Xinmin Zhan
Funded Investigator
Funded Investigator
NUI Galway Advanced Fuels in the Circular Economy

The SEFE Spoke project investigates Technology Readiness Level (TRL) advances in Anaerobic Digestion (AD) technologies to improve biogas recovery from 2nd generation AMFM RESIDUES. This project will assess a range of measures to improve biogas production and validate the techno-economic viability of sustainable energy recovery from AD in on-farm and centralised AD settings

  • development of cost-effective and efficient wastewater treatment technologies
  • recovery of organic waste and biomass for use as a sustainable and clean energy source and for building a green agriculture industry

Xinmin graduated from Tsinghua University, China in 1999 with a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering, and conducted postdoctoral research training in Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) in Oct. 1999 – Sept. 2000 and Gifu University (Japan) in Feb. 2001 – Apr. 2001. After working in Tsinghua University in the period of May 2001 – June 2002, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the National University of Ireland, Galway from July 2002 to Aug. 2004. He was appointed as a lecturer (above the bar) in Sept. 2004, lecturing and conducting research in the environmental engineering area, and was promoted to professor in May 2014.

In the past 5 years (2012-2017), he has been a principal investigator, coordinator or co-investigator on over 21 research projects, with around €3 million research income to his research group. His research grants are from national (including SFI, EPA and Enterprise Ireland), European Union (FP7) and international funding sources (for example, Brazil’s Science without Border PhD programme).