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Yunhua Zhu

Yunhua Zhu

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Biography

Yunhua Zhu came to the PNNL in 2005 after graduating from NCSU as Ph.D. in civil engineering. She joined Hydrocarbon Processing group in 2008 and is currently a senior research engineer. Dr. Zhu’s researches focus on process simulation and economic analysis for coal and biomass conversion systems. She has participated in multiple biofuel and bioenergy projects as a key contributor and task lead. Dr. Zhu has authored or co-authored journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and technical reports in clean and renewable energy area. She is also a peer reviewer for Applied Energy, Bioresource Technology, and Algal Research.

Yunhua Zhu is proficient in: Aspen Plus, ChemCad, Aspen Process Economic Analyzer

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 2001

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Peer reviewer for Applied Energy, Bioresource Technology, and Algal Research

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2009 – Outstanding Performance Award, Energy and Environmental Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2006 – FutureGen Design Team Award, Energy Science & Technology Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL Publications

2017

2016

2014

2013

2012

  • 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

2011

2010

  • 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. 

2009

2008

Energy and Environment

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