Dr Xi Yu

European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Phone number: 0121 204 5099

Email: x.yu3@aston.ac.uk

Room number: MB110D


Xi is Lecturer in chemical engineering/Bioenergy and an expert in multiphase modelling, particular in CFD modelling and population balance modelling with more than ten years experiences. His current focus is on utilising CFD numerical techniques to simulate, predict and optimise various reactors (e.g. fluidised bed, high shear granulator, downer, circulating fluidised bed and rotation drum) under different scales (e.g. lab, pilot and industrial), the application area covers chemicals, food, oil, pharmaceuticals and energy. He has published 24 journal and conference papers. He was award as Leverhulme Trust Fellowship at 2012. He is actively involved in building collaboration with industrial partner (e.g. AstraZeneca, GSK, TOTAL and E.ON). 

Dr Xi Yu
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Practice in Higher Education (Aston University, 2015)
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering (University of Sheffield, 2012)
  • BEng with First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering (Tian University, China, 2004)


  • Sep 2016 -present: Lecturer, Aston University, UK
  • Jun 2015 - Aug 2016: EPSRC Research Fellow, Aston University, UK
  • May 2012 - May 2015: Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, Aston University, UK
  • May 2013 - Oct 2013: Visiting Research Fellow, Heriot Watt University, UK
  • Dec 2007 - Sep 2008: Research Assistant, The University of Sheffield, UK
  • Sep 2004 - Nov 2007: Research Assistant, Tianjin University, China
  • Jan 2006 - Mar 2006: CFD Consultant, Chiyoda Corporation, Japan 


  • Design and Build (CE1002)
  • Transfer Process (CE1009)
  • Process Design (CE3003)
  • MEng Final Year Research Projects (CE4011)
  • CFD for Chemical Engineering Design (CE4024) Course Leader 

Supervision of MEng students

(a)        2013/2014: MEng student: Syed Safwan Latafat (1st class award), Aston University

Project: Measurement of the Minimum Fluidisation Velocity in a Wet Bed

(b)        2014/2015: MEng student: Muhibb Akhtar (2.1 award), Aston University

Project: A correlation equation for the minimal fluidisation velocity in a Wet Bed

  • Biomass Pyrolysis and Gasification
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Population Balance Modelling
  • Granulation
  • Crystallization