Yanyan Zhang, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Hernandez Hall, Room 232
(575) 646-5246


  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering – 2012, University of Missouri- Columbia
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering – 2008, Beijing Normal University, China
  • B.S. in Environmental Engineering – 2005, Beijing Normal University, China

Professional History

  • 08/22 to Present – Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • 10/16 to 08/22 – Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • 01/13 to 08/16 – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 09/15 to 12/15 – Lecturer, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 09/08 to 12/12 – Graduate Research Assistant, University at Missouri

Research Interests

  • Pathogen detection and inactivation
  • Bacterial adhesion, biofilm and their resistance to disinfection processes
  • Fate and transport of micro-pollutants in natural and engineered systems
  • Integrated biochemical and physicochemical treatment processes
  • Toxicity assays of treated wastewater for safe reuse

Select Publications

Hu, L., Jiang, W., Xu, X., Wang, H., Carroll, K. C., Xu, P., Zhang, Y. (2022). "Toxicological characterization of produced water from the Permian Basin". Science of The Total Environment, Vol. 815, pp. 152943.

Hu, L., Wang, H., Xu, P., Zhang, Y. (2021). “Biomineralization of hypersaline produced water using microbially induced calcite precipitation”. Water Research, Vol. 190, pp. 116753. 

Cheng, X., Xu, J., Smith, G. B., Zhang, Y. (2021) “Metagenomic Insights into Dissemination of Antibiotic Resistance across Bacterial Genera in Wastewater Treatment,” Chemosphere, Vol. 271, pp. 129563 

Hu, L., Yu, J., Luo, H., Wang, H., Xu, P., Zhang, Y. (2020). “Simultaneous recovery of ammonium, potassium and magnesium from produced water by struvite precipitation.” Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 382, pp. 123001.  

Cheng, X., Delanka-Pedige, H. M., Munasinghe-Arachchige, S. P., Abeysiriwardana-Arachchige, I. S., Smith, G. B., Nirmalakhandan, N., Zhang, Y. (2020). “Removal of antibiotic resistance genes in an algal-based wastewater treatment system employing Galdieria sulphuraria: A comparative study.” Science of The Total Environment, Vol. 711, pp. 134435.  

Delanka-Pedige, H., Cheng, X., Munasinghe-Arachchige, S., Abeysiriwardana-Arachchige, I., Xu, J, Nirmalakhandan, N., Zhang, Y. (2020) “Metagenomic Insights into Virus Removal Performance of an Algal-based Wastewater Treatment System Utilizing Galdieria sulphuraria,” Algal Research, Vol. 47, pp. 101865