Dr. Weiguo Xie

Weiguo Xie

Professional title

Associate Professor


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, UMIST, Manchester, United Kingdom
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Honors and Awards
2017 Outward Mobility Academic Fellowship at Smart Manufacturing Institute, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)
2013 Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia
2011 Chartered Engineer in the Engineering Council in United Kingdom
2010 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in United Kingdom
2008 “Sustainable Development for Engineers and Scientists” course unit received “Green Gown Awards” in the course category in the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) in United Kingdom

Interest Areas
Mathematical modeling and computational simulation in chemical engineering and mineral processing
Optimization and control in large-scale process system
Real-time online measurement techniques
Separation processes: solvent extraction, crystallization, vapor adsorption, flotation and fluidization

Brief Bio
Professor Xie started his teaching and research career since he was awarded his PhD in 2002 at UMIST, Manchester, UK. Previously, he worked as a Research Fellow at City University of London (2003 - 2005), Research Associate at the University of Manchester (2006 - 2011), Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia (2011 - 2016) and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter in the UK (2016 – 2019). He also had one-year work experience in 2006 as a Senior Software Engineer of CFD at CDAJ UK Ltd. His expertise is in mathematical modelling, simulation, optimization, measurement and control in chemical engineering and minerals processing. He is a member of IChemE (the Institution of Chemical Engineers) in the United Kingdom, and a member of SME (Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration) in the USA.

Courses Teaching
ChE 3241 Principles of Particle Technology
ChE 4141 Material and Minerals Processing
ChE 5121 Advanced Thermodynamics
ChE 5621 Particle Technology

Selected Journal Publications

1. Cao, C.,  Yao, G., Jiang, L.,  Sokoluk, M., Wang, X., Ciston, J., Javadi, A., Guan, Z., De Rosa, I., Xie, W., Enrique J. Lavernia, Julie M., Schoenung and Li, X., 2019, “Bulk Ultrafine Grained/Nanocrystalline Metals via Slow Cooling”, Science Advances, 5, eaaw2398. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aaw2398

2. Yu P, Xie, W., Liu, L.X. and Powell, M.S., 2018, “Analytical solution for the dynamic model of tumbling mills”, Powder Technology, 337:111-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.powtec.2017.04.035

3. Xie, W., Bonis, I., and Theodoropoulos, C., 2015, “Data-driven Model Reduction-based Nonlinear MPC for Large-Scale Distributed Parameter systems”, Journal of Process Control, 35: 50-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jprocont.2015.07.009

4. Meng, J., Xie, W., Runge, K., and Bradshaw, D., 2015, “Measuring turbulence in a flotation cell using electrical resistance tomography”, Measurement Science and Technology, 26:115305(12pp). https://doi.org/10.1088/0957-0233/26/11/115305

5. Meng, J., Xie, W., Brennan, M., Runge, K, and Bradshaw, D., 2014, “Measuring turbulence in a flotation cell using the piezoelectric sensor”, Minerals Engineering, 66-68: 84-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mineng.2014.06.007

6. Xie, W., Bonis, I., and Theodoropoulos, C., 2011, “Off-line Model Reduction for On-line Linear MPC of Nonlinear Large-Scale Distributed Systems”, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 35 (5): 750-757. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1570-7946(10)28069-0

7. McPolin, D., Basheer, M., Long, A.E., Xie, W., Sun, T., and Grattan, K.T.V., 2009, “Development and Longer Term In Situ Evaluation of Fiber-Optic Sensors for Monitoring of Structural Concrete”, IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL, 9 (11): 1537-1545. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2009.2021796

8. Xie, W., Neethling, S.J., and Cilliers, J.J., 2004, “A novel approach for estimating the average bubble size for foams flowing in vertical columns”, Chemical Engineering Science, 59: 81-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2003.09.020

9. Cilliers, J.J., Xie, W., Neethling, S.J., Randall, E.W., Wilkinson, A.J., 2001, “Electrical resistance tomography using a bi-directional current pulse technique”, Measurement Science and Technology, 12: 997-1001. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0957-0233/12/8/302

10. Hu, X., Xie, W., 2001, “Fixed-bed adsorption and fluidized-bed regeneration for breaking the azeotrope of ethanol and water”, Separation Science and Technology, 36 (1): 125-136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1081/SS-100000856