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Apr. 2022: Congratulations to my 

Ph.D. student, Xiaonan Shi for hersuccessful dissertation defense 

on 04-15-2022.

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Wen Zhang

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Associate Professor

Phone: (973) 596-5520 
Fax: (973) 596-5790
Email: wen.zhang@njit.edu

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Apr. 2022: Nanobubble Watering Affects Nutrient Release and Soil Characteristics.

Two Ph.D. candidates (Jianan Gao and Fangzhou Liu) of Environmental Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology, recently received the 2021 Certificate of Merit Award from the Environmental Chemistry Division of National American Chemical Society on November 9, 2021, which was selected based on the material content and manner of the ACS meeting's presentation.


Supervised by Professor Wen Zhang, Jianan’s research mainly focused on 1) rational surface/interface design and synthesis of functional materials for electrocatalytic wastewater treatment applications; 2) electrified reactive membrane flow-cell, assessment of water purification, resources recovery, disinfection performance, membrane fouling, and surface reactivity behavior. After completing the first year of his Ph.D. study, he has completed his qualifying exam and research proposal defense in early August 2021 and published three first author (one ESI Hot Papers and one ESI Highly Cited Papers) and three co-author journal articles in some of high impact journals, including Environmental Science & Technology, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Chemical Engineering Journal and Journal of Hazardous material, and received 305 citations. Now, he is working on the combined electrochemical process for various wastewater treatment implications. Congratulations to Dr. Jianan Gao! 


Fangzhou’s research focuses on the microwave enhanced membrane for contaminants degradation and virus disinfection under funding support from NSF, EPA and the U.S Bureau of Reclamation. Fangzhou Liu’s topic in ACS oral presentation is “Microwave-assisted Catalytic Inactivation for Bacteriophage MS2”. In this research, microwave irradiation is expected to activate the catalysts to enable catalytic formation of radicals and nanobubbles, which are shown to be germicidal and inactivate waterborne microbes or viruses. Batch experiments indicated that treatment with 125W microwaves, 0.7mM hydrogen peroxide, and 0.5 g∙L-1 catalyst for 30s contribute to highest MS2 inactivation capacity (55%). This new reactive technology will open new horizons for disinfection and viral removal in wastewater and other broad environmental media such as air or aerosol. Congratulations to Dr. Fangzhou Liu!

Jianan Gao and Fangzhou Liu received 2021 ACS-ENVR Certificate of Merit Award

Apr. 2022: Congratulations to 

Lucia's Ph.D. student, Bo Deng, for her successful dissertation defense on 04-14-2022.