Department of Environmental Engineering

SUN, Weiling

SUN, Weiling

Associate professor
Department: Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Environmental chemistry; Water treatment technology
Tel/fax: 86-10-62767014


Ph.D., Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, 2006
M.S., Department of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, 2000
B.S., Department of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, 1997



2007–present, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University

2013–2014, Visiting scholar, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

 2000–2007, Assitant Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University



Graduate course: Environmental Water Chemistry
Undergraduate course: Foundations of Industrial Microbiology



Environmental chemistry, water treatment technology, fate and transformation of PPCPs and EDCs, fate and transport of trace metals and nanomaterials




(1)           Yu XQ, Sun WL*, Ni JR, LSER model for organic compounds adsorption by single-walled carbon nanotubes: Comparison with multi-walled carbon nanotubes and activated carbon, Environment Pollution, 2015, 206, 652-660

(2)           Xu N*, Zeng YQ, Li J, Zhang YY, Sun WL*, Removal of 17β-estrodial in a bio-electro-Fenton system: contribution of oxidation and generation of hydroxyl radicals with Fenton reaction and carbon felt cathode, RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 56832

(3)           Sun WL*, Zhang CS, Xu N*, Ni JR, Effect of inorganic nanoparticles on 17β-estradiol and 17α-ethynylestradiol adsorption by multi-walled carbon nanotubes, Environment Pollution, 2015, 205, 111-120

(4)           Yu XQ, Zhang LP, Liang M, Sun WL*, pH-dependent sulfonamides adsorption by carbon nanotubes with different surface oxygen contents, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2015, 279, 363-371

(5)           Wang F, Sun WL*, Pan WY, Xu N*, Adsorption of sulfamethoxazole and 17β-estradiol by carbon nanotubes/CoFe2O4 composites, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2015, 274, 17-29

(6)           Sun WL*, Pan WY, Wang F, Xu N*, Removal of Se(IV) and Se(VI) by MFe2O4nanoparticles from aqueous solution, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2015, 273, 353-362

(7)           Sun WL*, Zhou K, Adsorption of three selected endocrine disrupting chemicals by aquatic colloids and sediments in single and binary systems, Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2015, 15, 456-466

(8)           Sun WL, Jiang BF, Wang F, Xu N*, Effect of carbon nanotubes on Cd(II) adsorption by sediments, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2015, 264, 645-653

(9)           Sun WL*, Zhou K, Adsorption of 17β-estradiol by multi-walled carbon nanotubes in natural waters with or without aquatic colloids, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 258, 185-193

(10)       Jiang BF, Sun WL*, Assessment of heavy metal pollution in sediments from the Xiangjiang River (China) using sequential extraction and lead isotope analysis, Journal of Central South University, 2014, 21, 2349-2358

(11)       Sun WL*, Xia J, Shan YC, Comparison kinetics studies of Cu(II) adsorption by multi-walled carbon nanotubes in homo and heterogeneous systems: Effect of nano-SiO2, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 250, 119-127

(12)       Li S, Sun WL*, Photocatalytic degradation of 17a-ethinylestradiol in mono- and binary systems of fulvic acid and Fe(III): Application of fluorescence excitation/emission matrixes, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 237, 101-108

(13)       Liu W, Sun WL, Han YF, Ahmad M, Ni JR, Adsorption of Cu(II) and Cd(II) on titanate nanomaterials synthesized via hydrothermal method under different NaOH concentrations: Role of sodium content, Colloids and surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2014, 452, 138-147

(14)       Sun WL*, Yin K, Yu XQ, Effect of natural aquatic colloids on Cu(II) and Pb(II) adsorption by Al2O3 nanoparticles, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2013, 225, 464-473

(15)       Liu W, Sun WL, Borthwick AGL, Ni JR*, Comparison on aggregation and sedimentation of titanium dioxide,titanate nanotubes and titanate nanotubes-TiO2: Influence of pH, ionic strength and natural organic matter, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem Eng Aspects, 2013, 434, 319-328

(16)       Sun WL*, Sang LX, Jiang BF, Trace metals in sediments and aquatic plants from the Xiangjiang River, China, Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2012, 12 (10), 1649-1657

(17)       Sun F, Sun WL*, A simultaneous removal of beryllium and ammonium-nitrogen from smelting wastewater in bench- and pilot-scale biological aerated filter, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2012, 210, 263-270

(18)       Sun WL*, Xia J, Li S, Sun F, Effect of natural organic matter (NOM) on Cu(II) adsorption by multi-walled carbon nanotubes: Relation with NOM properties, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2012, 200-202, 627-636

(19)       Zhang GZ, Hu H, Sun WL, Zhao B, Lu XM, Ni JR*, Removal of arsenate(V) by surfactant -modified activated carbon, ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 2012, 11 (8), 1433-1438

(20)       Zhang GZ, Sun WL, Hu H, Lu XM, Ni JR*, Sorption of phenanthrene onto soil fractions in the presence of Triton X-100, Environmental Technology, 2012, 33 (3), 321-327

(21)       Li S, Sun WL*, A comparative study on aggregation/sedimentation of TiO2 nanoparticles in mono- and binary systems of fulvic acids and Fe(III), Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2011, 197, 70-79

(22)       Sun F, Sun WL*, Sun HM, Ni JR, Biosorption behavior and mechanism of beryllium from aqueous solution by aerobic granule, Chemical Engineering Journal,

(23)       Liu Y, Sun WL*, Ni JR, Biodegradation of Bisphenol A, 17β-estradiol, and 17α-ethynylestradiol in river Water, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2011, 45 (1-3), 225-236  SCI

(24)       Xiong LSun WLYang YChen CNi JR*, Heterogeneous photocatalysis of methylene blue over titanate nanotubes: Effect of adsorption, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2011, 356 (1), 211-216

(25)       Sun HM, Shao J, Sun WL*, Quantitative analysis of denitrifiers in treatment processes of a full-scale landfill leachate treatment plant. Resources environment life proceedings of Doctoral Forum of China-Japan Graduate Student Forum/Edited by Editorial Committee of the Proceedings-Beijing: Geological Publishing House, 2011, 9, 404-408.

(26)       Sun WL, Li S, Mai JX, Ni JR*, Initial photocatalytic degradation intermediates/pathways of 17-ethynylestradiol: effect of pH and methanol, Chemosphere, 2010, 81, 92-99

(27)       Xiong L, Yang Y, Mai JX, Sun WL, Zhang CY, Wei DP, Chen Q, Ni JR, Adsorption behavior of methylene blue onto titanate nanotubes, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2010, 156(2): 313-320

(28)       Liu WHuang WSun WLZhu YLNi JR*, Production of diosgenin from yellow ginger (Dioscorea zingiberensis C. H. Wright) saponins by commercial cellulase, World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2010, 26 (7), 1171-1180




1. Sun W.L., Sun F., Ni J.R., Hong G.L., Liu H.B. Treatment method for NH4+-N and beryllium co-contaminated wastewater, ZL201110079920.3


(1) Jinren Ni,  Guanqian Wang, Peng Han, Tianhong Li, An Xue, Zhenshan Li, Weiling Sun, Yinggui Li, Lin Liang, Renzhi Liu, Xiuxia Li, Wenxue Ju, Xioaling Mao, Liying Sun, Xiong Ying, Xiaojie Meng, The first prize of S&T progress award, Ministry of education, Key technologies for rapid assessment and forecasting of water and sediments disasters, 2009
(2) The third prize of the 2000-2001 school year outstantding class teacher of Peking University, 2001
(3)  Environmental Impact Assessment Engineer, 2005
(4) Laboratory advanced individual of Peking University, 2008
(5) Zhengda teaching scholarship of Peking University, 2009
(6) National level assessor of laboratory accreditation, 2009 
(7) Member of the sixth board of Chinese Society for Measurement,2009
(8) Invited editor of the editorial board for Environmental Science & Technology (Chinese), 2009-2011
(9) National advanced individual of Chinese Society for Measurement, 2010



Dr. Sun’s research interests are in the areas of environmental chemistry and water treatment technology. She has more than thirteen years of research experience on emerging contaminants such as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, and nanomaterials in natural and engineered water systems. Over these years, she has worked on several areas including fate and transformation of emerging pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors in water-sediment systems, removal (adsorption, photocatalysis, biodegradation) of pollutants from drinking water and wastewater, and fate and transport of metals and nanomaterials in natural water environments. Many of her studies focus on elucidating the fundamental reaction mechanisms involved in the natural and engineering processes.