• Bygningstorvet, 115, 214

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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Dr. Yifeng Zhang is currently working as an associate professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He obtained his Ph.D. degree from DTU in 2012. 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. His research has been highly innovative and contributed considerably to improving the fundamental understanding of microbial electrochemistry and developing cutting-edge, efficient, and economic-affordable technical solutions in the Water-Food-Energy-Climate nexus for sustainable development and green transition. This way the wastewaters and greenhouse gases (e.g., CO2), which otherwise are treated as pollutants undergoing energy and carbon-intensive treatment processes, are recovered and upcycled in a form of valuable bioproducts such as chemicals, biofuels, proteins, and energy.

Most of the SCI publications are in top journals in the field such as Energy & Environmental Science, Trends in Biotechnology, One Earth, Environmental Science & Technology, and Water Research. According to Google Scholar, his works have been cited over 3600 times and with an H index of 34. Among these, 9 papers have each citation over 100 times. He has been listed as World's Top 2% Scientists 2020. Since 2012, He has been successfully attracting over 25 M DKK international and national research funding (e.g., Independent Research Fund Denmark, Novo Nordisk Foundation). Especially, in the year 2018, he received Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Fellowships (4.5M DKK) which is given to talented young scientists to establish their research group. In the same year, he was shortlisted and interviewed for the Young Investigator Program funded by Villum Foundation. In 2020, he was selected as top 50 among global competitions for The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge Award.

Other information

06.2011           Visiting PhD, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands 

Language Skills:
Danish (level 2)

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

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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