Fei Yu

Fei Yu

Associate Professor

Biomass, Bio-Fuel
Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Office: 221 Agricultural and Biological Engineering
P 662.325.3282
Fei Yu's Personal Webpage


Ph.D., Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
M.S., Fermentation Engineering, Dalian Polytechnic University.
B.S., Fermentation Engineering, Hubei University of Technology.

Experience Record

  • July 2014 – Present, Associate Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
  • August 2009 – June 2014, Assistant Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Mississippi State University, Mississippi, MS
  • August 2008 – August 2009, Assistant Research Professor in Forest Products, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Specialty Areas

Biomass and bioenergy

Research Interests

  • Biomass: utilization and characterization
  • Hydrogen: production, catalysis, separation and process development, water gas shift catalysts in hydrogen production from biomass
  • Biofuels: production, heterogeneous catalysts, separation and process


Peer-reviewed Journal

  • Wan, C., F. Yu, Y. Zhang, Q. Li, and J. Wooten. 2013. Material Balance and Energy Balance Analysis for Syngas Generation by a Pilot-plant Scale Downdraft Gasifier. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy. [Accepted]
  • Zhang, Y., C., Wan, Q. Li, P.H. Steele, and F. Yu. 2013. Studies of Biochars Generated from Pilot-scale Downdraft Gasification. Transactions of the ASABE. [Accepted]
  • Yan, Q., C. Wan, J. Liu, J. Gao, F. Yu, J. Zhang, and Z. Cai. 2013. Iron Nanoparticles in situ Encapsulated in Biochar-based Carbon as an Effective Catalyst for Conversion of Biomass-derived Syngas to Liquid Hydrocarbons. Green Chemistry. 15:1631-1640.
  • Gu, M., Q. Li, P.H. Steele, G. Niu, and F. Yu. 2013. Growth of ‘Fireworks’ gomphrena grown in substrates amended with biochar. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment. 11(1):819-821.
  • Li, Q., P.H. Steele, F. Yu, B. Mitchell, and E.M. Hassan. 2013. Pyrolytic spray increases levoglucosan production during fast pyrolysis. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. 100: 33-40
  • Li, Q., P.H. Steele, B. Mitchell, L. Ingram, and F. Yu. 2013. The Addition of Water to Extract Maximum Levoglucosan from the Bio-oil Produced via Fast Pyrolysis of Pretreated Loblolly Pinewood. Bioresources. 8(2): 1868-1880
  • Yan, Q., F. Yu, Z. Cai, and J. Zhang. 2012. Catalytic upgrading nitrogen-riched wood syngas to liquid hydrocarbon mixture over a Fe–Pd/ZSM-5 catalyst. Biomass and Bioenergy. 47: 469-473.
  • Yan, Q., F. Yu, J. Liu, J. Street,  J. Gao, Z. Cai, and J. Zhang. 2012. Catalytic Conversion Wood Syngas to Synthetic Aviation Turbine Fuels over A Multifunctional Catalyst. Bioresource Technology.127:281-290.
  • Wang, H., D. Livingston, R. Srinivasan, Q. Li, P. Steele, and F. Yu. 2012. Detoxification and fermentation of pyrolytic sugar for ethanol production. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 168:1568–1583.
  • Hu, J., F. Yu, and Y. Lu. 2012. Application of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis in Biomass to Liquid Conversion. Catalysts. 2:303-326.
  • Kim, H., P. B. Parajuli, F. Yu, E. P. Columbus, and W. D. Batchelor. 2012. Economic Evaluation of Syngas Production: Model Development and Analysis. Transactions of the ASABE. 55(3): 1033-1045.
  • Wang, H., R. Srinivasan, F. Yu, P. Steele, Q. Li, B. Mitchell and A. Samala. 2012. Effect of Acid, Steam Explosion, and Size Reduction Pretreatments on Bio-oil Production from Sweetgum, Switchgrass, and Corn Stover. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 167:285–297.
  • Street, J., F. Yu, J. Warnock, J. Wooten, and M. G. White. 2012. Design and testing of a labview controlled catalytic packed-bed reactor system for production of hydrocarbon fuels. Transactions of the ASABE. 55(3): 1047-1055.
  • Lu, Y., F. Yu, J. Hu, and J. Liu. 2012. Catalytic conversion of syngas to mixed alcohols over Zn-Mn promoted Cu-Fe based catalyst. Applied Catalysis A, General. 429–430:48-58.
  • Street, J., F. Yu, J. Wooten,E. Columbus, M. White, and J. Warnock. 2012. Gasoline-range hydrocarbon production using biomass derived synthesis gas over Mo/H+ZSM-5. Fuel. 96:239–249.
  • Street, J. and F. Yu. 2011. Production of high-value products including gasoline hydrocarbons from thermochemical conversion of syngas. Biofuels 2(6):677-691.
  • Yan, Q., H. Toghiani, F. Yu, Z. Cai, and J. Zhang. 2011. Effects of Pyrolysis Conditions on Yield of Bio-chars from Pine Chips. Forest Prod. J.61(5):367-371.
  • Wang, H., R. Srinivasan, F. Yu, P. Steele, Q. Li, B. Mitchell. 2011. Effect of acid, alkali and steam explosion pretreatments on characteristics of bio-oil produced from pinewood. Energy and Fuels. 25(8):3758–3764.
  • Yu, F., P. H. Steele, R. Ruan. 2010. Microwave Pyrolysis of Corn Cob and Characteristics of the Pyrolytic Chars. Energy Sources Part A. 32: 475-484.
  • Patton, R, H. Steele, F. Yu. 2010. Coal vs Charcoal-Fueled Diesel Engines: A Review. Energy Sources Part A. 32: 315-322.
  • Steele, P. H., F. Yu, and S. K. Gajjela.  2009. Past, Present, and Future Production of Bio-oil. In Woody Biomass Utilization: Proceedings of the International Conference on Woody Biomass Utilization, Starkville, MS, August 4-5. 2009. Edited by John R. Shelly (Madison, WI. Forest Products Society), pp.17 - 22. ISBN-13:978-1-892529-60-2.
  • Yu, F., R. Ruan, P. H. Steele. 2009. Microwave pyrolysis of corn stover. Transactions of the ASABE. 52(5):1595-1601.
  • Hassan, E.M., F. Yu, L.L. Ingram and P.H. Steele. 2009. The Potential Use of Whole-tree Biomass for Bio-oil Fuels. Energy Sources Part A. 31:1829-1839.
  • Wu, J., Y. Wang, Y. Wan, H. Lei, F. Yu, Y. Liu, P. Chen, L. Yang, R. Ruan. 2009. Processing and properties of rigid polyurethane foams based on bio-oils from microwave-assisted pyrolysis of corn stover. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 2(1): 40-50.
  • Wang, Y., J. Wu, Y. Wan, H. Lei, F. Yu, P. Chen, X. Lin, and R. Ruan. 2009. Liquefaction of corn stover using industrial biodiesel glycerol. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 2(2): 1-9.
  • Yu, F., R. Ruan, P. H. Steele. 2008. Consecutive Reaction Model for the Pyrolysis of Corn Cob. Transactions of the ASABE. 51(3): 1023-1028.
  • Yu, F., Z. Le, P. Chen. et al. 2008. Atmospheric pressure liquefaction of dried distillers grains (DDG) and its application to polyurethane foams. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 148:235-243.
  • Zhu J., X Wu, C. Miller, F. Yu. et al. 2007. Biohydrogen production through fermentation using liquid swine manure as substrate. Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part B.  42: 393-401.
  • Yu, F., S. Deng, P. Chen. et al. 2007. Physicochemical behavior of pyrolytic oils from microwave pyrolysis of corn residue. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 136-140: 957-970.
  • Yu, F., R. Ruan, P. Chen. et al. 2007. Liquefaction of corn cobs with supercritical water treatment, Transactions of the ASABE. 50(1): 175-180.