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Yuanyuan Tang

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Dr. Yuanyuan Tang is an Assistant Professor in Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). She has got her PhD degree from The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2012, and worked in HKU as a Postdoctoral Fellow until August 2014. She received her Master’s degree (2007) from Peking University and Bachelor’s degree (2004) degrees from Ocean University of China. At SUSTech, Dr. Tang has successfully established the “Environmental Materials” research group, leading postgraduate students and postdocs from different training background in interdisciplinary environmental research, with research interests focusing on the transformation and stabilization mechanisms of heavy metals, interfacial interactions of microplastics and other pollutants, "waste-to-resource" options for biowastes, and the development of ceramic membrane from municipal solid waste. She has also obtained funding for over 14 research projects, including NSFC, Peacock Plan Team, etc. Dr. Tang has published over 40 SCI journal articles, including on high-impact environmental journals, such as Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Water Research etc. She has published 3 book chapters in the field of solid waste management and metal stabilization. She has also presented more than 40 conference papers and applied over 10 patents. Dr. Tang organized “Guangdong-HK Environmental Materials Workshop in 2015”, and has been invited as keynote speaker and session chair by several international conference committees. She also got numerous awards including “Overseas High-Caliber Personnel, Shenzhen” and “The HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers” as well as “Excellent Research Award” and “Excellent Teaching Award”, and “Excellent Mentor Award” of SUSTech.

 

Education

9/2008- 8/2012 The University of Hong Kong, Department of Civil Engineering
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering                                                                                 Hong Kong

9/2004-7/2007 Peking University, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences
M.S. in Ecology                                                                                                             Beijing, China

9/2000-7/2004 Ocean University of China, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering     
B.S. in Environmental Science                                                                                   Qingdao, China

 

Work Experience
9/2014-Present Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)                   Assistant Professor
9/2012- 2014/8 The University of Hong Kong                                                                    Postdoctoral Fellow
7/2007-7/2008 Energy Saving Cooperation Alliance (ESCA)                                          Assistant to Secretary-General

 

Research Interests
•  Transformation and stabilization mechanisms of heavy metals
•  "Waste-to-resource" options for biowastes
•  Ceramic materials from municipal solid waste
•  Environmental impacts of microplastics

 

Activities and Services
• Guest Editor: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
• International Scientific Committee Member: The 2nd International Conference on Biological Waste as Resource 2017 (BWR2017); The 3rd International Conference on Biological Waste as Resource 2018 (BWR2018)
• Organizer and Chair: Guangdong-HK Environmental Materials Workshop in 2015
• Session Chair: The Tenth International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT) China (2015) ; The 9th Asia-Pacific Landfill Symposium—Integrated Waste Management and Sustainable Landfilling (APALS 2016); The 2nd International Conference on Biological Waste as Resource 2017 (BWR2017); The 3rd International Conference on Biological Waste as Resource 2017 (BWR2018)
• Organizer and Chair: Guangdong-HK Environmental Materials Workshop in 2015, China (2015)
• Organizer and Coordinator: The First Student International Environment Forum, China (2006)
• Organizer and Coordinator: “Green Olympic” Forum, China (2005)
• Chief: Study Department of the Student's Union, Peking University, China (2005)
• Secretary: “Creation Week for Oversea Scholars” Organized by Qingdao Government, China (2001)

 

Projects
•  “Long-Term Stabilization Mechanisms for Lead, Chromium, and Cadmium in Low-Temperature Reacting Ceramic Matrices” (NSF21707063), National Natural Science Foundation of China , 2018.01-2020.12,¥250,000, PI
•  “Secondary Pollution Mechanisms and Integrated Ecological Remediation of Heavy Metals in River Sediments”, (JCYJ20160429191618506), Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Committee, 2016.07-2019.07,¥2,000, 000, PI
•  “Heavy Metal Stabilization Mechanisms in Glass-Ceramics from Sewage Sludge”, (JCYJ20150601155130432), Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Committee, 2015.01-2018.05,¥300,000, PI, Completed
•  “Spinel Crystal Structure for the Heavy Metal Stabilization in Beneficial Utilization of Sewage Sludge”, Funding from Overseas High-Caliber Personnel, Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Committee, 2015.09-2020.08, ¥3,000,000, PI
•  “Mechanisms for Heavy Metal Stabilization in Sewage Sludge Incineration Residues”, Seed Funding (FRG-SUSTC1501A-33), SUSTech,  2015, ¥500,000, PI
•  “Research team for integrated management and pollution control”, Shenzhen Peacock Plan (KQTD2016022619584022), Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Committee, 2017.01- 2021.12,¥30,000,000, Core member (the 3rd)
•  “From Waste to Treasure: Recycling Valuable Metals from Spent Lithium-ion Batteries for Regenerating High-Capacity Electrode Materials with Micro-/nanostructures”, Environment and Conservation Fund , 2017.05-2019.04,HK$ 4,543,000, Co-PI (the 3rd)

 

Certificates and Honors
• SUSTech “Excellent Research Award” (2018)
• SUSTech “Excellent Teaching Award” (2018)
• SUSTech “Excellent Mentor” (2018)
• SUSTech “Excellent Teaching Award” (2016)
• SUSTech “Excellent Award of the Teaching Competition” (2016)
• SUSTech “Excellent Mentor” (2016)
• Overseas High-Caliber Personnel, Shenzhen (2014)
• The HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers, Hong Kong (2014)
• Postgraduate Studentship, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2008-2012)
• Excellent Student Award of Beijing, China (2007)
• Excellent Student Award of Peking University, China (2006)
• “Wusi” Scholarship of Peking University, China (2006)
• Outstanding Individual in the Summer Social Practice of Peking University, China (2006)
• National Scholarship for College Students, China (2003)
• First-Rank Scholarship, Ocean University of China, China (every academic year, 2000-2004)
• Excellent Student Award, Ocean University of China, China (every academic year, 2000-2004)

 

Research Interests
•  Transformation and stabilization mechanisms of heavy metals
•  "Waste-to-resource" options for biowastes
•  Ceramic materials from municipal solid waste
•  Environmental impacts of microplastics

· Physical Chemistry

· Environmental Materials Science

· Solid Waste Treatment, Disposal and Recycling

Papers

 

· Tang, Y.;* Shih K.; Liu C.; Liao C. Cubic and Tetragonal Ferrite Crystal Structures for Copper Ion Immobilization in an Iron-rich Ceramic Matrix. RSC Advances 2016, 6, 28579–28585.

· Liao, C.; Tang, Y. (Co-first author); Liu C.; Shih K.; Li F. Double-Barrier Mechanism for Chromium Immobilization: Aquantitative Study of Crystallization and Leachability. Journal of Hazardous Materials 2016, 311, 246-253.

· Wang, B.; Tang, Y.*; Lu, X.-Y.*; Fung, S. L.; Wong, K. Y.; Au, W. K.; Wu, P. Rectangular Co3O4 with Micro-/nanoarchitectures: Charge-driven PDDA-assisted Synthesis and Excellent Lithium Storage Performance. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2016, 18, 4911-4923.

· Wang, B.; Lu, X.-Y.*; Tang, Y.*; Ben, W. Polyethyleneimine-Mediated General Synthesis of Ultrathin Hexagonal Co3O4 Nanosheets with Reactive Facets for Lithium Ion Batteries. ChemElectroChem 2016, 3, 55-65.

· Wang, B.; Lu, X.-Y.*; Tang, Y.* Synthesis of Snowflake-shaped Co3O4 with a High Aspect Ratio as a High Capacity Anode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2015, 3, 9689-9699.

· Tang, Y.; Lee, P.-H.; Shih, K. Copper Sludge from Printed Circuit Board Production/Recycling for Ceramic Materials: A Quantitative Analysis of Copper Transformation and Immobilization. Environmental Science & Technology 2013, 47, 8609-8615.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K.; Wang, Y.; Chong, T.-C. Zinc Stabilization Efficiency of Aluminate Spinel Structure and its Leaching Behavior. Environmental Science & Technology 2011, 45, 10544-10550.

· Tang, Y.; Chui, S. S.-Y.; Shih, K.; Zhang, L. Copper Stabilization via Spinel Formation during the Sintering of Simulated Copper-Laden Sludge with Aluminum-Rich Ceramic Precursors. Environmental Science & Technology 2011, 45, 3598-3604.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K. Stabilization Mechanisms and Reaction Sequences for Sintering Simulated Copper-Laden Sludge with Alumina. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2013, 1, 1239-1245.

· Tang, Y.; Lu, X.; Shih, K. Alumina Polymorphs Affect the Metal Immobilization Effect when Beneficially Using Copper-Bearing Electroplating Sludge for Ceramics. Chemosphere 2014, 117, 575-581.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K.; Chan, K. Copper Aluminate Spinel in the Stabilization and Detoxification of Simulated Copper-Laden Sludge. Chemosphere 2010, 80, 275-380.

· Tang, Y.; Chan, S.-W.; Shih, K. Copper Stabilization in Beneficial Use of Waterworks Sludge and Copper-laden Electroplating Sludge for Ceramic Materials. Waste Management 2014, 34, 1085-1091.

· Tang, Y.; Liu, C.; Shih, K. Beneficial Metal Stabilization Mechanisms in Using Simulated Sludge Incineration Ash for Ceramic Products. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology 2014, 89, 536-543

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K. Mechanisms of Zinc Incorporation in Aluminosilicate Crystalline Structures and the Leaching Behavior of Product Phases. Environmental Technology In press.

· Tang, Y.*; Shih, K. Beneficially Utilize Aluminum and Iron Components in Sludge Incineration Residues for Ceramic Materials. Submitted for “The HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers 2014”, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), 2014. In press

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y. Prolonged Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure for Nickel and Copper Aluminates. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 2011, 13, 829-835.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y. Incorporating Simulated Zinc Ash by Kaolinite- and Sludge-Based Ceramics: Phase Transformation and Product Leachability. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering 2012, 20, 411-416.

· Shen, Z.; Tang, Y.; Lv, N.; Zhao, J.; Li, D.; Wang, G. Community Dynamics of Seed Rain in Mixed Evergreen Broad-leaved and Deciduous Forests in a Subtropical Mountain of Central China. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2007, 49, 1294-1303.

· Wang, B.; Lu, X.-Y.; Tang, Y. Synthesis of Snowflake-shaped Co3O4 with a High Aspect Ratio as a High Capacity Anode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2015, 3, 9689-9699.

· 沈泽昊; 唐圆圆; 李道兴. 啮齿类取食的物种偏好与时空格局. 生态学报 2008, 12, 6018-6024.

· 许玥; 沈泽昊; 吕楠; 唐圆圆; 李道新; 王功芳; 谭家林; 刘益平. 湖北三峡大老岭自然保护区光叶水青冈群落种子雨10年观测: 种子雨密度、物种构成及其与群落的关系. 植物生态学报 2012, 36, 708-716.

· 沈泽昊; 张全发; 岳超; 赵俊; 胡志伟; 吕楠; 唐圆圆. 南水北调中线水源区土地利用/土地覆被的空间格局. 地理学报 2006, 6, 633-644.

Book

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K. Applying Kaolinite-Mullite Reaction Series to Immobilize Toxic Metals in Environment. In Kaolinite: Occurrences, Characteristics and Applications, Nova Science Publishers, 2012.

 

International conference

 

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K.; Li, M.; Wu P. The Stabilization of Heavy Metals in Glass-Ceramics Fabricated by Incinerated Ash of Waterworks Sludge. Presented at the Tenth International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT), Mianyang, Sichuan, China, 28-30 October, 2015.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K. Immobilization and Detoxification of Metal-Laden Sludge When Beneficially Used as Ceramic Materials. Presented at the 2nd Symposium of International Waste Working Group Asian Regional Branch (IWWG-ARB), Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 13-14 April, 2015.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K. Quantitative Analysis of Copper Transformation and Immobilization during “Waste-to-Resource” Processes. Poster at the 21st Annual Conference of Hong Kong Institution of Science, Hong Kong, 23 November, 2013

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K. Using Al/Fe Rich Sludge Residues from Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes to Immobilize Copper Electroplating Waste. Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Solid Waste 2013: Innovation in Technology and Management (ICSWHK 2013), Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, 5-9 May, 2013.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K.; Fang, H.H.P. Mechanisms of Stabilizing Hazardous Metals through Thermal Reactions with Clay Materials. Presented at the 15th Mainland-Taiwan Environmental Protection Conference, Guilin, China, 3-4 November, 2012.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K. Zinc Stabilization during the Sintering of Simulated Zinc-Laden Sludge with Aluminum-Rich Ceramic Precursors. Presented at the 14th Mainland-Taiwan Environmental Protection Conference, Tainan, Taiwan, 5-6 November, 2011.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K.; Zhang, L. Copper Stabilization and Detoxication via Copper Aluminate Spinel Formation. Presented at International Conference and Workshops of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) on Environmental Quality and Human Health, Galway, Ireland, 27 June- 02 July, 2010.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K.; Lu, X.; Zhang, L. Potential of Using Copper Aluminate Spinel to Stabilize Copper-Bearing Sludge. Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Asia/Pacific Annual Meeting, Guangzhou, China, 4-7 June 2010.

· Tang, Y.; Shih, K. Copper Stabilization and Detoxification of by Aluminate Spinel. Presented at the 13th Mainland-Taiwan Environmental Protection Conference, Chongqing, China, 2010.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y. Quantitative X-Ray Diffraction (QXRD) Technique for Waste Beneficial Uses and Resources Recovery Technologies. Presented at International Conference on Solid Wastes 2015: Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Resource Management (ICSWHK2015), Hong Kong, 19-23 May, 2015.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y. Leaching Behavior and Stabilization Mechanisms of Nickel and Copper in Ceramic Matrix. Presented at The 247th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Dallas, 16-20 March, 2014.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y. A “Waste-to-Resource” Method on Using Waste Aluminum and Iron in Sludge as Ceramic Materials. Accepted by SUM 2014, Second Symposium on Urban Mining, Old Monastery of St Augustine, Bergamo, Italy, 19-21 May, 2014.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y.; Liao, C. Metal Stabilization Mechanisms in the Beneficial Use of Ash/Sludge Residues for Ceramic Products. Presented at SARDINIA 2013, The 14th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, Cagliari, Italy, 30 September-4 October, 2013.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y. Copper Stabilization in Beneficial Use of Waterworks Sludge and Copper-laden Electroplating Sludge for Ceramic Materials. Presented at the 1st Asian Regional Branch of International Waste Working Group (IWWG-ARB) Symposium, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 18-21 March, 2013.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y. Beneficial Utilization of Waterworks Sludge for Zinc Stabilization. Presented at the 27th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 11-14 March 2012.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y.; Liao, C. How Hazardous Metals are Stabilized through the Thermal Reaction with Clay Materials? Presented at SARDINIA 2011, The 13th International Waste Management, Cagliari, Italy, 3-7 October, 2011.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y.; Liao, C. Transform Nickel and Copper in Waste Solids into Spinel Structures. Presented at The 6th International Symposium on Chemical-Environmental-Biomedical Technology, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 4-7 September, 2011.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y.; Liao, C. Phase Transformation of Metals in Reusing Sludge for Ceramic Products: Examples of Nickel and Copper. Global Sustainability and Environmental Engineering & Science: Implications for Research, Education and Practice, Tampa, Florida, 10-12 July, 2011.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y.; Liao, C. Potential Beneficial Uses of Water Treatment Sludge Incineration Ash in Hong Kong, Presented at the 26th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 27-30 March 2011.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y.; Liao, C. Stabilize Nickel and Copper in Ceramic Matrix: Phase Transformation and Product Leachability, Presented at the 26th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 27-30 March 2011.

· Shih, K.; Tang, Y.; Wang, Y.; He, Y.; Jiang, X. Stabilized Nickel Phases via Aluminum- and Iron-Rich Ceramic Precursors. Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Asia/Pacific Annual Meeting, Guangzhou, China, 4-7 June 2010.

Invited Reports

· Tang, Y. A “Waste-to-Resource” Strategy for Metal Stabilization in Ceramic Matrix during Thermal Treatment Processes. 12 December, 2013, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China.

· Tang, Y. Beneficial Metal Stabilization Mechanisms in Using Waste Sludge for Ceramic Materials. 22 October, 2013, South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen, China.

· Tang, Y. Mechanisms of Thermally Stabilizing Copper and Zinc Waste in Ceramic Matrix. 28 June, 2012, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China.

Patents

· Zhang Zuotai, Tang Yuanyuan. A dredged device for river sediment/sludge. Patent No. 201620345385.X

· Zhang Zuotai, Tang Yuanyuan. A fabrication method for ceramic matrix derived from river sediment/sludge. Patent No. 201610255143.6