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Zheng Chen

Senior Associate Professor

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The environment is fascinating because living organisms are powered by redox-active elements, namely C, N, Fe, S, P, and As.Most of our work focuses on the soil-water interface and plant rhizosphere in wetlands (especially rice fields) because they are where the changes, of the redox-active elements forms, happened. The changes are catalyzed by groups of tiny transformers (microorganisms with special functions), usually, their secret lives are not visible unless special tools are used to observe them. Thus, we must work as scientists and engineers, to develop new techniques to study them at small scales, like microsensors and in-situ samplers, even robots.We expect the knowledge from our studies could be applied to provide soil-based solutions for better environments and sustainable methods to remediate polluted soils.更多信息,请在微信搜“西浦陈正研究组”Please contact me by email if you are interested in joining our group.

Research interests

Nutrient recycling from agricultural waste by using microbial fuel cells

Biogeochemical processes of redox-active elements across narrow soil-water interface and rhizosphere in wetlands.

Analytical tools for elements measurement

Remediation of wetlands contaminated by heavy metals and petroleum


Senior associate Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University - 2022 to now

Associate Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University - 2017 to 2022

Lecturer, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University - 2014 to 2017

Visiting scholar, Aquatic Chemistry Research Group, Lancaster University - 2010 to 2011

Research Scientist/Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Environment, Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS - 2009 to 2014

Scientific freelance writer, The Sicence News Magazine - 2008 to 2008

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, CAS - 2008 to 2009

Internship, Gwangju Institute of Science amp; Technology - 2005 to 2005


ENV313 Environmental Remediation and Rehabilitation Field Class

ENV308 Agriculture, Food and Environment

Awards and honours

2013 A survey of rare earth elements distribution in the origin areas of Gan River and Pearl River., National Geographic Air and Water Conservation Fund

2010 Intellectual Ventures Invention Award, Intellectual Ventures Company

2008 Japanese Government Scholarship, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan

2005 The Internship Programme Award, UNU amp; GIST Joint Programme on Science and Technology for Sustainability

2004 Graduate Scholarship Award, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. , Agricultural Chemistry, Hokkaido University, - 2008

M.Sc. , Environmental Sciences, the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, China, - 2005

B.Sc. , Peking University, China, - 2002

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