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Dr. Yifeng Zhang obtained his Ph.D. degree from DTU in 2012, with the financial support of DTU scholarship. He is also serving as editor/associate editor in serveal prestigious journals in the field including Water Research, Science of the Total Environment, Frontiers in Microbiology, Sustainable Horizons, Water Cycles etc. His major research interests are microbial electrochemistry and biotechnology to support the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 12th, and 13th UN Sustainable Development Goals through sustainable water treatment, resource recovery, CO2 capture and utilization, biosynthesis, and environmental bioremediation & monitoring. He is recognized as an international young leader in both (i) microbial electrochemistry as well as (ii) bioresource recovery from wastewaters. His accomplishments so far have been well documented in over 145 SCI publications in top journals in the field, 2 patents, 4 book chapters, and numerous conference contributions. According to Google Scholar, his works have been cited over 5600 times and with an H index of 40. He has been listed as World's Top 2% Scientists 2020 and 2021. In the same year, he was selected as top 50 among global competitions for The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge Award. In 2022, he received Honorable Mentions for the James J. Morgan Early Career Award given by the American Chemical Society. Since receiving his PhD, he has been successfully attracting over 35 M DKK funding from e.g., Horizon Europe, The Carlsberg Foundation, Independent Research Fund Denmark, the Villum Foundation, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation. In 2018, he received a Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Fellowship which is given to talented young scientists to establish their research group.

Other information

06.2011           Visiting PhD, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands 

Language Skills:
English (Fluent)
Chinese (Native)
Danish (PD3)

Research areas

Microbial electrochemistry; Carbon Capture & Utilization; Wastewater treatment & Resource Recovery; Next Generation Fermentation & Anaerobic Digestion;  Environmental Bioremediation & Biosensors; Electrocatalysis & Electrosynthesis; Microbial Communication; Artificial Photosynthesis

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Technical University of Denmark


Ph.D., Technical University of Denmark


M.Sc., Dalian University of Technology


External positions

Postdoc, Prof. Irini Angelidaki



  • User defined:
  • Microbial interactions
  • Water resources recovery
  • Microbial electrochemistry
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Bioelectrochemical Biosensors
  • waste-derived nutrients recovery
  • Fermentation, Downsteream processing
  • Anaerobic digestion


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