Wen Zhang is currently an 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. Dr. Zhang's research integrates nanotechnology into environmental engineering to develop innovative solutions for environmental sustainability and challenges in water-energy nexus (WEN). His PhD work focused on the environmental fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles, biological interactions, as well as nanomaterial characterization at biointerfaces. At NJIT, 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. Wen is the recipient of a number of 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, and the 2016 ASCE New Jersey Section's Educator of the Year.
- Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2011
- M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University 2007
- B.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2004
1. Environmental Engineering (EnE 262)
2. Fundamental Engineering Design (FED 101)
3. Nanotechnology minor Course (NANO 488)
4. Environmental Microbiology (EnE 662)
Dr. Wen Zhang’s research focuses on environmental nanotechnology, photocatalysis, and sustainable nanomaterials for water treatment, disinfection, and renewable energy production.
Selected Research Projects
1. PI. Imaging and Quantifying Chemically Modified Polymer Membrane Properties at Nanoscale (#15-3). MAST CENTER, Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology, NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, $165,000. Duration: 09/01/2015-8/31/2018
2. Co-PI. EPA P3 grant: Low Cost Family Water Filter for Developing Countries ($15,000 Phase I). EPA Agreement Number: SU835994. PI: Jay Meegoda
3. PI. NSF I-Corps Site Award ($1500) at NJIT (ID# F2015-2): Development of Multifunctional Reactive Electrochemical Membranes (REM) for Biomass Recovery with Fouling Reduction, Water Reuse, and Cell Pretreatment for Lipid Extraction.
4. PI. 2015 Undergraduate Research and Innovation Student Seed Grant (Phase I: $500 and Phase II: $3000): Development of Multifunctional Reactive Electrochemical Membranes for Biomass Recovery with Fouling Reduction, Water Reuse, and Cell Pretreatment.
5. In situ Characterization of Visible-Light-Responsive Photocatalysts for H2 Production and Pollutant Degradation using Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). Faculty Seed Grant (FSG), $7500. Duration: 11/15/2014-6/30/2015
6. PI. Switchable hydrophobic-hydrophilic magnetic nanoparticles for sustainable algal harvesting. NCE Research Planning Grant, $7000. Duration: 01/01/2013-6/30/2014
7. Co-PI. Investigation of alternative measures for flood mitigation in the Hackensack/Moonachie/Little Ferry area. 2013. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has awarded NJIT a $289,000. Duration: 09/01/2013-12/31/2013
8. Co-PI (PI: Yongsheng Chen). Method Development for Quantification of Physicochemical Properties of Engineered Nanoparticles and Their Local-Scale Biological Effects. 2012 NSF CBET. $300,000. Duration: 09/2012-09/2015.