Prof Yuan is an internationally renowned leading expert on sewer corrosion and odour management. His research focuses on development of innovative solutions for urban water management through effective integration of fundamental science and applied engineering. He has to date won $45M in government, industry and university research funding since 2001 including 23 ARC Discovery, Linkage and Fellowship grants totalling $23M, mostly as the lead Chief Investigator. Prof Yuan was one of the founding members of the $117m Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and is Leader of the Future Technologies Program.
He has to date published over 380 fully refereed journal papers including a paper in Nature (2013) and Science (2014). His h-index is 66/78 (Scopus/Google Scholar, January 2019), with ~15,000/20,000 citations. He is the founder of three biotechnology businesses namely SeweX, Cloevis and Lodomat, and his research has delivered documented savings of over $400 million to the Australian water industry. His research achievements and leadership have been recognized through national and international awards including the 2015 ATSE Clunies Ross Award and the International Water Association (IWA) 2014 Global Project Innovation Award (Applied Research Category) – as Project Leader.
Prof Yuan is an IWA Distinguished Fellow and was named as one of Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for 2015. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). He was awarded the highly prestigious ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship in 2017, and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019.
He is currently Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) at The University of Queensland.