Department of Resources & Environment

Research Interests:

1) Biomass Energy Engineering

2) Energy/ecology integrated system

Phone:0086 21-34205744, 0086 013127544375

Address:Biomass Energy Engineering Research Centre





Ronghou Liu, male, born in 1960, Ph.D, Professor of Department of Resource and Environment, School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai JiaoTong University(SJTU), and PhD supervisor in the field of biomass energy at School of Environmental Science and Engineering, SJTU.


He is director of Biomass Energy Engineering Research Centre, School of Agriculture and Biology, SJTU. He was member of Degree Committee of SJTU. He was a member of Fifth Session of Discipline Evaluation Group of State Department Degree Committee of China. In addition, he is Executive member of Chinese Renewable Energy Society; Executive member of Chinese Biogas Society; Executive member of Chinese Biomass Development Center; editorial board member of 《International Journal of Global Energy Issues》(EI),editorial board of 《Transaction of the CSAM》(EI), editorial board member of 《Transaction of the CSAE》(EI),etc..


He studied in UK and Japan one year, respectively. He wins Tang Cornell-China Scholar in 2008.


The main tasks of Professor Ronghou Liu are teaching, educating graduate students and postdoctoral researcher, scientific research, extension and training in the field of biomass energy and utilization of wastes. Science 1984, Ronghou Liu's main research fields include biomass pyrolysis, fuel ethanol, and biogas technologies, etc. Ronghou Liu has had more 20 years experience in the field of renewable energy and environment. Many projects sponsored by EC,FAO, Ministry of Science and Technology, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Agriculture, Shanghai Science and Technology Commission have been carried out. 6 books, more than 10 Chinese invention patents, and more than 40 SCI and EI papers have been published.


Main research field: Biomass energy engineering; Energy/ecology integrated system.


Supervise mater degree student in the specialty of ecology belong to biology discipline at School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai JiaoTong University, P.R.China.


Supervise PhD student in the specialty of environmental engineering at School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai JiaoTong University, P.R.China.



Publications (Selected):

[1] Qiong Yu, Ronghou Liu*, Kun Li, Ruijie Ma. A review of crop straw pretreatment methods for biogas production by anaerobic digestion in China[J]. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2019, 107:51-58. (SCI, 影响因子10.556,中科院1区).

[2] Yifeng He, Yuwei Bie, Juha Lehtonen, Ronghou Liu*, Junmeng Cai.Hydrodeoxygenation of guaiacol as a model compound of lignin-derived pyrolysis bio-oil over zirconia-supported Rh catalyst: Process optimization and reaction kinetics[J]. Fuel, 2019,(239):1015-1027. (SCI,影响因子5.128,中科院2区).

[3]Yuanfei Mei, Meiyun Chai, Chenjie Shen, Biaobiao Liu, Ronghou Liu*. Effect of methanol addition on properties and aging reaction mechanism of bio-oil during storage[J]. Fuel, 2019,( 244):499-507. (SCI,影响因子5.128,中科院2区).

[4] Kun Li, Ronghou Liu*, Qiong Yu, Ruijie Ma. Removal of nitrogen from chicken manure anaerobic digestion for enhanced biomethanization[J].Fuel, 232( 2018), Pages 395–404. (SCI,影响因子4.908,中科院2区 ).

[5] Yan Wang, Ronghou Liu*.H2O2 treatment enhanced the heavy metals removal by manure biochar in aqueous solutions[J]. Science of The Total Environment, Volumes 628–629, 1 July 2018, Pages 1139-1148.(SCI,影响因子4.61,中科院2区).

[6]Wenfei Cai, Li Dai, Ronghou Liu*. Catalytic fast pyrolysis of rice husk for bio-oil production[J]. Energy, Volume 154, 1 July 2018, Pages 477-487. (SCI,影响因子4.968,中科院1区).

[7]Wenfei Cai, Ronghou Liu*, Yifeng He, Meiyun Chai, Junmeng Cai. Bio-oil production from fast pyrolysis of rice husk in a commercial-scale plant with a downdraft circulating fluidized bed reactor[J].Fuel Processing Technology,171(2018)308-317.(SCI,影响因子3.956, 中科院2区).

[8] Md. Maksudur Rahman, Ronghou Liu*, Junmeng Cai. Catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass over zeolites for high quality bio-oil – A review[J]. Fuel Processing Technology,180(2018)32-46. (SCI,影响因子3.956,中科院2区).

[9] Kun Li, Ronghou Liu*, Shaofeng Cui, Qiong Yu, Ruijie Ma. Anaerobic co-digestion of animal manures with corn stover or apple pulp for enhanced biogas production[J].Renewable Energy, 118 (2018) 335-342. (SCI,影响因子4.90,中科院2区).

[10] Linzheng Wang, Meiyun Chai, Ronghou Liu*, Junmeng Cai. Synergetic effects during co-pyrolysis of biomass and waste tire: A study on product distribution and reaction kinetics[J]. Bioresource Technology, Volume 268, November 2018, Pages 363-370. (SCI,影响因子5.807,中科院1区).

[11] Yuanfei Mei, Ronghou Liu*, Weixuan Wu, and Le Zhang. Effect of Hot Vapor Filter Temperature on Mass Yield Energy Balance, and Properties of Products of the Fast Pyrolysis of Pine Sawdust[J].Energy & Fuels, 2016, 30 (12), pp 10458–10469.(SCI,影响因子3.091,中科院2区).

[12] Wenfei Cai, Antzela Fivga, Ossi Kaario, and Ronghou Liu*. Effects of torrefaction on the physicochemical characteristics of sawdust and rice husk and their pyrolysis behavior by TGA and Py-GC/MS[J].Energy& Fuels, 2017, 31, 1544−1554. (SCI,影响因子3.091,中科院2区).

[13] Yan Wang, Ronghou Liu*. Comparison of characteristics of twenty-one types of biochar and their ability to remove multi-heavy metals and methylene blue in solution[J].Fuel Processing Technology, 2017,160,55-63.(SCI, 影响因子3.752,中科院2区).

[14] Yuanfei Mei, Ronghou Liu*. Effect of temperature of ceramic hot vapor filter in a fluidized bed reactor on chemical composition and structure of bio-oil and reaction mechanism of pine sawdust fast pyrolysis[J]. Fuel Processing Technology,2017,161,204–219.(SCI, 影响因子 3.752,中科院2区).

[15] Kun Li, Ronghou Liu*.A Review of Methane Production from Agricultural Residues in China[J].Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 54(2016) 857-865.(SCI, 影响因子6.798,中科院1区).

[16] Chen Sun, Weixing Cao, Charles J. Banks, Sonia Heaven, Ronghou Liu*.Biogas production from undiluted chicken manure and maize silage: a study of ammonia inhibition in high solids anaerobic digestion[J]. Bioresource Technology, Volume 218, October 2016, Pages 1215-1223 (SCI,影响因子4.917, 中科院1区).

[17] Renzhan Yin, Le Zhang , Ronghou Liu*, Yuanfei Mei , Wenjuan Yu. Optimization of composite additives for improving stability of bio-oils, Fuel 170 (2016) 1–8.(SCI,影响因子3.611, ,中科院2区).

[18]Wenfei Cai, Ronghou Liu*. Performance of a commercial-scale biomass fast pyrolysis plant for bio-oil production[J]. Fuel 182 (2016) 677–686.(SCI,影响因子3.611, 中科院2区).

[19] Yuanfei Mei,Ceng Wu, Ronghou Liu*. Hydrogen production from steam reforming of bio-oil model compound and byproducts elimination, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Volume 41, Issue 21, 8 June 2016, Pages 9145-9152 .(SCI,影响因子 3.205, 中科院2区). 

[20] Kun Li, Ronghou Liu*.A Review of Methane Production from Agricultural Residues in China[J].Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 54(2016) 857-865.(SCI,影响因子5.901,中科院1区).

[21] Kun Li, Ronghou Liu*, Chen Sun. Comparison of anaerobic digestion characteristics and kinetics of four livestock manures with different substrate concentrations[J].Bioresource Technology, 198 (2015) 133–140.(SCI,影响因子4.494,中科院1区).

[22] Chen Sun, Ronghou Liu*, Weixing Cao, Renzhan Yin, Yuanfei Mei, and Le Zhang. Impacts of Alkaline Hydrogen Peroxide Pretreatment on Chemical Composition and Biochemical Methane Potential of Agricultural Crop Stalks[J]. Energy & Fuels, 2015, 29 (8), pp 4966–4975.(SCI).(SCI, 影响因子2.79,中科院2区).

[23] Tianju Chen, Ronghou Liu*, Norman R. Scott*. Characterization of energy carriers obtained from the pyrolysis of white ash, switchgrass and corn stover — Biochar, syngas and bio-oil [J].Fuel Processing Technology 142,124–134, 2016. (SCI,影响因子3.352,中科院2区).

[24]Le Zhang, Ronghou Liu*, Renzhan Yin, Yuanfei Mei. Upgrading of bio-oil from biomass fast pyrolysis in China: A review[J].Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 24 (2013) 66–72. .(SCI, 影响因子6.018,中科院1区).

[25]Tianju Chen, Ceng Wu, Ronghou Liu*, et al. Effect of hot vapor filtration on the characterization of bio-oil from rice husks with fast pyrolysis in a fluidized-bed reactor[J]. Bioresource Technology, 102 (2011) 6178–6185. (SCI,影响因子4.98,中科院1区).

[26]Tianju Chen, Ceng Wu, Ronghou Liu*. Steam reforming of bio-oil from rice husks fast pyrolysis for hydrogen production[J]. Bioresource Technology, Volume 102, Issue 19, October 2011, Pages 9236-9240. (SCI,影响因子4.98,中科院1区).

[27]Weixing Cao, Chen Sun, Ronghou Liu*,Renzhan Yin, Xiaowu Wu.Comparison of the effects of five pretreatment methods on enhancing the enzymatic digestibility and ethanol production from sweet sorghum bagasse[J].Bioresource Technology, Volume 111, May 2012, Pages 215–221. (SCI,影响因子4.98,中科院1区).

[28]Renzhan Yin, Ronghou Liu*, Jinkai Wu, Xiaowu Wu, Chen Sun, Ceng Wu. Influence of particle size on performance of a pilot-scale fixed-bed gasification system[J]. Bioresource Technology, 119 (2012) 15–21. (SCI,影响因子4.98,中科院1区).

[29]Ronghou Liu*, Fei Shen. Impacts of main factors on bioethanol fermentation from stalk juice of sweet sorghum by immobilized Saccharomyces cerevisiae (CICC 1308)[J]. Bioresource Technology 99 (2008) 847–854 (SCI,影响因子4.98).
[30]Ceng Wu, Ronghou Liu. Carbon deposition behavior in steam reforming of bio-oil model compound for hydrogen production[J].International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 3 5 ( 2010 ) 7386-7398.(SCI, 影响因子3.945).

[31]Ceng Wu,Ronghou Liu*. Sustainable Hydrogen Production From Steam Reforming Of Bio-Oil Model Compound Based On Carbon Deposition/Elimination[J]. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 3 6 (2011) 2860-2868.(SCI, 影响因子3.945).

[32]Tianju Chen, Chunjian Deng and Ronghou Liu*. Effect of Selective Condensation on the Characterization of Bio-oil from Pine Sawdust Fast Pyrolysis Using a Fluidized Bed Reactor[J]. Energy & Fuels, 2010, 24, 6616-6623.(SCI, 影响因子2.319).

[33]Xiaoyan Mei, Ronghou Liu*, Fei Shen, et al. Optimization of Fermentation Conditions for the Production of Ethanol from Stalk Juice of Sweet Sorghum by Immobilized Yeast Using Response Surface Methodology[J].Energy & Fuels, 2009, 23 (1), pp 487–491.(SCI, 影响因子2.319).

[34]Fei Shen and Ronghou Liu*. Research on Solid-State Ethanol Fermentation Using Dry Sweet Sorghum Stalk Particles with Active Dry Yeast[J]. Energy &Fuels, 2009, 23 (1), pp 519–525.(SCI, 影响因子2.319).

[35] Ronghou Liu*, Jinxia Li, Fei Shen. Refining bioethanol from stalk juice of sweet sorghum by immobilized yeast fermentation[J].Renewable Energy 33 (2008) 1130–1135.(SCI).

[36] Weixing Cao, Ronghou Liu*.Screening and optimization of trace elements supplement in sweet sorghum juice for ethanol production[J]. Biomass and Bioenergy 50(2013)45-51.(SCI,影响因子2.975).

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