Core Faculty

Fengqi You

Fengqi You

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and (by courtesy) Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences

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 algorithms, and systems analysis tools for practically important and fundamental problems on process engineering, energy systems and sustainability. 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 biofuels processes, photovoltaics, carbon capture and separation, and shale gas, (2) Systems analysis, modeling and optimization for the water-energy nexus, (3) Sustainable manufacturing, sustainable operations (planning & scheduling) and control of advanced manufacturing systems, (4)  Life cycle energy, environmental and economic systems analysis and optimization, (5) Enterprise-wide supply chain and inventory optimization under uncertainty, and (6) 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

    Gong, J., & You, F.* (2014). Global Optimization for Sustainable Design and Synthesis of Algae Processing Network for CO2 Mitigation and Biofuel Production using Life Cycle Optimization. AIChE Journal, 60, 3195–3210.

    Yue, D., & You, F.* (2014). Fair Profit Allocation in Supply Chain Optimization with Transfer Price and Revenue Sharing: MINLP Model and Algorithm for Cellulosic Biofuel Supply Chains. AIChE Journal, 60, 3211–3229.

    Zhang, Q., Gong, J., Skwarczek, M., Yue, D., & You, F.* (2014). Sustainable Process Design and Synthesis of Hydrocarbon Biorefinery through Fast Pyrolysis and Hydroprocessing. AIChE Journal, 60, 980-994.

    Chu, Y., & You, F.* (2014). Moving horizon approach of integrating scheduling and control for sequential batch processes. AIChE Journal, 60, 1654–1671.

    Yue, D., You, F.*, & Snyder, S.W. (2014). Biomass-to-Bioenergy and Biofuel Supply Chain Optimization: Overview, Key Issues and Challenges. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 66, 36–56. [No.1 Most Downloaded Computers & Chemical Engineering Articles, December 2013 - present]

    Zhong, Z., & You, F.* (2014). Globally Convergent Exact and Inexact Parametric Algorithms for Solving Large-Scale Mixed-Integer Fractional Programs and Applications in Process Systems Engineering. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 61, 90-101.

    Chu, Y., You, F.*, & Wassick, J.M. (2014). Hybrid method integrating agent-based modeling and heuristic tree search for scheduling of complex batch processes. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 60, 277-296.

    Yue, D., & You, F.* (2014). Game-Theoretic Modeling and Optimization of Multi-echelon Supply Chain Design and Operation under Stackelberg Game and Market Equilibrium. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 71, 347–361.

    Tong, K., You, F.*, & Rong, G. (2014). Robust design and operations of hydrocarbon biofuel supply chain integrating with existing petroleum refineries considering unit cost objective. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 68, 128–139.

    Yue, D., You, F.*, & Darling, S.B. (2014). Domestic and Overseas Manufacturing Scenarios of Silicon-Based Photovoltaics: Life Cycle Energy and Environmental Comparative Analysis. Solar Energy, 105, 669–678. [Featured in Nature, (2014) 510: 317.]

    Tong, K., Gong, J., Yue, D., & You, F.* (2014). Stochastic Programming Approach to Optimal Design and Operations of Integrated Hydrocarbon Biofuel and Petroleum Supply Chains. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2, 49-61.

    He, C., & You, F.* (2014). Shale gas processing integrating with ethylene production: Novel process designs, exergy analysis, and techno-economic analysis. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 11442–11459.

    Gong, J., & You, F.* (2014). Optimal design and synthesis of algal biorefinery processes for biological carbon sequestration and utilization with zero direct greenhouse gas emissions: MINLP model and global optimization algorithm. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 1563–1579.

    Chu, Y., & You, F.* (2014). Integrated planning, scheduling, and dynamic optimization for batch processes: MINLP model formulation and efficient solution methods via surrogate modeling. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 13391–13411.

    Singh, A., Chu, Y., & You, F.* (2014). Biorefinery Supply Chain Network Design under Competitive Feedstock Markets: An Agent-Based Simulation and Optimization Approach. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 15111-15126.

    Chu, Y., & You, F.* (2014). Integrated scheduling and dynamic optimization by Stackelberg game: Bi-level model formulation and efficient solution algorithm. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 5564–5581.

    Yue, D., Slivinsky, M., Sumpter, J., & You, F.* (2014). Sustainable design and operation of cellulosic bio-electricity supply chain networks with life cycle economic, environmental and social optimization. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 4008–4029.

    Tong, K., Gleeson, M.J., Rong, G., & You, F.* (2014). Optimal design of advanced 'drop-in'w hydrocarbon biofuel supply chain integrating with existing petroleum refineries under uncertainty. Biomass & Bioenergy, 60, 108-120.

    Yue, D., & You, F.* (2013). Planning and Scheduling of Flexible Process Networks under Uncertainty with Stochastic Inventory: MINLP Models and Algorithm. AIChE Journal, 59, 1511–1532. [No.1 Top cited AIChE Journal paper from 2013]

    Chu, Y., & You, F.* (2013). Integrated scheduling and dynamic optimization of sequential batch processes with online implementation. AIChE Journal, 59, 2379–2406. [No.3 Top cited AIChE Journal paper from 2013]

    You, F.*, Tao, L., Graziano, D., & Snyder, S. W. (2012). Optimal Design of Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuel Supply Chains: Multiobjective Optimization Coupled with Life Cycle Assessment and Input-Output Analysis. AIChE Journal, 58, 1157–1180. [No.1 Top cited AIChE Journal paper from 2012]

    Gebreslassie, B. H., Yao, Y., & You, F.* (2012). Design under Uncertainty of Hydrocarbon Biorefinery Supply Chains: Multiobjective Stochastic Programming Models, Decomposition Algorithm and A Comparison between CVaR and Downside Risk. AIChE Journal, 58, 2155 – 2179. [No.4 Top cited AIChE Journal paper from 2012]

    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. [one of Most Cited Articles of Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2010-2012]

    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. [one of Most Cited Articles of Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2010-2012]

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


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