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Southern Cross GeoScience

Dr Zhaohui Wang

Zhaohui Wang

BEng, Central South University, China

MSc (Microbiology), Central South University (CSU), China

PhD (Physical Chemistry), Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, "Environmental photochemistry of iron(III)-dicarboxylate complexes and its environmental implications" (supervisor: J.C. Zhao)


Research interests/background

  • Photo (chemical) redox cycling of iron and their environmental implications
  • Metal bioextraction
  • Biogeochemistry: microbe-mineral interactions
  • Advanced oxidation technologies for water treatment
  • Halogenation and dehalogenation process during wastewater treatment

Awards and honours

  • Chen Guang Scholar, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Shanghai Education Development Foundation, 2010.
  • Top Students Award, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009.
  • Excellent Youth Scientist Award, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, 2008.
  • First Prize for Changsha Youth Science & Technology Innovation Contest, 2005.


Journal articles


Jiang B., Guo J., Zheng X., Wang Z., Zheng J., Wu W., Wu M., Xue Q. (2015) A green approach towards simultaneous remediations of Chromium(VI) and Arsenic(III) in aqueous solution. Chemical Engineering Journal 262, 1144-1151. (2012 ERAID 3854- FOR code 0904)

Wang Z., Xiao D., Bush R.T., Liu J. (2015) Coprecipitated arsenate inhibits thermal transformation of 2-line ferrihydrite: Implications for long-term stability of ferrihydrite. Chemosphere 122, 88-93 (2012 ERAID 35098- FOR code MD)

Li J., Luo G., Gao Y., Yuan S., Du J., Wang Z. (in press) Quantitative evaluation of potential ecological risk of heavy metals in sewage sludge from three wastewater treatment plants in main urban area of Wuxi, China. Chemistry and Ecology. Published on-line Oct 2014 (2012 ERAID 124326 - FOR 03, 05)

Xiao, D., Lou, X., Liu, R., Guo, Y., Zhou, J., Fang, C., Wang, Z., Liu, J. (in press) Fe-catalyzed photoreduction of Cr(VI) with dicarboxylic acid (C2-C5): divergent reaction pathways. Desalination and Water Treatment. Accepted Manuscript. (2012 ERAID 41476- FOR 0904)


Guo Y., Zhou J., Lou X., Liu R., Xiao D., Fang C., Wang Z., Liu J. (2014) Enhanced degradation of tetrabromobisphenol A in water by a UV/base/persulfate system: Kinetics and intermediates. Chemical Engineering Journal 254, 538-544 (2012 ERAID 3854- FOR code 0904)

Liu R., Guo Y., Wang Z., Liu J. (2014) Iron species in layered clay: Efficient electron shuttles for simultaneous conversion of dyes and Cr(VI). Chemosphere 95, 643-646 (2012 ERAID 35098- FOR code MD)

Liu R., Xiao D., Guo Y., Wang Z., Liu J. (2014) A novel photosensitized Fenton reactioncatalyzed by sandwiched iron in synthetic nontronite. RSC Advances 4, 12958-12963. (2012 ERAID N/A)

Lou X., Wu L., Guo Y., Chen C., Wang Z., Xiao D., Fang C., Liu J., Zhao J., Lu S. (2014) Peroxymonosulfate activation by phosphate anion for organics degradation in water. Chemosphere 117, 582-585. (2012 ERAID 35098- FOR code MD)

Wang H., Zhang L., Chen Z., Hu J., Li S., Wang Z., Liu J., Wang X. (2014) Semiconductor heterojunction photocatalysts: design, construction, and photocatalytic performances. Chemical Society Reviews 43, 5234-5244. (2012 ERAID 1323- FOR code 03)

Wang Z. (2014) Probing the importance of planar surfaces and crystal edges for electron transfer within iron-bearing clays. RSC Advances 4, 31476-31480 (2012 ERAID N/A)

Wang Z., Bush R.T., Sullivan L.A., Chen C.C., Liu J. (2014) Selective oxidation of arsenite by peroxymonosulfate with high utilization efficiency of oxidant. Environmental Science and Technology 48, 3978-3985. (2012 ERAID 4674 - FOR code MD)

Wang Z., Liu J. (2014) New insight into photochemical oxidation of Fe(II): the roles of Fe(III) and reactive oxygen species. Catalysis Today 224, 244-250. (2012 ERAID 1417- FOR code 03 or 09)

Wang Z., Xiao D., Liu J. (2014) Diverse redox chemistry of photo/ferrioxalate system. RSC Advances 4, 44654-44658. (2012 ERAID N/A)

Wang Z., Xiao D., Liu R., Guo Y., Lou X., Liu J. (2014) Fenton-like degradation of reactive dyes catalyzed by biogenic jarosite. Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies 17(1), 104-108. (2012 ERAID 42078- FOR code 0306)

Xiao D., Guo Y., Lou X., Fang C., Wang Z., Liu J. (2014) Distinct effects of oxalate versus malonate on the iron redox chemistry: implications for the Photo-Fenton reaction. Chemosphere 103, 354-358. (2012 ERAID 35098- FOR code MD)

Yuan R., Wang Z., Hu Y., Wang B., Gao S. (2014) Probing the radical chemistry in UV/persulfate-based saline wastewater treatment: Kinetics modelling and byproducts identification. Chemosphere 109, 106-112. (2012 ERAID 35098- FOR code MD)

Zhou S., Li J., Chen J., Liu Z., Na P., Wang Z. (2014) Enhanced Cr(VI) removal from aqueous solutions using Ni/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles: characterization, kinetics and mechanism. RSC Advances, 4, 50699-50707 (2012 ERAID N/A)


Guo Y., Lou X., Fang C., Wang Z., Liu J. (2013). Novel photo-sulfite system: towards simultaneous transformations of inorganic and organic pollutants. Environmental Science and Technology 47, 11174−11181 (2012 ERAID 4674- FOR code MD)

Lou X.Y., Guo Y.G., Xiao D.X., Wang Z.H., Lu S.Y., Liu J.S. (2013) Rapid dye degradation with reactive oxidants generated by chloride-induced peroxymonosulfate activation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 20(9), 6317-6323. (2012 ERAID 5827- FOR code 03,05 or 06)

Wang Z., Bush R.T., Liu J. (2013). Arsenic(III) and Iron(II) co-oxidation by oxygen and hydrogen peroxide: divergent reactions in the presence of organic ligands. Chemosphere 93, 1936-1941. (2012 ERAID 35098- FOR code MD)

Wang Z., Bush R.T., Sullivan L.A., Chen C.C., Liu J. (2014) Selective oxidation of arsenite by peroxymonosulfate with high utilization efficiency of oxidant. Environmental Science and Technology 48, 3978-3985. (2012 ERAID 4674- FOR code MD)

Wang Z.H., Bush R.T., Sullivan L.A., Liu J.S. (2013) Simultaneous redox conversion of chromium(VI) and arsenic(III) under acidic conditions. Environmental Science and Technology 47, 6486-6492. (2012 ERAID 4674 - FOR code MD)

Xu L., Yuan R., Guo Y., Xiao D., Cao Y., Wang Z., Liu, J. (2013) Sulfate radical-induced degradation of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol: a de novo formation of chlorinated compounds. Chemical Engineering Journal 217, 169-173. (2012ERAID 3854 - FOR code 0904)


Guo Y., Lou X., Xiao D., Xu L., Wang Z., Liu J. (2012) Sequential reduction-oxidation for photocatalytic degradation of tetrabromobisphenol A: kinetics and intermediates. Journal of Hazardous Materials 241-242, 301-306. (2012 ERAID 4682 - FOR 09)

Wang Z., Chen C., Ma W., Zhao J.(2012)Photochemical Coupling of Iron Redox Reactions and Transformation of Low-Molecular-Weight Organic Matter. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 3, 2044 - 2051 (2012 ERAID 122857 - FOR 03)

Wang Z., Liu R., Liu J. (2012)Trivalent Chromium: A Neglected Latent Contaminant. Vitamins & Trace Elements. 1, 1000-115. (2012 ERAID N/A)

Wang Z., Song W., Ma W., Zhao J.(2012)Environmental photochemistry of iron complexes and their involvement in environmental chemical processes. Progress in Chemistry. 24,423-432. (2012 ERAID N/A)

Wang Z., Xie X., Liu J.(2012)Experimental measurements of short-term adsorption of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans onto chalcopyrite. Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China. 22, 442-446. (2012 ERAID N/A)

Yuan R., Ramjaun N.S., Wang Z., Liu, J.(2012)Concentration profiles of chlorine radicals and their significances in OH-induced dye degradation: Kinetic modelling and reaction pathways. Chemical Engineering Journal. 209, 38-45. (2012 ERAID 3854 - FOR 0904)

Yuan R., Ramjaun N.S., Wang Z., Liu J.(2012)Photocatalytic degradation and chlorination of azo dye in saline wastewater: kinetics and AOX formation. Chemical Engineering Journal. 192, 171-178. (2012 ERAID 3854 - FOR 0904)

Yuan R., Wang Z., Liu J. (2012)Chloride: A Menace to Advance Oxidation Processes (AOPs). Journal of Civil & Environmental Engineering. 2, 1000-104.(2012 ERAID N/A)


Chen X., Ma W., Li J., Wang Z., Chen C., Ji H., Zhao J.(2011)Photocatalytic Oxidation of organic pollutants catalyzed by an iron complex at biocompatible pH values: using O2 as main oxidant in a Fenton-like reaction. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 115, 4089V4095.

Ramjaun N.S., Yuan R., Wang Z., Liu J.(2011)Degradation of reactive dyes by contact glow discharge electrolysis in the presence of Cl- ions: kinetics and AOX formation. Electrochimica Acta. 58, 364-371.

Wang Z., Ma W., Chen C., Ji H., Zhao J.(2011)Photodegradation mechanism of chlorophenols pollutants by TiO2 photocatalysis. Scientia Sinica Chimica. 41(8), 1286 -1297.

Wang Z., Ma W., Chen C., Ji H., Zhao J.(2011)Probing paramagnetic species in titania-based heterogeneous photocatalysis by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy-A mini review. Chemical Engineering Journal.170, 353-362. (Cover Article)

Wang Z., Xie X., Liu J.(2011)Numerical modelling of potential profiles in electrical double layer of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans cell surface. The Chinese Journal of Nonferrous Metals. 21(6), 1485-1490.

Wang Z., Yuan R., Guo Y., Xu L., Liu J.(2011)Effects of chloride ions on bleaching of azo dyes by Co2+/Oxone regent: kinetic analysis. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 190, 1083-1087.

Ye J., Yuan R., Wang Z., Liu J.(2011)Dynamic changes of nitrogen in saline-alkaline paddy field and its potential environmental impacts. Agricultural Sciences and Technology. 12(3), 443-446.

Yuan R., Ramjaun N.S., Wang Z., Liu J.(2011)Effects of chloride ion on degradation of Acid Orange 7 by sulfate radical-based advanced oxidation process: Implications for formation of chlorinated aromatic compounds. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 196, 173-179.

Yuan R., Ye J., Wang Z., Liu J.(2011)Dynamic variation characteristics of phosphorus in paddy field runoff in saline land and its potential environmental effect. Journal of Anhui Agricultural Sciences. 39(19), 11656-11659.

Zhang C., Liu J., Pan B., Wang Z., Zhan Y., Zhang W.(2011)Industrial experiments for treatment of mine wastewater from dexing copper mine. Metal Mine. 40(07), 146-149.

Zhang C., Liu J., Wang H., Wang Z.(2011)Treatment of acid-alkali mixed mine wastewater with oxidation process. Journal of Wuhan University (Natural Sciences Edition). 57(2), 179-184.


Wang Z., Chen X., Ma W., Chen C., Zhao J.(2010)Photochemical cycling of iron mediated by dicarboxylates: special effect of malonate. Environmental Science and Technology. 44, 263-268.

Wang Z., Xie X., Xiao S., Liu J.(2010)Adsorption behaviour of glucose on pyrite surface investigated by TG, FTIR and XRD analyses. Hydrometallurgy.102 (1-4), 87-90.

Wang Z., Xie X., Xiao S., Liu J.(2010)Comparative study of interaction between pyrite and cysteine by thermogravimetric and electrochemical techniques. Hydrometallurgy.101, 88-92.


Wang Z., Ma W., Chen C., Zhao J.(2009)Light-assisted decomposition of dyes over iron-bearing soil clays in the presence of H2O2. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 168, 1246-1252.


Wang Z., Ma W., Chen C., Zhao J.(2008)Photochemical coupling reactions between Fe(III)/Fe(II), Cr(VI)/Cr(III) and polycarboxylates: inhibitory effect of Cr species. Environmental Science and Technology. 42, 7260-7266.


Liu J., Wang Z., Chen H., Zhang Y.(2006)Study on interfacial electrokinetic characteristics before and after bioleaching microorganism adhesion to pyrite. Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China. 16, 676-680.

Liu J., Wang Z., Geng M., Qiu G.(2006)Progress in the study of polyphase interfacial interactions between microorganism and mineral in bio-hydrometallurgy. Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, 26, 40-44.

Liu J., Wang Z., Li B., Zhang Y.(2006)Interaction between pyrite and cysteine. Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China. 16, 943-946.


Liu J., Xia H., Wang Z.(2004)Treatment of waste water from powder blue (CoO) production with sulphur precipitation-coagulation. Journal of Central South University (Science and Technology). 35, 941-944.

Liu J., Xia H., Wang Z., HuY. (2004)Investigation of bacterial oxidation activity in heap leaching. Journal of Central South University of Technology. 11, 375-379.

Book chapters

Chen. C., Wang Z., Ma W., Zhao J.(2011)Photocatalytic degradation of organic contaminants on mineral surface. In: Biophysico-Chemical Processes of Anthropogenic Organic Compounds in Environmental Systems, Eds. Xing, B., Senesi, N., Huang, P. M. (Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), 91-111.

Wang Z., Ma W., Chen C., Zhao J.(2011)Chapter 16: EPR Application in Environmental Chemistry. In: Modern Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy and Its Application, Ed. Lu, J. (Beijing: Peking University Medical Press), 385-400.

Wang Z., Ma W., Chen C., Zhao J. C3 Sensitization of titania semiconductor: A promising strategy to utilize visible light. In: Photocatalysis and water purification. From fundamentals to recent applications, Ed. Pichat, P. Precontract with: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NJ, Hoboken USA. (In Press)

Wang Z., Ma W., Liu J., Zhao J.(2011)Chapter 24: Photodegradation of persistent toxic organic pollutants and their mechanism. In: Advance and Prospect of Environmental Chemistry, Eds. Wang, C., Zhu, L., Jiang, G. (Beijing: Science Press), 500-512.

Data collections

Ward N.J., Shepherd T., Wang Z. (2014). Data from: Changes in the surface water chemistry at low tide in drainage channels at East Trinity coastal wetland, Cairns (August 2013). Southern Cross University View data collection here

Conference papers

Wang Z., Bush R.T., Sullivan L.A. (2014) Simultaneous redox transformation of chromium(VI) and arsenic(III) in acidic solutions: implications for acid sulfate drainage remediation In: "Proceedings of the 4th National Conference on Acid Sulfate Soils". 20th-21st May 2014, Perth, Australia.

Other publications

Ward N.J., Bush R.T., Wang Z., Sullivan L.A., Fyfe D.M., Choppala G., Williams L., Toppler N., Bush M. (2014) Investigations into the factors affecting the rates of recovery of acid sulfate soils in the Lower Lakes. Prepared for South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Southern Cross GeoScience Technical Report No. 114, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW. 209 pp.