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.
Sun, J., Norouzi, O., Mašek, O., 2021. 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
Current research interests- Algae Biochar-Bioenergy System - Phytotoxicity of biochar - Energy storage application of carbon material - Scale-up modelling and lifecycle assessment - Photobioreactor - Third-generation biodiesel
Affiliated research centres
Current project grants
 Sun, J. (PI), 'A study of algae-derived biochar and bioenergy using pyrolysis', The Derek and Maureen Moss Climate Innovation Grant, 2021-2022.
 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.
 Sun, J. (PI), 'Algal Biochar-Bioenergy System (ABBS) – novel biochar application exploration and biofuel upgrading', SAGES Small Grants Scheme (SSGS), 2022-2023.
 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.
 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.
 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.