Dr. Zhang is a full professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial). She joined the faculty in 2010. In 2017, Dr. Zhang was granted the award for serving as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Coastal Environmental Engineering. In 2019-2020, she served as acting associate dean (research) of FEAS. Dr. Zhang is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Dr. Zhang founded the Coastal Environment Research Laboratory (CERL) at Memorial University, targeting the development of bio-based products and technologies for monitoring and mitigating marine and coastal pollution. She is a key researcher of the Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution (NRPOP) Control Laboratory, tackling the occurrence, transport, fate, impact and control of organic, especially emerging, contaminants. Dr. Zhang’s research expertise and interests lie in the areas of marine oil spill response, coastal/inland site remediation, coastal wastewater treatment, ocean carbon dioxide removal, offshore reservoir souring control and fishery/municipal solid waste management. Through her leading-edge research, she aims to contribute to handling coastal oil and emerging contamination, driving ocean economies to be more sustainable and productive under a changing climate.
Since joining Memorial, Dr. Zhang has led or co-led over 50 research grants/contracts from diverse sources. She has (co-)authored over 300 publications, including more than 160 refereed articles in top-notch journals (e.g., Water Research, Environmental Science and Technology, and the Journal of Hazardous Materials). Her research has been widely recognized in newsletters, magazines, and media interviews such as Canadian Reclamation, Context Magazine, Genome Atlantic e-Bulletin, Natural Resources Magazine, and CFI featured stories.
Utilization of Substrates from Fish Waste in Newfoundland and Labrador for Biosurfactant Production
Biosurfactants as Agents of Marine Oil Spill Response in the North: Production, Mechanism, Effectiveness and Impact
Application: Food waste management in NL Industrial-Commercial-Institutional sectors
2014 International Conference on Marine and Freshwater Environments (iMFE2014)
Use of Blue-Green Algae to Improve the Chemical Quality of Municipal Solid Waste Compost