Dr. Yan is Distinguished Professor in Forest Biomaterials Engineering at the University of Toronto. She also holds an Endowed Chair in Value Added Wood and Composite at the same University. She is recognized internationally for her research in conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into environmental-friendly chemical products and functional materials.
She specializes in forest-based biomaterials science and composites, bio-based adhesives and adhesion, digital printing, and surface sciences of paper. Currently, her research group is focused on developing novel environmentally-friendly green bio-based composites, producing green chemicals using renewable forestry biomass as feedstock, and engineering the next generation high valued paper based products.