Researcher biography

Prof Yuan received his PhD degree in aeronautical engineering in 1992 from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. He changed research direction to wastewater management in 1994, when he took up a postdoctoral research fellow position at Ghent University, Belgium. He joined the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC), renamed as the Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology in July 2021, at The University of Queensland in 1998. He served as the AWMC Deputy Director 2001-2014, and is currently the ACWEB Director. His research focuses on development of innovative solutions for urban water management and environmental biotechnology through effective integration of fundamental science and applied engineering. He has to date won over $50M in government, industry and university research funding including many ARC Discovery, Linkage and Fellowship grants, mostly as the lead Chief Investigator. Prof Yuan was one of the founding members of the $117m Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. He has published intensively both in specialised journals such as Water Research and Environmental Science and Technology, and multidisciplinary journals ncluding Nature and Science. He is the founder of three biotechnology businesses namely SeweX, Cloevis and Lodomat, and his research has delivered documented savings of hundreds of millions of dollars to the Australian water industry. His research achievements and leadership have been recognized through major national and international awards including the 2015 ATSE Clunies Ross Award and the International Water Association (IWA) 2014 Global Project Innovation Award (Applied Research Category). Prof Yuan was named as one of Engineers Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for 2015. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), an IWA Distinguished Fellow, and was awarded the highly prestigious ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship in 2017. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2019.

Featured projects Duration
Water Cycle Management for NEOM
20192022
Dissolved methane-supported denitrification to enable mainstream bioenergy recovery from wastewaster
Australian Research Council
20202023
Methane emissions from sewers - understanding modelling and mitigation
Australian Research Council
20142016
Revolutionising sludge management turning costly waste into a safe product
20212024
Network-wide sewer odour and corrosion management by model predictive control
Australian Research Council
20162019
In-situ electrochemical generation of chemicals from sewage as a method for sulfide control in sewer systems
The University of Queensland
20132017
Fundamental understanding and application of the metabolic pathway for VFA/electricity production through Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane (AOM)
Australian Research Council
20182021
Determining the bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of free nitrous acid on model microbes in wastewater treatment
Australian Research Council
20122016
System metabolic engineering for advanced methane fermentation
Australian Research Council
20182021
MERINO: Maximizing energy recovery through innovative nitrogen removal
20162021
Microbial electrosynthesis of liquid chemicals from carbon dioxide
Australian Research Council
20182024
FNA-based technology to enhance performance and economics of wastewater treatment plants
Australian Research Council
20142017
Methane bioconversion to value-added liquid chemicals and in situ applications
Australian Research Council
20182023
An innovative nitrogen removal process by coupling anammox and methane-dependent denitrification
Australian Research Council
2009
Managing interactions between decentralised and centralised water systems
Australian Research Council
20152018
Fate and behaviour of micropollutants in urban waste water systems
Australian Research Council
20142016
An integrated approach to iron salt use in urban water systems
Australian Research Council
20142019
Novel biotreatment for micropollutant removal from contaminated water
Australian Research Council
20132017
Fit-for-purpose water production
20142016
Reducing sewer corrosion through model-supported ventilation control
Australian Research Council
20212024
Fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from urban water systems
Australian Research Council
20092017
Digital Sewer
Australian Research Council
20172023
A novel method for controlling microbial concrete corrosion in sewers
Australian Research Council
2016

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