Professor Zhiguo Yuan

Centre Dir & ARC Laureate Fellow

Advanced Water Management Centre
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
z.yuan@awmc.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54374

Overview

Prof Yuan received his PhD degree in aeronautical engineering in 1992 from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. He changed research direction to wastewater management in 1994, when he took up a postdoctoral research fellow position at Ghent University, Belgium. He joined the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) at The University of Queensland in 1998. He served as the AWMC Deputy Director 2001-2014, and is currently the Director. His research focuses on development of innovative solutions for urban water management through effective integration of fundamental science and applied engineering. He has to date won $45M in government, industry and university research funding since 2001 including 24 ARC Discovery, Linkage and Fellowship grants totalling over $23M, mostly as the lead Chief Investigator. Prof Yuan was one of the founding members of the $117m Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. He has to date published ~450 fully refereed journal papers including a paper in Nature (2013) and Science (2014). His h-index is 76/90, with 19,517/26,522 citations (Scopus/Google Scholar, accessed on May 17, 2020). He is the founder of three biotechnology businesses namely SeweX, Cloevis and Lodomat, and his research has delivered documented savings of over $400 million to the Australian water industry. His research achievements and leadership have been recognized through national and international awards including the 2015 ATSE Clunies Ross Award and the International Water Association (IWA) 2014 Global Project Innovation Award (Applied Research Category) – as Project Leader. Prof Yuan is an IWA Distinguished Fellow and was named as one of Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for 2015. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). He was awarded the highly prestigious ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship in 2017, and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2019.

Research Interests

  • Corrosion and odour management in sewers systems
    Effective control of H2S production in sewer systems and minimise its effect on sewer corrosion and odour generation
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from water and wastewater systems
    Fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater systems including CH4 emission in sewers, N2O emission from wastewater treatment processes and CH4 and N2O emissions from estuaries, dams and bays
  • Biological nutrient removal and recovery
    Innovative technologies and fundamental science for biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal and recovery from wastewater
  • Sludge management in wastewater treatment systems
    Innovative technologies for enhancing bioenergy recovery from wastewater and reducing sludge production

Research Impacts

His research is providing strong knowledge, technology and tool support to the Australian water industry.

The AWMC Sewer Research Program that he leads, the largest in the world, is currently collaborating with almost all major Australian water utilities. His research in this area alone had resulted in documented savings in asset protection and operational costs in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars. Two spin-off consulting companies have been established by UniQuest Pty Ltd built upon the outcomes of his research team, providing modelling and consulting services to water utilities both in Australia and overseas.

His research team on greenhouse gas emissions from water and wastewater systems has provided fundamental knowledge, comprehensive full-scale data sets and advanced mathematical models for the accounting of such emissions. Zhiguo is a member of the International Water Association’s Task Group on Greenhouse Gas Modelling, which aims to deliver modelling tool support for the prediction and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater collection and treatment systems.

Zhiguo’s team on sludge management has also delivered several high innovative technologies that have attracted strong market interests.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Ni, Bing-Jie, Pan, Yuting, Guo, Jianhua, Virdis, Bernardino, Hu, Shihu, Chen, Xueming and Yuan, Zhiguo (2017). Denitrification processes for wastewater treatment. Metalloenzymes in dentrification: applications and environmental impacts. (pp. 368-418) edited by Isabel Moura, Jose J. G. Moura, Sofia R. Pauleta and Luisa B. Maia. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry. doi: 10.1039/9781782623762-00368

  • Gutierrez, Oriol, Jiang, Guangming, Sharma, Keshab and Yuan, Zhiguo (2016). Biofilm development in sewer networks. Aquatic biofilms: ecology, water quality and wastewater treatment. (pp. 145-164) edited by Anna M. Romaní, Helena Guasch and M. Dolors Balaguer. Girona, Spain: Caister Academic Press.

  • Olsson, Gustaf, Yuan, Zhiguo and Kim, Changwon (2014). Automation and control. Activated sludge - 100 Years and counting. (pp. 245-269) edited by David Jenkins and Jiri Wanner. London, United Kingdom: IWA Publishing.

  • Virdis, B., Freguia, S., Rozendal, R. A., Rabaey, K., Yuan, Z. and Keller, J. (2011). Microbial fuel cells. Treatise on water science. (pp. 641-665) edited by Peter A. Wilderer. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53199-5.00098-1

  • Paritam, K. Dutta, Keller, Jurg, Yuan, Zhiguo, Rozendal, Rene A. and Korneel, Rabaey (2010). Conversion of sulfur species in bioelectrochemical systems. Bioelectrochemical systems: From extracellular electron transfer to biotechnological application. (pp. 243-262) edited by Korneel Rabaey, Largus Angenent, Uwe Schroder and Jurg Keller. London, U.K.; New York, U.S.A.: IWA Publishing.

  • Oehmen, Adrian, Yuan, Zhiguo, Zeng, Raymond J. and Keller, Jurg (2004). Performance of enhanced biological phosphorus removal systems enriched with different volatile fatty acids. Young researchers 2004. (pp. 69-78) edited by Richard Steutz and Piet Lens. London, U.K.: IWA Publishing.

  • Yuan, Z., Keller, J. and Lant, P. A. (2003). Optimization and control of nitrogen removal activated sludge processes: A review of recent developments. Biotechnology for the Environment: Wastewater Treatment and Modeling, Waste Gas Handling. (pp. 187-227) edited by Spiros N. Agathos and Walter Reineke. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

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