About Donglai Xie

Donglai Xie (Ph.D)

Senior Scientist


Areas of expertise:

Oil and gas, methane science, hydrogen production


Dr. Donglai Xie works on EDF’s methane science studies in Canada and China. In Canada, he is leading a multi-scale measurement campaign to quantify methane emissions in the oil and gas sector in Alberta province. In China, he is supporting for the design and execution of EDF’s emerging studies on China methane emissions associated with the country’s production and distribution of oil and gas, including research partnerships with China’s major oil and gas industry players and research institutes.


Dr. Donglai Xie has been served as a professor and the head of the Department of Energy Engineering in South China University of Technology from 2006 to 2015, and president of Shenzhen CG-HIT Gas Technology Institute from 2015 to 2019. His previous research interests include natural gas utilization, hydrogen production and utilization, fluidization technology and pollution control. Additionally, Donglai has been the principal investigator for several Chinese national R&D projects.

He is a member of the utilization committee of the International Gas Union, deputy director of the Scientific & Technology Committee of China Gas Association, as well as editor of Gas & Heat.


PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada (2001)

MS, Thermal Engineering, Harbin University of Architecture and Engineering, China (1995)

BA, Gas Engineering, Shandong Institute of Architecture and Engineering, China (1992)


Hugh Li, Scott Seymour, Katlyn MacKay…,Donglai Xie. Direct Measurements of Methane Emissions from Major Facilities in Alberta’s Oil and Gas Supply Chain, Science of the Total Environment (2024) 912, 169645.

Xiangang Xu, Jiankai Dong, Xinyue Zhong, Donglai Xie, Climate impact of coal-to-clean-energy shift policies in rural Northern China, Journal of Cleaner Production (2024) 434:139870

Bradley Conrad, David Tyner, Hugh Li, Donglai Xie, Matthew Johnson, A measurement-based upstream oil and gas methane inventory for Alberta, Canada reveals higher emissions and different sources than official estimates. Communications Earth & Environment (2023) 4:416.

Xiangang Xu, Xinyue Zhong, Jiankai Dong, Donglai Xie, Wanlu Lu, Measuring methane emissions during the installation of residential and commercial natural gas meters in China. Science of the Total Environment (2023). 904: 166629

Scott P Seymour; Hugh Z Li; Katlyn MacKay; Mary Kang; Donglai Xie, Saskatchewan’s oil and gas methane: how have underestimated emissions in Canada impacted progress toward 2025 climate goals? Environmental Research Letters (2023) 18 (8): 084004

Scott P. Seymour, Donglai Xie, Hugh Z. Li, Katlyn MacKay, Sources and reliability of reported methane reductions from the oil and gas industry in Alberta, Canada, Elementa Science of the Anthropocene (2022), 10 (1): 00073.

Yifan Wang, Jianfeng Tang, Donglai Xie, Fei Li, Ming Xue, Bo Zhao, Xiao Yu, Xiaojin Wen, Temporal Variation and Grade Categorization of Methane Emissions from LNG Fueling Stations,  Scientific Reports (2022) 12:18428

Yifan Wang, Jianfeng Tang, Fei Li, Donglai Xie, Fengyuan Zuo, Xiao Yu, Yifei Xu, Jie Chen,  Measurement of methane emissions from CNG fueling stations in East China, Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2022),  29(47):71949-71957

Ningning Lu, Fausto Gallucci, Tommaso Melchiori, Donglai Xie, Martin Van Sint Annaland, Modeling of autothermal reforming of methane in a fluidized bed reactor with perovskite membranes, Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification 124 (2018) 308–318

Ningning Lu, Donglai Xie. Novel membrane reactor concepts for hydrogen production from hydrocarbons: A review, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering 13 (2015),10.1515/ijcre-2015-0050

Yajun Zhang, Shuimu Wu, Lian Jin, Donglai Xie, Development and performance of a K-Pt/γ-Al2O3 catalyst for preferential oxidation of CO in hydrogen-rich synthesis gas, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 39 (2014), 18668 - 18674.

Ningning Lu, Donglai Xie, Fang Wang, Repair of palladium membrane modules by metallic diffusion bonding, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 39 (2014), 18659 - 18667.

Donglai Xie, Erato Zhang, Ruijun Li and Yajun Zhang, Syngas CO cleaning for fuel cell applications by preferential oxidation: catalyst development and reactor design, International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies 9 (2014), 63-70

Donglai Xie, Jie Zhao, Ziliang Wang, Yajun Zhang, Syngas production from oxidative methane reforming and CO cleaning with water gas shift reaction            International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 38 (2013), 10826-10832

Donglai Xie, Ningning Lu, Fang Wang, Shuanshi Fan, Calculation of the hydrogen production rate by a palladium membrane separator: Theoretical approaches, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38 (2013), 10802-10812.

Shuangshi Fan, Liang Yang, Xuemei Lang, Yanhong Wang, Donglai Xie, Kinetics and thermal analysis of methane hydrate formation in aluminum foam, Chemical Engineering Science 82 (2012) 185–193      

Donglai Xie,  Ang Pengy, Ziliang Wang, Yajun Zhang, Hydrogen production for fuel cells by a methane reformer integrated with steam generation, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering 10 (2012), DOI: 10.1515/1542-6580.2980

Donglai Xie, Ziliang Wang, Lian Jin, Yajun Zhang, Energy and exergy analysis of a fuel cell based micro combined heat and power cogeneration system, Energy and Buildings 50         (2012) 266–272.

Donglai Xie, Fang Wang, Kui Wu, Ertao Zhang, Yajun Zhang, Permeation Efficiencies of Pd-Ag membrane modules with porous stainless steel substrates, Separation and Purification, 89 (2012)  189–192

Jichao Li, Hao Yu, Guangxing Yang, Feng Peng, Donglai Xie, Hongjuan Wang, Jian Yang, Steam reforming of oxygenate fuels for hydrogen production: A thermodynamic study, Energy & Fuels, 25 (2011), 2643–2650

Guangxing Yang, Hao Yu, Feng Peng, Hongjuan Wang, Jian Yang, Donglai Xie, Thermodynamic analysis of hydrogen generation via oxidative steam reforming of glycerol, Renewable Energy, 36 (2011), 2120-2127

Liang Yang, Shuanshi Fan, Yanhong Wang Xuemei Lang, Donglai Xie, Accelerated Formation of Methane Hydrate in Aluminum Foam, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 50 (2011), 11563–11569     

Donglai Xie, Jinfeng Yu, Ziliang Wang, Ning Zhang, Weixing Wang, Hao Yu, Feng Peng, Ah-Hyung A. Park, Hydrogen permeability of Pd-Ag membrane modules with porous stainless-steel substrates, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36 (2011) 1014-1026

Donglai Xie, Weiyan Qiao, Weixing Wang, Hao Yu, Feng Peng, Reaction/separation coupled equilibrium modeling of steam methane reforming in fluidized bed membrane reactors. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 35 (2010), 11798 – 11809 

Donglai Xie, C. Jim Lim, John R. Grace, Alaa-Eldin M. Adris, Gas and Particle Circulation in an Internally Circulating Fluidized Bed Membrane Reactor Cold Model, Chemical Engineering Science 64 (2009), 2599-2606

Genyin Ye, Donglai Xie, Weiyan Qiao, John R. Grace, C. Jim Lim, Modeling of Fluidized Bed Membrane Reactors for Hydrogen Production from Steam Methane Reforming with Aspen Plus, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34: (2009),  4755-4762