Zhenxi Li is a new doctoral student at IMES. Get to know her through three quick questions:
What brings you to IMES?
I heard of IMES when I was pursuing my MSc degree. It is known for some great work on analyses of different strategies for handling and preventing problems related to the interaction of energy systems, society and the environment. Its wonderful interdisciplinary environment, openness and tolerance for different perspectives and cultures really attract me. Researchers here respect both teamwork and independent thinking, so it is a nice place for me to immerse in my research. In addition, working with researchers with various backgrounds from different countries also attracts me.
What is your background?
I got my master's degree in management science and engineering in China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), focused on studying energy systems (especially renewable electricity), decision-making in economics, energy and environmental studies, by using optimization methods and real option model.
What motivates you to work on China's steel and iron industry?
Steel industry is an energy-resource- and pollution-intensive industry, and as the world's largest steel producer, China still has a long way to go to achieve the 2060 carbon neutrality target. Figuring out the details like trends, production, technologies can help not only to achieve carbon reduction globally, but also decrease world's energy consumption. From a personal perspective, steel industry is closely related to our life, and the environmental and energy problems caused by it are big challenges of our time, and I want to make a contribution.