Weiyin Xu

weiyin.xu [at] gatech.edu
Current Position: 
Educational Background: 
Ph.D. ChBE 2013

Research Position

PhD student

Educational Background

BSE  Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan


Christopher W. Jones and Pradeep K. Agrawal

Project Title

Catalytic Routes from Biomass to Useful Products


Project Description

The overall goal of the project is to further the application of heterogeneous catalysts such as Pt/C and various zeolites for the conversion of switchgrass lignin to fuels or chemicals. First, an understanding of reaction conditions and mechanisms was developed for switchgrass lignin depolymerization and hydrodeoxygenation. Second, the further processing of phenol, a model compound for lignin monomers, via alkylation catalyzed by zeolites was studied to establish an understanding of how zeolite pore size and acid properties affects conversion and selectivity.



1. Weiyin Xu, Stephen J. Miller, Pradeep K. Agrawal and Christopher W. Jones “Zeolite Topology Effects in the Alkylation of Phenol with Propylene” Applied Catalysis A: General, 2013, In Press.


2. Weiyin Xu, Stephen J. Miller, Pradeep K. Agrawal and Christopher W. Jones “Depolymerization and Hydrodeoxygenation of Switchgrass Lignin with Formic Acid” ChemSusChem, 2012, 5, 667 – 675.


3. Melissa Assirelli, Weiyin Xu, and Wee Chew “Reactor Kinetics Studies via Process Raman Spectroscopy, Multivariate Chemometrics, and Kinetics Modeling” Organic Process Research & Development, 2011, 15, 610 - 621.


4. Weiyin Xu, Kejia Chen, Dayang Liang and Wee Chew “Hierarchical band-target entropy minimization curve resolution and Pearson VII curve-fitting analysis of cellular protein infrared imaging spectra”, Analytical Biochemistry, 2009, 387, 42 - 53.



Chinese, English, Hokkein (Chinese Dialect), some Japanese

Favorite TV show/movie

Will and Grace