Xuesong Zhang

Postdoctoral Research AssociateXuesong Zhang

One East Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
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Dr. Xuesong Zhang is a postdoctoral research associate at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and has been with the Center since August 2016.


  • Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering (May 2016) at Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering of Forest Products (July 2012) at Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, China

Current Project

  • Catalytic thermal conversions (pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction) of biomass/food waste/plastic waste into valuable chemicals and advanced biofuels
  • Synthesis of metallic catalysts and bio-char derived catalysts for bio-crude oil hydrotreating
  • Recovery of organics in aqueous phase from HTL of biomass

Research Interests

  • Biomass thermochemical conversions to produce advanced biofuels and valuable chemicals
  • Catalytic conversion of waste polymers into jet fuels
  • Catalytic co-processing of biomass with waste polymers to manufacture highly valuable chemicals and advanced fuels
  • Synthesis of diverse metallic catalysts for bio-oil hydrotreatment
  • Synthesis of zeolite-based catalysts for catalytic conversions

Analytical Skills

  • Experimental design
  • Bench and pilot scale research
  • Analytical instrumentation: GC, GC/MS, Py-GC/MS, GC/FID, GPC, TOC, EDS, HPLC, FTIR, BET, SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS, UV-VIS, CHO analyzer, TGA etc.


View all Xuesong Zhang’s publications on Google Scholar.

  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, J. Wu, S. Chen. Catalytic co-pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass with polymers: a critical review. Green Chemistry. 2016, 18 (15), 4145-4169.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, L. Zhu, J. Wu, S. Chen. From lignocellulosic biomass to renewable cycloalkanes for jet fuels. Green Chemistry. 2015, 17 (10), 4736-4747.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, L. Wang, L. Zhu, Y. Wei, Y Liu, G. Yadavalli, D. Yan. Renewable gasoline-range aromatics and hydrogen-enriched fuel gas from biomass via catalytic microwave-induced pyrolysis. Green Chemistry. 2015, 17, 4029-4036.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, L. Zhu, M. Qian, X. Zhu, J. Wu, S. Chen. Enhancement of renewable alkanes for jet fuels from co-feeding of lignocellulosic biomass with plastics. Applied Energy. 2016, 173, 418-430.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, L. Zhu, M. Qian, J. Chan, X. Zhu, Y. Liu, G. Yadavalli, D. Yan. L. Wang, Q. Bu, Y. Wei, J. Wu, S. Chen. Development of a catalytically green route from diverse lignocellulosic biomasses to high-density cycloalkanes for jet fuels. Catalysis Science & Technology. 2016, 6, 4210-4220.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, L. Zhu, X. Zhu, M. Qian, G. Yadavalli, D. Yan, J. Wu, S. Chen. Optimizing carbon efficiency of jet fuel range alkanes from cellulose co-fed with polyethylene via catalytically tandem processes. Bioresource Technology. 2016, 214, 45-54.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, L. Zhu, X. Zhu, M. Qian, G. Yadavalli, J. Wu, S. Chen. Thermal behavior and kinetic study for catalytic co-pyrolysis of biomass with plastics. Bioresource Technology. 2016, 220,233-238.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, L. Zhu, Y. Wei, Y. Liu, G. Yadavalli, D. Yan, J. Wu, S. Chen. Production of renewable jet fuel range alkanes and aromatics via integrated catalytic processes of intact biomass. Fuel. 2015, 160, 375-385.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, G. Yadavalli, L. Zhu, Y. Wei, Y. Liu. Gasoline-range hydrocarbons produced from microwave-induced pyrolysis of low-density polyethylene over ZSM-5. Fuel. 2015, 144, 33-42.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei, L. Zhu, M. Qian, G. Yadavalli, J. Wu, S. Chen. From plastics to jet fuel range alkanes via combined catalytic conversions. Fuel. 2016, 188, 28-38.
  • X. Zhang, H. Lei. Synthesis of high energy-density jet fuel from plastics via catalytically integral processes. RSC Advances.2016, 6, 6154-6163.


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