Kefeng Zhang

Senior Lecturer / ARC DECRA Fellow
Senior Lecturer

Senior Research Associate / ARC DECRA fellow in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Water Research Centre (WRC)

Bio

Kefeng is working on the development, monitoring and validation of green technologies for stormwater management, e.g. bioretention systems and green walls. Through his PhD, Kefeng has developed the first validation framework for passive stormwater treatment systems for micropollutant removal, which earned him the Postgraduate Publication Award by Monash University and Eric Laurenson Medal by Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Since his post-doctoral research at Monash he has been involved in the development of planning and decision support modelling tools i.e. Water Sensitive Cities Toolkit that incorporates large multidisciplinary collaborations. Kefeng is also involved in stormwater quality monitoring and modelling. Apart from working on a number of research projects, Kefeng has also lectured an third year undergraduate course on drinking water treatment and supply in Southeast University, guest lectured Postgraduate Masters course on Water Sensitive Stormwater Design at Monash University, and International Water Centre Masters of Integrated Water Management on Water Sensitive Cities Toolkit.

Education

  • PhD, 2015, Monash University, Australia

  • MsE, 2011, Southeast University, China

  • BsE, 2008, Southeast University, China

Work Experience

  • now, Senior Research Associate, Water Research Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • 2016-2017, Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University

  • 2015-2017, Research Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University 

Academic leadership

  • 2017 - now, Research Manager, Sino-Australia Centre on Sponge City

    • green technology development for stormwater management in China
    • urban water modelling

 

     

    Journal articles
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    Zhang K; Liu Y; Deletic A; McCarthy DT; Hatt BE; Payne EGI; Chandrasena G; Li Y; Pham T; Jamali B; Daly E; Fletcher TD; Lintern A, 2021, 'The impact of stormwater biofilter design and operational variables on nutrient removal - a statistical modelling approach', Water Research, vol. 188, pp. 116486, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2020.116486
    2021
    Fowdar H; Payne E; Schang C; Zhang K; Deletic A; McCarthy D, 2021, 'How well do stormwater green infrastructure respond to changing climatic conditions?', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 603, pp. 126887 - 126887, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126887
    2021
    Hawken S; Sepasgozar S; Prodanovic V; Jing J; Bakelmun A; Avazpour BS; Che S; Zhang K, 2021, 'What Makes a Successful Sponge City Project? Expert perceptions of critical factors in integrated urban water management in the Asia-pacific', Sustainable Cities and Society, pp. 103317 - 103317, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.103317
    2021
    Zhang S; Chen J; Sang W; Li M; Prodanovic V; Zhang K, 2021, 'Metagenomic insights into the explanation of biofilter performance distinction induced by dissolved oxygen increment', Process Safety and Environmental Protection, vol. 153, pp. 329 - 338, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2021.07.035
    2021
    Zinger Y; Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Fletcher TD; Deletic A, 2021, 'The effect of intermittent drying and wetting stormwater cycles on the nutrient removal performances of two vegetated biofiltration designs', Chemosphere, vol. 267, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.129294
    2021
    Zheng Z; Zhang K; Toe CY; Amal R; Zhang X; McCarthy DT; Deletic A, 2021, 'Stormwater herbicides removal with a solar-driven advanced oxidation process: A feasibility investigation', Water Research, vol. 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2020.116783
    2021
    Fang H; Jamali B; Deletic A; Zhang K, 2021, 'Machine learning approaches for predicting the performance of stormwater biofilters in heavy metal removal and risk mitigation', Water Research, vol. 200, pp. 117273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117273
    2021
    Zhang S; He X; Prodanovic V; Zhang K, 2021, 'Effect of filling ratio and backwash on performance of a continuous-flow SPD reactor packed with PCL as carbon source', Water Environment Research, vol. 93, pp. 1381 - 1390, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wer.1530
    2021
    Batalini de Macedo M; Nóbrega Gomes Júnior M; Pereira de Oliveira TR; H. Giacomoni M; Imani M; Zhang K; Ambrogi Ferreira do Lago C; Mendiondo EM, 2021, 'Low Impact Development practices in the context of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A new concept, lessons learned and challenges', Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, pp. 1 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10643389.2021.1886889
    2021
    Zhang K; Barron NJ; Zinger Y; Hatt B; Prodanovic V; Deletic A, 2021, 'Pollutant removal performance of field scale dual-mode biofilters for stormwater, greywater, and groundwater treatment', Ecological Engineering, vol. 163, pp. 106192 - 106192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106192
    2021
    Zhang K; Deletic A; Dotto CBS; Allen R; Bach PM, 2020, 'Modelling a ‘business case’ for blue-green infrastructure: lessons from the Water Sensitive Cities Toolkit', Blue-Green Systems, vol. 2, pp. 383 - 403, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/bgs.2020.018
    2020
    Zhang K; Bach PM; Mathios J; Dotto CBS; Deletic A, 2020, 'Quantifying the benefits of stormwater harvesting for pollution mitigation', Water Research, vol. 171, pp. 115395, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.115395
    2020
    Deletic A; Qu J; Bach PM; Liu G; Wang A; Zhang K, 2020, 'The multi-faceted nature of Blue-Green Systems coming to light', BLUE-GREEN SYSTEMS, vol. 2, pp. 186 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/bgs.2020.002
    2020
    Kandra H; McCarthy DT; Deletic A; Zhang K, 2020, 'Modelling the clogging of a field filtration system used for stormwater harvesting', Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, vol. 6, pp. 993 - 1003, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9ew00926d
    2020
    Shi B; Bach PM; Lintern A; Zhang K; Coleman RA; Metzeling L; McCarthy DT; Deletic A, 2019, 'Understanding spatiotemporal variability of in-stream water quality in urban environments – A case study of Melbourne, Australia', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 246, pp. 203 - 213, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.06.006
    2019
    Zhang K; Deletic A; Bach PM; Shi B; Hathaway JM; McCarthy DT, 2019, 'Testing of new stormwater pollution build-up algorithms informed by a genetic programming approach', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 241, pp. 12 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.04.009
    2019
    Payne EG; McCarthy DT; Deletic A; Zhang K, 2019, 'Biotreatment technologies for stormwater harvesting: critical perspectives', Current Opinion in Biotechnology, vol. 57, pp. 191 - 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.copbio.2019.04.005
    2019
    Zhang K; Randelovic A; Deletic A; Page D; McCarthy DT, 2019, 'Can we use a simple modelling tool to validate stormwater biofilters for herbicides treatment?', Urban Water Journal, vol. 16, pp. 412 - 420, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2018.1508593
    2019
    Zhang K; Manuelpillai D; Raut B; Deletic A; Bach PM, 2019, 'Evaluating the reliability of stormwater treatment systems under various future climate conditions', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 568, pp. 57 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.10.056
    2019
    McCarthy DT; Zhang K; Westerlund C; Viklander M; Bertrand-Krajewski JL; Fletcher TD; Deletic A, 2018, 'Assessment of sampling strategies for estimation of site mean concentrations of stormwater pollutants', Water Research, vol. 129, pp. 297 - 304, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2017.10.001
    2018
    Zhang K; Yong F; McCarthy DT; Deletic A, 2018, 'Predicting long term removal of heavy metals from porous pavements for stormwater treatment', Water Research, vol. 142, pp. 236 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2018.05.038
    2018
    Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Hatt B; McCarthy D; Deletic A, 2018, 'Optimisation of lightweight green wall media for greywater treatment and reuse', Building and Environment, vol. 131, pp. 99 - 107, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.01.015
    2018
    Feng W; McCarthy DT; Henry R; Zhang X; Zhang K; Deletic A, 2018, 'Electrochemical oxidation for stormwater disinfection: How does real stormwater chemistry impact on pathogen removal and disinfection by-products level?', Chemosphere, vol. 213, pp. 226 - 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.09.038
    2018
    Prodanovic V; Hatt B; McCarthy D; Zhang K; Deletic A, 2017, 'Green walls for greywater reuse: Understanding the role of media on pollutant removal', Ecological Engineering, vol. 102, pp. 625 - 635, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.02.045
    2017
    Randelovic A; Zhang K; Jacimovic N; McCarthy D; Deletic A, 2016, 'Stormwater biofilter treatment model (MPiRe) for selected micro-pollutants', Water Research, vol. 89, pp. 180 - 191, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2015.11.046
    2016
    Zhang K; Randelovic A; Deletic A; Page D; McCarthy DT, 2016, 'Stormwater biofilters: A new validation modelling tool', Ecological Engineering, vol. 87, pp. 53 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2015.11.014
    2016
    Zhang K; Valognes V; Page D; Deletic A; McCarthy D, 2016, 'Validation of stormwater biofilters using in-situ columns', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 544, pp. 48 - 55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.11.150
    2016
    Zhang K; Deletic A; Page D; McCarthy DT, 2015, 'Surrogates for herbicide removal in stormwater biofilters', Water Research, vol. 81, pp. 64 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2015.05.043
    2015
    Zhang K; Randelovic A; Aguiar LM; Page D; McCarthy DT; Deletic A, 2015, 'Methodologies for pre-validation of biofilters and wetlands for stormwater treatment', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0125979
    2015
    Chen M; Zheng Z; Fu D; Zhang K, 2014, 'Characteristics of Hg pollution in urban stormwater runoff in Nanjing city, China', Journal of Southeast University (English Edition), vol. 30, pp. 158 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.3969/j.issn.1003-7985.2014.02.004
    2014
    Zhang K; Randelovic A; Page D; McCarthy DT; Deletic A, 2014, 'The validation of stormwater biofilters for micropollutant removal using in situ challenge tests', Ecological Engineering, vol. 67, pp. 1 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.03.004
    2014
    Zhang K; Fu D; Li H, 2012, 'Comparison and analysis characteristics of PHAs pollution for different types of roof runoff', Dongnan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)/Journal of Southeast University (Natural Science Edition), vol. 42, pp. 99 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.3969/j.issn.1001-0505.2012.01.019
    2012
    Zhang K; Li H; Fu D; Zhou F; Chen M, 2011, 'Characteristics of heavy metal pollution in runoff from three different types of roofs', Huanjing Kexue Xuebao/Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, vol. 31, pp. 724 - 730
    2011
    Conference Papers
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    Jia J; Zlatanova S; Hawken S; Zhang KF, 2020, 'MAKING SMART URBAN DECISIONS: The NICHE of A PARAMETRIC SPATIAL MODEL to BALANCE the NEEDS of URBAN STORMWATER MANAGEMENT and HUMAN WELLBEING', in ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Copernicus GmbH, pp. 79 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-VI-4-W2-2020-79-2020
    2020
    Jia J; Zlatanova S; Zhang K, 2020, 'Exploring spatial parameters to evaluate human walking accessibility of urban green space', in International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives, pp. 73 - 80, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIV-3-W1-2020-73-2020
    2020
    Randelovic A; Zhang K; McCarthy D; Deletic A, 2019, 'Assessing Uncertainty of a Biofilter Micropollutant Transport Model MPiRe', in Green Energy and Technology, pp. 246 - 250, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99867-1_41
    2019
    Deletic A; Zhang K; Jamali B; Charette-Castonguay A; Kuller M; Prodanovic V; Bach PM, 2019, 'Modelling to Support the Planning of Sustainable Urban Water Systems', in Mannina G (ed.), New Trends in Urban Drainage Modelling, Springer International Publishing, pp. 10 - 19
    2019
    Zhang K; Manuelpillai D; Raut B; Jakob C; Reeder M; Deletic A; Bach P, 2017, 'Impact of future rainfall projections from ensemble GCMs on stormwater management', in Impact of future rainfall projections from ensemble GCMs on stormwater management, 14th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Prague, Czech, presented at 14th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Prague, Czech, 10 September 2017 - 15 September 2017
    2017
    Zhang K; Bach PM; Dotto CBS; Allen R; Deletic A, 2016, 'Quantifying stormwater management impacts using the Water Sensitive Cities Modelling Toolkit', in Quantifying stormwater management impacts using the Water Sensitive Cities Modelling Toolkit, 2016 Low Impact Development Conference, Beijing, China, presented at 2016 Low Impact Development Conference, Beijing, China, 29 August 2016 - 31 August 2016
    2016
    Zhang K; Deletic A; Page, D ; McCarthy, D , 2016, 'Validation Framework for Water Sensitive Urban Design Treatment Systems', in Validation Framework for Water Sensitive Urban Design Treatment Systems, 2016 International Low Impact Development Conference, Beijing, China, presented at 2016 International Low Impact Development Conference, Beijing, China, 29 August 2016 - 31 August 2016
    2016
    Zhang K; Randelovic A; Page D; Deletic A; McCarthy DT, 2014, 'Validation of stormwater biofilters: development of a laboratory based tool', in Validation of stormwater biofilters: development of a laboratory based tool, 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Sarawak, Malaysia, presented at 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Sarawak, Malaysia, 07 September 2014 - 12 September 2014
    2014
    Zhang K; Tian X; Page D; Deletic A; McCarthy D, 2014, 'Use of water sensitive urban design systems for biofiltration of urban stormwater: laboratory biodegradation batch studies', in Nakamoto N; Graham N; Collins MR; Gimbel R (eds.), PROGRESS IN SLOW SAND AND ALTERNATIVE BIOFILTRATION PROCESSES: FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS, IWA PUBLISHING, Nagoya, JAPAN, pp. 441 - 450, presented at 5th International Slow Sand and Alternative Biological Filtration Conference, Nagoya, JAPAN, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000346972900059&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    2014
    Zhang K; Aguiar L; Randelovic A; McCarthy DT; Deletic A, 2013, 'Determination of operational and challenge conditions for validation of stormwater biofilters and wetlands', in Determination of operational and challenge conditions for validation of stormwater biofilters and wetlands, 8th International Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference, the Gold Coast, Queensland., presented at 8th International Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference, the Gold Coast, Queensland., 25 September 2013 - 29 September 2013
    2013
    Li H; Zhang KF; Fu DF; Zhou F, 2012, 'Study of characteristics of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) pollution in urban roof runoff', in WSUD 2012 - 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design: Building the Water Sensitive Community, Final Program and Abstract Book
    2012
    Zhang KF; Filip S; Chandrasena GI; McCarthy DT; Daly E; Pham T; Kolotelo P; Deletic A, 2012, 'Micro-pollutant removal in stormwater biofilters: A preliminary understanding from 3 challenge tests', in WSUD 2012 - 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design: Building the Water Sensitive Community, Final Program and Abstract Book
    2012
    Chandrasena GI; Filip S; Zhang K; Osborne CA; Deletic A; McCarthy DT, 2012, 'Pathogen and indicator microorganism removal in field scale stormwater biofilters', in WSUD 2012 - 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design: Building the Water Sensitive Community, Final Program and Abstract Book
    2012

    Ongoing

    • From stormwater to potable water via Water Sensitive Urban Design? Framework for risk quantify, control and monitoring of Water Sensitive Urban Design systems for safe stormwater harvesting (ARC DECRA project, 2021 - 2024)
    • All-solid-state Z-scheme photocatalysts for water treatment (ARC Discovery project, 2017 - 2021)
    • Wastewater Treatment Cycle - Tree pits for wastewater treatment (CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR NEOM RESEARCH AT KAUST, 2020 - 2021)
    • Greywater treatment and reuse using vegetated walls for sustainable urban greening in Qatar (Qatar National Research Fund, in collaboration with Qatar Uni and Hamad bin Khalifa University, 2020 - 2024)

    Completed

    • (2017 - 2020) Sino-Australia Centre on Sponge City
    • (2017 - 2020) Biofiltration Technology for Stormwater Management in Jiangsu
    • (2018 - 2019) A framework for evaluating the success of Sponge City (SC) projects (UNSW -SJTU seed projects)
    • (2019) Cross Faculty Lab for Urban Water Resilience and Sponge Cities (UNSW cross faculty projects)
    • Green technologies for urban stormwater management (e.g. bioretention systems, green walls)
    • Stormwater quality monitoring & modelling
    • Integrated urban water modelling
    • Water Sensitive Urban Design (sponge city)

    CVEN9600, Urban Hydrology (Water Sensitive Urban Design Part)