Yuansong Wei, Ph. D, Professor, working in Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Received Bachelor of Fine Chemical 

Engineering from Jiangxi Polytechnic University in July, 1990, and Master of Environmental Engineering from Dalian University of Technology in July, 1995, respectively. 

Earned Ph.D of Environmental Engineering from Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences in July, 2000. 

As Postdoctoral studied in TNO Environment, Energy and Process Innovation, the Netherlands from March 2001 to March 2002, and worked as Visiting Scholar 

in EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) from March 2008 to March 2009. 

Major research interests including wastewater treatment and reclamation, sludge reduction and resource recovery from sludge, animal manure biological treatment, 

and river restoration, antibiotics and ARGs in environment. Have finished a number of projects funded by National High Technology Research and Development Program of China, 

National Major Science & Technology Projects for Water Pollution Control and Management, National Natural Science Foundation of China, local governments 

and enterprises. Have published over 270 peer-reviewed papers and 20 authorized patents.

Research Areas

1) Wastewater treatment and reuse: mainly focuses on biological wastewater treatment processes, membrane bioreactor (MBR), 

anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR), MBR-NF process, combined partial nitritation and anammox (CPNA) process, and 

CFD simulation and optimization for MBR.

2) Sludge reduction and resource recovery: mainly focuses on enhanced anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge by pretreatment, 

composting, enhanced sludge dewatering by pretreatment and conditioning, and nutrients recovery from sludge.

3) Treatment and reuse of organic solid wastes: mainly focuses on treatment of animal manure, muncipal solid wastes and food wastes 

by anaerobic digestion and composting.

4) River remediation and restoration: mainly focuses on river restoration by ecological and biological technologies, i.e., constructed 

wetland, and pathogen pollution control for surface water. 


Ph. D. (2000), Environmental Science, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

M.E.(1995), Environmental Engineering, Dalian University of Technology (Dalian,China)  

B.E.(1990), Organic Chemical Engineering, Nanchang University (Nanchang,China)  


2016-present: Vice Director, Department of Water Pollution Control Technology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS 

2015-present: Vice Director, CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence for Water and Environment

2010-present: Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS 

2008-2009, Visiting scholar, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland. 

2003-2010, Associate Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS 

2002-2002, Assistant Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS 

2001-2002, Postdoctoral, TNO Environment, Energy and Process Innovation, the Netherlands 

2000-2001, Researcher, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS 

1995-1997, Engineer. Tianjin Research Institute for Chemical Industry, Ministry of Chemical Industry 

1990-1992, Assistant Engineer, Xinjian Metallurgy Chemical Plant 


1.        Yang, M., D.W. Yu, M.M. Liu, L.B. Zheng, X. Zheng, Y.S. Wei*, F. Wang, Y.B. Fanm, 2016. Optimization of MBR hydrodynamics for cake layer fouling control through CFD simulation and RSM design. Bioresource Technology, (Accepted)
2.        Zheng L.B., J. Wang, Z.J. Wu, M. Yang, J. Li, Y. Zhang, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Preparation of interconnected biomimetic poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) hydrophobic membrane by tuning the two-stage phase inversion process. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces(Accepted)
3.        Zheng L.B., J. Wang, J. Li, Y. Zhang, K. Li, Y.S. Wei*, 2017. Preparation, evaluation and modification of PVDF-CTFE hydrophobic membrane for MD desalination application. Desalination, 402: 162-172
4.        Zheng L.B., Z.J. Wu, Y. Zhang, Y. Yuan, Y.S. Wei, J. Wang, 2016. Preparation of PVDF-CTFE hydrophobic membranes for MD application: Effect of LiCl-based mixed additives. Journal of Membrane Science, 506: 71-85.
5.        Zheng L.B., Z.J. Wu, Y. Zhang, Y.S. Wei, J. Wang, 2016. Effect of non-solvent additives on the morphology, pore structure, and DCMD performance of PVDF-CTFE hydrophobic membrane. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 45: 28-39.
6.        Zhang J.Y., Y.Y. Wang, D.W. Yu, J. Tong, M.X. Chen, Q.W. Sui, B.H. ChuLu and Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Who contributes more to N2O emission during sludge bio-drying with two different aeration strategies, nitrifiers or denitrifiers? Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, DOI: 10.1007/s00253-016-8018-2
7.        Wang Y. Y., H.Y. Wang, J.Y. Zhang, L. Yao and Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Deciphering the evolution of the functional genes and microbial community of the combined partial nitritation-anammox process with the nitrate build-up and its in-situ restoration. RSC Advances, 6: 111702-111712. DOI: 10.1039/C6RA23865C
8.        Zheng L.B., J. Wang, Y.S. Wei, Y. Zhang, K. Li and Z.J. Wu, 2016. Interconnected PVDF-CTFE hydrophobic membranes for MD desalination: effect of PEGs on phase inversion process. RSC Advances, 6, 20926-20937.
9.        Liu X.X., Y.W. Wang, C.M. Gui, P. Li, J.Y. Zhang, H. Zhong and Y.S. Wei*, 2016.  Chemical forms and risk assessment of heavy metals in sludge-biochar produced by microwave-induced low temperature pyrolysis. RSC Advances, 6, 101960-101967. DOI: 10.1039/C6RA22511J
10.    Zhang J.Y., M.X. Chen, J. Tong, L. Qi, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Sludge Bio-drying: Effective to Reduce both Antibiotic Resistance Genes and Mobile Genetic Elements? Water Research, 106: 62–70. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.09.055
11.    Yang M., Y.S. Wei, X. Zheng, F. Wang, X. Yuan, J.B. Liu, N. Luo, R.L. Xu, D.W. Yu, Y.B. Fan, 2016. CFD simulation and optimization of membrane scouring and nitrogen removal for an airlift external circulation membrane bioreactor. Bioresource Technology, 219: 566-575. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2016.07.139
12.    Tong J., J.B. Liu, J.Y. Zhang, X.T. Ni, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Distribution and Fate of Antibiotic Resistance Bacteria and Genes in Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion of Sewage Sludge with Microwave Pretreatment. Bioresource Technology, 217: 37-43. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2016.02.130
13.    Zhang J.Y., M.X. Chen, Q.W. Sui, R. Wang, J. Tong, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Fate of antibiotic resistance genes and its drivers during anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and sewage sludge based on microwave pretreatment. Bioresource Technology, 217: 28-36. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2016.02.140
14.    Wang R, J.Y. Zhang, Q.W. Sui, H.F. Wang, J. Tong, M.X. Chen, Y.S. Wei*, D.B. Wei, 2016. Effect of red mud addition on tetracycline and copper resistance genes and microbial community during the full scale swine manure composting. Bioresource Technology, 216, 1049–1057. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2016.06.012
15.    Sui Q.W., J.Y. Zhang, J. Tong, M.X. Chen, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Fate of antibiotic resistance genes during the process of anaerobic digestion and land application of swine wastewater. Environment Pollution, 213, 751-759.
16.    Liu J.B., D.W. Yu, Y.S. Wei*, J. Zhang, Y.W. Wang, J. Tong, J.Y. Xu, 2016. Rheological behaviors of sewage sludge during enhanced high-solid anaerobic digestion combined with microwave-H2O2 pretreatment. Water Research, 98: 98-108. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.03.073
17.    Wang R., J.Y. Zhang*, J.B. Liu, D.W. Yu, J. Tong, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Effects of chlortetracycline, Cu and their combination on microbial community evolution in swine manure anaerobic digestion. RSC Advances (Accepted under revision).
18.    Yu D. W., C. Li, L. N. Wang, J.Y. Zhang, J.B. Liu, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Multiple effects of trace elements on methanogenesis in a two-phase anaerobic membrane bioreactor treating starch wastewater. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, DOI: 10.1007/s00253-016-7289-y.
19.    Zhang J.Y., M.X. Chen, Q.W. Sui, J. Tong, C. Jiang, X.T. Lu, Y.X. Zhang, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Impacts of natural zeolite and nitrification inhibitor addition on antibiotic resistance genes during sludge composting. Water Research, 91, 339-349. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.01.010.
20.    Wang J.X., K. Li, D.W. Yu, J.Y. Zhang, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Comparison of NF membrane fouling and cleaning by two pretreatment strategies for the advanced treatment of antibiotic production wastewater. Water Science & Technology, 73(9): 2260-2267. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2016.011
21.    Yu D.W., J.B. Liu, Y.S. Wei*, S.L. Gui, J.H. Xiong, 2016. Biogas-pH automation control strategy for optimizing organic loading rate of anaerobic membrane bioreactor treating high COD wastewater. Bioresource Technology, 203, 62-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2015.12.010
22.    Liu J.B., Y.S.Wei*, K. Li, J. Tong, Y.W. Wang, R.L. Jia, 2016. Microwave-acid pretreatment: a potential process for enhancing sludge dewaterability. Water Research, 225-234. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.12.012
23.    Li K., C. Jiang, J.X. Wang, Y.S. Wei*, 2015. The color removal and fate of organic pollutants in a pilot-scale MBR-NF combined process treating textile wastewater with high water recovery. Water Science & Technology, 73(6). DOI:10.2166/wst.2015.623
24.    Sui Q.W., J.Y. Zhang, J. Tong, M.X. Chen, Y.S. Wei*, 2015. Seasonal variation and removal efficiency of antibiotic resistance genes during wastewater treatment in of swine farms. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI:  10.1007/s11356-015-5891-7
25.    Wang Y.W., Chen Y.N., C.M. Gui, Y.S. Wei*, X. Zheng, 2015. Spatio-temporal distribution of fecal indicators in three rivers of the Haihe River Basin, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-5907-3.
26.    Li K., J.X. Wang, J.B. Liu, Y.S. Wei*, 2015. Advanced treatment of municipal wastewater by nanofiltration: operational optimization and membrane fouling analysis. Journal of Environmental Sciences, doi: 10.1016/j.jes.2015.09.007.
27.    Zhang J.Y., C. Lv, J. Tong, J.W. Liu, J.B. Liu, D.W. Yu, Y.W. Wang, M.X. Chen, Y.S. Wei*, 2016. Optimization and microbial community analysis of anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and sewage sludge based on microwave pretreatment. Bioresource Technology, 200, 253-261. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.10.037.
28.    Liu J.B, R.L. Jia, Y.W. Wang, Y.S. Wei*, J.Y. Zhang, R. Wang, X. Cai, 2015. Does residual H2O2 result in inhibitory effect on enhanced anaerobic digestion of sludge pre-treated by microwave-H2O2 pre-treatment process? Environmental Science and Pollution Research, doi: 10.1007/s11356-015-5704-z
29.    Li K., Y.T. Cheng, J.X. Wang, J.Y. Zhang, J.B. Liu, D.W. Yu, M.Y. Li, Y.S. Wei*, 2015. Effects of returning NF concentrate on the MBR-NF process treating antibiotic production wastewater. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, doi: 10.1007/s11356-016-6467-x
30.    Yu D.W., Y.T. Chen, Y.S. Wei*, J.X. Wang, Y.W. Wang, K. Li, 2015. Fouling analysis of membrane bioreactor (MBR) treating antibiotic production wastewater at different hydraulic retention times (HRTs). Environmental Science and Pollution Research, doi: 10.1007/s11356-015-5751-5
31.    Wang J.X., K. Li, D.W. Yu, J.Y. Zhang, Y.S. Wei*, 2015. Fouling characteristics and cleaning strategies of NF membranes for the advanced treatment of antibiotic production wastewater. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, doi: 10.1007/s11356-015-5408-4
32.    Zhang J.Y., Q.W. Sui, K. Li, M.X. Chen, J. Tong, L. Qi, Y. S. Wei*, 2016. Influence of natural zeolite and nitrification inhibitor on organics degradation and nitrogen transformation during sludge composting. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23(2): 1324-1334. doi: 10.1007/s11356-015-5326-5
33.    Wang Y. W., Q. C. Xiao, J. B. Liu, H. Yan, Y. S. Wei*, 2015. Pilot-scale study of sludge pretreatment by microwave and sludge reduction based on lysis-cryptic growth. Bioresource Technology, 190: 140-147.
34.    Zhang J. Y., X. Cai, L. Qi, C. Y. Shao, Y. Lin, Y. L. Zhang, P. H. Shen, Y. S. Wei*, 2015. Effects of aeration strategy on evolution of dissolved organic matters (DOMs) and microbial community structure during full-scale sludge bio-drying. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology99, 7321-7331.
35.    Wang R., Y. S. Wei*, Z. Ge, X. Zhao, W. K. Zhong, P. Liu, B. Li, 2015. Effects of chlortetracycline and Cu on swine manure anaerobic digestion. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal (Accepted).
36.    Wang Y. Y, Y. W. Wang, Y.S. Wei*, M. X. Chen, 2015. In-situ restoring nitrogen removal of the combined partial nitritation-anammox process deteriorated by nitrate build-up. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 98: 127-136.
37.    Liu J.B., J. Tong, Y.S. Wei* and Y. W. Wang, 2015. Microwave and its combined processes: An effective way for enhancing anaerobic digestion and dewaterability of sewage sludge? Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, 5(3): 264-270. doi:10.2166/wrd.2015.120
38.    Wang J. X., K. Li, Y. S. Wei*, Y. T. Cheng, D. B. Wei, M. Y. Li, 2015. Performance and fate of organics in a pilot scale MBR-NF for treating antibiotic wastewater with recycling NF concentrate. Chemosphere, 121: 92–100.
39.    Wang Y.W., C. M. Gui, X. T. Ni, M. X. Chen and Y. S. Wei*, 2015. Multivariate analysis of sludge disintegration by microwave–hydrogen peroxide pretreatment process. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 283: 856–864.
40.    Xu R. L., Q. Zhang, J. Tong, Y. S. Wei and Y. B. Fan, 2014. Internal carbon source from sludge pretreated by microwave-H2O2 for nutrient removal in A2/O-membrane bioreactors. Environmental Technology36(7): 827-836.
41.    Wang R., Y. S. Wei*, Y. L. Wu, J. X. Zheng, B. F. Zheng, 2014. Changes of arsenic speciation during swine manure windrow composting at full scale. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal (Accepted).
42.    Zhao C. Y., H. F. Wan, Y. S. Wei*, S. H. Han, Z. Ge, B. F. Zheng, 2014. Effects of Addition of Red Mud on Emission of Greenhouse Gases and Ammonia in Full-Scale Swine Manure Windrow Composting. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal (Accepted).
43.    Ge Z., H. F. Wan, J. Zhong, C. Y. Zhao, Y. S. Wei*, J. X. Zheng, Y. L. Wu, S. H. Han, B. F. Zheng, 2014. Emission of CH4, N2O and NH3 from vegetable field applied with animal manure composts. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal (Accepted).
44.    Wang J. X., Y. S. Wei*, K. Li, Y. T. Cheng, M. Y. Li and J. G. Xu, 2014. Fate of Organic Pollutants in a Pilot Scale MBR-NF System at High Water Yield in Antibiotic Wastewater Treatment. Water Science & Technology, 2014, 69(4): 876-881.
45.    Wang J. X., Y. S. Wei*, Y. T. Cheng, 2014. Advanced treatment of antibiotic wastewater by nanofiltration: membrane selection and operation optimization. Desalination and Water Treatment, 52: 40-42, 7575-7585.
46.    Zhong J., Y. S. Wei*, H. F. Wan, Y. L. Wu, J. X. Zheng, S. H. Han, B. F. Zheng, 2013. Greenhouse gas emission from the total process of swine manure composting and land application of compost. Atmospheric Environment, 81: 348–355.
47.    Ren Z. M., Y. Zeng, X. Fu, G. S. Zhang, L. L. Chen, J. Chen, T. S. Chon, Y. W. Wang, Y. S. Wei, 2013. Modeling macrozooplankton and water quality relationships after wetland construction in the Wenyuhe River Basin, China. Ecological Modelling, 252: 97–105
48.    Xiao Q. C., H. Yan, Y. S. Wei*, Y. W. Wang, F. G. Zeng, X. Zheng, 2012. Optimization the H2O2 dosage of the MW-H2O2 process for sludge pretreatment with the uniform design method. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 24(12):  2060–2067.
49.    Wu X. F., Y. S. Wei*, J. X. Zheng, X. Zhao, W.K. Zhong, 2011. The behavior of tetracyclines and their degradation products during swine manure composting. Bioresource Technology, 102: 5924–5931.
50.    Joss A., C. Baenninger, P. Foa, S. Koepke, M. Krauss, C. S. McArdell, K. Rottermann, Y. S. Wei, A. Zapata, H. Siegrist, 2011. Water reuse: >90% water yield in MBR/RO through concentrate recycling and CO2 addition as scaling control. Water Research, 45: 6141-6151.
51.    Wang Y. W., Y. S. Wei* and J. X. Liu, 2009. Effect of H2O2 dosing strategy on sludge pretreatment by microwave-H2O2 advanced oxidation process. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 169: 680-684.
52.    Lian J., J. X. Liu, Y. S. Wei, 2009. Fate of nonylphenol polyethoxylates and their metabolites in four Beijing wastewater treatment plants. Science of the Total Environment, 407(14): 4261-4268.
53.    Wei Y. S., H. Zhu, Y. W. Wang, J. F. Li, P. X. Zhang, J. Hu and J. X. Liu, 2009. Nutrients release and phosphorus distribution during oligochaetes predation on activated sludge. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 43: 239–245.
54.    Wei Y. S., Y. W. Wang, X. S.Guo and J. X. Liu, 2009. Sludge reduction potential of the activated sludge process by integrating an oligochaete reactor. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 163: 87–91. 
55.    Zheng B. F., Q. H. Guo, Y. S. Wei*, H. B. Deng, K. M. Ma, J. X. Liu, J. Z. Zhao, X. S. Zhang and Y. Zhao, 2008. Water source protection and industrial development in the Shandong Peninsula, China from 1995 to 2004: A case study. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 52: 1065-1076.
56.    Guo X. S., J. X. Liu, Y. S. Wei, L. Li, 2007. Sludge reduction with Tubificidae and the impact on the performance of the wastewater treatment process. Journal of Environmental Science, 19 (3): 257-263
57.    Wei Y.S. and J.X. Liu, 2006. Sludge reduction with a novel combined worm-reactor. Hydrobiologia, 564: 213–222.
58.    Liang P., X. Huang, Y. Qian, Y. S. Wei, and G. J. Ding, 2006. Determination and comparison of sludge reduction rates caused by microfaunas’ predation. Bioresource Technology, 97: 854–861.
59.    Wei Y. S. and J. X. Liu, 2005. The discharged excess sludge treated by Oligochaeta. Water Science and Technology, 52(10-11): 265-272.
60.    Cai M. L., J. X. Liu and Y. S. Wei, 2004. Enhanced biohydrogen production from sewage sludge with alkaline pretreatment. Environmental Science & Technology, 38: 3195-3202.
61.    Wei Y. S., R.T. van Houten, A.R. Borger, D.H. Eikelboom and Y.B. Fan, 2003. Comparison performances of membrane bioreactor and conventional activated sludge processes on sludge reduction by Oligochaete.  Environmental Science & Technology, 37(14): 3171-3180.
62.    Wei Y. S., R.T. van Houten, A. R. Borger, D. H. Eikelboom and Y. B. Fan, 2003. Minimization of excess sludge production for biological wastewater treatment. Water Research, 37: 4453-4467.
63.    Zheng X., Y. B. Fan and Y. S. Wei, 2003. A pilot scale anoxic/oxic membrane bioreactor (A/O MBR) for woolen mill dyeing wastewater treatment. Journal of Environmental Science, 15(4): 449-455.
64.    Wei Y. S., Y. B. Fan and M. J. Wang, 2001. A cost analysis of sewage sludge composting for small and mid-scale sewage treatment plants. Resource, Conservation & Recycling, 33(3): 203-216.
65.    Wei Y. S., Y. B. Fan, M. J. Wang and J. S. Wang, 2000. Composting and compost application in China. Resource, Conservation & Recycling, 30(4): 277-300.