Call for participants for the workshop on Sino-UK Workshop on Biomass Conversion and Utilisation

Workshop Title: Sino-UK Workshop on Biomass Conversion and Utilisation

UK Principal Applicant: Prof. Xin Tu, University of Liverpool

Partner Country Principal Applicant: Prof. Hanping Chen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Discipline: Energy and Chemical Engineering        

Dates and venue: 9th to 11th Dec 2021, Liverpool & On-line (Zoom)          

Scope of the workshop

1. Thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals and materials

2. Catalytic conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals and materials

3. High value-added biomass utilisation & process

4. Synthesis of biomass-based materials & catalysts

The programme, Newton Fund Researcher Links provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to research exchange and developing potential research collaborations.

As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop.

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. There will be a focus on providing mentorship for participated ECRs and developing links for future collaborations.

The Newton Fund will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including travel, accommodation and meals. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur with travel or accommodation arrangements or any other issues that participants might experience when the participants are away from their home.

Application and Deadline:

The full application below must be completed and submitted by 10th November 2021 to:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline
  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers.
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  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised university or research institution in the UK.
  • Participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long-term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

Selection Procedure:

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment

Notification of results:

Applicants will be notified by email prior to the workshop.

Equal Opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, Principal Applicants are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, social status or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy.  Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.

Workshop Application Form

Sino-UK workshop on New Materials and Technologies in Water Treatment and Sludge Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal

Sino-UK workshop on New Materials and Technologies in Water Treatment and Sludge Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal

22 and 23 October 2021

The Malone Hotel – 60 Eglantine Ave, Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6DY & Online

(Hybrid workshop)

Online access: Link

China is 7 hours ahead of the UK. The workshop starts at 8 am (UK time), which is 3 pm in China.

22 October 2021 (Friday)

8 am (UK Time) – Workshop starts – Link

Chunfei Wu and Zhen Yang

8: 10 am-8:40 am (UK Time)

Keynote (Chair – Chunfei Wu)

Xiaolei Fan, University of Manchester, Microwave assisted catalytic conversion of sugar platforms to value added chemicals

8: 40 am-9:10 am (UK Time)

Keynote (Chair – Chunfei Wu) – Link

Haiping Yang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Thermal Chemical conversion of biomass wastes

9:10 am – 10:10 am (UK Time) (Chair – Xiaolei Fan) – Link

Xiaolei Zhang, University of Strathclyde, Atomistic insights on converting organic solid wastes into fuels and chemicals

Yeshui Zhang – University College London, Advanced metrology for studying catalyst degradation

Jinbo Ouyang, East China University of Technology, Application of biochar and its composites in the removal of pharmaceutical micropollutants from wastewater

Changlei Qin, Chongqing University, Development and Applicability of Li4SiO4 Sorbents for Sorption-Enhanced Reforming

10:10 am – 10: 30 am  (UK Time)


10:30 am – 11:00 am (UK Time) (Chair – Changlei Qin) – Link

Lina Liu, Nankai University, DBD Plasma-Catalytic Biomass Tar Reforming and CO2 utilization

Cui Quan, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Development of activated biochar supported Ni catalyst for enhancing tar steam reforming

11:00 am – 11: 30 pm (UK Time)

Keynote (Chair – Changlei Qin) – Link

Hui Jin, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Supercritical water gasification technologies for H2 production.

11:30 am – 12: 30 pm (UK Time) (Chair – Yeshui Zhang) – Link

Xuqing Liu, University of Manchester, Sustainable Fashion and Textile: Textile Waste Memberane Treatment Technology and Textile Waste Fiber Regeneration via a Green Chemistry Approach

Bing Guo, University of Surrey, Microbial symbiosis and interactions in anammox reactor

Le Han, Chongqing University, Recovery of ammonium from waste water via novel intergrated membrane process toward the zero energy concept

Guozhao Ji, Dalian University of Technology, Pyrolysis of plastic waste in rotary kiln with solid heat carriers

12:30 pm – 13:10 pm (UK Time)

Panel discussion, introduced and chaired by Chunfei Wu (Queen’s University Belfast) – Link

13:10 pm – 14:00 pm (UK Time)


14:00 pm – 15:00 pm (UK Time) (Chair – Xin Tu) – Link

Guanjie He, University of Lincoln, Electrolytic hydrogen generation from different aqueous media

Nathan Skillen, Queen’s University Belfast, Photocatalytic water treatment; addressing the technology transfer challenges

Mi Yan, Zhejiang University of Technology, Supercritical water gasification of sewage sludge for H2 production

Lu Ding, East China University of Science and Technology, High quality solid fuel production from sewage sludge employing the hydrothermal treatment

23 October 2021 (Saturday)

8: 10 am-8:40 am (UK Time)

Keynote (Chair-Jiawei Wang) – Link

Xin Tu, University of Liverpool, Non-thermal plasma: An emerging technology for bioenergy applications

8: 40 am-9:10 am (UK Time)

Keynote (Chair – Zhen Yang) – Link

Kai Yan, Sun Yat-sen University, High value-utilization of biomass-derived sources

9:10 am – 10:10 am (UK Time) (Chair-Xiaolei Zhang) – Link

Xiaoxia Ou, University of Manchester, High ionic strength wastewater treatment

Yikai Xu, Queen’s University Belfast, Plasmonic Nanomaterials for Water Remediation

Hui Zhou, Tsinghua University, High-value-added utilization of lignin via hydrothermal treatment

Jianqiang Chen, Nanjing Forest University, Application of Pomelo peel-derived Hydrochar in Oil/water Separation and Bio-based Fuels

10:10 am – 10: 30 am (UK Time)


10: 30 am – 11: 00 am (UK Time)

Keynote (Chair – Hui Zhou) – Link

Jiawei Wang, Aston University, Product-oriented optimisation of the catalytic pyrolysis of plastic waste

11: 00 am – 11: 45 am (UK Time) (Chair – Yikai Zhou) – Link

Shikun Cheng, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Non-Sewered Sanitation Systems (NSSS): Application and Development

Zhen Yang, Nanjing Normal University, Hydrophobic-modified metal-hydroxide

nanoflocculants enable one-step removal of multicontaminants

for drinking water production

Ningbo Gao, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Technologies development for water removal from sewage sludge

11:45 pm – 12:30 pm (UK Time)

Panel discussion, introduced and chaired by Yongliang Li (University of Birmingham) – Link

Mr Zhuozheng visited Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Mr. Zhuozheng Wang from QUB has visited Huazhong University of Science and Technology for two months. During the HUST exchange period, Wang worked on developing new carbon capture materials in Professor Haiping Yang’s group. Wang learned the advanced technology of industrial carbon capture in Prof. Yang’s group, which had an essential impact on the construction setup of carbon capture material simulation.

UK-China Newton Researchers Link Workshop

Call for participants to workshop on:

Sino-UK workshop on New Materials and Technologies in Water Treatment and Sludge Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal

Under the Researcher Links scheme, the British Council and National Natural Science Foundation of China will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Belfast on 22 and 23 October 2021. The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Chunfei Wu and Dr Zhen Yang, and will have contributions from other leading researchers. We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Researcher Links programme.

The application form (see below), with more details on the initiative, is attached and should be sent to before the deadline of 10 October 2021.

Face-to-face meeting application


Please register your interest in the workshop if you want to participant on-line.

Special issue BECCS call for Biomass and Bioenergy

Call for Papers

Biomass to energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is a critically important technology for global decarbonisation and to limit average temperature rises to 2°C. However, there is a significant gap between the commercial experience to date and the scale of ambition; in terms of rate of implementation, scale of facility required and breadth of technologies that might be considered. While the potential of BECCS to date has been extensively discussed and evaluated from the perspective of econometric, partial equilibrium and other energy-economic modelling approaches, there has been relatively little focus on the engineering and scientific challenges associated with the implementation of BECCS. In short term, modular BECCS installations would offer local biomass supply chain and CO2 utilisation flexibility for a range of feedstocks and CO2 products. Longer-term, a more ambitious scale-up could be envisaged with significant investment in large utility-scale facilities that would likely make use of centralised CO2 transport, pipeline and storage infrastructure. A 250 MWe unit would be similar in size to existing units at large power stations, and 12 of these (e.g. 3 plants each with 4 x 250 MWe units or 12 plants each of 250 MWe) would remove 20 Mt CO2 per year. With such a significant potential deployment of BECCS there will inevitably be scope for consideration of different scales, technologies, feedstocks and configurations. There will be some common challenges and some specific to certain pathways. So this special issue is developed to establish what the key BECCS innovation needs are to support deployment at the scale envisaged in coming decades. This allows the identification of challenges of BECCS development and present novel solutions to these challenges which could support deployment.

Contributory authors are invited to submit Research Papers, Short communications, Letters and Review articles to this special issue.

Important Dates:

Submission open: 1st July 2021

Submission deadline: 31st January 2022

Submission Guideline:

All papers must be submitted through the Biomass and Bioenergy website: Make sure to upload your paper to special Issue “BECCS-2021” as the Article Type. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers will be refereed through a peer-review process. For more information, please see the Author Guidelines page.

This special issue on advances in biomass to energy with carbon capture and storage will identify key engineering challenges of BECCS with the following scopes:

  • Feedstock flexibility of biomass
  • Advanced biomass gasification
  • Syngas clean up in particular about tar removal
  • Efficiency improvement
  • Biomass transportation and storage
  • Post combustion carbon capture
  • The production of dispatchable fuels
  • Ethics of BECCS
  • Supplies chain analysis
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Catalytic conversion

Guest editors:

Dr. Chunfei Wu, Queen’s University Belfast,

Prof. Meihong Wang, University of Sheffield,

Dr. Fatih Gulec, University of Nottingham,

Dr. Hongman Sun, China University of Petroleum (East China),