Quanyin TAN


Quanyin TAN


Division of Solid Waste Management


Assistant Professor


Room 805, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China.





Education Background

2011.09–2016.07 Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering,Tsinghua University,China2012.07-2012.09 VisitingResearcher,University of Strathclyde,UK

2007.08–2011.07 B.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering,Tsinghua University,China


2018.08–PresentAssistant Professor,School of Environment,Tsinghua University

2018.03-2018.06Visitingresearch, International Environmental Technology Centre, United Nations Environment Programme (IETC, UNEP)

2016.07–2018.07Postdoctoral FellowSchool of Environment,Tsinghua University

Concurrent Academic

Invited Reviewer for over 10 academic journals including JCP, STOTEN, WM, WMRetc.

Areas of Research Interests

Prevention and control of pollution and risk from solid waste

Solid waste management policy

Recycling and recovery technology for resources in consumable products and policy for the relevant industry

Environmental Risk analysis

Honors And Awards

First Prize of Environmental Technology Advancing Award, China Association of Environmental Protection Industry, 2019

Outstanding graduate of postgraduates ofSchool of Environment,Tsinghua University,2016

Outstanding doctoral dissertation of Tsinghua University (Second-class Prize), 2016

Tang Xiaoyan environmental science and innovation scholarship, 2016

Scholarship for outstanding Ph. D. candidate of Tsinghua university (First-class Prize), 2015

National scholarship for Ph. D. candidate, 2014

Research Status

Research Projects

2020-Present, National Key R&D Program of China,“Research on Assessing Environmental Risk from Imported Solid Waste That Could be Used as Raw Materials and Correlating Response from Their Related Industrial Sectors” (Project PI)

2019-Present, National Natural Science Foundation of China, “Study on Collection Modes of Scrap Power Battery and their Effectiveness Evaluation Methods”(PI)

2019-Present,Special Pilot Project for household waste management, “Study on the implementation scheme of compulsory classification of hazardous waste in Chaoyang district, Beijing”(PI)

2017-2018,China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, “Enhanced leaching of rare earth elements in waste phosphors from typical lighting equipment by mechanical activation and the relevant mechanism”(PI)

2018-Present, Provincial Strategy for the development of ecological civilization in Hubei, China, Funded by Chinese Academy of Engineering

2019, “Organization of a regional meeting for the Asia Pacific region for the preparation of the 2019 meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions”,Funded by the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions,UNEP

2018,Study on Basel Convention rules and China’s solid waste import management regulations

2017-2018, Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, Planning of Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility in Beijing

2017-2018,World Economic Forum, Recovery of Key Metals for the Electronics Industry in China,

2015-2018,Tianjin Loyalty Glass Material Co., Ltd., Study on CRT Recycling Technology

2015-2016, Apple Computer Trading (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, “Study on the Best Environment Practices of Producers on E-Waste Management - Case study on Mobile Phone”

2014-2017, National Key Technologies R&D Program of China, “Research and Demonstration on clean technologies for E-waste reprocessing”

2014-2017, 2014 International S&T Cooperation Program of China (ISTCP 2014), “Cooperative research on technologies for typical E-waste treatment”

2013-2017,EU - China Environmental Sustainability Programme, “China Fluorescent Lamps collection and treatment demonstration project”

2017-2018, Strategy for Industry Development of Xiong’an New Area,Funded by Chinese Academy of Engineering

2011-2015, 7th European Community Framework Programme, “Globally Recoverable and Eco-friendly E-equipment Network with Distributed Information Service Management (GREENet)”

Academic Achievement

Journal Papers

Yu J, Lin M,Tan Q*, et al. High-Value Utilization of Graphite Electrodes in Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries: From 3D Waste Graphite to 2D Graphene Oxide. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2021,401:123715.

Tan Q, Liu L, Yu M, et al. An Innovative Method of Recycling Metals in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Using Solutions From PCB Production. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2020,390:121892.

Chen Y, Li J,Tan Q*. Trends of Production, Consumption and Environmental Emissions of Decabromodiphenyl Ether in Mainland China. Environmental Pollution, 2020,260:114022.

Yu J,Tan Q*, Li J. Exploring a Green Route for Recycling Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries: Revealing and Solving Deep Screening Problem. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2020,225:120269.

Tan Q, Li J, Boljkovac C. Responding to China's Waste Import Ban through a New, Innovative, Cooperative Mechanism[J]. Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52(14):7595-7597.

Xu Y, Li J,Tan Q*, et al. Global status of recycling waste solar panels: A review[J]. Waste Management, 2018, 75:450-458.

Tan Q, Duan H, Liu L, et al. Rethinking residential consumers' behavior in discarding obsolete mobile phones in China[J]. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018, 195:1228-1236.

Tan Q, Deng C, Li J. Enhanced recovery of rare earth elements from waste phosphors by mechanical activation[J]. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017, 142:2187-2191.

Tan Q, Dong Q, Liu L, et al. Potential recycling availability and capacity assessment on typical metals in waste mobile phones: A current research study in China[J]. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017, 148:509-517.

Tan Q, Deng C, Li J. Effects of mechanical activation on the kinetics of terbium leaching from waste phosphors using hydrochloric acid[J]. Journal of Rare Earths, 2017, 35(4):398-405.

Tan Q, Li J. Sustainable development: Manage chemicals and waste globally[J]. Nature, 2017, 547(7662):162.

Tan Q, Li J. Potential mercury emissions from fluorescent lamps production and obsolescence in mainland China[J]. Waste Management & Research, 2016, 34(1):67-74.

Tan Q, Deng C, Li J. Innovative Application of Mechanical Activation for Rare Earth Elements Recovering: Process Optimization and Mechanism Exploration[J]. Scientific Reports, 2016, 6:19961.

Tan Q, Li J, Zeng X. Rare Earth Elements Recovery from Waste Fluorescent Lamps: A Review[J]. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 2015, 45(7):749-776.

Tan Q, Li J. Recycling Metals from Wastes: A Novel Application of Mechanochemistry[J]. Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49(10):5849-5861.

Tan Q, Song Q, Li J. The environmental performance of fluorescent lamps in China, assessed with the LCA method[J]. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 2015, 20(6):807-818.

Tan Q, Zeng X, Ijomah W L, et al. Status of End-of-life Electronic Product Remanufacturing in China[J]. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2014, 18(4):577-587.

Tan Q, Li J. A study of waste fluorescent lamp generation in mainland China[J]. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2014, 81(0):227-233.

Wang M,Tan Q, Liu L, et al. Selective Regeneration of Lithium From Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries Using Ionic Substitution Stimulated by Mechanochemistry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2021,279:123612.

Chen Y, Li S,Tan Q, et al. Study On Weee Collection and Recycling Scheme in Typical Asia-Pacific Countries. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 2019,18(7):1487-1498.

Wang M,Tan Q, Liu L, et al. A Low-Toxicity and High-Efficiency Deep Eutectic Solvent for the Separation of Aluminum Foil and Cathode Materials From Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2019,380:120846.

Liu K,Tan Q, Liu L, et al. Acid-Free and Selective Extraction of Lithium From Spent Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries Via a Mechanochemically Induced Isomorphic Substitution. Environmental Science & Technology, 2019,53(16):9781-9788.

Wang M,Tan Q, Liu L, et al. A Facile, Environmentally Friendly, and Low-Temperature Approach for Decomposition of Polyvinylidene Fluoride from the Cathode Electrode of Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2019,7(15):12799-12806.

Wang M,Tan Q, Liu L, et al. Efficient Separation of Aluminum Foil and Cathode Materials from Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries Using a Low-Temperature Molten Salt. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2019,7(9):8287-8294.

Wang M,Tan Q, Li J. Unveiling the Role and Mechanism of Mechanochemical Activation on Lithium Cobalt Oxide Powders from Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries[J]. Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52(22):13136-13143.

Zlamparet G I,Tan Q, Stevels A B, et al. Resource conservation approached with an appropriate collection and upgrade-remanufacturing for used electronic products[J]. Waste Management, 2018, 73:78-86.

He K,Tan Q, Zheng L, et al. Adapting to new policy environment – past pattern and future trend in us-sino waste plastic trade flow[J]. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 2018, 25(8):703-712.

Yang C,Tan Q, Zeng X, et al. Measuring the sustainability of tin in China[J]. Science of the Total Environment, 2018, 635:1351-1359.

Wang M,Tan Q, Chiang J F, et al. Recovery of rare and precious metals from urban mines—A review[J]. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, 2017, 11(5):1.

Yang C, Li J,Tan Q, et al. Green Process of Metal Recycling: Coprocessing Waste Printed Circuit Boards and Spent Tin Stripping Solution[J]. Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2017, 5(4):3524-3534.

Yang C,Tan Q, Liu L, et al. Recycling Tin from Electronic Waste: A Problem That Needs More Attention[J]. Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2017, 5(11):9586-9598.

Duan H, Hu J,Tan Q, et al. Systematic characterization of generation and management of e-waste in China[J]. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2016, 23(2):1929-1943.

Tan Q,Zheng L,Zhao N,et al. International Situation Analysis about China's New Policy of Prohibition of Solid Waste Imports [J].ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 2018(01):39-42. (InChinese)

Tan Q,Liang Y,Dong Q, et al. Study on the environmental impact of waste office equipment critical component treatment [J]. China Environmental Science, 2017, 37(7):2646-2655.

Yu H,Liang D,Tan Q,et al. Issue of Marine Plastic Litter and Micro Plastic and their international progress [J].World Environment, 2018(02):50-53.

Xu X,Tan Q,Liu L, et al. Assessment of Medical Waste Disposal Technologies Based on the AHP [J].ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, 2018(12):1-11.

Liu F,Zheng L,Tan Q, et al. International management system on transboundary movement of waste and used electrical and electronic equipment: A comparative study [J]. China Environmental Science, 2018, 38(06):2193-2201.

Li Y, Li J,Tan Q,et al. Development course and driving force of municipal solid waste disposal industry in China [J]. China Environmental Science, 2018, 38(11):4173-4179.

Liu F,Zheng L,Tan Q, et al. EU Management Experience on Waste FluorescentLampsRecycling and Inspirations for China[J].ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT, 2018, 43(06):6-10.

Li J, Duan L, Zheng L, et al. Implications of International Experience of Solid Waste Management to China [J].Environmental Protection, 2017(16):69-72.


Li Jinhui,Tan Quanyin,Zeng Xianlai,Wang Mengmeng, Theory and Technology for the Prevention and Control of Pollution from Hazardous Waste, 2018, Beijing, Science Press

Li Jinhui,Tan Quanyin,Environmental Risk Assessment Methods and Practices, 2018, Beijing, China Environment Publishing Group

Li Jinhui, Jia Shaohua,Tan Quanyin,Environmental Diplomacy Basis and Practice2018, Beijing, China Environment Publishing Group

Li Jinhui, Liu Lili, et al. Environmental Risk Assessment and Management for Life and Consumption Waste during the Treatment and Disposal Process,2014, Beijing,China Environmental Science Press