WSU Tri-Cities

Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Laboratory

Bin Yang

Bin Yang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & Scientist

Biological Systems Engineering
Washington State University, Tri-Cities Campus
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-1670
Tel: 509-372-7640
Fax: 509-372-7690


Dr. Bin Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and the Bioproduct, Sciences & Engineering Laboratory at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. He earned his B.S. (’86) in Microbiology and M.Sc. (’93) in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in China. He received his Ph.D. (’96) degree in Food Engineering from South China University of Technology, China. Prior to joining WSU, he was an Associate Research Engineer with the Center for Environmental Research and Technology at the University of California, Riverside and was once a Research Scientist in the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. He held post doctoral positions at the Huazhong Agricultural University (China) and the University of British Columbia (Canada). He has dedicated most of his career to the development of renewable energy technologies with particular emphasis on production of biofuels and chemicals from cellulosic biomass feedstocks and other sustainable resources. His current research interests lie in areas of pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, and novel pathways that accelerate commercial application of biomass processing to cellulosic and lignin fuels and chemicals. In addition to his major research developments, Yang is devoted to training next-generation scientists, graduate and undergraduate students to foster future leaders in industry, academia and government in developing sustainable clean technology to produce bioenergy and bioproducts for demands vital to our future. He has authored more than sixty peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, made many invited presentations worldwide, and been the first inventor for five patents.

  • DAPRA Young Faculty Award — 2011
  • Advisory Editorial Board of Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefinery — 2007
  • Advisory Editorial Board of Biofuels — 2009
  • Editorial Board of AIMS Energy — 2013

Teaching Interests

“I am primarily interested in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in process design, bioprocessing engineering, fermentation, kinetics and reactor design and other interdisciplinary courses involving science and engineering.”

Current graduate level courses

  • BSysE 597: Biomass Biological Processing Engineering
  • BSysE 598: Graduate Seminar
  • CHE 481/581: Biomass Conversion Technologies

For additional course information please visit the Biological Systems Engineering web site.

Seeking for Outstanding Graduate Students

The following education background:
Biological and Chemical Engineering, Mechanic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biotechnology and Bioengineering etc.

Interested in the following research areas:

  1. Biomass fractionation, pretreatment, and cellulose hydrolysis;
  2. Lignin chemistry and catalytic conversion processes;
  3. Biological conversion of biomass to hydrocarbons;
  4. Process modeling.

Position Announcement

Post Doctoral Research Associate (PDF - 22Jun2013)

Recent Publications

  1. Zhang, T., Jakob, K., Wyman, C.E., Yang, B. 2012. Rapid selection and identification of Miscanthus species with enhanced total glucose and xylose yields from hydrothermal pretreatment followed by enzymatic hydrolysis.  Biotechnology for Biofuels, 5:56, Doi:10.1186/1754-6834-5-56.
  2. Lindedam, J., Andersen, S.B., DeMartini, J.D., Bruun, S., Jørgensen, H., Felby, C., Magid, J., Yang, B., Wyman, C.E. 2012. Cultivar variation and selection potential relevant to the production of cellulosic ethanol from wheat straw. Biomass and Bioenergy, 37: 221-228.
  3. Tao, L.; Aden, A.; Elander, R.T., Pallapolu, V.R. Lee, Y.Y., Garlock, R.J., Balan, V., Bruce, D.E., Kim, Y., Mosier, N.S., Ladisch, M.R., Falls, M., Holtzapple, M.T., Sierra, R., Shi, J., Ebrik, M.A., Redmond, T., Yang, B., Wyman, C.E., Hames, B., Thomas, S., Warner, R.E. 2011. Process and technoeconomic analysis of leading pretreatment technologies for lignocellulosic ethanol production using switchgrass. Bioresource Technology, 102 (24), 11105-14.
  4. Yang, B., Dai, Z., Ding, S.Y., Wyman, C.E. 2011.Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Cellulosic Biomass: A Review. Biofuels, 2(4); 421-450.
  5. Falls, M., Shi, J., Ebrik, M., Redmond, T., Yang, B., Wyman, C.E., Garlock, R.J., Balan, V., Dale, B.E., Pallapolu, V.R., Lee, Y.Y., Kim, Y., Mosier, N.S., Ladisch, M.R., Hames, B., Thomas, S., Donohoe, B.S., Vinzant, T.B., Elander, R.T., Warner, R.E., Rocio, S.R., Holtzapple, M.T. 2011. Investigation of Enzyme Formulation on Pretreated Switchgrass. Bioresource Technology, 102: 11072-11079.
  6. Kim, Y., Mosier, N.S., Ladisch, M.R., Pallapolu, V.R., Lee, Y.Y., Garlock, R.J., Balan, V., Dale, B.E., Donohoe, B.S., Vinzant, T.B., Elander, R.T., Warner, R.E., Falls, M., Rocio, S.R., Holtzapple, M.T., Shi, J., Ebrik, M.A., Redmond, T., Yang, B., Wyman, C.E., Warner, R.E. 2011. Comparative Study on Enzymatic Digestibility of Switchgrass Varieties and Harvests Processed by Leading Pretreatment Technologies. Bioresource Technology, 102: 11089-11096.
  7. Garlock, R.J., Balan, V., Dale, B.E., Pallapolu, V.R., Lee, Y.Y., Kim, Y., Mosier, N.S., Ladisch, M.R., Falls, M., Rocio, S.R., Holtzapple, M.T., Shi, J., Ebrik, M.A., Redmond, T., Yang, B., Wyman, C.E., Donohoe, B.S., Vinzant, T.B., Elander, R.T., Hames, B., Thomas, S., Warner, R.E. 2011. Comparative material balances around pretreatment technologies for the conversion of switchgrass to soluble sugars. Bioresource Technology, 102: 11063-11071.
  8. Shi, J., Pu, Y., Yang, B., Ragauskas, A., Wyman, C.E. 2011. Comparison of Microwaves to Fluidized Sand Baths for Heating Tubular Reactors for Hydrothermal and Dilute Acid Batch Pretreatment of Corn Stover.  Bioresource Technology, 102 (10) 5952–5961.
  9. Qing, Q., Yang, B., Wyman, C.E. 2010. Xylooligomers Are Strong Inhibitors of Cellulose H,ydrolysis by Enzymes. Bioresource Technology 101: 9624-9630.
  10. Qing, Q., Yang, B., Wyman, C.E. 2010. Impact of Surfactants on Pretreatment of Corn Stover. Bioresource Technology 101: 5941-5951.
  11. Jae, J., Tompsett, G.A., Lin, Y.C., Carlson, T.R., Shen, J., Zhang, T., Yang, B., Wyman, C.E., Conner, W.C., Huber, G.W. 2010. Depolymerization of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Fuel Precursors: Maximizing Carbon Efficiency by Combining Hydrolysis with Pyrolysis. Energy and Environmental Science, Fuels of the Future 3: 358-365.
  12. Yang, B., Wyman, C.E. 2009. Cellulosic Biomass Could Help Meet California’s Transportation Fuel Needs. California Agriculture Journal 63(4): 185-190, October-December, invited.
  13. Yang, B., Wyman, C.E. 2008. Characterization of the Degree of Polymerization of Xylooligomers Produced by Flowthrough Hydrolysis of Pure Xylan and Corn Stover with Water. Bioresource Technology 99: 5756-5762.
  14. Yang, B., Wyman, C.E. 2008. Pretreatment: The Key to Unlocking Low Cost Cellulosic Ethanol. Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining 2(1): 26-40, invited.
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