Yiqi Yang.

Charles Bessey Professor

Professor of Textiles

Professor of Biological Systems Engineering

Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
Biological Systems Engineering

221 Human Sciences Building
Lincoln, NE 68583
(402) 472-2911
  • Ph.D., Textile Science, Purdue University
  • M.E., Textile Chemical Engineering, Donghua University

Research Interests
  • Biobased Materials
  • Polymers and Fibers
  • Green Processes for Fibers and Soft Materials

  • Yang, Yiqi, Xu, Helan, Song, Kaili. Effective hair styling compositions and processes. US Patent 10,828,246, November 10, 2020.
  • Yang, Yiqi, and Reddy, Narendra. Method for making natural cellulosic fiber bundles from cellulosic sources. US Patent 7,887,672, Feb. 15, 2011.
  • Fan, Qinguo, Yang, Yiqi, Ugbolue, Samuel C., and Wilson, Alton R. Methods of enhancing dyeability of polymers. US Patent 6,646,026, November 11, 2003.
  • Berkstresser, IV, G.A., Dunbar, R.A., McLellan, G.R., Plischke, L.M.W., and Yang, Y.Q. Removing color from Ionically Dyed Recyclable Polymeric Materials. US Patent 6,083,283, July 4, 2000.
  • Yang, Y.Q., Plischke, L.M.W., McLellan, G.R., and Dickerson, J.L. Process for Separating Polyamide from Colorant in Recycling of Colored Polyamide Materials, Especially Carpets. US Patent 6,036,726, March 14, 2000.
  • Ladisch, M.R., Kohlman, K.L., Westgate, P.L., Weil, J.R., and Yang, Y.Q. Processes for Treating Cellulosic Material. US Patent 5,846,787, December 8, 1998.
  • Yang, Y.Q., and Li, S. A Process for Increasing the Crease Resistance of Silk Textiles and a Resulting Crease Resistant Textile. US Patent 5,296,269, March 22, 1994.

Honors and Awards
  • Gamma Sigma Delta (The Honor Society of Agriculture) Nebraska Chapter 2011 Research Award.
  • Charles Bessy Professorship, March, 2007 (Renewed 2012) (University Distinguished Professorship).
  • "Big 12 Rising Star" Award 2007.
  • Faculty Student Menoriting Award of the College of Education and Human Sciences. 2007.
  • Outstanding Instructor at the University of Illinois. 1992.

Professional Memberships
Selected Publications
  • Mu, B.N. and Yang*, Y.Q. Complete separation of colorants from polymeric materials for cost-effective recycling of waste textiles. Chemical Engineering Journal. 427. 131570 (11 pgs) (2022).
  • Mu, B.N., Wu, Q.M., Xu, L. and Yang*, Y.Q. A sustainable approach to synchronous improvement of wet-stability and toughness of chitosan films. Food Hydrocolloids. 123. 107138 (8 pgs) (2022).
  • Liu, L.Y., Mu, B.N., Li, W., Xu*, H.L., Yang, J. and Yang* Y.Q. Clean cotton dyeing in circulated dyebath of waste cooking oil: A feasible industrialization strategy for pollution minimization. Journal of Cleaner Production. 278. 123799 (9 pages) (2021).
  • Mu, B.N., Hassan, F., and Yang*, Y.Q. Controlled assembly of secondary keratin structures for continuous and scalable production of tough fibers from chicken feathers. Green Chemistry. 22(5), 1726-1734 (2020).
  • Mi, X., Mu, B.N., Li, W., Xu, H.L. and Yang*, Y.Q. From poultry wastes to quality protein products via restoration of secondary structure with extended disulfide linkages. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 8(3). 1396-1405 (2020).
  • Mu, B.N., Hassan, F., Wu, Q.M. and Yang*, Y.Q. Ductile keratin/deacetylated chitin composites with nanoparticle-induced formation of ordered and entangled structures. Composites Science and Technology. 200. 108462 (7 pages) (2020).
  • Liu, L.Y., Mu, B.N., Li*, W., and Yang* Y.Q. A semi-stable emulsion system based on spent cooking oil for pilot-scale reactive dyeing with minimal discharges. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 7(16). 13698-13707 (2019).
  • Mu, B.N., Liu, L.Y., Li, W., and Yang*, Y.Q. A water/cottonseed oil bath with controlled dye sorption for high dyeing quality and minimum discharges. Journal of Cleaner Production. 236. 117566 (10 pages) (2019).
  • Mu, B.N., Xu, H.L., Li, W., Xu, L. and Yang*, Y.Q. Spinnability and Rheological Properties of Globular Soy Protein Solution. Food Hydrocolloids. 90. 443-451(2019).
  • Zhu, X.Y., Hou*, X.L., Ma, B.M., Xu, H.L., and Yang*, Y.Q. Chitosan/Gallnut tannins Composite Fiber with Improved Tensile, Antibacterial and Fluorescence properties. Carbohydrate Polymers. 226. 115311 (8 pages) (2019).

Books Authored and Edited
  • Yang, Y.Q., Yu, J.Y., Xu, H.L., and Sun, B.Z. edited book. Porous Lightweight Composites Reinforced with Fibrous Structures. 368 p. 4 parts, 13 Chapters. 140 Figures and 39 Tebles. Published by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany. (Heidelberger Platz 3, 14197 Berlin, Germany). ISBN 978-3-662-53802-9; ISBN 978-3-662-53804-3 (eBook). DOI 10.1007/978-3-662-53804-3. Library of Congress Control Number 2016962702. Copyright Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017.
  • Reddy, N., and Yang, Y.Q. authored book. Innovative Biofibers from Renewable Resources. 454 p. 10 parts, 75 Chapters and 210 illustrations. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany. ISBN 978-3-662-45135-9; ISBN 978-3-662-45136-6 (eBook). DOI 10.1007/978-3-662-45136-6. Springer Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London. Library of Congress Control Number 2014957175. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heigelberg. 2015.
  • Yang, Y.Q., Xu, H.L. and Yu, X. edited book. Lightweight Materials from Biopolymers and Biofibers. ACS Symposium Series 1175. Copyright: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC. USA. October 21, 2014. 299pp. ISBN: 978-0-8412-2990-7; eISBN: 978-0-8412-2997-6; DOI: 10.1021/bk-2014-1175.