Dr. XiaoYu Wu is currently a postdoctoral associate in Reacting Gas Dynamics Lab, Center for Energy Propulsion Research, MIT. He received his PhD degree in Department of Mechanical Engineering (Minor in Materials and Chemistry) at MIT in June 2017 under the supervision of Professor Ahmed F. Ghoniem. Prior to that, he received both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Energy Engineering in Zhejiang University, China.
His research interests focus on developing novel adaptable energy conversion and chemical production technologies based on a fundamental understanding of the kinetics of these processes. Both experimental and numerical methods will be applied, and thermo-electro-chemical processes will be studied to maximize system versatility. The kinetics and reaction mechanisms can be obtained from high throughput benchtop reactors and physical models. System-scaled numerical analysis will be used to investigate the optimal operating conditions and the energy-chemical integration. Techno-economics analysis will also be explored to evaluate the costs. These findings will accelerate the material development and process optimization and facilitate the commercialization of these technologies. The goal is to utilize renewable resources and improve global living standards.
- Energy storage: oxygen permeation membranes supporting water/carbon splitting for hydrogen/syngas production at elevated temperatures (link, MIT News link).
- Value added chemicals from methane: perovskite oxides replacing precious metal as catalysts for syngas/ethylene production from methane (link).
- Thermal/chemical heat sinks: using supercritical kerosene nanofluids for regenerative cooling system in engines (link).
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1. XiaoYu is giving a seminar in Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) on July 5. It is about the multi-scale studies on using oxygen permeable membrane reactor for high purity hydrogen production.
2. XiaoYu is giving a keynote speech in electrochemical session in the 14th International Conference on Catalysis in Membrane Reactors in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (11:00-11:30 on July 9 in Collegezaal 5). The title is “Techno-economic study of H2 production from Membrane-supported H2O splitting and fuel-assisted H2O electrolysis.“
3. XiaoYu joins the steering committee for the Engineering Sustainable Development 2019 Conference, which is co-organized by AIChE Institute of Sustainability and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. The goal of the conference is to discuss technical and engineering challenges of addressing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
4. Congratulations to XiaoYu and Professor Ghoniem! Their review paper on using mixed ionic and electronic conducting membranes for CO2 reduction is published on Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. You can download the paper for free here before June 25, 2019!
5. XiaoYu and his peers published a letter to editor in Science, an essay on how being a first-generation college student inspires him to work on research topics that benefit humankind. LINK