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Miss ZIJIE MA
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  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Zijie Ma is currently a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. She is participating in the UKRI Circular Metal project (WP4.1: Market, pricing, and circular policy).The main research goal of Zijie’s PhD is to explore the potential of secondary aluminum in achieving the decarbonization of global aluminum industry. Before joining UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, Zijie worked as the Research Intern at Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences for one year. She holds a B.S. in logistics engineering from Shandong University and a Master in Ecology from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

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Aluminum is the most abundant metal element in the Earth’s crust (~8%) and exists in more than 270 different minerals. Aluminum and its alloys have many excellent physical and chemical properties, including low density, high tensile strength and malleability, good thermal and electrical conductivity, and remarkable corrosion resistance. It is widely used in many traditional applications, including construction, transportation, and packaging, and plays a crucial role in emerging low-carbon and energy-saving applications, such as light vehicles and solar power generation. Aluminium products are essential enablers of a low carbon future, and the increased use of the metal will lead to reduced economy-wide emissions. According to the aluminium sector green house gas pathways report published by International Aluminium Association, secondary aluminium will be essential to achieve the global decarbonization targets.Besides, the achieving of global full Aluminium circulation highly depends on the using of secondary Aluminium through reduce, reuse, re-manufacture,recycling and recovery.

The objective of this thesis is to first develop the Environmental Global Applied General Equilibrium model which is focus on the global aluminium industry, and then use this model based on the knowledge of global aluminium cycle to explore the potential of secondary aluminium in achieving the decarbonization of global aluminium industry.

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