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Xinmin Zhan


Prof. Xinmin Zhan is professor and head of discipline in Civil Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). He holds a B.E. (Environmental Engineering), B. Com. (Economics) and Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering) from Tsinghua University, China. Before moving to NUI Galway in 2002, he conducted research in Tokyo Institute of Technology and Gifu University in Japan) and lectured in Tsinghua University.

His research interests are (i) development of cost-effective and efficient wastewater treatment technologies; and (ii) recovery of organic waste and biomass for use as a sustainable and clean energy source and for building a green agriculture industry. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal papers, and a monograph Greenhouse Gas Emission and Mitigation in Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants by International Water Association Publishing. Prof. Xinmin Zhan has actively secured research grants from EU, SFI, DAFM, SEAI, EPA, and foreign funding agencies. He is a co-inventor of several wastewater treatment technologies, two of which have been licensed to the industry. 

Prof. Zhan is a highly respected academic internationally. He is an editor of Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, and International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, and has edited four special issues on livestock waste management as a guest editor. He has been awarded Outstanding Editor Award by Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering. He is a Member of the Advisory Committee, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, Overseas Distinguished Professor of Guangdong Province (China), and was awarded Japan Society on Water Environment-IDEA Water Environment International Exchange Award in 2021. Prof. Zhan was awarded In Recognition of Excellence in Lecturing by the Undergraduate Awards in 2012.

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