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Jiang, Guangming

Faculty Member

  • Senior Lecturer - School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering 2019 -

Overview


I was awarded my PhD in Environmental Engineering at The University of Queensland. Also, I completed a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Microbiology (Lincoln University), and a Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering (Harbin Institute of Technology). I previously held a position as Research Fellow at Advanced Water Management Centre.

I have broad research interests in wastewater treatment, infrastructure management, environmental health, microbial corrosion, and smart water. My previous research outcome has led to a fully commercialised technology through USP Technologies Ltd. in the USA. Also, I provide consulting and testing services to some major wastewater infrastructure projects like Singapore Deep Tunnel Sewerage System and Auckland Interception Sewer.

I am an editor of Journal of Water Process Engineering (Elsevier, IF=3.173), and the editorial board member of top journals including Environment International (Elsevier, IF:7.943). I am also a member of the major water associations, including International Water Association (IWA), Australian Water Association (AWA) and Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN).

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My current research themes are as below.

    1. Wastewater based epidemiology
    • Real-time genomic epidemiology for pathogens in urban water systems (ARC DP190100385)
    • Understand and modelling of the transformation of illicit drugs, pharmaceutical products in sewers (ARC DP150100645)
    • Estimating chemical use and exposure by wastewater analysis (ARC LP150100364)
    2. Sustainable wastewater infrastructure
    • Corrosion resistant concrete based on FNA (ARC LP150101337; QLD Accelerate Fellow)
    • Self-healing bio-concrete (ARC DE170100694)
    3. Sewer corrosion and odour management
    • Develop network wide control for environment-friendly and cost-saving chemical dosing (ARC LP160101040)
    • Understand the physicochemical and biological processes of concrete corrosion in sewer environment
    4. Smart water and innovation
    • Innovative wastewater treatment technologies
    • Application of IoT, Big Data and AI in urban water management

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>I am highly skilled in linking fundamental research to industry practice and driving technology development. In addition to the high-quality publications, my research has delivered a patented technology in Australia and China. Cloevis Pty Ltd, a start-up company was established as a partnership with USP Technologies Ltd. (USA), to jointly commercialize the technology. Cloevis was valued at $2.5 millions in 2012. Cloevis was a finalist short-listed by the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School for the EnterPrize Competition (2012). Cloevis also won the Commercialization Award, Faculty of EAIT, UQ. To date, Cloevis has been licensed to over 40 sewer sites of different water utilities. Cloevis is the first fully-commercialised technology at Advanced Water Management Centre at UQ. My research in this area has been expanded to membrane fouling control, sludge reduction and treatment, heavy metal removal from sludge, and bioenergy recovery from algae.</p><p><strong>Patent:</strong></p><ul><li>Yuan, Z., Jiang, G., Gutierrez, O. Control of Bacterial Activity, Such as in Sewers and Wastewater Treatment Systems (International PCT patent), Patent No. in China (ZL201180026611.8) and Australia (2011245067).</li></ul><p><strong>Commercialisation:</strong></p><ul><li>2016 USP Technologies is currently providing the Cloevis Biofilm Removal Service at 6 sites in the US with the potential for 20 sites by the end of 2016. The licence agreement is to be signed by mid-2016.</li><li>2013-2014, A full-scale trial was accomplished for odour and corrosion control in the sewers of Unity Water.</li><li>2012, Four full-scale field trials in the United States had been on track with commercialisation partner, US Peroxide, to promote and demonstrate the Cloevis technology in North America.</li><li>2012, A full-scale field trial was successfully completed at the UC9 sewage pumping station, Gold Coast Water.</li><li>2012, A commercialising partnership was established between a US company, US Peroxide, and Cloevis for its market development and field trials. The value of Cloevis was estimated to be around $ 2.5 million at the time.</li><li>2010, To commercialise my patented technology, Cloevis Pty Ltd, as a startup company, was established between AWMC and Uniquest, the commercialisation arm of UQ. Cloevis works on the commercialization together with water industry partners from the United States (US Peroxide) and Australia (Unity Water and Gold Coast Water).</li></ul><p><strong>Media Coverage:</strong></p><ul><li>2014, University of Queensland joins forces with Unitywater in trial of new product at Scarborough, Redcliffe & Bayside Herald, 6 December 2014</li><li>2012, Odor control in small doses, Chemical Engineering Magazine, 1 November 2012 (http://www.che.com/chementator/Odor-control-in-small-doses_9893.html)</li><li>2012, UQ research leads to smarter sewage management, UQ News, 31 October 2012 (http://www.uq.edu.au/news/?article=25470)</li><li>2012, Solving the stink from sewers, Press Release, 20 September 2012 (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/ecpl-sts092012.php)</li><li>2011, Bacteria Killers, Brisbane Business News, October 2011 (http://www.brisbanebusinessnews.com.au/article2505/BACTERIA%20KILLERS.html)</li><li>2011, Scientists Sniff Out Smart Solution to Sewer Smells, Water and Wastewater Newsletter, 19 September 2011 (http://www.waterandwastewater.com/www_services/newsletter/september_19_2011.htm)</li><li>2011, Scientists sniff out smart solution to sewer smells and decay, UQ News, 15 September 2011(http://www.uq.edu.au/news/index.html?article=23818)</li><li>2011, Enterprize shortlists five for $100,000 prize, startupsmart.com, 16 August 2011 (http://anthillonline.com/the-uq-business-school-has-announced-its-enterprize-2011-finalists/)</li><li>2011, Enterprize shortlists five for $100,000 prize, startupsmart.com, 16 August 2011(http://www.startupsmart.com.au/finance/enterprize-shortlists-five-for-$100000-prize/201108163587.html)</li></ul>

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • ARC  Discovery Project: Sewer-Based Real-Time Genomic Epidemiology Using Nanopore Sequencing

    Human pathogens are one of the major threats to public health and cost the global economy tens of billions of dollars annually. It is also one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Many of the infected patients require medical treatment or hospitalization, which entails high cost and loss of productivity. Current approaches to monitor infectious diseases primarily rely on reporting from hospitals or pathology labs. The retrospective approach cannot provide real-time information, which is a key to timely intervention. Recent reports by the Australian government indicate that the current epidemiology approach and data are insufficient for the timely intervention during outbreaks. With population growth and urbanization, it is critical to strengthen our capabilities to monitor and prevent the ever-increasing risks of epidemics.
    The broad aim of this project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative, real-time and high-resolution genomic tool to monitor and track pathogenic microbiome in sewer networks based on the most advanced and portable third-generation sequencing (TGS) platform (MinION nanopore sequencer). The microbiome of pathogens in sewers will be detected by the low-cost, fast sequencing methods within hours. This will allow early warning even before symptoms being developed in infected people. Built upon wastewater analysis for pharmaceuticals targeting specific pathogens, this integrated approach of sewage-based epidemiology will greatly enhance public health by achieving early detection and timely intervention of infectious diseases.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Cultivating Anaerobic Granules for Enhanced Self-healing Concrete in Wastewater Infrastructure
    Doctor of Philosophy Sewer-Based Real-Time Genomic Epidemiology Using Nanopore Sequencing.

Education And Training


Awards And Honors


Keywords


  • Environmental Engineering
    Sewer Corrosion & Odour
    Sewage Epidemiology
    Modelling
    Smart Water

Full Name


  • Dr Guangming Jiang

Mailing Address


  • School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • http://www.researcherid.com/rid/F-8611-2011

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My current research themes are as below.

    1. Wastewater based epidemiology
    • Real-time genomic epidemiology for pathogens in urban water systems (ARC DP190100385)
    • Understand and modelling of the transformation of illicit drugs, pharmaceutical products in sewers (ARC DP150100645)
    • Estimating chemical use and exposure by wastewater analysis (ARC LP150100364)
    2. Sustainable wastewater infrastructure
    • Corrosion resistant concrete based on FNA (ARC LP150101337; QLD Accelerate Fellow)
    • Self-healing bio-concrete (ARC DE170100694)
    3. Sewer corrosion and odour management
    • Develop network wide control for environment-friendly and cost-saving chemical dosing (ARC LP160101040)
    • Understand the physicochemical and biological processes of concrete corrosion in sewer environment
    4. Smart water and innovation
    • Innovative wastewater treatment technologies
    • Application of IoT, Big Data and AI in urban water management

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>I am highly skilled in linking fundamental research to industry practice and driving technology development. In addition to the high-quality publications, my research has delivered a patented technology in Australia and China. Cloevis Pty Ltd, a start-up company was established as a partnership with USP Technologies Ltd. (USA), to jointly commercialize the technology. Cloevis was valued at $2.5 millions in 2012. Cloevis was a finalist short-listed by the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School for the EnterPrize Competition (2012). Cloevis also won the Commercialization Award, Faculty of EAIT, UQ. To date, Cloevis has been licensed to over 40 sewer sites of different water utilities. Cloevis is the first fully-commercialised technology at Advanced Water Management Centre at UQ. My research in this area has been expanded to membrane fouling control, sludge reduction and treatment, heavy metal removal from sludge, and bioenergy recovery from algae.</p><p><strong>Patent:</strong></p><ul><li>Yuan, Z., Jiang, G., Gutierrez, O. Control of Bacterial Activity, Such as in Sewers and Wastewater Treatment Systems (International PCT patent), Patent No. in China (ZL201180026611.8) and Australia (2011245067).</li></ul><p><strong>Commercialisation:</strong></p><ul><li>2016 USP Technologies is currently providing the Cloevis Biofilm Removal Service at 6 sites in the US with the potential for 20 sites by the end of 2016. The licence agreement is to be signed by mid-2016.</li><li>2013-2014, A full-scale trial was accomplished for odour and corrosion control in the sewers of Unity Water.</li><li>2012, Four full-scale field trials in the United States had been on track with commercialisation partner, US Peroxide, to promote and demonstrate the Cloevis technology in North America.</li><li>2012, A full-scale field trial was successfully completed at the UC9 sewage pumping station, Gold Coast Water.</li><li>2012, A commercialising partnership was established between a US company, US Peroxide, and Cloevis for its market development and field trials. The value of Cloevis was estimated to be around $ 2.5 million at the time.</li><li>2010, To commercialise my patented technology, Cloevis Pty Ltd, as a startup company, was established between AWMC and Uniquest, the commercialisation arm of UQ. Cloevis works on the commercialization together with water industry partners from the United States (US Peroxide) and Australia (Unity Water and Gold Coast Water).</li></ul><p><strong>Media Coverage:</strong></p><ul><li>2014, University of Queensland joins forces with Unitywater in trial of new product at Scarborough, Redcliffe & Bayside Herald, 6 December 2014</li><li>2012, Odor control in small doses, Chemical Engineering Magazine, 1 November 2012 (http://www.che.com/chementator/Odor-control-in-small-doses_9893.html)</li><li>2012, UQ research leads to smarter sewage management, UQ News, 31 October 2012 (http://www.uq.edu.au/news/?article=25470)</li><li>2012, Solving the stink from sewers, Press Release, 20 September 2012 (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/ecpl-sts092012.php)</li><li>2011, Bacteria Killers, Brisbane Business News, October 2011 (http://www.brisbanebusinessnews.com.au/article2505/BACTERIA%20KILLERS.html)</li><li>2011, Scientists Sniff Out Smart Solution to Sewer Smells, Water and Wastewater Newsletter, 19 September 2011 (http://www.waterandwastewater.com/www_services/newsletter/september_19_2011.htm)</li><li>2011, Scientists sniff out smart solution to sewer smells and decay, UQ News, 15 September 2011(http://www.uq.edu.au/news/index.html?article=23818)</li><li>2011, Enterprize shortlists five for $100,000 prize, startupsmart.com, 16 August 2011 (http://anthillonline.com/the-uq-business-school-has-announced-its-enterprize-2011-finalists/)</li><li>2011, Enterprize shortlists five for $100,000 prize, startupsmart.com, 16 August 2011(http://www.startupsmart.com.au/finance/enterprize-shortlists-five-for-$100000-prize/201108163587.html)</li></ul>

Potential Supervision Topics


  • ARC  Discovery Project: Sewer-Based Real-Time Genomic Epidemiology Using Nanopore Sequencing

    Human pathogens are one of the major threats to public health and cost the global economy tens of billions of dollars annually. It is also one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Many of the infected patients require medical treatment or hospitalization, which entails high cost and loss of productivity. Current approaches to monitor infectious diseases primarily rely on reporting from hospitals or pathology labs. The retrospective approach cannot provide real-time information, which is a key to timely intervention. Recent reports by the Australian government indicate that the current epidemiology approach and data are insufficient for the timely intervention during outbreaks. With population growth and urbanization, it is critical to strengthen our capabilities to monitor and prevent the ever-increasing risks of epidemics.
    The broad aim of this project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative, real-time and high-resolution genomic tool to monitor and track pathogenic microbiome in sewer networks based on the most advanced and portable third-generation sequencing (TGS) platform (MinION nanopore sequencer). The microbiome of pathogens in sewers will be detected by the low-cost, fast sequencing methods within hours. This will allow early warning even before symptoms being developed in infected people. Built upon wastewater analysis for pharmaceuticals targeting specific pathogens, this integrated approach of sewage-based epidemiology will greatly enhance public health by achieving early detection and timely intervention of infectious diseases.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Cultivating Anaerobic Granules for Enhanced Self-healing Concrete in Wastewater Infrastructure
    Doctor of Philosophy Sewer-Based Real-Time Genomic Epidemiology Using Nanopore Sequencing.

Education And Training


Awards And Honors


Keywords


  • Environmental Engineering
    Sewer Corrosion & Odour
    Sewage Epidemiology
    Modelling
    Smart Water

Full Name


  • Dr Guangming Jiang

Mailing Address


  • School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • http://www.researcherid.com/rid/F-8611-2011

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