Assistant Professor at Swansea University
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Dr. Wei Zhang has obtained his PhD in Environmental Engineering as a recipient of Australian Postgraduate Award and Industry (APAI) scholarship (2008), Chinese Government Award for Excellent Students Abroad (2009) and Australian Water Association (AWA) Postgraduate Water Research prize (2012). For the last ten years, he has been delivering original and high-quality research in the development of novel prototype technologies, especially in the research field of Water Treatment and Monitoring, including capacitive deisonisation (CDI) for brackish water desalination and graphene electrochemical biosensors for various key water contaminants detection (e.g. heavy metals and algal toxins). This was further evidenced by his track-record of securing competitive research funding in excess of £500,000 as principal investigator (PI) in nearly all the world’s leading countries for innovation and technology, i.e. Australia, USA, Japan, China and EU. Among these, he has been awarded three prestigious international fellowship: 1) Australian Endeavour Fellowship in 2014, 2) Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship in 2015 and 2) Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF) in 2017. In his research career, he has published more than 40 high impact journal papers/book chapters (h-Index: 13) and been invited to give keynote talks in three international conferences. Until now, he has co-supervised 4 PhD students to successful completion in three different universities. He currently serves as a board member for JSPS Bridge Fellowship Nomination Australian Subcommittee, and grant evaluator for 1) Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, 2) Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, and 3) World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, Solar Impulse Foundation, Switzerland.