Wei Zhang Ph.D.

Wei Zhang

Telephone: 517-353-0471

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Associate Professor of Environmental and Soil Physics

Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue St., Room A516
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325

Area of Expertise:

hydrology, soil physics, colloidal and interfacial science, environmental nanotechnology, contaminant fate and transport, antibiotic resistance

Short Description of Program:

Integrate environmental and soil physics, chemistry and biology to understand contaminant processes and impacts. 


B.S., Nanjing University, Environmental Chemistry, 2000
M.S., Oklahoma State University, Biosystems Engineering, 2006
Ph.D., Cornell University, Environmental Engineering, 2010

Overview of current program:

The Soil and Water Research Lab at MSU is dedicated to fundamental and applied research that will help the society successfully safeguard and responsibly utilize soil and water resources.  Current research activities are mainly focused on environmental processes and impacts of water, solutes, and particles in natural and engineered systems, particularly in the unsaturated soils  (i.e., the vadose zone). The ultimate goal of the lab's research is to promote protection of soil and water resources and sustainable agricultural production through understanding of fundamental transport processes and scientifically-sound management practices.

Publications (15 most recent representative articles shown):

1.     Chuang, Y.-H., C.-H. Liu, R. Hammerschmidt, W. Zhang, S.A. Boyd, and H. Li. 2018. Metabolic demethylation and oxidation of caffeine during uptake by lettuce. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b02235 (in press).

2.     Wei, J., W. Zhang, W. Pan, C. Li, and W. Sun. 2018. Experimental and theoretical investigations on Se(IV) and Se(VI) adsorption to UiO-66-based metal-organic frameworks. Environmental Science: Nano, 5, 1441-1453. DOI: 10.1039/C8EN00180D.

3.     Qin, C., W. Zhang, B. Yang, X. Chen, K. Xia, and Y. Gao. 2018. DNA facilitates sorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on montmorillonites. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(5), 2694–2703. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b05174.

4.     Bhalsod, G.D., Y.-H. Chuang, S. Jeon, W.J. Gui, Hui Li, E.T. Ryser, A.K. Guber, and W. Zhang. 2018. Uptake and accumulation of pharmaceuticals in overhead- and surface-irrigated greenhouse lettuce. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 66(4), 822–830. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b04355.

5.     Wu, P., P.-X. Cui, G.-D. Fang, Y. Wang, S.-Q. Wang, D.-M. Zhou, W. Zhang, and Y.-J. Wang. 2018. Biochar decreased the bioavailability of Zn to rice and wheat grains: Insights from microscopic to macroscopic scales. Science of the Total Environment, 621, 160–167. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.236.

6.     Li, S., W. Shi, W. Liu, H. Li, W. Zhang, J. Hu, Y. Ke, W. Sun, and J. Ni. 2018. A duodecennial national synthesis of antibiotics in China’s major rivers and seas (2005–2016). Science of the Total Environment, 615, 906-917. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.328.

7.     Sun, W., M. Li, W. Zhang, J. Wei, B. Chen, and C. Wang. 2017. Sediments inhibit adsorption of 17β-estradiol and 17α-ethinylestradiol to carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide. Environmental Science: Nano, 4, 1900-1910. DOI: 10.1039/C7EN00416H.

8.     Qin, C., F. Kang, W. Zhang, W. Shou, and Y. Gao. 2017. Environmentally-relevant concentrations of Al(III) and Fe(III) cations induce aggregation of free DNA by complexation with phosphate group. Water Research, 123, 58-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.06.043.

9.     Chen, Z., W. Zhang, G. Wang, Y. Zhang, Y. Gao, S.A. Boyd, B.J. Teppen, J.M. Tiedje, D. Zhu, and H. Li. 2017. Bioavailability of soil-sorbed tetracycline to Escherichia coli under unsaturated conditions. Environmental Science & Technology, 51(11), 6165-6173. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b00590.

10.  Wang, B., W. Zhang, H. Li, H. Fu, X. Qu, and D. Zhu. 2017. Micropore clogging by leachable pyrogenic organic carbon: A new perspective on sorption irreversibility and kinetics of hydrophobic organic contaminants to black carbon. Environmental Pollution, 220, 1349–1358. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2016.10.100.

11.  Jeon, S., C.S. Krasnow, C.K. Kirby, L.L. Granke, M.K. Hausbeck, and W. Zhang. 2016. Transport and retention of Phytophthora capsici zoospores in saturated porous media. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(17), 9270–9278. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01784.

12.  Song, Y., Y. Li, W. Zhang, F. Wang, Y. Bian, L.A. Boughner, and X. Jiang. 2016. Novel biochar-plant tandem approach for remediating hexachlorobenzene contaminated soils: Proof-of-concept and new insight into the rhizosphere. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 64(27), 5464–5471. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b01035.

13.  Liu, C.-H., Y.-H. Chuang, H. Li, B.J. Teppen, S.A. Boyd, J.M. Gonzalez, C.T. Johnston, J. Lehmann, and W. Zhang. 2016. Sorption of lincomycin by manure-derived biochars from water. Journal of Environmental Quality, 45(2), 519-527. DOI: 10.2134/jeq2015.06.0320.

14.  Liu, C.-H., Y.-H. Chuang, T.-Y. Chen, Y. Tian, H. Li, M.-K. Wang, and W. Zhang. 2015. Mechanism of arsenic adsorption on magnetite nanoparticles from water: Thermodynamic and spectroscopic studies. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(13), 7726–7734. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00381.

15.  Zhang, W., U. Rattanaudompol, H. Li, and D. Bouchard. 2013. Effects of humic and fulvic acids on aggregation of aqu/nC60 nanoparticles. Water Research, 47(5), 1793-1802. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2012.12.037.


Courses taught:

CSS 340 Applied Soil Physics

ESP 800 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy

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