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Dr. Liangcheng Yang

Associate Professor of Environmental Health and Sustainability
Health Sciences
Felmley Hall Annex FSA 324
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Dr. Yang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences Environmental Health Program and Department of Agriculture at the Illinois State University. He received Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Master degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He worked as an Environmental Engineer for two years after receiving his Bachelor degree from Zhejiang University in China. Dr. Yang was a Research Associate at The Ohio State University before joining the Illinois State University.

Current Courses

145.001Environmental Health and Sustainability Practice

499.020Independent Research For The Masters Thesis

287.021Independent Study

248.001Occupational Health

291.021Undergraduate Teaching Experiences In Agriculture

398.001Professional Practice: Environmental Health Internship

Teaching Interests & Areas

Air quality, water quality, renewable energy, waste management, occupational health

Research Interests & Areas

(1) developing anaerobic digestion technologies to manage wastes and to produce bioenergy, (2) understanding the effects of air and water pollutants on human health and developing mitigation methods, and (3) recovering nutrients from wastes.

Ph D Agricultural & Biological Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

MS Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

BS Environmental Science

Zhejiang University
Hangzhou, China

College Outstanding Researcher award


Outstanding Cross-Disciplinary Team Research Award


Advisor of the Year

Dean of Students Office

Most Cited Articles

Bioresource Technology

CAST Outstanding Teacher (pre-tenure)


Member of the Year

IEHA Central Chapter

CAST Outstanding Researcher Award

College of Applied Science and Technology

Illinois State University Research Initiative Award

Illinois State University

Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award–Ph.D. Dissertation Competition Award, First Place

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Book, Chapter

Yang, L. Integration of algae cultivation to anaerobic digestion for biofuel and bioenergy production. Advances in Bioenergy (2021)
Yang, L., & Ge, X. Biogas and Syngas Upgrading. Advances in Bioenergy. Elsevier 1 (2016): 125--188.

Conference Proceeding

Zheng, Z., Yang, L., & Wang, X. Monitoring moisture content of gas-phase biofilter based on impedance under different conditions. 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting (2016): 1.
Yang, L., Wang, X., Funk, T., Shi, S., Gates, R., & Zhang, Y. A feasible biofilter media moisture sensor. 2012 Dallas, Texas, July 29-August 1, 2012 (2012): 1.
Yang, L., Wang, X., Funk, T., Gates, R., & Jiang, N. Optimization of Livestock Air Pollutants Removal Biofilter Part: Media Selection. 2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20-June 23, 2010 (2010): 1.

Journal Article

Yang, L. A Review on Potential Biofuel Yields from Cover Crops. Fementation 9 (2023)
Fiddes, K., & Yang, L. A narrative review on environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation. Journal of Cannabis Research 3.1 (2021): 1-10.
Yang, L., & Moran, T. Comparison of Operating Methods in Cartridge Anaerobic Digestion of Corn Stover. BioEnergy Research (2021)
Kong, X., Ying, S., & Yang, L. Microbial and isotopomer analysis of N2O generation pathways in ammonia removal biofilters. Chemosphere (2020)
Wang, Y., Yang, L., Li, Y., Fu, L., Yuan, C., Yao, L., & Luo, J. Reactor performance and economic evaluation of singular, binary, and ternary mixing of feedstocks for anaerobic digestion. Environmental technology (2019): 1--29.


Sheets, J., Yang, L., Ge, X., Wang, Z., & Li, Y. Beyond land application: Emerging technologies for the treatment and reuse of anaerobically digested agricultural and food waste. WASTE MANAGEMENT. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD 44 (2015): 94-115.
Yang, L., Xu, F., Ge, X., & Li, Y. Challenges and strategies for solid-state anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass. RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD 44 (2015): 824-834.
Yang, L., Ge, X., Wan, C., Yu, F., & Li, Y. Progress and perspectives in converting biogas to transportation fuels. RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD 40 (2014): 1133-1152.
Yang, L. Gas-phase biofiltration for livestock building ammonia emission mitigation. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)


A new anaerobic digestion system to reduce wastewater. Water Wedesday. (2023)
Cover crops for bioenergy production. Elsevier-Advance in Bioenergy International Conference. Elsevier. (2023)
Pre- and Post-learning Perceptions of Anaerobic Digestion by Horticultural, Renewable Energy, and Environmental Health Undergraduate Students. ASHS Annual Conference. (2023)
Anaerobic digestion of cereal rye cover crop. 9th annual Integrative Plant Biology and Bioenergy (IPBB). (2022)
Effects of Applying Anaerobic Digestion Effluent to Leaf Compost. 2022 ASHS Annual Conference. (2022)
Recovering nutrients from wastewater. 2022 ISU Research Symposium. (2022)
Sustainability of Utility-Scale Solar PV Systems. Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference. EUEC. (2022)
Test the filtration efficiency of N95 masks recovered using an electrostatic charging device. NEHA Annual Educational Conference. (2021)
The effects of employment on undergraduate student academic performance. 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference. (2020)

Grants & Contracts

Bloomington Normal Community Air Research and Education (BN-CARE). EPA. Federal. (2023)
Cover Crop Nutrients Transport in Anaerobic Digestion. Iowa Soybean Association. State. (2023)
Research and education capacity building for energy and nutrients recovery from vegetable farm wastes. USDA. Federal. (2023)
Research and education capacity building for anaerobic digestion of agricultural wastes. USDA. Federal. (2020)
Scott M. Elliott Cross-Disciplinary Pilot Grant. Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2020)