US–China EE-FEWS Workshop 2018
5th Environment-Enhancing Energy (E2-Energy) Forum 2018

June 13 – 15, 2018   Beijing, China        2018年6月13 – 15日   中国北京


   Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. Among nations, the U.S. and China have the two largest economies on Earth and also have important engineering, technology, business and trade relationships with each other. Both nations face significant environmental sustainability challenges, for example in the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, urban sustainability, global change, and manufacturing. Fundamental research is needed to provide the foundational knowledge for addressing these challenges.

   The overarching goal of INFEWS (Innovation of Nexus for Food, Energy and Water Systems) is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The National Science Foundation (NSF) of United States, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), have an on-going collaborative U.S.-China INFEWS Program, with initial goals to:

   1. significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative and computational modeling.

   2. enable research that will lead to innovative human and technological solutions to critical FEW systems problems.

   This workshop is sponsored by both NSF and NSFC, and will provide a platform for academia, government agencies and industry leaders to get together, identifying some critical issues in the FEWS for both U.S. and China, and pathways for addressing these issues. It will focus on the paradigm of Environment-Enhancing Food, Energy and Water Systems (EE-FEWS) that addresses critical problems by generating significant amounts of bioenergy and food via bio/chemo/thermo conversion and multicycle reuse of nutrients and wastewater in the biowaste stream. At the same time, EE-FEWS seeks to enhance environmental quality by capturing carbon and cleaning wastewater, thus achieving sustainability of our ecosystems and society.

   This workshop is targeted to contribute significant advancements in sharing and advancing knowledge of the following: utilizing readily available biowaste and biomass inputs; improving efficiency for biowaste/biomass conversion (including thermochemical, biochemical and biological); demonstrating that nutrients in the original biowaste can be efficiently separated in the conversion process and reused; and establishing that the chemicals of environmental concern in the original biowaste can be substantially removed/converted through conversion and wastewater treatment processes.


  • Issues within the context of the nexus of food, energy, and water systems
  • State-of-the-art technologies for next generation of hydrocarbon biofuels and new chemicals
  • Thermochemical processes of biowastes/biomass for liquid/gaseous fuels or chemicals
  • Wastewater and marginal water treatment and reuse
  • Food production in marginal land with minimum fresh water requirement
  • Biomass (Algae and lignocellulose) for liquid/gaseous fuels or chemicals
  • Carbon sequestration and nutrient reuse
  • Catalysis of biomass conversion
  • Process modeling, Life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Socio-Economic issues related to FEWS
  • Featured Speakers:

    Characklis, Gregory, Professor
    University of North Carolina


    Chen, Guanyi, Professor
    Tianjin University


    Dong, Hongming, Professor
    Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences


    Fang, Zhen, Professor
    Nanjing Agricultural University


    Han, Lujia, Professor
    China Agricultural University


    Jones, James, INFEWS Program Director
    US National Science Foundation


    Jiang, Min, Professor
    Nanjing Tech University


    Li, Baoming, Professor
    China Agricutural Univeisity


    Li, Zifu, Professor
    University of Science and Technology


    Lin, Tao, Professor
    Zhejiang University


    Tommasso, Giovana, Professor
    University of Sao Paulo


    Tan, Qian, Professor
    China Agricultural University


    Wang, Maohua, Academician
    Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering


    Xiao, Rui, Professor
    Southeast University


    Wu, Yulong, Professor
    Tsinghua University


    Yang, Hong, Professor
    ChBE, University of Illinois


    Zhang, Guangming, Professor
    Renmin University of China


    Zhang, Yuanhui, Professor
    University of Illinois


    Zhu, Songming, Professor
    Zhejiang University


    Chen, Hanpin, Professor
    Huazhong University of Science and Technology


    Cheng, Jun, Professor
    hejiang University


    Du, Taisheng, Professor
    China Agricultural University


    Deng, Shuguang, Professor
    Arizona State University


    Easter, Robert A, Professor and
    President Emeritus

    University of Illinois

    Feng, Yujie, Professor
    Harbin Institue of Technology


    He, Brian, Professor
    University of Idaho


    Kang, Shaozhong, Academician
    China Agricultural University


    Li, Xiujin, Professor
    Beijing University of Chemical Technology


    Li, Chun, Professor
    Beijing Institue of Technology


    Liao, Qiang, Professor
    Chongqing University


    Meyer, Gregory, Fellow, Advanced Studies
    US National Science Foundation


    Ting, KC, Professor
    Zhejiang/University of Illinois


    Xie, Guanghui, Professor
    China Agricultural University


    Yang, Haiping, Professor
    Huazhong University of Science and Technology


    Zazueta, Fedro, Professor
    University of Florida


    Yi, Weiming, Professor
    Shandong University of Technology


    Zhao, Lixin, Professor
    Chinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering


    Zhuang, Xinshu, Professor
    Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, CAS



       The 1st Environment-Enhancing Energy Forum was initiated in 2010, Beijing, Initiated by scholars in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and China Agricultural University (CAU) ( The theme is to explore the emerging technology and future of renewable fuel to replace fossil fuel and at the same time to protect our environment. Since then China has become the second largest economy, the largest fossil fuel user and the largest carbon emission source in the world. The forum grows to a general area of Environment-Enhancing Energy and Renewable Resources, and becomes a biannual conferences: 2012 in Shanghai, 2014 in Beijing, 2016 in Beijing.


        The Workshop will have oral presentations from invited speakers to lead discussions. There will be concurrent sessions for all participants to give short oral presentations; and round-table discussions involving interested participants and industrial sponsors to identify the needs and research/development strategies for FEWS issues.


    It is anticipated that all presenters will have an Abstract which will be compiled in a proceedings. This proceeding will serve as the EE-FEWS network capacity resource for future collaborations.

    Key Deadlines:

    Abstract submission: May 30, 2018
    Workshop registration deadline: May 30, 2018
    On-site Registration: June 13, 2018

    Organized by: China Agricultural University. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


    Scientific Committee:

    Cao, Xianghong, China Sinopec Group
    Chang, Jo-Shu, National Cheng Kung University
    Chen, Shulin, Washington State University
    Chen, Guanyi, Tianjin University
    Chen, Hanping, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    Chi, Zhanyou, Dalian University of Technology
    Cheng, Jun, Zhejiang University
    Dong, Renjie, China Agriculture University
    Du, Taisheng, China Agriculture University
    Feng, Yujie, Harbin Institue of Technology
    Fu, Pengcheng, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
    Fang, Zhen, Nanjing Agricultural University
    He, Brian, University of Idaho
    Han, Lujia, China Agriculture University
    Tian, Hanqin, Auburn University
    Jing, min, Nanjing University of Technology
    KC, Ting, University of Illinois
    Lasse, Rosendahl, Aalborg University
    Li, Baoming, China Agricultural University
    Li, Jiachun, Institue of Mechanics Chinese Academy of Science
    Li, Xiujin, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
    Li, Chun, Beijing Institute of Technology
    Li, Zifu, University of Science and Technology Beijing
    Liao, Qiang, Chongqing University
    Liu, Dehua, Tsinghua University
    Liu, Rui, Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghai University Zhejiang
    Luo, Zhongyang, Zhejiang University
    Martins, Marcio Arêdes, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazi
    Qin, Song, Yantai Institute of Coastl Zone Research Chinese Academy of Science
    Peng, Hui, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Ruan, Roger, University of Minnesota
    Savage, Phillip, The Pennsylvania State University

    Scientific Committee:

    Tommasso, Giovana, University of Sao Paulo
    Wang, Aijie, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Wang, Jaw-Kai, Academician of U.S. Academy of Engineering
    Wang, Kaijun, Tsinghua University
    Wang, Qiang, Institute of Hydrobiology China Academy of Science
    Wu, Yulong, Tsinghua Univeristy
    Xing, Xinhui, Tsinghua University
    Xie, Guanghui, China Agricultural University
    Xiao, Rui, Southeast University
    Yang, Hong, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
    Yang, Haiping, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    Yi, Weiming, Shandong University of Technology
    Zhang, Guangming, Renmin University
    Zhao, Lixin, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering
    Zhou, Wenguang, University of Minnesota
    Zong, Baoning, Sinopec Research Institute of Petroleum Processing
    Zhu, Songming, Zhejiang University

    Organizing Committee:

    Zhang, Yuanhui, University of Illinois/CAU–Co-Chair
    He, Brian, Idaho University–Proceeding Chair
    Liu, Zhidan, China Agricultural University–Program Chair
    Lu, Haifeng, China Agricultural University–Secretary
    Li, Baoming, China Agricultural University
    KC, Ting, University of Illinois
    Yang, Hong, University of Illinois
    Si, Buchun, University of Illinois/CAU