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Tao Lyu

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Research Fellow

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division


At the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Dr Tao Lyu is the Module Leader for Principles of Environmental Science (Level 4) and associate lecturer for Frontiers in Environmental Biogeochemistry (Level 5). As a research fellow, Dr. Lyu’s research across different research areas of Engineering (wastewater treatment and natural water restoration) and Energy (Bioenergy). His current research focuses on algal biotechnology and nanobubble technology and constructed wetland technology.

Career overview

2019.09 - Present: Lecturer in BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
2017 - Present: Research fellow, School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, UK
2016.09-12: Assistant Researcher, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
2013 - 2016: PhD in Environmental Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
2011 - 2013: MSc in Environmental Engineering (Distinction), China Agricultural University, China
2007 - 2011: BSc in Mechanical Engineering, China Agricultural University, China

Research areas

Current research interests include:

  • Nanobubble technology application for water and sediment remediation
  • Sustainable wastewater treatment technologies, i.e. constructed wetlands, microalgae
  • Integrated Water-Energy-Food (WEF) security: turning pollutants into WEF products
  • Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) etc.

External activity

  • 2019: Invited to chair a Conference Session at WETPOL 2019 - 8th International  Symposium on Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • 2018-2019: Guest Editor of MDPI journal: Water (IF=2.524) on ‘Lake and River  Restoration: Method, Evaluation and Management’
  • 2018: Invited speech at Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. Title: “Nanobubble technology is promising for Integrated Water-Energy-Food research”,
  • 2017: Invited speech at China Agricultural University, Beijing, China. Title: “Sustainable wastewater treatment technology for organic persisted pollutants removal”.
  • 2016: Invited to co-chair two Conference Sessions at ICWS 2016 - IWA Specialist Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, Gdańsk, Poland.
  • 2016: Invited speech at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. Title: “Rural wastewater treatment using constructed wetland technology”.
  • 2015 - 2016: IWA-Young Water Professionals Committee, Denmark
  • 2016 - present: Reviewer of 10 journals, e.g. Environmental Science & Technology, Water Research

Sponsors and collaborators

Research funding has included:

  • 2019: Company (CDAs)-sponsored research (Co-I; £116,000). Short title: Oxygen nanobubble modified local soil material for indigenous macrophyte restoration.
  • 2019: Company (CDAs)-sponsored research (Co-I; £20,900). Short title: Oxygen nanobubble technology for sediment remediation.
  • 2019: GCRF/generating impact from research (Co-I; £10,000). Title: Enhancing water and soil remediation in India.
  • 2019: Sustainable Futures Research Theme Fund (Co-I; £14,000), Nottingham Trent University. Title: Improve nutritional value for food sustainability using algae technology.
  • 2018: GCRF/Pump-priming (Co-I; £7,000). Title: Enhancing water and soil remediation in India.
  • 2018  Advanced Materials Research Theme Fund (Co-I; £35,000), Nottingham Trent University. Title: Turning wastewater pollutants into bio-hydrochar materials.
  • 2018  Research Assistant and Graduate Intern Fund (PI; £8,000), Nottingham Trent University. Title: Oxygen nanobubble technology for wastewater treatment.
  • 2017: Proof of Concept Fund (Co-I; £23,000) Nottingham Trent University. Title: A novel technique to accelerate indigenous vegetation restoration in natural waters.
  • 2016: Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark (Researcher, kr.800,000 = £107,558). Short title: Green technology for the removal of phosphorus and utilization of sludge from decentralized wastewater treatment plants in the countryside.
  • 2014: Daloon Foods Ltd. (Denmark) fund (PI; kr.21,000 = £2,823) to support conference participation.


Selected publications

  1. Lyu T, Wu S, Mortimer R, Pan G. (2019) Nanobubble Technology in Environmental Engineering: Revolutionization Potential and Challenges. Environmental Science & Technology. 53(13): 7175-7176.
  2. Lyu T, Mortimer R, Pan G. (2019) Comment on “A Pilot-Scale Field Study: In Situ Treatment of PCB-Impacted Sediments with Bioamended Activated Carbon. Environmental Science & Technology. 53(10): 6103.
  3. Jin X, Bi L, Lyu T*, Chen J, Zhang H, Pan G*. (2019) Amphoteric starch-based bicomponent modified soil for mitigation of harmful algal blooms (HABs) with broad salinity tolerance: Flocculation, algal regrowth, and ecological safety. Water Research. 165, 115005. *corresponding author
  4. Pan G*, Miao X, Bi L, Zhang H… Lyu T* (2019). Modified local soil (MLS) technology for harmful algal bloom control, sediment remediation, and ecological restoration, Water. 11(6): 1123. *corresponding author
  5. Lyu T, Zhang L, Arias C, Brix H, Carvalho P. (2018) The removal of tebuconazole in unsaturated and saturated constructed wetland mesocosms: dynamics, influencing factors and modelling predictions. Environmental Pollution. 233:71-80.
  6. Zhang H, Shang Y, Lyu T, Chen J, Pan G. (2018) Switching harmful algal blooms to submerged macrophytes in shallow waters using geo-engineering methods: Evidence from a 15N tracing study. Environmental Science & Technology. 52(20), 11778-11785.
  7. Wu S, Lyu T, Zhao Y, Vymazal J, Arias C, Brix H. (2018) Rethinking Intensification of Constructed Wetlands as a Green Eco-technology for Wastewater Treatment. Environmental Science & Technology. 52, 1693-1694.
  8. Zhang L, Lyu T, Zhang Y, Button M, Arias C, Weber K, Brix H, Carvalho P. (2018) Impacts of design configuration and plants on the microbial community of constructed wetlands treating ibuprofen. Water Research. 131:228-238.
  9. Luo H, Lyu T, Muhmooda A, Xue Y, Wu H, Meerse E, Dong R, Wu S. (2018) Effect of flocculation pre-treatment on membrane nutrient recovery of digested chicken slurry: Mitigating suspended solids and retaining nutrients. Chemical Engineering Journal. 352:855-862.
  10. Lv T, Carvalho P, Zhang L, Zhang Y, Button M, Arias C, Weber K, Brix H. (2017) Functionality of microbial communities in constructed wetlands used for pesticide remediation: influence of system design and sampling strategy. Water Research. 110: 241-251.
  11. Lv T, Zhang Y, Zhang L, Carvalho P, Arias C, Brix H. (2016) Removal of the pesticides imazalil and tebuconazole in saturated constructed wetland mesocosms. Water Research. 91:126-136.

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