Wen Zhang

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor

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

Office Location: Colton Hall 211

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May. 2019:Congratulations to Xiaonan and Kaiqin for winning Poster Competition of the NJWEA Conference!

Mar. 2019:Congratulations to Kaiqin for winning the Third Place in AWWA NJ 84rd Annual Conference!

​​​Jun. 2019: 2019  EPA's National student Design Competition!

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Wen Zhang is currently the tenured associate professor of NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Wen is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the States of New Jersey and Delaware. He is also a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) by American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). Wen received his B.S from Tsinghua University in 2004, M.S. from Tongji University in 2007, and Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. Dr. Zhang's research integrates nanotechnology into environmental engineering to develop innovative solutions for environmental sustainability. His PhD work focused on the environmental fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles, biological interactions, as well as nanomaterial characterization at biointerfaces. After joining NJIT, Wen has been leading major efforts in the visible light-driven photocatalytic processes for harnessing solar energy, hydrogen evolution, and efficient degradation of emerging water contaminants. Moreover, he develops novel multifunctional nanomaterials for antimicrobial applications, microalgae harvesting for biofuel production, and reactive electrochemical membrane systems. So far, Wen has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and garnered near 2600 citations with an H index of 25.

 Wen's Research Group​


Ph.D.                                     Environmental Engineering                                Georgia Institute of Technology                             2011

M.S.                                       Environmental Engineering                                Tongji University                                                    2007

B.S.                                        Environmental Engineering                                Tsinghua University                                               2004


07/2017–present            Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NJIT

09/2012–06/2017           Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NJIT
01/2012–09/2012           Research engineer I, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 
08/2011–01/2012           Postdoctoral scientist, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
08/2009–07/2011           Ph.D. student, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

08/2007–08/2009          Ph.D. student, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built  Environment, Arizona State University
12/2006-06/2007           Process Engineer, Shanghai Aton Environmental LLC.

Professional Services

2016                                   National Science Foundation (NSF) CBET panelist 
2016-2017                       AWWA NJ Research & Technology Transfer Committee  
2014-2016                       Editorial Board member for Nature Environment and Pollution Technology Journal

2014-2015                       New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute (NJWRRI) proposal reviewer 
2015–present                Members of Services Committee in the Environmental Chemistry Division of ACS

2013-present                 Director of The Environmental Engineering Teaching Laboratory

2013-present                 Faculty Library and Academic Computing Committee Member at NJIT

2015-present                 York Center Advisory Board at NJIT

2012–present                Member of Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO)
2011–present                Member of Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
2008–present                Member of Colloidal and Surface Science Division and Environmental Chemistry Division of ACS
2012–present                Member of American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
2008–present                Member of American Water Works Association (AWWA)

2016-present                 Affiliate Member of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)


2016      ASCE New Jersey Section's Educator of the Year
2015      Hamilton Syringe Product Grant ($1,000), Hamilton Company

2014      ExCEEd 2014 Teaching Fellowship by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
2014      CIBA/ACS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) Young Scientist Travel Award
2013      Travel Grant for Workshop on International Perspectives on Quantitative Microbial Risk, Drexel University
2013      Travel Grant for AEESP NSF Ethics Education Workshop
2012      Syringe Grant Program Award, Hamilton Company
2012      CH2M Hill/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
2011  Simon Karecki Award, SRC/SEMATECH Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing.
2011      Certificate of Merit for Presentation at ACS 241st National Meeting
2011      Certificate of Appreciation for the Peer Review Contribution, ACS
2008      Travel Grant recipient, Division of Graduate Studies (DGS), Arizona State University
2007      Outstanding Graduate Award, City of Shanghai, China
2006      Kwang-Hua Scholarship, Tongji University
2006      2nd-class Presentation Award, 1st Forum of Environmental Science, Shanghai
2006      Distinguished Assistant Award, public affair management office, Tongji University
2004      Scholarship of Scientific Achievement for Undergraduates, Tsinghua University
2003      Campus Award, 21st Challenge Cup Competition, Tsinghua University
2003      Excellence and Originality Award in 6th Business Planning Competition, Tsinghua University

Advisee Awards

2018       Leidy Manzueta. Techquest third place award, the 2018 Innovation Day.
2018       Wanyi Fu. John J.
LaGrosa Scholarship Award, The New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA)

2018       Wanyi Fu. 2018 Graduate Student Awards in Environmental Chemistry, ACS

2017     Andrea Cano received Madame Mau Outstanding Female Engineering Student Award and John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Outstanding Senior Award

2016     Marah Magpile received the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry 2016 Undergraduate Award

2016     Mehaz Moon and Andrea Cano received the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship

2016     Wanyi Fu received Student Research Poster Competition First Place Award from AWWA New Jersey

2016     Andrea Cano and Maira Valenci received The 2016 TechQuest First Place Award

2016     Arisha Javed received the 2016 URI Student Seed Grant (Phase I)

2016     Andrea Cano, Maira Valencia, and Mehaz Moon received the 2016 URI Student Seed Grant (Phase I)

2015     Marah Magpile received the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship 

2015    Michael Agbakpe received the Doctoral Excellence Award

2015     Marah received the 2016 URI student seed grant (Phase II)

2015     Marah, Christina, and Julissa received the 2015 URI Student Seed Grant (Phase I)
2014     Michael Agbakpe won the first place in the 2014 Dana Knox Student Research Showcase

2014     Nesseline Belceus received the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship

2013     Christopher Kozak received the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship