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Energy and Environment Directorate

Yunhua Zhu

(919) 601-4553

Research Interests

  • Biomass Conversion System Simulation and Analysis
  • Clean Coal Energy System Simulation and Analysis
  • Carbon Capture
  • Air Pollution Control

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Minor in Statistics; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 2004
  • M.S. in Applied Chemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China 2001
  • B.S. in Applied Chemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China 1998

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Senior Member
  • Bioresource Technology and Energy Policy, Peer Reviewer

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Performance Award, Energy and Environmental Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 2009
  • FutureGen Design Team Award, Energy Science & Technology Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 2006
  • Third Place, 97th Annual Air & Waste Management Association Conference, Doctoral level Student Paper/Poster Contest 2004

PNNL Publications






  • Zhu Y, SB Jones, MJ Biddy, RA Dagle, and DR Palo. 2012. "Single-Step Syngas-to-Distillates (S2D) Process Based on Biomass-Derived Syngas - A Techno-Economic Analysis ." Bioresource Technology 117:341-351.  doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2012.04.027



  • Zhu Y, S Somasundaram, and JW Kemp. 2010. "Energy and Exergy Analysis of Gasifier-Based Coal-to-Fuel Systems." Journal of Energy Resources Technology 132(2):Art. No. 021008. 
  • Jovanovic I, SB Jones, DM Santosa, Z Dai, KK Ramasamy, and Y Zhu. 2010. A survey of Opportunities for Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Compatible FuelsPNNL-19704, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Lu S, YV Makarov, Y Zhu, N Lu, N Prakash Kumar, and BB Chakrabarti. 2010. "Unit Commitment Considering Generation Flexibility and Environmental Constraints." In 2010 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting.  IEEE , Piscataway, NJ. 
  • Roesijadi G, SB Jones, LJ Snowden-Swan, and Y Zhu. 2010. Macroalgae as a Biomass Feedstock: A Preliminary AnalysisPNNL-19944, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 



Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas