Dr Ying Cheng

Dr Ying Cheng

Research Associate

Global Centre for Environmental Remediation

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Ying Cheng is passionate about technologies in sustainable development in the field of environmental remediation and energy recycling, as well as innovation detection methods for agriculture and environmental protection. Her primary research focus since graduation is method development of rapid and reliable in-field detection and sensor invention for environmental risk assessment.

Background

During the undergraduate period in China Agricultural University, her research focuses on the soil aggregate and organic carbon stability under different land use in the North China plain. Her research is to improve agricultural management to sink atmospheric carbon and mitigate global climate change.

In the master period, she expertise in the remediation of printing sewages by green synthesized nanomaterials and biomaterials. Her research included the development of novel functional nanomaterials by green synthesis with potential applications in field remediation and the functional biomaterials used in the simultaneous removal of both organic pollutions and heavy metals.

Her Ph.D. research topic is the fabrication of biocompatible anode electrodes in Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) for sewage treatments and energy recovery. Based on her research experience with nanomaterials and biomaterials, she fabricated green synthesized graphene-based nanocomposites, which were used on the biocompatible anode for efficient energy recovery. The increment in electrical conductivity and catalytic efficiency of anode guarantees its further applications in MFCs for sewage treatments.



Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
  • Environmental Engineering & Science
  • Sensor

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
090701 Environmental Engineering Design 50
030199 Analytical Chemistry not elsewhere classified 20
050206 Environmental Monitoring 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
Global Centre for Environmental Remediation
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (21 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Wang L, Cheng Y, Lamb D, Naidu R, 'The application of rapid handheld FTIR petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminant measurement with transport models for site assessment: A case study', Geoderma, 361 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.geoderma.2019.114017
Co-authors Ravi Naidu, Dane Lamb, Liang Wang
2019 Wang L, Cheng Y, Lamb D, Megharaj M, Naidu R, 'Application of Ion Selective Electrode array to simultaneously determinate multi-free ions in solution', Environmental Technology and Innovation, 15 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.eti.2019.100424
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Liang Wang, Ravi Naidu, Megh Mallavarapu, Dane Lamb
2019 Wang L, Cheng Y, Lamb D, Dharmarajan R, Chadalavada S, Naidu R, 'Application of infrared spectrum for rapid classification of dominant petroleum hydrocarbon fractions for contaminated site assessment', Spectrochimica Acta Part A-Molecular And Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 207 183-188 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.saa.2018.09.024
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Ravi Naidu, Liang Wang, Dane Lamb, Raja Dharmarajan, Sreenivasulu Chadalavada
2018 Cheng Y, Mallavarapu M, Naidu R, Chen Z, 'In situ fabrication of green reduced graphene-based biocompatible anode for efficient energy recycle', CHEMOSPHERE, 193 618-624 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.11.057
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Ravi Naidu, Megh Mallavarapu, Zuliang Chen
2017 Cheng Y, Wang L, Faustorilla V, Mallavarapu M, Naidu R, Chen Z, 'Integrated electrochemical treatment systems for facilitating the bioremediation of oil spill contaminated soil', Chemosphere, 175 294-299 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.02.079
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Liang Wang, Ravi Naidu, Zuliang Chen, Megh Mallavarapu
2017 Wang L, Cheng Y, Lamb D, Lesniewski P, Chen Z, Mallavarapu M, Naidu R, 'Novel recalibration methodologies for ion-selective electrode arrays in the multi-ion interference scenario', Journal of Chemometrics, 31 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/cem.2870
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Dane Lamb, Ravi Naidu, Liang Wang, Zuliang Chen, Megh Mallavarapu
2017 Wang K, Cheng Y, Chen Y, Jin X, Chen Z, 'Green reduced graphene oxide electrodes by eucalyptus leaves extract to enhance the power generation of microbial fuel cells (MFC)', Huanjing Kexue Xuebao/Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, 37 2944-2950 (2017) [C1]

© 2017, Science Press. All right reserved. Green-reduced graphene oxide (G-rGO) film electrode and bio-reduced graphene oxide (B-rGO) film electrode are used as anodes in microbia... [more]

© 2017, Science Press. All right reserved. Green-reduced graphene oxide (G-rGO) film electrode and bio-reduced graphene oxide (B-rGO) film electrode are used as anodes in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) to examine their performance in electricity generation. The anodes were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Furthermore, the electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were applied to explore the electrochemical performance. The internal resistances of G-rGO group was 243.87 O with the maximum power densities and output voltage at 18.77 W·m-3 and 760 mV, respectively. However, the internal resistances of unmodified group and B-rGO group were larger at 375.21 O and 299.11 O. Besides, lower power density and output voltage were shown at 8.97 W·m-3 and 480 mV for control group and 13.16 W·m-3 and 635 mV for B-rGO group. Above all, it demonstrates that G-rGO film anodes performed better and can be applied as anode materials in MFC to accelerate electricity generation.

DOI 10.13671/j.hjkxxb.2017.0016
Co-authors Zuliang Chen
2017 Xiao X, Cheng Y, Wang Q, Chen Z, 'Effects of Fe nanoparticles on microbial fuel cells in startup process', Chinese Journal of Environmental Engineering, 11 5233-5238 (2017)

© 2017, Science Press. All right reserved. To explore the impact of different nano zero valent iron (nZVI) on microbial fuel cells (MFC) in the start-up phase, in this study, MFCs... [more]

© 2017, Science Press. All right reserved. To explore the impact of different nano zero valent iron (nZVI) on microbial fuel cells (MFC) in the start-up phase, in this study, MFCs were setting up with different anodic substrates: sludge (control group), sludge containing chemical synthetic nZVI (c-nZVI group) and sludge containing green synthetic nZVI (g-nZVI group), respectively, and MFCs tested by five cycles. In the start-up process of g-nZVI group and c-nZVI group, a high concentration of nZVI could inhibit electricity generation, while nZVI made no essentially change in voltage output after MFC starting successfully. The results obtained from COD removal rate, SEM and electrochemical characterization showed that green synthesis of nZVI, was less likely to enrich on the electrode surface, change the surface electronic properties and suppress bacteria activity in anode to compare chemical synthetic nZVI.

DOI 10.12030/j.cjee.201612193
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Zuliang Chen
2016 Cheng Y, Zhou F, Li S, Chen Z, 'Removal of mixed contaminants, crystal violet, and heavy metal ions by using immobilized stains as the functional biomaterial', RSC Advances, 6 67858-67865 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry. A new functional biomaterial based on Burkholderia vietnamiensis C09V (C09V) was immobilized on beads and used for simultaneous removal of b... [more]

© 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry. A new functional biomaterial based on Burkholderia vietnamiensis C09V (C09V) was immobilized on beads and used for simultaneous removal of both heavy metals and crystal violet (CV). The results showed that removal of CV and metal ions using immobilized cell bead (biomaterial) was more efficient than that of free cells, wherein 89.4% of CV and 64.1% of Cu(ii) were removed after 42 h of using the biomaterial, whilst only 27.1% of CV and 23.9% of Cu(ii) were removed by free cells. Similar results were also observed in the CV and Cr(vi) removal. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed the change of functional groups in the presence of heavy metals. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the existence of Cu(ii) and Cr(vi) affected the cellular morphology of the strain. X-ray energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) indicated that Cu(ii) and Cr(vi) adsorbed. Further Cr(vi) reduced to Cr(iii) was observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis (XPS). Finally, reusability and wastewater application were carried out, which shows that this functional material has a potential for co-removal of CV and heavy metals.

DOI 10.1039/c6ra13337a
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Zuliang Chen
2016 Wang L, Fang C, Cheng Y, Lamb D, Chen Z, Megharaj M, Naidu R, 'A practical way to make solid-state reference electrodes', Journal of Bioanalytical Techniques, 1 1-5 (2016)
DOI 10.16966/jbt.101
Co-authors Ravi Naidu, Dane Lamb, Liang Wang, Megh Mallavarapu, Cheng Fang, Zuliang Chen
2016 Wang L, Cheng Y, Lamb D, Chen Z, Lesniewski P, Mallavarapu M, Naidu R, 'Simultaneously determining multi-metal ions using an Ion Selective Electrode array system', Environmental Technology & Innovation, 6 165-176 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.eti.2016.10.001
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Ravi Naidu, Dane Lamb, Liang Wang, Zuliang Chen, Megh Mallavarapu
2015 Wang L, Liu E, Cheng Y, Bekele DN, Lamb D, Chen Z, et al., 'Novel methodologies for automatically and simultaneously determining BTEX components using FTIR spectra', Talanta, 144 1104-1110 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier B.V. This study introduced a patented novel methodological system for automatically analysis of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) spectrum data locate... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier B.V. This study introduced a patented novel methodological system for automatically analysis of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) spectrum data located at 'fingerprint' region (wavenumber 670-800 cm-1), to simultaneously determinate multiple petroleum hydrocarbons (PHs) in real mixture samples. This system includes: an object oriented baseline correction; Band decomposition (curve fitting) method with mathematical optimization; and Artificial Neural Network (ANN) for determination, which is suitable for the characteristics of this IR regions, where the spectra are normally with low signal to noise ratio and high density of peaks. BTEX components are potentially lethal carcinogens and contained in many petroleum products. As a case study, six BTEX components were determinate automatically and simultaneously in mixture vapor samples. The robustness of the BTEX determination was validated using real petroleum samples, and the prediction results were compared with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

DOI 10.1016/j.talanta.2015.07.044
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Liang Wang, Dane Lamb, Ravi Naidu, Zuliang Chen, Dawit Bekele, Megh Mallavarapu
2014 Gan L, Cheng Y, Palanisami T, Chen Z, Megharaj M, Naidu R, 'Pathways of reductive degradation of crystal violet in wastewater using free-strain Burkholderia vietnamiensis C09V', ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH, 21 10339-10348 (2014)
DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3037-y
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Ravi Naidu, Zuliang Chen, Megh Mallavarapu, Thava Palanisami
2014 Zha S, Cheng Y, Gao Y, Chen Z, Megharaj M, Naidu R, 'Nanoscale zero-valent iron as a catalyst for heterogeneous Fenton oxidation of amoxicillin', Chemical Engineering Journal, 255 141-148 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.cej.2014.06.057
Citations Scopus - 125Web of Science - 115
Co-authors Zuliang Chen, Megh Mallavarapu, Ravi Naidu
2014 Zhou F, Cheng Y, Gan L, Chen Z, Megharaj M, Naidu R, 'Burkholderia vietnamiensis C09V as the functional biomaterial used to remove crystal violet and Cu(II)', ECOTOXICOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY, 105 1-6 (2014)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2014.03.028
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Ravi Naidu, Zuliang Chen, Megh Mallavarapu
2014 Gan L, Zhou F, Cheng Y, Chen Z, 'Simultaneously removal of crystal violet and Cr (VI) by biomaterial immobilized Burkholderia vietnamiensis C09V', Huanjing Kexue Xuebao/Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, 34 107-114 (2014)

The removal efficiencies of crystal violet (CV) and Cr (VI) by the biomaterial based on the beads with immobilized Burkholderia vietnamiensis C09V, were compared with those of fre... [more]

The removal efficiencies of crystal violet (CV) and Cr (VI) by the biomaterial based on the beads with immobilized Burkholderia vietnamiensis C09V, were compared with those of free cells and those on the beads without immobilized cells. The results showed that CV and Cr (VI) were removed simultaneously by the biomaterial, with the removal efficiencies of 92.7% and 25.9% on 60.0 mg · L-1 CV and 50.0 mg · L-1 Cr (VI), respectively, after 42 h. The efficiencies were higher than those of free cells at 75.6% and 13.9% and than those without immobilized cells at 83.9% and 16.4%, respectively. The efficiencies displayed little change after 42 h. This indicated that the removal of CV and Cr (VI) was enhanced by the biomaterial due to its good adsorption of CV and Cr (VI), which was further confirmed by the adsorption of CV and Cr (VI) onto beads without beads without immobilized cells. This fit well to the pseudo-second order model (R2 > 0.99) and the equilibrium of CV and Cr (VI) were 0.288 mg · g-1, 0.082 mg · g-1 at 10 h, respectively. In addition, CV and Cr (VI) adsorbed simultaneously by the biomaterial, where CV was degraded and the adsorbed Cr (VI) was reduced to Cr (III) by Burkholderia vietnamiensis C09V, as confirmed by EDS, SEM, FTIR and XPS analysis.

2014 Chen ZX, Cheng Y, Chen Z, Megharaj M, Naidu R, 'Kaolin-supported nanoscale zero-valent iron for removing cationic dye crystal violet in aqueous solution 189-196 (2014)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-05041-6_15
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Zuliang Chen, Ravi Naidu, Megh Mallavarapu
2013 Xie W, Jiang C, Cheng Y, Liu H, Xu X, Chen Z, 'Toxic effect of CNTs on growth of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans and mechanism of toxication', Chinese Journal of Environmental Engineering, 7 3671-3676 (2013)

This present study investigated the effect of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the cell growth using Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans as the experiment strain under different conditions a... [more]

This present study investigated the effect of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the cell growth using Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans as the experiment strain under different conditions and its toxic mechanism characterized by SEM, EDS and FT-IR. The results showed the presence of CNTs could inhibit the growth of A. ferrooxidans and the toxicity increased when dosages of CNTs increased. A significant decrease of cell numbers at 40 h was observed when CNTs concentration was 500 mg/L (OD420=0.117) compared to the control (OD420=0.163). In addition, the solution pH and the temperature could impact obviously CNTs on the growth, the results showed that under the optimum conditions of 30°C, pH 3.0, CNTs had high toxicity to the growth of A. ferrooxidans. The SEM, EDS and FT-IR analyses showed that CNTs attached to the surface of cells, and reacted with -OH and N-H. Furthermore, the CNTs also could induce bacteria cells to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lead to cell death.

Citations Scopus - 2
2013 Wen Y-M, Cheng Y, Tang C, Chen Z-L, 'Bioleaching of heavy metals from sewage sludge using indigenous iron-oxidizing microorganisms', JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS, 13 166-175 (2013)
DOI 10.1007/s11368-012-0580-3
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Zuliang Chen
2012 Cheng Y, Lin H, Chen Z, Megharaj M, Naidu R, 'Biodegradation of crystal violet using Burkholderia vietnamiensis C09V immobilized on PVA-sodium alginate-kaolin gel beads', ECOTOXICOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY, 83 108-114 (2012)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2012.06.017
Citations Scopus - 59Web of Science - 50
Co-authors Megh Mallavarapu, Zuliang Chen, Ravi Naidu
2012 Chen Z-X, Cheng Y, Chen Z, Megharaj M, Naidu R, 'Kaolin-supported nanoscale zero-valent iron for removing cationic dye-crystal violet in aqueous solution', JOURNAL OF NANOPARTICLE RESEARCH, 14 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11051-012-0899-0
Citations Scopus - 37Web of Science - 38
Co-authors Megh Mallavarapu, Zuliang Chen, Ravi Naidu
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $1,450,894

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20192 grants / $845,972

Risked-based land assessment of VOC contaminated sites by coupling in situ portable GC-MS measurements with GIS models (Stage II)$627,000

Funding body: CRC CARE Pty Ltd

Funding body CRC CARE Pty Ltd
Project Team

Ravi Naidu; Liang Wang; Ying Cheng

Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC
UON N

Affordable approaches to rapid field test of soil chemical properties$218,972

Funding body: CRC High Performance Soils Ltd

Funding body CRC High Performance Soils Ltd
Project Team

Liang Wang, Ravi Naidu, Richard Doyle, Michael Breadmore, Ying Cheng, Fernando Mayaalejandro, Feng Li, Sepideh Keshanbalavandy

Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2022
GNo
Type Of Funding C4000 - CRC UON Participant
Category 4000
UON N

20181 grants / $389,181

Portable GC-MS system for onsite real-time monitoring of semi-volatiles and volatiles at contaminated sites$389,181

Funding body: CRC CARE Pty Ltd

Funding body CRC CARE Pty Ltd
Project Team

Ravi Naidu, Dawit Nega Bekele, Liang Wang, Ying Cheng, Raja Dharmarajan

Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC
UON N

20171 grants / $215,741

Risk-based land management of weatherboard hydrocarbon contaminated sited by coupling in situ FTIR measurements with GIS models$215,741

Funding body: CRC CARE Pty Ltd

Funding body CRC CARE Pty Ltd
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC
UON N
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Dr Ying Cheng

Position

Research Associate
Global Centre for Environmental Remediation
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email ying.cheng@newcastle.edu.au
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