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  • Biography

    Dr. Zhenghua Zhang is the Principle Investigator of Membrane & Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment center in Institute of Environment and Ecology, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University since Oct 2017. He is the Fellow of International Advanced Materials Association, World's Top 2% Scientist, Adjunct Professor of Queensland University of Science and Technology. Meanwhile, he also serves as the Associate Editor of Frontiers in Environmental Chemistry and the Editorial Board Member of Separations and Processes journals. He is also the winner of 2021 Emerging Investigators - Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Before joining Tsinghua University, he previous worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Water Research Centre, The University of New South Wales (Supervisor: Prof. T. David Waite, Member of US National Academy of Engineering).Dr. Zhang got his PhD degree from The University of New South Wales in Environmental Engineering (Supervisors: Prof. T David Waite, Member of US National Academy of Engineering; Prof. Greg L. Leslie, Director of UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science & Technology). Meanwhile, Dr. Zhang also has the backgrounds of Polymer Chemistry and Physics (Master degree), and Polymer Materials and Engineering (Bachelor degree).  

    So far, Dr. Zhang as the corresponding author has published 80 SCI papers in professional top journals including Nature Communications (Featured article). Meanwhile, the applicant has participated in editing three English monographs published by Elsevier/Springer, and applied for 15 Invention Patents, of which 8 were authorized. In addition, he also participated in the preparation and formulation of one industry standard.

    Talents (especially with Membrane, 2D materials, Chemistry, DFT and MD modelling experience) are welcome to join our Membrane & Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment team (Postdoc, PhD, Master, Visitor).


    Professional Experience

    Additional Positions

    1.   Associate Editor of Frontiers in Environmental Chemistry 

    2.   Guest editor of Processes

    3.   Editorial Board Member of Separations, and Processes journals

    4.   Reviewers of Chemical Review, Environmental Science & Technology, Water Research, Journal of Membrane Science, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental et al more than 20 Top Journals

    5.   Member of the Youth Expert Committee of the China Sea Water Desalination and Water Reuse Society

    6.   Committee Member of Qingdao Water International Conference

    7.   Review Expert of National Natural Science Foundation of Czech and China

    8.   Member of International Water Association (IWA)

    9.   Member of American Chemical Society (ACS)


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  • Current Courses

    • Membrane Science and Technology 

    • Advanced Environmental Chemistry

      Environmental Functional Material 

    Master’s & Ph.D. Advising

  • Research Interests

    Dr. Zhang’s research areas include but are not limited to:

    i) Membrane-based Water Treatment (membrane fabrication, process, fouling control and cleaning);

    ii) Advanced Oxidation Processes (electrochemistry, nanoconfinement catalysis, Fenton-like);

    iii) Functional Materials-based Water Treatment (nanofiber-based, CQDs, polymers).


    Research Output

  • Selected Publications

    So far, Dr. Zhang as the corresponding author has published 80 SCI papers in professional top journals including Nature Communications (Featured article).


    Selected Publications:

    1.  C Meng, B Ding, S Zhang, L Cui, K Ostrikov, Z Huang, B Yang, J Kim, Z Zhang*, 2022, Angstrom-confined catalytic water purification within Co-TiOx laminar membrane nanochannels, NatureCommunications, 13, 4010 (Featured article) 

    2.  L Cui, X Zhao, H Xie, Z Zhang*, 2022, Overcoming the Activity-Stability Trade-Off in Heterogeneous Electro-Fenton Catalysis: Encapsulating Carbon Cloth-Supported Iron Oxychloride within Graphitic Layers, ACS Catalysis, 12, 13334-13348

    3.  M Asif,  S Zhang, L Qiu, Z Zhang*, 2022, Ultrahigh permeance functionalised boron nitride membrane for nanoconfined heterogeneous catalysis, Chem Catalysis, 2,1-13

    4.   Q Ly, L Cui, M Asif, W Khan, L Nghiem, Y Hwang, Z Zhang*, 2023, Membrane-based nanoconfined heterogeneous catalysis for water purification: A critical review, Water Research, 230, 119577  

    5.   W Zhang, S Zhang, C Meng, Z Zhang*, 2023, Nanoconfined catalytic membranes assembled by cobalt-functionalized graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets for rapid degradation of pollutants, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 322, 122098

    6.   L Cui, M Sun, Z Zhang*, 2023, An efficient, green and residual oxidant-free wastewater treatment technology enabled by coupling dual-cathode heterogeneous electro-Fenton and UV radiation in tandem, Green Chemistry

    7.  Y Li, B Ji, Z Chen, Z Zhang*, 2023, Polydopamine and D-tyrosine-functionalized PTFE membrane for membrane distillation of secondary effluent: Fouling mitigation and mechanism,Journal of Membrane Science, 683, 121857

    8.   T Maqbool, M Sun, L Chen, Z Zhang*, 2022, Exploring the fate of dissolved organic matter at the molecular level in the reactive electrochemical ceramic membrane using fluorescence spectroscopy and FT-ICR MS, Water Research, 210, 117979

    9.  M Asif, H Kang, Z Zhang*, 2023, Assembling CoAl-layered metal oxide into the gravity-driven catalytic membrane for Fenton-like catalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals and personal care products, Chemical Engineering Journal, 463, 142340

    10.   L Cui, M Sun, Z Zhang*, 2022, Flow-through integration of FeOCl/graphite felt-based heterogeneous electro-Fenton and Ti4O7-based anodic oxidation for efficient contaminant degradation, Chemical Engineering Journal, 450, 138263        

    11.  T Maqbool, Q Ly, K He, L Cui, Y Zhang, M Sun, Z Zhang*, 2022, Reactive electrochemical ceramic membrane for effective removal of high concentration humic acid: insights of different performance and mechanisms, Journal of Membrane Science, 651, 120460

    12.  Y Ma, B Ji, X Lv, D Xiong, X Zhao, H Xie, Z Zhang*, 2022, Confined heterogeneous catalysis by boron nitride-Co3O4 nanosheet cluster for peroxymonosulfate oxidation toward ranitidine removal, Chemical Engineering Journal, 435, 135126

    13.   M Asif, B Ren, C Li, K He, X Zhang, Z Zhang*, 2021, Understanding the role of in-situ ozonation in Fe(II)-dosed membrane bioreactor (MBR) for membrane fouling mitigation, Journal of Membrane Science, 633, 119400

    14.  M Asif, Z Zhang*, 2021, Ceramic membrane technology for water and wastewater treatment: A critical review of performance, full-scale applications, membrane fouling and prospects, Chemical Engineering Journal, 418, 129481

    15.  M Asif, C Li, B Ren, T Maqbool, X Zhang, Z Zhang*, 2021, Elucidating the impacts of intermittent in-situ ozonation in a ceramic membrane bioreactor: Micropollutant removal, fouling mechanisms and functional genes,Journal of Hazardous Materials, 402, 123730

    16.  Y Ma, X Lv, D Xiong, X Zhao, C Meng, Z Zhang*, 2021, Rapid and long-lasting acceleration of zero-valent iron nanoparticles@ Ti3C2-based MXene/peroxymonosulfate oxidation with bi-active centers toward ranitidine removal, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 9, 19817-19833

    17.  Y Ma, X Lv, D Xiong, X Zhao, Z Zhang*, 2021, Catalytic degradation of ranitidine using novel magnetic Ti3C2-based MXene nanosheets modified with nanoscale zero-valent iron particles, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 284, 119720

    18.  X Zhao, Y You, S Huang, Y Wu, Y Ma, G Zhang, Z Zhang*, 2020, Z-scheme photocatalytic production of hydrogen peroxide over Bi4O5Br2/g-C3N4 heterostructure under visible light, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental , 278, 119251

    19.   T Maqbool, J Zhang, Y Qin, Q Ly, M Asif, X Zhang, Z Zhang*, 2020, Seasonal occurrence of N-nitrosamines and their association with dissolved organic matter in full-scale drinking water systems: Determination by LC-MS and EEM-PARAFAC, Water Research, 183, 116096

    20.  T Maqbool, Q Ly, Y Qin, C Li, M Asif, Z Zhang*, 2020, Exploring the relative changes in dissolved organic matter for assessing the water quality of full-scale drinking water treatment plants using a fluorescence ratio approach, Water Research, 183, 116125


    1. Z Zhang*, 2020, Chapter 8: Nutrient removal in MBRs and by membrane separation, Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering: Advanced Membrane Separation Processes for Sustainable Water and Wastewater Management – Aerobic Membrane Bioreactor Processes and Technologies,ISBN 9780128198094,Elsevier.

    2. M Asif, Z Zhang, T Vu, M.A.H Johir, N Pathak, L Nghiem and L Nguyen, 2021, Chapter: Membrane bioreactor for wastewater treatment: Current status, novel configurations and cost analysis, Cost-efficient Wastewater Treatment Technologies: Engineered Systems (The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry), Nasr M. & Negm A. Eds, Springer.

    3. M Asif*, Z Zhang*, S Iftekharb, V Lehtob, 2021, Chapter: Recent advances in polysaccharide-derived biopolymeric nanomaterials for water treatment, Biopolymeric Nanomaterials: Fundamentals and Applications, Gupta R.M. et al. Eds. ISBN 9780128243640, Elsevier. 



  • Awards and Honors

    ·           Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials

    ·           World's Top 2% Scientists

    ·           2021 Emerging Investigators - Journal of Materials Chemistry A