Zhang Tong

Dr. Tong Zhang

The University of Hong Kong, China



2001 PhD, Environmental Engineering Program, The University of Hong Kong

1993 MPhil, Environmental Science & Engineering Program, Nanjing University

1990 BSc, Environmental Science & Engineering Program, Nanjing University

Publications (Selected)

  1. Yu K, Zhang T. Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis of microbial community structure and gene expression of activated sludge. PLoS ONE. (accepted, in press)
  2. Li B, Zhang T. pH significantly affects removal of trace antibiotics in chlorination of municipal wastewater. Water Research. (accepted, in press)
  3. Ye L, Zhang T. 2012. Bacterial communities in different sections of a municipal wastewater treatment plant revealed by 16S rDNA 454 pyrosequencing. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. (accepted, in press)
  4. Xia Y, Cai L, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2012. Effects of substrate loading and co-substrates on thermophilic anaerobic conversion of microcrystalline cellulose and microbial communities revealed using high-throughput sequencing.International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.02.079)
  5. Yang Y, Zhang T, Zhang XX, Liang DW, Zhang M, Gao DW, Zhu HG, Huang QG,  Fang HHP. 2012. Quantification and characterization of -lactam resistance genes in 15 sewage treatment plants from East Asia and North America.Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. (doi: 10.1007/s00253-011-3810-5)
  6. Zhang T, Shao MF, Ye L. 2012. 454 Pyrosequencing reveals bacterial diversity of activated sludge from 14 sewage treatment plants. The ISME Journal (doi: 10.1038/ismej.2011.188)
  7. Guo F, Zhang T. Profiling bulking and foaming bacteria in activated sludge by high throughput sequencing. Water Research. 46(8):2772-82
  8. Lü XY, Li B, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2012. Enhanced anoxic bioremediation of PAHs-contaminated sediment. Bioresources Technology. 104:51-58.
  9. Zhang T, Zhang XX, Ye L. 2011. Plasmid metagenome reveals high levels of antibiotic resistance genes and mobile genetic elements in activated sludge. PLoS ONE. 6(10), e26041.
  10. Chao Y, Zhang T. 2011. Optimization of fixation methods for observation of bacterial cells morphology and surface ultrastructures by atomic force microscopy. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 92(2):381-392 (01-09-2011)
  11. Chao Y, Zhang T. 2011. Probing roles of lipopolysaccharide, fimbria and colanic acid in the attachment of Escherichia coli strains on inert surfaces. Langmuir. 27, 11545-11553. (26-08-2011)
  12. Ye L, Zhang T. 2011. Pathogenic bacteria in sewage treatment plants as revealed by 454 pyrosequencing. Environmental Science and Technology. 45(17), 7173–7179. (03-08-2011)
  13. Fang HHP, Li RY, Zhang T. 2011. Effects of Mo(VI) on phototrophic hydrogen production by Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Environmental Technology. 32, 1279-1285.(30-06-2011)
  14. Zhang T, Ye L, Tong AHY, Shao MF, Lok Si. 2011. Ammonia-oxidizing Archaea and Ammonia-oxidizing Bacteria in six full-scale wastewater treatment bioreactors. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 91(4), 1215-25. (25-06-2011)
  15. Ye L, Zhang T. 2011. Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria dominates over ammonia-oxidizing archaea in a saline nitrification reactor under low DO and high nitrogen loading. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 108(11), 2544-2552 (14-06-2011)
  16. Ye L, Shao MF, Zhang T, Tong AHY, Lok S. 2011. Analysis of the bacterial community in a laboratory-scale nitrification reactor and a wastewater treatment plant by high-throughput pyrosequencing. Water Research. 45(15), 4390-8. (31-05-2011)
  17. Li J, Zhang T, Wang L, Liu Y, Dai RH, Liu X. 2011. Characterization and quantification of the nickel resistant microbial community in activated sludge using 16S rDNA and nickel resistant genes. Environmental Technology. 32 (5), 533-542. (03-05-2011)
  18. Zhang T, Li B. 2011. Occurrence, transformation and fate of antibiotics in municipal wastewater treatment plants. Critical Review on Environmental Science and Technology. 41, 951 - 998. (29-04-2011)
  19. Wang J, Shi M, Wu D, Lu H, Shao MF, Zhang T, van Loosdrecht MCM, Chen GH. 2011. Microbial community of sulfate-reducing up-flow sludge bed in the SANI® process for saline sewage treatment. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 90(6):2015-25. (15-04-2011)
  20. Li B, Zhang T. 2011. Mass flows and removal of antibiotics in two municipal wastewater treatment plants. Chemosphere. 83(9), 1284-1289 (23-03-2011).
  21. Li RY, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2011. Application of molecular techniques on heterotrophic hydrogen production research. Bioresources Technology. 102(18), 8445-8456. (15-03-2011)
  22. Zhang XX, Zhang T. 2011. Occurrence, abundance and diversity of tetracycline resistance genes in 15 sewage treatment plants across China and other global locations. Environmental Science and Technology. 45(7), 2598-604. (09-03-2011)
  23. Yan QM, Zhang XX, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2011. Seasonal microbial community shift in a saline sewage treatment plant. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering in China. 5, 40-47. (03-2011)
  24. Shao MF, Zhang T, Fang HHP, Li XD. 2011. The effect of nitrate concentration on sulfide-driven autotrophic denitrification in marine sediment. Chemosphere. 83(1), 1-6. (11-02-2011).
  25. Jin T, Zhang T, Ye L, Lee OO, Wong YH, Qian PY. 2011. Diversity and quantity of ammonia-oxidizing Archaea and Bacteria in sediment of the Pearl River estuary, China. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 90(3):1137-45. (01-02-2011)
  26. Lü XY, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2011. Bacteria-mediated PAHs degradation in soil and sediment. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 89(5), 1357-1371. (06-01-2011)
  27. Lü XY, Zhang T, Fang HHP, Leung KMY, Zhang G. 2011. Biodegradation of naphthalene by enriched marine denitrifying bacteria. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation. 65, 204-211. (08-12-2010)
  28. Wang ZP, Li B, Zhang T. 2011. Identification of surfactants emerged in aerobic granulation. Chemosphere. 82, 535–540 (12-11-2010)
  29. Zhang T, Chao Y, Shih K, Li XY, Fang HHP. 2011. Quantification of the lateral detachment force for bacteria cells using atomic force microscope and centrifugation. Ultramicroscopy. 111, 131–139 (09-11-2010)
  30. Li AJ, Zhang T and Li XY. 2010. Modeling and verification of selective sludge discharge as the controlling factor for aerobic granulation. Water Science & Technology. 62(10), 2442-2449. (15-11-2010)
  31. Shao MF, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2010. Sulfur-driven autotrophic denitrification: diversity, biochemistry and engineering applications. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 88(5), 1027-42 (01-09-2010)
  32. Chao Y, Zhang T. 2011. Growth behaviors of bacteria in biofouling cake layer in a dead-end microfiltration system. Bioresource Technology. 102, 1549–1555 (26-08-2010)
  33. Ye L, Zhang T. 2010. Estimation of nitrifier abundances in a partial nitrification reactor treating ammonium-rich saline wastewater using DGGE, T-RFLP and mathematical modeling. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 88, 1403–1412 (25-08-2010)
  34. Gao DW, Zhang T, Tang CY, Wu WM, Wong PCY, Lee YH, Yeh DH, Criddle CS. 2010. Membrane fouling in an anaerobic membrane bioreactor: differences in relative abundance of bacterial species in the membrane foulant layer and in suspension. Journal of Membrane Science. 364(1-2), 331-338 (24-08-2010)
  35. Wang ZP, Zhang T. 2010. Characterization of soluble microbial products (SMP) under stressful conditions. Water Research. 44(18), 5499-509 (08-07-2010)
  36. Zhang T, Yan QM, Ye L. 2010. Autotrophic biological nitrogen removal of saline wastewater under low DO. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 85(10), 1340–1345 (14-06-2010)
  37. Jin T, Zhang T, Yan QM. 2010. Characterization and quantification of ammonia-oxidizing Archaea (AOA) and Bacteria (AOB) in a nitrogen-removing reactor using T-RFLP and qPCR. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 87, 1167-1176. (20-04-2010)
  38. Li B Zhang T. 2010. Biodegradation and adsorption of antibiotics in the activated sludge process. Environmental Science and Technology. 44 (9), 3468-3473 3468-3473 (12-04-2010).
  39. Li AJ, Zhang T and Li XY. 2010. Fate of the aerobic bacterial granules with fungal contamination under different organic loading conditions. Chemosphere. 78, 500-509 (23-12-2009).
  40. Zhang XX, Wu B, Zhang Y, Zhang T, Yang LY, Fang HHP, Ford T. Cheng SP. 2009. Class 1 integronase gene and tetracycline resistance genes tetA and tetC in different water environments of Jiangsu Province, China. Ecotoxicology. 18, 652-660 (04-06-2009).
  41. Li B, Zhang T, Xu ZY, Fang HHP. 2009. Rapid analysis of 21 antibiotics of multiple classes in municipal wastewater using ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Analytica Chimica Acta. 645, 64-72(05-05-2009).
  42. Zhang M, Zhang T, Shao MF, Fang HHP. 2009. Autotrophic denitrification in nitrate-induced marine sediment remediation and Sulfurimonas denitrificans-like bacteria. Chemosphere. 76, 677-682 (29-04-2010).
  43. Shao MF, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2009. Autotrophic denitrification and its effect on metal speciation during marine sediment remediation. Water Research. 43, 2961-2968 (21-04-2009).
  44. Zhang T, Jin T, Yan QM, Shao MF, Wells G, Criddle CS, Fang HHP. 2009. Occurrence of ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) in activated sludges of a laboratory scale reactor and two wastewater treatment plants. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 107, 970-977 (17-04-2009).
  45. Zhang T, Shao MF, Fang HHP. 2009. A qRT-PCR based method for the measurement of rrn operon copy number. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 49, 26-30 (17-04-2009).
  46. Zhang T, Zhang M, Zhang XX, Fang HHP. 2009. Tetracycline resistance genes and tetracycline resistant lactose-fermenting Enterobacteriaceae in activated sludge of sewage treatment plants. Environmental Science and Technology. 43, 3455–3460 (14-04-2009).
  47. Zhang XX, Zhang T, Zhang M, Fang HHP, Cheng SP. 2009. Characterization and quantification of class 1 integrons and associated gene cassettes in sewage treatment plants. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 82(6), 1169-77(18-02-2009).
  48. Seneviratne CJ, Zhang T, Fang HHP, Jin LJ, Samaranayake LP. 2009. Distribution coefficients of dietary sugars in artificial Candida biofilms. Mycopathologia. 167(6), 325-331 (06-02-2009).
  49. Zhang XX, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2009. Antibiotic resistance genes in water environment. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 82(3), 397-414 (08-01-2009).
  50. Laing DW, Fang HHP, Zhang T. 2009. Microbial characterization and quantification of an anaerobic sludge degrading dimethyl phthalate. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 106, 296-305 (23-12-2008).
  51. Liang DW, Zhang T, Fang HHP, He, JZ. 2008. Phthalates biodegradation in the environment. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 80(2), 183-198 (01-07-2008).
  52. Liang DW, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2008. Real-time quantification of dominant anaerobes in an upflow reactor by polymerase chain reaction using a TaqMan probe. Water Science and Technology. 57(11), 1851-1855.
  53. Li RY, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2008. Characteristics of a phototrophic sludge producing hydrogen from acetate and butyrate. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 33(9), 2147-2155 (09-04-2008).
  54. Fang HHP, Zhang M, Zhang T, Chen J. 2008. Predictions of nitrate diffusion in sediment using horizontal attenuated total reflection (HATR) by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry. Water Research. 42(4-5), 903-908(07-09-2007).
  55. Zhu HG, Fang HHP, Zhang T, Beaudatte LA. 2007. Effect of ferrous ion on photo heterotrophic hydrogen production by Rhodobacter sphaeroides. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.32(17), 4112-4118 4112-4118. (20-07-2007).
  56. Li CL, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2007. Use of TaqMan gene probe for real-time monitoring of acidophilic hydrogen-producing bacteria. Biotechnology Letters, 29(11), 1753-1757 (26-06-2007).
  57. Zhang T, Qin XL, Fang HHP. 2007. Use of P-17 and NOX specific primer sets for assimilable organic carbon (AOC) measurements. Water Supply. 7, 157-163.
  58. Liang DW, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2007. Anaerobic degradation of dimethyl phthalate in wastewater in a UASB reactor. Water Reserach. 41, 2879 – 2884 (16-05-2007).
  59. Liang DW, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2007. Denitrifying degradation of dimethyl phthalate. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 74(1), 221-229 (10-11-2006).
  60. Fang HHP, Liang DW, Zhang T. 2007. Aerobic degradation of diethyl phthalate by Sphingomonas sp. Bioresource Technology. 98 (3), 717-720 (23-03-2006).
  61. Li CL, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2006. Fermentative hydrogen production in packed-bed and packing-free upflow reactors. Water Science and Technology. 54(9), 95-103.
  62. Fang HHP, Zhu HG, Zhang T. 2006. Phototrophic hydrogen production from glucose by pure- and co-cultures of Clostridium butyricum and Rhodobacter sphaeroides. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 31(5), 2223-2230.
  63. Xie XJ, Li YG, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2006. Bacterial survival in evaporating deposited droplets on a teflon-coated surface. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 73(3), 703-712.
  64. Fang HHP, Zhang T, Li CL. 2006. Characterization of Fe-hydrogenase genes diversity and hydrogen-producing population in an acidophilic sludge. Journal of Biotechnology. 126 (3), 357-364.
  65. Fang HHP, Li CL, Zhang T. 2006. Acidophilic biohydrogen production from rice slurry. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 31, 683-692.
  66. Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2006. Applications of real-time polymerase chain reaction for quantification of microorganisms in environmental samples. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 70, 281-289.
  67. Fang HHP, Shi XL, Zhang T. 2006. Effect of activated carbon on fouling of activated sludge filtration. Desalination. 189, 193-199.
  68. Fang HHP, Liang DW, Zhang T, Liu Y. 2006. Anaerobic treatment of phenol in wastewater under thermophilic condition. Water Research. 40(3), 427-434.
  69. Zhang T, Fan XJ, Satoshi H, Kamagata Y, Fang HHP. 2006. Bacillus macaensis sp. nov., a long-chain bacterium isolated from a drinking water supply. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 56, 349-353.
  70. Zhang T, Liu Y, Fang HHP. 2005. Effect of pH change on the performance and microbial community of enhanced biological phosphate removal process. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 92(2), 173-182.
  71. Zhang T, Ke SZ, Liu Y, Fang HHP. 2005. Microbial characteristics of a methanogenic phenol-degrading sludge. Water Science and Technology. 52(1-2), 73-78.
  72. Liu Y, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2005. Microbial analysis and performance of a phosphate-removing activated sludge. Bioresource Technology. 96, 1205-1204.
  73. Fang HHP, Liu H, Zhang T. 2005. Phototrophic hydrogen production from acetate and butyrate in wastewater. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 30, 785-793.
  74. Jin Y, Zhang T, Yip HK, Fang HHP, Samaranayake, H, Samaranayake, LP. 2005. The use of new stains for better assessment of cell viability and extracellular polymeric substances in Candida albicans biofilms. Mycopathologia 159, 353-360.
  75. Koenig A, Zhang T, Liu LH, Fang HHP. 2005. Microbial community and biochemistry process in autosulfurotrophic denitrifying biofilm. Chemosphere. 58(8), 1041-1047.
  76. Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2005. Effective diffusion coefficients of glucose in artificial biofilms. Environmental Technology. 26(2), 155-165.
  77. Cao GM, Zhao QX, Sun XB, Zhang T. 2004. Integrated nitrogen removal in a shell-and-tube co-immobilized cell bioreactor. Process Biochemistry. 39(10), 1269-1273.
  78. Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2004. Quantification of Saccharomyces cerevisiae viability using BacLight. Biotechnology Letters. 26(12), 989-992.
  79. Fang HHP, Liu Y, Ke SZ, Zhang T. 2004. Anaerobic degradation of phenol in wastewater at ambient temperature. Water Science and Technology. 49(1), 95-102.
  80. Zhang T, Fang HHP, Ko BCB. 2003. Methanogen population in a marine biofilm corrosive to mild steel. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 3, 101-106.
  81. Zhang T, Liu H, Fang HHP 2003. Biohydrogen production from starch in wastewater under thermophilic condition. Journal of Environmental Management. 69, 149-156.
  82. Liu H, Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2003. Thermophilic hydrogen production from a cellulose-containing wastewater. Biotechnology Letters. 25(4), 365-369.
  83. Zhang T, Liu H, Fang HHP. 2002. Microbial analysis of a phototrophic sludge producing hydrogen from acidified wastewater. Biotechnology Letters. 24 (21), 1833-1837.
  84. Fang HHP, Zhang T, Liu Y. 2002. Characterization of an acetate-degrading sludge devoid of intercellular polyphosphate and glycogen. Water Research. 36, 3211-3218.
  85. Fang HHP, Liu H, Zhang T. 2002. Characterization of a hydrogen-producing granular sludge. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 78, 44-52.
  86. Fang HHP, Zhang T, Liu H. 2002. Microbial diversity of a mesophilic hydrogen-producing sludge. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 58, 112-118.
  87. Cao GM, Zhao QX, Sun XB, Zhang T. 2002. Characterization of nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria coimmobilized in PVA and kinetics model of biological nitrogen removal by coimmobilized cells. Enzyme and Microbial Technology. 30, 49-55.
  88. Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2001. Phylogenetic diversity of a SRB-rich marine biofilm. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 57, 437-440.
  89. Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2001. Quantification of extracellular polymeric substances in biofilms by confocal laser scanning microscopy. Biotechnology Letters. 23(5), 405-409.
  90. Zhang T, Jin HJ. 2001. Aquatic toxicity of acetonitrile and its water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life in China. International Journal of Environment and Pollution. 15(5), 568-575.
  91. Zhang T, Fang HHP. 2000. Digitization of DGGE (denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis) profile and cluster analysis of microbial communities. Biotechnology Letters. 22(5), 399-405.
  92. Zhang T, Wada SJ, Yamagishi TK, Ichikawa HY, Tatsumi KJ, Zhao QX. 1999. Treatment of bleaching wastewater from pulp-paper plants in China using enzymes and coagulants. Journal of Environmental Sciences-China. 11(4), 480-484.
  93. Zhang T. 1999. Study on fish and amphibian embryo-larval toxicity test. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 55, 363-369.
  94. Zhang T, Lin Z, Zhu HL. 1999. Microbial flocculants study and its application in environmental engineering. Journal of Environmental Sciences-China. 11(1), 1-12.
  95. Zhang T, Zhao QX, Huang H, Li Q, Zhang Y. 1998. Kinetic study on the removal of toxic phenol and chlorophenol from wastewater by horseradish peroxidase. Chemosphere. 37(8), 1571-1577.
  96. Zhang T, Jin HJ. 1998. Use of duckweed (Lemna minor L.) growth inhibition test to evaluate the toxicity of acrylonitrile, sulphocyanic sodium and acetonitrile in China. Environmental Pollution. 98(2), 143-147.
  97. Zhang T, Zhao QX, Huang H, Li Q, Zhang Y. 1997. Removal of toxic phenol and 4-chlorophenol from wastewater by horseradish peroxidase. Chemosphere. 34(4), 893-903.
  98. Zhang T, Zhu HL, Jin HJ. 1996. Chronic toxicity of acrylonitrile and acetonitrile to Daphnia magna in 14-d and 21-d toxicity tests. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 57(4), 655-659.
  99. Zhang T, Jin HJ, Zhu HL. 1996. Quality criteria of acrylonitrile for the protection of aquatic life in China. Chemosphere. 32(10), 2083-2093.