nutrient Carriers: Production, Processing and Performance
USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)(7/15/19 - 7/14/24)
Butanol & Nanocellulose from CRISPR-Edited Poplar
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services(4/30/21 - 12/31/23)
Renewable Paving Binders from Top-lit Updraft Kilning of Biomass
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/15/15 - 5/31/21)
Collaborative Research: Artificial Photosynthesis Based on Archaeal Lipids and Proteins for Biofuels
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/14 - 8/31/18)
CAREER: Multi-Scale Structured Solid Carriers Enabling Algae Biofuel Manufacturing in the Ocean
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/01/12 - 6/30/18)
GOALI/Collaborative Research: Additive Manufacturing for a Highly Efficient Artificial Photosynthesis Device with Multi-layer Interconnected Channels and Micro-Porous Structures
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/15/13 - 5/31/18)
Value-Added Utilization of Biochar in Syngas Cleanup and Conditioning
US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)(1/01/12 - 10/15/14)
Bio-Binders From Hydrothermal Conversion of Biomass for Paving Applications
NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program(1/01/13 - 12/31/13)
EAGER/Collaborative Research: Solid Freeform Fabrication of a Conceptual Artificial Photosynthesis Device
National Science Foundation (NSF)(1/01/12 - 7/31/13)