Chunfei Wu


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Research Interests

  • Energy/chemicals production from thermo-chemical conversion 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
  • CO2 capture using solid sorbents and catalytic conversion of CO2 into chemicals (e.g. CH4)


2018 – EPSRC SuperGen Bioenergy Hub (£50, 000)

             Novel and integrated low carbon process combining the gasification of waste biomass and plasma-catalytic reforming for the production of sustainable aviation biofuels, Co-I, collaborated with University of Liverpool.

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, collaborated with University of Manchester

2016 – 2017 International Exchange Scheme - Royal Society, (£7,400)

             Upgrading of bio-oil produced from biomass pyrolysis, Principal Investigator,

             collaborated with Southeast University.

2015 – 2016 EPSRC SuperGen Bioenergy Hub (£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, collaborated with Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, Sydney, Tsinghua University, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology etc.

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

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Research Output

Catalytic conversion of hard plastics to valuable carbon nanotubes

Gou, X., Zhao, D. & Wu, C., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. 145, 8 p., 104748.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • H2 production from co-pyrolysis/gasification of waste plastics and biomass under novel catalyst Ni-CaO-C

    Chai, Y., Gao, N., Wang, M. & Wu, C., 15 Feb 2020, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 382, 16 p., 122947.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Temperature sensitivity of the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) performance of Ce–TiO2 in the presence of SO2

    Zhang, W., Liu, G., Jiang, J., Tan, Y., Wang, Q., Gong, C., Shen, D. & Wu, C., Mar 2020, In : Chemosphere. 243, 9 p., 125419.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Autothermal CaO Looping Biomass Gasification for Renewable Syngas Production

    Sun, H. & Wu, C., 06 Aug 2019, In : Environmental Science and Technology. 53, 15, p. 9298-9305

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) production from catalytic pyrolysis of waste plastics: The influence of catalyst and reaction pressure

    Wang, J., Shen, B., Lan, M., Kang, D. & Wu, C., 28 Jan 2019, In : Catalysis Today.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    Encapsulated materials development for CO2 capture and energy storage

    Chunfei Wu (Examiner)
    06 Jan 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    UK Catalysis Conference 2020

    Chunfei Wu (Participant)
    07 Jan 202009 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Producing valuable carbon nanotubes from catalytic gasification of plastic wastes

    Chunfei Wu (Advisor)
    16 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Integrated CO2 capture and utilisation for fuels production

    Chunfei Wu (Advisor)
    31 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Influence of organic liquid on microwave-assisted pyrolysis of biomass

    Chunfei Wu (Examiner)
    03 Sep 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination