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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
Wang, C., Liu, Y., Chen, W.‐Q., Zhu, B. , Qu, S., & Xu, M. (2021). Critical review of global plastics stock and flow data. Journal of Industrial Ecology 10.1111/jiec.13125. (In Press)
Jiang, M., Liu, L., Behrens, P., Wang, T., Tang, Z., Chen, D., Yu, Y., Ren, Z., et al. (2020). Improving Subnational Input–Output Analyses Using Regional Trade Data: A Case-Study and Comparison. Environmental Science & Technology 54 (19), 12732-12741. 10.1021/acs.est.0c04728.
Jiang, X., Wang, T., Jiang, M., Xu, M., Yu, Y., Guo, B., Chen, D., Hu, S., et al. (2020). Assessment of Plastic Stocks and Flows in China: 1978-2017. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 161, e104969. 10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.104969.
Liang, S., Yu, Y., Kharrazi, A. , Fath, B. , Feng, C., Daigger, G.T., Chen, S., Ma, T., et al. (2020). Network resilience of phosphorus cycling in China has shifted by natural flows, fertilizer use and dietary transitions between 1600 and 2012. Nature Food 1 (6), 365-375. 10.1038/s43016-020-0098-6.
Jiang, M., Behrens, P., Wang, T., Tang, Z., Yu, Y., Chen, D., Liu, L., Ren, Z., et al. (2019). Provincial and sector-level material footprints in China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, no. 201903028. 10.1073/pnas.1903028116.
Zhang, Y., Zhao, H., Yu, Y., Wang, T., Zhou, W., Jiang, J., Chen, D., & Zhu, B. (2019). Copper in-use stocks accounting at the sub-national level in China. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 147, 49-60. 10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.04.010.
Yu, Y., Liang, S., Zhou, W., Ren, H., Kharrazi, A. , & Zhu, B. (2019). A two-tiered attribution structural decomposition analysis to reveal drivers at both sub-regional and sectoral levels: A case study of energy consumption in the Jing-Jin-Ji region. Journal of Cleaner Production 213, 165-175. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.167.
Liu, B., Chen, D., Zhou, W., Nasr, N., Wang, T., Hu, S., & Zhu, B. (2018). The Effect of Remanufacturing and Direct Reuse on Resource Productivity of China’s Automotive Production Author names and affiliations. Journal of Cleaner Production 194, 309-317. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.05.119.
Yu, Y., Zhou, L., Zhou, W., Ren, H., Kharrazi, A. , Ma, T., & Zhu, B. (2017). Decoupling environmental pressure from economic growth on city level: The Case Study of Chongqing in China. Ecological Indicators 75, 27-35. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.12.027.
Yu, Y., Chen, D., Hu, S., Kharrazi, A. , & Zhu, B. (2017). Advancing factors influencing resource productivity through the use of the material utility framework. Journal of Cleaner Production 142 (4), 1892-1900. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.11.096.
Wang, T., Yu, Y., Zhou, W., Liu, B., Chen, D., & Zhu, B. (2016). Dynamics of material productivity and socioeconomic factors based on auto-regressive distributed lag model in China. Journal of Cleaner Production 137, 752-761. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.161.
Zhou, W., Jiang, D., Chen, D., Griffy-Brown, C., Jin, Y., & Zhu, B. (2016). Capturing CO2 from cement plants: A priority for reducing CO2 emissions in China. Energy 106, 464-474. 10.1016/j.energy.2016.03.090.
Wang, W., Jiang, D., Chen, D., Chen, Z., Zhou, W., & Zhu, B. (2016). A Material Flow Analysis (MFA)-based potential analysis of eco-efficiency indicators of China's cement and cement-based materials industry. Journal of Cleaner Production 112 (1), 787-796. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.06.103.
Zhou, W., Wang, T., Yu, Y., Chen, D., & Zhu, B. (2016). Scenario analysis of CO2 emissions from China’s civil aviation industry through 2030. Applied Energy 175, 100-108. 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.05.004.
Yu, Y., Ren, H., Kharrazi, A. , Ma, T., & Zhu, B. (2015). Exploring socioeconomic drivers of environmental pressure on the city level: The case study of Chongqing in China. Ecological Economics 118, 123-131. 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.07.019.
Zhou, W., Zhu, B. , Chen, D., Zhao, F., & Fei, W. (2014). How policy choice affects investment in low-carbon technology: The case of CO2 capture in indirect coal liquefaction in China. Energy, 670-679. 10.1016/j.energy.2014.06.068.
Liu, X., Chen, D., Zhang, W., Qin, W., Zhou, W., Qiu, T., & Zhu, B. (2013). An assessment of the energy-saving potential in China's petroleum refining industry from a technical perspective. Energy 59, 38-49. 10.1016/j.energy.2013.07.049.
Yu, Y., Chen, D., Zhu, B. , & Hu, S. (2013). Eco-efficiency trends in China, 1978-2010: Decoupling environmental pressure from economic growth. Ecological Indicators 24, 177-184. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.06.007.
Tarasyev, A.M. & Zhu, B. (2013). Optimal proportions in growth trends of resource productivity. In: Green Growth and Sustainable Development. Eds. Cuaresma, J Crespo, Palokangas, T & Tarasyev, A, pp. 49-66 Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-642-34354-4_3.
Li, Q., Hu, S., Chen, D., & Zhu, B. (2012). System analysis of grain straw for centralised industrial usages in China. Biomass and Bioenergy 47, 277-288. 10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.09.033.
Chi, C., Ma, T., & Zhu, B. (2012). Towards a low-carbon economy: Coping with technological bifurcations with a carbon tax. Energy Economics 34 (3), 2081-2088. 10.1016/j.eneco.2012.02.011.
Tarasyev, A.M. & Zhu, B. (2012). Optimization of Resource Productivity as a Driver of Economic Growth. Poster presentation, IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, 24-26 October 2012, Laxenburg and Vienna, Austria
Tarasyev, A.M. & Zhu, B. (2012). Optimal proportions in growth trends of resource productivity control applications of optimization. DOI:10.3182/20120913-4-IT-4027.00021. In: Proceedings, 15th IFAC Workshop "Control Applications of Optimization" CAO'2012, 13-16 September 2012.
Li, Q., Chen, D., Zhu, B. , & Hu, S. (2012). Industrial straw utilization in China: Simulation and analysis of the dynamics of technology application and competition. Technology in Society 34 (3), 207-215. 10.1016/j.techsoc.2012.05.001.
Zhou, W., Zhu, B. , Chen, D., Griffy-Brown, C., Ma, Y., & Fei, W. (2012). Energy consumption patterns in the process of China's urbanization. Population and Environment 33 (2), 202-220. 10.1007/s11111-011-0133-5.
Tarasyev, A. & Zhu, B. (2012). Optimization of Resource Productivity as a Driver of Economic Growth. In: Worlds Within Reach: From Science To Policy - IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, 24-26 October 2012, Hofburg Congress Center, Vienna and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
Zhou, W., Zhu, B. , Chen, D., Zhao, F., & Fei, W. (2011). Technoeconomic assessment of China's indirect coal liquefaction projects with different CO2 capture alternatives. Energy 36 (11), 6559-6566. 10.1016/j.energy.2011.09.007.
Zhu, B. , Zhang, W., Du, J., Zhou, W., Qiu, T., & Li, Q. (2011). Adoption of renewable energy technologies (RETs): A survey on rural construction in China. Technology in Society 33 (3), 223-230. 10.1016/j.techsoc.2011.09.002.
Liu, X., Zhu, B. , Zhou, W., Hu, S., Chen, D., & Griffy-Brown, C. (2011). CO2 emissions in calcium carbide industry: An analysis of China's mitigation potential. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 5 (5), 1240-1249. 10.1016/j.ijggc.2011.06.002.
Zhu, B. , Zhou, W., Li, Q., Griffy-Brown, C., & Jin, Y. (2010). CO2 emissions and reduction potential in China's chemical industry. Energy 35 (12), 4663-4670. 10.1016/j.energy.2010.09.038.
Zhou, W., Zhu, B. , Fuss, S., Szolgayova, J., Obersteiner, M. , & Fei, W. (2010). Uncertainty modeling of CCS investment strategy in China's power sector. Applied Energy 87 (7), 2392-2400. 10.1016/j.apenergy.2010.01.013.
Zhou, W., Zhu, B. , Li, Q., Ma, T., Hu, S., & Griffy-Brown, C. (2010). CO2 emissions and mitigation potential in China's ammonia industry. Energy Policy 38 (7), 3701-3709. 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.02.048.
Strubegger, M., Totschnig, G., & Zhu, B. (2004). MESSAGE: A technical model description. In: Achieving a Sustainable Global Energy System: Identifying Possibilities Using Long-Term Energy Scenarios. Eds. Schrattenholzer, L., Miketa, A., Riahi, K. & Roehrl, R.A., Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. ISBN 1
Watanabe, C. & Zhu, B. (2003). A system option for sustainable techno-metabolism: An ecological assessment of Japan's industrial technology system. In: Perspectives on Industrial Ecology. Eds. Bourg, D. & Erkman, S., Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing. ISBN 1-874719-46-2
Watanabe, C., Zhu, B. , & Tou, Y. (2003). Theoretical and empirical analysis of the optimal R&D investment management. The Journal of Science Policy and Research Management 16 (1), 83-101.
Griffy-Brown, C., Nagamatsu, A., Watanabe, C., & Zhu, B. (2002). Technology spillovers and economic vitality: An analysis of institutional flexibility in Japan with comparisons to the USA. International Journal of Technology Management 23 (7), 746-768. 10.1504/IJTM.2002.003036.
Griffy-Brown, C., Nagamatsu, A., Watanabe, C., & Zhu, B. (2002). Technology Spillovers and Economic Vitality: An Analysis of Institutional Flexibility in Japan with Comparisons to the USA. IIASA Research Report (Reprint). IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RR-03-003. Reprinted from International Journal of Technology Management, 23(7/8):746-768 .
Tarasyev, A.M., Watanabe, C., & Zhu, B. (2002). Optimal Feedbacks in Techno-Economics Dynamics. IIASA Research Report (Reprint). IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RR-03-004. Reprinted from International Journal of Technology Management, 23(7/8):691-717 .
Watanabe, C., Griffy-Brown, C., Zhu, B. , & Nagamatsu, A. (2002). Inter-firm technology spillover and a virtuous cycle between R&D, market growth, and price reduction: The case of photovoltaic power generation development in Japan. In: Technological Change and the Environment. Eds. Grubler, A., Nakicenovic, N. & Nordhaus, W.D., Washington: Resources for the Future (RFF) Press. ISBN 1-891853-46-5
Watanabe, C., Zhu, B. , Griffy-Brown, C., & Asgari, B. (2001). Global technology spillover and its impact on industry's R&D strategies. Technovation 21 (5), 281-2914. 10.1016/S0166-4972(00)00048-1.
Watanabe, C., Zhu, B. , & Miyazawa, T. (2001). Hierarchical impacts of the length of technology waves: An analysis of techno-labor homeostasis. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 68 (1), 81-104. 10.1016/S0040-1625(00)00106-2.
Griffy-Brown, C., Zhu, B. , & Watanabe, C. (2000). Do Japan's High Tech Failures Open Doors for Western Firms? Foreign firms must understand evolving infrastructure. The Graziadio Business Report 3, No. 2 
Zhu, B. & Watanabe, C. (2000). Empirical analysis and model construction for optimal R&D investment control. In: Proceedings of 15th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management, October 2000.
Zhu, B. & Watanabe, C. (2000). Theoretical analysis and economic implication for optimal R&D investment control. In: Proceedings of 15th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management, October 2000.
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