Peer-reviewed articles

  • Wang X, Wang T, Zhang T, Winter LR, Di J, Tu Q, Hu H, Hertwich E, Zimmerman J, Elimelech M. 2023. Microalgae Commercialization Using Renewable Lignocellulose Is Economically and Environmentally Viable. Environmental Science & Technology, 57, 2, 1144–1156. [DOI]


  • Zargar S, Roy B B, Li Q, Gan J, Ke J, Liu X, Tu Q. 2022. The Application of Industrial Ecology Methods to Understand the Environmental and Economic Implications of the Forest Product Industries. Current Forestry Reports. [DOI] (invited)
  • Gan J, Chen M, Semple K, Liu X, Dai C, Tu,Q. 2022. Life cycle assessment of bamboo products: Review and harmonization. Science of The Total Environment, 849, 157937. [DOI]
  • Zargar S, Yao Y, Tu Q. 2022. A review of inventory modeling methods for missing data in life cycle assessment. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 26:1676–1689 [DOI]
  • Barkh H, Yu A, Friend D, Shani P, Tu Q, Swei O. 2022. Vehicle fleet electrification and its effects on the global warming potential of highway pavements in the United States. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 185, 106440. [DOI]
  • Guo T, Yu Y, Wan Z, Zargar S, Wu J, Bi R, Sokhansanj S, Tu Q, Rojas OJ. 2022. Energy pellets from whole-wheat straw processed with a deep eutectic solvent: A comprehensive thermal, molecular and environmental evaluation. Renewable Energy, 194, 902-911 [DOI]
  • Roy B B, Tu Q. 2022. A review of system dynamics modeling for the sustainability assessment of biorefineries. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 26, 1450-1459 [DOI]
  • Yu Z, Zhang H, Tu Q, Yang H. 2022. Methodological Comparison of the Production Approach 2013 and 2019 for Quantifying the Carbon Stock in Harvested Wood Products in China. Frontiers in Environmental Science, [DOI]
  • Geng A, Tu Q, Chen J, Wang W, Yang H. 2022. Improving litterfall production prediction in China under variable environmental conditions using machine learning algorithms. Journal of Environmental Management, 306, 114515. [DOI]
  • Tu Q, Hertwich, E. 2021. A mechanistic model to link technical specifications of vehicle end-of-life treatment with the potential of closed-loop recycling of post-consumer scrap alloys. Journal of Industrial Ecology [DOI]
  • Jiang, J., Zhu, Y., Zargar, S., Wu, J., Oguzlu, H., Baldelli, A., Yu, Z., Saddler, J., Sun, R., Tu Q, Jiang, F. 2021. Rapid, high-yield production of lignin-containing cellulose nanocrystals using recyclable oxalic acid dihydrate. Industrial Crops and Products, 173, 114148. [DOI]
  • Pauliuk S, Heeren N, Berrill P, Fishman T, Nistad A, Tu Q, Wolfram P, Hertwich E. 2021. Global scenarios of resource and emission savings from material efficiency in residential buildings and cars. Nature Communications, 12: 5097. [DOI]
  • Zargar S, Jiang J, Jiang F, Tu Q. 2021. Isolation of lignin-containing cellulose nanocrystals: life-cycle environmental impacts and opportunities for improvement. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining, 16(1), 68-80 [DOI]
  • Fishman T, Heeren N, Pauliuk S, Berrill P, Tu Q, Wolfram P, Hertwich E. 2021. A comprehensive set of global scenarios of housing, mobility, and material efficiency for material cycles and energy systems modeling. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 25: 305-320 [DOI]
  • Tu Q, Parvatker A, Garedew M, Harris C, Eckelman M, Zimmerman J, Anastas P, Lam C. 2021. Electrocatalysis for Chemical and Fuel Production: Investigating Climate Change Mitigation Potential and Economic Feasibility. Environmental Science & Technology, 55(5): 3240-3249 [DOI]
  • Wolfram, P., Tu, Q., Heeren, N., Pauliuk, S. and Hertwich, E.G., 2020. Material efficiency for immediate climate change mitigation of passenger vehicles. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 1-17. [DOI]
  • Pauliuk S, Fishman T, Heeren N, Berrill P, Tu Q, Wolfram P, Hertwich E. 2020. Linking Service Provision to Material Cycles–A New Framework for Studying the Resource Efficiency-Climate Change Nexus (RECC). Journal of Industrial Ecology, 1-14. [DOI]
  • Ernstoff, A.S., Tu, Q., Faist, M., DelDuce, A., Mandlebaum, S. and Dettling, J., 2019. Comparing the Environmental Impacts of Meatless and Meat-Containing Meals in the United States. Sustainability, 11(22), 6235. [DOI]
  • Zhang, J., Lu, M., Ren, F., Knothe, G. and Tu, Q., 2019. A Greener Alternative Titration Method for Measuring Acid Values of Fats, Oils, and Grease. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 96(10), 1083-1091. [DOI]
  • Li, R., Zhang, H., Wang, H., Tu, Q. and Wang, X., 2019. Integrated hybrid life cycle assessment and contribution analysis for CO2 emission and energy consumption of a concentrated solar power plant in China. Energy, 174, 310-322. [DOI]
  • Hertwich, E.G., Ali, S., Ciacci, L., Fishman, T., Heeren, N., Masanet, E., Asghari, F.N., Olivetti, E., Pauliuk, S., Tu, Q. and Wolfram, P., 2019. Material efficiency strategies to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with buildings, vehicles, and electronics—a review. Environmental Research Letters, 14(4), 043004. [DOI]
  • Tu, Q., Eckelman, M. and Zimmerman, J.B., 2018. Harmonized algal biofuel life cycle assessment studies enable direct process train comparison. Applied energy, 224, 494-509. [DOI]
  • Erythropel, H.C., Zimmerman, J.B., de Winter, T.M., Petitjean, L., Melnikov, F., Lam, C.H., Lounsbury, A.W., Mellor, K.E., Janković, N.Z., Tu, Q. and Pincus, L.N., 2018. The Green ChemisTREE: 20 years after taking root with the 12 principles. Green Chemistry, 20(9), 1929-1961. [DOI]
  • Li, R., Wang, H. and Tu, Q., 2018. Thermo‐economic analysis and optimization of adiabatic compressed air energy storage (A‐CAES) system coupled with a Kalina cycle. Energy Technology, 6(6), 1011-1025. [DOI]
  • Tu, Q., Eckelman, M. and Zimmerman, J., 2017. Meta-analysis and harmonization of life cycle assessment studies for algae biofuels. Environmental science & technology, 51(17), 9419-9432. [DOI]
  • Tu, Q., Lu, M. and Knothe, G., 2017. Glycerolysis with crude glycerin as an alternative pretreatment for biodiesel production from grease trap waste: Parametric study and energy analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production, 162, 504-511. [DOI]
  • Liu, Y., Tu, Q., Knothe, G. and Lu, M., 2017. Direct transesterification of spent coffee grounds for biodiesel production. Fuel, 199, 157-161. [DOI]
  • Kwan, T.A., Tu, Q. and Zimmerman, J.B., 2016. Simultaneous extraction, fractionation, and enrichment of microalgal triacylglyerides by exploiting the tunability of neat supercritical carbon dioxide. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4(11), 6222-6230. [DOI]
  • Tu, Q., Wang, J., Lu, M., Brougham, A. and Lu, T., 2016. A solvent-free approach to extract the lipid fraction from sewer grease for biodiesel production. Waste management, 54, 126-130. [DOI]
  • Tu, Q. and McDonnell, B.E., 2016. Monte Carlo analysis of life cycle energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission for biodiesel production from trap grease. Journal of cleaner production, 112, 2674-2683. [DOI]
  • Tu, Q., Lu, M., Yang, Y.J. and Scott, D., 2016. Water consumption estimates of the biodiesel process in the US. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 18(2), 507-516. [DOI]
  • Tu, Q., Lu, M., Thiansathit, W. and Keener, T., 2016. Review of water use and water savings in the algal biofuel process. Water Environment Research, 88 (1), 21-28. [DOI]
  • Tu, Q., Zhu, C. and McAvoy, D.C., 2015. Converting campus waste into renewable energy–A case study for the University of Cincinnati. Waste management, 39, 258-265. [DOI]
  • Chai, M., Tu, Q., Lu, M. and Yang, Y.J., 2014. Esterification pretreatment of free fatty acid in biodiesel production, from laboratory to industry. Fuel processing technology, 125, 106-113. [DOI]

Book Chapter

  • Tu, Q. “Life cycle assessment of biodiesel”. World Biodiesel Policies and Production. Ed. Hyun Soo Joo, Ashok Kumar. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. 2019. [Link]


  • Tu, Q. and Van Doren, L. “CO2 Reduction via Biomass Conversion in Energy and Chemicals.” The Catalyst Group Resources. October 2022. (Produced as a part of the CO2 Capture and Conversion (CO2CC) Program and delivered for member companies.)
  • Tu, Q. (Contributing author). IRP (2020). Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future. Hertwich, E., Lifset, R., Pauliuk, S., Heeren, N. A report of the International Resource Panel. United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya. [Link]
  • Tu, Q. (Contributing author). United Nations Environment Programme (2019). Emissions Gap Report 2019. UNEP,Nairobi. [Link]
  • Tu, Q. and Lu, M. “Biodiesel production and impacts on water resources” in The Impact of Traditional and Alternative Energy Production on Water Resources: Assessment and Adaptation Studies. US EPA Office of Research and Development, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-14/272, 2015. [Link]