Yang Xiao

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Project Description

I investigate topics in biomass, shale gas and other energy sources, and chemical and catalytic reaction engineering. The projects typically involve combined experimental and modeling studies. Topics I am particularly interested in, but not limited to, are:

  • Shale gas utilization: non-oxidative coupling of methane (NOCM)
  • Low-temperature catalytic selective oxidation of methanol
  • Catalytic conversion of glycerol to liquid fuels/octane booster for gasoline
  • Catalytic bio-oil upgrading
  • Density functional theory (DFT) (with Dr. Jeff Greeley) calculations for bimetallic catalysts

Selected Publications

  1. Yang Xiao, Yuan Wang and Arvind Varma, Low-Temperature Selective Oxidation of Methanol over Pt-Bi Bimetallic Catalysts, 2018, Journal of Catalysis, 2018, 363, 144-153.
  2. Yang Xiao and Arvind Varma, Highly Selective Nonoxidative Coupling of Methane over Pt-Bi Bimetallic Catalysts, ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8 (4), 2735-2740.
  3. Yang Xiao and Arvind Varma, Kinetics of Glycerol Conversion to Hydrocarbon Fuels over Pd/H-ZSM-5 Catalyst, AIChE Journal, 2017, 63 (12), 5445-5451.
  4. Yang Xiao, Jeffrey Greeley, Arvind Varma, Zhi-Jian Zhao and Guomin Xiao, An Experimental and Theoretical Study of Glycerol Oxidation to 1,3-Dihydroxyacetone Over Bimetallic Pt-Bi Catalysts, AIChE Journal, 2017, 63 (2), 705-715. (Most accessed article 10/2016 to 09/2017)
  5. Yang Xiao and Arvind Varma, Conversion of Glycerol to Hydrocarbon Fuels via Bifunctional Catalysts, ACS Energy Letters, 2016 1 (5), 963-968.
  6. Danni Gao, Yang Xiao and Arvind Varma, Guaiacol Hydrodeoxygenation over Platinum Catalyst: Reaction Pathways and Kinetics, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2015, 54 (43), 10638-10644.
  7. Yang Xiao and Arvind Varma, Catalytic Deoxygenation of Guaiacol Using Methane, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2015, 3 (11), 2606-2610.
  8. Yang Xiao, Guomin Xiao and Arvind Varma, A Universal Procedure for Crude Glycerol Purification from Different Feedstocks in Biodiesel Production: Experimental and Simulation Study, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2013, 52 (39), 1421-14296.

Selected Intellectual Properties

  1. Arvind Varma and Yang Xiao, Conversion of Glycerol to Hydrocarbon Fuels, Provisional Application No. 62568011, October 4, 2017.
  2. Arvind Varma and Yang Xiao, Non-oxidative Production of Hydrocarbon from Methane, Provisional Application No. 62560692, September 20, 2017.
  3. Arvind Varma and Yang Xiao, Catalytic Deoxygenation of Bio-Oils Using Methane, Publication No. US20170029712, February 2, 2017.