About the Editors


Dan Tsang, PhD 
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong, China


Dan Tsang’s research at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology aspires to develop green technologies for carbon reduction, design sustainable biomass-derived carbon for emerging applications, pioneer a new research landscape of carbon-efficient processes, and promote resource circulation and sustainable development.


Associate Editors

Sze Dai Pang, PhD
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
National University of Singapore, Singapore


Dr Pang has been involved in research on advanced materials and technologies to drive greater sustainability and productivity for the built environment. In recent years, he has been involved in collaborative research with the industry in lowering the net carbon emission in the built environment by upscaling waste-to-resources to promote material circularity, and capturing carbon dioxide in building materials.

 Yuanzhi Tang, PhD 
 Georgia Institute of Technology,
 School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia,  USA


Dr. Tang’s research interests address the complex interworking between human activities and the natural environment by exploring the biogeochemical reactions at solid-liquid interfaces. By employing advanced microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, her highly interdisciplinary research aims to correlate molecular scale mechanisms with macroscopic and field scale processes. Examples of her research topics include contaminant fate and transport, the occurrence and biogeochemical cycling of critical nutrients and metals, microbially mediated mineral formation and transformation, recovery of critical resources, and applications of synchrotron techniques.

Roberto Rinaldi, PhD
Department of Chemical Engineering,
Imperial College London, United Kingdom


Roberto Rinaldi is a leading expert in biomass conversion and chemical engineering, currently serving as a Reader (Associate Professor) in Applied Chemistry at Imperial College London's Department of Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on developing innovative processes and catalysts for transforming lignocellulosic biomass, emphasising lignin valorisation, into chemicals, biofuels, and materials. Through his work, Dr. Rinaldi aims to promote a sustainable future by reducing global reliance on fossil fuels and minimising greenhouse gas emissions.

Greeshma Gadikota, PhD
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Ithaca, NY, USA


Dr. Gadikota directs the Sustainable Energy and Resource Recovery Group. She held postdoctoral research associate appointments at Princeton University and Columbia University, and a research associate appointment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her PhD in Chemical Engineering and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering and Operations Research are from Columbia University. Her BS in Chemical Engineering is from Michigan State University. She is a recipient of the DOE, NSF and ARO CAREER Awards, Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award, Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award, Inaugural Cornell Rising Women Innovator Award, AICHE Sabic Award for Young Professionals from the Particle Technology Forum, and Young Researcher Award, The 15th International Conference on Gas-Liquid and Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering Conference.

Shicheng Zhang, PhD
Fudan University,
Shanghai, China



Shicheng Zhang is the director of the Shanghai Technical Service Platform for Pollution Control and Resource Utilization of Organic Wastes. His research focuses on biomass and organic waste utilization by chemical, biological and biochemical methods, especially hydrothermal conversion of organic waste into high value-added products, such as chemicals, biofuels, and materials, promoting bio-based fuels and materials, resource recovery, circular economy, and sustainable development.

Francesca Toma, PhD
Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon

Prof. Toma is the Director of the Institute of Functional Materials for Sustainability at Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon and a Distinguished Helmholtz Professor at Helmut Schmidt University. Her research centers on the synthesis and characterization of sustainable materials for renewable energy and biological applications. She also holds a position as a Visiting Professor at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. in Biophysics from the International School of Advanced Studies in Italy in 2009, and acquired postdoctoral experience at the University of Trieste, before moving to the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Marie Curie Researcher in 2011, and to the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. For nearly a decade, she was as a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where she served as the Program lead of the Liquid Sunlight Alliance and as the Photoelectrochemistry Technology Lead for HydroGEN. Prof. Toma's has co-authored 100 publications, focusing on (photo)electrocatalysis, drug delivery, and tissue engineering. Her work has garnered international recognition with several awards. She was honored as one of the "100 Women of Materials Science" by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2018 and received the "Rising Star" Award from the American Chemical Society in 2021. She was also awarded the “Alfredo di Braccio Award” by the Italian Academy of Science. Her achievements culminated in her selection as an Oppenheimer Fellow by the US National Laboratory Directors' Council in 2022, underscoring her contributions as a leader to advancing scientific research.


Advisory Editor

Yaoqing Zhang, PhD




Yaoqing is currently a Senior Editor for Nature Sustainability handling research and opinion from the broad areas of energy, materials and chemistry with sustainability relevance. He began his editorial career at Nature Communications where he covered a range of topics in energy materials and electrochemistry. Prior to joining the Nature family, Yaoqing held an assistant professorship at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He obtained a PhD in chemistry from the University of St Andrews and then conducted postdoctoral research in Japan. Yaoqing is based in the Shanghai office.

Eric Piechota, PhD



Eric joined the 'Energy Materials' team at Nature Communications in 2021. He received a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied electron transfer mechanisms in ruthenium-based chromophores used in dye-sensitized solar energy conversion schemes. After, he performed postdoctoral research at The Ohio State University where he investigated excited-state deactivation of metal complexes used as phototherapeutic agents. Eric is based in the New York office and handles manuscripts relating to electro and photocatalysis.

Editorial Board Members

Hong S. Wong, FIMMM FICT FCS, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, PhD, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

Susan A. Bernal Lopez, PhD, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Hanwu Lei, PhD,Washington State University, Richland, WA, USA

Daniel S. Alessi, PhD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Konstantinos S. Triantafyllidis, PhD, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Yamei Zhang, PhD, Southeast University, Nanjing, China

Fan Lü, PhD, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, P.R.China

Angela Yu-Chen Lin, PhD, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Teresa A.P. Rocha-Santos, PhD, CESAM and Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro,Aveiro, Portugal

Yifeng Zhang, PhD, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

Ning Yan, PhD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Paulo Pereira, PhD, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Shurong Wang, PhD, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Deyi Hou, PhD, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Wenshan Guo, PhD, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Zhidong Zhang, PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 

Kuishuang Feng, PhD, University of Maryland, USA

Scott Fendorf, PhD, Stanford University, USA

Z. Jason Ren, PhD, Princeton University, USA

Yifei Sun, PhDBeihang Unviersity, China

Bin Ma, PhD, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland

Xinde Cao, PhDShanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Anett Georgi, PhDHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany

Roya Maboudian, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,University of California, Berkeley, CA

Wengui Li, PhD, The University of New South Wales, Australia

Grzegorz Lisak, PhD, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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