Core Faculty

Fengqi You

Fengqi You

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

2145 Sheridan Road


Evanston, IL 60208-3109

you( at )


Argonne Scholar - Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the development of advanced computational models, optimization methods and systems analysis tools for practically important and fundamental problems on process engineering, energy systems and sustainability engineering. We seek to achieve a balance between theory, computation, and real world applications through our synergistic research that emphasizes both fundamentals and applications.

At the application level, we concentrate our efforts on process – energy – environmental systems engineering. Particular research interests lie in (1) Sustainable design and synthesis of chemical processes and energy systems, including biomass-to-biofuels processes, photovoltaics, carbon capture and separation, and shale gas, (2) Sustainable manufacturing, sustainable operations (planning & scheduling) and control of advanced manufacturing systems, (3)  Life cycle energy, environmental and economic systems analysis and optimization, (4) Enterprise-wide supply chain and inventory optimization under uncertainty, and (5) Sustainability analysis of nanotechnology and advanced materials. At the fundamental level, we focus on the development of advanced mathematical, computing and systems techniques to support research in the aforementioned application areas.

Selected Publications

    Chu, Y., & You F.* (2012). Integrated scheduling and dynamic optimization of sequential batch processes with online implementation. AIChE Journal, Accepted. DOI: 10.1002/aic.14022

    Wang, B., Gebreslassie, B.H., & You, F.* (2012). Sustainable Design and Synthesis of Hydrocarbon Biorefinery via Gasification Pathway: Integrated Life Cycle Assessment and Technoeconomic Analysis with Multiobjective Superstructure Optimization. Computers & Chemical Engineering,  Accepted. DOI: 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2012.12.008

    Yue, D., & You F.* (2012). Planning and Scheduling of Flexible Process Networks under Uncertainty with Stochastic Inventory: MINLP Models and Algorithm. AIChE Journal, Accepted. DOI: 10.1002/aic.13924.

    Gebreslassie, B.H., Wang, B., Slivinsky, M., & You, F.* (2012). Life Cycle Optimization for Sustainable Design and Operations of Hydrocarbon Biorefinery via Fast Pyrolysis, Hydrotreating and Hydrocracking. Computers & Chemical Engineering, Accepted, DOI: 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2012.10.013

    Yue, D., Khatav, P., You, F.*, & Darling, S.B. (2012). Deciphering the Uncertainties in Life Cycle Energy and Environmental Analysis of Organic Photovoltaics. Energy & Environmental Science, 5, 9163-9172

    Chu, Y., & You F.* (2012). Integration of scheduling and control with online closed-loop implementation: Fast computational strategy and large-scale global optimization algorithm. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 47, 248-268.

    Wassick, J.M., Agarwal, A., Akiya, N., Ferrio, J., Bury, S., & You F. (2012). Addressing the Operational Challenges in the Development, Manufacture, and Supply of Advanced Materials and Performance Products. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 47, 157-169.

    You, F.*, Tao, L., Graziano, D. J., & Snyder, S. W. (2012). Optimal Design of Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuel Supply Chains: Multi-Objective Optimization Coupled with Life Cycle Assessment and Input-Output Analysis. AIChE Journal, 58, 1157–1180.

    Gebreslassie, B. H., Yao, Y., & You, F.* (2012). Sustainable Biofuels Supply Chain Design under Uncertainty: Multiobjectgive Stochastic Programming Models, Decomposition Algorithm and A Comparison between CVaR and Downside Risk. AIChE Journal, 58, 2155 – 2179.

    You, F., & Grossmann, I. E. (2011). Multi-cut Benders' Decomposition Algorithm for Process Supply Chain Planning under Uncertainty. Annals of Operations Research, In press. DOI 10.1007/s10479-011-0974-4

    Darling, S. B., You, F., Veselka, T., & Velosa, A. (2011). Assumptions and the Levelized Cost of Energy for Photovoltaics. Energy & Environmental Science, 4, 3133-3139 [cover story]

    Zhong Z., & You, F.* (2011). Oil Spill Response Planning with Consideration of Physicochemical Evolution of the Oil Slick: A Multiobjective Optimization Approach. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 35, 1614–1630.

    You, F.*, & Leyffer, S. (2011). Mixed-Integer Dynamic Optimization for Oil Spill Response Planning with Integration of A Dynamic Oil Weathering Model. AIChE Journal, 57, 3555-3564

    You, F.*, & Wang, B. (2011). Life Cycle Optimization of Biomass-to-Liquids Supply Chains with Distributed-Centralized Processing Networks. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 50, 10102–10127.

    You, F., & Grossmann, I. E. (2011). Stochastic Inventory Management for Tactical Process Planning under Uncertainties: MINLP Model and Algorithms. AIChE Journal, 57, 1250-1277.

    You, F., Grossmann, I. E., & Wassick, J. M. (2011). Multisite Capacity, Production and DistributionPlanning with Reactor Modifications: MILP Model, Bilevel Decomposition Algorithm vs. Lagrangean Decomposition Scheme. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 50, 4831–4849.

    You, F., Pinto, J. M., Capon, E., Grossmann, I. E., Arora, N., & Megan, L. (2011). Optimal Distribution-Inventory Planning of Industrial Gases: I. Fast Computational Strategies for Large-Scale Problems. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 50, 2910-2927.

    You, F., Pinto, J. M., Grossmann, I. E., & Megan, L. (2011). Optimal Distribution-Inventory Planning of Industrial Gases: II. MINLP Models and Algorithms for Stochastic Cases. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 50, 2928-2945.

    You, F., & Grossmann, I. E. (2011). Balancing Responsiveness and Economics in the Design of Responsive Process Supply Chains with Multi-Echelon Stochastic Inventory. AIChE Journal, 57, 178-192.


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