Dr. Ruihong Zhang, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of California, Davis, is the inventor of CleanWorld’s proprietary technologies and an acknowledged global leader in the science of anaerobic digestion. Her research expertise includes developing biological conversion systems to produce valuable energy from organic wastes; investigating effective, integrated wastewater treatment systems for pollution control; and developing computer models for predicting air emissions from waste sources. Dr. Zhang’s research in bioenvironmental engineering focuses on preventing environmental pollution that may be caused by the disposal of organic wastes such as food scraps, agricultural byproducts, and animal manure, and then converting these materials into valuable products, such as biofuels and biochemicals.
As a technical advisor, Dr. Zhang contributes her expertise to the design and evaluation of CleanWorld’s new technologies and AD projects. She helps evaluate and develop new processes and equipment, keeps the CleanWorld research team abreast of the latest research advancements, and helps study and advance CleanWorld’s active technology designs.
Dr. Zhang’s research has drawn the attention and support of the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Energy Commission, and the California Air Resources Board, among others. Dr. Zhang is a graduate of Inner Mongolia Engineering College in China, and received an M.S. from Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin, China. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and the Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological, and Food Engineers.