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Yun Chen Lecturer


Educational Background

PhD, Department of chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China (2011.09-2017.06)

Visiting PhD, Advanced Environmental Biotechnology Centre, Nanyang Technological University (2015.08-2016.12)

BA, School of Energy and Mechanical Engineering, Nanjing Normal University (2007.09-2011.07)




Research Interests

1. Online monitoring and control for Pilot-Scale anaerobic reactors;

2. Regulation of metabolites in mixed culture fermentation;

3. Resource recovery from wasted activated sludge via anaerobic digestion.


Research Projects



Journal Articles

  1. Y. Chen, K. Xiao, N. Shen, R.J. Zeng, Y. Zhou, Hydrogen production from a thermophilic alkaline waste activated sludge fermenter: Effects of solid retention time (SRT), Chemosphere. 2018; 206: 101-106.
  2. Y. Chen, K. Xiao, X. Jiang, N. Shen, R.J. Zeng, and Y. Zhou, Long solid retention time (SRT) has minor role in promoting methane production in a 65°C single-stage anaerobic sludge digester, Bioresource Technology. 2018; 247: 724-729.
  3. Y. Chen, X. Jiang, K. Xiao, N. Shen, R. J. Zeng, Y. Zhou, Enhanced volatile fatty acids (VFAs) production in a thermophilic fermenter with stepwise pH increase -Investigation on dissolved organic matter transformation and microbial community shift, Water Research. 2017; 112:261-8.
  4. Y. Chen, K. Xiao, X. Jiang, N. Shen, R. J. Zeng, Y. Zhou, In-situ sludge pretreatment in a single-stage anaerobic digester, Bioresource Technology. 2017; 238:102-108.
  5. Y. Chen, N. Shen, T. Wang, F. Zhang, R. J. Zeng, Ammonium level induces high purity propionate production in mixed culture glucose fermentation, RSC Advances. 2017; 7:518-25.
  6. Y. Chen, F. Zhang, T. Wang, N. Shen, Z.-W. Yu, R.J. Zeng, Hydraulic retention time affects stable acetate production from tofu processing wastewater in extreme-thermophilic (70oC) mixed culture fermentation, Bioresource Technology. 2016; 216:722-728.
  7. Y. Chen, T. Wang, N. Shen, F. Zhang, R.J. Zeng, High-purity propionate production from glycerol in mixed culture fermentation, Bioresource Technology. 2016; 219:659-667.
  8. Y. Chen, Man. Chen, N. Shen, R.J. Zeng, H2 production by the thermoelectric microconverter coupled with microbial electrolysis cell, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2016; 41:22760-22768.
  9. Y. Chen, J. He, Y.-Q. Wang, T.A. Kotsopoulos, P. Kaparaju, R.J. Zeng, Development of an anaerobic co-metabolic model for degradation of phenol, m-cresol and easily degradable substrate, Biochemical Engineering Journal. 2016; 106:19-25.
  10. Y. Chen, J. He, Y. Mu, Y.C. Huo, Z. Zhang, T.A. Kotsopoulos, R.J. Zeng, Mathematical modeling of upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactors: Simultaneous accounting for hydrodynamics and bio-dynamics, Chemical Engineering Science. 2015; 137:677-684.
  11. N. Shen, Y. Chen, Y. Zhou, Multi-cycle operation of enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) with different carbon sources under high temperature, Water Research. 2017; 114:308-315.
  12. K. Xiao, Y. Chen, X. Jiang, Y. Zhou, Evaluating filterability of different types of sludge by statistical analysis: The role of key organic compounds in extracellular polymeric substances, Chemosphere. 2017; 170:233-41.
  13. K. Xiao, Y. Chen, X. Jiang, Q. Yang, W.Y. Seow, W. Zhu, and Y. Zhou, Variations in physical, chemical and biological properties in relation to sludge dewaterability under Fe (II) Oxone conditioning, Water Research. 2017; 109:13-23.
  14. K. Xiao, Y. Chen, X. Jiang, V.K. Tyagi, Y. Zhou, Characterization of key organic compounds affecting sludge dewaterability during ultrasonication and acidification treatments, Water Research. 2016; 105:470-478.
  15. F. Zhang, Y. Chen, K. Dai, R.J. Zeng, The chemostat study of metabolic distribution in extreme-thermophilic (70oC) mixed culture fermentation, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2014; 98:10267-10273.
  16. F. Zhang, Y. Chen, K. Dai, N. Shen, R.J. Zeng, The glucose metabolic distribution in thermophilic (55oC) mixed culture fermentation: A chemostat study, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2014; 40:919-926.
  17. X.-R. Pan, Y.-K. Wang, W.-W. Li, Y.-S. Wang, X. Wang, Y. Chen, Y.-K. Geng, C.-X. Li, H.-q. Yu, P.K. Lam, (2017) Selective co-production of acetate and methane from wastewater during mesophilic anaerobic fermentation under acidic pH conditions. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.
  18. K. Xiao, W.Y. Seow, Y. Chen, D. Lu, X. Jiang, Y. Zhou, (2017) Effects of thermal-Fe (II) activated oxone treatment on sludge dewaterability. Chemical Engineering Journal.
  19. W. Yan, N. Shen, Y. Xiao, Y. Chen, F. Sun, V.K. Tyagi, Y. Zhou, (2017) The role of conductive materials in the start-up period of thermophilic anaerobic system. Bioresource Technology.
  20. F. Zhang, J.H. Yang, K. Dai, Y. Chen, Q.R. Li, F.M. Gao, R.J. Zeng, Characterization of microbial compositions in a thermophilic chemostat of mixed culture fermentation, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2016; 100:1511-1521.
  21. F. Zhang, Y. Zhang, Y. Chen, K. Dai, M.C.M. van Loosdrecht, R.J. Zeng, Simultaneous production of acetate and methane from glycerol by selective enrichment of hydrogenotrophic methanogens in extreme-thermophilic (70oC) mixed culture fermentation, Applied Energy. 2015; 148:326-333.
  22. N. Shen, X.Y. Xia, Y. Chen, H. Zheng, Y.C. Zhong, R.J. Zeng, Palladium nanoparticles produced and dispersed by Caldicellulosiruptor saccharolyticus enhance the degradation of contaminants in water, RSC Advances. 2015; 5:15559-15565.








Honors and Awards

The second prize of the 11th ORGANO (Water and Environment) Scholarship.


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