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​​​Mar. 2019: Congratulations to Wanyi  for successfully defending her dissertation!

 Wen's Research Group​

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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Publications

Wanyi Fu

Ph.D. candidate

Email: wf44@njit.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology,  2015 Fall - Present
M.S., Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2014, Beijing, China
B.S. Mineral Processing Engineering, Central South University, 2011, Changsha, China

Wanyi has been a doctoral student in Wen's group since Aug. 2015. Her research focuses on nanoscale characterization of polymeric membranes and novel antifouling membrane filtration technologies.
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  1. Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang. Microwave-enhanced Membrane Filtration for Water Treatment. Journal of Membrane Science 568 (2018): 97-104.
  2. Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang. Measurement of Surface Wettability of Engineered Nanoparticles using Atomic Force Microscope. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 20 (2018): 24434-24443.
  3. Wanyi Fu, Lan Wang, Fangjuan Chen, Xuezhi Zhang, Wen Zhang. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Ultrafiltration Membrane Fouling and Defouling Behavior: EDLVO Theory and Interface Adhesion Force Analysis. Journal of Membrane Science 564 (2018): 204-210.
  4. Yifei Wang, Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang, Haiou Huang. Insight on the adsorption of Acetaminophen on MWCNT by Hyperspectral imaging. Langmuir 2018, 34, 44, 13210-13218. (Co-first author)
  5. Shaobin Sun, Hong Yao, Wanyi Fu, Likun Hua, Wen Zhang. Reactive Photo-Fenton Ceramic Membranes: Synthesis, Characterization and Antifouling Performance. Water Research 144 (2018): 690-698.
  6. Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang. Hybrid AFM for Nanoscale Physicochemical Characterization: Recent Development and Emerging Applications. Small 13.11 (2017): 1603525.
  7. Wanyi Fu, Christina Carbrello, Xiaosong Wu, Wen Zhang. Visualizing and Quantifying Nanoscale Hydrophobicity and Chemical Distribution of Surface Modified Polyethersulfone (PES) Membranes. Nanoscale 9.40 (2017): 15550-15557.
  8. Wanyi Fu, Likun Hua, Wen Zhang. Experimental and Modeling Assessment of the Roles of Hydrophobicity and Zeta Potential in Chemically Modified Polyethersulfone Membrane Fouling Kinetics. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 56.30 (2017): 8580-8589. (TOC graph was selected as a highlight in the journal cover)
  9. Jiannan Lu, Sakae Obara, Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang, Shingo Kikuchi. Melt Extrusion for a High Melting Point Compound with Improved Solubility and Sustained Release. AAPS PharmSciTech (2017): 1-13.
  10. Yang Li, Xinjie Wang, Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang, John Crittenden. Interactions between Nano/Micro Plastics and Suspended Sediment in Water: Implications on Aggregation and Settling. Environmental Science & Technology 2018. Under review.​

Awards/Honor

Oral presentations:

1. Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang. Nanoscale Hydrophobicity and Chemical Distribution of Surface Modified Polyethersulfone (PES) Membranes. NAMS 27th Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY, Jun. 11st, 2018.

2. Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang. Probing Nanoscale Hydrophobicity and Chemical Distribution of Surface Modified Membranes. ACS 255th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, Mar. 18th, 2018.

3. Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang. Nanoscale Imaging and Quantifying Chemically Modified Polymer Membrane Properties. MAST Center IAB Meeting, State College, PA, Apr. 23rd, 2018.

4. Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang. Probing Nanoscale Hydrophobicity and Chemical Distribution of Surface Modified Polyethersulfone (PES) Membranes, Eastern Analytical Symposium & Exposition, Plainsboro, New Jersey, Nov. 14th, 2017.

5. Wanyi Fu. Nanoscale Imaging and Quantifying Chemically Modified Polymer Membrane Properties. 

MAST Center IAB Meeting, Newark, NJ, Oct. 23rd, 2017.

6. Wanyi Fu. Nanoscale Imaging and Quantifying Chemically Modified Polymer Membrane Properties. MAST Center IAB Meeting, Fayetteville, AR, Apr. 24th, 2017.

7. Wanyi Fu. Nanoscale Imaging and Quantifying Chemically Modified Polymer Membrane Properties. MAST Center IAB Meeting, Boulder, CO, Oct. 20th, 2016.

8. Wanyi Fu. Nanoscale Imaging and Quantifying with Hybrid AFM technology. ACS 252nd Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 21st, 2016.

9. Wanyi Fu. Nanoscale Imaging and Quantifying Chemically Modified Polymer Membrane Properties. MAST Center IAB Meeting, Newark, NJ, Apr. 18th, 2016.

Poster presentations: (See posters)
1. Wanyi Fu, Microwave-enhanced Membrane Filtration for Water Treatment, AEESP student poster session, Princeton University, Oct. 8th, 2018. 
2. Wanyi Fu, Wen Zhang. Probing Functionalized Nanomaterials on Filtration Membranes at Nanoscale using Hybrid AFM. 1st Pan American Congress of Nanotechnology. São Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 27th, 2017.
3. Wanyi Fu, Experimental and Modeling Assessment of the Roles of Hydrophobicity and Zeta Potential in Chemically Modified Polyethersulfone Membrane Fouling Kinetics, AEESP student poster session, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Aug. 24th, 2017. 
4. Wanyi Fu, Characterization and Antifouling Performances Study of Chemically Modified Polyethersulfone (PES) Membranes, Dana Knox Student Research Showcase, New Jersey Institute of Technology, April 19th, 2017.
5. Wanyi Fu, Low Cost Ceramic Membrane Application on Drinking Water Treatment, AEESP student poster session, Columbia University, Oct. 28th, 2016.
6. Wanyi Fu, Low Cost Ceramic Membrane Application on Drinking Water Treatment, AWWA annual conference student poster contest, Atlantic City, March 16th, 2016.
7. Wanyi Fu, Low Cost Ceramic Membrane Application on Drinking Water Treatment, NJEN annual poster session, Princeton University, March 1st, 2016.

  1. Wen Zhang, Wanyi Fu, Likun Hua. U.S. Patent application No. 62/727,107, entitled Membrane Distillation Apparatus and Membrane for Use therein, filed in NJIT on 9/5/2018.
  2. Wen Zhang, Wanyi Fu. U.S. Patent No. 2018/0104653/A1, Antifouling Membrane Filtration System, published on 4/19/2018.
  3. Wen Zhang, Wanyi Fu. Patent application No. 62/554,122, entitled Microfluidic Cell for Atomic Force Microscopy Enabling In Situ Membrane Filtration Characterization, filed on 9/5/2017.

Conference Presentations(See posters)

1. Global Top 1% Peer Review Awards, Publons, Sep. 2018
2. John J. LaGrosa Scholarship Award, The New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA), May 2018
3. CEE Doctoral Excellence Award, NJIT, May 2018
4. ACS Environmental Chemistry Division Certificate of Merit, ACS, May 2018
5. ENVR Graduate Student Award, ACS, Feb. 2018
6. Travel award, 1st PANNANO Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 2017
7. Excellence Graduation Poster Prize, 12nd Graduate Student Research Day, NJIT, Nov. 2016
8. First place in student poster competition, AWWA NJ 81st Annual Conference, Atlantic City, Mar. 2016

Patents