Yan Sun

Dr. Eng., Professor, Cheung Kong Scholar
Department of Biochemical Engineering,
School of Chemical Engineering and Technology,
Tianjin University, Tianjin 300354, P. R. China.

Email: ysun@tju.edu.cn

Bachelor – 1983, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China (Chem. Eng.)
Master (M. Eng) – 1987, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (Chem. Eng.)
Doctorate (Dr. Eng.) – 1990, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (Chem. Eng.)

1990 – 1991        Soken Chemical Eng. Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
1991 – 1992        Lecturer, Dept. Chem. Eng., Tianjin University.
1992 – 1993        Associate Professor, Dept. Chem. Eng., Tianjin University.
1993 – present    Professor, Dept. Biochem. Eng., Tianjin University.
2000 – present    Cheung Kong Professor of the Ministry of Education of China, Tianjin University

Teaching Activities

Molecular Basis of Biological Processes (graduates, 2016-present).
Advanced Bioseparations (graduates, 1993-2015).
Bioseparations Engineering (undergraduates, 1995-2000).
Principles and Applications of Bioaffinity Interactions (graduates, 1996-99).
Advances in Biotechnology (undergraduates, 2005-2010).

Research Area

       – Protein adsorption and chromatography
       – Affinity ligand design and affinity purification
       – Protein refolding
       – Aqueous two-phase systems
       – Reverse micelles
       – Computation-based enzyme design
       – Development of multi-enzyme systems
       – Artificial biocatalytic photosynthesis
       – Enzyme modifications/immobilizations
       Inhibition of amyloid protein aggregation:
       – Inhibitor design and development
       – Amyloid formation mechanism

Professional Activities

   Visiting Professor, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Demark.
   Visiting Scholar, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, USA.
   Guest Scientist, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Germany.
   Guest Scientist, GKSS National Research Center, Germany.
   Senior Research Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK.
   Visiting Professor, Dept. Chemistry and Biotechnology, Univ. Tokyo, Japan.
   Visiting Professor, Dept. Ind. Chemistry, Kyushu Sangyo University, Kyushu, Japan.


Editor, Journal of Chromatography A (2016.7-)
Associate Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering (2012.1-)
Associate Editor, Biochemical Engineering Journal (2002- )
Editorial Board, Journal of Chromatography A (2007.9-)
Editorial Board, Separation and Purification Technology (2006-)
Editorial Board, Recent Patents on Biotechnology (2007.1-)
Editorial Board, Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering (2007.11-2012.12)
Editorial Board, Bioprocess Engineering (1997-2001)
Editorial Board, The Chinese Journal of Process Engineering
Editorial Board, Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering
Editorial Board, Journal of Food Science and Biotechnology


- One single book: Bioseparations Engineering (in Chinese), 3rd ed., 2013, Chemical Industry Press, Beijing.
- Two book chapters.
- 380 Research papers, 10 Review papers.
- 50 patents (2 US patents)

Selected Awards

2012 – Second Class Natural Science Research Award, Ministry of Education of China
2011 – YABEC Award (Young Asian Biochemical Engineers' Community Award), Organizing Committee of YABEC 2011 and Asian Federation of Biotechnology, 2011
2005 – Supervisor of Top 100 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, China
2005 – Entitled Biochemical Engineering Expert of Tianjin
2004 – First Class Natural Science Research Award, Tianjin
2002 – Second Class Natural Science Research Award, Ministry of Education of China
2000 – National Natural Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scientists, Natural Science Foundation of China
1997 – National Award for Excellent Scholarship Studied Abroad, China