Di WU 吳鏑


PhD in Civil Engineering
Adjunct Associate Professor
Research Area
Research Interests
Water and wastewater engineering
Resource recovery technology
Environmental biotechnology

PhD, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Di obtained his Master degree at Harbin Institute of Technology in 2007; then he went to industry for 2-year. He joined the Wastewater Research Group at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to pursue his PhD study, and then he completed his post-doc training at the same group. In 2016, HKUST appointed him as Research Assistant Professor. In 2021, he was promoted as the tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Green Chemistry and Technology, and Department of Environmental Technology Food Technology and Molecular Biotechnology, Ghent University. In these years, Di has endeavored to develop an interdisciplinary Environmental Technology program for teaching and research. His current research works go around 'Saline Environmental technoLogy Innovation aNd Application (SELINA)' for urban water cycle, carbon neutrality and circular economy.


Selected Publications


Deng, Y.F., , Wu, D.*, Huang, H., Cui, Y.X., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Chen, G.H.*, 2021. Exploration and verification of the feasiblity sulfide-driven partial denitrification coupled with Anammox for wastewater treatment. Water Research 193, 116905.

Deng, Y.F., Tang, W.T., Huang, H, Qian, J., Wu, D.*, Chen, G.H.*, 2021. Development of a bioprocess model with metagenomic verification to provide new insights into thiosulfate-driven denitrification and anammox (TDDA) process. Water Research 198, 117155.

Huang, H., Zeng, Q., Heynderickx, P., Chen, G.H., Wu, D.*, 2021. Electrochemical pretreatment (EPT) of waste activated sludge: Extracellular polymeric substances matrix desctruction, sludge solubilisation and overll digestibility. Bioresource Technology 125000.

Huang, H., Ekama, G., Deng, Y.F., Chen, G.H., Wu, D.*, 2021. Identifying the mechanisms of sludge reduction in the sulfidogenic oxic-settling anaerobic (SOSA) process: side-stream sulfidogenesis-intensified sludge decay and mainstream extended aeration. Water Research 189, 116608.

Liu, J., Zhang, Z., Xue, W., Siriweera, W.B., Chen, G.H., Wu, D.*, 2021. Anaerobic digestion of saline waste activated sludge and recoverying raw sulfated polysaccharides. Bioresource Technology 125255.

Huang, H., Biswal, B.K., Chen, G.H., Wu, D.*, Sulfidogenic anaerobic digestion of sulfate-laden waste activated sludge: Evaluation on reactor performance and dyanmics of microbial community. Bioresource Technology 297, 122396.

Guo, G., Wu, D.*, Ekama, G.A., Ivleva, N. P., Hao, X.D., Dai, J., Cui, Y.X., Biswal, B.K., Chen, G.H., 2019. Investigation of multiple polymers in a denitrifying sulfur conversion-EBPR system: The structural dynamics and storage states. Water Research 156, 179-187.

Huang, H., Ekama, G., Dai, J., Jiang, F., Chen, G.H., Wu, D.*. A new Sulfidogensis Oxic-Settling Anaerobic (SOSA) process: the effects of sulfur bioaugmentation on performance, sludge properties and microbial communities. Water Research 162, 30-42.

Cui, Y.X., Guo, G., Ekama, G.A., Deng, Y.F., Chui, H.K., Chen, G.H., Wu, D.*, 2019. Elucidating the biofilm properites and biokinetics of sulfur-oxidizing moving-bed biofilms for mainstream nitrogen removal. Water Research 162, 246-257.

Deng, Y.F., Cui, Y.X., Tang, C.J., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Chen, G.H., Wu, D.*. 2019. Coupling of sulfur(thiosulfate)-driven denitratation and Anammox process to treat nitrate and ammonium contained wastewater. Water Research 163, 114854

Cui, Y.X., Biswal, B., van Loosdrecht, M., Chen, G.H., Wu, D.*, 2019. Long-term performance and dynamics of microbial biofilm communities performing sulfur-oxidizing autotrophic denitrification in a moving-bed biofilm reactor. Water Research 166, 115038

Guo, G., Ekama, G.A., Wang, Y., Dai, J., Biswal, B.K., Chen, G.H., Wu, D.*, 2019. Advances in sulfur conversion-associated enhanced biological phosphorus removal in sulfate-rich wastewater treatment: a review. Bioresource Technology 285, 121303.

Wang, B., Wu, D.*, Ekama, G., Dai, J., Hao, X., Chen, G., 2019. Elucidating the effects of starvation and reactivation on anaerobic sulfidogenic granular sludge: reactor performance and granular sludge transformation. Water Research 151, 44-53.

Wang, B., Wu, D.*, Ekama, G.A., Tsui, T., Jiang, F., Chen, G.H.*, 2018. Characterization of a new continuous gas-mixing sulfidogenic anaerobic bioreactor: hydrodynamics and sludge granulation. Water Research 135, 251-261.

Guo, G., Wu, D.*, Ekama, G.A., Hao, T.W., Mackey, H.R., Chen, G.H.*, 2018. Denitrifying sulfur conversion-associated EBPR: effects of temperature and carbon source on anaerobic metabolism and performance, Water Research 141, 9-18.

Guo, G., Wu, D.*, Hao, T.W., Mackey, H.R., Wei, L., Wang, H.G., Chen, G.H.*, 2016. Functional bacteria and process metabolism of the denitrifying sulfur conversion-associated enhanced biological phosphorus removal (DS-EBPR) system: an investigation by operating the system from deterioration to restoration. Water Research 95, 289-299.

Wang, B., Wu, D.*, Ekama, G.A, Huang H., Lu, H., Chen G.H.*, 2017. Optimizing mixing mode and intensity to prevent sludge flotation in sulfidogenic anaerobic sludge bed reactors. Water Research 122, 481-491.

Wu, D., Ekama, G.A., Chui, H.K, Wang, B., Cui, Y.X., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M, Chen, G.H.*, 2016. Large-scale demonstration of sulfate reduction autotrophic denitrification nitrification integrated (SANI) process in saline sewage treatment. Water Research 100, 496-507.

Wu, D., Ekama, G.A., Lu, H., Chui, H.K., Liu, W.T., Brdjanovic, D., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Chen G.H.*, 2013. A new biological phosphorus removal process in association with sulfur cycle. Water Research 47, 3057-3069.

Wu, D., Ekama, G.A., Wang, H.G., Wei, L., Lu, H., Chui, H.K., Liu, W.T., Brdjanovic, D., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Chen, G. H.*, 2014. Simultaneous nitrogen and phosphorus removal in the sulfur cycle-associated enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) process. Water Research 49, 251-264.