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Bing Zhu

Guest Senior Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Guest Senior Research Scholar

Sustainable Service Systems Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Bing Zhu holds degrees in chemical engineering (BE and ME) from Tsinghua University, China, and in industrial engineering and management (PhD) from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He is currently Director and Professor of the Institute for Circular Economy at Tsinghua University, and Guest Senior Research Scholar with the Energy (ENE) Program at IIASA.

Dr. Zhu first came to IIASA as a Research Assistant in the Dynamic Systems (DYN) Program in 1999. He returned to the Institute in January 2001, to work as a Research Scholar in the Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies (ECS) Program. Before joining the ECS Program at IIASA, he worked as a Lecturer at Tsinghua University and as a Visiting Research Scholar at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Currently he is a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University as well as the Director of Institute for Circular Economy at the same university.

Dr. Zhu is active in professional services such as Member of International Resource Panel (IRP) of the United Nations Environment Programme, Member of Inter-Ministerial Panel of China on Circular Economy, Vice Chairman of Circular Economy Committee of Chinese Ecological Economics Society, Member of Technical Committee of Optimal Control of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), and editorial board members of the international journal "Technology in Society" and Chinese journals "Chemical Industry", "Green Petroleum and Petrochemicals" and "Coal Processing & Comprehensive Utilization." His research interests include resource efficiency analysis and resource management decisions, circular economy assessment, industrial ecology, and chemical and energy techno-economics. As Principle Investigator, Dr. Bing Zhu's researches have been funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, et al.

Last update: 04 FEB 2020


Liu, L., Schandl, H., West, J., Jiang, M., Ren, Z., Chen, D., & Zhu, B. (2022). Copper ore material footprints and transfers embodied in domestic and international trade of provinces in China. Journal of Industrial Ecology 26 (4) 1432-1436. 10.1111/jiec.13285.

Ren, Z., Jiang, M., Chen, D., Yu, Y., Li, F., Xu, M., Bringezu, S., & Zhu, B. (2022). Stocks and flows of sand, gravel, and crushed stone in China (1978–2018): Evidence of the peaking and structural transformation of supply and demand. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 180 e106173. 10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106173.

Jiang, M., Behrens, P., Yang, Y., Tang, Z., Chen, D., Yu, Y., Liu, L., Gong, P., Zhu, S., Zhou, W., Zhu, B. , & Tukker, A. (2022). Different Material Footprint Trends between China and the World in 2007-2012 Explained by Construction- and Manufacturing-associated Investment. One Earth 5 (1) 109-119. 10.1016/j.oneear.2021.12.011.

Xu, M., Chen, D., Yu, Y., Chen, Z., Zhang, Y., Liu, B., Fu, Y., & Zhu, B. (2021). Assessing resource consumption at the subnational level: A novel accounting method based on provincial selected material consumption. Journal of Industrial Ecology 25 (3) 580-592. 10.1111/jiec.13065.