Mr Min Zheng

Mr Min Zheng

Associate Professor

2014, Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. 
2008, Bachelor in Water and Wastewater Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

A/Prof Zheng received his PhD in environmental science and engineering in July 2014 from Tsinghua University, China. A key feature of his research in environmental engineering has been the essential integration of fundamental science with practical solutions, thereby achieving simultaneous impact across academia and industry. As one outcome, he discovered an ammonia-oxidising bacterium (AOB) that bears the highest tolerance to acid among all known nitrifying microorganisms. This ground-breaking discovery has led to the development of a novel acidic process that suppresses nitrite oxidation in a wastewater treatment system without jeopardising ammonia oxidation activity. This process has supported the development of a suite of innovative technologies for water utilities to achieve sustainable wastewater management. When coupled to the anammox process, it enables autotrophic nitrogen removal from wastewater without the requirement for organic carbon. When applied to treat sludge generated during biological wastewater treatment, this technology is able to significantly reduce sludge production, enhance sludge stabilisation, and also remove toxic metals and contaminants from the sludge.

The innovative technology development and research translation outcomes have supported the ongoing paradigm shift in highly efficient, energy-positive, and low-emission wastewater treatment. The world-first acid-tolerant AOB is being used to develop a suite of novel microbial treatment processes enabling a wastewater treatment plant to be a net energy producer. He also developed a patented approach to the cost-effective manufacture of iron salts on-site at wastewater treatment plants. This addresses a significant problem for water utilities, as it provides reliable access to iron salt for use in water treatment systems, providing multiple benefits to the business. Compared with commercial iron salts, currently sourced as a by-product from steelmaking, which only occurs in New South Wales and South Australia, the new iron salt has key advantages, including being cost-effective, safe, and environmentally friendly.

Since 2012, A/Prof Zheng has published ~120 peer-reviewed papers (110+ in Q1, or top-25%, journals, and 60+ as first or corresponding author). He has published about 50 times, mostly as corresponding author, in the two most prestigious Nature-indexed journals in the field of Environmental Engineering: Water Research (IF=12.8; journal rank 1/145 in Waste Management and Disposal, 1/277 in Water Science and Technology) and Environmental Science & Technology (IF=11.4; handled by the American Chemical Society, this is the most authoritative journal in the field of ‘Environment’). Three papers, published in 2022/2023, are Clarivate ‘Highly Cited’ papers, meaning they rank in the top 1% by citations in the Environment & Ecology field, and one is a ‘Hot Paper’ (top 0.1% by citations). 

Since the award of a highly competitive International Exchange Postdoctoral Fellowship (as the sole recipient in civil engineering among 120 winners), which enabled his move from China to Australia, A/Prof Zheng has initiated and managed a number of Australian research projects and competitive grants as lead CI or CI, including 1 ARC Discovery Project (DP230101340), 2 ARC Linkage Projects (LP190101262, LP220200963), 2 Industry Research Fellowships (AQIRF091, IE230100245), 1 Cooperative Research Centre-Project (CRCPX000053), and 3 Industry Investments, for a career total research income of $6.5M. He has supervised 4 PhD students to completion. Since completion, these graduates have won an ARC DECRA Fellowship and the Australian Water Association (AWA)’s National Student Prize.

Collectively, his career to date has focused on developing innovative solutions to significant problems in the water industry. He leads initiatives regarding aspects of environmental & civil engineering, across the disciplines of chemical/urban water engineering, microbiology, and biotechnology. His future research will be further dedicated to innovations and applications in biochemical processes for net-zero emissions, waste recycling and infrastructure in urban water systems.

  • Book Chapters | 2017
    Zheng M; Wu S; Liu YC; Dong Q, 2017, 'Release of organics by conventional activated sludge with appropriate ultrasonic treatment for nitritation', in Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, pp. 297 - 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58421-8_47
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Zuo ZQ; Zheng M; Xiong HL; Liu YC; Shi HC, 2017, 'Thermophilic hydrolysis and fermentation to produce short-chain fatty acids from waste sludge', in Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, pp. 230 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58421-8_36
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Hou J; Zhu Y; Liu J; Lin L; Zheng M; Yang L; Wei W; Ni BJ; Chen X, 2024, 'Competitive enrichment of comammox Nitrospira in floccular sludge', Water Research, 251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2024.121151
    Journal articles | 2024
    Hu Z; Cen X; Zhang R; Zheng M, 2024, 'Production of ammonium nitrate for nitrogen recovery in a single bioreactor operating at pH 3', Chemical Engineering Journal, pp. 152748 - 152748, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2024.152748
    Journal articles | 2024
    Liu W; Li J; Liu T; Zheng M; Meng J; Li J, 2024, 'Temperature-resilient superior performances by coupling partial nitritation/anammox and iron-based denitrification with granular formation', Water Research, 254, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2024.121424
    Journal articles | 2024
    Niu C; Ying Y; Zhao J; Zheng M; Guo J; Yuan Z; Hu S; Liu T, 2024, 'Superior mainstream partial nitritation in an acidic membrane-aerated biofilm reactor', Water Research, 257, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2024.121692
    Journal articles | 2024
    Pan J; Li J; Zhang T; Liu T; Xu K; Wang C; Zheng M, 2024, 'Complete ammonia oxidation (comammox) at pH 3–4 supports stable production of ammonium nitrate from urine', Water Research, 257, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2024.121686
    Journal articles | 2024
    Sohn W; Jiang J; Su Z; Zheng M; Wang Q; Phuntsho S; Kyong Shon H, 2024, 'Microbial community analysis of membrane bioreactor incorporated with biofilm carriers and activated carbon for nitrification of urine', Bioresource Technology, 397, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2024.130462
    Journal articles | 2024
    Wang P; Ou R; Tan J; Li N; Zheng M; Jin Q; Yu J; He D, 2024, 'Effect of sludge redistribution strategy on stability of partial nitrification-anammox process: Further exploration of the potential value of sludge', Chemosphere, 355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2024.141707
    Journal articles | 2024
    Wang Z; Lu X; Zhang X; Yuan Z; Zheng M; Hu S, 2024, 'Ammonium-based bioleaching of toxic metals from sewage sludge in a continuous bioreactor', Water Research, 256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2024.121651
    Journal articles | 2024
    Xu Z; Wei J; Abid A; Liu Z; Wu Y; Gu J; Ma D; Zheng M, 2024, 'Formation and toxicity contribution of chlorinated and dechlorinated halobenzoquinones from dichlorophenols after ozonation', Science of the Total Environment, 914, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.169860
    Journal articles | 2024
    Zhang Y; Yang X; Zhang X; Sun D; Liu X; Lan R; Zheng M; van Loosdrecht MCM; Cheng X, 2024, 'Proteins in hydrothermal carbonization liquor of sewage sludge interfere with vivianite crystallization for phosphorus recovery', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 208, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2024.107731
    Journal articles | 2024
    Zhen J; Zheng M; Wei W; Ni SQ; Ni BJ, 2024, 'Extracellular electron transfer (EET) enhanced anammox process for progressive nitrogen removal: A review', Chemical Engineering Journal, 482, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2024.148886
    Journal articles | 2024
    Zheng M; Liu T, 2024, 'A fresh start to sustainable sewage nitrogen removal', Nature Sustainability, 7, pp. 232 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41893-024-01286-x
    Journal articles | 2024
    Zuo Z; Niu C; Zhao X; Lai CY; Zheng M; Guo J; Hu S; Liu T, 2024, 'Biological bromate reduction coupled with in situ gas fermentation in H2/CO2-based membrane biofilm reactor', Water Research, 254, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2024.121402
    Journal articles | 2024
    Zuo Z; Xing Y; Liu T; Zheng M; Lu X; Chen Y; Jiang G; Liang P; Huang X; Liu Y, 2024, 'Methane mitigation via the nitrite-DAMO process induced by nitrate dosing in sewers', Water Research, 257, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2024.121701
    Journal articles | 2024
    Zuo Z; Zheng M; Liu T; Peng Y; Yuan Z, 2024, 'New perspectives in free nitrous acid (FNA) uses for sustainable wastewater management', Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering, 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11783-024-1786-5
    Journal articles | 2023
    Cen X; Duan H; Hu Z; Huang X; Li J; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2023, 'Multifaceted benefits of magnesium hydroxide dosing in sewer systems: Impacts on downstream wastewater treatment processes', Water Research, 247, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.120788
    Journal articles | 2023
    Cen X; Li J; Jiang G; Zheng M, 2023, 'A critical review of chemical uses in urban sewer systems', Water Research, 240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.120108
    Journal articles | 2023
    Duan H; Zheng M; Li J; Liu T; Wang Z; Shrestha S; Wang B; Ye L; Hu S; Yuan Z, 2023, 'High Hydraulic Loading Rates Favored Mainstream Partial Nitritation: Experimental Demonstration and Model-Based Analysis', ACS ES and T Water, 3, pp. 556 - 564, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsestwater.2c00569
    Journal articles | 2023
    Hu Z; Hu S; Hong PY; Zhang X; Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Ye L; Deletic A; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2023, 'Impact of electrochemically generated iron on the performance of an anaerobic wastewater treatment process', Science of the Total Environment, 875, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.162628
    Journal articles | 2023
    Hu Z; Hu S; Ye L; Duan H; Wu Z; Hong PY; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2023, 'Novel Use of a Ferric Salt to Enhance Mainstream Nitrogen Removal from Anaerobically Pretreated Wastewater', Environmental Science and Technology, 57, pp. 6712 - 6722, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c08325
    Journal articles | 2023
    Hu Z; Li L; Cen X; Zheng M; Hu S; Wang X; Song Y; Xu K; Yuan Z, 2023, 'Integrated urban water management by coupling iron salt production and application with biogas upgrading', Nature Communications, 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-42158-w
    Journal articles | 2023
    Hu Z; Li W; Duan H; Huang X; Meng J; Yang L; Zheng M, 2023, 'An integrated approach to vivianite recovery from waste activated sludge', Bioresource Technology, 371, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2023.128608
    Journal articles | 2023
    Hu Z; Liu T; Su Z; Zhao J; Guo J; Hu S; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2023, 'Adaptation of anammox process for nitrogen removal from acidic nitritation effluent in a low pH moving bed biofilm reactor', Water Research, 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.120370
    Journal articles | 2023
    Hu Z; Liu T; Wang Z; Meng J; Zheng M, 2023, 'Toward Energy Neutrality: Novel Wastewater Treatment Incorporating Acidophilic Ammonia Oxidation', Environmental Science and Technology, 57, pp. 4522 - 4532, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c06444
    Journal articles | 2023
    Li D; Ren Z; Zhou Y; Jiang L; Zheng M; Liu G, 2023, 'Comammox Nitrospira and Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea Are Dominant Ammonia Oxidizers in Sediments of an Acid Mine Lake Containing High Ammonium Concentrations', Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/aem.00047-23
    Journal articles | 2023
    Li J; Ahmed W; Metcalfe S; Smith WJM; Choi PM; Jackson G; Cen X; Zheng M; Simpson SL; Thomas KV; Mueller JF; Thai PK, 2023, 'Impact of sewer biofilms on fate of SARS-CoV-2 RNA and wastewater surveillance', Nature Water, 1, pp. 272 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s44221-023-00033-4
    Journal articles | 2023
    Lim ZK; Liu T; Zheng M; Rattier M; Keller J; Yuan Z; Guo J; Hu S, 2023, 'Membrane reciprocation as energy-efficient fouling control with high biogas recovery in a pilot-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106849
    Journal articles | 2023
    Liu W; Li J; Li J; Zheng M; Meng J, 2023, 'Long-term effect of zero-valent iron on one-stage partial nitritation and anammox', Chemical Engineering Journal, 455, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2022.140598
    Journal articles | 2023
    Liu W; Li J; Tang L; Li J; Zheng M; Meng J, 2023, 'Achieving high-level nutrient removal and wastewater treatment capacity through iron-mediated microbial process and sludge granulation', Chemical Engineering Journal, 460, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2023.141754
    Journal articles | 2023
    Liu Y; Zuo Z; Li H; Xing Y; Cheng D; Guo M; Liu T; Zheng M; Yuan Z; Huang X, 2023, 'In-situ advanced oxidation of sediment iron for sulfide control in sewers', Water Research, 240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.120077
    Journal articles | 2023
    Lu X; Wang Z; Duan H; Wu Z; Hu S; Ye L; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2023, 'Significant production of nitric oxide by aerobic nitrite reduction at acidic pH', Water Research, 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.119542
    Journal articles | 2023
    Lu Y; Liu T; Niu C; Duan H; Zheng M; Hu S; Yuan Z; Wang H; Guo J, 2023, 'Challenges of suppressing nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in membrane aerated biofilm reactors by low dissolved oxygen control', Water Research, 247, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.120754
    Journal articles | 2023
    Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Zheng M; Hu S; Hong PY; Yuan Z; Deletic A, 2023, 'Nitrification potential of daily-watered biofiltration designs for high ammonium wastewater treatment', Science of the Total Environment, 863, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.160989
    Journal articles | 2023
    Qu S; Liu L; Zhang L; Zheng M; Feng J; Liu C; Miao Y; Jing G, 2023, 'Biodegradation of crude oil by a moderately haloalkaliphilic Acinetobacter strain', Petroleum Science and Technology, 41, pp. 30 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10916466.2022.2041666
    Journal articles | 2023
    Su Z; Liu T; Guo J; Zheng M, 2023, 'Nitrite Oxidation in Wastewater Treatment: Microbial Adaptation and Suppression Challenges', Environmental Science and Technology, 57, pp. 12557 - 12570, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.3c00636
    Journal articles | 2023
    Wang J; Zheng M; Du E; Chu W; Guo H, 2023, 'A Novel Source of Radicals from UV/Dichloroisocyanurate for Surpassing Abatement of Emerging Contaminants Versus Conventional UV/Chlor(am)ine Processes', Environmental Science and Technology, 57, pp. 18452 - 18461, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c06327
    Journal articles | 2023
    Wei J; Wang S; Tang W; Xu Z; Ma D; Zheng M; Li J, 2023, 'Redox-directed identification of toxic transformation products during ozonation of aromatics', Science of the Total Environment, 901, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.165929
    Journal articles | 2023
    Xue Y; Zheng M; Cheng Z; Li S; Yang S; Liu Y; Qian Y; Huang X, 2023, 'Dynamic Simulation of Nitrifying Microbial Communities for Establishing Acidic Partial Nitritation in Suspended Activated Sludge', Environmental Science and Technology, 57, pp. 17542 - 17552, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.3c01282
    Journal articles | 2023
    Zhang K; Prodanovic V; Zhao H; Zheng M; Hu S; Hong PY; Yuan Z; Deletic A, 2023, 'Exploring denitrification and anammox processes in the saturated zone of passively operated vegetated biofiltration systems', Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 9, pp. 3062 - 3075, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d3ew00347g
    Journal articles | 2023
    Zhang Y; Liu T; Li MM; Hua ZS; Evans P; Qu Y; Tan S; Zheng M; Lu H; Jiao JY; Lücker S; Daims H; Li WJ; Guo J, 2023, 'Hot spring distribution and survival mechanisms of thermophilic comammox Nitrospira', ISME Journal, 17, pp. 993 - 1003, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41396-023-01409-w
    Journal articles | 2023
    Zhao J; Liu T; Meng J; Hu Z; Lu X; Hu S; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2023, 'Ammonium concentration determines oxygen penetration depth to impact the suppression of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria inside partial nitritation and anammox biofilms', Chemical Engineering Journal, 455, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2022.140738
    Journal articles | 2023
    Zheng M; Li H; Duan H; Liu T; Wang Z; Zhao J; Hu Z; Watts S; Meng J; Liu P; Rattier M; Larsen E; Guo J; Dwyer J; Akker BVD; Lloyd J; Hu S; Yuan Z, 2023, 'One-year stable pilot-scale operation demonstrates high flexibility of mainstream anammox application', Water Research X, 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wroa.2023.100166
    Journal articles | 2023
    Zhu Y; Hou J; Liu J; Huo P; Yang L; Zheng M; Wei W; Ni BJ; Chen X, 2023, 'Model-based development of strategies enabling effective enrichment and application of comammox bacteria in floccular sludge under mainstream conditions', Science of the Total Environment, 895, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.165051
    Journal articles | 2023
    Zuo Z; Chen Y; Xing Y; Li S; Yang S; Jiang G; Liu T; Zheng M; Huang X; Liu Y, 2023, 'The advantage of a two-stage nitrification method for fertilizer recovery from human urine', Water Research, 235, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.119932
    Journal articles | 2023
    Zuo Z; Xing Y; Duan H; Ren D; Zheng M; Liu Y; Huang X, 2023, 'Reducing sulfide and methane production in gravity sewer sediments through urine separation, collection and intermittent dosing', Water Research, 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.119820
    Journal articles | 2022
    Chen X; Zheng M; Cheng X; Wang C; Xu K, 2022, 'Impact of impurities on vivianite crystallization for phosphate recovery from process water of hydrothermal carbonization of kitchen waste', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106438
    Journal articles | 2022
    Duan H; Watts S; Zheng M; Wang Z; Zhao J; Li H; Liu P; Dwyer J; McPhee P; Rattier M; Larsen E; Yuan Z; Hu S, 2022, 'Achieving robust mainstream nitrite shunt at pilot-scale with integrated sidestream sludge treatment and step-feed', Water Research, 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.119034
    Journal articles | 2022
    Hu L; Cheng X; Qi G; Zheng M; Dang Y; Li J; Xu K, 2022, 'Achieving Ammonium Removal Through Anammox-Derived Feammox With Low Demand of Fe(III)', Frontiers in Microbiology, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.918634
    Journal articles | 2022
    Hu Z; Zheng M; Hu S; Hong PY; Zhang X; Prodanovic V; Zhang K; Pikaar I; Ye L; Deletic A; Yuan Z, 2022, 'Electrochemical iron production to enhance anaerobic membrane treatment of wastewater', Water Research, 225, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.119202
    Journal articles | 2022
    Huang T; Xia J; Liu T; Su Z; Guan Y; Guo J; Wang C; Zheng M, 2022, 'Comammox Nitrospira Bacteria Are Dominant Ammonia Oxidizers in Mainstream Nitrification Bioreactors Emended with Sponge Carriers', Environmental Science and Technology, 56, pp. 12584 - 12591, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c03641
    Journal articles | 2022
    Li J; Deng K; Meng J; Li J; Zheng M, 2022, 'Synergistic denitrification, partial nitrification - Anammox in a novel A2/O2 reactor for efficient nitrogen removal from low C/N wastewater', Journal of Environmental Management, 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.114069
    Journal articles | 2022
    Li J; Liu W; Meng J; Zhao L; Li J; Zheng M, 2022, 'Mesothermal pretreatment using FeCl3 enhances methane production from rice straw', Renewable Energy, 188, pp. 670 - 677, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2022.02.028
    Journal articles | 2022
    Liu W; Li J; Li X; Tian Y; Meng J; Zheng M; Yuan Z, 2022, 'Increasing the removal efficiency of antibiotic resistance through anaerobic digestion with free nitrous acid pretreatment', Journal of Hazardous Materials, 438, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.129535
    Journal articles | 2022
    Mehrani MJ; Bagherzadeh F; Zheng M; Kowal P; Sobotka D; Mąkinia J, 2022, 'Application of a hybrid mechanistic/machine learning model for prediction of nitrous oxide (N2O) production in a nitrifying sequencing batch reactor', Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 162, pp. 1015 - 1024, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2022.04.058
    Journal articles | 2022
    Meng J; Duan H; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2022, 'Gravity settling and centrifugation increase the acid buffer capacity of activated sludge', Science of the Total Environment, 820, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153231
    Journal articles | 2022
    Meng J; Hu Z; Wang Z; Hu S; Liu Y; Guo H; Li J; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2022, 'Determining Factors for Nitrite Accumulation in an Acidic Nitrifying System: Influent Ammonium Concentration, Operational pH, and Ammonia-Oxidizing Community', Environmental Science and Technology, 56, pp. 11578 - 11588, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c07522
    Journal articles | 2022
    Wang J; Zheng M; Deng Y; Liu M; Chen Y; Gao N; Du E; Chu W; Guo H, 2022, 'Generality and diversity on the kinetics, toxicity and DFT studies of sulfate radical-induced transformation of BPA and its analogues', Water Research, 219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.118506
    Journal articles | 2022
    Wang Z; Zheng M; Duan H; Yuan Z; Hu S, 2022, 'A 20-Year Journey of Partial Nitritation and Anammox (PN/A): From Sidestream toward Mainstream', Environmental Science and Technology, 56, pp. 7522 - 7531, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c06107
    Journal articles | 2022
    Xia J; Ni G; Wang Y; Zheng M; Hu S, 2022, 'Mycolicibacter acidiphilus sp. nov., an extremely acid-tolerant member of the genus Mycolicibacter', International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1099/ijsem.0.005419
    Journal articles | 2022
    Xu K; Lu J; Hu L; Li J; Cheng S; Zheng M; Wang C, 2022, 'Pathogens inactivation in nutrient recovery from urine: A review', Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2022.1056019
    Journal articles | 2022
    Xue Y; Zheng M; Wu S; Liu Y; Huang X, 2022, 'Changes in the Species and Functional Composition of Activated Sludge Communities Revealed Mechanisms of Partial Nitrification Established by Ultrasonication', Frontiers in Microbiology, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.960608
    Journal articles | 2022
    Xue Y; Zheng M; Wu S; Liu Y; Huang X, 2022, 'Corrigendum: Changes in the species and functional composition of activated sludge communities revealed mechanisms of partial nitrification established by ultrasonication, (Front. Microbiol, (2022), 13, (960608), 10.3389/fmicb.2022.960608)', Frontiers in Microbiology, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.1006638
    Journal articles | 2022
    Yu W; Duan H; Wang Z; Yang J; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2022, 'Transforming anaerobically digested sludge into high-quality biosolids with an integrated physiochemical approach', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 184, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106416
    Journal articles | 2022
    Zhao J; Ni G; Piculell M; Li J; Hu Z; Wang Z; Guo J; Yuan Z; Zheng M; Hu S, 2022, 'Characterizing and comparing microbial community and biofilm structure in three nitrifying moving bed biofilm reactors', Journal of Environmental Management, 320, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.115883
    Journal articles | 2022
    Zhao J; Zheng M; Su Z; Liu T; Li J; Guo J; Yuan Z; Hu S, 2022, 'Selective Enrichment of Comammox Nitrospira in a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor with Sufficient Oxygen Supply', Environmental Science and Technology, 56, pp. 13338 - 13346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c03299
    Journal articles | 2022
    Zhao Y; Ab Hamid NH; Reddy N; Zheng M; Yuan Z; Duan H; Ye L, 2022, 'Wastewater Primary Treatment Using Forward Osmosis Introduces Inhibition to Achieve Stable Mainstream Partial Nitrification', Environmental Science and Technology, 56, pp. 8663 - 8672, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c05672
    Journal articles | 2022
    Zuo Z; Liu T; Zheng M; Xing Y; Ren D; Li H; Yang S; Liu Y; Yuan Z; Huang X, 2022, 'Recovery of ammonium nitrate solution from urine wastewater via novel free nitrous acid (FNA)-mediated two-stage processes', Chemical Engineering Journal, 440, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2022.135826
    Journal articles | 2021
    Calderon AG; Duan H; Meng J; Zhao J; Song Y; Yu W; Hu Z; Xu K; Cheng X; Hu S; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2021, 'An integrated strategy to enhance performance of anaerobic digestion of waste activated sludge', Water Research, 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.116977
    Journal articles | 2021
    Duan H; Zhao Y; Koch K; Wells GF; Zheng M; Yuan Z; Ye L, 2021, 'Insights into Nitrous Oxide Mitigation Strategies in Wastewater Treatment and Challenges for Wider Implementation', Environmental Science and Technology, 55, pp. 7208 - 7224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c00840
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hu Z; Duan H; Wang Z; Zhao J; Ye L; Yuan Z; Zheng M; Hu S, 2021, 'Centralized iron-dosing into returned sludge brings multifaceted benefits to wastewater management', Water Research, 203, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117536
    Journal articles | 2021
    Li J; Hua Z-S; Liu T; Wang C; Li J; Bai G; Lücker S; Jetten MSM; Zheng M; Guo J, 2021, 'Selective enrichment and metagenomic analysis of three novel comammox Nitrospira in a urine-fed membrane bioreactor.', ISME Commun, 1, pp. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s43705-021-00005-3
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lim ZK; Liu T; Zheng M; Yuan Z; Guo J; Hu S, 2021, 'Versatility of nitrite/nitrate-dependent anaerobic methane oxidation (n-DAMO): First demonstration with real wastewater', Water Research, 194, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.116912
    Journal articles | 2021
    Liu T; Lu Y; Zheng M; Hu S; Yuan Z; Guo J, 2021, 'Efficient nitrogen removal from mainstream wastewater through coupling Partial Nitritation, Anammox and Methane-dependent nitrite/nitrate reduction (PNAM)', Water Research, 206, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117723
    Journal articles | 2021
    Liu Y; Li S; Ni G; Duan H; Huang X; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2021, 'Temperature Variations Shape Niche Occupation of Nitrotoga-like Bacteria in Activated Sludge', ACS Environmental Science and Technology Water, 1, pp. 167 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsestwater.0c00060
    Journal articles | 2021
    Meng J; Liu T; Zhao J; Lu X; Li J; Zheng M, 2021, 'Assessing the stability of one-stage PN/A process through experimental and modelling investigations', Science of the Total Environment, 801, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149740
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang Z; Liu T; Duan H; Song Y; Lu X; Hu S; Yuan Z; Batstone D; Zheng M, 2021, 'Post-treatment options for anaerobically digested sludge: Current status and future prospect', Water Research, 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117665
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang Z; Ni G; Maulani N; Xia J; De Clippeleir H; Hu S; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2021, 'Stoichiometric and kinetic characterization of an acid-tolerant ammonia oxidizer ‘Candidatus Nitrosoglobus’', Water Research, 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117026
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang Z; Ni G; Xia J; Song Y; Hu S; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2021, 'Bioleaching of toxic metals from anaerobically digested sludge without external chemical addition', Water Research, 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117211
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang Z; Zheng M; Duan H; Ni G; Yu W; Liu Y; Yuan Z; Hu S, 2021, 'Acidic aerobic digestion of anaerobically-digested sludge enabled by a novel ammonia-oxidizing bacterium', Water Research, 194, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.116962
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang Z; Zheng M; Hu Z; Duan H; De Clippeleir H; Al-Omari A; Hu S; Yuan Z, 2021, 'Unravelling adaptation of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in mainstream PN/A process: Mechanisms and counter-strategies', Water Research, 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117239
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang Z; Zheng M; Meng J; Hu Z; Ni G; Guerrero Calderon A; Li H; De Clippeleir H; Al-Omari A; Hu S; Yuan Z, 2021, 'Robust Nitritation Sustained by Acid-Tolerant Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria', Environmental Science and Technology, 55, pp. 2048 - 2056, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c05181
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wei J; Ma D; Ma X; Sheng Q; Sun X; Li J; Liu X; Shen J; Zheng M; Wang L, 2021, 'New insight into increased toxicity during ozonation of chlorophenol: The significant contribution of oxidizing intermediates', Science of the Total Environment, 769, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144569
    Journal articles | 2021
    Xu PP; Meng J; Li X; Li J; Sun K; Liu BF; Zheng M, 2021, 'Insights into complete nitrate removal in one-stage nitritation-anammox by coupling heterotrophic denitrification', Journal of Environmental Management, 298, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113431
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zhang J; Hu Z; Liu T; Wang Z; Guo J; Yuan Z; Zheng M, 2021, 'Feasibility of methane bioconversion to methanol by acid-tolerant ammonia-oxidizing bacteria', Water Research, 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117077
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zheng M; Wang Z; Meng J; Hu Z; Liu Y; Yuan Z; Hu S, 2021, 'Inactivation kinetics of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria by free nitrous acid', Science of the Total Environment, 752, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141876
    Journal articles | 2020
    Chen S; Yang Y; Zheng M; Cheng X; Xu K; Dou X, 2020, 'Thermal decomposition of struvite pellet by microwave radiation and recycling of its product to remove ammonium and phosphate from urine', Environmental Research, 188, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109774
    Journal articles | 2020
    Duan H; Gao S; Li X; Ab Hamid NH; Jiang G; Zheng M; Bai X; Bond PL; Lu X; Chislett MM; Hu S; Ye L; Yuan Z, 2020, 'Improving wastewater management using free nitrous acid (FNA)', Water Research, 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.115382
    Journal articles | 2020
    Li J; Xu K; Liu T; Bai G; Liu Y; Wang C; Zheng M, 2020, 'Achieving Stable Partial Nitritation in an Acidic Nitrifying Bioreactor', Environmental Science and Technology, 54, pp. 456 - 463, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b04400
    Journal articles | 2020
    Li S; Duan H; Zhang Y; Huang X; Yuan Z; Liu Y; Zheng M, 2020, 'Adaptation of nitrifying community in activated sludge to free ammonia inhibition and inactivation', Science of the Total Environment, 728, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138713
    Journal articles | 2020
    Liu J; Zheng M; Wang C; Liang C; Shen Z; Xu K, 2020, 'A green method for the simultaneous recovery of phosphate and potassium from hydrolyzed urine as value-added fertilizer using wood waste', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 157, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.104793
    Journal articles | 2020
    Meng J; Duan H; Li H; Watts S; Liu P; Shrestha S; Zheng M; Yu W; Chen Z; Song Y; Dwyer J; Hu S; Yuan Z, 2020, 'Free nitrous acid pre-treatment enhances anaerobic digestion of waste activated sludge and rheological properties of digested sludge: A pilot-scale study', Water Research, 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2020.115515
    Journal articles | 2020
    Meng J; Li J; Li J; Nan J; Zheng M, 2020, 'The effects of influent and operational conditions on nitrogen removal in an upflow microaerobic sludge blanket system: A model-based evaluation', Bioresource Technology, 295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2019.122225
    Journal articles | 2020
    Wang Z; Zheng M; Xue Y; Xia J; Zhong H; Ni G; Liu Y; Yuan Z; Hu S, 2020, 'Free ammonia shock treatment eliminates nitrite-oxidizing bacterial activity for mainstream biofilm nitritation process', Chemical Engineering Journal, 393, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.124682
    Journal articles | 2020
    Zheng M; Li S; Ni G; Xia J; Hu S; Yuan Z; Liu Y; Huang X, 2020, 'Critical Factors Facilitating Candidatus Nitrotoga to Be Prevalent Nitrite-Oxidizing Bacteria in Activated Sludge', Environmental Science and Technology, 54, pp. 15414 - 15423, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c04192
    Journal articles | 2020
    Zuo Z; Song Y; Ren D; Li H; Gao Y; Yuan Z; Huang X; Zheng M; Liu Y, 2020, 'Control sulfide and methane production in sewers based on free ammonia inactivation', Environment International, 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.105928
    Journal articles | 2020
    Zuo Z; Zheng M; Chang J; Ren D; Huang X; Yuan Z; Liu Y, 2020, 'Free nitrous acid-based suppression of sulfide production in sewer sediments: In-situ effect mechanism', Science of the Total Environment, 715, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136871
    Journal articles | 2019
    Duan H; Ye L; Wang Q; Zheng M; Lu X; Wang Z; Yuan Z, 2019, 'Nitrite oxidizing bacteria (NOB) contained in influent deteriorate mainstream NOB suppression by sidestream inactivation', Water Research, 162, pp. 331 - 338, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.07.002
    Journal articles | 2019
    Li S; Zheng M; Wu S; Xue Y; Liu Y; Wang C; Huang X, 2019, 'The impact of ultrasonic treatment on activity of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in activated sludge', Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11783-019-1166-8
    Journal articles | 2019
    Xu K; Qu D; Zheng M; Guo X; Wang C, 2019, 'Water Reduction and Nutrient Reconcentration of Hydrolyzed Urine via Direct-Contact Membrane Distillation: Ammonia Loss and Its Control', Journal of Environmental Engineering (United States), 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001496
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zheng M; Duan H; Dong Q; Ni BJ; Hu S; Liu Y; Huang X; Yuan Z, 2019, 'Effects of ultrasonic treatment on the ammonia-oxidizing bacterial (AOB) growth kinetics', Science of the Total Environment, 690, pp. 629 - 635, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.435
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zheng M; Li S; Dong Q; Huang X; Liu Y, 2019, 'Effect of blending landfill leachate with activated sludge on the domestic wastewater treatment process', Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 5, pp. 268 - 276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8ew00799c
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zheng M; Wu S; Dong Q; Huang X; Yuan Z; Liu Y, 2019, 'Achieving mainstream nitrogen removal via the nitrite pathway from real municipal wastewater using intermittent ultrasonic treatment', Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 51, pp. 406 - 411, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ultsonch.2018.07.033
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zuo Z; Chang J; Lu Z; Wang M; Lin Y; Zheng M; Zhu DZ; Yu T; Huang X; Liu Y, 2019, 'Hydrogen sulfide generation and emission in urban sanitary sewer in China: What factor plays the critical role?', Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 5, pp. 839 - 848, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8ew00617b
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zuo Z; Zheng M; Xiong H; Shi H; Huang X; Liu Y, 2019, 'Short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) production maximization by modeling thermophilic sludge fermentation', Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 5, pp. 11 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8ew00572a
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wu C; Jiao Y; Shen M; Pan C; Cheng G; Jia D; Zhu J; Zhang L; Zheng M; Jia J, 2018, 'Clustering-local-unique-enriched-signals (CLUES) promotes identification of novel regulators of ES cell self-renewal and pluripotency (vol 13, e0206844, 2018)', PLOS ONE, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210042
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wu S; Xue Y; Yang S; Zheng M; Liu Y; Huang X, 2018, 'Study on the inhibition of sulfide on activated sludge activity for nitritation', Huanjing Kexue Xuebao/Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, 38, pp. 3546 - 3551, http://dx.doi.org/10.13671/j.hjkxxb.2018.0085
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wu S; Zheng M; Dong Q; Liu Y; Wang C, 2018, 'Evaluating the excess sludge reduction in activated sludge system with ultrasonic treatment', Water Science and Technology, 77, pp. 2341 - 2347, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2018.164
    Journal articles | 2018
    Xu K; Lin F; Dou X; Zheng M; Tan W; Wang C, 2018, 'Recovery of ammonium and phosphate from urine as value-added fertilizer using wood waste biochar loaded with magnesium oxides', Journal of Cleaner Production, 187, pp. 205 - 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.206
    Journal articles | 2018
    Yang SS; Wu WM; Brandon AM; Fan HQ; Receveur JP; Li Y; Wang ZY; Fan R; McClellan RL; Gao SH; Ning D; Phillips DH; Peng BY; Wang H; Cai SY; Li P; Cai WW; Ding LY; Yang J; Zheng M; Ren J; Zhang YL; Gao J; Xing D; Ren NQ; Waymouth RM; Zhou J; Tao HC; Picard CJ; Benbow ME; Criddle CS, 2018, 'Ubiquity of polystyrene digestion and biodegradation within yellow mealworms, larvae of Tenebrio molitor Linnaeus (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)', Chemosphere, 212, pp. 262 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.08.078
    Journal articles | 2018
    Zhang C; Xu K; Zheng M; Li J; Wang C, 2018, 'Factors Affecting the Crystal Size of Struvite-K Formed in Synthetic Urine Using a Stirred Reactor', Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 57, pp. 17301 - 17309, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.8b03328
    Journal articles | 2018
    Zheng M; Wu S; Zuo Z; Wang Z; Qiu Y; Liu Y; Huang X; Yuan Z, 2018, 'Predictions of the Influent and Operational Conditions for Partial Nitritation with a Model Incorporating pH Dynamics', Environmental Science and Technology, 52, pp. 6457 - 6465, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b00202
    Journal articles | 2018
    Zheng M; Xie T; Li J; Xu K; Wang C, 2018, 'Biochar as a Carrier of Struvite Precipitation for Nitrogen and Phosphorus Recovery from Urine', Journal of Environmental Engineering (United States), 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001450
    Journal articles | 2017
    Zhang C; Xu KN; Li JY; Wang CW; Zheng M, 2017, 'Recovery of Phosphorus and Potassium from Source-Separated Urine Using a Fluidized Bed Reactor: Optimization Operation and Mechanism Modeling', Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 56, pp. 3033 - 3039, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.6b04819
    Journal articles | 2017
    Zheng M; Zuo Z; Zhang Y; Cui Y; Dong Q; Liu Y; Huang X; Yuan Z, 2017, 'Nitrite production from urine for sulfide control in sewers', Water Research, 122, pp. 447 - 454, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2017.05.048
    Journal articles | 2016
    Zheng M; Liu YC; Xin J; Zuo H; Wang CW; Wu WM, 2016, 'Ultrasonic Treatment Enhanced Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacterial (AOB) Activity for Nitritation Process', Environmental Science and Technology, 50, pp. 864 - 871, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b04178
    Journal articles | 2015
    Xu K; Li J; Zheng M; Zhang C; Xie T; Wang C, 2015, 'The precipitation of magnesium potassium phosphate hexahydrate for P and K recovery from synthetic urine', Water Research, 80, pp. 71 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2015.05.026
    Journal articles | 2015
    Zheng M; Wu W; Chi L; Wang C, 2015, 'Distribution, migration and transformation of siloxanes in environment and its impact on biogas application', Huanjing Kexue Xuebao/Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, 35, pp. 3050 - 3056, http://dx.doi.org/10.13671/j.hjkxxb.2014.0993
    Journal articles | 2014
    Zheng M; Liu YC; Wang CW, 2014, 'Modeling of enhanced denitrification capacity with microbial storage product in MBR systems', Separation and Purification Technology, 126, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2014.02.012
    Journal articles | 2013
    Zheng M; Liu YC; Wang CW; Xu KN, 2013, 'Study on enhanced denitrification using particulate organic matter in membrane bioreactor by mechanism modeling', Chemosphere, 93, pp. 2669 - 2674, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.08.045
    Journal articles | 2013
    Zheng M; Liu YC; Xu KN; Wang CW; He H; Zhu W; Dong Q, 2013, 'Use of low frequency and density ultrasound to stimulate partial nitrification and simultaneous nitrification and denitrification', Bioresource Technology, 146, pp. 537 - 542, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2013.07.044
    Journal articles | 2012
    Zheng M; Yang B; Wang CW; Jia HW, 2012, 'Enhanced ammonia removal rate in a pilot-scale MBBR', Zhongguo Huanjing Kexue/China Environmental Science, 32, pp. 1778 - 1783
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    Xu K; Wang C; Zheng M; Yuan X, 2010, 'Eco-sewerage system design for modern office buildings: Based on vacuum and source-separation technology', in AIP Conference Proceedings, pp. 368 - 371, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3456355

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2. Guo, J., Zheng, M., et al. Dual-membrane upgrading towards sustainable wastewater management, ARC LP220200963, $587,000 in total from ARC, Water Corporation, etc.
3. Guo, J., Zheng, M., et al. A novel microbial process breaking through the nitrogen cycling, ARC DP230101340, $406,170.
4. Zheng, M., et al. Sewer corrosion reduction through model-supported ventilation control, ARC LP190101262, $1,319,000 in total from ARC, and Melbourne Water, Water Corporation, Urban Utilities, Washington DC Water.
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2023 Australian Research Council Early Career Industry Fellowship (50 in all disciplines, Australia)
2022 Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship (16 in all disciplines, Queensland)
2017 International Postdoctoral Exchange Fellowship (120 recipients in all disciplines, China)