Wen Zhang, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Principal Investigator
Professor

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

Office Location: Colton Hall 211

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CEE PhD student, Fangzhou Liu, received the 2023 Elmeryl Davies Memorial Scholarships from New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association (LSRPA) and was invited to the first day of the New Jersey Site Remediation Conference on Wednesday, April 3rd.

The Elmeryl Davies Memorial Scholarship, valued at $5,000 per student recipient, is bestowed annually by the LSRPA to graduate students enrolled in accredited science or engineering programs. Designed to foster interest in environmental careers, the scholarship also facilitates connections between students and LSRPA members, paving the way for internships and job opportunities post-graduation.

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 Wen's Research Group​

Fangzhou, a Ph.D. candidate, has devoted his research to electromagnetics and microwave catalysis, particularly in their application to water and air filtration for contaminant degradation, including PFAS, and viral disinfection. His work extends to soil remediation, exploring microwave catalysis for PFAS removal from contaminated soil and other solid wastes. With numerous publications in esteemed journals such as Environment International, Journal of Hazardous Materials, and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Fangzhou's research has garnered funding from federal agencies like NSF, EPA, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He has independently led major research activities and fulfilled project requirements, resulting in a patented microwave-catalytic membrane technology (US Patent 10,583,402) and the prestigious 2022 Edison Patent Award.

Supported by industrial partnerships and grants, including NJIT Technology Innovation Translation and Acceleration (TITA) Seed Grant and New Jersey Health Foundation, Fangzhou is currently demonstrating his microwave-enhanced air filtration technology for air purification, focusing on removing airborne pathogens to safeguard public health.

In addition to his groundbreaking research, Fangzhou has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring and fostering the next generation of scientists. He has mentored undergraduate and high school students, guiding them in research projects and scholarship applications. Notable achievements include mentoring students in research projects funded by URI Phase I and Phase II grants, as well as guiding a high school student in research that led to participation and success in science competitions such as the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) and the New Jersey Regional Science Fair (NJRSF), ultimately aiding her admission to Columbia University for environmental engineering. Fangzhou's dedication to research, mentorship, and professional development has earned him recognition such as the 2023 Grand Prize for University Research in the AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Competition, affirming his status as a modern-day technology leader in the STEM field.