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Lei WANG, Ph.D.
School of Engineering
Biomass Energy and Materials Lab (BEM Lab)
"With a passion in biomass energy and materials, I joined Westlake University and cannot wait to make my own contribution to a more sustainable China!"
Dr. Lei Wang is appointed as a principal investigator at Westlake University. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University (2006), Master’s Degree and PhD from Imperial College London (2012). Under Marie-Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways scheme (EU-Royal Dutch Shell), she became a Research Fellow in the Centre of Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. She worked in Royal Dutch Shell from 2016 and became Senior Research Scientist before joining Westlake University in 2019. Now she is the Zhong Zhi Endowed Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Westlake University.
Waste lignocellulosic biomass material could become feedstock for renewable biofuels and biomaterials. The sustainable utilisation of waste biomass can significantly reduce the environmental impact caused by the conventional treatment. Dr. Wang’s research interests include converting waste biomass to energy and materials, establishing techno-economic feasible supply chain and assessing its environmental sustainability. The research contents include analytical chemistry, bioreactor operation; process simulation, supply chain optimisation; full life cycle analysis (attributional and consequential LCA), dynamic system modelling etc. Her research covers multidisciplinary fields, for example, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology. She has published around 20 SCI journal papers in Energy & Environmental Science, Green Chemistry, Biotechnology for Biofuels, Bioresource Technology, Applied Energy and Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. Dr. Wang obtained the Outstanding Research Award in the 19th Biomass and Bioenergy Conference & Exhibition Berlin and obtained “2018 Shell CEO HSSE Awards” shortlist award.
Her group will continue research in the fields of (1) converting waste lignocellulosic biomass (waste agriculture biomass and municipal solid waste) to biofuels and added-value biomaterials with focus in potential industrial applications; (2) bioenergy supply chain modelling and optimization by integrating multiple environmental impacts (Greenhouse gas emissions, water quality and water intensity) in order to support the development of technology and waste management strategy.
1. Pang B†, Sun ZH†, Wang L†, Chen WJ, et al., 2021, Improved value and carbon footprint by complete utilization of corncob lignocellulose, Chemical engineering journal, 129565.
2. Liu F, Liu HQ, Yang N, Wang L*, 2021, Comparative study of municipal solid waste incinerator fly ash reutilization in China: Environmental and economic performances, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 169, 105541.
3. Sharifzadeh M, Sadeqzadeh M, Guo M, Borhani T, Konda N, Garcia C, Wang L, Hallett J, Shah N, 2019, The multi-scale challenges of biomass fast pyrolysis and bio-oil upgrading: Review of the state of art and future research directions, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 71, 1-80
4. Wang L*, Quiceno R, Price C, et al., 2014, Economic and GHG emissions analyses for sugarcane ethanol in Brazil: Looking forward, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 40:571-582
5. Wang L, Littlewood J, Murphy RJ, 2014, An economic and environmental evaluation for bamboo-derived bioethanol, RSC Advances, 4, 29604-2961
6. Wang L, Wang JG, Littlewood J, Cheng HB, 2013, Co-production of biorefinery products from kraft paper sludge and agricultural residues: opportunities and challenges, Green Chemistry, 16 (3),1527-1533
7. Wang L*, Littlewood J, Murphy RJ, 2013, Environmental sustainability of bioethanol production from wheat straw in the UK, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 28, 715-725
8. Littlewood J, Murphy RJ, Wang L*, 2013, Importance of policy support and feedstock prices on economic feasibility of bioethanol production from wheat straw in the UK, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 17:291-300
9. Wang L, Templer R, Murphy RJ, 2012, Environmental sustainability of bioethanol production from waste papers: sensitivity to the system boundary, Energy & Environmental Science, 5,8281-8293
10. Wang L, Sharifzadeh M, Templer R, Murphy RJ, 2012, Technology performance and economic feasibility of bioethanol production from various waste papers, Energy & Environmental Science, 5, 5717-5730
11. Wang L, Templer R, Murphy RJ, 2012, High-solids loading enzymatic hydrolysis of waste papers for biofuel production, Applied Energy, 99, 23-31