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Rui Shi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


  • Chemical Engineering
  • Institutes of Energy and Environment

229 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering


Research Website

Google Scholar Profile

Research Areas:

Energy and Environment

Interest Areas:

Life cycle assessment; sustainable design; biofuels & bioproducts; food-energy-water-waste nexus; advanced computational modeling; decision-making under uncertainty.




  • B.S., Chemical Engineering & Safety engineering, Hebei University of Technology, 2011
  • Ph.D, Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2018


Journal Articles

  • Montgomery Alger, Darrell Velegol and Rui Shi, 2021, "Sustainable energy corps: Building a global collaboration to accelerate transition to a low carbon world", Chemical Engineering Science: X, 10, pp. 100099
  • Rui Shi and Jeremy S. Guest, 2020, "BioSTEAM-LCA: An Integrated Modeling Framework for Agile Life Cycle Assessment of Biorefineries under Uncertainty", ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, 8, (51), pp. 18903-18914
  • Rui Shi, David W. Archer, Krishna Pokharel, Matthew N. Pearlson, Kristin C. Lewis, Suchada Ukaew and David R. Shonnard, 2019, "Analysis of Renewable Jet from Oilseed Feedstocks Replacing Fallow in the U.S. Northern Great Plains", ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 7, (23), pp. 18753-18764
  • Rui Shi, Robert M. Handler and David R. Shonnard, 2019, "Life cycle assessment of novel technologies for algae harvesting and oil extraction in the renewable diesel pathway", ALGAL RESEARCH-BIOMASS BIOFUELS AND BIOPRODUCTS, 37, pp. 248-259
  • Robert M. Handler, Rui Shi and David R. Shonnard, 2017, "Land use change implications for large-scale cultivation of algae feedstocks in the United States Gulf Coast", Journal of Cleaner Production, 153, pp. 15-25
  • Rui Shi, Suchada Ukaew, David W. Archer, Joon Hee Lee, Matthew N. Pearlson, Kristin C. Lewis and David R. Shonnard, 2017, "Life Cycle Water Footprint Analysis for Rapeseed Derived Jet Fuel in North Dakota", ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, 5, (5), pp. 3845-3854
  • Rui Shi, Robert Handler and David R. Shonnard, 2016, "Life-Cycle Assessment of Algae Renewable Diesel: Influence of Alternative Uses for Lipid-Extracted Algae", Current Biotechnology, 5, (3), pp. 213-226
  • Suchada Ukaew, Rui Shi, Joon Hee Lee, David W. Archer, Matthew Pearlson, Kristin C. Lewis, Leanne Bregni and David R. Shonnard, 2016, "Full Chain Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gases and Energy Demand for Canola-Derived Jet Fuel in North Dakota, United States", ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, 4, (5), pp. 2771-2779
  • Yan Gang He, Jia Xi Wang, Xin Huan Niu, Xiao Wei Gan, Rui Shi, Ming Sun, Bai Mei Tan and Yu Liu, 2011, "Chemical Mechanical Planarization of Cu Pattern Wafer Based Alkaline Slurry in GLSI with R(NH2)n as Complexing Agent", Advanced Materials Research, 183-185, pp. 2275-2278

Conference Proceedings

  • Yuanyao Lee, Rui Shi, Elena Blanc-Bates, Chang Jiang, Kaiyu Guan, Tara Hudiburg, Jeremy Guest and Madhu Khanna, 2021, "Quantifying the Uncertainties in Fuel Cost and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation with Cellulosic Biofuels"
  • Rui Shi and Guest, 2019, "An integrated life cycle assessment modeling framework to advance biofuels and bioproducts production", pp. 1-2
  • Rui Shi, Robert M. Handler and David R. Shonnard, 2015, "Life-cycle assessment of algae renewable diesel: Influence of alternative uses for lipid-extracted algae", pp. 591
  • Suchada Ukaew, Rui Shi, Joon Hee Lee, David W. Archer, Matthew Pearlson, Kristin C. Lewis, Leanne Bregni and David R. Shonnard, 2015, "Full chain life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas and energy demand for canola hydrotreated renewable jet fuel in North Dakota, United States", pp. 96-107
  • Robert M Handler, Rui Shi, David R Shonnard, Kalnes N Tom and Lupton Stephen, 2013, "Life Cycle Assessments of Algal Biofuels: Extensions Beyond Traditional Algal Fuels Framework"
  • Rui Shi, Yoel Cortes-Pena and Jeremy S Guest, , "Introducing a New Quantitative Life Cycle Assessment Module for Biofuels and Bioproducts", Orlando

Research Projects

  • January 2022 - December 2023, "Chemical Recycling of Mixed PET/Polyolefin Streams Through Sequential Pyrolysis and Catalytic Upgrading," (Sponsor: The REMADE Institute).

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