Dr. Yi Zhang

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Research Scientist

Research Scientist with Bioenergy systems, Industrial innovation groups, CanmetENERGY-Ottawa.

Current research and/or projects

Process development for liquid transportation biofuels (renewable diesel, biojet).

Research and/or project statements

  • Upgrading biomass-derived intermediates to advanced liquid biofuels

  • Leading R&D thrust on in-process upgrading biomass pyrolysis vapors

  • Lignin-derived “drop-in” renewable diesel fuels for rail applications

  • Production of biojet fuel components from various biomass-derived intermediates


Professional activities / interests

R&D expertise covers a broad range of fuel processing:

  • Extensive knowledge and research experience in alternative fuel processing from biomass, especially in the production of renewable jet and diesel fuel components from various biomass-derived intermediates, hydrogen production from glycerol, biodiesel via rapid transesterification of vegetable oil and higher alcohol synthesis from landfill gas

  • Solid knowledge and research experience in fossil fuel processing including hydrorefining and hydrocracking catalyst development, wax development for dynamite emulsion, kinetics on hydrogen production from methane, Claus process evaluation and selective aromatic ring opening process development

Education and awards

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, The University of British Columbia, 2004

M.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 1999

B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, 1993

Research facility

1 Haanel Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 1M1



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