Xiaolin Chen


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Xiaolin Chen's research focuses on hydroprocessing catalytic fast pyrolysis oil into various renewable transportation fuels, such as sustainable aviation fuel and second-generation renewable diesel. She has over seven years of experience in multidisciplinary projects involving thermochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass, coconversion of biomass and plastics, and upcycling commingled municipal solid waste, namely waste to energy, into valuable chemicals, renewable fuels, and versatile materials. 


Research Interests

Production of transportation fuels through hydroprocessing catalytic fast pyrolysis oil 

Cohydroprocessing bio-oil with petroleum-derived feeds

Upcycling commingled municipal solid waste 

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Iowa State University (2018–2022)

Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University (2018–2021)

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University

Master, Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics, Northeast Electric Power University

Bachelor, Thermal Energy and Power Engineering, Northeast Electric Power University


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