Dr Richen Lin


Dr Richen Lin is a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering in University College Cork (UCC). He held a prestigious Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (2018-2020) looking at “Direct Interspecies Electron Transfer in Anaerobic Digestion”. Following the successful fellowship, he has received funding from Environmental Protection Agency, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and Enterprise Ireland. Before joining UCC, he obtained his PhD degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2016. His research has focused on the production of advanced biofuels/biochemicals in cascading circular bioenergy systems. This has led to over 50 peer-reviewed journal publications in journals including Trends in Biotechnology, iScience, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, and Chemical Engineering Journal.

Research Interests

  • Bioenergy & Biorefinery for CO2 and Biomass Utilisation
  • Anaerobic Digestion, Pyrochar & Circular Bioeconomy
  • Negative Carbon Emission Technologies
  • Sustainability Assessment of Cascading Circular Systems



  • Lin, R., Deng, C.*, Zhang, W.*, Hollmann, F., & Murphy, J.* Production of bio-alkanes from biomass and CO2. Trends in Biotechnology, 39, 370-380 (Impact Factor: 14.3)


  1. Wu, B., Lin, R.*, O'Shea, R., Deng, C., Rajendran, K., & Murphy, J. 2021. Production of advanced fuels through integration of biological, thermo-chemical and power to gas technologies in a circular cascading bio-based system. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 135, 110371. (Impact Factor: 12.1)
  2. Wu, B., Lin, R.*, Kang, X., Deng, C., Xia, A., Dobson, A. D., & Murphy, J. 2020. Graphene addition to digestion of thin stillage can alleviate acidic shock and improve biomethane production. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 8(35), 13248-13260. (Impact Factor: 7.6)
  3. Deng, C., Kang, X., Lin, R.*, & Murphy, J. 2020. Microwave assisted low-temperature hydrothermal treatment of solid anaerobic digestate for optimising hydrochar and energy recovery. Chemical Engineering Journal, 124999. (Impact Factor: 10.7)
  4. Lin, R., Deng, C., Ding, L., Bose, R., Murphy, J. 2019. Improving gaseous biofuel production from seaweed Saccharina latissima: the effect of hydrothermal pretreatment on energy efficiency. Energy Conversion and Management, 196, 1385-1394. (Impact Factor: 8.2)
  5. Lin, R., Cheng, J., Ding, L., Murphy, J. 2018. Improved efficiency of anaerobic digestion through direct interspecies electron transfer at mesophilic and thermophilic temperature ranges. Chemical Engineering Journal, 350, 681-691. (Impact Factor: 10.7)
  6. Lin, R., Cheng, J., Zhang, J., Zhou, J., Cen, K., Murphy, J. 2017. Boosting biomethane yield and production rate with graphene: The potential of direct interspecies electron transfer in anaerobic digestion. Bioresource Technology, 239, 345-352. (Impact Factor: 7.5)


Please see Dr Richen Lin’s Google Scholar profile for full details of publications.

Professional Activity

Dr Lin is a Principal Investigator in the SFI-funded MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, in Research Area 5 “Advanced Fuels and the Circular Economy”. He has secured over €850k research funding from 2018 to 2020. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal papers leading to a h-index of 23 and over 1,600 citations. 

Dr Lin serves as a Reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals such as Bioresource Technology (Outstanding Reviewer award in 2018), Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, and Chemical Engineering Journal. He serves as a Guest Associate Editor for the journal of Frontiers in Energy Research and Review Editor for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.



Richen Lin

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Lecturer in Environmental Engineering



Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

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University College Cork, Cork