Zulin Zhang

Zulin Zhang
James Hutton Institute · Environmental and Biochemical Sciences Group

Ph.D

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Publications (197)
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In this study, sludge biochar was prepared under four pyrolysis temperatures (SBC300, SBC500, SBC700, and SBC900) and then was employed to activate periodate (PI) for the degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX). Various characterization methods were employed to investigate the effect of pyrolysis temperature on the physicochemical properties of sludg...
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Antibiotic resistance pollution in livestock manure is a persistent issue that has drawn public attention. Vermicomposting is an ecofriendly biological process that can render livestock manure harmless and resourceful. However, little is known about the impact of vermicomposting on antibiotic resistance in livestock manure under stress caused by po...
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Neonicotinoids pose potential serious risks to human health even at environmental concentration and their removal from water is considered as a great challenge. A novel ball milling and acetic acid co-modified sludge biochar (BASBC) was the first time synthesized, which performed superior physicochemical characteristics including larger surface are...
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The non-radical pathway of periodate (PI) activation for the removal of persistent organic contaminants has received increasing attention due to its higher stability and oxidative advantages. In this study, the degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) by ball mill treated magnetic sludge biochar (BM-MSBC) through activation of PI by electron transfer...
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The clusters formed by modified materials on its surface makes the application of functionalized biochars in adsorption face a great challenge. Here, a facile ball milling technology was innovatively proposed to tailor Fe-Al oxides-laden bagasse biochar to fabricate a novel adsorbent (BMFA-BC). Benefited from the increased exposure of Fe-Al oxides...
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Efficient removal of tetracycline (TC) has become a global challenge because the unsatisfactory removal rate of traditional sewage treatment technology. A carbon-based material (MoS2@SBC) was synthesized by one-pot hydrothermal method using municipal sludge as the feedstock to remove TC from water. Characterization analysis showed that MoS2@SBC had...
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This study conducted the first extensive and comprehensive investigation of the whole-scale sedimentary antibiotic concentration, possible drivers, environmental fate, and potential ecological risks in the Yangtze River. Totally, 20 antibiotics were detected in the sediments. Results revealed that the order of antibiotic abundance in sediment was f...
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A novel iron-biochar composite adsorbent was produced via ball milling–assisted one-pot pyrolyzed BM-nZVI-BC 800. Characterization proved that nano zero valent iron was successfully embedded in the newly produced biochar, and the nZVI payload was higher than that of traditional one-pot pyrolyzed methods. BM-nZVI-BC 800 provided a high adsorption pe...
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To develop a market for biochar, it is imperative that solutions are found to producing biochars that are both high performance and economically viable. While biochar performance can be enhanced via chemical modification, it is likely that optimization of pyrolysis time and temperature is a more cost-effective approach to enhancing performance. Thi...
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Chloramphenicol (CAP) is of great concern due to its extensive use and nonnegligible impact on the eco-environment. Herein, the degradation performance and mechanism of CAP by UV/sulfite advanced reduction processes (ARPs) were systematically investigated. 90.67% degradation efficiency and 92.22% dechlorination of CAP were simultaneously achieved w...
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The studies on the removal of Neonicotinoids pesticides (NNIS) and their degradation products have attracted more and more attention. However, the simultaneous removal of pesticides and conventional pollutants remain inadequately understood. In this study, a green alga strain Scenedesmus sp. TXH was isolated from a wastewater treatment plant and th...
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Earthworm conversion is an eco-friendly biological process that converts livestock waste into a benign nutrient-rich organic fertilizer. However, little is known about the impacts of earthworm-converted livestock manure on the antibiotic resistome in the earthworm gut microbiota. Herein, lab-scale vermicomposting was performed to comprehensively ev...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides (NNIs) have been widely used to control insect pests, while their environmental residues and associated hazardous impacts on human and ecosystem health have attracted increasing attention worldwide. In this study, we examined the current levels and associated spatial and temporal patterns of NNIs in multiple environmental...
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Thiacloprid (THI), as a commonly used neonicotinoid, is frequently detected in environmental media, posing a potential threat to the environment and organisms. In this study, microalgae fuel cells (MFCs) with Chlorella sp. as cathode and wastewater (with sludge) as anode were constructed to remove THI (10, 20 and 50 mg/L) while generating bioelectr...
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Water scarcity and the uneven distribution of water resources in China have resulted in water shortages for agricultural irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas. Reclaimed water used for agricultural irrigation has become an effective solution in the context of the global water shortage. In order to improve soil productivity and solve the shortage o...
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Although the studies on antibiotic contamination are common at present, large-scale sampling studies drawing highly representative conclusions are still scarce. This study conducted a comprehensive investigation on a total of 1183 samples from 70 livestock farms within a sensitive area around reservoir waters. 45 types of antibiotics belonging to 5...
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Neonicotinoids, such as Imidacloprid (IMI), are frequently detected in water and wastewater, posing a threat on both the environment and the health of living things. In this work, a novel algae-bacteria biofilm reactor (ABBR) was constructed to remove IMI and conventional nutrients from municipal wastewater, aiming to explore the removal effect and...
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As an in-situ immobilization material for heavy metals, biochar can exist in the environment for thousands of years, while whether the natural aging would affect its heavy metals adsorption performance still remains unclear. Therefore, the coffee grounds biochar (CGB) was prepared under different pyrolysis temperatures (300, 500 and 700 °C) in this...
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Efficient removal of zwitterionic tetracycline (TC) from water is a critical environmental challenge which is not fully addressed by conventional treatment technologies. A magnetic N-doped sludge biochar (MNSBC) was the first time synthesized by a simple one-pot hydrothermal method. The maximum adsorption capacity of MNSBC for TC was 197.3 mg/g at...
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Both ciprofloxacin (CIP) and sugarcane bagasse have brought enormous pressure on environmental safety. Here, an innovative technique combining Fe-Mg-layered double oxides and ball milling was presented for the first time to convert bagasse-waste into a new biochar adsorbent (BM-LDOs-BC) for aqueous CIP removal. The maximum theoretical adsorption ca...
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Background Recently, it has been found that nitrogen (N) deposition could strongly affect the spatial pattern of biocrusts by reducing their cover. However, as the key cementing materials in the formation and stabilization of biocrusts, little has been known about the response of exopolysaccharides (EPS) to N deposition. Method Three N sources nitr...
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Background Recently, it has been found that nitrogen (N) deposition could strongly affect the spatial pattern of biocrusts by reducing their cover. However, as the key cementing materials in the formation and stabilization of biocrusts, little has been known about the response of exopolysaccharides (EPS) excreted by cyanobacteria in biocrusts to N...
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The propagation of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) from domestic livestock manure is an unnegligible important environmental problem. There is an increasing need to understand the role of domestic livestock manure in causing antibiotic resistance in the environment to minimize risks to human health. Here, we targeted β-lactam resistance genes (b...
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In this study, a novel heterogeneous ultrasonic (US)-enhanced sludge biochar (SBC) activated periodate (PI) system was established and explored for the rapid removal of levofloxacin in the aqueous environment. This study focused on the mechanisms of US-enhanced SBC co-activation of PI for levofloxacin degradation. The results indicated that US and...
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As the critical ecological engineers, biological soil crusts (biocrusts) are considered to play essential roles in improving substrate conditions during ecological rehabilitation processes. Physical disturbance, however, often leads to the degradation of biocrusts, and it remains unclear how the physical disturbance affects biocrust microorganisms...
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The full report and database is now available online at: https://www.crew.ac.uk/publication/pharmaceuticals-water-environment-baseline-assessment-and-recommendations-0 This project assessed current baseline data of pharmaceuticals in the water environment in Scotland. A database was collated from a variety of data sources (grey and published lite...
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Increasing usage and emission of neonicotinoid insecticides have caused severe risks to ecological environment and human health. The study aimed to explore a Fe²⁺/UV/ peroxydisulfate (PDS) system for effective degradation of thiacloprid (TCP). The effects of various parameters involving the degradation efficiency including initial solution pH, PDS...
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Exposure of the fetal testis to numerous individual environmental chemicals is frequently associated with dysregulated development, leading to impaired adult reproductive competence. However, ‘real-life’ exposure involves complex mixtures of environmental chemicals (ECs). Here we test the consequences, for the male fetus, of exposing pregnant ewes...
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The present study firstly aimed at developing a multi‐residue method to identify and quantify 38 veterinary antibiotics (belonging to 5 different classes) not only for raw swine wastewater but also for wastewater different treated by different units. The proposed method is based on a solid‐phase extraction procedure and ultra‐performance liquid chr...
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In this study, a novel iron-manganese oxide-loaded sludge-based biochar was prepared by coprecipitation route for efficient removal of thiacloprid (TCP) from the aqueous environment with activating periodate (PI). The effects of operational parameters on the degradation of thiacloprid, including catalyst dosage, periodate concentration, and initial...
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Periodate (PI) -based oxidation processes have gained increasing concern in recent years due to their high capability for the removal of some persistent pollutants. The current status and progresses of PI-based research are reviewed in this study. In this review, PI activation methods and operational variables in PI-based oxidation processes are an...
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Fluoroquinolones are one of most commonly used antibiotics for preventing and treating bacterial infections and their unsatisfactory removal by conventional wastewater treatment technology have aroused widespread attention. A novel adsorbent of KMSBC was the first time synthesized and tested to adsorb three typical fluoroquinolone antibiotics of CI...
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Pharmaceuticals (a class of emerging contaminants) are continuously introduced into effluent-receiving surface waters due to their incomplete removal within wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). This work investigated the presence and distribution of eight commonly used human pharmaceuticals in the River Dee (Scotland, UK), a Scottish Environment Pr...
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The widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides has caused environmental threat that has attracted scientific concern. This study developed a microalgae fuel cells (MFCs) with Chlorella sp. as the cathode synergistically enhanced the removal of imidacloprid (IMI). The MFCs were operated at open-circuit and closed-circuit. Under closed-circuit condit...
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As an important carbon (C) storage in biological soil crusts (BSCs), exopolysaccharide (EPSs) is not only a part of the desert C cycle, but also the key materials for cyanobacteria to resist desert stress. In this study, the influence of initial N concentrations (10, 25 and 50 mg L⁻¹ designated as N10, N25 and N50 respectively) on Microcoleus vagin...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides (NNIs) have been intensively used and exploited, resulting in their presence and accumulation in multiple environmental media. We herein investigated the current levels of eight major NNIs in the Harbin section of the Songhua River in northeast China, providing the first systematic report on NNIs in this region. At least...
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The extensive use of imidacloprid (IMI) has led to its being frequently detected in natural water, also caused the potential damage to the ecosystem. Development of efficient, green and sustainable technique is demanded to eliminate this problem. A novel biochar (KMCBC) derived from agriculture waste of corn cob was first time co-modified by potass...
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A field experiment with 24 different treatments was carried out to study the effects of a combination of water management (WM), soil application of calcium magnesium phosphate (CMP), and foliar spraying of Si/Se on Cd uptake by paddy rice (Teyou 524). The water management modes included W1 (conventional water management) and W2 (flooding during the...
Technical Report
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The project sought to examine where and how the environmental sciences might contribute to the mental health domain, and to identify exemplar case studies, highlight gaps, and outline areas for potential future investment. This report summaries the findings from the project.
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Snow cover is a unique environmental medium in cold regions that can cause potential risks to the ecological environment, due to the release of pollutants that are stored in it. In this study, the Qixing River wetland, located in the Sanjiang Plain of China, was taken as the target research area. Heavy metals in snow cover, including Cu, Ni, Cr, Cd...
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Antibiotics (ABs) in the aquatic environment is a major problem due to the emergence of antibiotic resistance. The long‐term ecological impact on the aquatic environment is unknown. Many sources allow entry of ABs into the environment, including Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs), agricultural run‐off, hospital effluent and landfill leachate. Conc...
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Thiacloprid (THIA) is a kind of neonicotinoid insecticide widely used for crop protection. Its strong toxicity and persistence pose potential threats to human health and ecological environment. In this study, an ultraviolet synergic ferrous iron catalytic persulfate system was constructed on the efficient degradation of THIA. Ferric dosage, concent...
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Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) have gained increasing concern due to their persistent characteristics, wide distribution, biotoxicity, and bioaccumulative properties. The current remediation technologies for PFOA and PFOS are primarily focused on physical and chemical techniques. Phytoremediation has provided pro...
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The co-existence of antibiotics and heavy metal (HM) is common in manure. However, existing strategies for improving antibiotic dissipation or HM immobilization during composting rarely consider their combined pollution. In this study, we used agricultural lime and a newly designed attapulgite-activated carbon composite (AACC) to enhance the stabil...
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In humans and dogs, a temporal decline in semen quality and increased incidence of testicular cancer is hypothesised to be associated with exposure to anthropogenic chemicals, particularly during fetal development. Human studies suggest that differential exposures to environmental chemicals may be associated with geographical differences in male re...
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Iron/copper bimetallic nanoparticles based sludge biochar (Fe/Cu-SBC) was prepared by using a modified co-precipitation route. The Fe/Cu-SBC system prepared was subsequently applied to activate periodate (IO4⁻) to degrade diclofenac sodium (DCF) by using UV light at room temperature (25 °C). The physicochemical properties of both SBC and Fe/Cu-SBC...
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This work describes the development, optimisation and validation of an analytical method for the rapid determination of 17 priority pharmaceutical compounds and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Rather than studying compounds from the same therapeutic class, the analyses aimed to determine target compounds with the highest risk potential (with...
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The effect of composting practice on reducing the health risk of manure-derived antibiotic resistance is mainly assessed based on the abundance of antibiotic resistance determinants. This study evaluated the impact of industrial thermophilic manure composting in controlling the risk of sulfonamide resistance (SR) by identifying the patterns of hori...
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The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in aquatic environments has attracted considerable concerns due to their potential threat to public health. For reducing environmental risk of ARGs, it is crucial to identify the pathogenic resistant bacteria, determine the driving forces governing the ARG community and apportion their...
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Extensive presence of imidacloprid (IMI) in the worldwide water which has caused the potential risk to human health. An efficient and novel adsorbent of potassium hydroxide (KOH) activated magnetic (iron/zinc, Fe/Zn) sugarcane bagasse biochar (KOH+Fe/Zn-BBC) was first time synthesized in this study to adsorptive removal of IMI from water. Its maxim...
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Nanofiltration concentration leachate is a high concentration organic wastewater with low biodegradability and high toxicity. To explore the feasibility of a combined Heat/UV activated persulfate process on nanofiltration concentrated leachate, the effects of persulfate concentration, initial solution pH before reaction, UV-lamp power and reaction...
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In this study, biochar derived from municipal sludge was activated by zinc chloride, which was first time used as the precursor for hydrothermal synthesis of magnetic sludge biochar (Fe/Zn-SBC) for tetracycline (TC) and ciprofloxacin (CIP) removal. The maximum adsorption capacity of Fe/Zn-SBC for TC and CIP were 145 mg g-1 and 74.2 mg g-1 at 25 °C,...
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Open straw burning releases significant amounts of particulate matter (PM) and trace gases into the air and thus is an important source of atmospheric pollutants in China. In this study, based on fire spots in northeast China from 2013 to 2017, we analyzed pollution concentration degree (PCD) and pollution concentration period (PCP), and assessed s...
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Iron plaque (IP) on root surface has a significant effect on uptake and accumulation of heavy metals by wetland plants, however, the role of vinasse in modulating the relevant process still remains unclear. Present study hypothesizes vinasse at appropriate addition could promote IP formation and lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) re...
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Environmental concentration imidacloprid (IMI) has become a potential risk to ecological safety and human health, therefore an efficient, sustainable and environment friendly approach was urgently needed for its removal. In this study, a novel graphene oxide supported magnetic sludge biochar composite (GO/CoFe2O4-SBC) was first time synthesized and...
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Extensive application of imidacloprid (IMI) in pest control and its undesirable removal efficiency enabled it to be a critical global challenge. Low cost, efficient, sustainable and environment-friendly technologies are urgently needed to be developed to remove IMI from water. A novel adsorbent of potassium hydroxide activated magnetic microporous...