Wei-Qiang Chen
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xiamen, China
Member ID 0166
Member since Oct 23, 2006
Status Active


I am currently a research professor leading a group of Industrial and Urban Ecology at the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, which is based in Xiamen, China.


2004/08–2010/07 Ph.D., Environmental Science & Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing
2006/09–2006/12 Exchange Student, Venice International University, Venice, Italy
2000/09–2004/07 B.S., Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing

2015/08–Present Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2013/03–2015/07 Associate Research Scientist, Yale University
2010/06–2013/02 Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University

Native Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Taiwanese
Fluent English

1) Chen, W.-Q.* Dynamic Product-Level Analysis of In-Use Aluminum Stocks in the United States. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 2017, In Press: DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12710
2) Liu, S.; Tian, X.*; Cai, W.; Chen, W.-Q.; and Wang, Y. How the transitions in iron and steel and construction material industries impact China’s CO2 emissions: Comprehensive analysis from an inter-sector linked perspective. Applied Energy. 2018, 211: 64-75.
3) Jiang, D.*; Chen, W.-Q.; Liu, W.; and Chertow, M.* Inter-Sectoral Bisphenol A (BPA) Flows in the 2012 Chinese Economy. Environmental Science & Technology. 2017, 51 (15): 8654–8662
4) Zhang, C.; Chen, W.-Q.*; Liu, G.; and Zhu, D.-J. Economic growth and the evolution of material cycles: An analytical framework integrating material flow and stock indicators. Ecological Economics. 2017, 140: 265-274.
5) Shi, Y.-L.; Chen, W.-Q.*; Wu, S.-L.; and Zhu, Y.-G.* Anthropogenic Cycles of Arsenic in Mainland China: 1990-2010. Environmental Science & Technology. 2017, 51(3): 1670-1678.
6) Huang, C.; Han, J.*; and Chen, W.-Q. Changing Patterns and Determinants of Infrastructures’ Material Stocks in Chinese Cities. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 2017, 123: 47-53.
7) Chen, W.-Q.*; Shi, Y.-L.; Wu, S.-L.; and Zhu, Y.-G.* Anthropogenic Arsenic Cycles: A Research Framework and Features. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2016, 139:328-336.
8) Nuss, P.*; Chen, W.-Q.*; Ohno, H.; and Graedel, T.E. Structural Investigation of Aluminum in the US Economy using Network Analysis. Environmental Science & Technology. 2016, (50): 4091-4101.
9) Ohno, H.*; Nuss, P.; Chen, W.-Q.*; and Graedel, T.E. Deriving the Metal and Alloy Networks of Modern Technology. Environmental Science & Technology. 2016, (50): 4082-4090.
10) Chen, W.-Q.*; Graedel, T.E.; Nuss, P.; and Ohno, H. Building the Material Flow Networks of Aluminum in the 2007 U.S. Economy. Environmental Science & Technology. 2016, (50): 3905-3912.
11) Zeng, X.-L.*; Gong, R.-Y.; Chen, W.-Q.; and Li, J.-H.* Uncovering the Recycling Potential of ‘New’ WEEE in China. Environmental Science & Technology. 2015 (50): 1347-1358.
12) Chen, W.-Q.* and Graedel, T.E.* In-Use Product Stocks Link Manufactured Capital to Natural Capital. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2015, 112(20): 6265-6270.
13) Chen, W.-Q.* and Graedel, T.E. Improved Alternatives for Estimating In-Use Material Stocks. Environmental Science & Technology. 2015, 49(5): 3048–3055.
14) Ciacci, L.; Eckelman, M.J.; Passarini, F.*; Chen, W.-Q.; Vassura, I.; and Morselli, L. Historical Evolution of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aluminum Production at a Country Level. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2014, 84:540-549.
15) Chen, W.-Q.* Recycling Rates of Aluminum in the United States. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 2013, 17(6): 926-938.
16) Ciacci, L.; Chen, W.-Q.; Passarini, F.*; Eckelman, M.J.; Vassura, I.; and Morselli, L. Historical Evolution of Anthropogenic Aluminum Stocks and Flows in Italy. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 2013, 72:1-8.
17) Chen, W.-Q.* and Graedel, T.E. Anthropogenic Cycles of the Elements: A Critical Review. Environmental Science & Technology. 2012, 46: 8674-8586.
18) Chen, W.-Q.* and Graedel, T.E. Dynamic Analysis of Aluminum Stocks and Flows in the United States: 1900-2009. Ecological Economics. 2012, 81: 92-102.
19) Chen, W.-Q.* and Shi, L. Analysis of Aluminum Stocks and Flows in Mainland China from 1950 to 2009: Exploring the Dynamics Driving the Rapid Increase in China's Aluminum Production. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 2012, 65: 18-28.
20) Chen, W.-Q.; Shi, L.*; and Qian Y. Substance Flow Analysis of Aluminium in Mainland China for 2001, 2004 and 2007: Exploring its Initial Sources, Eventual Sinks and the Pathways linking them. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 2010, 54(9): 557-70.
21) Xu, M.*; Allenby, B.R.; and Chen, W.-Q. Energy and Air Emissions Embodied in China-US Trade: Eastbound Assessment Using Adjusted Bilateral Trade Data. Environmental Science & Technology. 2009, 43: 3378-84.
22) Wen, Z.-G.*; Zhang, K.-M.; Huang, L.-Y.; Du, B.; Chen, W.-Q.; and Li W. Genuine Saving rate: An Integrated Indicator to Measure Urban Sustainable Development towards an Ecocity. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. 2005, 12: 184-96.
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Research Interests

General: Industrial Ecology and Urban Ecology; Complex System Science; Environmental Economics, Natural Resources Economics, and Ecological Economics; Environmental Policy and Sustainable Resources Management

Specific: Anthropogenic Cycles of Materials, Environmental Consequences of International Trade, Urban Metabolism, Industrial Symbiosis, and Urban Environmental Management
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Website contributions from this member

17 Jan 2018 Potential Postdoc Positions at the Institute of Urban Environment, CAS
05 Dec 2017 EHS Special Issue: Industrial Ecology to Enhance Ecosystem Health towards Sustainability
27 Sep 2012 Anthropogenic cycles of the elements: A critical review