Journal Publications

  • Zhang, C., Zhai, H., Cao, L., Li, X., Cheng, F., Peng, L., Tong, K., Meng, J., Yang, L., & Wang, X. (2022). Understanding the complexity of existing fossil-fuel power plant decarbonization. iScience, 25, 104758.

  • Anderson, J., Rode, D., Zhai, H., & Fischbeck, P. (2022). Fossil fuel options for power sector net-zero emissions with sequestration tax credits. Environmental Science & Technology, 56(16), 1116211171.

  • Dindi, A., Coddington, K., Garofalo, J. F., Wu, W., & Zhai, H. (2022). Policy-driven potential for deploying carbon capture and sequestration in a fossil-rich power sector. Environmental Science & Technology, 56(14), 9872–9881.

  • Zhai, H., & Rubin, E.S. (2022). It is time to invest in 99% CO2 capture. Environmental Science & Technology, 56(14), 9829–9831.

  • Rode, D., Anderson, J., Zhai, H., & Fischbeck, P. (2022). Many hands make light work: Widening the U.S. path forward from COP26. Environmental Science & Technology, 56(1), 10−12.

  • Ji, T., Zhai, H., Wang, C., Culp, J., Marin, C. M., Paudel, H. P., Wilfong, W. C., Duan, Y., Xia, R., Jiao, F., Kail, B., Wang, Q., Soong, Y., Shi, F., & Gray, M. (2022). Microwave-accelerated regeneration of a non-aqueous slurry for energy-efficient carbon sequestration. Materials Today Sustainability, 19, 100168.

  • Zhai, H., Rubin, E.S., Grol, E.J., O'Connell, A.C., Wu, Z., & Lewis, E.G. (2022). Dry cooling retrofits at existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in a water-stressed region: Tradeoffs in water savings, cost, and capacity shortfalls. Applied Energy, 306, 117997.

  • Wu, Z. and Zhai, H. (2021). Consumptive life cycle water use of biomass-to-power plants with carbon capture and sequestration. Applied Energy, 303, 117702.

  • 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, 288, 116599.

  • Fonseca, F. R., Craig, M., Jaramillo, P., Berges, M., Severnini, E., Loew, A., Zhai, H., Cheng, Y., Nijssen, B., Voisin, N., & Yearsley, J. (2021). Climate-induced tradeoffs in planning and operating costs of a regional electricity system. Environmental Science & Technology, 55(16), 11204−11215.

  • 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, 55(4), 2522−2531.

  • Anderson, J., Rode, D., Zhai, H., & Fischbeck, P. (2021). A techno-economic assessment of carbon sequestration tax incentives in the U.S. power sector. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 111, 103450.

  • 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.

  • Loew, A., Jaramillo, P., Zhai, H., Ali, R., Nijssen, B., Cheng, Y., & Klima, K. (2020). Fossil fuel-fired power plant operations under a changing climate. Climatic Change, 163, 619−632.

  • 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), 12807−12809.

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

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

  • Anderson, J., Rode, D., Zhai, H., & Fischbeck, P. (2019). On the road to Paris: The shifting landscape of CO2 reduction. Environmental Science & Technology, 53(21), 12156−12157.

  • Mantripragada, H., Zhai, H., & Rubin, E.S. (2019). Boundary Dam or Petra Nova – which is a better model for CCS energy supply? International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 82, 59–68.

  • 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.

  • Lim-Wavde, K., Zhai, H., Kauffman, R., & Rubin, E. S. (2018). Assessing carbon pollution standards: electric power generation pathways and their water impacts. Energy Policy, 120, 714–733.

  • 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.

  • Zhai, H., & Rubin, E.S. (2018). Systems analysis of physical absorption of CO2 in ionic liquids for pre-combustion carbon capture. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(8), 4996–5004.

  • Craig, M. T., Zhai, H., Jaramillo, P., & Klima, K. (2017). Trade-offs in cost and emission reductions between flexible and normal carbon capture and sequestration under carbon dioxide emission constraints. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 66, 25–34.

  • 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.

  • Loew, A., Jaramillo, P., & Zhai, H. (2016). Marginal costs of water savings from cooling system retrofits: a case study for Texas power plants. Environmental Research Letters, 11(10), 104004.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Zhai, H., & Rubin, E. S. (2015). Water impacts of a low-carbon electric power future: assessment methodology and status. Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, 2(1), 1–9.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Zhai, H., & Rubin, E. S. (2013). Comparative performance and cost assessments of coal-and natural-gas-fired power plants under a CO2 emission performance standard regulation. Energy & Fuels, 27(8), 4290–4301.

  • 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., Frey, H. C., & Rouphail, N. M. (2011). Development of a modal emissions model for a hybrid electric vehicle. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 16(6), 444–450.

  • 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., Gonçalves, G. A., & Farias, T. L. (2009). Comparison of flexible fuel vehicle and life-cycle fuel consumption and emissions of selected pollutants and greenhouse gases for ethanol 85 versus gasoline. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 59(8), 912–924.

  • Coelho, M. C., Frey, H. C., Rouphail, N. M., Zhai, H., & Pelkmans, L. (2009). Assessing methods for comparing emissions from gasoline and diesel light-duty vehicles based on microscale measurements. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 14(2), 91–99.

  • 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.

  • Frey, H., Rouphail, N., & Zhai, H. (2008). Link-based emission factors for heavy-duty diesel trucks based on real-world data. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2058), 23–32.

  • Frey, H. C., Rouphail, N. M., Zhai, H., Farias, T. L., & Gonçalves, G. A. (2007). Comparing real-world fuel consumption for diesel-and hydrogen-fueled transit buses and implication for emissions. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 12(4), 281–291.

  • Frey, H., Rouphail, N., & Zhai, H. (2006). Speed-and facility-specific emission estimates for on-road light-duty vehicles on the basis of real-world speed profiles. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (1987), 128–137.