WEN, Donghui

WEN, Donghui

Associate Professor
Department: Environmental Science
Research interests: Environmental microbiology; Water pollution control
Tel/fax: 86-10-62751923
E-mail: dhwen@pku.edu.cn


Ph.D., Centre for Environmental Sciences, Peking University, 2002
M.E., Department of Enviromental Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1994  
B.E., Department of Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1991


2005–present, Associate Professor, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Peking University
2002–2005, Lecturer, Centre of Environmental Sciences, Peking University


Graduate course: Technology on Water Pollution Control 
Undergraduate course: Environmental Engineering


Theory and technology of microbiology based on water quality control


1. Zhao C., Wen D.H., Zhang Y., Zhang J., Tang X.Y. Experimental and Mathematical Methodology on the Optimization of Bacterial Consortium for the Simultaneous Degradation of Three Nitrogen Heterocyclic Compounds. Environ. Sci. Technol., 46, 6205-6213, 2012.
2. Bai Y.H., Sun Q.H., Wen D.H., Tang X.Y. Abundance of Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria and Archaea in Industrial and Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol., 80, 323-330, 2012.
3. Wen D.H., Li G.Z., Xing R., Park S.J., Rittmann B.E. 2,4-DNT Removal in Intimately Coupled Photobiocatalysis:  The Roles of Adsorption, Photolysis, Photocatalysis, and Biotransformation. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 95, 263-272, 2012.
4. Wen D.H., Bai Y.H., Shi Q., Li Z.X., Sun Q.H., Sun R.H., Feng C.P., Tang X.Y. Bacterial Diversity in the Polluted Water of the Dianchi Lakeshore in China. Anal. Microbiol. 62, 715-723, 2012.
5. Bai Y.H., Sun Q.H., Sun R.H., Wen D.H., Tang X.Y. Bioaugmentation and Adsorption Treatment of Coking Wastewater Containing Pyridine and Quinoline Using Zeolite-Biological Aerated Filters. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45, 1940-1948, 2011.
6. Zhao C., Zhang Y., Li X.B., Wen D.H., Tang X.Y. Biodegradation of Carbazole by the Seven Pseudomonas sp. Strains and Their Denitrification Potential. J. Hazard. Mater. 190, 253–259, 2011.
7. Bai Y.H., Sun Q.H., Zhao C., Wen D.H., Tang X.Y. Bioaugmentation Treatment for Coking Wastewater Containing Pyridine and Quinoline in a Sequencing Batch Reactor. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 87, 1943-1951, 2010.
8. Sun Q.H., Bai Y.H., Zhao C., Xiao Y.N., Wen D.H., Tang X.Y. Aerobic Biodegradation Characteristics and Metabolic Products of Quinoline by a Pseudomonas Strain. Bioresour. Technol. 100, 5030–5036, 2009.
9. Bai Y.H., Sun Q.H., Zhao C., Wen D.H., Tang X.Y. Microbial Degradation and Metabolic Pathway of Pyridine by a Paracoccus sp. Strain BW001. Biodegradation, 19, 915-926, 2008.
10. Wen D.H., Ho Y.S., Tang X.Y. Comparative Sorption Kinetic Studies of Ammonium onto Zeolite. J. Hazard. Mater. 133, 252-256, 2006.


1. Wen D.H., Chen L.J., Zhao H.L. Theory and Practice of Incentive Policies in Industrial Pollution Prevention. 2003, China Environmental Science Press: Beijing. 164.
2. Wen D.H., Li L., Xie S.G., Zhang H., Wu W.Z., Ho Y.S. A Method for Polluted Riverwater Purification and the Process System. ZL 2007 1 0121287.3
3. Wen D.H., Bai Y.H., Sun Q.H., Zhao C., Tang X.Y. A Pseudomonas sp. Strain and its Usage in the Removal of Nitrogen Heterocyclic Compounds. ZL 2007 1 0303932.3
4. Wen D.H., Sun Q.H., Bai Y.H., Zhao C., Tang X.Y. A Pyridine Degrading Bacterium and its Usage. ZL 2007 1 0303871.0
5. Wen D.H., Zhao C., Sun Q.H., Bai X.H., Tang X.Y. A Paracoccus sp. Strain and its Usage in the Degradation of Nitrogen Heterocyclic Compounds. ZL 2007 1 0303975.1
6. Wen D.H., Zhao C., Zheng Z.Y., Tang X.Y. A Pseudomonas sp. Strain and its Usage in the Degradation of Carbazole. ZL 2011 1 0277589.6


1. Jianlong Wang, Donghui Wen, Yi Qian. Ministry of Education of China, First Grade of Natural Science Award, The technological processes and mechanisms for enhanced removing toxic organic pollutants from wastewater, 2010.
2. Donghui Wen. Peking University, Teaching Excellent Prize, 2012-2013.


Dr. Wen’s research focuses on the principles of environmental biotechnology for pollution remediation, including bioaugmentation, pollutants biodegradation pathways, nitrogen biotransformation pathways, biofilm formation, microbial functional genes, and microbial community structure. Using wastewater treatment reactor (e.g. MBR, SBR, BAF, etc.) as bioaugmentation venue, her group improved the removal of a number of recalcitrant compounds (e.g. NHCs), and revealed that bioaugmentation accelerates the shift of whole bacterial community. Tracking the ammonia oxidation in nature waterbody (e.g. the Hangzhou Bay) by molecular tools (e.g. T-RFLP, qPCR, and high-throughput sequencing), her group found both ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) and bacteria (AOB) are correlated with salinity and eutrophic levels, but marine AOB play the key role in the ammonia-nitrification. Fusing nano-material science and molecular biology, her group works on a new approach to manipulate degrading biofilm formation and develops the empirical guidelines of biofilm-augmentation for the purpose of on-site pollution bioremediation. Dr. Wen’s group is devoted to finding an ecological solution to sustainable water environment.