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.
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
2021 NSF INTERN grant recipients: Fangzhou Liu and Jianan Gao.
2020 NSF INTERN grant recipients: Xiaonan Shi and Qingquan Ma.
2020 Wangyi Fu, China Scholarship Council Overseas Scholarship among 500 recipients globally in 2020
2019 Wanyi Fu, Founding President Best Paper Award, CAPEES
2019 Leqi Lin, Second place in Graduate student poster competition (NJIT)
2019 Leqi Lin, First place in Graduate student poster competition (NJWEA)
2019 Leqi Lin, Third place in Graduate student poster competition (NJAWWA)
2019 Paula Andrea Heredia Guerrero, the New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA) Scholarship.
2018 Sarah Garcon (Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student working with Wen Zhang), NAME Green Technology Scholarship
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 &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
Explore the Nano World
Aug. 2021: Dr. Wen Zhang’s team membersjoined the ACS Fall 2021 in Atlanta and presented their research.
Wen's Research Group
Phone: (973) 596-5520
Fax: (973) 596-5790
Office Location: Colton Hall 211
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Jun. 2021: Professor Wen Zhang was invited to report for RCR seminar about seeking sustainable pathways for spend lithium-ion batteries.
Jul. 2021: Dr. Zhang’s group membersparticipated the first 2021 virtual CAPEES e-poster competition on July 17, 2021.Dr. Weihua Qingwon the best poster award.
Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on material interfaces and engineering with specific areas:
(1) Material characterization at nanoscale using hybrid atomic force microscope (AFM);
(2) Environmental behavior and interfacial processes for nanomaterials and nanobubbles;
(3) Novel catalytic processes for harnessing renewable energy and pollutant degradation;
(4) Reactive magnetophoretic separation systems;
(5) Reactive membrane filtration for desalination and emerging contaminant removal.
More details are available at Zhang’s website: www.wenresearch.com.
So far, Wen has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles in high impact journals such as ES&T, Journal of Phy-sical Chemistry, Small, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. His works garner near 6000 citations with an H index of 37. He has secured more than $3 million competitive research funding from various sources such as NSF, EPA, USDA, USGS, DOI, state agencies such as New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) well as private funding from industrial sponsors. Prof. Zhang has filled or received 6 US and China patents with two undergoing commercialization. Wen is the recipient of a number of prestigious national awards in the US, including the 2011 Simon Karecki Award from the Global Research Collaboration and SEMATECH Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing, the 2012 CH2M Hill/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), the 2013 CIBA/ACS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) Young Scientist Travel Award, the 2014 ExCEEd Teaching Fellows by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the 2016 ASCE New Jersey Section's Educator of the Year.
Wen Zhang is currently an associate professor of NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a second app-ointment in the Department of Chemical and Material Engineering. Wen is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the States of New Jersey and Delaware. He is an American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE). 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 Ph.D. work focused on the environmental fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles, biological interactions, as well as nanomaterial characterization at biointerfaces. After joining NJIT, his research focuses on the interfaces of materials, catalysts, membranes, and other broad chemical processes that are crucial for environmental engineering applications. For example, he evaluates environmental behavior and interfacial processes for nanomaterials, microplastics and soft particles such as microbes and bubbles. He develops novel reactive membrane filtration systems driven by photocatalysis, electrochemical reactions and electromagnetic irradiation. My current research also expands from agricultural applications of nanobubbles to lithium recovery from spent lithium ion batteries.