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Hong Hu, Ph.D.

Chemical engineer and staff scientist

Research Areas:
Process Analytics; Biological Processing; Chemical Processing


Dr. Hongqiang Hu is a chemical engineer and staff scientist in the Software Engineering and Data Analytics Department from 2014. His research at INL involves many multiple cross-disciplinary areas including bioenergy process analysis, process simulation for integrating energy systems, development of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) for cladding materials, biomass pre-processing, and economic market analysis for nuclear power fleets. He has extensive experience on various bio-/chemical process design and development using AspenPlus, HYSYS, and SuperPro to perform engineering analysis, process simulation, techno-economic analysis (TEA), and has practical experience on life-cycle analysis (LCA) using SimaPro.
Prior to joining INL, Dr. Hu worked with Advanced Green Innovations LLC, where he led the bioenergy program applying microbial electrochemical systems (MES) and anaerobic digestion for bio-electricity and bio-hydrogen generation from various solid and liquid waste streams. Before studying at United States, he worked for Sulzer Chemtech as an applications engineer in Singapore focusing on designing chemical columns and other separation systems.
Dr. Hu has many peer reviewed publications with a citation over 1,600 times. He holds a doctorate in biological and ecological engineering from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from National University of Singapore, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from ZhengZhou University.


​Ph.D., Biological Engineering - Oregon State University

M.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - National University of Singapore

B.S., Chemical Engineering - Zhengzhou University


​American Chemical Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineer


​D Hess, LM Wendt, BD Wahlen, JE Aston, H Hu, JC Quinn. 2019. Techno-economic analysis of ash removal in biomass harvested from algal turf scrubbers. Biomass and Bioenergy 123, 149-158.

L Ou, G Luo, A Ray, C Li, H Hu, S Kelley, S Park. 2018. Understanding the Impacts of Biomass Blending on the Uncertainty of Hydrolyzed Sugar Yield from a Stochastic Perspective. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 6 (8), 10851-10860.

Williams CL, Li C, Hu H, Allen JC and Thomas BJ . 2018.  Three Way Comparison of Hydrophilic Ionic Liquid, Hydrophobic Ionic Liquid, and Dilute Acid for the Pretreatment of Herbaceous and Woody Biomass. Front. Energy Res. 6:67. doi: 10.3389/fenrg.2018.00067.

L Das, E Liu, A Saeed, DW Williams, H Hu, C Li, AE Ray, J Shi. 2017. Industrial hemp as a potential bioenergy crop in comparison with kenaf, switchgrass and biomass sorghum. Bioresource technology 244, 641-649.


Hu H, Westover TL, Aston JE, Lacey JA, Thompson DN, “Process Simulation and Cost Analysis for Removing Inorganics from Wood Chips using Combined Mechanical and Chemical Preprocessing” , BioEnergy Research, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-016-9794-3.


Liu H, Hu H. 2012. Microbial electrolysis: novel technology for hydrogen production from biomass. Booker Chapter in Microbial Technologies in Advanced Biofuels Production. Springer US.

Hu H, Fan Y, Liu H. 2010. Optimization and characterization of NiMo cathode for hydrogen production in a tubular microbial fuel cell. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 35, 3227-3233.

Liu H, Hu H, Chignell J, Fan Y. 2010. Microbial electrolysis: novel technology for hydrogen production from biomass. Biofuels, 1, 129-142.

Hu H, Fan Y, Liu H. 2009. Hydrogen production in single-chamber tubular microbial electrolysis cells using non-precious-metal catalysts. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34, 8535-8542.

Hu H, Fan Y, Liu H. 2008. Hydrogen production using single-chamber membrane-free microbial electrolysis cells. Water Research, 42, 4172-4178.

Fan Y, Hu H, Liu H. 2007. Sustainable power generation in microbial fuel cells using bicarbonate buffer and proton transfer mechanisms. Environ. Sci. Technol., 41, 8154-8158.

Fan Y, Hu H, Liu H. 2007. Enhanced coulombic efficiency and power density of air-cathode microbial fuel cells with an improved cell configuration. J of Power Sources 171, 348-354.

Goel M, Hu H, Mujumdar AS, Ray MB. 2004. Sonochemical decomposition of volatile and non-volatile organic compounds – a comparative study. Water Research 38, 4247-4261.


​Hongqiang Hu, Yanzhen Fan, Hong Liu. Development of non-platinum based cathodes for hydrogen production in microbial electrolysis cells. 2010. Proc. 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA. March 21-25.


Hongqiang Hu, Yanzhen Fan, Hong Liu. Hydrogen production in microbial electrolysis cells using precious-metal-free cathode catalysts (NiMo, NiW). 2009. Proc of 2nd International Microbial Fuel Cell Conference, June 10-12, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology(GIST), Republic of Korea.


Hu, H. Fan, Y. Liu, H. 2008. Microbial electrohydrogenesis using single chamber membrane-free cells. Proc. Microbial Fuel Cell First International Symposium. University Park, Pennsylvania, PA, May 27-28.

Research Interests:

​Design and development of bio/chemical processes, process analytics, microbial electrochemical systems, bioenergy/biofuel/biopower, techno-economic analysis, hydrogen production.

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