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Feng Zhao
Highest Education:
1799 Jimei Road, Xiamen
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Education and Appointments:

  Prof. Zhao received his doctorate degree in chemistry at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004; then spent two years as a research assistant at the University of Greifswald in Germany working on the development of low-cost microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment. In 2007, Dr. Zhao came to the University of Surrey in UK as a senior research officer, and there his research focused on the development of bio-electrochemical systems for wastewater treatment and renewable energy generation. He was awarded a research grant through the prestigious “Hundred Talents Program” of Chinese Academy of Sciences and moved to Institute of Urban Environment in 2010. His papers in peer-reviewed journals have been cited more than 2200 times, H index=23 at July 2015, and one is the most cited article of Electrochemistry Communications in 2005-2009. His scientific interests are in the areas of bio-energy & environmental technology; wastewater/waste treatment using bio-electrochemical systems. 

Main academic contributions:
Research Interest:
Bioenergy generation and Environmental Biotechnology
Selected Publications:

1. X. Wu, F. Zhao*, N. Rahunen, J. R. Varcoe, C. Avignone-Rossa, A. E. Thumser, R. C. T. Slade. A Role for Microbial Palladium Nanoparticles in Extracellular Electron Transfer, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 427
2. F. Zhao*, R. C. T. Slade, J. R. Varcoe, Techniques for the study and development of microbial fuel cells: an electrochemical perspective, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 138, 1926
3. C. Wang, J. Chen, W.J. Hu, J.Y. Liu, H.L. Zheng, F. Zhao*, Comparative proteomics reveal the impact of OmcA/MtrC deletion on Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 in response to hexavalent chromium exposure, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2014, 98(23), 9735
4. L. Wang, Y.L. Liu, M. Jun*, F. Zhao*, Rapid Degradation of sulphamethoxazole and the further transformation of 3-amino-5-methylisoxazole in a microbial fuel cell, Water Research, 2016, 88, 322
5. F. Zhao, N. Rahunen, J. Varcoe, A. Chandra, C. Avignone-Rossa, A. Thumser, R. Slade, Activated carbon cloth as anode for sulphate removal in a microbial fuel cell, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2008, 42, 4971
6. F. Zhao, F. Harnisch, U. Schroder, F. Scholz, P. Bogdanoff, I. Herrmann,Challenges and constraints of using oxygen cathodes in microbial fuel cell, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2006, 40, 5193
7. F. Zhao, F. Harnisch, U. Schroder, F. Scholz, P. Bogdanoff, I. Herrmann,Application of pyrolysed iron(II) phthalocyanine and CoTMPP based oxygen reduction catalysts as cathode materials in microbial fuel cells, Electrochem. Commun., 2005, 7, 1405
8. F. Zhao, X. Wu, M. Wang, Y. Liu, L.X. Gao, S.J. Dong,The Electrochemical and bioelectrochemical properties of room temperature ionic liquids and carbon composite materials, Anal. Chem., 2004, 76, 4960
9.H. Deng, Z. Chen, F. Zhao*, Energy from plants and microorganisms: progress in plant–microbial fuel cells, ChemSusChem, 2012, 5, 1006

Supported Projects:

1.The mechanism and application of microbial fuel cells for sulfur pollutants removal from wastewaters, supported by Hundred Talents Programme of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2010.05-2013.05)  

2.Investigation on biocathode-based low cost microbial fuel cells, supported by Key Knowledge Innovation Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011.01-2013.12)