Dean of School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Phone: +86-27-87792102


Academic Areas: Solid waste management and materials recovery ;Energy materials and low-carbon materials technology ;Numerical simulation and modeling of environmental fluidity;Solar chimney electricity generation technology

Research Interests:

Academic Degrees

1990-1994, B.A. of Foundry, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU), Xi’an City, China

1994-1996, M.A. of Materials Processing Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

1996-1999, Ph.D of Materials Processing Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

Professional Experience

1999-2001, Lecturer in School of Environmental of Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

2001-2003, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

2004-2005, Senior researcher supported by jointing of HUST and Shangdong Aluminium CLD, the first Aluminum plant in China. The post-doctoral research work is focused on the reutilization of the red mud—an industrial solid waste from alumina production process.

2005-2006, Professor, Dean of Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

August 2006~August 2007, a Visiting Scientist in Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, funded by Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC), supervised by Dr. RV Kumar and Prof. DJ Fray in Materials Chemistry Group. The research project is focused on the green recycling process of waste lead battery paste.

August 2007~November 2014, Professor, Vice Dean of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

November 2014 ~ current. Dean of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)


Selected Publications

Scholarly Books

1. Yang, Jiakuan (The Second author): Assessment of Environmental Impaction. Huazhong University of Science & Technology Press (2010), ISBN 9787560964942 (in Chinese).

2. Yang, Jiakuan (The fourth author): Cyclic Economy and Technology of Biomass Energy. Chemical Industry Press (2006), ISBN 7502575979 (in Chinese).


Refereed journal articles


3. Wenbo Yu #, Jiakuan Yang*, Yafei Shi #, Jian Song, Yao Shi, Jun Xiao, Chao Li,Xinyu Xu, Shu He, Sha Liang, Xu Wu, Jingping Hu. Roles of iron species and pH optimization on sewage sludge conditioning with Fenton's reagent and lime. Water Research, 2016, 95, 124–133.

4. Yuchen Hu #, Jiakuan Yang*, Wei Zhang #, Yanlin Xie, Junxiong Wang, Xiqing Yuan, R Vasant Kumar, Sha Liang, Jingping Hu, Xu Wu. A novel leady oxide combined with porous carbon skeleton synthesized from lead citrate precursor recovered from spent lead-acid battery paste. Journal of Power Sources, 2016, 304, 128135. (PDF)

5. Nan Ye, Jiakuan Yang*, Sha Liang, Yong Hu, Jingping Hu, Bo Xiao, Qifei Huang. Synthesis and strength optimization of one-part geopolymer based on red mud Construction and Building Materials, 2016, 111, 317–325.

6. Wei Zhang, Jiakuan Yang*, Xinfeng Zhu, Xiaojuan Sun, Wenhao Yu, Yuchen Hu, Xiqing Yuan, Jinxin Dong, Jingping Hu, Sha Liang, Ramachandran Vasant Kumar. Structural study of a lead (II) organic complex – a key precursor in a green recovery route for spent lead-acid battery paste. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 2016, 91: 672–679.

7. Sha Liang, Nan Ye, Yuchen Hu, Yafei Shi, Wei Zhang, Wenbo Yu, Xu Wu and Jiakuan Yang*. Lead adsorption from aqueous solutions by a granular adsorbent prepared from phoenix tree leaves. RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 25393–25400.

8. Xiqing Yuan #, Jingping Hu #, Jingyi Xu, Yucheng Hu, Wei Zhang, Jinxin Dong, Sha Liang, Huijie Hou, Xu Wu, Jiakuan Yang*. The effect of barium sulfate-doped lead oxide as a positive active material on the performance of lead acid batteries. RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 27205–27212.

9. Wei Zhang #, Jiakuan Yang*, Xu Wu #, Yuchen Hu, Wenhao Yu, Junxiong Wang, Jinxin Dong, Mingyang Li, Sha Liang, Jingping Hu, R Vasant Kumar. A critical review on secondary lead recycling technology and its prospect. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2016, 61: 108~122.

10. Nan Ye #, Ye Chen #, Jiakuan Yang*, Sha Liang, Yong Hu, Bo Xiao, Qifei Huang,Yafei Shi, Jingping Hu, Xu Wu. Co-disposal of MSWI fly ash and Bayer red mud using an one-partgeopolymeric system. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2016, 318: 70–78.

11. Yafei Shi, Jiakuan Yang*, Sha Liang, Wenbo Yua, Jun Xiaoa, Jian Songa, Xinyu Xu, Ye Li, Changzhu Yang, Xu Wu, Jingping Hu, Bingchuan Liu, Huijie Hou. Primary component analysis on sewage sludge characteristics and its implication to dewatering performance with Fe2+/persulfate-skeleton builder conditioning. Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2016, 13:2283–2292.

12. Wei Zhang, Jiakuan Yang*, Yuchen Hu, Xiong He, Xinfeng Zhu, R. Vasant Kumar, Wenhao Yu, Junxiong Wang, Mingyang Li, Sha Liang, Jingping Hu, Xu Wu. Effect of pH on desulphurization of spent lead paste via hydrometallurgical process. Hydrometallurgy, 2016, 164, 83–89

13. Jian Song, Jiakuan Yang*, Sha Liang, Yafei Shi, Wenbo Yu, Chao Li, Xinyu Xu, Jun Xiao, Ruonan Guan, Nan Ye, Xu Wu, Huijie Hou, Jingping Hu, Jiukun Hu, Bo Xiao. Red mud enhanced hydrogen production from pyrolysis of deep-dewatered sludge cakes conditioned with Fenton's reagent and red mud. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2016, 16762-16771.

14. Yafei Shi, Jiakuan Yang*, Wenbo Yu, Shinan Zhang, Sha Liang, Jian Song, Qi Xu, Nan Ye, Shu He, Changzhu Yang, Jingping Hu. Synergetic conditioning of sewage sludge via Fe2+/persulfate and skeleton builder: Effect on sludge characteristics and dewaterability. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2015, 270, 572581. (PDF)

15. Yafei Shi, Jiakuan Yang*, Wei Mao, Yalin Li, Xin Xu, Hao Zhang, Wenbo Yu, Ye Li, Changzhu Yang. Influence of Fe2+-sodium persulfate on extracellular polymeric substances and dewaterability of sewage sludge. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2015, 53(10): 2655-2663. (PDF)

16. Xinyuan Ke, Susan A. Bernal, Nan Ye, John L. Provis*, and Jiakuan Yang. One-Part Geopolymers Based on Thermally Treated Red Mud/NaOH Blends. Journal of American Ceramic Society (JACS), 2015, 98(1): 5–11. (PDF)

17. Qin Wang, Jianwen Liu, Danni Yang, Xiqing Yuan, Lei Li, Xinfeng Zhu, Wei Zhang, Yucheng Hu, Xiaojuan Sun, Sha Liang, Jingping Hu, R Vasant Kumar, Jiakuan Yang*. Stannous sulfate as an electrolyte additive for lead acid battery made from a novel ultrafine leady oxide. Journal of Power Sources, 2015, 285, 485–492. (PDF)

18. Chao Li, Shinan Zhang, Jiakuan Yang*, Yafei Shi, Wenbo Yu, Sha Liang, Jian Song, Qi Xu, Ye Chen, Jingping Hu, Ye Li, Changzhu Yang. Distribution and speciation of heavy metals in two different sludge composite conditioning and deep dewatering processes. RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 102332–102339. (PDF)

19. Hao Zhang, Jiakuan Yang*, Wenbo Yu, Sen Luo, Li Peng, Xingxing Shen, Yafei Shi, Shinan Zhang, Jian Song, Nan Ye, Ye Li, Changzhu Yang, Sha Liang . Mechanism of red mud combined with Fentons reagent in sewage sludge conditioning. Water Research, 2014, 59: 239-247. (PDF)

20. Xiaojuan Sun, Jiakuan Yang, Wei Zhang, Xinfeng Zhu, Yuchen Hu, Danni Yang, Xiqing Yuan, Wenhao Yu, Jinxin Dong, Haifeng Wang, Lei Li, R. Vasant Kumar, Sha Liang. Lead acetate trihydrate precursor route to synthesize novel ultrafine lead oxide from spent lead acid battery pastes. Journal of Power Sources, 2014, 269: 565e576. (PDF)

21. Nan Ye, Jiakuan Yang*, Xinyuan Ke, Jing Zhu, Yalin Li, Cheng Xiang, Huabin Wang, Lei Li, Bo Xiao. Synthesis and characterization of geopolymer from Bayer red mud with thermal pretreatment. Journal of American Ceramic Society (JACS), 2014, 97(5): 1652-1660. (PDF)

22. Danni Yang, Jianwen Liu, Qin Wang, Xiqing Yuan, Xinfeng Zhu, Lei Li, Wei Zhang, Yucheng Hu, Xiaojuan Sun, R Vasant Kumar, Jiakuan Yang*. A novel ultrafine leady oxide prepared from spent lead pastes for application as cathode of lead acid battery. Journal of Power Sources, 2014, 257, 27-36. (PDF)

23. Yalin Li, Jianwen Liu, Jinyi Chen, Yafei Shi, Wei Mao, Huan Liu, Ye Li, Shu He, Jiakuan Yang*. Reuse of dewatered sewage sludge conditioned with skeleton builders as landfill cover material. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 2014, 11, 233-240. (PDF)

24. Xiao Wang, Liushuan Yang, Xinfeng Zhu, Jiakuan Yang*. Preparation of calcium sulfate whiskers from FGD gypsum via hydrothermal crystallization in the H2SO4-NaCl-H2O system. Particuology, 2014, 17, 42-48. (PDF)

25. Huan Liu, Peng Liu, Hongyun Hu, Qiang Zhang, Zhenyu Wu, Jiakuan Yang, Hong Yao*. Combined effects of Fenton peroxidation and CaO conditioning on sewage sludge thermal drying. Chemosphere, 2014, 117, 559–566. (PDF)

26. Hao Xie, Jiakuan Yang*, Yuchen Hu, Hao Zhang, Yin Yang, Kai Zhang, Xinfeng Zhu, Ye Li, Changzhu Yang. Simulation of flow field and sludge settling in a full-scale oxidation ditch by using a two-phase flow CFD model. Chemical Engineering Science, 2014, 109, 296-305. (PDF)

27. Xinfeng Zhu, Xiong He, Jiakuan Yang*, Linxia Gao, Jianwen Liu, Danni Yang, Xiaojuan Sun, Wei Zhang, Qin Wang, R Vasant Kumar. Leaching of spent lead acid battery paste components by sodium citrate and acetic acid. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2013, 250-251, 387-396. (PDF)

28. Xinfeng Zhu, Jiakuan Yang*, Linxia Gao, Lei Li, Danni Yang, Xiaojuan Sun, Wei Zhang, Qin Wang, Jianwen Liu, Dongsheng He, R Vasant Kumar. Preparation of lead carbonate from lead paste by hydrometallurgical processes. Hydrometallurgy, 2013, 134-135, 47-53. (PDF)

29. Xinfeng Zhu, Lei Li, Jianwen Liu, R Vasant Kumar, Jiakuan Yang*. Leaching properties of spent lead-acid battery paste with a novel process at room temperature. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 2013, 12(11), 1535-1542. (PDF)

30. Jiakuan Yang*, Yafei Shi, Xiao Yang, Mei Liang, Ye Li, Yalin Li, Nan Ye. Durability of autoclaved construction materials of sewage sludge–cement–fly ash–furnace slag. Construction and Building Materials, 2013,48, 398-405. (PDF)

31. Lei Li, Yuchen Hu, Xinfeng Zhu, Danni Yang, Qin. Wang, Jianwen Liu, R Vasant Kumar, Jiakuan Yang*, Lead citrate precursor route to synthesize nanostructural lead oxide from spent lead acid battery paste, Materials Research Bulletin, 2013, 48, 1700-1708. (PDF)

32. Linxia Gao, Jianwen Liu, Xinfeng Zhu, Danni Yang, Qin Wang, Lei Li, Dongsheng He, R. Vasant Kumar, Jiakuan Yang*. A Electrochemical performance of lead oxide nanostructure prepared by hydrometallurgical leaching and low-temperature calcination from simulated lead pastes. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 2013, 160(9), A1559-A1564. (PDF)

33. Jing Zhu, Nan Ye, Jianwen Liu, Jiakuan Yang*. Evaluation on hydration reactivity of reactive magnesium oxide prepared by calcining magnesite at lower temperatures. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2013, 52: 6430-6437. (PDF)

34. Huan Liu, Jiakuan Yang, Nairuo Zhu, Hao Zhang, Ye Li, Shu He, Changzhu Yang, Hong Yao. A comprehensive insight into the combined effects of Fenton’s reagent and skeleton builders on sludge deep dewatering performance. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2013, 258-259, 144-150. (PDF)

35. Jiakuan Yang*, R Vasant Kumar, Deepak P. Singh. Combustion synthesis of PbO from lead carboxylate precursors relevant to developing a new method for recovering components from spent lead-acid batteries. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 2012, 87: 1480-1487.

36. Xinfeng Zhu, Lei Li, Xiaojuan Sun, Danni Yang, Linxia Gao, Jianwen Liu, R Vasant Kumar, Jiakuan Yang*. Preparation of basic leady oxide from spent lead acid battery paste via chemical conversion. Hydrometallurgy, 2012, 117-118, 24-31.

37. Huan Liu, Jiakuan Yang*, Yafei Shi Ye Li, Shu He, Changzhu Yang, Conditioning of sewage sludge by Fentons reagent combined with skeleton builders. Chemosphere, 2012, 88(2), 235-239.

38. Jiakuan Yang*, Xinfeng Zhu, R Vasant Kumar. Ethylene glycol-mediated synthesis of PbO nanocrystal from PbSO4: A major component of lead paste in spent lead acid battery. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2011, 2011, 131, 336-342

39. Yin Yang, Jiakuan Yang*, Jiaolan Zuo, Shu He, Xiao Yang, Kai Zhang. Study on two operating conditions of a full-scale oxidation ditch for optimization of energy consumption and effluent quality by using CFD model, Water Research, 2011, 45(11): 3439-3452

40. Haiyu Yang, Jingyang Liu, Jiakuan Yang*. Leaching copper from shredded particles of waste printed circuit boards. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2011, 187, 393-400

41. Kai Zhang, Jianwen Liu, Wanchao Liu, Jiakuan Yang*. Preparation of glass-ceramicfrom molten steel slag using liquid-liquid mixing method. Chemosphere, 2011, 85, 689-692

42. Tingyan Ren, Jing Zhu, Wanchao Liu, Xinfeng Zhu, Jiakuan Yang*. Water resistance of composite binders containing phosphogpysum with different pretreatment processes. Advances in Cement Research, 2012, 24(2): 111-120.

43. Jianwen Liu, Danni Yang, Linxia Gao, Xinfeng Zhu, Lei Li, Jiakuan Yang*. Effect of iron doped lead oxide on the performance of lead acid batteries. Journal of Power Sources, 2011, 196, 8802-8808

44. Wanchao, Liu, Jiakuan Yang*, Xiao Bo. Review on treatment and utilization of bauxite residues in China. International Journal of Mineral Processing, 2009, 93, 220-231.

45. Ying Yang, Yingying Wu, Xiao Yang, Kai Zhang, Jiakuan Yang*. Flow field prediction in full-scale Carrousel oxidation ditch by using computational fluid dynamics. Water Science & Technology, 2010, 62(2), 256-265.

46. Jiakuan Yang*, Xiao Yang, Wanchao Liu, Xinfeng Zhu, Jianwen Liu. Preparation of autoclaved bricks based on gold mine tailings. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 2010, 19(12b): 3224-3229.

47. Jiakuan Yang*, Bo Xiao, Aldo R. Boccaccini. Preparation of low melting temperature glass-ceramics from municipal waste incineration flyash, Fuel, 2009, 88, 1275-1280.

48.  Jiakuan Yang*, Wanchao Liu, Lili Zhang, Bo Xiao. Preparation of load-bearing building materials from autoclaved phosphogypsum. Construction & Building Materials, 2009, 23: 687-693.

49.  Wanchao Liu, Jiakuan Yang*, Bo Xiao. Application of Bayer red mud for iron recovery and building material production from alumosilicate residues. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2009, 161: 474-478.

50. Jiakuan Yang*, Dudu Zhang Jian Hou, Baoping He, Bo Xiao. Preparation of glass-ceramics from red mud in the aluminium industries. Ceramics International. 2008, 34: 125-130.

51.  Jiakuan Yang*, Bo Xiao. Development of unsintered construction materials from red mud wastes produced in the sintering alumina process. Construction & Building Materials, 2008, 22: 2299-2307.

52.  Xinping Zhou, Jiakuan Yang*, Bo Xiao, Xiaoyan Shi. A special climate around a commercial solar chimney power plant. Journal of Energy Engineering, ASCE, 2008, 134(1): 6-14.


Refereed conference papers


53. Liu, Wanchao; Zhu, Xinfeng; Zhang, Xiaosheng; Yang, Jiakuan: Size separation of pretreatment and alumina recovery from Bayer red mud. XXV Interantional Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC) (2010) Proceedings, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 6-10 September, 2010, pp3817-3824.

54. Liu, Wanchao; Zhang, Ling; Sun, Shouyi; Yang, Jiakuan; Jahanshahi, Sharif: Alumina and sodium recovery from Bayer red mud. XVIII Internation Symposium ICSOBA (2010), TRAVAUX 35(39), Zhengzhou, China, 25-28, November, 2010, pp 454-461.

55. Zhang, Kai; Deng, Chao; Yang, Jiakuan: Experimental study on Glass-Ceramics preparation from hot steel slag. The Proceedings of the Fourth Baosteel Biennial Academic Conference, Shanghai, China, November, 2010

56. Zhou XP, Yang JK, Xiao B, Yuan XD: Temperature field of solar collector in China's first pilot solar chimney thermal power setup. Proceedings of World Renewable Energy Congress, Florence, Italy, August 2006.

57. Zhou XP, Yang JK, Xiao B, Yuan XD: Current study status and application potential of solar chimney thermal power systems in China. Proceedings of World Renewable Energy Congress, Florence, Italy, August 2006.

58. Huang, Wen; Yang, Jiakuan; Shu, Juanjuan: Study on photocatalytic degradation of low concentration of organic gases by nano-TiO2. The Proceedings of 2006 China Photochemistry and Photocatalysis of Solar Energy Academic Conference, Guangzhou, China, November, 2006, pp 350-354.

59. Shu, Juanjuan; Yang, Jiakuan; Huang, Wen: Study on the Preparation of Magnetic TiO2 Supported Composite Photocatalyst and the Photocatalytic Reactor. The Proceedings of 2006 China Photochemistry and Photocatalysis of Solar Energy Academic Conference, Guangzhou, China, November, 2006, pp 243-247.

Awards and Honors

2009, Ownership of New-century Talent Support Program by Ministry of Education

2010, Ownership of Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of Hubei Province

2015, and Hubei Province Science and Technology Advancement Award (1st class, ranking 1st)

2015, Ministry of Education Natural Science Award (1st class, ranking 1st),

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