Dr Chunfei Wu


Faculty of Science and Engineering


+44 (0) 1482 466464

Dr Chunfei Wu works in the areas of catalytic thermal chemical conversion of biomass, plastics and other wastes into valuable products including syngas, hydrogen, bio-oil and carbon nanomaterials. His current research also focuses on CO2 capture using solid adsorbents.

He has been an external PhD examiner for the universities of Liverpool and Sheffield. He is a reviewer of several journals (e.g. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental) and proposals (e.g. The National Foundation for Science and Technology Development of Vietnam).

Dr Wu has published around 100 journal papers (h-index: 27), and his group has about six researchers.


Research Interests

  • Energy/chemicals productions from thermo-chemical processing of renewable and waste resources (biomass, plastics, waste glycerol, food waste etc)
  • Heterogeneous catalyst development and application for hydrogen and syngas production
  • CO2 in-situ capture during thermo-chemical processing
  • Carbon nanotubes production from waste and renewable hydrocarbons


Wang L, Yi Y H, Wu C F, Guo H C and Tu X, 'One-Step Reforming of CO2 and CH4 to High-Value Liquid Chemicals and Fuels at Room Temperature via Plasma-Driven Catalysis', Angewandte Chemie (2017)

Yao D, Wu C F, Yang H, Zhang Y, Nahil M, Chen Y, Williams P T and Chen H, 'Co-production of Hydrogen and Carbon Nanotubes from Catalytic Pyrolysis of Waste Plastics on Ni-Fe Bimetallic Catalyst', Energy Conversion and Management (2017)

Ye M, Tao Y, Jin F, Ling H, Wu C F, Williams P T and Huang J, 'Enhancing Hydrogen Production from the Pyrolysis-Gasification of Biomass by Size-Confined Ni Catalysts on Acidic MCM-41 Supports', Catalysis Today (2017)

Parlett C, Aydin A, Durndell L, Frattini L, Issacs M, Lee A, Liu X, Olivi L, Trofimovaite R, Wilson K and Wu C F, 'Tailored Mesoporous Silica Supports for Ni Catalysed Hydrogen Production from Ethanol Steam Reforming', Catalysis Communications, 91, pp 76-79 (2017)

Dong L, Wu C F, Ling H, Shi J, Williams P T and Jun Huang, 'Promoting Hydrogen Production and Minimising Catalyst Deactivation from the Pyrolysis-Catalytic Steam Reforming of Biomass on Nanosized NiZnAlOx Catalysts', Fuel, 188, pp 610-620 (2017)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Renewable Fuels
  • Chemical Dynamics and Dynamics and Statics of Process Equipment
  • Advanced Thermo-Chemical Process Technologies
  • 2016 Particle Technology and Separation Processes
  • Computer Applications for Chemical Engineering

Research PhDs

Dr Wu welcomes applications in bioenergy, carbon nanomaterials, hydrogen production and storage and CO2 adsorption capture and utilisation.

Current PhD supervisions

  • Yuanting Qiao
  • Hongman Sun
  • Xiaotong Liu
  • Chidiebere Diyoke

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of High Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Suzhou)
  • MSc (Nankai)
  • PhD (Leeds)
  • CChem (RSC)

External roles

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • External PhD examiner (Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield)
  • Regular reviewer for journals including Fuel, Energy & Fuels, and Applied Catalysis B: Environmental

Awards and accolades

  • 2017–2019 EPSRC (£200,000) - Microwave-assisted upgrading of fast pyrolysis bio-oil using structured zeolites on microwave-absorbing foam supports (EP/R000670/1), Co-I, Principal Investigator in Hull
  • 2017 Newton Fund (£4,400) - Organise a work on pyrolysis and gasification of wastes and biomass, principal investigator
  • 2016–2017 International Exchange Scheme, Royal Society, (£7,400) - Upgrading of bio-oil produced from biomass pyrolysis, principal investigator
  • 2015–2016 EPSRC (£19,761) - Catalytic ultrasound pre-treatment of pyrolysis oil, principal investigator
  • 2015–2017 EPSRC (£911,539) - Novel low energy plasma/catalytic gas cleaning process to deliver high quality syngas from the gasification of waste biomass (EP/M013162/1), named researcher and principal investigator in Hull in 2017
  • 2014–2018 EU H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014 (€405,000) - Co-processing biomass and plastic wastes (643322), Co-Investigator and Principal Investigator in Hull from 2017
  • 2013–2014 White Rose Collaboration Fund (£10,500) - Conventional and microwave pyrolysis of biomass, principal investigator
  • 2011–2012 International Exchange Scheme, Royal Society (£6,000) - Catalytic gasification of biomass (IE110273), principal investigator
  • 2011 Worldwide Universities Network Research Mobility Programme Award (£1,456) - Hydrogen production from catalytic gasification of biomass, principal investigator
  • 2007–2010 Overseas Research Student Award Scheme (ORSAS) (~ £80,000) (UK) - Full scholarships for PhD studies

Professional highlights

  • External PhD examiner (Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield), internal PhD examiner at the University of Hull
  • Chair of two-day workshop on pyrolysis and gasification of wastes and biomass in Hull (March 2017), supported by Newton Fund and EU
  • Proposal review - The National Foundation for Science and Technology Development of Vietnam (NAFOSTED)