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Fengxiao Zhu Associate Professor


Educational Background

PhD, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin (2011.09-2015.11)

MSc, School of Life Sciences, Northwest A&F University (2008.09-2011.06)

BA, School of Life Sciences, Northwest A&F University (2004.09-2008.06)

Working Experience

Lecturer, School of Environment, Nanjing Normal University (2020.09-)

Assistant Researcher, School of Environment, Nanjing University (2018.10-2020.08)

Postdoc, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2016.01-2018.09)

Research Interests

Environmental behavior and ecological effects of emerging contaminants

Biodegradation of organic pollutants

Remediation of contaminated soil


Academic Employment

Assistant Editor of Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

Research Projects

  1. NSFC-Youth program (41907340): Effect of plastic additives on the biological effects of microplastics in soil: using plasticizers as an example, Principal investigator, 2020.01-2022.12
  2. Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province-Youth program (BK20190321): Effect of plasticizers on the microbial ecological effects of microplastics in soil, Principal investigator, 2019.07-2022.06
  3. NSFC-General program (41773125): Mechanisms of free radical generation on clay surface and its degradation of phthalate esters, Participation, 2018.01-2021.12
  4. 973 Program (2014CB441100): Principles of organic pollutant migration, transformation and control in soil-plant system, Participation, 2014.01-2018.08


Recent Publications

1. Yuanyuan Yan, Zhanghao Chen, Fengxiao Zhu*, Changyin Zhu, Chao Wang, Cheng Gu. Effect of polyvinyl chloride microplastics on bacterial community and nutrient status in two agricultural soils. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 2020

2. Fengxiao Zhu, Evelyn Dolye, Changyin Zhu, Chao Wang, Cheng Gu, Juan Gao*. Metagenomic analysis exploring microbial assemblages and functional genes potentially involved in di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate degradation in soil. Science of the Total Environment, 2020, 715: 137037 

3. Fengxiao Zhu, Changyin Zhu, Chao Wang, Cheng Gu*. Occurrence and ecological impacts of microplastics in soil systems: A review. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 2019, 102(6): 741-749 

4. Fengxiao Zhu, Changyin Zhu, Dongmei Zhou, Juan Gao*. Fate of di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate and its impact on soil bacterial community under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Chemosphere, 2019, 216: 84-93 

5. Fengxiao Zhu, Changyin Zhu, Evelyn Doyle, Hailong Liu, Dongmei Zhou, Juan Gao*. Fate of di (2-ehylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in different soils and associated bacterial communities. Science of the Total Environment, 2018, 637-638: 460-469

6. Fengxiao Zhu, Changyin Zhu, Ning Chen, Dongmei Zhou, Juan Gao*. Will spent mushroom substrate application affect the dissipation and plant uptake of phthalate esters? Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2018, 18: 1579–1589

7. Fengxiao Zhu, Sean Storey, Mardiana Mohd Ashaari, Nicholas Clipson, Evelyn Doyle*. Benzo(a)pyrene degradation and microbial community responses in composted soil. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2017, 24: 5404–5414

8. Changyin Zhu, Fengxiao Zhu, Cun Liu, Ning Chen, Dongmei Zhou, Guodong Fang*, Juan Gao*. Reductive hexachloroethane degradation by S2O8•– with thermal activation of persulfate under anaerobic conditions. Environmental Science & Technology. 2018, 52, 8548–8557

9. Changyin Zhu, Fengxiao Zhu, Dionysios D. Dionysiou, Dongmei Zhou, Guodong Fang*, Juan Gao*. Contribution of alcohol radicals to contaminant degradation in quenching studies of persulfate activation process. Water Research. 2018, 139: 66-73

10. Yue Song, Guodong Fang*, Changyin Zhu, Fengxiao Zhu, Song Wu, Ning Chen, Tongliang Wu, Yujun Wang, Juan Gao, Dongmei Zhou*. Zero-valent iron activated persulfate remediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-contaminated soils: An in situ pilot-scale study. Chemical Engineering Journal. 2019, 355: 65-75



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