Excellent experience in engineering research and teaching in Australian, Asian and European universities. Experience in teaching various science and engineering subjects, deliver seminars and workshops to enhance students’ graduate outcomes and employability, experience in providing reliable advices to the exchange study programs.

Research interests focus on application of fuel cell technology, biomass gasification and gas cleaning technology to renewable energy systems founded by strong fundamentals in mathematical modelling and materials investigations. Proven ability to lead interdisciplinary research through first author journal publications, as well as being one of the principal researcher on major European academic and industry projects. Proven record of securing competitive research funding including the European Horizon 2020 grant and the Bill-Melinda Gates foundation Grant. Successfully supervised undergraduates, master’s and Ph.D students.


  • CL3030: Reactor Design (Level 3; TSV)
  • CL4040: Safety, Environment and Sustainability in the Process Industries (Level 4; TSV)
  • CL4071: Chemical Engineering Design (Part 1 of 2) (Level 4; TSV)
  • CL4072: Chemical Engineering Design (Part 2 of 2) (Level 4; TSV)
  • Biosyngas Upgrading; Solid Oxide Fuel Cell; Reforming Kinetics; Electrochemistry; Material Characterisation; Hydrogen Production; Waste recovery; Gasification.
  • 2019 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Early Career Academic, The University of Melbourne (Parkville, Australia)
  • 2016 to 2017 - Visiting Researcher, The University of Melbourne (Parkville, Australia)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Associate Research Fellow, Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands)
  • 2009 to 2014 - Ph.D candidate, Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands)
  • 2013 - Visiting Academic, Imperial College London (London, UK)
  • 2006 to 2009 - Msc student, University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei, China)
  • 2002 to 2006 - Undergraduate, Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin, China)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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Department of Climate Change, Environment, Energy and Water (DCCEEW) - International Hydrogen Research Collaboration Program Fellowship

Techno-Economic Analysis of Bio-Based Hydrogen Production in Gasifier-Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems: Exploring Dry Reforming Materials for Enhanced Performance and Cost Efficiency

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$90,000 over 1 year
This fellowship, sponsored by the Australian Government (AUD 90,000), will support my research project "Techno-Economic Analysis of Bio-Based Hydrogen Production in Gasifier-Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems: Exploring Dry Reforming Materials for Enhanced Performance and Cost Efficiency." This initiative is hosted by Imperial College London, The University of Oxford, and the Henry Royce Institute in the UK. I intend to leverage this platform to foster collaborations with top-tier research groups, particularly in the realm of low-cost green hydrogen production. This aligns with James Cook University's aspirations to become a leading institute in delivering relevant research to industries operating in the Tropics.
Liyuan Fan, Stephen Skinner and Nilay Shah (College of Science & Engineering and Imperial College London)
Hydrogen; Fuel Cell Materials; Techno-Economic Analysis

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  • Simulation microwave pyrolysis process for production of the green hydrogen from agriculture waste (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Waste to Resources (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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