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Short-Bio: Di Wu (03/1981) completed his Master's study in 2007. Then he went to industry for 2y. From 2009 to 2013, 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 Ph.D. study, and obtained post-doc training at the same group (2014-2016). In 2016, HKUST promoted him as Research Assistant Professor (RAP) for teaching and research. In 2021, he was appointed as the tenured Associate Professor at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University (UGent). Di endeavored to develop an interdisciplinary Environmental Technology program. His team is recently working on the three research themes: (1) Water-Energy Sustainability [WEs]: Unlocking the potential of using saline water as alternative water for desalination, toilet flushing, and cooling, via i) system integration (multiple water supply system) and ii) water treatment process innovation – low-cost membrane (forward osmosis membrane, dynamic membrane) process and chemical-free electrochemical treatment process (electrification) etc. (2) Sustainable Microbial Engineering [SMe]: integrating process engineering and microbiological science for water remediation and waste-to-chemicals, mainly focus on i) innovative CNSP-cycle transformations and assembling rare function genomes in urban and/or extreme environment(s), ii), and iii) producing bioenergy (CH4, Biofuels) and biomaterials (pharmaceuticals, food-addition) from waste streams. (3) Rethinking Environmental Infrastructures [rEI]: developing smart, resilient concepts and analytical tools, tackling open, dynamic, complex problems in environmental engineering system, e.g. combining system dynamics with life-cycle modeling for coastal urban environmental and resource management, and machine learning (deep neural network, XGBoost, etc.) for sewerage system diagnosis and control. Overall, his current research works circulate around 'Saline Environmental technoLogy Innovation aNd Application (SELINA)', aiming to understand the interactions between saline environments and human societies and develop new methods for sustainability. The outcomes have been i) published in some academic journals (see: and patents, ii) transferred to industrial application, and iii) awarded with international (IWA PIA2012, 2018) and local (HK green innovation) prizes.
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