Dr Mengxia Xu

Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering, Senior Engineer, Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Deputy Director of Research Center for New Energy & Environmental Materials (CNEEM), Nottingham-Ningbo New Materials Institute

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Dr. Mengxia Xu received his PhD degree in Energy & Environmental Engineering from Zhejiang University and has 2.5 years of postdoc experience at Louisiana State University, USA. Since joining the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering in 2016, he has been devoting to teaching 3 core modules for both Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering cohorts. In addition, Dr. Xu is the initiator and convenor of the NAA module "Environmental Science & Technology Internship". In 2020, he received the UK Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) and became a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Dr. Xu has relatively extensive research experience in clean energy conversion of solid fuels (e.g., coal, biomass and municipal solid waste) and air pollution control (e.g., carbon dioxide, mercury and dioxins). In recent years, he has further expanded his research areas to the disposal and resource utilization of industrial solid waste. He has published nearly 30 SCI papers so far, mainly in CAS Tier I/II journals (e.g., Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Energy Conversion and Management, Energy, Fuel, Chemosphere, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, and Applied Surface Science, etc.). In addition, Dr. Xu holds 3 invention patents and 1 utility model patent. Since joining UNNC, as a PI or core member, he has been awarded a range of external research projects with a cumulative funding amount over 5 million RMB, including NSFC, Zhejiang Provincial Key R&D Program, Zhejiang Provincial Commonweal Project, Ningbo S&T Innovation 2025 Major Program, Ningbo Commonweal Key Program and Ningbo Natural Science Foundation Project.


  • Process Engineering Principles (CHEE1041, 2017─present)
  • Separation & Particle Technology (CHEE2051, 2016─present)
  • Process Engineering Laboratories (CHEE3042, 2017─present)

Research Interests

  • Clean energy conversion of solid fuels
  • Air pollution control (e.g., CO2, Hg0 and dioxins) 
  • Solid waste (e.g., fly ash) co-processing & resource utilization

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Zhejiang University

1 Sep 200430 Sep 2009

Award Date: 30 Sep 2009

Bachelor, South China Agricultural University

1 Sep 20001 Jul 2004

Award Date: 1 Jul 2004


  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering and Technology
  • Chemistry

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