Xianlai Zeng

Fulbright Visiting Fellow

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

B. A. Environmental ecology, North A&F University
M. E. Environmental engineering, North A&F University
Ph. D. Environmental science & engineering, Tsinghua University

Curriculum Vitae



Xianlai Zeng is associate professor at Tsinghua University, studying urban mining, metal sustainability, and circular economy. He ever worked four years as lecturer at Environmental Management College of China, and two years as a postdoctoral research fellow in Tsinghua University, technical advisor of United Nations Development Programme (2015), visiting staff of Coventry University (2012), and visiting professor of Macquarie University (2017). Regarding urban mining, he established the method to measure the recyclability and recycling of e-waste, and developed many key pilot processes and facilities to recover metals. Regarding metal sustainability, he also created some methods to identify the sustainable utilization of metals (e.g., lithium, cobalt, nickel, lead, gallium). In waste recycling and circular economy areas, Dr. Zeng has published around 100 articles, patents, and books. He is also chief technical advisor, Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP, Editor/Editorial Board member of four international journals, and Deputy Secretary-General, Circular Economy Branch of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences in China.