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Hsi-Wu Wong

Hsi-Wu Wong is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Hsi-Wu WongAssistant Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Wong's research interests lie in chemical reaction engineering, chemical kinetics, catalysis, and kinetic modeling. The main focus areas include macromolecule pyrolysis and gasification, production of sustainable value-added chemicals and fuels, and analysis of complex reaction systems.


  • Postdoc: Chemical Engineering, (2005), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
  • Ph D: Chemical Engineering, (2003), Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  • BS: Chemical Engineering, (1996), National Taiwan University - Taipei, Taiwan


Dr. Wong joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as an assistant professor in 2014. His research focuses on both experimental and computational methods to unravel complex reaction systems in energy and environmental applications, particularly the production of sustainable value-added chemicals and fuels. Before joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, Dr. Wong was a principal engineer at Aerodyne Research, Inc. and served as Principal Investigator for several federally funded, multi-institutional projects. Dr. Wong earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University and was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2019)
  • B. J. Martin Dissertation Year Fellowship, Northwestern University (2002)
  • International Symposia on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE) Travel Award (2002)

Selected Publications

  • Liu, C., Li, Z., Yu, P., Wong, H., Gu, Z. (2018) "Vertically aligned and surface roughed Pt nanowire array as high performance electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation", ACS Applied Energy Materials 1: pp. 3973-3983
  • Zuo, W., Wong, H. (2017) "Green synthesis of linear alkylbenzenes via Diels- Alder cycloaddition between furan and linear alkenes over niobic acid catalyst", Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews 10:4 pp. 393-403
  • Wong, H., Peck, J., Assif, J., Panerai, F., Lachaud, J., Mansour, N.N. (2016) "Detailed analysis of species production from the pyrolysis of the Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator", Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 122: pp. 258–267
  • Brasseur, G.P., Gupta, M., Anderson, B.E., Balasubramanian, S., Barrett, S., Duda, D., Fleming, G., Forster, P.M., Fuglestvedt, J., Gettelman, A., Halthore, R.N., Jacob, S.D., Jacobson, M.Z., Khodayari, A., Liou, K., Lund, M. ., Miake-Lye, R.C., Minnis, P., Olsen, S., Penner, J. ., Prinn, R., Schumann, U., Selkirk, H. ., Sokolov, A., Unger, N., Wolfe, P., Wong, H., Wuebbles, D.W., Yi, B., Yang, P., Zhou, C. (2016) "Impact of aviation on climate: FAA’s Aviation Climate Change Research Initiative (ACCRI) Phase II", Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 97:4 pp. 561–583
  • Woody, M.C., Wong, H., West, J., Arunachalam, S. (2016) "Multiscale predictions of aviation-attributable PM 2.5 for US airports modeled using CMAQ with plume-in-grid and an aircraft-specific 1-D emission model", Atmospheric Environment 147: pp. 384–394
  • Gao, C.W., Vandeputte, A., Yee, N.W., Green, W.H., Bonomi, R.E., Magoon, G.R., Wong, H., Oluwole, O.O., Lewis, D.K., Vandewiele, N.M., Van Geem, K. (2015) "JP-10 combustion studied with shock tube experiments and modeled with automated mechanism generation", Combustion and Flame 162:8 pp. 3115-3129
  • Wong, H., Peck, J., Bonomi, R.E., Assif, J., Panerai, F., Reinisch, G., Lachaud, J., Mansour, N.N. (2015) "Quantitative determination of species production from phenol-formaldehyde resin pyrolysis", Polymer Degradation and Stability 112: pp. 122–131
  • Wong, H., Jun, M., Peck, J., Waitz, I.A., Miake-Lye, R.C. (2015) "Roles of organic emissions in the formation of near field aircraft-emitted volatile particulate matter: A kinetic microphysical modeling study", Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 137:7 pp. 072606
  • Wong, H., Jun, M., Peck, J., Waitz, I.A., Miake-Lye, R.C. (2014) "Detailed microphysical modeling of the formation of organic and sulfuric acid coatings on aircraft emitted soot particles in the near field", Aerosol Science and Technology 48:9 pp. 981–995
  • Yu, Z., Liscinsky, D.S., True, B., Peck, J., Jennings, A.C., Wong, H., Jun, M., Franklin, J., Herndon, S.C., Waitz, I.A., Miake-Lye, R.C. (2014) "Uptake coefficients of some volatile organic compounds by soot and their application in understanding particulate matter evolution in aircraft engine exhaust plumes", Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 136:12 pp. 121501
  • Peck, J., Oluwole, O.O., Wong, H., Miake-Lye, R.C. (2013) "An algorithm to estimate aircraft cruise black carbon emissions for use in developing a cruise emissions inventory", Journal of Air & Waste Management Association 63:3 pp. 367-375
  • Timko, M.T., Fortner, E.C., Franklin, J.P., Yu, Z., Wong, H., Onasch, T., Miake-Lye, R., Herndon, S.C. (2013) "Atmospheric measurements of the physical evolution of aircraft exhaust plumes", Environmental Science & Technology 47:7 pp. 3513–3520
  • Wong, H., Beyersdorf, A.J., Heath, C.M., Ziemba, L.D., Winstead, E.L., Thornhill, K.L., Tacina, K.M., Ross, R.C., Albo, S.E., Bulzan, D.L., Anderson, B.E., Miake-Lye, R.C. (2013) "Laboratory and modeling studies on the effects of water and soot emissions and ambient conditions on the properties of contrail ice particles in the jet regime", Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13:19 pp. 10049–10060
  • Liscinsky, D.S., Yu, Z., True, B., Peck, J., Jennings, A.C., Wong, H., Franklin, J., Herndon, S.C., Miake-Lye, R.C. (2013) "Measurement of naphthalene uptake by combustion soot particles", Environmental Science & Technology 47:9 pp. 4875–4881
  • Shi, Y., Green, W.H., Wong, H., Oluwole, O.O. (2012) "Accelerating multi-dimensional combustion simulations using GPU and hybrid explicit/implicit ODE integration", Combustion and Flame 159:7 pp. 2388–2397
  • Oluwole, O.O., Shi, Y., Wong, H., Green, W.H. (2012) "An Exact-Steady-state Adaptive Chemistry method for combustion simulations: Combining the efficiency of reduced models and the accuracy of the full model", Combustion and Flame 159:7 pp. 2352–2362
  • Magoon, G.R., Aguilera-Iparraguirre, J., Green, W.H., Lutz, J.J., Piecuch, P., Wong, H., Oluwole, O.O. (2012) "Detailed chemical kinetic modeling of JP-10 (exo-tetrahydrodicyclopentadiene) high-temperature oxidation: Exploring the role of biradical species in initial decomposition steps", International Journal of Chemical Kinetics 44:3 pp. 179–193
  • Peck, J., Timko, M.T., Yu, Z., Wong, H., Herndon, S.C., Yelvington, P.E., Miake-Lye, R.C., Wey, C., Winstead, E.L., Ziemba, L.D., Anderson, B.E. (2012) "Measurement of volatile particulate matter emissions from aircraft engines using a simulated plume aging system", Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 134:6 pp. 061503
  • Wong, H., Yu, Z., Timko, M.T., Herndon, S.C., de la Rosa Blanco, Elena, ., Miake-Lye, R.C., Howard, R.P. (2011) "Design parameters for an aircraft engine exit plane particle sampling system", Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 133:2 pp. 021501
  • Shi, Y., Green, W.H., Wong, H., Oluwole, O.O. (2011) "Redesigning combustion modeling algorithms for the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU): Chemical kinetic rate evaluation and ordinary differential equation integration", Combustion and Flame 158:5 pp. 836–847
  • Wong, H., Miake-Lye, R.C. (2010) "Parametric studies of contrail ice particle formation in jet regime using microphysical parcel modeling", Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 10:7 pp. 3261–3272
  • Timko, M.T., Yu, Z., Onasch, T.B., Wong, H., Miake-Lye, R.C., Beyersdorf, A.J., Anderson, B.E., Thornhill, K.L., Winstead, E.L., Corporan, E., De Witt, M.J., Klingshirn, C.D., Wey, C., Tacina, K., Liscinsky, D.S., Howard, R., Bhargava, A. (2010) "Particulate emissions of gas turbine engine combustion of a Fischer- Tropsch synthetic fuel", Energy & Fuels 24:11 pp. 5883–5896
  • Wong, H., Yelvington, P.E., Miake-Lye, R.C., Zhang, J., Waitz, I.A., Timko, M.T., Onasch, T.B. (2008) "Microphysical modeling of ground-level aircraft-emitted aerosol formation: Roles of sulfur-containing species", Journal of Propulsion and Power 24:3 pp. 590–602
  • Wong, H., Cesa, M.C., Golab, J.T., Brazdil, J.F., Green, W.H. (2006) "Kinetic modeling to estimate fundamental yield bounds for selective propylene oxidation over bifunctional catalysts", Applied Catalysis A: General 303:2 pp. 177–191
  • Kruse, T.M., Levine, S.E., Wong, H., Duoss, E., Lebovitz, A.H., Torkelson, J.M., Broadbelt, L.J. (2005) "Binary mixture pyrolysis of polypropylene and polystyrene: a modeling and experimental study", Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 73:2 pp. 342–354
  • Wong, H., Li, X., Swihart, M.T., Broadbelt, L.J. (2004) "Detailed kinetic modeling of silicon nanoparticle formation chemistry via automated mechanism generation", The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 108:46 pp. 10122–10132
  • Wong, H., Alva Nieto, J.C., Swihart, M.T., Broadbelt, L.J. (2004) "Thermochemistry of silicon-hydrogen compounds generalized from quantum chemical calculations", The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 108:5 pp. 874–897
  • Wong, H., Li, X., Swihart, M.T., Broadbelt, L.J. (2003) "Encoding of polycyclic Si-containing molecules for determining species uniqueness in automated mechanism generation", Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences 43:3 pp. 735–742
  • Kruse, T.M., Wong, H., Broadbelt, L.J. (2003) "Mechanistic modeling of polymer pyrolysis: polypropylene", Macromolecules 36:25 pp. 9594–9607
  • Kruse, T.M., Wong, H., Broadbelt, L.J. (2003) "Modeling the evolution of the full polystyrene molecular weight distribution during polystyrene pyrolysis", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 42:12 pp. 2722–2735
  • Kruse, T.M., Woo, O.S., Wong, H., Khan, S.S., Broadbelt, L.J. (2002) "Mechanistic modeling of polymer degradation: a comprehensive study of polystyrene", Macromolecules 35:20 pp. 7830–7844
  • Wong, H., Broadbelt, L.J. (2001) "Tertiary resource recovery from waste polymers via pyrolysis: neat and binary mixture reactions of polypropylene and polystyrene", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 40:22 pp. 4716–4723
  • Lu, C., Chyi, N., Wong, H., Hwang, W. (2000) "Effects of additives and secondary phases on the sintering behavior of zinc oxide-based varistors", Materials Chemistry and Physics 62:2 pp. 164–168