Personal Profiles



Prof. Donghai XU
Address: Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xianning West Road 28#, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, China, 710049

Educational Qualification

Doctor, Power engineering and engineering thermophysics, Sep. 2005-Jun. 2011
Dept. of Thermal Engineering
Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Bachelor, Thermal and power engineering, Sept. 2001 -Jun. 2005
School of Energy and Power Engineering
Wuhan University of Technology, China

Working Experience

Full Professor, Power engineering and engineering thermophysics, since Jan. 2020
Dept. of Thermal Engineering
School of Energy and Power Engineering
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Associate Professor, Power engineering and engineering thermophysics, Dec. 2014- Dec. 2019
Dept. of Thermal Engineering
School of Energy and Power Engineering
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Visiting Scholar, Chemical Engineering, Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Postdoctor, Nuclear science and technology, Apr. 2013-Nov. 2016
School of Nuclear Science and Technology
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Lectuer, Power engineering and engineering thermophysics, Jul. 2011-Nov. 2014
Dept. of Thermal Engineering
School of Energy and Power Engineering
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Basic Information

Dr. Donghai Xu is the full Professor and doctoral advisor of Xi'an Jiaotong University, the visiting scholar of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), the national level young talents. He has presided over 12 national and provincial scientific research projects, including international cooperation projects of National Key Research and Development Plan (as the chief scientist) and 3 National Natural Science Foundations, etc. He has published more than 170 SCI papers (with 8 ESI papers), which have been cited more than 5000 times, and his personal H-factor is 35. He has published 4 books in Chinese and English. He has been authorized 58 Chinese invention patents and two American invention patents. He was ever the Executive Director of the National Association of Analytical and Applied Thermal Cracking Academics, and the guest editor of Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. He has won the Gold Medal of the 8th International Invention Exhibition, the Excellence Award of China Patent, and the first Prize of Science and Technology Award of Shaanxi Higher Education Institutions. He was selected as a member of Xi'an Jiaotong University “Young Top Talent Support Program” Category A, and the annual influence list of the world's top 2% top scientists in 2020-2023.

Fields of Interest

  • Hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae,
  • Hydrogen production by supercritical water gasification
  • Supercritical water oxidation of organic pollutants
  • Material corrosion in subcritical/supercritical water
  • Biomass pyrolysis and gasification
  • Sewage sludge treatment
  • Thermal engineering

Present Status

  • The full Professor and PhD supervisor in Department of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
  • The member of Expert Committee of China Energy Society
  • The member of American Chemical Society.
  • The reviewer of international authoritative journals Applied Energy, Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Energy Conversion and Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Bioresource Technology, Energy, Fuel, etc.
  • The member Editorial Board of Energies, Region-Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, American Journal of Chemical Engineering、Current Alternative Energy, etc.
  • The associate editor of J. Biosens. Renew. Sources

Professional Responsibilities

  • The National Natural Science Foundation of China.
  • The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.
  • The National Key Research and Development Program of China.
  • The Joint Funds of Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province of China
  • The Special Financial Grant from the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation.


Excellent doctoral thesis, Shaanxi Province, China, 2013.
Gold award, the 8th International Exhibition of Inventions, 2014.
Gold award, Technology Workers Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, Shaanxi Province, China, Jul, 2017.
Excellent Master's Supervisor in Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2018
China Patent Excellence Award, 2018
Principal Engineer of Xianyang City, 2019
Young and Middle-aged Leading Talents in Scientific and Technological Innovation of Xianyang City, 2019

Young Talent Support Plan of Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2020

Global Best Innovation 100 Excellent Prize (Team Award), 2020

First prize of science and technology in Shaanxi Universities, 2021

Representative Publications


[1] Donghai Xu, Chuanbao Huang, Shuzhong Wang, et al. Salt deposition problems in supercritical water oxidation[J]. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2015, 279:1010-1022.

[2] Donghai Xu, Guike Lin, Shuwei Guo, et al. Catalytic hydrothermal liquefaction of algae and upgrading of biocrude: A critical review[J]. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018 (97): 103-118.

[3] Donghai Xu, Shuwei Guo, Liang Liu, Guike Lin, Zhiqiang Wu, Yang Guo, Shuzhong Wang. Heterogeneous catalytic effects on the characteristics of water-soluble and water-insoluble biocrudes in chlorella hydrothermal liquefaction[J]. Applied Energy, 2019, 243, 165-174.

[4] Ning Wei, Donghai Xu, Botian Hao, Shuwei Guo, Yang Guo, Shuzhong Wang.  Chemical reactions of organic compounds in supercritical water gasification and oxidation .  Water Research 190 (2021) 116634.

[5] Botian Hao, Donghai Xu*, Guanyu Jiang, Sabri Tanveer Ahmed, Zefeng Jing, Yang Guo. Chemical reactions in hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass and in catalytic hydrogenation upgrading of biocrude. Green Chemistry, 2021

[6] Donghai Xu, Shuzhong Wang. Transpiring Wall Reactor for Supercritical Water Treatment, Xi’an Jiaotong University press, 2019. (Book)

[7] Donghai Xu. Microalgae/sewage sludge hydrothermal liquefaction and biocrude upgrading in supercritical water, Xi’an Jiaotong University press, 2020. (Book)

[8] Shuzhong Wang, Donghai Xu, Yang Guo, et al. Supercritical water processing technologies for environment, energy and nanomaterial application, Springer press, Xi’an Jiaotong University press, 2020. (Book)