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


Dr. Xi Yu is a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Aston and leading CFD modelling Unit in European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI). He has high-profile expertise in areas of bioenergy, particle technology and multiphysics modelling. In past five years, his research has results in 16 academics papers, 1 book chapters and over 18 presentations international conferences. Dr Yu has won 1 studentship and 3 travel grants (e.g. Newton fund). He was PDRA in one biomass gasification project (£1.25M, EPSRC, EP/M01343X/1) and one particle technology project (£175K, Leverhulme Trust, RPG-410).  Dr. Yu is serving as peer reviewer of 10+ academic journals and 2+ funding agencies. He is also serving as guest editor of Elsevier Journal: Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process intensification. He has/is supervising 4 PhD students and 6 masters.


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 


·         BEng/MEng modules

·                 CE4024 (CFD for Chemical Engineering Design, 10 credits)—MEng     module leader

·                 CE4028 (Advanced Particle technology, 10 credits)—MEng Module leader

·                 CE3003 (Advanced Process design)-3 groups/year

·                 CE1009 (Introduction to Transfer process, 20 credits)

·                 CE2004 (Transfer Processes, 20 credits)

·                 CE1002 (Design and Build)

·         MEng Research project

·         2017/2018: Grace Cunningham, Population balance model of biomass thermochemical conversion process

·         2017/2018: Sukhveer Seehra, An equilibrium model for biomass gasification processes

·         2016/2017: Janaki Umashanker (1st award)

Project: An in-silico model of biomass thermochemical conversion process

·         2016/2017: Nelma Brito (2.1 award)

Project: Innovative design of next generation adsorption technologies

using phase change materials

·         2014/2015: Muhibb Akhtar (2.1 award)

Project: A correlation equation for the minimal fluidisation velocity

in a Wet Bed

·         2013/2014: Syed Safwan Latafat (1st award)

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

·         Supervision of PhD students

·         2018-2020: Hongyu Zhu, (as main supervisor)

Project: A CFD-PBM model of biomass thermochemical conversion.

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