• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Chemical recycling of plastic waste for circular economy

    Personal profile


    Dr Jiawei Wang joined Aston University in July 2014. Wang had his Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China. He then studied his PhD degree in Chemistry with Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff in the University of Nottingham, working on material processing in supercritical fluids. After that, he worked in the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham China campus and University of Manchester. His main research interests are applying heterogeneous catalysis in energy and environment related areas.

    Research Interests

    Heterogeneous catalysis for environmental and sustainable energy applications: biomass thermal conversion, plastic-to-chemicals

    Nanotechnology: nanoparticles for medical applications. 

    Teaching Activity

    CE3PCO Process Computation

    CE3APD Advanced Process Design

    CE4011 Research Project

    CE4029 Advanced Process Control


    Senior Lecturer, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, July 2014-present

    Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, Jan-June 2014

    Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, China, 2011-2013

    Research Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, 2006-2011

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    IChemE, RSC, SCI

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 3634 
    Email: j.wang23@aston.ac.uk 
    Room Number: MB124A

    Available PhD Studentships

    I am looking for PhD students to work on various projects. Applications should be interested in plastic-to-chemicals, biomass thermal conversion or nanoparticle for medical applications. Please get in touch if you are interested in any projects listed in my profile.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Material processing in supercritical fluids, University of Nottingham


    Award Date: 12 Dec 2006

    MSc, Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University


    Award Date: 4 Jul 2002

    BSc, Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University


    Award Date: 2 Jul 1999

    External positions

    Chair, Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology in the UK



    • TP Chemical technology
    • Biomass
    • Solid waste


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