Wenming (William) Zhang, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

Contact

Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Email
wenming@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-6678
Address
7-271 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Water Resources Engineering Hydraulics Urban Drainage Pollutant Transport and Fate Multiphase Flow Rivers


About

Education:

  • Ph.D., Water Resources Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2012
  • M.Sc. , Environmental Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, 2007
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Environmental Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, 2004

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, 2018-Present 
  • Water Resources Engineer, City of Edmonton Drainage Services (EPCOR Utilities Inc. Drainage), 2016-2018 
  • Water Resources Engineer/Specialist, ISL Engineering & Land Services Ltd, 2015-2016
  • Post-doc Fellow, University of British Columbia, 2013, 2014
  • Post-doc Fellow, University of Alberta, 2012-2015

Awards and Honors:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Editor’s Choice Paper, 2021
  • International Water Association (IWA) Water Science & Technology (Journal), Editor’s Choice Paper, 2020
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize, 2018
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Samuel Arnold Greeley Award, 2017
  • University of Alberta FS Chia Ph.D. Scholarship, 2007-2011
  • University of Alberta Henry Kroeger Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2010
  • University of Alberta Dr. Donald R Stanley Graduate Scholarship , 2010
  • University of Alberta Henry Kroeger Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2009
  • University of Alberta Dr. Donald R Stanley Graduate Scholarship, 2008
  • University of Alberta Henry Kroeger Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2008
  • And other 16 scholarships

Professional Affiliation:

  • M. ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • M. CSCE, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE)
  • P. Eng., The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

Research

Research Projects and Interests:

My general research interests are in studying hydraulics (environmental-, urban-, eco-hydraulics), multiphase flow and environmental principles and applying them in man-made and natural environments to satisfy human's development needs while minimizing impacts to the environments. My specific projects and interests include:  

•Sustainable, Smart & Resilient Urban Drainage Systems (based on urban hydraulics)

  • Urban Flood Mitigation 
  • Low Impact Development (LID)
  • Stormwater Ponds/Wetlands
  • Sewer Odour & Corrosion (Focusing on H2S and Air Movement in Sewers)
  • Inflow/Infiltration (I/I) into Sewers
  • Urban Stormwater Pollutant Loadings
  • Smart Urban Drainage Systems
  • Integrated Urban Water (One-water) Management

• Pollutant Transport & Fate in the Environments (based on environmental hydraulics)

  • Transport and Fate of Pollutants in Rivers (with and without Ice Cover)
  • Transport of Pollutants in Turbulent Jets and Plumes
  • Transport and Fate of COD in Sea Bays
  • Transport and Fate of Nutrients and TSS in Ponds and Wetlands
  • Transport and Fate of Microplastics (MPs) in Aquatic Environment
  • Transport and Fate of Respiratory Aerosols/Droplets in Air (Related to COVID-19)

• Multiphase Flow & Environmental Remediation (based on multiphase flow theories & environmental engineering)

  • Air/water Two-phase Flow (Macro Bubbles, Micro Bubbles & Nano Bubbles; Bubbly Jets; Bubble Plumes)
  • Air/Water/Solids Three-phase Flow
  • Applications of Multiphase Flow (e.g., in Aeration; in Sewers)
  • Rivers with Low Dissolved Oxygen
  • Eutrophic Ponds & Lakes
  • Tailing Ponds in Oil Sands Industry

• Optimization of Hydrodynamics in Systems (based on eco-hydraulics, hydrodynamics monitoring and CFD modeling)

  • Optimizing Hydrodynamics in Dam Tailrace to Facilitate Fish Migration
  • Natural-like Fishway Hydraulics
  • Optimizing Hydrodynamics in Environmental Bioreactors  

Publications:

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications/Book Chapters (IF - Impact Factor in 2021)

  1. Yu, Z., Yao, W., Loewen, M.R., Li, X., and Zhang, W.* (2022). “Incipient Motion of Exposed Microplastics in an Open-channel Flow.” Environmental Science & Technology (IF = 11.4), 56(20), 14498-14506.
  2. Zhang, X., Li, X., Wang, H., and Zhang, W.* (2022). “Nitrogen Loads in Urban Surface Runoff from a Major, Cold-Region North American City in 1991 - 2021.” J. Cleaner Production (IF = 11.1), 135411.
  3. Zhang, H., and Zhang, W.* (2022). “Numerical simulation of bubbly jets in crossflow using OpenFOAM.” Physics of Fluids (IF = 5.0), doi.org/10.1063/5.0116853
  4. Yu, Y., Zhou, Y., Guo, Z., van Duin, B., and Zhang, W.* (2022). “A New LID Spatial Allocation Optimization System at Neighborhood Scale: Integrated SWMM with PICEA-g using MATLAB as the Platform.” Science of the Total Environment (IF = 10.8), 831, 154843
  5. White, K., She, Y., and Zhang, W. (2022). “A Comparison of Shear Stress Estimation Methods for a Single Geobag on a Rough Bed.” Geotextiles and Geomembranes (IF = 5.8), 50(6), 1230-1243.
  6. Zhou, Y., Tang, L., Zhang, W., Zhang, Y., Fang, L., and Zhang, T. (2022). “Iron carbon particle dosing for odor control in sewers: laboratory tests.” Environmental Research (IF = 8.4), 216, 114476.
  7. Tang, P., Chen, L., Zhang, W., and Zhou, Y. (2022). “Bioclogging alleviation for constructed wetland based on the interaction among biofilm growth and hydrodynamics.” Environmental Science and Pollution Research (IF = 5.2), https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-022-23459-x.
  8. Bao, M., Li, P., Han, Y., Zhang, W., Li, Y., and Yao, W., (2022). “Using a fish entrainment model assistant in a reservoir operation.” J. Hydroinformatics (IF = 3.1), 24 (4): 765–782.
  9. Peng, X., He, Y., Zhao, Y., and Zhang, W. (2022). “A novel pre-dilution, swirling jet diffuser to enhance effluent mixing: hydrodynamics and dilution performance.” J. Hydro-environment Research (IF = 2.7), 45, 1-14.
  10. Ahmed, S., Loewen M.R., Zhang, W., Ghobrial, T.R., Zhu, D.Z., Mahmood, K., and van Duin, B. (2022). “Field observations of stratification in stormwater wet ponds.” J. Environmental Management (IF = 8.9), 322, 115988.
  11. Qi, B., Liu, Z., Qi, J., Wang, Q., Zhang, W., and Li, X. (2022). “A novel 2D-WO3/cellulose acetate film: Photocatalytic performance in continuous baffled photo-reactor under real solar irradiation.” J. Water Process Engineering (IF = 7.3), 47, 102739
  12. Zhou, Y., Zheng, W., Zhang, W., Zhang, Y., and Fang, L. (2022). “Effective removal of Sb(V) from aqueous solutions by electrocoagulation with composite scrap iron‑manganese as an anode.” Environmental Science and Pollution Research (IF = 5.2), 29, 58088-58096.
  13. Zhang, H., Zhang, W., and Yin, Z. (2022). “Hydrodynamic and dissolved oxygen transport characteristics of an upper and lower water exchange device with regular waves.” Ocean Eng. (IF = 4.4), 249,110916.
  14. Wang, L., Zhang, L., Feng, B., Hua, X., Li, Y., Zhang, W., and Guo, Z. (2022). “The pH dependence of enoxacin binding to ferrihydrite: Effect of fluorinated substituent.” Science of the Total Environment (IF = 10.8), 823, 153707.
  15. Yu, Z., Yang, G., and Zhang, W.* (2022). “A New Model for the Terminal Settling Velocity of Microplastics.” Marine Pollution Bulletin (IF = 7.0), 176,113449.
  16. Li, M., Zamyadi, A. Zhang, W., Dumee, L. and Gao, L. (2022). “Algae-based water treatment: a promising and sustainable approach.” J. Water Process Engineering (IF = 7.3), 46, 102630.
  17. Zhang, L., Du, S., Liu, D., Dong, D., Zhang, W., and Guo, Z. (2022). “Antibiotics in fish caught from ice-sealed waters: Spatial and species variations, tissue distribution, bioaccumulation, and human health risk.” Science of the Total Environment (IF = 10.8), 821, 153354.
  18. Yan, H., Fernandeza, A., Zhu, D. Z., Zhang, W., Loewen, M. R., Chen, L., Zhao, S., Mahmood K., van Duin, B., and Jia, H. (2022). “Land cover based simulation of urban stormwater runoff and pollutant loading.” J. Environmental Management (IF = 8.9), 303, 114147.
  19. Xu, L., Zhao, Z., Yan, Z., Zhou, G., Zhang, W., Wang, Y., and Li, X. (2022). “Defense pathways of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under silver nanoparticle stress: extracellular biosorption, internalization and antioxidant genes.” Chemosphere (IF = 8.9), 291, 132764.
  20. Li, P., Zhang, W.*, Burnett, N.J., Zhu, D. Z., and Hinch S.G. (2021). “Evaluating dam water release strategies for migrating adult salmon using computational fluid dynamic modeling and biotelemetry.” Water Resources Research (IF = 6.2), DOI: 10.1029/2020WR028981.
  21. Yan, Z., Xu, L. Zhang, W., Yang, G., Zhao, Z., Wang, Y., and Li, X. (2021). “Comparative toxic effects of microplastics and nanoplastics on Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: growth inhibition, oxidative stress, and cell morphology.” J. Water Process Engineering (IF = 7.3), 43, 102291.
  22. van Duin, B., Zhu, D. Z., Zhang, W., Muir, R., Johnston, C., Kipkie, C., and Rivard, G. (2021). “Towards more resilient urban stormwater management systems - bridging the gap from theory to implementation”. Frontiers in Water, 3, 671059.
  23. Zhao, Z., Xu, L., Wang, Y., Li, B., Zhang, W., and Li, X. (2021). “Toxicity mechanism of silver nanoparticles to Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: photosynthesis, oxidative stress, membrane permeability, and ultrastructure analysis.” Environmental Science and Pollution Research (IF = 5.2), 28:15032-15042.
  24. Wang, Q., Zhang, W., Hu, X., Xu, L., Chen, G., and Li., X. (2021). “Hollow spherical WO3/TiO2 heterojunction for enhancing photocatalytic performance in visible-light.” J. Water Process Engineering (IF = 7.3), 40, 101943.
  25. Guo, S., Chen L, Chen, G, Zhang, W., and Ma, Y. (2021). “Experimental study on the hydraulic performances of continuous transverse grates”. ASCE J. Irrigation & Drainage Eng. (IF = 2.0), 147(9): 06021007.
  26. Chi, W., Zhang, X., Zhang, W. *, Bao, X., Liu, Y., Liu, J., and Zhang, Y. (2020). “Impact of tidally induced residual circulations on Impact of tidally induced residual circulations on chemical oxygen demand (COD) distribution in Laizhou Bay, China.” Marine Pollution Bulletin (IF = 7.0), 151, 110811.
  27. Zhang, L., Du, S., Zhang, X., Lyu, G., Dong, D., Hua, X., Zhang, W., and Guo, Z. (2020). “Occurrence, distribution, and ecological risk of pharmaceuticals in a seasonally ice-sealed river: From ice formation to melting.” J. Hazardous Materials (IF = 14.2), 389, 122083.
  28. Zhang, X., Wang, H., Zhou, F., and Zhang, W. (2020). “Exploring the dynamics of Cu transported from the Yangtze River to the East China Sea.” Marine Pollution Bulletin (IF = 7.0), 156, 111250.
  29. Pan, G., Wang, B., Guo, S., Zhang, W., and Edwini-Bonsu, S. (2020). “Statistical analysis of sewer odour based on 10-year complaint data.” Water Science and Technology (IF = 2.4), 81 (6), 1221-1230.
  30. Sun, L., Zhang, W., and Zhu, D. Z. (2020). “Emission of hydrogen sulfide from falling sewage drops in drop structures.” ASCE J. Environ. Eng. (IF = 2.5), 146 (12), 1221–1230.
  31. Bett, N.N., Hinch, S.G., et al., Zhang, W., and Zhu, D. Z. (2020). “Using an integrative research approach to improve fish migrations in regulated rivers: a case study on pacific salmon in the Seton River, Canada.” Hydrobiologia (IF = 2.8), 849, 385-405.
  32. Zhou, Y., Hu, B, Zhang, W., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Y., and Zhang., T. (2020). “The nitrous oxide emission from the stormwater biofilters in dry and wet events”. Environmental Research (IF = 8.4), 191, 110137.
  33. Wang, Q, Li, B, Zhang, P, Zhang, W., Hu, X., and Li, X. (2020). “2D black phosphorus and tungsten trioxide heterojunction for enhancing photocatalytic performance in visible light”. RSC Adv. (IF = 4.0), 10, 27538-27551.
  34. Wang, Y.X., Yin, Z.G., Zhang, W.*, and Zhu, D.Z. (2019). “Computational study of bubbly jets in stagnant water.” Journal of Hydrodynamics (IF = 3.0), 31(5): 1021-1033.
  35. Ma, Y., Zhu, D.Z., Zhang, W., and Edwini-Bonsu, S. (2019). “Field monitoring and design optimization of dropshafts with air circulation pipes.” Journal of Hydro-environment Research (IF = 2.7), 22: 57-69.
  36. Guo, S, Qian, Y., Zhu, D.Z., Zhang, W., and Edwini-Bonsu, S. (2018). “Effects of drop structures and pump station on sewer air pressure and hydrogen sulfide: field investigation.” ASCE J. Environ. Eng. (IF = 2.5), 144(3): 04018011.
  37. Baki, A.B.M., Zhang, W., Zhu, D.Z., and Rajaratnam, N. (2017). “Flow structures in the vicinity of a submerged boulder within a boulder array.” ASCE J. Hydraul. Eng. (IF = 2.8), 143(5): 04016104.
  38. Qian, Y, Zhu, D. Z., Zhang, W., Rajaratnam, N., Edwini-Bonsu, S., Steffler, P. (2017). “Air movement induced by water flow with a hydraulic jump in changing slope pipes.” ASCE J. Hydraul. Eng. (IF = 2.8), 143(4): 04016092.
  39. Zhang, W., Zhu, D.Z., Rajaratnam, N., Edwini-Bonsu, S., Fiala, J., and Pelz, W. (2016). “Use of air circulation pipes in deep dropshafts for reducing air induction into sanitary sewers.” ASCE J. Environ. Eng. (IF = 2.5), 142(4), 04015092.
  40. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2015). “Far-field properties of aerated water jets in air.” International Journal of Multiphase Flow (IF = 4.0), 76, 158–167.
  41. Zhang, W., Liu, M., Zhu, D.Z., and Rajaratnam, N. (2014). “Mean and turbulent bubble velocities in free hydraulic jumps for small to intermediate Froude numbers.” ASCE J. Hydraul. Eng. (IF = 2.8), 140(11), 04014055.
  42. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2014). “Trajectories of air-water bubbly jets in crossflows.” ASCE J. Hydraul. Eng. (IF = 2.8), 140(7), 06014011.
  43. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2013). “Bubble characteristics of air-water bubbly jets in crossflow.” International Journal of Multiphase Flow (IF =4.0), 55, 156-171.
  44. Zhang, W., Rajaratnam, N, and Zhu, D.Z. (2012). “Chapter 7 Transport with Jets and Plumes of Chemicals in the Environment”, Transport and Fate of Chemicals in the Environment. Springer, NY, USA, pp 141-174.
  45. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2011). “Transverse mixing in an unregulated natural river.” ASCE J. Hydraul. Eng. (IF = 2.8), 137(11), 1426-1440.
  46. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2011). “Near-field mixing downstream of a multiport diffuser in a shallow river.” ASCE J. Environ. Eng. (IF = 2.5), 137(4), 230-240.
  47. Tian, Q., Wang, P. F., Ouyang, P., Wang, C., and Zhang, W. (2009). “Purification of eutrophic water with five submerged hydrophytes” (in Chinese). Water Resources Protection, 25(1), 14-17
  48. Wang, C., Zhang, W.*, Wang, P. F., and Hou, J. (2007). “Removal of nitrogen and phosphorus in eutrophic water by Jussiaea stipulacea Ohwi (in Chinese).” Environ. Sci. (EI), 28(5), 48-54
  49. Wang, C., Zhu, P., Wang, P. F., and Zhang, W. (2006). “Effects of aquatic vegetation on flow in the Nansi Lake and its flow velocity modeling.” J. Hydrodynamics (IF = 3.0), 18 (6): 640-648.

Teaching

I teach the following courses:

  • Civ E 331 Applied Hydraulics (it includes two exciting and practical designs - drinking water piping system and sanitary sewer system)
  • Civ E 431 Water Resources Engineering
  • Civ E 739 Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics (focusing on Open Channel Flow)


Announcements

My research team is constantly seeking energetic, talented students. The team very welcomes your applications. Minimum requirements: (1) GPA > 70 (out of 100); and (2) at least one paper in decent journals for PhD applicants. No paper requirements for MSc applicants - if you have one, that will be a bonus.

Due to the large number of applicants, I am not able to get back to each applicant. My sincere apology! Thank you for your understanding.

Courses

CIV E 331 - Applied Hydraulics

Introduction to applied hydraulics; control volume methods, open channel hydraulics, pipe systems, pumps, distribution and collection system hydraulics and design. Prerequisite: CIV E 330. Corequisite: either CIV E 221 or ENV E 325.


CIV E 739 - Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics


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