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Yi Zheng

Yi ZhengAssistant Professor
436A Brackett Hall

Ph.D. Biosystems Engineering, University of California-Davis, 2007
M.E. Bioenvironmental Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China, 2003
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, China, 2000

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Zheng is interested in the development of advanced biotechnologies and bioprocesses for converting biomass into renewable biofuels and bio-based products while protecting the environment and conserving our natural resources. The biomass includes dedicated crops, algae, agricultural residuals, food processing wastes, and municipal solid waste. Dr. Zheng’s research focus is on feedstock handling (e.g., storage and pretreatment) and bioprocess engineering to produce multiple biofuels (i.e., biogas, biodiesel, bioethanol, and liquid hydrocarbon) and bio-products (i.e., bio-based adhesive, unsaturated fatty acids, and film). In order to address the challenges of bioconversion of biomass, especially lignocellulosic biomass, Dr. Zheng is also interested in the integration of chemical catalysis with bioprocesses to improve the efficiency of biomass conversion and reduce the cost. His current research is in the areas of:

  • Anaerobic digestion for biogas production
  • Algae-based fuels and bio-products
  • Enzymatic catalysis and microbial fermentation
  • Lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

BE 2100 Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
BE 4150/6150 Instrumentation and Control for Biosystems Engineers
BE 8710 Sustainable Energy Engineering

Selected Publications

Li, X., Zheng, Y., 2017. Lignin-enzyme interaction: Mechanism, mitigation approach, modeling, and research prospects. Biotechnol. Adv. 35, 466–489. doi:10.1016/j.biotechadv.2017.03.010

Zheng, Y., Shi, J., Tu, M., Cheng, Y.-S., 2017. Chapter One – Principles and Development of Lignocellulosic Biomass Pretreatment for Biofuels. Adv. Bioenergy 2, 1–68. doi:10.1016/bs.aibe.2017.03.001

Zheng, Y., Xiao, R., Roberts, M., 2016. Polymer-enhanced enzymatic microalgal cell disruption for lipid and sugar recovery. Algal Res. 14, 100–108. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2016.01.010

Xiao, R., Zheng, Y., 2016. Overview of microalgal extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and their applications. Biotechnol. Adv. 34, 1225–1244. doi:10.1016/j.biotechadv.2016.08.004

Zheng, Y., Zhang, R., Pan, Z., 2016. Investigation of adsorption kinetics and isotherm of cellulase and β-glucosidase on lignocellulosic substrates. Biomass and Bioenergy 91, 1–9. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.04.014

Lee, C., Zheng, Y., VanderGheynst, J.S., 2015. Effects of pretreatment conditions and post–pretreatment washing on ethanol production from dilute acid pretreated rice straw. Biosyst. Eng. 137, 36–42. doi:10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2015.07.001

Chen, K.-Y., Zheng, Y., Cheng, Y.-S., 2015. Integrated alkali pretreatment and preservation of wet lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) by lactic acid bacteria for fermentable sugar production. Biomass and Bioenergy 81, 249–255. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.07.007

Zheng, Y., Roberts, M., Kelly, J., Zhang, N., Walker, T., 2015. Harvesting microalgae using the temperature-activated phase transition of thermoresponsive polymers, Algal Research. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2015.06.006

Zhu, J., Zheng, Y., Xu, F., Li, Y., 2014. Solid-state anaerobic co-digestion of hay and soybean processing waste for biogas production. Bioresour. Technol. 154, 240–247. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2013.12.045

Zheng, Y., Zhao, J., Xu, F., Li, Y., 2014. Pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for enhanced biogas production. Prog. Energy Combust. Sci. 42, 35–53. doi:10.1016/j.pecs.2014.01.001

Awards & Honors

Top 12 postdoctoral researchers at UCDavis, 2009
ASABE CA/NV section graduate student competition award, first prize, 2007
DuPont Graduate Fellowship, 2003
IEEE senior member
Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society
Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, honorary member
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
American Chemical Society