Researcher

Dr Kefeng Zhang

My Expertise

  • Green technologies for urban stormwater management (e.g. bioretention systems, green walls)
  • Stormwater quality monitoring & modelling
  • Integrated urban water modelling
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design (sponge city)

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Senior Research Assoicate in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Water Research Centre (WRC)

Bio

Kefeng is working on the development, monitoring and validation of green technologies for stormwater management, e.g. bioretention systems and green walls. Through his PhD, Kefeng has developed the first validation framework for passive stormwater treatment systems for micropollutant removal, which earned him the Postgraduate...view more

Senior Research Assoicate in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Water Research Centre (WRC)

Bio

Kefeng is working on the development, monitoring and validation of green technologies for stormwater management, e.g. bioretention systems and green walls. Through his PhD, Kefeng has developed the first validation framework for passive stormwater treatment systems for micropollutant removal, which earned him the Postgraduate Publication Award by Monash University and Eric Laurenson Medal by Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Since his post-doctoral research at Monash he has been involved in the development of planning and decision support modelling tools i.e. Water Sensitive Cities Toolkit that incorporates large multidisciplinary collaborations. Kefeng is also involved in stormwater quality monitoring and modelling. Apart from working on a number of research projects, Kefeng has also lectured an third year undergraduate course on drinking water treatment and supply in Southeast University, guest lectured Postgraduate Masters course on Water Sensitive Stormwater Design at Monash University, and International Water Centre Masters of Integrated Water Management on Water Sensitive Cities Toolkit.

Education

  • PhD, 2015, Monash University, Australia

  • MsE, 2011, Southeast University, China

  • BsE, 2008, Southeast University, China

Work Experience

  • now, Senior Research Associate, Water Research Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • 2016-2017, Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University

  • 2015-2017, Research Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University 

Academic leadership

  • 2017 - now, Research Manager, Sino-Australia Centre on Sponge City

    • green technology development for stormwater management in China
    • urban water modelling

Projects

  • Sino-Australia Centre on Sponge City
  • Biofiltration Technology for Stormwater Management in Jiangsu
  • A framework for evaluating the success of Sponge City (SC) projects (UNSW -SJTU seed projects)
  • Cross Faculty Lab for Urban Water Resilience and Sponge Cities

Teaching

  • CVEN9611 Urban Hydrology (Strormwater quality part)

 


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Our WaterGUM group is looking for talented local or international PhD applicants interested in working on the following areas: 

  • Real time control green technologies for stormwater harvesting
  • Sponge City Green technologies for urban water (stormwater / greywater) management
  • Urban Flood Risk Mitigation Using Nature-Based Solutions
  • Development of Rapid Flood Inundation Models Using innovative conceptual, numerical, and machine learning based methods
  • Integrated Modelling of Urban and Rural Water Systems
  • Development of Planning Support Tools for Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
  • Water Resources Planning and Management

The suitable candidate will have a background in Civil / Water / Environmental Engineering; Applied Mathematics; or Artificial Intelligence fields. The candidate should have experience for laboratory experiments, or a demonstrated aptitude for programming and an understanding of urban catchment hydrology, urban stormwater management, and GIS software.

The group is also happy to support talented students with UNSW - Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) application.

Please send your CV (stating your average marks for Undergraduate and masters) together with the UNSW HDR self-assessment report (https://selfassessment.research.unsw.edu.au/) if interested. 

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Currently supervising

Zhaozhi Zheng, 2018- ongoing, Using photo-electrochemical oxidation system to treat organic pollutants in stormwater

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Location

Vallentine Annex, Building H22, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052

Map reference (Google map)

Contact

+61 02 93855227