Cai, Di


NameDi Cai

TitleAssociate Professor

AddressNo.15, East Road of the North 3rd Ring, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029

Education background:

2007-2011, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Bachelor

2011-2013, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Master

2013-2016, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, PhD

Work experience :

2017-2019, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Postdoc Fellow

2019-2020, Imperial Collage London, Visiting Scholar

2021-now, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Associate Professor

Academic title: 

Reviewer for more than 50 SCI journals (Green Chem, Trend Food Sci & Tech, Appl Energy, Energy Convers Manag, J Hazard Mat, LWT, J Clan Prod, Bioresour Technol et al.)

Research areas: 

1. Biofuels and biochemicals production

2. Biochemical separation technologies

3. Development and intensification of biorefinery process

Honors and awards:

1. “CPCIF-Clariant” Youth Innovation Award for Sustainable Development (2018)

2. Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of BUCT (2017)

3. Presidential Fellowship of BUCT (2016)

4. National Scholarship (2015,2012)

5. Silver Award for Beijing ‘Challenge Cup; Business Plan Competition (2012)

Research projects:

1. Beijing Natural Science Foundation (2222016)

2. National Natural Science Foundation of China (21706008, 22078018)

3. National Key Research and Development Program (2018YFB150082-2)

4. China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2017M610037, 2018T110036)

5. Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (JD2008, ZY1832).

Representative works:

1. Liu G, Chen H*, Cai D* et al. Selection of eco-efficient downstream distillation sequences for acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) purification from in situ product recovery system. Renew Energy 2022, 185, 17-31. (TOP)

2. Cao H, Cai D* et al. Biobased rigid polyurethane foam using gradient acid precipitated lignin from the black liquor: revealing the relationship between lignin structural features and polyurethane performances. Ind Crop Prod 2022, 177, 114480. (TOP)

3. Zhang C, Cai D* et al. Reduction wastewater discharge in second-generation acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation process by adsorptive removal of organic acids toward the broth recycling system. J Clean Prod 2022, 337, 130573. (TOP)

4. Zhao H, Cai D*, Yu S*, Qin P*. Hierarchical ZnIn2S4 microspheres as photocatalyst for boosting the selective biohydrogenation of furfural into furfuryl alcohol under visible light irradiation. Green Chem Eng 2022 (高起点)

5. Cai D1, Chen H1, Wang G*, Qin P* et al. Carbonized core-shell diatomite for efficient catalytic furfural production from corn cob. J Clean Prod 2021, 283, 125410. (TOP)

6. Shan H, Cai D*, Qin P* et al. Triazine-based N-rich porous covalent organic polymer for the effective detection and removal of Hg (II) from an aqueous solution. Chem Eng J 2021, 426, 130757. (TOP)

7. Zhuang Y, Cai D*, Qin P* et al. Triazine-based covalent organic polymer as stable luminescent probe for highly selective detection of 2,4,6-trinitrophenol. Dye Pigment 2021,192,109421. (TOP)

8. Zhang C, Cai D* et al. Co-generation of ABE and lipids by a sequential fermentation using C. acetobutylicum and R. glutinis, spaced-out by an ex-situ pervaporation step. J Clean Prod 2021, 285, 124902. (TOP)

9. Zhang C, Cai D* et al. Importance of redefinition of corn stover harvest time to enhancing non-food bio-ethanol production. Renew Energy 2020, 146, 1444-50. (TOP)

10. Chen H, Cai D* et al. Efficient lactic acid production from cassava bagasse by mixed culture of B. coagulans and L. rhamnosus using stepwise pH controlled simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation. Ind Crop Prod 2020, 146, 112175. (TOP)

11. Teng X, Cai D* et al. Tin-loaded sulfonated rape pollen for efficient catalytic production of furfural from corn stover. Ind Crop Prod 2020, 151, 112481. (TOP)

12. Li B, Cai D*, Qin P*, Cao H* et al. Fractionation and oxypropylation of corn-stover lignin for the production of biobased rigid polyurethane foam. Ind Crop Prod 2020, 143, 111887. (TOP)

13. Su C, Cai D* et al. Integrated ethanol fermentation and acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation using sweet sorghum bagasse. Renew Energy 2020, 162, 1125-31. (TOP)

14. Yu S, Cai D*, Chen B* et al. Furfuryl alcohol production with high selectivity by a novel visible-light driven biocatalysis process. ACS Sustain Chem Eng 2020, 8, 15980-8. (TOP)

15. Zhuang C, Cai D*, Qin P* et al. Simultaneous saccharification and juice co-fermentation for high-titer ethanol production using sweet sorghum stalk. Renew Energy 2019, 134, 44-53. (TOP)

16. Chen H, Cai D* et al. Techno-economic analysis of acetone-butanol-ethanol distillation sequences feeding the biphasic condensate after in situ gas stripping separation. Sep Purif Technol 2019, 129, 241-8. (TOP)

17. Zhang C, Cai D* et al. Impact of corn stover harvest time and cultivars on acetone-butanol-ethanol production. Ind Crop Prod 2019, 139, 111500. (TOP)

18. Chen H, Cai D* et al. L-lactic acid production by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of dilute ethylediamine pre-treated rice straw. Ind Crop Prod 2019, 141, 111749. (TOP)

19. Chen C1, Cai D1, Chen B* et al.Bio-plasticizer production by hybrid acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation with full cell catalysis of Candida sp. 99-125. Bioresour Technol 2018, 257, 217-22. (TOP)

20. Wen H, Cai D*, Qin P* et al. Integrated in situ gas stripping-salting-out process for high-titer acetone-butanol-ethanol production from sweet sorghum bagasse. Biotechnol Biofuel 2018, 11, 134. (TOP)

21. Chen B1, Cai D1, Cao H* et al. Corncob residual reinforced polyethylene composites considering the biorefinery process and the enhancement of performance. J Clean Prod 2018, 198, 452-62. (TOP)

22. Chen H, Cai D* et al. Novel distillation process for effective and stable separation of high-concentration acetone-butanol-ethanol mixture from fermentation-pervaporation integration process. Biotechnol Biofuels 2018, 11, 286. (TOP)

23. Cai D, Qin P* et al. Two-stage pervaporation process for effective in situ removal acetone-butanol-ethanol from fermentation broth. Bioresour Technol 2017, 224, 380-8. (TOP)

24. Cai D, Qin P*, Wang Z*, Tan T* et al. Co-generation of bio-butanol and bio-lipids under a hybrid process. Green Chem 2016, 18, 1377-86. (TOP)

25. Cai D, Qin P*, Tan T* et al. Gas stripping-pervaporation hybrid process for energy-saving product recovery from acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation broth. Chem Eng J 2016, 287, 1-10. (TOP)

26. Cai D, Qin P* et al. Effect of dilute alkaline pretreatment on the conversion of different parts of corn stalk to fermentable sugars and its application in acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation. Bioresour Technol 2016, 211,117-24. (TOP)

27. Cai D, Qin P* et al. Biorefinery of corn cob for bio-lipids and bio-ethanol production: An environmental friendly process. Bioresour Technol 2016, 211, 677-84. (TOP)

28. Cai D, Qin P* et al. Acetone-butanol-ethanol from sweet sorghum juice by an immobilized fermentation-gas stripping integration process. Bioresour Technol 2016, 211,704-10. (TOP)

29. Cai D, Qin P* et al. Effect of chemical pretreatments on corn stalk bagasse as immobilizing carrier of C. acetobutylicum in the performance of a fermentation-pervaporation coupled system. Bioresour Technol 2016, 220, 68-75. (TOP)

30. Cai D, Qin P* et al. Immobilized ethanol fermentation coupled to pervaporation with silicalite-1/polydimethylsiloxane/polyvinylidene fluoride composite membrane. Bioresour Technol 2016, 220, 124-31. (TOP)

31. Cai D, Qin P* et al. Co-generation of microbial lipid and bio-butanol from corn cob bagasse in an environmentally friendly biorefinery process. Bioresour Technol 2016, 216, 345-51. (TOP)

32. Fu C1,Cai D1, Qin P* et al. Ethanol fermentation integrated with PDMS composite membrane: An effective process. Bioresour Technol 2016, 200, 648-57. (TOP)

33. Li P1, Cai D1, Qin P* et al. Comparison of two-stage acid-alkali and alkali-acid pretreatments on enzymatic saccharification ability of the sweet sorghum fiber and their physicochemical characterizations. Bioresour Technol 2016, 221, 636-44. (TOP)

34. Cai D, Qin P* et al. Acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation integrated with simplified gas stripping using sweet sorghum bagasse as immobilized carrier. Chem Eng J 2015, 277, 176-85. (TOP)

35. Shang S1, Cai D1, Tan T* et al. An organic solvents free bio-lipids extraction process using non-woven fabric from pretreated fermentation broth. Chem. Eng. J. 2015, 270, 223-28. (TOP)

36. Cai D, Qin P* et al. Impact of sweet sorghum cuticular waxes (SSCW) on acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation using C. acetobutylicum ABE1201. Bioresour Technol 2013, 149, 470-473. (TOP)

37. Cai D, Tan T* et al. Biobutanol from sweet sorghum bagasse hydrolysate by a hybrid pervaporation process. Bioresour Technol 2013, 145, 97-102. (TOP)

Admission requirements:

Welcome applicants of the M.S. and PhD programs supported by government scholarships or other funds.