Meet the Faculty

Caixia Wan

Caixia (Ellen) Wan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, Biological Engineering


  • Biofuels and bioproducts
  • Biocatalysis and biotransformation
  • Bioreactor design
  • Fermentation processes
  • Anaerobic digestion

Research Summary

  • Wan's research interests focus on the development of novel technologies for the production of biofuels and bioproducts from biomass (e.g., crop residues, algae, agro-industrial byproducts). Her research areas include biomass pretreatment, biocatalysis and biotransformation, bioreactor design, fermentation process optimization, and anaerobic digestion. Her research also involves the integration of bioprocesses with thermochemical/catalytic processes for cost-effective conversion of biomass to advanced biofuels and high-value co-products
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