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Associate Professor Guangzhi Sun

Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5423, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO23.202
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5423
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO23.202  


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

Current Teaching

  • ENS3111/ENS6169 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 activities are in wastewater treatment, engineered wetland, and ecosystem assessment. He is also interested in environmental nanotechnology for pollutant degredations.

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

  • Environmental nanotechnology
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Wetland ecosystem assessment and constructed wetland


  • 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

  • Vetiver Biofiltration System for the Treatment of Landfill Leachate,  Unspecified Funding Source,  Multiple Funding Sources - Industry Engagement Scholarship,  2017 - 2021,  $48,000.
  • Determining Infiltration Pond Performance Curves,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2018 - 2019,  $238,758.
  • 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

  • Sun, Y., Yang, G., Sun, G., Sun, Z., Zhang, L., (2018), 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, 37(1), 553-561, New Jersey, USA, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1002/ep.12696.
  • Zou, Y., Zhang, S., Huo, L., Sun, G., Lu, X., Jiang, M., Yu, X., (2018), Wetland saturation with introduced Fe(III) reduces total carbon emissions and promotes the sequestration of DOC. Geoderma, 325(n/a), 141-151.
  • Saeed, T., Muntaha, S., Rashid, M., Sun, G., Hasnat, A., (2018), Industrial wastewater treatment in constructed wetlands packed with construction materials and agricultural by-products. Journal of Cleaner Production, 189(n/a), 442-453.
  • Yu, X., Grace, MR., Sun, G., Zou, Y., (2018), 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, DOI: 10.1007/s11368-017-1872-4.
  • Zou, Y., Wang, L., Xue, Z., E, M., Jiang, M., Lu, X., Yang, S., Shen, X., Liu, Z., Sun, G., Yu, X., (2018), 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, DOI: 10.1007/s13157-017-0975-4.
  • Bavandpour Cheleh, F., Zou, Y., He, Y., Saeed, T., Sun, Y., Sun, G., (2018), Removal of Dissolved Metals in Wetland Columns Filled with Shell Grits and Plant Biomass. Chemical Engineering Journal, 331(January 2018), 234-241, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.08.112.
  • 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, 36(5), 1417-1427, DOI: 10.1002/ep.12591.
  • Saeed, T., Sun, G., (2017), Pollutant removals employing unsaturated and partially saturated vertical flow wetlands: A comparative study. Chemical Engineering Journal, 325(October 2017), 332-341, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.05.072.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.

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.

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

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Engineering Science,  Using Agricultural Wastes To Treat Lead-contaminated Water In Western Australia
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