Shirley Xue Ning
PhD Student
Postgraduate Student
UCC Energy Transition Advanced Fuels in the Circular Economy


Xue is working on economically viable pathways for biomethane based on novel and existing digestion systems. Her current work focuses on integration of microbial electrolysis cell with anaerobic digestion for advanced biofuels/chemicals production. Her primary research goal is to integrate electro-methanogenesis with AD to increase biomethane conversion as part of her work within the MaREI Bioenergy & Biofuels Research group.

Current Activities

“National Energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme 2019, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland” – Project “Developing Economic solutions for on-farm Anaerobic Digestion technologies under Irish conditions (EcoAD)”.


Xue graduated with a BEng in Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering from Tongji University in 2017 and graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering (specified in Environmental Science and Engineering, Supervisor Prof. Qu, Jiuhui) from Tsinghua University in 2020. Xue started her PhD Engineering (specified in Civil and Environmental Engineering) in UCC from July, 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Murphy, Jerry, Dr. Lin, Richen and Dr. O’Shea, Richard. Xue’s current research is funded by the National Energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme 2019 – Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.