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. 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. Recently, Wen leads major efforts in the sustainable design of visible light-driven photocatalytic systems 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 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and garnered over 2000 citations with an H index of 25. 

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​​Education

Ph.D.                                     Environmental Engineering                                Georgia Institute of Technology                             2011

M.S.                                       Environmental Engineering                                Tongji University                                                           2007

B.S.                                        Environmental Engineering                                Tsinghua University                                                     2004


Employment

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)


Awards

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

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