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Yi Min Zhang

Researcher IV-Environmental Engineering | 303-275-3258

Yi Min Zhang is a member of the Technology Systems & Impacts Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Life cycle assessment Cost-effectiveness analysis of greenhouse gas emissions reduction

Research Interests

Life cycle assessment for biofuels
Competing uses of biomass resources


Ph.D. in civil engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
M.A.Sc. in civil engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
B.S. in environmental engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Prior Work Experience

Environmental Engineering Manager, Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd. Shanghai, China (19972001)
Environmental Engineer, Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd. Shanghai, China (19901996)

Featured Publications

Vimmerstedt, L., A. Brown, E. Newes, T. Markel, A. Schroeder, Y. Zhang, P. Chipman, and S. Johnson. 2015. Transformative Reduction of Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Opportunities for Change in Technologies and Systems. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-5400-62943.

Zhang, Y. and M. Goldberg. 2015. Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) User Reference Guide: Fast Pyrolysis Biorefinery Model. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-62548.

Warner, E., Y. Zhang, D. Inman, and G. Heath. "Challenges in the Estimation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Biofuel-Induced Global Land-Use Change." Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 8, no. 1 (January/February 2014): 114-25. NREL/JA-5100-61691. doi:10.1002/bbb.1434

Chum, H. L., Y. Zhang, J. Hill, D.G. Tiffany, R.V. Morey, A.G. Eng, and Z. Haq. "Understanding the Evolution of Environmental and Energy Performance of the US Corn Ethanol Industry Report No. JA-5100-54797. doi:10.1002/bbb.1449

Zhang, Y., G. Heath, A. Carpenter, and N. Fisher. "Air Pollutant Emissions from Large-Scale Bioenergy Feedstock Production in 2022 in Relation to National Emissions Inventory." Proceedings of the 106th Air and Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE 2013), Chicago, Illinois, June 2013. NREL Report No. CP-6A20-58158.

Carpenter, A., G. Heath, D. Inman, M. Mann, E. Warner, and Y. Zhang. 2013. Selected Highlights of LCA Activities at NREL (Presentation). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-60059.

Warner, E., D. Inman, B. Kunstman, B. Bush, L. Vimmerstedt, S. Peterson, J. Macknick, and Y. Zhang. "Modeling Biofuel Expansion Effects on Land Use Change Dynamics." Environmental Research Letters 8, no. 1 (January-March 2013). Article No. 015003. NREL/JA-6A20-56291. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/015003

Warner, E., Y. Zhang, H. Chum, R. Newmark. 2012. Land Use and Water Efficiency in Current and Potential Future U.S. Corn and Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol Systems (Poster). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PO-6A20-57111.

Zhang, Y., J. McKechnie, D. Cormier, R. Lyng, W. Mabee, A. Ogino, and H.L. MacLean. "Life cycle emissions and cost of producing electricity from coal, natural gas and wood pellets in Ontario, Canada." Environmental Science and Technology 44, no. 1 (December 2009): 538-44. doi:10.1021/es902555a

Zhang, Y., S. Joshi, and H.L. MacLean. "Can ethanol alone meet California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard? An evaluation of feedstock and conversion alternatives." Environmental Research Letters 5 (2010): 1-14. 014002. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/5/1/014002

Zhang, Y., S. Habibi, and H.L. MacLean. "Environmental and economic evaluation of bioenergy in Ontario, Canada." Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 57, no. 8 (August 2007): 919-33.

Main, M., A. Joseph, Y. Zhang,, and H.L. MacLean. "Assessing the energy potential of agricultural bioenergy pathways for Canada." Canadian Journal of Plant Science 87, no. 4 (September 2007): 781-92. doi:10.4141/CJPS06008

Spatari, S., Y. Zhang,, and H.L. MacLean. "Life cycle assessment of switchgrass and corn stover-derived ethanol fueled automobiles." Environmental Science and Technology 39, no. 24 (November 2005): 9750-58. doi:10.1021/es048293+

Full list of Yimin Zhang publications (NREL).