Center for Water Environment Engineering

Research Group of Water-Environmental Nanotechnology



PI: Prof. FANG Tao, PhD


Associate Prof.: BAO Shaopan 

Post-doctoral researcher: ZHANG Weicheng 

Research assistant: TANG Wei 

PhD students: XIANG Dongfang, XIAN Bo, RAO Chenyang 

Postgraduate students: LIU Xiaying, CHU Fuhao, FANG Fang 

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Tel: 86-27-68780995 


General Introduction:    

The Research Group of Water-Environmental Nanotechnology mainly focuses on the synthesis and application of nanomaterials in aquatic environments, the environmental behavior and impact of nanomaterials, and the eco-remediation of polluted waters.  

In recent years, this group has been carrying on many projects supported by the Major Science and Technology Program for Water Pollution Control and Treatment, the National Key Research and Development Project, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and other projects commissioned by Chinese Academy of Sciences, regional governments and enterprises.  

Current research interests:  

* The application of nanotechnology and nanomaterials in polluted water treatment;   

* The fates and toxicities of manufactured nanomaterials in the aquatic environment;   

* Ecological treatment technologies on sewage, wastewater and contaminated water.  

Selected Publications:    

1)       Bao, S., Xue, L., Xiang, D., Xian, B., Tang, W., & Fang, T. (2023). Silver nanoparticles alter the bacterial assembly and antibiotic resistome in biofilm during colonization. Environmental Science: Nano10(2), 656-671. 

2)       Xu, J., Bao, S., Xiang, D., Xue, L., Tang, W., & Fang, T. (2023). Effects of silver nanoparticles on denitrification and anammox in sediments of hypertrophic and mesotrophic lakes. Science of The Total Environment858, 159933. 

3)       Wang, T., Xue, L., Liu, Y., Fang, T., Zhang, L., & Xing, B. (2022). Insight into the significant contribution of intrinsic defects of carbon-based materials for the efficient removal of tetracycline antibiotics. Chemical Engineering Journal, 435, 134822. 

4)       Wang, T., Xue, L., Liu, Y., Fang, T., Zhang, L., & Xing, B. (2022). Ring defects-rich and pyridinic N-doped graphene aerogel as floating adsorbent for efficient removal of tetracycline: Evidence from NEXAFS measurements and theoretical calculations. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 435, 128940. 

5)       Cai, S., Shu, Y., Tian, C., Wang, C., Fang, T., Xiao, B., & Wu, X. (2022). Effects of chronic exposure to microcystin-LR on life-history traits, intestinal microbiota and transcriptomic responses in Chironomus pallidivittatus. Science of The Total Environment823, 153624. 

6)       Bao, S., Xiang, D., Xue, L., Xian, B., Tang, W., & Fang, T. (2022). Pristine and sulfidized ZnO nanoparticles alter microbial community structure and nitrogen cycling in freshwater lakes. Environmental Pollution294, 118661. 

7)       Wang, T., Xue, L., Zheng, L., Bao, S., Liu, Y., Fang, T., & Xing, B. (2021). Biomass-derived N/S dual-doped hierarchically porous carbon material as effective adsorbent for the removal of bisphenol F and bisphenol S. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 416, 126126. 

8)       Bao, S., Xu, J., Tang, W., & Fang, T. (2021). Effect and mechanism of silver nanoparticles on nitrogen transformation in water-sediment system of a hypereutrophic lake. Science of The Total Environment761, 144182. 

9)       Zhang, W., Song, K., Ding, R., Han, H., Yao, L., Ji, M., ... & Fang, T. (2021). Role of polystyrene microplastics in sunlight-mediated transformation of silver in aquatic environments: Mechanisms, kinetics and toxicity. Journal of Hazardous Materials419, 126429. 

10)    Liu, X., Huang, M., Bao, S., Tang, W., & Fang, T. (2020). Nitrate removal from low carbon-to-nitrogen ratio wastewater by combining iron-based chemical reduction and autotrophic denitrification. Bioresource technology, 301, 122731. 

11)    Xu, J., Liu, X., Huang, J., Huang, M., Wang, T., Bao, S., ... & Fang, T. (2020). The contributions and mechanisms of iron-microbes-biochar in constructed wetlands for nitrate removal from low carbon/nitrogen ratio wastewater. RSC advances, 10(39), 23212-23220. 

12)    Wang, T., Zheng, L., Liu, Y., Tang, W., Fang, T., & Xing, B. (2020). A novel ternary magnetic Fe3O4/g-C3N4/Carbon layer composite for efficient removal of Cr (VI): A combined approach using both batch experiments and theoretical calculation. Science of the Total Environment, 730, 138928. 

13)    Bao, S., Huang, M., Tang, W., Wang, T., Xu, J., & Fang, T. (2020). Opposite effects of the earthworm Eisenia fetida on the bioavailability of Zn in soils amended with ZnO and ZnS nanoparticles. Environmental Pollution, 260, 114045. 

14)    Bao, S., Tang, W., & Fang, T. (2020). Sex-dependent and organ-specific toxicity of silver nanoparticles in livers and intestines of adult zebrafish. Chemosphere249, 126172. 

15)    Zhang, W., Huang, J., Liang, L., Yao, L., & Fang, T. (2019). Dual impact of dissolved organic matter on cytotoxicity of PVP-Ag NPs to Escherichia coli: Mitigation and intensification. Chemosphere214, 754-763. 

16)    Bao, S., Liang, L., Huang, J., Liu, X., Tang, W., Yi, J., & Fang, T. (2019). Removal and fate of silver nanoparticles in lab-scale vertical flow constructed wetland. Chemosphere214, 203-209. 

17)    Zhang, W., Xiao, B., & Fang, T. (2018). Chemical transformation of silver nanoparticles in aquatic environments: Mechanism, morphology and toxicity. Chemosphere191, 324-334. 

18)    Fang, T., Bao, S., Sima, X., Jiang, H., Zhu, W., & Tang, W. (2016). Study on the application of integrated eco-engineering in purifying eutrophic river waters. Ecological Engineering94, 320-328. 

19)    Bao, S., Huang, J., Liu, X., Tang, W., & Fang, T. (2018). Tissue distribution of Ag and oxidative stress responses in the freshwater snail Bellamya aeruginosa exposed to sediment-associated Ag nanoparticles. Science of the total environment, 644, 736-746. 

20)    Bao, S., Wang, H., Zhang, W., Xie, Z., & Fang, T. (2016). An investigation into the effects of silver nanoparticles on natural microbial communities in two freshwater sediments. Environmental pollution219, 696-704. 

21)    Wang, H., Li, Y., Chen, Y., Li, L., Fang, T., & Tang, Z. (2015). Development of a conjugated polymer-based fluorescent probe for selective detection of HOCl. Journal of Materials Chemistry C3(20), 5136-5140. 

22)    Bao, S., Lu, Q., Fang, T., Dai, H., & Zhang, C. (2015). Assessment of the toxicity of CuO nanoparticles by using Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants with multiple genes deleted. Applied and Environmental Microbiology81(23), 8098-8107. 

23)    Xiong, D., Fang, T., Yu, L., Sima, X., & Zhu, W. (2011). Effects of nano-scale TiO2, ZnO and their bulk counterparts on zebrafish: acute toxicity, oxidative stress and oxidative damage. Science of the Total environment409(8), 1444-1452.