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Associate Professor Guangzhi Sun

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5423, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO5.223
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5423
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO5.223  


Guangzhi is the Associate Professor and Chemical Engineering program leader in the School of Engineering

Current Teaching

  • ENS3111 Chemical Thermodynamics (Instructor/Unit Coordinator)
  • ENS5133 Environmental Engineering 1 (Instructor/Unit Coordinator)


Guangzhi has extensive work experiences in the higher education sectors in Australia and the UK. His primary research expertise are in wastewater treatment, wetlands, and ecosystem assessment. He is also interested in the catalytic synthesis of hydrocarbons, and developing research activities in this field.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of Engineers Australia
  • Registered Practitioner of Higher Education Academy (UK)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • 2014 - Honorary Research Professor. Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Catalytic synthesis of hydrocarbons


  • Post Graduate in Higher Education Teaching, Ireland, 2002.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering), England, 1999.
  • Master of Engineering, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan), 1995.
  • Graduate Diploma Organic Chemical Technology, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan), 1995.
  • Bachelor of Engineering, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan), 1992.
  • Engineer Dept Chemical Engineering, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan), 1992.


Recent Research Grants

  • The removal of pharmaceutical compounds from municipal sewage,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1,  2017 - 2018,  $8,500.
  • Constructed Wetland for the Removal of Pesticide and Nutrient from Agricultural Runoff,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $9,400.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Sun, G., Wycherley, C., Sun, Y., (2015), The removal of heavy metals from an acidic wastewater in treatment wetlands filled with recycled materials. Physical, Chemical and Biological Treatment Processes for Water and Wastewater, 57-78, New York, USA., Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Articles

  • Saeed, T., Sun, G., (2017), Pollutant removals employing unsaturated and partially saturated vertical flow wetlands: A comparative study. Chemical Engineering Journal, 325(n/a), 332-341, Elsevier.
  • Sun, Y., Sun, G., Sage, V., Sun, Z., Zhang, J., Zhang, L., (2017), Preparation of Hybrid Porous Carbon Using Black Liquor Lignin Impregnated with Steelmaking Slag and its Performance in SO2 Removal. Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 00(00), 11.
  • Sun, Y., Yang, G., Sun, G., Sun, Z., Zhang, L., (2017), Performance study of stirred tank slurry reactor and fixed?bed reactor using bimetallic Co?Ni mesoporous silica catalyst for fischer?tropsch synthesis. Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 00(00), 00.
  • Yu, X., Grace, MR., Sun, G., Zou, Y., (2017), Application of ferrihydrite and calcite as composite sediment capping materials in a eutrophic lake. Journal of Soils and Sediments: protection, risk assessment and remediation, in press(n/a), 9.
  • Zou, Y., Wang, L., Xue, Z., E, M., Jiang, M., Lu, X., Yang, S., Shen, X., Liu, Z., Sun, G., Yu, X., (2017), Impacts of Agricultural and Reclamation Practices on Wetlands in the Amur River Basin, Northeastern China. Wetlands: the journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists, in press(n/a), 7.
  • Saeed, T., Sun, G., (2017), A comprehensive review on nutrients and organics removal from different wastewaters employing subsurface flow constructed wetlands. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 47(4), 203-288, DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2017.1318615.
  • Bavandpour Cheleh, F., Zou, Y., He, Y., Saeed, T., Sun, Y., Sun, G., (2017), Removal of Dissolved Metals in Wetland Columns Filled with Shell Grits and Plant Biomass. Chemical Engineering Journal, 00(00), 00.
  • Zhang, L., Hou, GL., Zhang, G., Liu, Z., Sun, G., Li, M., (2016), Calculation of wetlands ecological water requirements in China's Western Jilin Province based on regionalization and gradation techniques. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 14(3), 463-478, Budapest, Hungary, Corvinus University of Budapest, DOI: 10.15666/aeer/1403_463478.
  • Zhang, L., Zhang, G., Sun, G., (2016), Variation trend of dry-wet climatic factors and correlation with wetlands in Western Jilin Province, China. Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 12(1), 131-139, North University of Baia Mare.
  • Saeed, T., Paul, B., Afrin, R., Al-Muyeed, A., Sun, G., (2016), Floating constructed wetland for the treatment of polluted river water: A pilot scale study on seasonal variation and shock load. Chemical Engineering Journal, 287(March 1), 62-73, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2015.10.118.
  • Wang, X., Zhang, G., Xu, YJ., Sun, G., (2015), Identifying the regional-scale groundwater-surface water interaction on the Sanjiang Plain, Northeast China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 22(21), 16951-16961, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-4914-8.
  • Sun, G., Saeed, T., Zhang, G., Sivakugan, N., (2015), Water quantity and quality assessment on a tertiary treatment wetland in a tropical climate. Water Science and Technology, 71(4), 511-517, London, UK, IWA Publishing, DOI: 10.2166/wst.2014.479.
  • Zhang, L., Zhang, G., Li, H., Sun, G., (2014), Eco-physiological responses of Scirpus Planiculmis to different water-salt conditions in Momoge Wetlands. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 23(5), 1813-1820, Poland, Polish Journal of Environmental Studies.
  • Saeed, T., Al-Muyeed, A., Afrin, R., Rahman, H., Sun, G., (2014), Pollutant removal from municipal wastewater employing baffled subsurface flow and integrated surface flow-floating treatment wetlands. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 26(4), 726-736, Chinese Academy of Science, DOI: 10.1016/S1001-0742(13)60476-3.
  • Saeed, T., Sun, G., (2013), A lab-scale study of constructed wetlands with sugarcane bagasse and sand media for the treatment of textile wastewater. Bioresource Technology, 128(January), 438?447, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.10.052.
  • Saeed, T., Al Muyeed, A., Sun, G., (2013), Ammoniacal nitrogen and organics removal modelling in vertical flow wetlands treating strong wastewaters. Wetland Science, 11(4), 421-432, China, Kexue Chubanshe.
  • Cao, X., Lu, X., Zhang, Z., Zou, Y., Sun, G., (2013), Research progress on the design of constructed wetlands. Wetland Science, 11(1), 121-128.
  • Saeed, TF., Sun, G., (2012), A comparative study of pollutant removal stability in hybrid wetland columns. Wetland Science, 10(2), 142-148, China, Kexue Chubanshe.
  • Allende, KL., Fletcher, T., Sun, G., (2012), The effect of substrate media on the removal of arsenic, boron and iron from an acidic wastewater in planted column reactors. Chemical Engineering Journal, 179(2012), 119-130, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2011.10.069.
  • Sun, G., Zhu, Z., Saeed, T., Zhang, G., Lu, X., (2012), Nitrogen removal and microbial community profiles in six wetland columns receiving high ammonia load. Chemical Engineering Journal, 203(September), 326-332, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2012.07.052.
  • Saeed, T., Afrin, R., Muyeed, AA., Sun, G., (2012), Treatment of tannery wastewater in a pilot-scale hybrid constructed wetland system in Bangladesh. Chemosphere, 88(9), 1065-1073, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.04.055.
  • Saeed, T., Sun, G., (2012), A review on nitrogen and organics removal mechanisms in subsurface flow constructed wetlands: Dependency on environmental parameters, operating conditions and supporting media. Journal of Environmental Management, 112(2012), 429-448, London, United Kingdom, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.08.011.
  • Li, HY., Zhang, G., Sun, G., (2012), Simulation and evaluation of the water purification function of Zhalong Wetland based on a combined water quantity-quality model. Science China Technological Sciences, 55(7), 1973-1981, Beijing, China, Zhongguo Kexue Zazhishe, DOI: 10.1007/s11431-012-4887-5.

Conference Publications

  • Sun, Y., Sun, G., (2016), Preparation of Biomass Derived Porous Carbon: Application for Methane Energy Storage. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Material Engineering and Application (ICMEA 2016), 103(Nov 12-13, 2016), 18-22, Atlantis Press.
  • Sun, G., Heimann, K., (2012), The concept of ecosystem manipulation: What is it, and how does it work in bioremediation?. Environmental Science and Technology, 1(25-29 June 2012), 558-563, Houston,Texas, United States, American Science Press.
  • Sun, G., Zhu, Y., Saeed, T., (2012), Nitrogen dynamics and microbial community compositions in six vertical flow wetland columns. Environmental Science and Technology, 2(25-29 June 2012), 254-260, Houston,Texas, United States, American Science Press.
  • Lizama Allende, K., Fletcher, T., Sun, G., (2012), Arsenic removal by subsurface flow constructed wetlands. Understanding the Geological and Medical Interface of Arsenic As 2012, 278-279, Leiden, The Netherlands, CRC Press/Balkema.
  • Lizama Allende, K., Fletcher, T., Sun, G., (2012), Removal of arsenic by coprecipitation with iron in vertical flow wetland columns. Environmental Science and Technology, 2(25-29 June 2012), 312-318, United States, American Science Press.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Engineering Science,  Engineered Iron Oxide Nanoparticle-polymer Composites For The Removal Of Dissolved Arsenic And Antimony
  • Doctor Of Philosophy; Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetlands For The Treatment Of Domestic Wastewater
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