Guangsheng QIAN  錢光升

Research Assistant Professor

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Safety Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, China (2019)
  • B.Eng. in Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, China (2013)

Professional Experience

  • 04/2022-present Research Assistant Professor, University of Macau, Macau, China
  • 01/2020-03/2022 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Macau, Macau, China
  • 03/2019-11/2019 Research Assistant, Northeastern University, China

Research Interests

  • Microalgal-bacterial granular sludge
  • High-value resource recovery
  • Coastal wastewater treatment
  • Antibiotics removal
  • Biological nutrient removal

Research Projects

  • Achieving the recovery of high-value sulfated polysaccharides with biological sulfur-conversion granules: From mechanisms to products (52300023), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 2024-2026, PI
  • Conceptual and process validation of the bacteria-algae symbiotic granular sewage treatment system toward efficient treatment and high-value resource recovery (0064/2022/A), Science and Technology Development Fund, Macao S.A.R (FDCT), 2022-2025, PI
  • Enhancement of nitrogen removal performance in MBR using electrocoagulation technology at low temperatures (CEPF2014-123-1-1), China Environment Protection Foundation (CEPF), 2015-2017, PI

Selected Publications


  • Hu, XM., Li, L., Zhao, X., Qian, GS., Liu, F., Li, N., Li, W. Biological nitrogen removal from wastewater (in Chinese). Beijing: Chemical Industry Press, 2020, ISBN 978-7-122-34678-0.

Journal Papers (*corresponding author, †equal contribution)

  • Qian, GS., Shao, JY., Hu, P., Tang, WT., Xiao, YH., Hao, TW.* From micro to macro: The role of seawater in maintaining structural integrity and bioactivity of granules in treating antibiotic-laden mariculture wastewater. Water Research, 2023, 246: 120702.
  • Li, L., Xiong, SJ., Wang, QC., Xue, CY., Xiao, P., Qian, GS.* Enhancement strategies of aerobic denitrification for efficient nitrogen removal from low carbon-to-nitrogen ratio shale oil wastewater. Bioresource Technology, 2023, 387: 129663.
  • Hao, TW., Shao, JY., Hu, P., Varjani, S., Qian, GS.* Achieving tetracycline removal enhancement with granules in marine matrices: Performance, adaptation, and mechanism studies. Bioresource Technology, 2023, 371: 128590.
  • Wang, YJ., Fu, ZC., Shi, C., Qian, GS.* Improvement of nitrate-dependent anaerobic ferrous oxidation by EDTA-2Na addition: An effective way for dealing with iron crusts. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 2023, 53: 103813.
  • Zhao, Y., Shi, Y., Wang, Z., Qian, GS.* Enhancement of humic acid on plant growth in a Cd-contaminated matrix: performance, kinetics, and mechanism. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2023, 30: 5677-5687.
  • Zhao, Y., Ren, XPC., Wang, F., Qian, GS.* Efficient pretreatment of landfill leachate by loading sulfonated cobalt phthalocyanine catalyst: Optimization, regeneration and mechanisms. International Journal of Environmental Research, 2023, 17(1): 2.
  • Qian, GS., Liu, P., Wei, L.*, Mackey, H., Hao, TW.* Can a compact biological system be used for real hydraulic fracturing wastewater treatment? Science of The Total Environment, 2022, 816: 151524.
  • Liu, F., Qian, GS.*, Zhao, X., Hu, XM.* Mechanism insights into the nitrogen removal of bio-augmented AAO: Specifically focusing on the nitrogen metabolic pathways and microbial taxa-functional genes associations. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 2022, 50: 103245.
  • Zhao, Y., Yuan, N., Bian, D., Sun, JJ., Qian, GS.* Preparation of a novel CSM@ZIF-67 composite microsphere to facilitate Congo red adsorption from dyeing wastewater. Environmental Technology, Online, DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2023.2169640.
  • Li, L., Qian, GS.*, Ye, LL., Hu, XM., Yu, X., Lyu, WJ. Research on the enhancement of biological nitrogen removal at low temperatures from ammonium-rich wastewater by the bio-electrocoagulation technology in lab-scale systems, pilot-scale systems and a full-scale industrial wastewater treatment plant. Water Research, 2018, 140: 77-89.
  • Li, L., Dong, YH., Qian, GS.*, Hu, XM., Ye, LL. Performance and microbial community analysis of bio-electrocoagulation on simultaneous nitrification and denitrification in submerged membrane bioreactor at limited dissolved oxygen. Bioresource Technology, 2018, 258: 168-176.
  • Qian, GS., Ye, LL., Li, L., Hu, XM.*, Jiang, BH., Zhao, X. Influence of electric field and iron on the denitrification process from nitrogen-rich wastewater in a periodic reversal bio-electrocoagulation system. Bioresource Technology, 2018, 258: 177-186.
  • Qian, GS., Ye, LL., Li, L.*, Hu, XM. Impact of electrocoagulation on membrane filtration resistance under different proportions of industrial wastewater. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology. 2018, 93(11): 3160-3170.
  • Qian, GS., Hu, XM.*, Li, L., Ye, LL., Lv, WJ. Effect of iron ions and electric field on nitrification process in the periodic reversal bio-electrocoagulation system. Bioresource Technology, 2017, 244: 382-390.
  • Qian, GS., Li, L., Hu, XM.*, Yu, X., Ye, LL. Enhancement of the biodegradability of activated sludge by the electric-coagulation multistage A/O membrane bioreactor treating low C/N industrial wastewater. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 2017, 125: 1-12.
  • Qian, GS., Hu, XM.*, Chen, WX., Qi, CY. Research on controlling MBR membrane fouling by electro-coagulation (in Chinese). Journal of Northeastern University (Natural Science), 2016, 37(3): 421-425.

Conference Papers

  • Qian, GS., Shao, JY., Xiao, YH., Hu, P., Hao, TW. Insights into the granules stability and sulfadiazine removal mechanism in treating mariculture wastewater, The 10th International Forum on Industrial Bioprocessing (IFIBiop 2022), Kaohsiung, 27-30 October, 2022.
  • Qian, GS., Shao, JY., Hu, P., Hao, TW. Which type of sludge is better for tetracycline removal in marine matrices: flocs or granules? The 10th International Forum on Industrial Bioprocessing (IFIBiop 2022), Kaohsiung, 27-30 October, 2022.
  • Qian, GS., Hao, TW., Yu, X., Li, L., Hu, XM. Efficient treatment of refractory industrial organics using a multistage anoxic/aerobic membrane bioreactor, 2021 National Organic Solid Waste Treatment and Resource Utilization Summit Forum, Chengdu, 15-16 May, 2021.
  • Qian, GS., Hao, TW., Li, L., Hu, XM. Can activated sludge be used to treat oil shale wastewater? 2020 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, Copenhagen, 18-23 October, 2020.
  • Hu, XM., Qian, GS., Chen, WX., Wang, H. Electrocoagulation to strengthen the treatment of oil shale wastewater in an A/O-MBR, The 8th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Houston, 6-10 June, 2016.
  • Qian, GS., Hu, XM., Chen, WX., Qi, CY. Research on controlling MBR membrane fouling by electro-coagulation, The 12th National Heterogeneous Separation Academic Conference, Xiamen, 4-7 August, 2015.

Awards and Honors

  • 2020 Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Northeastern University
  • 2020 The UM Macao Postdoctoral Fellowship and Associateship
  • 2019 Second Class Prize for Liaoning Scientific and Technology Progress
  • 2017 The Scholarship of Jiangxi Fangda Steel Group Co., Ltd.
  • 2015 China Environment Protection Foundation Research Funding
  • 2013 The Excellent Graduate Cadre in Northeastern University
  • 2012 The Scholarship of Jangho Group Co., Ltd.
  • 2012 The Excellent Student Cadre in Northeastern University
  • 2010 Liaoning Student Representation of the China Environment Protection Foundation
  • 2009-2013 Scholarships achieved for SEVEN times in Northeastern University

Professional Services

  • Member, International Bioprocessing Association (IBA)
  • Reviewer for peer-reviewed international journals: Water Research, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Bioresource Technology, Science of The Total Environment, Chemosphere, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Microbiological Research, Environmental Engineering Science, Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology etc.

Contact Details

Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Macau, E11
Avenida da Universidade, Taipa,
Macau, China

Room: E11-3029
Telephone: (853) 8822-4502
Fax: (853) 8822-2426