XU Ming


Name Ming XU
Division Division of Environmental Ecology
Position Professor
Office Address School of Environment, Tsinghua University
E-mail xu-ming@tsinghua.edu.cn


1999.9–2003.7    B.S.  in Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

2003.9–2006.7    M.S.  in Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

2006.8–2009.5    Ph.D.  in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, USA


2022.8-Present  Professor, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, China

2020.9-2022.8  Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability / Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

2016.9-2020.8  Associate Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability / Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

2010.9-2016.8  Assistant Professor, School of Natura Resources and Environment / Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

2009.6-2010.8  Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Concurrent Academic

(1)Editor-in-Chief, Resources, Conservation & Recycling (Elsevier), 06/2015-present

(2)Editor-in-Chief, Resources, Conservation & Recycling Advances (Elsevier), 01/2021-present

(3)Editorial Board, Engineering (Environment & Light and Textile Industries Engineering Section), 02/2020-present

(4)President, International Society for Industrial Ecology, 2023-2024

Area of Research Interest

(1)Environmental Systems Engineering

(2)Environmental Data Science

(3)Industrial Ecology

(4)Life Cycle Assessment

Academic Achivements

(1)Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, 2022

(2)CAPEES/UCEEF Environmental Educator Award, Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES), 2021 (for “excellence in research and educational outreach”)

(3)Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, 2021-2022

(4)Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for “his significant contributions in advancing life-cycle environmental impact assessment of industrial systems”, 2021

(5)Research Frontier Award, Chinese Society for Industrial Ecology (CSIE), 2019

(6)ES&T and ES&T Letters Early Career Scientists Virtual Issue, 2019 (one of 24 “outstanding researchers” for “critical role that early career investigators play in discovering new phenomena and pioneering new approaches for solving old problems” in the environmental science and technology field)

(7)Nanova/CAPEES Frontier Research Award, Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES), 2017 (for “recognized research leadership and pioneered an innovative research area” in environmental science and engineering)

(8)Ministry of Science and Technology ERDT Visiting Professor, Republic of the Philippines, 2017

(9)NSF CAREER Award, 2016 (NSF’s “most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations”)

(10)Robert A. Laudise Medal, International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), 2015 (“for outstanding achievements in industrial ecology by a researcher under the age of 36”)

(11)Recognized for Impact in Global Education (among 54 faculty/staff members recognized campus wide), Council on Global Engagement, University of Michigan, 2013

Selected Publications (* corresponding author)


(1)Zhao, B.; Shuai, C.-Y.; Qu, S.; Xu, M.* Use deep learning to fill data gaps in environmental footprint accounting. Environmental Science & Technology 2022, 56 (16), 11897-11906.

(2)Shuai, C.-Y.; Yu, L.; Chen, X.; Zhao, B.; Qu, S.; Zhu, J.; Liu, J.; Miller, S. A.; Xu, M.* Principal indicators to monitor Sustainable Development Goals. Environmental Research Letters 2022, 16 (2), 124015.

(3)Taiebat, M.; Stolper, S.; Xu, M.* Widespread range suitability and cost competitiveness of electric vehicles for ride-hailing drivers. Applied Energy 2022, 319, 119246.


(1)Zhao, B.; Shuai, C.-Y.; Hou, P.; Qu, S.; Xu, M.* Estimation of unit process data for life cycle assessment using a decision tree-based approach. Environmental Science & Technology 2021, 55 (12). 8439-8446.

(2)Zhao, B.; Yu, L.; Wang, C.-Y.; Shuai, C.-Y.; Zhu, J.; Qu, S.; Taiebat, M.; Xu, M.* Urban air pollution mapping using fleet vehicles as mobile monitors and machine learning. Environmental Science & Technology 2021, 55 (8), 5579-5588.

(3)Wang, C.-Y.; Liu, Y.; Chen, W.-Q.; Zhu, B.; Qu, S.; Xu, M.* Critical review of global plastics stock and flow data. Journal of Industrial Ecology 2021, 25 (5), 1300-1317.

(4)Kang, P.; Song, G.-H.; Xu, M.*; Miller, T. R.; Wang, H.-K.; Zhang, H.; Liu, G.; Zhou, Y.; Ren, J.-S.; Zhou, R.-Y.; Duan, H.-B.* Low-carbon pathways for the booming express delivery sector in China. Nature Communications 2021, 12, 450.