Dr Kefeng Zhang
Research Fellow

Dr Kefeng Zhang

  • PhD, 2015, Monash University, Australia

  • MsE, 2011, Southeast University, China

  • BsE, 2008, Southeast University, China

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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


Kefeng has been working in the area of urban water management using nature-based green technologies (e.g., bioretention systems, wetlands and green walls). He tries to understand the pollution and risks associated with different water types (in particular stormwater, greywater and pre-treated wastewater), and then use green technologies for managing these risks. Currently he is developing frameworks for risk quantification, control and monitoring of stormwater treatment systems (real time control and monitoring, ARC DECRA project). Through these research, he wants to promote safe stormwater harvesting in practice, and use of nature-based systems for water treatment.

+61 2 9385 5072
Room 139, Vallentine Annex, Building H22, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Jia J; Zlatanova S; Zhang K; Liu H, 2022, 'Integrated Stormwater Analysis Model to Support Sustainable Urban Green Space Design', ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, vol. 10, pp. 153 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-X-4-W2-2022-153-2022


  • (2022-2024) Passive biofiltration processes for effective nitrogen removal from polluted waters. Deletic A., McCarthy D., Zhang K., Prodanovic V., Cook P., Goonetilleke A., Australian Research Council Discovery Projects (ARC DP).
  • (2021-2022) Review of stormwater quality to support the development of evidence-based stormwater recycling guidelines, Zhang K., McCarthy D., Deletic A., Khan Stuart, Le Clech P., Flecher T. Water Research Australia (and its partners)
  • (2021-2024) 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, Zhang K., Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (ARC DECRA)
  • (2020-2022) Tree-pits for wastewater treatment: Technology development and testing, Deletic A., Prodanovic V., Zhang K. Center of Excellence for Neom Research At KAUST
  • (2020-2024) Greywater treatment and reuse using vegetated walls for sustainable urban greening in Qatar, Deletic A., Zhang K., Prodanovic V. Qatar National Research Fund 2020


  • (2017 - 2021) All-solid-state Z-scheme photocatalysts for water treatment (ARC Discovery project, UNSW CI)
  • (2017 - 2020) Sino-Australia Centre on Sponge City (Research manager), Dajiang Environment.
  • (2017 - 2020) Biofiltration Technology for Stormwater Management in Jiangsu. Easthigh Environment.
  • (2018) Business plan for Sponge City technology and modelling tools in Jiangsu China. Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute Project.
  • (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)

  • 3 Nov 2020

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA, DE210101155), by Australian Research Council

  • 29 Jan 2019

UNSW Award - Promoting High Quality Research Papers Scheme (Key Incentive 1)
Publishing manuscript in Water Research journal

  • July 2018

Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, in recognition of the contributions made to the quality of the journal Science of The Total Environment (top#10% journal in Environmental Engineering)

  • April 2017

Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, in recognition of the contributions made to the quality of the journal Water Research (the No#1 journal in many water/environmental related areas)

  • 6 Oct 2016

Eric Laurenson Medal by Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and Monash University – awarded to newly graduated PhD for the best PhD thesis in urban water research. The award values highly on the recipient’s ability to communicate their research findings to industry.

  • 15 Jan 2015

The Postgraduate Publication Award (PPA) by Monash University – awarded to high-achieving PhD students towards the end of their doctoral program at Monash.

  • 2014 & 2013

Organisation Excellence – awarded to the successful organisation of a parallel oral presentation section in Research Symposiums by Victorian Association of Chinese PhD students and Young Scholars (VACPs)

Working relationship with:

  • Water Research Australia
  • Melbourne Water
  • Sydney Water
  • Cooks Rivier Alliance
  • Georges Riverkeeper
  • Stormwater NSW
  • Monash University

International collaboration:

  • EAWAG (Switzerland)
  • HBKU (Qatar)
  • KAUST (Saudi Arabia)

My Research Supervision

  • JIadong Zhang (PhD), 2022- ongoing, Real time control Green Technologies for stormwater management. Primary supervisor
  • Lihao Yuan (MPhil), 2021 - ongoing, Tree pits for wastewater treatement. Primary supervisor.
  • Wenhui Wu, 2020 - ongoing, Planning of Water Sensitive Urban Design systems for urban flood mitigation. Secondary supervisor.
  • Abd-Ur-Rehman Hafiz Muhammad (Scientia PhD Student), 2019-ongoing, Hybrid Green Wall Systems For Wastewater Treatment in Urban Landscape. Primary supervisor.
  • Jia, Jing, 2019-ongoing, Sponge City Approches for Chinese Superblocks. Joint supervisor.
  • Zheng, Zhaozhi, 2018- ongoing, Using photo-electrochemical oxidation system to treat organic pollutants in stormwater. Primary supervisor.







My Teaching

CVEN9625, Fundamentals of Water Engineering, from Term 1 2023, https://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate/courses/2020/cven9625/

CVEN9611, Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Manageemnt (Water Sensitive Urban Design Part), https://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate/courses/2021/CVEN9611