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Professor Jun Ma wins Sustainable Water Award 2016

Professor Jun Ma

Professor Jun Ma of the Harbin Institute of Technology and Advisory Board member of Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology has been chosen by the Royal Society of Chemistry as the deserved winner of the Sustainable Water Award 2016. The award recognises his work on the development and application of novel technologies for wastewater treatment processes.

The Royal Society of Chemistry prizes and awards celebrate the achievements by individuals, teams and organisations in advancing the chemical sciences – and rewarding those who undertake excellent work in the chemical sciences across the world.

Jun Ma graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology (BS, MS and PhD), and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Imperial College London (recipient of Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship). He has been a Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) at Switzerland. Professor Ma is now the Changjiang Scholar Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology and the Deputy Director of the National Engineering Research Centre of Urban Water Resources, China.

Congratulations Professor Ma from the entire Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology team!

Professor Jun Ma’s webpage can be found here.

Full details of all 2016 prize and award winners can be found here.

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Meet our Advisory Board

We are incredibly proud to present our Advisory Board, a group of distinguished experts in the field of water research and technology, who will provide us with valuable external perspectives on our current plans and strategy, and will actively help us shape the future of the journal.

Let’s find out a bit more about them:

Nandita Basu
University of Waterloo, Canada

Nandita is an Assistant Professor of Water Sustainability and Ecohydrology at the University of Waterloo, in Canada. Her research revolves around an interest in the sustainable management of water resources. The question of sustainable management of water is inherently interdisciplinary and requires research at the interfaces of hydrology, biogeochemistry, ecology, social sciences and economics. Her expertise lies at the interface of hydrology and chemistry, but she is also actively involved in collaborations with ecologists, social scientists and economists to explore other interfaces.


Dionysios Dionysiou
University of Cincinnati, USA

Professor Dionysiou is a UNESCO Chair Professor on “Water Access and Sustainability” and a Herman Schneider Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches courses on drinking water quality and treatment, advanced unit operations for water treatment, advanced oxidation technologies, and physical-chemical processes for water quality control. His research interests include treatment of water contaminated by harmful algal blooms with conventional and advanced technologies, advanced technologies for water treatment, advanced oxidation technologies, transition metal-based chemical oxidation, and nanotechnology.

Ferdi L. Hellweger
Northeastern University, USA

Dr. Hellweger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. His research interests are in the ecology of microbes in surface water systems, including harmful algal blooms in lakes and antibiotic resistance in rivers. He specialises in the development and application of mathematical models, with a focus on agent-based techniques. Locally, he is especially interested in the Charles River and wants to contribute to making it swimmable again. His goal is to build a forecast system that can be used to predict when & where it is safe to swim.


Jun Ma
Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Professor Ma is the Changjiang Scholar Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology and the Deputy Director of the National Engineering Research Center of Urban Water Resources, China. Jun’s interest has been in the area of water and wastewater treatment, he has been working in the processes of oxidation, nanoparticles and membranes.  He is the recipient of China Young Scientist Award, and the Achievement Award of Chiangjiang Scholars (Engineering Science Award) and holds over 80 invention patents and over 180 peer reviewed international journal papers.


Julie Minton
WateReuse Foundation, USA

Julie Minton has been the Director of Research Programs for the WateReuse Research Foundation for nearly five years and previously worked at the Foundation managing research projects.  She is responsible for planning and managing a comprehensive research program and staff.  Collectively, they manage over 50 active projects, worth more than $6 million annually. Ms. Minton has the programmatic responsibility for the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives, federal grants and cooperative agreements and has directed programmatic monitoring, reporting, outputs, and outcomes on multiple federal, state, and partner awards totaling over $20 million. Ms. Minton is also responsible for maintaining collaborative relationships with U.S. and international research organizations, cooperative funding of research programs and projects, and joint outreach activities. She has a B.A. in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


Simon Parsons
Scottish Water, UK

Simon Parsons is Director of Strategic Customer Service Planning at Scottish Water. He was formerly Chief Scientist and General Manager of Scientific Services and represented Scottish Water in science, research and public health communities. Simon won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s prestigious Sustainable Water Award for 2014 for advancing the understanding of natural organic matter in water treatment and for the development of treatment processes to improve water quality and sustainability.


Kai Udert
EAWAG, Switzerland

Dr. Udert has a background in environmental engineering. He received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich in 2003. After a postdoctoral appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in 2006. His main research focus has been on decentralized wastewater treatment and source separation. Besides working as a researcher, Dr Udert is also a lecturer at ETH Zurich for process engineering in water and wastewater treatment.


Lizhong Zhu
Zhejiang University, China

Lizhong Zhu is a Professor in Environmental Science and Director of Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. His research mainly focuses on interfacial behavior of organic pollutants and its regulation technology, which are essential to understanding source-sink dynamics, predicting bioavailability, and developing new pollution control materials and methods.


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All in all, a team of leaders in water research who are happy to join us in our great adventure.

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Our first Editorial Board Meeting!

Issue 1The first Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology Board Meeting was hosted in Chicago last week and it was an absolute success, with an astonishing 100% of attendance. It was an incredibly busy day, full of development ideas, plans for exciting new projects and long term vision plans.

We aspire to be the premier journal in the area of water resource management for the built environment, and our team is working enthusiastically to achieve this goal. To that end, we have assembled a tremendous group of respected global leaders in the area of water research and technology for our editorial board and associate editors.

There are also several practical advantages to submitting to Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology: we have no page or word restrictions, fast publication (< 90 days), colour figures are free, and if accepted, our team in Cambridge will work tirelessly to promote your work through social media and our blogs. But this is not all, please see the full list of benefits!

“Although Issue 1 was only recently published, we believe it is the start of something incredibly special.”

David Cwiertny, Editor-in-Chief

Editorial Board Meeting

We sincerely hope you will join us in this great new adventure!

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Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology Special Issue

Are you currently doing research in an area of potable water reuse?

We are delighted to announce a special themed issue, dedicated to recent advances associated with the potable reuse of water, which will be published in 2015 in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

The Editor-in-Chief David. M Cwiertny, and Associate Editor Stuart Khan, are encouraging submissions highlighting research technology and engineering development at the leading edge of potable water reuse.

This special issue will combine a variety of topic areas that are relevant to Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. Submissions in the following areas are welcome:

•           Technical innovations facilitating potable reuse

•           Human health risk assessment of potable reuse

•           The role and efficiency of environmental buffers in indirect potable reuse

•           Monitoring strategies in potable water reuse systems

•           Assessment and regulation of potable water reuse projects

•           Public perception of direct and indirect potable reuse

•           Sustainability assessment for potable reuse

•           Technical challenges, particularly relating to direct potable reuse

•           Novel applications of direct and indirect potable reuse

Submit your Paper!

We welcome original research papers, communications and Review articles.

For more information on the scope of Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology and our author guidelines, please visit our website or email us at ESWater-rsc@rsc.org

Submission Deadline: 15th February 2015

We hope to receive a manuscript from you or your group soon!

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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Lutgarde Raskin

We are delighted to introduce Lutgarde Raskin as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Lutgarde Raskin

Having completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993, Lutgarde is now the Altarum/ERIM Russell O’Neal Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Lutgarde has worked on a variety of biological water treatment processes.  Her current research focusses on anaerobic microbial processes for energy recovery from waste streams, and microbial processes in drinking water systems, including biological filtration, disinfection, and microbial ecology of distribution systems and premise plumbing.  In her research, she uses cutting-edge molecular tools to characterize and optimize water quality process performance.

Lutgarde’s Inspiration:

I am inspired by the complexity of the microbial world and the astonishing progress we have made in microbial ecology over the past few decades. This progress continuously motivates me to rethink engineered systems so we can better harness the power of microorganisms to treat water and recover resources from waste streams.

Lutgarde Raskin, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Long Nghiem

We are delighted to introduce Long Nghiem as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Long Nghiem

Long is an Associate Professor for the School of Civil Mining and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia where he completed his PhD in 2005.

Long’s research expertise covers a range of membrane separation processes, including pressure driven membrane filtration, forward osmosis, membrane distillation, facilitated transport membrane, membrane electrolysis, and membrane bioreactor. Current research work of his membrane separation laboratory focuses on the development of a membrane separation platform for the recovery of clean water, energy, and nutrients from wastewater. Long was the Vice President of the Membrane Society of Australasia from 2010 – 2014 and is currently a member of the Managing Committee of the IWA Membrane Specialty Group.

My aim:

To provide clean and affordable drinking water to all and to transform wastewater treatment into ‘biorefineries’ for energy and fertilizer production through innovative membrane processes.

Long Nghiem, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Mike Elovitz

We are delighted to introduce Mike Elovitz as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Mike Elovitz

Mike completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, Oregon Health and Science University. He has been a Research Scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency since 1997.

Mike conducts research for the Treatment Technology Evaluation Branch in the Water Supply and Water Resources Division of the Office of Research and Development’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory. His current research projects focus on computation fluid dynamics modelling approaches to ozone contractor design and halonitromethane formation during chlorination. Mike also investigates mixing in baffled ozone contractors using 3D lased-induced fluorescence and reactive transport model.

Mike’s passion:

I’m not sure why I care about the environment as much as I do! I guess that if it comes from a place within that can’t be explained, then – even  for a scientist – it may not need a rationalization.

Mike Elovitz, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Peter Vikesland

We are delighted to introduce Peter Vikesland as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Peter Vikesland

Peter is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, USA. He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Iowa in 1998.

Professor Vikesland’s research interests include nanomaterials in the environment and improved sensors for drinking water. His research on the environmental implications of nanotechnology examines the effects of solution chemistry on the aggregation and dissolution of environmentally relevant nanoparticles. Peter is the director of the Virginia Tech Sustainable Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program, where the primary goal is to facilitate the incorporation of sustainable design concepts in the nanotechnology field. Peter’s research group is interested in the development and testing of sensor technologies for the detection of environmental contaminants, with a particular emphasis on the use of Raman spectroscopy to detect biological and organic compounds. He is also works to evaluate drinking water disinfectant reactions with aqueous contaminants, focusing on disinfectant reactions with pharmaceutical and personal care products.

Peter’s inspiration:

My children are my inspiration. For their benefit I’m continually inspired to work to improve the world and better understand our ever evolving role in it.

Peter Vikesland, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Jeremy Guest

We are delighted to introduce Jeremy Guest as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Jeremy Guest

Jeremy completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Thrust Leader for Sanitation and Resource Recovery at the Safe Global Water Institute. His research interests are in in the development of technologies and decision-making tools that increase access to, and the sustainability of, environmental infrastructure.

Jeremy is primarily focusing on sanitation and the development of biotechnologies that manage wastewater as a renewable resource for energy production, chemical production, and nutrient and water recovery. By integrating experimentation, modelling, and quantitative sustainable design, his research group leverages fundamental insights into molecular- and cell-scale processes to advance systems-scale sustainability, connecting technology innovation with broader societal initiatives for advancing energy, food security, health and nutrition in both developing and technologically advanced communities.

My inspiration:

I am continually inspired by passionate students who are committed to solving meaningful problems facing society.”.

Jeremy Guest, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Michael Templeton

We are delighted to introduce Michael Templeton as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Michael Templeton

Michael is a chartered civil engineer and Senior Lecturer in Public Health Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, UK. He completed his Ph.D. in Civil-Environmental Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Michael’s research aims to develop engineering solutions to public health challenges relating to water supply and sanitation. His current projects include: devising strategies for water utilities to minimise disinfection by-products in tap water; maximising the effectiveness of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions for preventing schistosomiasis in Africa; optimising ultraviolet disinfection and oxidation processes for water treatment; detecting and controlling antibiotic-resistant bacteria in drinking water supplies.

Michael’s inspiration:

The millions of women and girls in developing countries who sacrifice so much of their lives collecting water for their families.

Michael Templeton, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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