Guan Yuntao

Professional Experience & Education

Professional History:

2010.12—Present  Professor, Director, Institute for Environmental Engineering and Management, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University (GSST)

2014.03—2017.03 Adjunct Professor and External Supervisor, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.

2013.07—2013.09 Visiting professor, Research Center for Environmental Quality Center (RCEQM), Kyoto University, Japan

2005.10—2010.11 Associate Professor, GSST

2005.10—2009.09  Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan

2000.08—2005.09 Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (DESE), Tsinghua University (THU)

2000.10—2002.09  Postdoctoral Fellow in School of the Frontier Science, the University of Tokyo, Japan

1998.8—2000.8   Lecturer, DESE, THU


1994.7--1998.8      Department of Environmental science and engineering, Tsinghua Univ. (Environmental Engineering), combined Ph.D. and Master's degree

1989.9--1994.7      Department of Environmental science and engineering, Tsinghua Univ. (Environmental Engineering, Municipal Engineering), Bachelor degree


Instruction & Advising

Current Courses:

    Environmental and municipal engineering practice and case analysis;

    Case analysis of water environmental pollution control engineering and management;

    Technologies of water and wastewater treatment

Master's & Ph.D. Advising:

    Environmental Science and Engineering (Non-point pollution control, Restoration of water environment, Pipeline system of urban drainage, Wastewater treatment theory and technology, Environmental microbiology)

Research Interests

Non-point pollution control, Restoration of water environment, Pipeline system of urban drainage, Wastewater treatment theory and technology, Environmental microbiology

Current Projects:

  • Discipline construction of urban water and environmental safety, Shenzhen Municipal Development and Reform Commission, 2017-2019

  • Symposium on urban waterlogging and sponge City, NSFC, 2017

  • Research and development of key technologies for low impact development of urban green space system, Shenzhen science and technology key project, 2017.7-2019.8

  • Research on low impact development technology of Nanping Expressway, Shenzhen Municipal Transportation Commission, 2016.6-2020.6

  • Integration and demonstration of heavy pollution river load reduction and pollution control technology, Major Science and Technology Program for Water Pollution Control and Treatment of National 13th-5-years-plan, 2017-2020


  • A negative pressure drainage system and drainage method. Chinese patent No. ZL201510511527.5, 2018-06-12

  • Emergency disposal system for Municipal Road chemical leakage based on low impact rainwater facility, Chinese patent No. ZL201721282820.X, 2018-05-25

  • A EMC sampler, Chinese patent No. ZL201510427057.4,2018-3-23

  • Road initial rainwater dedicated storage system, Chinese patent No. ZL201510374873.3, 2017-03-22

  • A rapid filter tank with suspended media, Chinese patent No.ZL201510427370.8, 2016-09-28

  • Vacuum sewage system and its operation for coast pipeline. Chinese patent No. ZL 201110085311.9, 2014-04-09

  • A treatment system for primary stormwater . Chinese patent No. ZL201110085310.4, 2012-05-30

Additional Positions

Director, Guangdong Provincial Engineering & Technology Research Center for Urban Water Cycle and Water Environment Safety

Vice Director, State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Microorganism Application and Risk Control (MARC)

Director, Program Steering Committee of full-time Master of Engineering in Environmental field, Tsinghua University

Vice director, Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology, Kyoto University & Tsinghua University

Advisory committee member for policy decision of Shenzhen

Distinguished expert of Nanning government

Advanced member, Chinese Society of Environmental Science (CSES)

Oversea member, Japan Society Of Water Environment(JSWE)

Life member, Chinese Society for Microbiology(CSM)

Vice President, Shenzhen Environmental Science Society

Editorial board member, Environmental Engineering Research (EER)

  1. Zhang Lixun, Guan Yuntao . Quantitatively updating sewage discharge standard of wastewater treatment plants: starting from the estimation of water environment capacity. Desalination and Water Treatment. 2018 (in press)

  2. Nian Hong, Panfeng Zhu, An Liu, Xu Zhao, Yuntao Guan. Using an innovative flag element ratio approach to tracking potential sources of heavy metals on urban road surfaces. Environmental Pollution, 2018 (Accepted)

  3. Zhang, L., Zhao, B., Xu, G., Guan, Y. . Characterizing fluvial heavy metal pollutions under different rainfall conditions: Implication for aquatic environment protection. Science of the Total Environment, 2018, 635:1495-1506.

  4. Zhang Lixun, Zhu Guangyu, Ge Xin, Xu Gang, Guan Yuntao . Novel insights into heavy metal pollution of farmland based on reactive heavy metals (RHMs): Pollution characteristics, predictive models, and quantitative source apportionment. Journal of hazardous materials, 2018, 360:32-42.

  5. Hong Nian, Liu An , Zhu Panfeng, Zhao Xu, Guan Yuntao, Yang Mengting, Wang Hongyang. Modelling benzene series pollutants (BTEX) build-up loads on urban roads and their human health risks: Implications for stormwater reuse safety. Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, 2018, 164:234-242.

  6. Wijesiri Buddhi, Liu An , Gunawardana Chandima, Hong Nian, Zhu Panfeng, Guan Yuntao, Goonetilleke Ashantha. Influence of urbanisation characteristics on the variability of particle-bound heavy metals build-up: A comparative study between China and Australia. Environmental pollution, 2018, 242:1067-1077.

  7. Sun Yuepeng, Guan Yuntao , Wang Dan, Liang Kai, Wu Guangxue. Potential roles of acyl homoserine lactone based quorum sensing in sequencing batch nitrifying biofilm reactors with or without the addition of organic carbon. Bioresource Technology, 2018, 259:136-145.

  8. Sun, Y., He, K., Yin, Q., Echigo, S., Wu, G. , Guan, Y.. Determination of quorum-sensing signal substances in water and solid phases of activated sludge systems using liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2018, 69(7):85-94.

  9. Sun, Y., Guan, Y., Zeng, D., He, K., & Wu, G. . Metagenomics-based interpretation of AHLs-mediated quorum sensing in Anammox biofilm reactors for low-strength wastewater treatment. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2018, 344.

  10. Sun, Y., Wang, H., Wu, G. , Guan, Y.. Nitrogen removal and nitrous oxide emission from a step-feeding multiple anoxic and aerobic process. Environmental Technology, 2018, 39:814-823.

  11. Li Q, Guo F, Guan Y.  . A GIS-Based Evaluation of Environmental Sensitivity for an Urban Expressway in Shenzhen, China. Engineering, 2018, 4(2):230-234.

  12. Wang, H., Sun, Y., Wu, G. , Guan, Y.. Effect of anoxic to aerobic duration ratios on nitrogen removal and nitrous oxide emission in the multiple anoxic/aerobic process. Environmental Technology, 2018, 1.

  13. Liu, A. , Hong, N. , Zhu, P., Guan, Y.. Understanding benzene series (BTEX) pollutant load characteristics in the urban environment. Science of the Total Environment, 2018, 619:938-945.

  14. Liu, A. , Hong, N., Zhu, P., Guan, Y.. Characterizing benzene series (BTEX) pollutants build-up process on urban roads: Implication for the importance of temperature. Environmental Pollution, 2018, 242(Pt A):596-604.

  15. Bo Zhao, An Liu, Guangxue Wu, Dunzhu Li, Yuntao Guan . Characterization of heavy metal desorption from road-deposited sediment under acid rain scenarios. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2017, 51:284-293.

  16. Yuepeng Sun, Yuntao Guan, Min Pan, Xinmin Zhan, Zhenhu Hu, Guangxue Wu . Enhanced biological nitrogen removal and N2O emission characteristics of the intermittent aeration activated sludge process. Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology, 2017, 16(4):761-780.

  17. Juntao Jin, Mingyuan Li, Yuntao Guan . Mixture design of an environmentally friendly scale and corrosion inhibitor in reclaimed wastewater for cooling systems. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2016:1-5.

  18. Liang Liu, An Liu, Dunzhu Li, Lixun Zhang, Yuntao Guan , Characterizing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon build-up processes on urban road surfaces. Environmental Pollution, 2016, 214:185-193.

  19. Huoqing Wang, Yuntao Guan, Min Pan, Guangxue Wu. . Aerobic N2O emission for activated sludge acclimated under different aeration rates in the multiple anoxic and aerobic process. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2016, 43:70-79. (

  20. An Liu, Yuntao Guan , Prasanna Egodawatta, Ashantha Goonetilleke. Selecting rainfall events for effective Water Sensitive Urban Design: A case study in Gold Coast City, Australia. Ecological Engineering, 2016, 92:67-72.

  21. Liang Liu, An Liu, Yang Li, Lixun Zhang, Guijuan Zhang, Yuntao Guan , Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons associated with road deposited solid and their ecological risk: Implications for road stormwater reuse. Science of the Total Environment, 2016, 563-564:190-198.

  22. An Liu, Yizi Jiang, Seok Dockko, Yuntao Guan . Characterizing stormwater treatment efficiency at the laboratory scale for effective rain garden design. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2015, 54(4-5):1334-1343.

  23. An Liu, Liang Liu, Dunzhu Li, Yuntao Guan . Characterizing heavy metal build-up on urban road surfaces: Implication for stormwater reuse. Science of the Total Environment, 2015, 515-516:20-29.

  24. Huoqing Wang, Yuntao Guan, Li Li, Guangxue Wu . Characteristics of biological nitrogen removal in a multiple anoxic and aerobic biological nutrient removal process. BioMed Research International, 2015(531015).

  25. S.B. Kwon, D.I. Kim, Y.T. Guan, S. Dockko . Reduction of phosphorous at WWTP combined with DAF and A2/O. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2015, 54(4-5):1090-1097.

  26. Lei Shen, Yuntao Guan , Guangxue Wu.. Effect of heterotrophic activities on nitrous oxide emission during nitrification under different aeration rates. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2015, 55(3):821-827.

  27. Juntao Jin, Guangxue Wu, Yuntao Guan . Effect of bacterial communities on the formation of cast iron corrosion tubercles in reclaimed water. Water research, 2015, 171:207-218.

  28. Lei Shen, Yuntao Guan, Guangxue Wu , Xinmin Zhan. N2O emission from a sequencing batch reactor for biological N and P removal. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, 8(5):776-783., 2014.

  29. Juntao Jin, Guangxue Wu, Kai He, Jun Chen, Guangming Xu, Yuntao Guan . Effect of ions on carbon steel corrosion in cooling systems with reclaimed wastewater as the alternative makeup water. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2014, 52 (40-42):7565-7574.

  30. Juntao Jin, Guangxue Wu, Zhenhua Zhang, Yuntao Guan . Effect of extracellular polymeric substances on corrosion of cast iron in the reclaimed wastewater. Bioresource Technology, 2014, 165:162-165

  31. Jia Liu, David J. Sample , Cameron Bell, Yuntao Guan. Review and Research Needs of Bioretention Used for the Treatment of Urban Stormwater. Water, 2014, 6(4):1069-1099.

  32. Fang Tang, Hong-Ying Hu , Li-Juan Sun, Qian-Yuan Wu, Yan-Mei Jiang, Yun-Tao Guan, Jing-Jing Huang. Fouling of reverse osmosis membrane for municipal wastewater reclamation: Autopsy results from a full-scale plant, Desalination, 2014, 349:73-79

  33. Guangxue Wu , Xiaofeng Zhai, Chengai Jiang, Yuntao Guan. Denitrifying kinetics and nitrous oxide emission under different copper concentrations. Water Science and Technology, 69(4):746-754, 2014.

  34. Liu Liang, Liu An, Guan Yuntao . Approach to estimating non-point pollutant load removal rates based on water environmental capacity: a case study in Shenzhen. Journal of Southeast University (English Edition), 2014, 30(2):143-149.

  35. Zhang Jianjun, Jiang Yizi, Liu An, Guan Yuntao , Ye Shaohua. Characterizing urban road runoff quality in South China: a case study in Shenzhen. Journal of Southeast University (English Edition), 2014, 30(2):181-185.

  36. Liu A., Guan Y.  , Liu L.. Impact of catchment and rainfall characteristics on urban runoff quality. Journal of Tsinghua University, 2014, 54(7):846-852.

  37. An Liu, Dunzhu Li, Liang Liu, Yuntao Guan . Understanding the Role of Urban Road Surface Characteristics in influencing Stormwater Quality. Water Resources Management, 2014, 28(14):5217-5229.

  38. Juntao Jin, Yuntao Guan . The mutual co-regulation of extracellular polymeric substances and ions in biocorrosion of cast iron pipes. Bioresource Technology, 2014, 169:387-394.

  39. Liu, A., Egodawatta, P., Guan, Y., Goonetilleke, A. . Influence of rainfall and catchment characteristics on urban stormwater quality. Science of the Total Environment, 2013, 444(2):255-262.

  40. Wu G., Zhai X., Jiang C., Guan Y. . Effect of ammonium on nitrous oxide emission during denitrification with different electron donors. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2013, 25(6):1131-1138.

  41. Xing, L., Li, R., Bo, T., Wu, G. , Guan, Y.. Dynamics of intracellular polymers in enhanced biological phosphorus removal processes under different organic carbon concentrations. BioMed Research International, 2013(761082). 

Excellent teachers in Shenzhen City, 2017

First prize of science and technology given awarded by Beijing City, 2015.12

Second prize of progress of science and technology given awarded by Jiangsu Province, 2014.12

Second prize of progress of science and technology given awarded by Shandong Province, 2009.2

First prize of excellent teaching achievement awarded by GSST, Tsinghua University, 2008.9

The 6th Excellent expert of environ. sci & tech. awarded by Chinese environment science society, 2005.12

The 4th Young scientist prize awarded by Chinese environment science society, 2003.12

Second prize of excellent teaching achievement awarded by Tsinghua university, 2000.8

First Prize of Jinzhou excellent paper awarded by Journal of Chinese water and wastewater, 2000.3

Linfeng prize of excellent counsellor, 1999.12

Excellent staff of Tsinghua University, 1999.7

Friend of Tsinghua University –Prize of excellent teacher, 1999.1