Researchers at UCD


Mingjia Yan

Research Scholarships

School Of Biosystems Engineering

Tel: +353 1 716


Honours and Awards

Year: 2005.
Title: Outstanding Student Certificate of Excellence Students Class
Year: 2003.
Title: Excellent thesis of the 3rd USRP (University Students Research Program)

Conference Contributions

Yan, M-J. and Holden, N. ; (2009) LCA studies: how comparable they are? An example of milk production from Europe, New Zealand and Canada. [Oral Presentation], Chinese conference on life cycle management, Beijing, China , 14-NOV-09 - 17-NOV-09.


Year 2001 Institution: East China University of Science and Techcnology
Qualification: BEng Subject: Applied Chemistry
Year 2008 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: Life cycle assessment on the environmental impact of Irish dairy production
Year 2005 Institution: Beijing Normal University
Qualification: MSc Subject: Biological invasion of Senecio vulgaris in China





Peer Reviewed Journals

M-J Yan, Z-B Xiao, Y-Q Zhang, J-X Ma; (2005) 'Reaction of COS Hydrolysis over La-Al/Cordierite Honeycomb Catalyst'. Journal of East China University of Science and Technology (Natural Science Edition), 31 (1):130-132. [Details]

Conference Publications

Yan, M-J., Humphreys, J. and Holden, N. ; (2009) Life cycle comparisons of greenhouse gas emissions from pasture-based dairy production of Ireland An international conference on forage legumes in temperate pasture-based systems [Details]


Research Interests

I'm interested in appliying life-cycle thinking to human impact on the environment, especially the one that has the longest history, i.e. agriculture. 

I had academic background in applied chemistry and ecology, which helped me understand both micro- and macroscopic interactions. Agriculture is perhaps the fundamental interaction between human and nature and has become an international issue nowadays. Life-cycle analysis is needed to ensure that this oldest interation is sustainable for future generations.