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Civil and Architectural Engineering

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Haibo Zhai

Roy & Caryl Cline Chair of Engineering, Environment and Natural Resources                                                Associate Professor

Room 3034, Engineering Building
University of Wyoming

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering

Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071

 

Phone: (307) 766-2318
e-mail: hzhai@uwyo.edu

 


 

Haibo Zhai

Education:

  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2008

  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Tongji University, 2002

  • B.S., Water Supply and Drainage Engineering, Xi’an University of Technology, 1999

Academic Appointments:

  • 8/2020-present, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming

  • 7/2017-8/2020, Associate Research Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

  • 12/2012-6/2017, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

  • 12/2010-8/2020, Manager for Integrated Environmental Control Model Development, Carnegie Mellon University

  • 4/2008-11/2010, Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University

  • 1/2008-3/2008, Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina State University

Teaching Interests:

  • Carbon Capture and Storage

  • Water for Energy

  • Energy and Environmental Systems

Bio:

Haibo Zhai is the Roy & Caryl Cline Chair of Engineering, Environment and Natural Resources and an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. Prior to Wyoming, he was a research professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He was also a key developer of the Integrated Environmental Control Model, a widely used power plant modeling tool developed by CMU for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. His work on carbon capture and storage has been referenced in the U.S. national rulemaking for controlling power sector carbon dioxide emissions. He has been invited as an ad-hoc reviewer by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, about 40 academic journals, and numerous research funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (U.S.), the U.S. Department of Energy, the Dutch Research Council (Netherlands), the Knowledge Foundation (Sweden), and the National Science Centre (Poland). He also serves on the advisory board of iScience, an interdisciplinary journal of Cell Press. He was an appointed member of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Transportation and Air Quality (2011-2020).

Research:

Professor Zhai conducts systems research in low-carbon energy and environmental sustainability. His research addresses technical, economic, and policy issues related to energy and environmental systems and climate change mitigation. His research interests mainly include low-carbon energy systems, carbon capture, utilization and storage, negative emissions technologies, low-grade heat & water recovery and reuse, and the energy-water nexus under carbon constraints for climate change mitigation. His research involves a combination of computational modeling for energy and environmental systems with engineering economics, risk analysis, and policy analysis, and provides scientific support for technological and policy developments.

Selected Journal Publications:

  • Fonseca, F. R., Craig, M., Jaramillo, P., Berges, M., Severnini, E., Loew, A., Zhai, H., Cheng, Y., Nijssen, B., Voisin, N., & Yearsley, J. (2021). Effects of climate change on capacity expansion decisions of an electricity generation fleet in the Southeast U.S. Environmental Science & Technology, doi:10.1021/acs.est.0c06547

  • Anderson, J., Rode, D., Zhai, H., & Fischbeck, P. (2021). Transitioning to a carbon-constrained world: reductions in coal-fired power plant emissions through unit-specific, least-cost mitigation frontiers. Applied Energy, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116599.

  • Anderson, J., Rode, D., Zhai, H., & Fischbeck P. (2021). Reducing carbon dioxide emissions beyond 2030: Time to shift U.S. power-sector focus. Energy Policy, 148, 111778.

  • Anderson, J., Rode, D., Zhai, H., & Fischbeck P. (2020). Future U.S. Energy Policy: Two paths diverge in a wood…does it matter which is taken? Environmental Science & Technology, 54 (20), 1280712809.

  • Zhai, H. (2019). Deep reductions of committed emissions from existing power infrastructure: Potential paths in the United States and China. Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, 53(24), 14097–14098.

  • Anderson, J., Rode, D., Zhai, H., & Fischbeck, P. (2019). On the road to Paris: the shifting landscape of COEnvironmental Science & Technology53(21), 12156−12157.

  • Zhai, H. (2019). Advanced membranes and learning scale required for cost-effective post-combustion carbon capture. iScience,13, 440–451.

  • Peng, W., Wagner, F., Ramana, M. V., Zhai, H., Small, M., Dalin, C., Zhang, X., & Mauzerall, D. L. (2018). Managing China’s coal power plants to address multiple environmental objectives. Nature Sustainability, 1, 693–701.

  • Zhai, H., & Rubin, E.S. (2018). Systems analysis of physical absorption of CO2in ionic liquids for pre-combustion carbon capture. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(8), 4996–5004.

  • Anderson, J., Rode, D., Zhai, H., & Fischbeck, P (2018). Will we always have Paris? CO2 reduction without the Clean Power Plan. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(5), 2432–2433.

  • Hu, B., & Zhai, H. (2017). The cost of carbon capture and storage for coal-fired power plants in China. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 65, 23–31.

  • Craig, M. T., Jaramillo, P., Zhai, H., & Klima, K. (2017). The economic merits of flexible carbon capture and sequestration as a compliance strategy with the Clean Power Plan. Environmental Science & Technology, 51(3), 1102–1109.

  • Talati, S., Zhai, H., & Morgan, M. G. (2016). Viability of carbon capture and sequestration retrofits for existing coal-fired power plants under an emission trading scheme. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(23), 12567–12574.

  • Talati, S., Zhai, H., Kyle, G. P., Morgan, M. G., Patel, P., & Liu, L. (2016). Consumptive water use from electricity generation in the Southwest under alternative climate, technology, and policy futures. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(22), 12095–12104.

  • Zhai, H., & Rubin, E. S. (2016). A techno-economic assessment of hybrid cooling systems for coal-and natural-gas-fired power plants with and without carbon capture and storage. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(7), 4127–4134.

  • Roussanaly, S., Anantharaman, R., Lindqvist, K., Zhai, H., & Rubin, E. (2016). Membrane properties required for post-combustion CO2 capture at coal-fired power plants. Journal of Membrane Science, 511, 250–264. 

  • Ou, Y., Zhai, H., & Rubin, E. S. (2016). Life cycle water use of coal-and natural-gas-fired power plants with and without carbon capture and storage. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 44, 249–261. 

  • Khalilpour, R., Mumford, K., Zhai, H., Abbas, A., Stevens, G., & Rubin, E. S. (2015). Membrane-based carbon capture from flue gas: a review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 103, 286–300.

  • Zhai, H., Ou, Y., & Rubin, E. S. (2015). Opportunities for decarbonizing existing US coal-fired power plants via CO2 capture, utilization and storage. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(13), 7571–7579.

  • Talati, S., Zhai, H., & Morgan, M. G. (2014). Water impacts of CO2 emission performance standards for fossil fuel-fired power plants. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(20), 11769–11776. 

  • Zhai, H., & Rubin, E. S. (2013). Techno-economic assessment of polymer membrane systems for postcombustion carbon capture at coal-fired power plants. Environmental Science & Technology, 47(6), 3006–3014.

  • Rubin, E. S., & Zhai, H. (2012). The cost of carbon capture and storage for natural gas combined cycle power plants. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(6), 3076–3084.

  • Zhai, H., Rubin, E. S., & Versteeg, P. L. (2011). Water use at pulverized coal power plants with postcombustion carbon capture and storage. Environmental Science &Technology, 45(6), 2479–2485. 

  • Zhai, H., & Rubin, E. S. (2010). Performance and cost of wet and dry cooling systems for pulverized coal power plants with and without carbon capture and storage. Energy Policy, 38(10), 5653–5660.

  • Frey, H. C., Zhai, H., & Rouphail, N. M. (2009). Regional on-road vehicle running emissions modeling and evaluation for conventional and alternative vehicle technologies. Environmental Science & Technology, 43(21), 8449–8455.

  • Zhai, H., Frey, H. C., & Rouphail, N. M. (2008). A vehicle-specific power approach to speed-and facility-specific emissions estimates for diesel transit buses. Environmental Science & Technology, 42(21), 7985–7991.

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