Dr. Zhiwu (Drew) Wang’s laboratory (SERL) is located within the Occoquan Laboratory at Manassas, Virginia in one of Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region locations.
Dr. Wang’s research focuses on the development of sustainable biotechnologies for the treatment of liquid and solid waste. His studies provide insight into engineered bioprocesses specifically designed for biological wastewater treatment and value-added bioproducts recovery, with the overarching goal of advancing the environmental engineering research and serving the technical needs of industry stakeholders.
Dr. Wang is especially interested in developing applications for biofilms, biogranules, and other attached growth technologies to achieve high-rate wastewater treatment through consolidated processes. Current projects in his lab include: aerobic granulation, anaerobic digestion, nutrient removal/recovery, and the conversion of a wide spectrum of waste into methane, ethanol, biodiesel, electricity and bioplastics.