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Yuli Yang Associate Professor

Academic Area: 
  • Sustainable Wastewater Treatment,
  • Resource Recovery,
  • Desalination and Membrane Technologies
Research Interests: 
  • Bioelectrochemical technologies
  • Anammox
  • Bioenergy production
  • Nutrient recovery
  • Wastewater reuse
  • Forward osmosis
  • Membrane bioreactors

Yuli Yang   

Nanjing Normal University

No.1 Wenyuan Road,

Nanjing, 210023, China

Tel.: +86-182-5203-1088                            










Virginia Tech

Southeast University

Environmental engineering

Municipal engineering

Visiting scholar



Southeast University

Municipal engineering



Shandong Jianzhu University

Environmental engineering



Work Experience

2018.09-present        Nanjing Normal University


Research Program

1.2020.01-2022.12: National Natural Science Foundation of China (51908292)

2. 2019.07-2022.06: Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20190716)

3. 2019.07-2022.06: Natural Science Foundation of the Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions of China (19KJB610003)

4. 2019.01-2021.12: Startup fund of Nanjing Normal University.

5. 2015.04-2018.03: Top-notch Academic Programs Project of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (#1105007002).

6. 2017.04-2018.03: Scientific Research Foundation of Graduate School of Southeast University (YBJJ1647).

7. 2015.04-2018.03: Innovation Program for Academic Degree of Graduate Student of Jiangsu Province (KYLX16 0249).


Research Interests

Microbial fuel cells, sustainable desalination technology, biological wastewater treatment, nutrient removal and recovery, osmotic bioelectrochemical systems, membrane bioreactors, sustainable water reuse, forward osmosis



1. Yun Cai, You Wu, Yuli Yang*, Yuxiang Lu, Hailiang Song. Minimizing salinity accumulation via regulating draw solute concentration in a bioelectrochemically assisted osmotic membrane bioreactor. Chemosphere, 2021, 272:129613.

2. Yuli Yang, You Wu, Yuxiang Lu, Yun Cai, Zhen He, Xiaoli Yang, and Hailiang Song*. A comprehensive review of nutrient-energy-water-solute recovery by hybrid osmotic membrane bioreactors. Bioresource Technology, 2021, 320, 124300.

3. Yuli Yang, Yuxiang Lu, You Wu, Yun Cai, Zhen He, Xiaoli Yang, and Hailiang Song*. Effects of operating parameters on salinity accumulation in a bioelectrochemically-assisted osmotic membrane bioreactor. Bioresource Technology, 2021, 124208.

4. Yuli Yang, Zhen He, Xiaoli Yang, You Wu, Yun Cai, and Hailiang Song*. Bioelectrochemically Assisted Osmotic Membrane Bioreactor with Reusable Polyelectrolyte Draw Solutes. Bioresource Technology, 2020, 296, 122352.

5Hailiang Song, Yuxiang Lu, Xiaoli Yang, Han Xu, R. Singh, Kaixing Du, Yuli Yang*. Degradation of sulfamethoxazole in low-C/N ratio wastewater by a novel membrane bioelectrochemical reactor. Bioresource Technology, 2020, 305, 123029.

6. You Wu, Cai Yun, Yuxiang Lu, Liming Zhang, Xiaoli Yang, Hailiang Song, Yuli Yang*. Bioelectrochemically-assisted nitrogen removal in osmotic membrane bioreactor. Water Science and Technology2020.

7. Yue ShenYuli Yang †, Yan Zhou, Bo Bian*. Unraveling the nexus of multi-environmental factors and benthic macroinvertebrates in typical inflow river of Taihu Lake in China. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2020, 192(2), 137.

8. Yuli Yang, Hailiang Song, Zhen He*. Mitigation of solute buildup by using biodegradable and reusable polyelectrolytes draw solutes in an osmotic membrane bioreactor. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2019, 5, 19-27. (Front Cover).

9. Yuli Yang, Xiaoli Yang, Zhen He*. Bioelectrochemically-assisted mitigation of salinity buildup and recovery of reverse-fluxed draw solute in an osmotic membrane bioreactor. Water Research, 2018, 141, 259-267.

10. Yuli Yang, Mohan Qin, Xiaoli Yang, Zhen He*. Effective Recovery of Polyelectrolyte Draw Solutes Facilitated by Cathodic pH Increase in Osmotic Microbial Fuel Cells. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017, 168, 1143-1149.

11. Yuli Yang, Mingtao Chen, Shiqiang Zou, Xiaoli Yang* Zhen He*. Efficient Recovery of Polyelectrolyte Draw Solutes in Forward Osmosis towards Sustainable Water Treatment. Desalination, 2017, 422, 134-141.

12. Yuli Yang, Mohan Qin, Xiaoli Yang, Zhen He*. Enhancing hydrogen production in microbial electrolysis cells by in situ hydrogen oxidation for self-buffering pH through periodic polarity reversal. Journal of Power Sources, 2017, 347, 21-28.

13. Yuli Yang, Xiaojin Li, Xiaoli Yang, Zhen He*. Enhanced nitrogen removal by membrane-aerated nitritation-anammox in a bioelectrochemical system. Bioresource Technology, 2017, 238, 22-29.

14. Yuli Yang, Hailin Ren, P. Ben-Tzvi, Xiaoli Yang*, Zhen He*. Optimal interval of periodic polarity reversal under automated control for maximizing hydrogen production in microbial electrolysis cells. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2017, 42(31), 20260-20268.

15. Yuli Yang, Xiaoli Yang*. Nitrogen removal and microbial community structure in membrane bioreactors with addition of alkali-rice straw. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2017, 70, 275-283.

16. Yuli Yang, Jilai Lu, Haikuan Yu, Xiaoli Yang. Characteristics of disinfection by-products precursors removal from micro-polluted water by constructed wetlands. Ecological Engineering, 2016, 93, 262-268.

17. Yuli Yang, Xiaojin Li, Xiaoli Yang, Zhen He*. Membrane aeration as an energy-efficient method for supplying oxygen to microbial fuel cells. RSC Advances, 2016, 6(55), 49787-49791.