LI Fanghua

LI Fanghua

Personal Particulars
Research Fellow
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,

National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 2,

Singapore, 117576

Office: University Town Create Tower #15-02
Phone: +65 83936218



Ph.D, Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia,2014-2018

B.Eng., Environmental Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China; Clean and Renewable Energy, ParisTech, Paris, France.

Research Interests

Green bioenergy conversion and waste treatment to energy and resource,

Catalytic pyrolysis, gasification and Chemical Reaction Engineering,

Heterogeneous catalysis.

Research highlights

Ø  An investigation on conversion of microalgae to liquid transportation fuels via catalytic pyrolysis
·         Investigate the effects of different CO2 concentrations on microalgae growth and

·         characteristics.

·         Investigate the pyrolysis products and components under different pyrolysis conditions and optimize pyrolysis parameters to achieve a high-quality bio-oil.

·         Develop catalysts which are capable of removing oxygen- and nitrogen-containing compounds from bio-oil.

·         Develop adsorbents which are capable of removing nitrogen-containing compounds

·         from bio-oil.



  1. Fanghua Li, Xin He, Christine A. Shoemaker, Chi-Hwa-Wang*. Experimental and numerical   study on hydrocarbons and carbonaceous materials co-production from biomass catalytic pyrolysis: Product distribution, characterization and overall benefit. Published March 2020; DOI:10.1016/j.enconman.2020.112581(Energy Conversion and Management_Q1, Rank 3/134, IF: 8.208).
  2. Fanghua Li, Lynn E Katz*, Zhiquan Hu*. Adsorption of major nitrogen-containing components in microalgae bio-oil by activated carbon: Equilibrium, kinetics and the ideal adsorbed solution theory (IAST) model. Published September 2019; DOI:10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b03804 (ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering_Q1, Rank 9/138, IF: 7.632).
  3. Fanghua Li, Srikanth Chakravartula Srivatsa, Sankar Bhattacharya*. A review of catalytic pyrolysis of microalgae for production of high-quality bio-oil. Published July 2019, 108, 481-497; DOI:10.1016/j.rser.2019.03.026 (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review_Q1 Rank 5/92, IF: 12.110) 引用>20.
  4. Fanghua Li*, Lynn E Katz*, Siyao Qiu. Adsorptive Selectivity and Mechanism of Three Different Adsorbents for Nitrogenous Compounds Removal from Microalgae Bio-Oil. Published March 2019, 58 (10), 3959–3968; DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b04934 (Industrial &Engineering Chemistry Research_Q1, Rank 33/137, IF: 3.573).
  5. Fanghua Li, Srikanth Chakravartula Srivatsa, Warren Batchelor, Sankar Bhattacharya*. A study on growth and pyrolysis characteristics of microalgae using Thermogravimetric Analysis-Infrared Spectroscopy and synchrotron Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Published April 2017, 229, 1-10; DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.01.005 (Bioresource Technology_Q1, Rank 14/160, IF: 7.539).
  6. Srikanth Chakravartula Srivatsa (supervisor), Fanghua Li, Sankar Bhattacharya*. Optimization of reaction parameters for bio-oil production by catalytic pyrolysis of microalga Tetraselmis suecica: Influence of Ni-loading on bio-oil composition. Published November 2019, 142, 426-436; DOI:10.1016/j.renene.2019.04.130 (Renewable Energy_Q1, Rank 7/33, IF: 6.274).
  7. Fanghua Li, Zhiquan Hu*, Bo Xiao. Bio-oil production by thermochemical catalytic liquefaction of bloom-forming cyanobacteria: Optimization using response surface methodology (RSM). Published November 2017; DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b02595 (Energy and Fuels_Q1, Rank 27/135, IF: 3.421).
  8. Fanghua Li*, Srikanth Chakravartula Srivatsa, Warren Batchelor. Nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater by the microalgae biofilm. Published by Coal Technologies Associates June 2017, 758-768; ISBN No.978-0-932066-42-8 Library of Congress Card Catalog No. 86-06147.
  9. Fanghua Li, Srikanth Chakravartula Srivatsa, Sankar Bhattacharya*. Characteristics studies of bio-oil produced via fixed-bed catalytic pyrolysis of the marine microalgae Tetraselmis suecica. Published by Coal Technologies Associates June 2017, 973-984; ISBN No.978-0-932066-42-8 Library of Congress Card Catalog No. 86-06147.
  10. Le Zhang, Fanghua Li, Kai-Chee Loh, Chi-Hwa Wang, Yanjun Dai, Yen Wah Tong*. Methane yield enhancement of mesophilic and thermophilic anaerobic co-digestion of algal biomass and food waste using algal biochar: Semi-continuous operation and microbial community analysis. Published April 2020, 302; DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2020.122892 (Bioresource Technology_Q1, Rank 14/160, IF: 7.539).
  11. Tingting Xu, Bo Xiao, Gift Gladson Moyo, Fanghua Li, Zhihua Chen, Xun Wang*, Zhiquan Hu, Shiming Liu, Mian Hu.Syngas production via chemical looping reforming biomass pyrolysis oil using NiO/dolomite as oxygen carrier, catalyst or sorbent. Published August 2019; DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2019.111835. (Energy Conversion and Management_Q1, Rank 3/134, IF: 8.208).
  12. Nur H Zainan, Srikanth Chakravartula Srivatsa, Fanghua Li, Sankar Bhattacharya*. Quality of bio-oil from Catalytic Pyrolysis of Microalgae Chlorella Vulgaris. Published March 2018; DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.02.166 (Fuel_Q1, Rank 13/135, IF: 5.578)引用>50.
  13. Qiguo Yi, Yongguang Zhang, Fangjie Qi, Bo Xiao, Fanghua Li. Experimental studies on co-firing lignocellulosic biomass with biochar. Published Sepetember 2014; DOI:10.13671/j.hjkxxb.2014.0652. Huanjing Kexue Xuebao/Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae.
  14. Haiping Wang, Zhiquan Hu, Bo Xiao, Qunpeng Cheng, Fanghua Li. Ammonium nitrogen removal in batch cultures treating digested piggery wastewater with microalgae Oedogonium sp. Published July 2013, 68 (2) 269-275; DOI: 10.2166/wst.2013.230 (Water Science & Technology_Q3, Rank 61/88, IF: 1.530).
  15. Zhihua Chen*, Yaru Li, Xueyi Hou, Fanghua Li, Rongliang Qiu, Xin Zhang. Slow pyrolysis of Sedum Spectabile Boreau under CO2 atmosphere for biochar-adsorbent production:pyrolytic kinetic,product analysis and Cr (VI) removal. (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review_Q1 Rank 5/92, IF: 12.110-submitted in October 2019).
  16. Fanghua Li, Dan Sweeney, Yanjun Dai, Chi-Hwa Wang*. Influence of various novel catalysts on algal pyrolysis bio-oil. (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews_Q1 Rank 5/92, IF: 12.110-submitted in May 2020)
  17. Ming Liu,Fanghua Li,Haifeng Liu*, Chi-Hwa Wang*.Synergistic effect on co-gasification of chicken manure and petcoke: an investigation of sustainable waste management. (Chemical Engineering Journal_Q1 Rank 2/291, IF: 10.652-submitted in July 2020)
  18. Ming Liu, Fanghua Li,Haifeng Liu, Chi-Hwa Wang*.Synergistic Effect Investigation on Co-Gasification of Chicken Manure and Petcoke. 2020 AIChE Annual Meeting (Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division).