Zhen Lei
Assistant Professor
Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University


Zhen Lei is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Energy and Environmental Economics at Penn State University. He has expertise in both economics and science, holding a Ph.D. in economics and a Ph.D. in chemistry. His research interests include economics of innovation, intellectual property, science and technology policy, energy and environmental economics, and applied econometrics.

His educational Background includes: Ph.D. (Agricultural and Resource Economics), University of California at Berkeley, 2009; Ph.D. (Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences), Peking University Health Sciences Center, 2000; M.S. (Organic Chemistry), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997; and a B.S. (Chemistry), Wuhan University, 1993.

His current work includes studying technology innovation and diffusion in addressing energy and environmental issues, economics of university technology transfer, patent evaluation and technology market, China patent system and innovation policy.