Associate Professor, University of Kentucky. Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. July 2021 - present
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky. Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Lexington, KY: July 2015 to June 2021
Senior Scientist, Novozymes Biologicals Inc. Salem, VA: January 2015 to June 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher, Sandia National Laboratories/Joint BioEnergy Institute, Emeryville, CA: March 2012-January 2015
Ph.D., Biological Engineering (minor in Biotechnology), North Carolina State University
M.S., Food Science and Engineering, China Agricultural University, China
B.E., Material Science and Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering), Chongqing University, China
My research goals are to understand and develop new bioprocesses for biofuels and bioproducts by exploring the interfaces between chemistry, engineering and biology. Specific research areas include 1) biomass pretreatment, catalysis, fermentation and product recovery; 2) ionic liquid as solvent, reaction media, catalyst, and material to enable cost effective and efficient cellulose/lignin valorization and other bioprocessing applications; 3) municipal, food and agricultural waste treatment and conversion; 4) upgrading of lignocellulosic biomass for BioAg applications.