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WU Changning
Research Professor

Dr. WU Changning works as Research Professor & Doctoral Supervisor at School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE-School), and Director of Shenzhen Engineering Research Center for Coal Comprehensive Utilization (SCCCU). He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in July 2002 and January 2008, respectively. He used to be Research Associate at Tsinghua University (2008-2010), Senior Engineer & Project Manager at National Institute of Clean & Low-carbon Energy (NICE, 2010-2017), and Research Associate Professor at Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies of SUSTech (2017-2020). His research interests include clean & efficient conversion of carbonaceous resources, multiphase flow modeling and simulation, etc. He has near 20 years’ experience and expertise in the development of clean coal conversion processes and advanced multi-phase reactors for processing various fossil raw materials. He won the Award for Honorable Mention Technical Paper by the 28th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, the First Prize of Natural Science Award by Ministry of Education (PR China), Silver Prize of 6th China International College Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, and Outstanding CCP Member Award by SUSTech. He promoted R&D and applications of novel ultra-clean coal technology, and the demonstrated industrial project "Clean coal utilization and soil remediation with life-cycle CO2 reduction" was awarded as one of the “2021 Typical Carbon Neutrality Cases” in the 2nd Green Economy Development Forum. Till now, he has 50+ journal publications, 3 authored book chapters, 40+ granted patents, and 4 PCT applications.



2008/01 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University

2002/07 B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University


Work Experiences

2022/05 till now      Research Professor, School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE-School), Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)

2019/12 till now      Director, Shenzhen Engineering Research Center for Coal Comprehensive Utilization (SCCCU)

2018/06 - 2021/06    Secretary, CPC Branch at Department of Chemistry, SUSTech

2020/07 - 2022/05  Research Professor, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies & School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SUSTech

2017/05 - 2020/07    Research Associate Professor, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, SUSTech

2010/05 - 2017/05   Senior Engineer, National Institute of Clean-and-low-carbon Energy (NICE)

2008/01 - 2010/05  Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University


Major R&D Experiences

2023-2026 NSFC Key Project "CO2 Capture by Biphasic Solvent & in Situ Liquid Conversion" (U22B20149) -- Project Co-Leader;

2019-2024  Shenzhen Innovative and Entrepreneurial Research Team Program (No. KQTD20180411143418361) -- Task Leader;

2019-2020 Shenzhen Clean Energy Research Institute Project (CERIKY-2019-003-B05) -- Project Leader;

2017-2022 Guangdong Innovative and Entrepreneurial Research Team Program (No. 2016ZT06N532) -- Core Team Member & Task Leader;

2012-2016 MOST 863 Key Project "Key Technology Study on Coal Refining to Produce Clean Fuels" (2011AA05A202) -- Task Leader;

2012-2014 Shenhua Key Project "1 Mt/a LRC Upgrading PDP and Critical Equipment Development" (SHJT-12-33) -- PE / Task Leader;

2008-2011 NSFC Project "Cross-scale Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Complex Gas-solid Reacting Flow" (20806045) -- Project Leader


Recent Research Interests

Sustainable process development; Multiphase flow; Modeling and simulation; Artificial intelligence; Utilization of carbonaceous resources; Hydrogen production; Soil remediation; Methanol economics



2023  Shenzhen Municipal Government Research Award for Youth Talents, Third Prize

2022  BRICS Industrial Innovation Contest 2022, Outstanding Project Award

2021  Outstanding CPC Member Award of SUSTech

2020 China International College Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, Silver Prize (as the Instructor)

2020 China Postgraduate Energy Equipment Innovation Design Competition, the Second Prize (as the Instructor)

2019  Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Maker Competition for College Students, the First Prize (as the Instructor)

2019  Outstanding CPC Member Award & Outstanding CPC Organization of SUSTech

2017 Outstanding Innovation Team Award, issued by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) and China Central Enterprises Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese

2016  Bravo Award-Gold of NICE

2016  Outstanding Sci & Tech Paper Award, the First Prize, issued by Shenhua Group

2015  Best Team Performance Award of NICE

2014  Natural Science Award of the Ministry of Education (PR China), the First Class

2012  Special Recognition Award of NICE

2011  Award for Honorable Mention Technical Paper by the 28th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference

2010  Special Recognition Award of NICE



  • Liu K., Wu C.N., Cao D. F., Li J. G. (2023). “Mistaken Ideas and Practical Path of Carbon Neutrality”, Chapter 13. In: Key Issues and Disruptive Technologies of Carbon Neutrality (ed Hu Z. Y.). Tsinghua University Press, p295-306. (in Chinese)

  • Wu C.N., Cheng Y. (2020). “Downer Reactors”, Chapter 20. In: Essentials of Fluidization Technology (eds Grace J., Bi X. and Ellis N.). Wiley‐VCH, p499-529.

  • Wu C.N., Cheng Y. (2016). "Process Tomography", Chapter 7. In: Measurement Techniques and Modeling Method of Multiphase Flow (eds. Cheng Y. and Wang T. F.). Chemical Industry Press, p100-123. (in Chinese)

  • Zhao B.L., Hu S.X., Zhao X.M., Zhou B.N., Li J.G., Huang W., Chen G.H., Wu C.N.*, Liu K.* (2022), "The application of machine learning models based on particles characteristics during coal slime flotation", Advanced Powder Technology, 33(1): 103363.  (SCI, EI)

  • Wu C.N., Weng L., Li J.G.*, Jia H.L., Wang X., Chen J.L., Huang W., Hu S.X., Cao D.F., Zhou B.N., Chu C.Q., Zhao B.L., Liu K.* (2021), "A novel mineral separation process: New opportunity for clean coal utilization and soil remediation", Chinese Science Bulletin, 66(25): 3352-3364 (in Chinese)

  • Chen Y.M., Zhang D., Li J.G., Wu C.N.*, Liu K.* (2021), "Using emulsified and pre-dispersed hydrocarbon oil in waste coal reprocessing: A case study", Fuel, 306: 121628. (SCI, EI)

  • Hu S.X., Jiang F.H., Zhao B.L., Chen Y.M., Wu C.N., Li J.G., Liu K. (2021), "The enhancement on rheology, flowability, and stability of coal water slurry prepared by multipeak gradation technology", Energy & Fuels, 35(3): 2006-2015. (SCI, EI)

  • Chen Y.M., Hu S.X., Li J.G., Weng L., Wu C.N.*, Liu K.* (2020), "Improvement on combustible matter recovery in coal slime flotation with the addition of sodium silicate", Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 603: 125220. (SCI, EI)

  • Zhou W.G.*, Liu L.M., Zhou B.N., Weng L., Li J.G., Liu C., Yang S.Y., Wu C.N.*, Liu K.* (2020), "Electrokinetic potential reduction of fine particles induced by gas nucleation", Ultrasonics - Sonochemistry, 67: 105167. (SCI, EI)

  • Hu S.X., Li J.G., Yang X., Chen Y.M., Li F.H., Wang J.F., Wu C.N.*, Weng L., Liu K.* (2020), "Improvement on slurry ability and combustion dynamics of low quality coals with ultra-high ash content", Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 156: 391-401. (SCI, EI)

  • Hu S.X., Liu L.M., Yang X., Li J.G., Zhou B.N., Wu C.N.*, Weng L., Liu K.* (2019), “Influence of different dispersants on rheological behaviors of coal water slurry prepared from a low quality coal”, RSC Advances, 9(56): 32911-32921. (SCI, EI)

  • Wang G.C., Bai X.T., Wu C.N., Weng L., Liu K. and Kiani A. (2018), “Recent advances in the beneficiation of ultrafine coal particles”, Fuel Process. Technol., 178(10): 104-125. (SCI, EI)

  • Li X., Wu C.N. and Han J.T. (2016), “Quenching experiment study on thermal plasma pyrolysis process of coal tar”, Plasma Chem. Plasma Processing, 36(3): 869-880. (SCI, EI)

  • Wu C.N., Cheng Y., Ding Y.L. and Jin Y. (2010), “CFD-DEM simulation of gas-solid reacting flows in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process”, Chem. Eng. Sci., 65(1): 542-549. (SCI, EI)

  • Wu C.N., Yan B.H., Zhang L., Shuang Y., Jin Y. and Cheng Y. (2010), “Analysis of key techniques and economic feasibility for one-step production of acetylene by coal pyrolysis in thermal plasma reactor”, J. Chem. Ind. Eng. (China), 61(7): 1636-1644. (EI)

  • Cheng Y., Wu C.N., Zhu J.X., Wei F. and Jin Y. (2008), “Downer reactor: From fundamental study to industrial application”, Powder Technol., 183(3): 364-384. (SCI, EI)

  • Wu C.N., Cheng Y., Ding Y.L., Wei F. and Jin Y. (2007), “A novel X-ray computed tomography method for fast measurement of multiphase flow”, Chem. Eng. Sci., 62(16): 4325-4335. (SCI, EI)