Areas of expertise

Background

Dr Jiang is a Lecturer in Bioenergy within the Centre for Bioenergy & Resource Management, School of Water, Energy and Environment (SWEE). He is the Module manager for Principles of Renewable Energy Technologies and the Course Director for MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering. Trained as an Environmental scientist, Dr Jiang has a broad interest in pollution monitoring and control, fate of pollutants in the environment, and clean energy production. His current research focuses on renewable energy production through biological as well as thermochemical processes. He is an internationally recognized expert on renewable energy production using anaerobic digestion (AD) technology and has an in-depth understanding of the biochemical pathways of methane formation. His expertise includes research into the symbiotic relationship between microorganisms involved in organic matter degradation under anoxic and anaerobic condition. Additionally, he is currently developing studies integrating renewable energy production with plant based land remediation (phytoremediation) method to achieve low carbon and low-cost remediation.

His current research is focusing on:

1. Energy potential of organic matters and optimization of the overall energy balance of AD process;

2. Trace element requirements for sustaining efficient AD processes;

3. Impact of environmental factors, e.g. temperature, pH and ammonia concentration to methanogen population and methanogenesis pathways;

4. Fate of heavy metal elements in biomass during thermochemical processes;

5. Economic and feasibility analysis of biomass production from contaminated and non-agriculture land;  

Before joining Cranfield, Ying completed a number of high profile projects including:

1. WRAP funded project reviewing the process efficiency of over 30 UK anaerobic renewable energy plants

2. EU FP7 funded project (‘VALORGAS', Valorisation of Food Waste to Biogas). 


Current activities

Currently Ying is managing the delivery of a number of national and international collaborative research projects, exploring the potential of using phytoremediation for the cleaning up of metal contaminated land and the subsequent energy recovery from plant biomass. In addition to his significant academic outputs, he led the development of a new MSc course on Atmospheric Emission Technologies and currently provides administrative support to MSc courses and lead the marketing and strategic collaboration of the Doctoral Training Programme in Energy Theme. 

Clients

EU FP 7 - 'Valorgas': Valorisation of Food Waste to Biogas

WRAP - Review of the application of the Residual Biogas Potential test

EPSRC - 'Cleaning Land for Wealth' (CL4W)

EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) - SP1011

British Council - Newton Fund


Publications

Articles In Journals