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Dr. Liangcheng Yang

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
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Dr. Yang is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Sciences Environmental Health Program and Department of Agriculture at the Illinois State University starting from Aug. 2014. He received his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Master degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He worked as an Environmental Engineer for two years after receiving his Bachelor degree from Zhejiang University in China. Dr. Yang was a Research Associate at The Ohio State University before joining the Illinois State University.

Research Interests & Areas

(1) developing anaerobic digestion technology to manage organic wastes and to produce bioenergy, (2) understanding the effects of air pollutants on human health and developing mitigation methods, and (3) recovering nutrients from waste water using waste materials.

Ph D Agricultural & Biological Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

MS Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

BS Environmental Science

Zhejiang University
Hangzhou, China

Illinois State University Research Initiative Award

Illinois State University

CAST Outstanding Researcher Award

College of Applied Science and Technology

Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award–Ph.D. Dissertation Competition Award, First Place

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New

Yang, L., & Ge, X. Biogas and Syngas Upgrading. Advances in Bioenergy. Elsevier 1 (2016): 125--188.

Conference Proceeding

Zheng, Z., Yang, L., & Wang, X. Monitoring moisture content of gas-phase biofilter based on impedance under different conditions. 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting (2016): 1.
Yang, L., Wang, X., Funk, T., Shi, S., Gates, R., & Zhang, Y. A feasible biofilter media moisture sensor. 2012 Dallas, Texas, July 29-August 1, 2012 (2012): 1.
Yang, L., Wang, X., Funk, T., Gates, R., & Jiang, N. Optimization of Livestock Air Pollutants Removal Biofilter Part: Media Selection. 2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20-June 23, 2010 (2010): 1.

Journal Article, Academic Journal

Jin, Q., Yang, L., Poe, N., & Huang, H. Integrated processing of plant-derived waste to produce value-added products based on the biorefinery concept. Trends in Food Science \& Technology (2018)
Xu, F., Li, Y., Ge, X., Yang, L., & Li, Y. Anaerobic digestion of food waste--Challenges and opportunities. Bioresource technology 247 (2018): 1047--1058.
Yang, L., Kopsell, D., Kottke, A., & Johnson, M. Development of a cartridge design anaerobic digestion system for lignocellulosic biomass. Biosystems Engineering 160 (2017): 134--139.
Zheng, Z., Yang, L., Gates, R., Wu, J., & Wang, X. Impedance-based Moisture Content Sensor Assessment for Gas-Phase Biofilter Media. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (2017)
Cui, S., Yang, L., Wang, J., & Wang, X. Fabrication of a sensitive gas sensor based on PPy/TiO2 nanocomposites films by layer-by-layer self-assembly and its application in food storage. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 233 (2016): 337--346.


Development of a novel anaerobic digestion system with stable biogas production and no liquid waste generation. American society of agricultural and biological engineers. (2016)
Recovery of failed solid state anaerobic digestion fed with corn stover. University Research Symposium. (2016)
Converting biogas to transportation fuels. ASABE annual international meeting. American society of agricultural and biological engineers. (2015)
Sewage treatment using anaerobic digestion and effluent handling options. Illinois Environmental Health Association Annual Educational Conference. (2014)
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