Wei Liao

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Wei Liao
Organic Wastes Utilization and Bioenergy

Dr. Wei Liao is an associate professor and the director of MSU Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center (ADREC) at the department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering. His research group and center currently work on cross-disciplinary research topics of biological conversion of organic residues into bioenergy/chemical products, algal cultivation to capture CO2 and generate value-added products, and integration of solar, biological, and electrochemical technologies to develop novel waste utilization systems. 

Ph.D., Biological Systems Engineering, December 2005, Washington State University
M.S., Biotechnology, December 1996, Wuxi University of Light Industry, China
B.S., Fermentation Engineering & Technology, July 1994, Wuxi University of Light Industry, China
  • Rojas-Sossa, J. P., Murillo, M., Marsh, T., Larsen, N., Uribe, L., Uribe-Lorio, L., Miranda, A., Solis, K., Rodriguez, W., Kirk, D., Liao, W. 2017. Effects of coffee processing residues on anaerobic microorganisms and corresponding digestion performance. Bioresource Technology 245, 714-723.
  • Pavlik, D., Zhong, Y., Elizabeth, C., Liao, W., Morgan, R., Clary, W., Liu, Y. 2017 Microalgae cultivation of carbon dioxide sequestration and protein production using a high-efficiency photobioreactor system. Algal Research 25, 413-420.
  • Bustamante-Roman, M., Liao, W. 2017. A self-sustaining high-strength wastewater treatment system using solar-bio-hybrid power generation. Bioresource Technology 234, 415-423.
  • Pelaez-Samaniego, M. R., Hummel, R. L., Liao, W., Ma, J., Jensen, J., Kruger, C., Frear, C. 2017. Approaches for adding value to anaerobically digested dairy fiber. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Review 72, 254-268.
  • Liu, Z., Liu, Y., Oyetunde, T., Hollinshead, W. D., Hermanns, A., Tang, Y., Liao, W. 2017. Exploring eukaryotic formate metabolisms to enhance microbial growth and lipid accumulation. Biotechnology for Biofuels 10, 22
  • Zhong Y., Liu, Z., Isaguirre, C., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2016. Fungal fermentation on anaerobic digestate for lipid-based biofuel production. Biotechnology for Biofuels 9, 253
  • Liu, Z., Liao, W., Liu, Y. 2016. A sustainable biorefinery concept to convert agricultural residues into value-added chemicals. Biotechnology for Biofuels 9, 197.
  • Zanotti, M., Ruan, Z., Bustamante-Roman, M., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2016. A sustainable lignocellulosic biodiesel production integrating solar- and bio-power generation. Green Chemistry 18, 5059-5068.
  • Li, Q., Powers, W., Rozeboom, D., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2016. An integrated curtain-microalgal culture system (WCMC) to recover nutrients and mitigate air emissions from animal feeding operations. Algal Research 18, 166-174.