Jiacheng Sun

Research summary

Algae-derived bioenergy and biochar production and applications. Specifically, supercapacitor, soil amendment, wastewater treatment, and carbon capture and storage are the areas of my interest.


Published Articles:

Sun, J., Norouzi, O., Mašek, O., 2022. A state-of-the-art review on algae pyrolysis for bioenergy and biochar production. Bioresour. Technol. 126258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2021.126258

Sun, J., Benavente V., Jansson S., Mašek, O. 2023. Comparative characterisation and phytotoxicity assessment of biochar and hydrochar derived from municipal wastewater microalgae biomass. Bioresour. Technol. 129567. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2023.129567

Sun, J., Jayakumar, A., Díaz-Maroto, C., Moreno, I., Fermoso, J.,  Mašek, O., 2024. The role of feedstock and activation process on supercapacitor performance of lignocellulosic biochar. Biomass Bioenergy. 107180. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2024.107180 

Current research interests

(1) Algae Biochar-Bioenergy System (2) Phytotoxicity of biochar (3) Energy storage application of carbon material (4) Scale-up modelling and lifecycle assessment (5) Photobioreactor (6) Third-generation biodiesel

Affiliated research centres

Current project grants

[1] Sun, J. (PI), 'A study of algae-derived biochar and bioenergy using pyrolysis', The Derek and Maureen Moss Climate Innovation Grant, 2021-2022.
[2] Sun, J. (PI), 'Student-led Science and Engineering Collaboration (SSEC) to widen research scale in multi-discipline areas., Student Opportunities & Development Fund (EUSA), Student Experience Grant (Univerisity of Edinburgh), 2021-2022.
[3] Sun, J. (PI), 'Algal Biochar-Bioenergy System (ABBS) – novel biochar application exploration and biofuel upgrading', SAGES Small Grants Scheme (SSGS), 2022-2023.
[4] Mašek, O. (PI), Sun, J. (Co-I), 'Combination of life cycle analysis and biogeochemical field model for evaluating the CO2 emission reduction potential by biochar’s soil implementation', SJTU-UoE Joint Seed Fund, 2023-2024.
[5] Mašek, O. (PI), Sun, J. (Co-I), 'Advancing Sustainable Energy and Climate Solutions: Harnessing Algae Bioenergy and Biochar Poly-generation from Wastewater Resources - Exploring Technical and Social Dimensions ', University of Edinburgh Big Ideas Accelerator, 2023-2024.
[6] Sun, J. (PI), Mašek, O.(Co-I), 'An integrated strategy for long-term carbon sink and sustainable supercarpacitor material production', UKCCRC Flexible Funding, 2023-2024.