Dr. AuYeung’s research is focused on using sustainable energy in the conversion of readily available feedstocks, including waste streams, into fuels, fertilizers, or other useful products. His work involves performing these processes in a distributed, decentralized fashion, especially in emerging markets or developing regions. Many common waste streams — ranging from relatively simple products such as urine to fairly complex items, including electronic waste — have great potential value but are currently underutilized.
In particular, Dr. AuYeung is interested in applications of concentrated solar thermal energy, such as thermochemical energy storage, which has applications in areas such power generation, space heating, cooking, sanitation, and domestic hot water production.
Dr. AuYeung was named the 2016 Callahan Faculty Scholar in Chemical Engineering. His work is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (EERE, ARPA-E), PTT, and Oregon BEST. His lab is equipped with several pieces of equipment for investigating high-temperature chemical reaction engineering, including a 1600 deg. C. DSC/TGA, a 1600 deg. C. tube furnace, a 1600 deg. C. muffle furnace, a 200 amu QGA mass spectrometer, and access to a shared 6 kWe solar simulator at MBI/ATAMI.
Postdoctoral Associate — Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, 2012-2014
Ph.D. — Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, 2011
B.S. — Chemical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2006