Assistant Professor

Contact InformationXiaoYu Wu

Phone: 519-888-4567 x36849
Location: ERC 3022


Biography Summary

Professor XiaoYu Wu’s research group combines expertise in thermal science, material engineering and techno-economics to develop sustainable technologies for energy conversion and chemical production. Both experimental and numerical methods will be applied to develop a fundamental understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics in the processes. Thermo-electro-chemical processes is of interest to maximize system versatility. The kinetics and reaction mechanisms can be obtained from high throughput benchtop reactors and physical models. System-scaled numerical analysis will be used to investigate the optimal operating conditions and the energy-chemical integration. Techno-economic assessment will also be explored to evaluate the costs. These findings will accelerate the material development and process optimization and facilitate the commercialization of these technologies. The goal is to utilize renewable resources and improve global living standards.

Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, XiaoYu was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he also obtained his Ph.D. degree. He has published papers in journals such as Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, AIChE Journal and ChemSusChem. He serves as the Guest Associate Editor in an open-access journal Frontiers in Energy Research for a theme collection of “Sustainable Hydrogen for Energy, Fuel and Commodity Applications.”

Research Interests

  • Energy storage
  • System analysis
  • Techno-economic assessment
  • Sustainability
  • Reacting flow
  • Oxygen transport membrane reactor
  • Thermochemical redox kinetics
  • Fuel cell
  • Hydrogen production
  • CO2 capture and utilization
  • Renewable fuels


  • 2017, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2012, Master of Science, Thermal & Energy Engineering, Zhejiang University
  • 2009, Bachelor of Science (BS), Energy & Environment System Engineering, Chu Ko-Chen Honors College & Zhejiang University


  • ME 659 - Energy and Environment
    • Taught in 2020
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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Lili Cai, Xiao-Yu Wu, Xuefeng Zhu, Ahmed F Ghoniem, and Weishen Yang, High-Performance Oxygen Transport Membrane Reactors Integrated with IGCC for Carbon Capture, AIChE Journal, 66(7), 2020
  • Xiao‐Yu Wu, Lili Cai, Xuefeng Zhu, Ahmed F. Ghoniem, Weishen Yang, A high‐efficiency novel IGCC‐OTM carbon capture power plant design, Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, 2(3), 2020
  • Ma, Yuxia and Ma, Yuyao and Li, Jiajie and Li, Qinggang and Hu, Xun and Ye, Zhengmao and Wu, Xiao-Yu and Buckley, CE and Dong, Dehua, CeO2-promotion of NiAl2O4 reduction via CeAlO3 formation for efficient methane reforming, Journal of the Energy Institute, 93(3), 2020, 991 - 999
  • Wu, Xiao-Yu and Ghoniem, Ahmed F, CO2 reduction and methane partial oxidation on surface catalyzed La0. 9Ca0. 1FeO3-δ oxygen transport membranes, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 37(4), 2019, 5517 - 5524
  • Wu, Xiao-Yu and Ghoniem, Ahmed F, Mixed ionic-electronic conducting (MIEC) membranes for thermochemical reduction of CO2: A review, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 74, 2019, 1 - 30
  • Luo, Yu and Wu, Xiao-Yu and Shi, Yixiang and Ghoniem, Ahmed F and Cai, Ningsheng, Exergy analysis of an integrated solid oxide electrolysis cell-methanation reactor for renewable energy storage, Applied Energy, 215, 2018, 371 - 383
  • Wu, Xiao-Yu and Ghoniem, Ahmed F, H2-assisted CO2 thermochemical reduction on La0. 9Ca0. 1FeO3-δ membranes: a kinetics study, ChemSusChem, 2018
  • Wu, Xiao-Yu and Uddi, Mruthunjaya and Ghoniem, Ahmed F, Enhancing co-production of H2 and syngas via water splitting and POM on surface-modified oxygen permeable membranes, AIChE Journal, 2016

Graduate Studies

  • Currently accepting applications for graduate students