TSANG Dan 曾超華


PhD in Civil Engineering
Research Area
Research Interests
Engineered Biochar
Waste Valorisation
Carbon-Neutral Construction Materials
Green/Sustainable Remediation

PhD, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Ir Prof. Dan Tsang is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Pao Yue-Kong Chair Professor in the State Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Utilisation at Zhejiang University in China. Dan was a Professor and MSc Programme Leader at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the US and IMETE Scholar at Ghent University in Belgium, and postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London in the UK. He has more than 20 years of R&D experience, published more than 500 articles in top 10% journals, and was selected as Stanford University's Top 2% Scientists and Clarivate's Highly Cited Researchers in 2020-2022. Dan’s team aspires to develop green technologies for long-term decarbonisation and promote resources circularity and sustainable development.

Selected Publications

Wang, M.; Liu, K.; Xu, Z.; Dutta, S.; Valix, M.; Alessi, D.S.; Huang, L.; Zimmerman, J.B.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Selective extraction of critical metals from spent lithium-ion batteries. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2023, 57, 3940-3950. [Journal Cover]

Liu, K.; Wang, J.; Wang, M.; Zhang, Q.; Valix, M.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Low-carbon recycling of spent lithium iron phosphate batteries via a hydro-oxygen repair route. Green Chem., 2023, 25, 6642-6651. [Journal Cover]

Wan, Z.; Cao, Y.; Xu, Z.; Duan, S.; Xu, S.; Hou, D.; Wang, S.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Revealing intrinsic relations between Cu scales and radical/nonradical oxidations to regulate nucleophilic/electrophilic catalysis. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2023, 33, 2212227.

Zhu, X.; Zhang, Y.; Chen, L.; Wang, L.; Ma, B.; Li, J.; Poon, C.S.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Bonding mechanisms and micro-mechanical properties of the interfacial transition zone (ITZ) of between biochar and paste in carbon-sink cement-based composites. Cement Concrete Comp., 2023, 139, 105004.

Xu, Z.; Sun, M.; Xu, X.; Cao, X.*; Ippolito, J.A.; Mohanty, S.M.; Ni, B.J.; Xu, S.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Electron donation of Fe-Mn biochar for chromium(VI) immobilization: Key roles of embedded zero-valent iron clusters within iron-manganese oxide. J. Hazard. Mater., 2023, 456, 131632.

Zhang, Q.; Sun, Y.; Xu, W.; Yang, C.; Wu, C.; Wang, C.H.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Efficient microwave-assisted mineralization of oxytetracycline driven by persulfate and hypochlorite over Cu-biochar catalyst. Bioresource Technol., 2023, 372, 128698.

Hou, D.*; Al-Tabbaa, A.; O’Connor, D.; Hu, Q.; Zhu, Y.G.; Wang, L.; Kirkwood, N.; Ok, Y.S.; Tsang, D.C.W.; Bolan, N.S.; Rinklebe, J. Sustainable remediation and redevelopment of brownfield sites. Nat. Rev. Earth Environ., 2023, 4, 271-286.

Zhang, Y.; Wan, Z.; Wang, L.*; Guo, B.; Ma, B.*; Chen, L.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Designing magnesium phosphate cement for stabilization/solidification of Zn-rich electroplating sludge. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2022, 56, 9398-9407.

Palansooriya, K.N.; Li, J.; Dissanayake, P.D.; Suvarna, M.; Li, L.; Yuan, X.; Sarkar, B.; Tsang, D.C.W.; Rinklebe, J.; Wang, X.*; Ok, Y.S.* Prediction of soil heavy metal immobilization by biochar using machine learning. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2022, 56, 4187-4198.

Chen, L.; Wang, L.*; Zhang, Y.; Ruan, S.; Mechtcherine, V.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Roles of biochar in cement-based stabilization/solidification of municipal solid waste incineration fly ash. Chem. Eng. J., 2022, 430, 132972.

Sun, Y.; Zhang, Q.; Clark, J.H.; Graham, N.J.D.; Hou, D.; Ok, Y.S.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Tailoring wood waste biochar as a reusable microwave absorbent for pollutant removal: Structure-property-performance relationship and iron-carbon interaction. Bioresource Technol., 2022, 362, 127838.

Xu, Z.; Wan, Z.; Sun, Y.; Gao, B.; Hou, D.; Cao, X.; Komarek, M.; Ok, Y.S.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Electroactive Fe-biochar for redox-related remediation of arsenic and chromium: Distinct redox nature with varying iron/carbon speciation. J. Hazard. Mater., 2022, 430, 128479.

Yu, I.K.M.; Chan, O.Y.; Zhang, Q.; Wang, L.; Wong, K.H.*; Tsang, D.C.W.* Upcycling of spent tea leaves and spent coffee grounds into sustainable 3D-printing materials: Natural plasticization and low-energy fabrication. ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2023, 11, 6230-6240. [Journal Cover]

He, M.; Xu, Z.; Hou, D.; Gao, B.; Cao, X.; Ok, Y.S.; Rinklebe, J.; Bolan, N.S.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Waste-derived biochar for water pollution control and sustainable development. Nat. Rev. Earth Environ., 2022, 3, 444-460.

Zhu, X.; He, M.; Xu, Z.; Luo, Z.; Gao, B.; Ruan, R.; Wang, C.H.; Wong, K.H.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Combined acid pretreatment and co-hydrothermal carbonization to enhance energy recovery from food waste digestate. Energ. Convers. Manage., 2022, 266, 115855.

Chen, L.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, L.*; Ruan, S.; Chen, J.; Li, H.; Yang, J.; Mechtcherine, V.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Biochar-augmented carbon negative concrete. Chem. Eng. J., 2022, 431, 133946.

He, M.; Zhu, X.; Dutta, S.; Khanal, S.K.; Lee, K.T.; Masek, O.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Catalytic co-hydrothermal carbonization of food waste digestate and yard waste for energy application. Bioresource Technol., 2022, 344, 126395. [Journal Cover]

Dutta, S.; Yu, I.K.M.; Fan, J.; Clark, J.H.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Critical factors for levulinic acid production from starch-rich food waste: Reaction pressure and phase separation. Green Chem., 2022, 24, 163-175. [Journal Cover]

Zhu, X.; Wan, Z.; Tsang, D.C.W.*; He, M.; Hou, D.; Su, Z.; Shang, J. Machine learning for the selection of carbon-based materials for tetracycline and sulfamethoxazole adsorption. Chem. Eng. J., 2021, 406, 126782.

Wan, Z.; Xu, Z.; Sun, Y.; He, M.; Hou, D.; Cao, X.; Tsang, D.C.W.* Critical impact of nitrogen vacancies in nonradical carbocatalysis on nitrogen-doped graphitic biochar. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2021, 55, 7004-7014.

Yu, I.K.M.; Fan, J.*; Budarin, V.L.*; Bouxin, F.P.; Clark, J.H.; Tsang, D.C.W.* NaCl-promoted phase transition and glycosidic bond cleavage under microwave for energy-efficient biorefinery of rice starch. Green Chem., 2020, 22, 7355-7365. [Journal Cover]

Dutta, S.; Yu, I.K.M.; Tsang, D.C.W.*; Fan, A.; Clark, J.H.; Jiang, Z.; Su, Z.; Hu, C.; Poon, C.S. Efficient depolymerisation of cellulosic paper towel waste using organic carbonate solvents. ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2020, 8, 13100-13110. [Journal Cover]

Wang, L.; Chen, L.; Provis, J.L.; Tsang, D.C.W.*; Poon, C.S. Accelerated carbonation of reactive MgO and Portland cement blends under flowing CO2 gas. Cement Concrete Comp., 2020, 106, 103489.

Wang, L.; Geddes, D.A.; Walkley, B.; Provis, J.L.; Mechtcherine, V.; Tsang, D.C.W.* The role of zinc in metakaolin-based geopolymers. Cement Concrete Res., 2020, 136, 106194.