Dr. Xiaoyan Sun

Telephone number: 
+32 (0)9 264 59 85
Postdoctoral staff

Xiaoyan is a postdoc at Centre for Microbial Ecology and Technology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University. She holds a PhD and bachelor diploma in Environmental Engineering at The University of Queensland, Australia and Central South University, China, respectively. Her research at Ghent University aims at urine nitrification for space using a synthetic community. This  is part of a big project, i.e. MELiSSA, aims at maximum recovery of main elements (such as C, H, N, O, S and P) for long term space missions.  A full list of her research publications can be viewed from google scholar: https://scholar.google.be/citations?user=zbkDSrAAAAAJ&hl=en. 

For further information, please contact through: xiaoyan.sun@ugent.be.

•    Bachelor in Environmental Engineering; Central South University, China; 2010
•    PhD in Environmental Engineering; Advanced Water Management Center, The University of Queensland, Australia; 2015

Research interests and/or expertises: 
•    Resource recovery from waste streams
•    Nitrogen and sulfur cycling
•    Microbially induced concrete corrosion
•    Biofilm driven processes in engineered aquatic systems
•    Molecular characterisation of extreme metal resistance of an acidophilic archaeon
•    Design, start-up, optimization and diagnostics of lab scale reactors for water treatment (e.g. membrane bioreactor, sewer biofilm reactor and anaerobic digester)
•    Micro-sensor manufacturing and application in biofilms and bulk liquid

Scientific awards: 
•    Water Research best paper 2015 first quarter
•    The 2014 Global Project Innovation Award (applied research, as a team member); The International Water Association; Sewer Corrosion and Odour Research Project

Selected key publications: 
Jiang, G., Zhou, M., Chiu, T., Sun, X., Keller, J. and Bond, P. (2016): Wastewater Enhanced Microbial Corrosion of Concrete Sewers. Environmental Science & Technology. 50 (15), 8084-8092.
Sun, X., Jiang, G., Chiu, T., Zhou, M., Bond, P. and Keller, J. (2016): Effect of surface washing on the mitigation of concrete corrosion under sewer conditions. Cement and Concrete Composites. 68, 88-95.
Sun, X., Jiang, G., Bond, P.L., Keller, J. (2015): Impact of fluctuations in gaseous H2S concentrations on sulfide uptake by sewer concrete: the effect of high H2S loads. Water Research. 81, 84-91.
Sun, X., Jiang, G., Bond, P.L., Keller, J., Yuan, Z. (2015): A novel and simple treatment for control of sulfide induced sewer concrete corrosion using free nitrous acid. Water Research. 70, 179-187. [selected as ‘Water Research best paper 2015 first quarter’]
Jiang, G., Sun, X., Keller, J., Bond, P.L. (2015): Identification of controlling factors for the initiation of corrosion of fresh concrete sewers. Water Research. 80, 30-40.
Sun, X., Jiang, G., Bond, P.L., Wells, T., Keller, J. (2014): A rapid, non-destructive methodology to monitor activity of sulfide-induced corrosion of concrete based on H2S uptake rate. Water Research. 59, 229-238.