Minda Ma

Minda Ma

(510) 486-5534


Dr Minda Ma (in Chinese: 马敏达, Google Scholar) is conducting the postdoctoral research in Building Technology & Urban Systems Division, Energy Technologies Area, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and his research interests focus on Building Energy, Building Decarbonization, Building Electrification, Climate Change, etc.


From 2020 to 2022, Dr. Ma held the position of Shuimu Tsinghua Scholar at Tsinghua University. Furthermore, he has been recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher by Elsevier for three consecutive years: 2021, 2022, and 2023. In 2019, Minda was the recipient of the Qian Yi Environmental First Award, awarded by Dr. Yi Qian (Academician of CAS). Additionally, he was honored as a fellow of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship program.

During Minda's tenure at Tsinghua, he spearheaded several projects, including the National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science (21CJY030), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (First-class funding, 2020M680020), and the Beijing Natural Science Foundation (8224085). These projects focused on conducting carbon-neutral scenario analysis and pathway modeling for China's building sector.

At Berkeley Lab, Minda is currently at the helm of the International Building Emission Dataset (IBED), a multi-regional dataset that aims to monitor energy trends, emissions mitigation, and building stock on a global scale. Some of IBED's noteworthy applications have been featured in international journals like Advances in Applied Energy (2023), Resources, Conservation and Recycling (2022), and Applied Energy (2022 & 2023).

Minda currently holds the position of a young editorial member for Applied Energy (JCR Q1) and Petroleum Science (JCR Q1). Additionally, he serves as an associate editor or section editor for international journals, including Frontiers in Energy Research (JCR Q2), Frontiers in Built Environment, and Buildings (JCR Q2). In the capacity of a session chair, he has organized the international conferences Applied Energy CUE2020, CUE2021, and CUE2022 over the past three years.


Sep 2012-Jun 2016, BEng, Faculty of Architecture, Chongqing University, China
Sep 2016-Jun 2020, PhD in Management Science, Faculty of Architecture, Chongqing University, China
Jul 2020-Jul 2022, Shuimu Tsinghua Scholar & Postdoc, Tsinghua University, China


Elsevier Highly Cited Chinese Researcher (2022) -  March 28th 2023
Applied Energy 2020 Highly Cited Research Paper - Low carbon roadmap of residential building sector in China: Historical mitigation and prospective peak -  July 26th 2022
Elsevier Highly Cited Chinese Researcher (2021) -  April 20th 2022
Elsevier Highly Cited Chinese Researcher (2020) -  April 20th 2021

Journal and Editorial Board Memberships

Applied Energy, Young Editorial Member
Petroleum Science, Young Editorial Member
Buildings, Section Editor
Frontiers in Energy Research, Guest Associate Editor
Frontiers in Psychology, Guest Associate Editor
Frontiers in Built Environment, Associate Editor