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Xiaowu received his BSc degree from Yangtze University (2010), MSc degree from Guilin University of Technology (2013), and PhD degree from Kumamoto University (2016). He was working in College of Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resource Management of University of Hawaii at Hilo (Jan. 2015 to Mar. 2015) and in Department of Process Engineering of Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG, Apr. 2015 to Sept. 2015) as a visiting scholar during his Ph.D. period. After that, he conducted postdoctoral research in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2016-2018) and then in Department of Civil Engineering of The University of Hong Kong (2019-2021). Xiaowu joined GTIIT as an associate professor in the summer of 2021. 

Dr. Huang’s primary research interest is biological wastewater treatment, particularly anammox for nitrogen removal (i.e., mainstream anammox), and resource recovery from biosolids (e.g., municipal sludge and kitchen waste), such as methane production with anaerobic digestion and PHA production from C-rich fermentation liquor. Dr. Huang also focuses on the cultivation and interpretation of metabolic versatilities of novel microorganisms (e.g., anammox, comammox, N-DAMO, S- and Fe-denitrifying microbes). He has a solid background and knowledge in environmental engineering (e.g., application of anammox) and microbiology (i.e., meta-omics). Researchers who have interests in biological wastewater treatment, resource recovery from biosolids and other relevant research topics are more than welcome to join his team. 

Research Interests

  • Anammox
  • Biological Wastewater Treatment
  • Resource Recovery from Biosolids
  • Cultivation of Novel N-metabolizing Microorganisms
  • Microbe-driven C-N-S-Fe Cycling in Typical Microecosystems

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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