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Dr Yaodong Wang

Associate Professor

PhD MSc BSc CEng MIMechE

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Associate Professor in the Department of EngineeringE250 (Higginson)+44 (0) 191 33 42377


Funded/completed research projects

1. Innovate UK funded: Gasification of agricultural waste streams for the secure cooking gas supply of rural and isolated communities in Pakistan (GAS-SCRIPt). (Principal Investigator (PI). Project awarded total: £289,316 1 Feb 2023 - 31 Jan 2024).

2. Innovate UK funded: Development of a sewage sludge waste containing microplastics pyrolysis plant for sustainable hydrogen, syngas and high quality pyrolytic char production. (Co-Investigator (Co-I). Project awarded total: £128,045. 1 Oct 2022 - 31 Mar 2024).
3. EPSCR funded: A network for hydrogen-fuelled transportation (Network- H2). (Co-I. Project awarded total: £1,255,359.40. 1 Oct 2019 - 30 Sep 2024).

4. Collaboration project: “NEATZERO (Home Working Energy Usage)” – Durham University (DU) and Durham County Council (DCC); funded by the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government, (PI. Project awarded total: £14,974.98. January – June 2021).
5. EPSRC funded: A Zero-Emission Closed-loop linear-Joule CYcle (ZECCY) engine generator (EP/R041970/1, Co-I. Project awarded total: £ 897,057. 01 September 2018 - 31 August 2021).

6. European Commission: ‘ETALON: Energy Harvesting for Signalling and Communication Systems’. (Co-I. Project awarded total: € 1 699 998. 01/09/2017 - 29/02/2020).

7. British Council Newton Fund: Trilateral Workshop (UK, South Africa and Kenya) on ‘Increased food security through improved postharvest systems using renewable and sustainable energy for rural communities’ (2016-RLWK7-10403). (PI. Project awarded total: £50,000. 01/04/2017 - 31/01/2018).

8. N8 Research Partnership fund: Feasibility study of renewable bio-energy agri-product dryer (2nd stage). (PI. Project awarded total: £10,000. 01/042018 – 31/03/2019.

9. N8 Research Partnership fund: Feasibility study of renewable bio-energy agri-product dryer. (PI. Project awarded total: £10,000. 01/04/2017 – 31/03/2018.

10. EPSRC Prosperity Outcomes: Feasibility study of carbon-based Nanomaterials to enhance heat transfer and efficiency for chemisorption cooling and power cogeneration system (EP/P511201/1, Institutional Sponsorship 2016- Newcastle University. PI. Project awarded total: £15,000, 09/2016 – 03/2017). Outcome: published 2 papers on journals; 3 papers on conference proceedings.

11. EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Sponsorship Award 2016 - Institutional Sponsorship Funding for 2016 - 2017, Preparing for GCRF Award: Optimisation of different solar dryers used in Sub-Saharan Africa using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). (PI. Project awarded total: £19,838. 08/2016 – 03/2017. Outcome: A paper published in ‘Journal of Cleaner Production’.)

12. EPSRC IAA Phase 2 - Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) enabled optimisation of a hybrid solar dryer for sub-Saharan Africa. (PI, Project awarded total: £14,660. 07/2016 – 03/2017. Outcome: 1 paper published in ‘Journal of Cleaner Production’.)

13. EPSRC funded: Industrial Demand Reduction through Innovative Storage Technologies (IDRIST), (EP/M008088/1). (Co-I. Project awarded total: £602,610. 01/12/2014 - 31/05/2017). Outcome: A prototype storage unit manufactured and tested.)

14. EPSRC funded: Low Grade Heat Driven Adsorption-linear-expander Cycle for Cogeneration of Power and Refrigeration (EP/I027904/1, PI. Project awarded total: £102,988, 11/2011 – 02/2014. Outcome: published 4 papers in journals; 2 papers on the Proceedings of ICAE 2014 Conference.)

15. EPSRC funded: GLOBAL - Sustainable Energy through China-UK Research Engagement (EP/K004689/1, Co-I. Project awarded total: £483,547, 01/04/2012 – 31/03/2013).
I led three themes and involved in Theme 11. Details are shown below:

• Theme 1 Trigeneration with Integrated Energy Storage & Biofuel Use (Theme Leader)

- Collaboration with Shanghai Jiaotong University, Guangxi University, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jishou University. 2 papers published on journals and 1 paper published on the Proceedings of ICAE 2014.

• Theme 3 Low Grade Heat Driven Cogeneration of Power & Cooling (Theme Leader) - Collaboration with Shanghai Jiaotong University. Outcome: 1 paper published in journal.

• Theme 6 Thermal Energy Management in Processing Industries (Theme Leader)

- Collaboration with Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jishou University, Guizhou University. Outcome: Outcome: 1 paper published on journal and 1 on the Proceedings of ICAE 2014 International Conference.

• Theme 11 Optimal Management of Water Resources and Flood Risk for Hydropower Generation - Collaboration with Dalian University of Technology, 1 paper published in journal.

16. EU funded: Adsor-Resor Cycle for power and cooling generation (FP7-PEOPLE/253106, EU Marie Currie Fellowship. Co-I, Project awarded total: £42,909. 09/2010 – 09/2011. Outcome: 1 paper in journal and 1 in international conference.)

17. EPSRC funded, BMT-CES: Biofuel Micro-Trigeneration with Cryogenic Energy Storage (EP/F061978/1, Co-I, six universities involved. Project awarded total: £1.1 million. 01/11/2008 – 16/04/2012. Outcome: 6 papers on high impact journals; 5 papers on international conferences).

18. EPSRC funded: Thermal Management of Industrial Processes (EP/G056706/1, Co-I. Project awarded total: £299,863. 01/11/2009 – 31/01/2012. Outcome: 2 papers in high impact journals; three papers in international conferences.)

19. EU ERDF funded CHP/Trigeneration and Energy Storage, Co-I, 2009 – 2012

20. EU FP7-TRANSPORT project (FP7-TRANSPORT/266030): ULYSSES Ultra Slow Ships (Co-I. Project awarded total: € 3 719 626,26. 01/01/2011 – 31/01/2013). Outcome: 1 paper for ‘2nd International Conference on Technologies, Operations, Logistics and Modelling for Low Carbon Shipping’.


Dr Yaodong Wang is an Associate Professor and an active researcher working on energy systems (using sustainable, clean, and renewable energy). He has over 20 years’ experience working on research projects as Principal Investigator (PI), Co-investigator (Co-I) and Researcher, (10 multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional) including: biomass gasification, anaerobic digestion and combustion; biofuel or biomass trigeneration and cogeneration with energy storage; energy systems such as biomass/coal thermal power plants; renewable energy systems (wind solar; biomass, water/hydropower); advanced cycles to reduce emissions from energy systems (Miller Cycle petrol and diesel engines; Flameless Oxidation to reduce NOx emissions from gas turbine and power plant); biofuel petrol/diesel engine; organic Rankine cycle; thermal energy management in processing industries; building energy saving using passive and active methods.

He received his PhD degree at the University of Staffordshire in 2004, funded by EU FP5 project and the university – Investigation of a micro trigeneration of electricity, heating and cooling simultaneously with only one fuel input. Then, he was a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) at Ulster University working on EU FP6 funded clean combustion of coal, biomass in thermal power plants; using advanced concepts “Flameless Oxidation” and “Continuous staged air combustion” to reduce NOx emissions from gas turbine and power plant; using absorption enhanced reforming of lignite and biomass to produce hydrogen (with carbon capture) to fuel a trigeneration system for building energy supply (power, heating and cooling). He moved to Newcastle University in 2006 as a PDRA working on renewable and clean energy area. He was appointed as a Lecture (2007), and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011, School of Mechanical Engineering (School of Engineering) at Newcastle University. He is an Associate Professor at Durham University since 2019.



  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), Member of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)
  • Member of EPSRC Full College, UK. 
  • Fellow of Durham Energy Institute


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Trigeneration of power, heat and cooling. Outcomes: 5 conference papers; 4 journal papers.) 
  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Distinction. Novel combustion chamber for petrol engine. Outcomes: 3 journal papers.)
  • BSc (First Class) in Mechanical Engineering 

Research Groups: 

 Department of Engineering

  • Energy Systems

Research Interests / Experience

  1. Sustainable and net-zero farming: Biofuel trigeneration of power, heat and cooling - Utilisation of agricultural wastes to produce biofuels.
  2. Distributed renewable energy systems with energy storage
  3. Biofuel combined heat and power (CHP)
  4. Cogeneration of power and cooling driven by low grade heat
  5. Bio-oil Trigeneration (Combined cooling, heating and power)
  6. Low grade heat driven absorption refrigeration
  7. Coal/Biomass thermal power plant simulation and evaluation
  8. Biomass/bio-wastes to energy through gasification or anaerobic digestion
  9. Biogas energy system
  10. Vegetable oil application to diesel engines and CHP
  11. Ethanol/methanol application to petrol engines
  12. Ethanol application to diesel engine
  13. Miller cycle application to reduce NOx emissions from petrol engines
  14. Miller cycle application to reduce NOx emissions from diesel engines
  15. Flameless oxidation to reduce NOx emissions from power plant/gas turbine

Senior Associate Editor, Energy Reports (Elsevier Journal) and the Member of the Editorial Board of the journal.

Guest Editor of Special Issue on “Energy Storage and Future Carbon-Neutral Energy Systems (ES-CNES)”, Energy Reports (Impact Factor 4.937, 2021 – 2022).

Guest Editor of Special Issue on Thermal Energy Management, Applied Energy, volume 89, issue 1, January 2012.

Reviewer for international journals including: Fuel; Applied Energy; Applied Thermal Engineering; Renewable Energy; Fuel Processing Technology; International Journal of Thermal Sciences; Energy & Fuels; International Journal of Energy Research; International Journal of HydrogenEnergy; Energy Conversion and Management; Chemical Engineering Research and Design; Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering; International Journal of Ambient Energy

Section Chair for 11 international Conferences: International Conferences on Applied Energy (ICAE) 2018 in Hong Kong; International Conferences on Applied Energy (ICAE) 2017 in Cardiff; ICAE Conference 2016 in Beijing; SusTEM Conference 2015, Newcastle Upon Tyne, July 2015; ICAE 2015 in Abu Dhabi, March 2015; ICAE 2014 in Taipei, May-June 2014; ICAE 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa; and ICAE 2012 in Suzhou of China); Sustainable Thermal Energy Management in Process Industry (The 2nd PRO-TEM Network Conference - SusTEM2011, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK); 9th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET2010, Shanghai, China). Sustainable Thermal Energy Management in Process Industry (The 1st PRO-TEM Network Conference, SusTEM2010).

External Examiner for 20 PhD’s and 1 MPhil’s theses; Internal Examiner for 14 PhD’s theses.

Supervise research students (PhDs - ongoing)
  • Design of Hybrid Photo-voltaic/Thermal Solar Systems and Performance analysis for Residential building case studies
  • Hybrid thermochemical sorption system to upgrade low grade heat for energy demand reduction
  • Thermochemical sorption tri-generation system for energy storage and energy demand reduction
  • Investigation of exhaust gas resuage for hydrogen-oxygen-argon fuelled engine
Supervised research students (MPhil - Master by Research - graduated)
  • Numerical Simulation of an Organic Rankine Cycle Using Scroll Expander in Geothermal Energy Applications
  • Combined Solar Power and Cooling System Using an Organic Rankine Cycle
  • Study of a micro smart grid to meet the dynamic demand of a household using renewable energy sources
  • Investigating and optimizing the adsorbent pairs utilized in thermochemical resorption cycle
  • Sustainable industry: utilisation of organic wastes from production process for energy supply
  • Miller Cycle application to diesel and free piston engines
  • Sustainable Building: Household Energy Demand Management using Retrofitting and Passive Energy Saving Methods
  • Development and optimization of an organic Rankine cycle system driven by waste heat from diesel engines
  • Application of nano-carbon catalysts in diesel/bio-diesel fuel blends to improve diesel engines performance and reduce exhaust emissions
Supervised research students (PhDs - graduated)
  1. An investigation of the performance of a free-piston engine using Miller cycle and renewable fuels.
  2. Energy saving technologies and optimisation of energy use for decarbonised iron and steel industry.
  3. Co-production of Hydrogen, Methane and Silica from rice straw using anaerobic digestion and thermal treatment processes in an integrated energy system
  4. Design and development of a community based micro-hydro turbine system with hydrogen energy storage to supply electricity for off-grid rural areas in Tanzania.
  5. Thermochemical sorption tri-generation system for energy storage and energy demand reduction. 
  6. A Detailed Optimisation of Solar Photovoltaic/Thermal Systems and its Application.
  7. Evaluation of Biogas Driven Poly-generation System to Reduce Energy Poverty and Post-harvest Loss.
  8. Engine Waste Heat Recovery System Combining ORC and Resorption Cycles Enhanced by Ni/Al/Fe@C.
  9. Regional Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment on Decentralised Electricity Generation Technologies in the Northeast Region of England
  10. Investigation Into Fuel Pre-treatments For Combustion Improvement On A Compression Ignition Engine.
  11. An investigation and optimisation of electrical power generation scenarios for a sustainable Malaysia.
  12. Integration of Hybrid Energy Storage and Organic Rankine Cycle into the Trigeneration System.
  13. Household Energy Demand Management using Retrofitting and Passive Energy Saving Methods.
  14. Investigation of a Tubular Linear Transverse Flux Machine for Use with a Free‐Piston Engine.
  15. Utilisation of heat and organic wastes for energy recovery in the industry.
  16. Application of the Thermoelectric Heat Exchange Module Combined with Renewable Energy for UK Domestic Heating.
  17. Using natural gas to meet latent energy demand in Nigeria and deliver economic advantage.
  18. Methods to move to zero energy commercial building (ZECB) for the future.
  19. A resorption cogeneration cycle for power and refrigeration.
  20. An investigation of an adsorption cogeneration system for power and cooling using low grade heat.
  21. An investigation into the energy and control implications of adaptive thermal comfort.
  22. Dynamic energy demand prediction and related control system for UK households.
  23. Integration and optimisation of bio-fuel micro-tri-generation with energy storage.
  24. The design, testing and analysis of a biofuel micro-trigeneration system.

Research groups

Awarded Grants

  • 2019: A Network For Hydrogen-fuelled Transportation (Network- H2)(£444171.20 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


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