Qiu, Guanglei

Appointment:Associate Professor




Postgraduate Admissions

  • Masters:Academic degree:083000|Environmental Science and Engineering;Professional degree:085700|Environment and Energy

  • Ph.D.:Academic degree:083000| Environmental Science and Engineering;Professional degree:085700|Environment and Energy

Career Details

  • 2011.11-2016.06:Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Research Fellow

  • 2016.07-2018.09:Singapore Center for Environmental Life Science Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Research Fellow

  • 2018.09- now:School of Environment and Energy, South China University of Technology, Associate Professor


  • 2001.09-2005.07:School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Environmental Engineering, B.Sc.;

  • 2005.09-2008.07:School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering, M.Sc.;

  • 2008.09-2011.07:School of Water Science, Beijing Normal University, Environmental Engineering, Ph.D.

Professional Service

  • 2018.12- now:International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group “Membrane Technology” Management Committee Young Professionals Associate Member

  • 2019.05- now: Editorial Board Member

  • 2020.06- now: Academic Editor

Research area

  • Membrane bioreactors: process development, membrane fouling control

  • Enhanced biological phosphorus removal: Microbiology, Ecophysiology and Biochemistry

  • New biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal principles and technology

  • Microbial ecology in biological wastewater treatment processes

Research Grants

  • National Natural Science Foundation of China(2019): No.51808297, PI;

  • Guangzhou Science and Technology Projects (2020): No.202002030340,PI;

  • Ministry of Ecology and Environment, PRC, ** Environment Pretention and Remediation Joint Program(2019): (2019-LHYJ-01-0204-45),Co-PI;

  • Research Funds for the Central Universities (2019): No.D2191130,PI。

  • Guangdong Province“Pearl River Recruitment Programme” (2019):No.2019QN01L125,PI

  • South China University of Technology “Xinghua Scholar” Recruitment Programme (2018),K5183280,PI

Academic Achievements

Selected Journal Publications:

  1. Guanglei Qiu*; Xianghui Liu; Nay Min Min Thaw Saw; Yingyu Law; Rogelio Zuniga-Montanez; Sara Swa Thi; Thi Quynh Ngoc Nguyen; Per H. Nielsen; Rohan B.H. Williams; Stefan Wuertz. Metabolic traits of Candidatus Accumulibacter clade IIF strain SCELSE-1 using amino acids as carbon sources for enhanced biological phosphorus removal, Environmental Science Technology, 2020, 54(4): 2448-2458.

  2. Guanglei Qiu*; Gordon Kai Wai Wong; Yen-Peng Ting. Electrostatic interaction governed solute transport in forward osmosis. Water Research, 2020, 173: 115590.

  3. Guanglei Qiu*; Rogelio Zuniga-Montanez; Yingyu Law; Sara Swa Thi; Thi Quynh Ngoc Nguyen; Kaliyamoorthy Eganathan; Xianghui Liu; Per H. Nielsen; Rohan B. H. Williams; Stefan Wuertz*. Polyphosphate-accumulating organisms in full-scale tropical wastewater treatment plants use diverse carbon sources, Water Research, 2019, 149: 496-510.

  4. Guanglei Qiu*; Sui Zhang; Raghavan Srinivasa Shankari Divya; Subhabrata Das; Yen-Peng Ting*. The potential of hybrid forward osmosis membrane bioreactor (FOMBR) processes in achieving high throughput treatment of municipal wastewater with enhanced phosphorus recovery. Water Research, 2016, 105: 370-382.

  5. Guanglei Qiu*; Yi-Ming Law; Subhabrata Das; Yen-Peng Ting. Direct and complete phosphorus recovery from municipal wastewater using a hybrid microfiltration-forward osmosis membrane bioreactor process with seawater brine as draw solution. Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49(10): 6156-6163.

Patents Granted:

  1. A continuous-flow granular sludge membrane bioreactor for berberine wastewater treatment, No. ZL201010146239.1, 2013.02.27.

  2. An inter-recycling moving bed bioreactor, No. ZL200910147994.9, 2013.01.02.

  3. A nutrients removal and recovery process for lovestock wastewater treatment. No. ZL200910147992.X, 2013.09.25.


  • Courses:Municipal Water Engineering Instruments and Control; Water Pollution Control Engineering; Environmental Engineering Design, Construction and Management; Computer Data and Graphic Application; Scientific Writing and Academic Norms

  • Student Supervising:2 Ph.D. students, 5 Mater students

  • 2015 “Outstanding Young Researcher” American Institute of Chemical Engineers-Singapore Local Section