Faculty and Staff
ZHANG Ruiyong
Title: Professor
Research Field: Marine biocorrosion and bioleaching
Department: Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Corrosion and Bio-fouling
Tel/Fax: +86-(0)532-82898851


1. Since Jul. 2021, Professor (adjunct), Central South University, Changsha, China

2. Since Jan. 2021, Research professor, Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (Qingdao), Qingdao, China

3. Since Dec. 2020, Research professor, Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental corrosion and Bio-fouling, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, China

4. Aug. 2016-12. 2020, Postdoctoral researcher/Research Associate, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Hannover, Germany (Geomicrobiology team by Prof. Dr. Axel Schippers)

5. Jan. 2016-Jul. 2016, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany (Aquatic biotechnology team by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sand)


1. Ph. D., 2015, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany

2. M. Sc., 2009, Central South University, Changsha, China

3. B. Eng., 2006, Central South University, Changsha, China

Professional Memberships:

1. Associate Editor of journal Frontiers in Microbiology

2. Editorial board of journal Frontiers in Marine Science

3. Youth Editorial board of Journal of Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection

4. Youth Editorial board of Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China

5. Youth Editorial board of Journal of Central South University

6. Topical Advisory Panel of Journal Microorganisms

7. Youth Editorial board of Journal of Conservation and Utilization of Mineral Resources

8. Member of the Academic committee International Conference on Corrosion Protection and Application (2022)

9. Member of European Federation of Corrosion (EFC)

10. Member of International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM)

11. Member of Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)

12. Member of Corrosion Association of Singapore

Research Interests:

1. Marine microbial corrosion and protection

2. Bioleaching

3. Microbial ecology of interfaces

Honors and Awards:

1. FEMS Young Scientist Meeting Grant (2014)

2. 20th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium Conference Scholarship (2013)

Selected Publications:

1. Zhang, R., Xiao, T., Zhu, J., Li, Q., Sand, W., Kalin, M., eds. (2022). Advances in Bioleaching and Bioremediation. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA. ISSN 1664-8714, ISBN 978-2-88976-716-8

2. Zhang Y, Zhai X, Guan F, Dong X, Sun J, Zhang R*, Duan J*, Zhang B, Hou B (2022) Microbiologically influenced corrosion of steel in coastal surface seawater contaminated by crude oil. npj Materials Degradation 6:35

3. Zhang R, Schippers A* (2022) Stirred-tank bioleaching of copper and cobalt from mine tailings in Chile. Minerals Engineering 180:107514

4. Zhang D-R, Chen H-R, Zhao X-J, Xia J-L*, Nie Z-Y, Zhang R-Y, Shu W-S, Pakostova E (2022) Fe (II) bio-oxidation mediates red mud transformations to form Fe (III)/Al (hydr) oxide adsorbent for efficient As (V) removal under acidic conditions. Chemical Engineering Journal 439:135753

5. Xu L, Guan F, Ma Y, Zhang R*, Zhang Y, Zhai X, Dong X, Wang Y, Duan J*, Hou B (2022) Inadequate dosing of THPS treatment increases microbially influenced corrosion of pipeline steel by inducing biofilm growth of Desulfovibrio hontreensis SY-21. Bioelectrochemistry 145:108048

6. Wang Y, Zhang R*, Duan J*, Shi X, Zhang Y, Guan F, Sand W, Hou B (2022) Extracellular polymeric substances and biocorrosion/biofouling: recent advances and future perspectives. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 23:5566

7. Zhou Z, Pourhashem S, Wang Z, Duan J*, Zhang R, Hou B (2022) Distinctive roles of graphene oxide, ZnO quantum dots, and their nanohybrids in anti-corrosion and anti-fouling performance of waterborne epoxy coatings. Chemical Engineering Journal 439:135765

8. Liu X, Li Y, Cao J, Zeng Z, Liu X, Zhang R, Li Q*, Sand W (2022) Bioleaching of chalcopyrite waste rock in the presence of the copper solvent extractant LIX984N. Frontiers in Microbiology 13:820052

9. Li J, Liu X*, Zhang J*, Zhang R*, Wang M, Sand W, Duan J, Zhu Q, Zhai S, Hou B (2022) Effects of inorganic metabolites of sulphate-reducing bacteria on the corrosion of AZ31B and AZ63B magnesium alloy in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. Materials 15:2212

10. Chen H-R, Zhang D-R, Nie Z-Y, Xia J-L*, Li Q, Zhang R-Y*, Yin H-H, Pakostova E (2022) Reductive dissolution of jarosite by inorganic sulfur compounds catalyzed by Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans. Hydrometallurgy 212:105908

11. Lan X, Zhang J*, Wang Z, Zhang R*, Sand W, Zhang L, Duan J, Zhu Q, Hou B (2022) Corrosion of an AZ31B magnesium alloy by sulfate-reducing prokaryotes in a mudflat environment. Microorganisms 10:839

12. Sand, W., J. Xia, J. Duan, D. Xu, J. A. Mu?oz and R. Zhang (2021). Bioleaching and biocorrosion: advances in interfacial processes. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA. ISSN 1664-8714, ISBN 978-2-88966-747-5

13. Zhang R*, Hedrich S, Jin D, Breuker A, Schippers A* (2021) Sulfobacillus harzensis sp. nov., an acidophilic bacterium inhabiting mine tailings from a polymetallic mine. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 71:004871

14. Zhang R, Duan J*, Xu D*, Xia J, Mu?oz JA, Sand W (2021) Bioleaching and biocorrosion: advances in interfacial processes. Frontiers in Microbiology 12:653029

15. Zhang D-R, Chen H-R, Xia J-L*, Nie Z-Y, Zhang R-Y, Schippers A, Shu W-S, Qian L-X (2021) Red mud regulates arsenic fate at acidic pH via regulating arsenopyrite bio-oxidation and S, Fe, Al, Si speciation transformation. Water Research 203:117539

16. Khachatryan A, Vardanyan N*, Vardanyan A, Zhang R*, Castro L (2021) The effect of metal ions on the growth and ferrous iron oxidation by Leptospirillum ferriphilum CC isolated from Armenia mine sites. Metals 11:425

17. Castro L*, Ayala LA, Vardanyan A, Zhang R, Mu?oz Já (2021) Arsenate and arsenite sorption using biogenic iron compounds: treatment of real polluted waters in batch and continuous systems. Metals 11:1608

18. Yang B, Lin M, Fang J, Zhang R, Luo W, Wang X, Liao R, Wu B, Wang J*, Gan M* (2020) Combined effects of jarosite and visible light on chalcopyrite dissolution mediated by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. Science of the Total Environment 698:134175

19. Zhang R*, Hedrich S, R?mer F, Goldmann D, Schippers A* (2020) Bioleaching of cobalt from Cu/Co-rich sulfidic mine tailings from the polymetallic Rammelsberg mine, Germany. Hydrometallurgy 197:105443

20. Vardanyan N, Badalyan H, Markosyan L, Vardanyan A, Zhang R*, Sand W* (2020) Newly isolated Acidithiobacillus sp. Ksh from Kashen copper ore: peculiarities of EPS and colloidal exopolysaccharide. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:1802

21. Ma Y, Zhang Y, Zhang R, Guan F, Hou B, Duan J* (2020) Microbiologically influenced corrosion of marine steels within the interaction between steel and biofilms: a brief view. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 104:515-525

22. Li Q, Zhu J, Li S, Zhang R, Xiao T*, Sand W* (2020) Interactions between cells of Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans and Leptospirillum ferriphilum during pyrite bioleaching. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:44

23. Jin D, Zhang F*, Shi Y, Kong X, Xie Y*, Du X, Li Y, Zhang R (2020) Diversity of bacteria and archaea in the groundwater contaminated by chlorinated solvents undergoing natural attenuation. Environmental Research 185:109457

24. Zhang Z, Kong X, Jin D*, Yu H, Zhu X, Su X, Wang P, Zhang R, Jia M, Deng Y (2019) Euonymus japonicus phyllosphere microbiome is significantly changed by powdery mildew. Archives of Microbiology 201:1099-1109

25. Zhang R*, Neu TR, Li Q, Blanchard V, Zhang Y, Schippers A, Sand W* (2019) Insight into interactions of thermoacidophilic archaea with elemental sulfur: biofilm dynamics and EPS analysis. Frontiers in Microbiology 10:896

26. Zhang Y, Ma Y, Zhang R, Zhang B, Zhai X, Li W, Xu L, Jiang Q, Duan J*, Hou B (2019) Metagenomic resolution of functional diversity in copper surface-associated marine biofilms. Frontiers in Microbiology 10:2863

27. Zhang R, Neu TR, Blanchard V, Vera M*, Sand W (2019) Biofilm dynamics and EPS production of a thermoacidophilic bioleaching archaeon. New Biotechnology 51:21-30

28. Vardanyan A, Vardanyan N, Khachatryan A, Zhang R*, Sand W (2019) Adhesion to mineral surfaces by cells of Leptospirillum, Acidithiobacillus and Sulfobacillus from Armenian sulfide ores. Minerals 9:69

29. Ostertag-Henning C*, Zhang R, Helten O, Weger T, Schippers A (2019) Using flexible gold-titanium reaction cells to simulate pressure-dependent microbial activity in the context of subsurface biomining. JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments):e60140

30. Li Q, Becker T, Zhang R, Xiao T, Sand W* (2019) Investigation on adhesion of Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans via atomic force microscopy equipped with mineral probes. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 173:639-646

31. Zhang R*, Hedrich S, Ostertag-Henning C, Schippers A* (2018) Effect of elevated pressure on ferric iron reduction coupled to sulfur oxidation by biomining microorganisms. Hydrometallurgy 178:215-223

32. Li Q, Yang B, Zhu J, Jiang H, Li J, Zhang R, Sand W* (2018) Comparative analysis of attachment to chalcopyrite of three mesophilic iron and/or sulfur-oxidizing acidophiles. Minerals 8:406

33. Zhang RY, Blanchard V, Vera Véliz M, Sand W (2017) EPS characterization of a cell wall-Lacking archaeon Ferroplasma acidiphilum. Solid State Phenomena 262: 434-438

34. Zhang RY, Hedrich S, Schippers A (2017) Reduction of iron (III) ions at elevated pressure by acidophilic microorganisms. Solid State Phenomena 262:88-92

35. Zhang R, Bellenberg S, Neu TR, Sand W, Vera M* (2016). "The biofilm lifestyle of acidophilic metal/sulfur-oxidizing microorganisms," in Biotechnology of Extremophiles:. Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology, ed. P. Rampelotto. Cham: Springer, 177-213

36. Maulani N, Li Q, Sand W, Vera M, Zhang R* (2016) Interactions of the extremely acidophilic archaeon Ferroplasma acidiphilum with acidophilic bacteria during pyrite bioleaching. Applied Environmental Biotechnology 2:43-55

37. Liu J, Li Q, Sand W, Zhang R* (2016) Influence of Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans on initial attachment and pyrite leaching by thermoacidophilic archaeon Acidianus sp. DSM 29099. Minerals 6:76

38. Li Q, Sand W, Zhang R* (2016) Enhancement of biofilm formation on pyrite by Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans. Minerals 6:71

39. Castro C#, Zhang R#, Liu J, Bellenberg S, Neu TR, Donati E*, Sand W, Vera M* (2016) Biofilm formation and interspecies interactions in mixed cultures of thermo-acidophilic archaea Acidianus spp. and Sulfolobus metallicus. Research in Microbiology 167:604-612

40. Zhang RY, Zhang YT, Neu TR, Li Q, Bellenberg S, Sand W, Vera M (2015) Initial attachment and biofilm formation of a novel crenarchaeote on mineral sulfides. Advanced Materials Research 1130:127-130

41. Zhang R, Neu TR, Zhang Y, Bellenberg S, Kuhlicke U, Li Q, Sand W, Vera M* (2015) Visualization and analysis of EPS glycoconjugates of the thermoacidophilic archaeon Sulfolobus metallicus. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 99:7343-7356

42. Zhang RY, Liu J, Neu TR, Li Q, Bellenberg S, Sand W, Vera M (2015) Interspecies interactions of metal-oxidizing thermo-acidophilic archaea Acidianus and Sulfolobus. Advanced Materials Research 1130:105-108

43. Zhang R, Neu TR, Bellenberg S, Kuhlicke U, Sand W, Vera M* (2015) Use of lectins to in situ visualize glycoconjugates of extracellular polymeric substances in acidophilic archaeal biofilms. Microbial Biotechnology 8:448-461

44. Vardanyan A, Stepanyan S, Vardanyan N*, Markosyan L, Sand W, Vera M, Zhang R* (2015) Study and assessment of microbial communities in natural and commercial bioleaching systems. Minerals Engineering 81:167-172

45. Bellenberg S, Barthen R, Boretska M, Zhang R, Sand W, Vera M* (2015) Manipulation of pyrite colonization and leaching by iron-oxidizing Acidithiobacillus species. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 99:1435-1449

46. Zhang R, Bellenberg S, Castro L, Neu TR, Sand W, Vera M* (2014) Colonization and biofilm formation of the extremely acidophilic archaeon Ferroplasma acidiphilum. Hydrometallurgy 150:245-252

47. Castro L, Zhang R, Mu?oz JA, González F, Blázquez ML, Sand W, Ballester A* (2014) Characterization of exopolymeric substances (EPS) produced by Aeromonas hydrophila under reducing conditions. Biofouling 30:501-511

48. Barahona S, Dorador C, Zhang R, Aguilar P, Sand W, Vera M, Remonsellez F* (2014) Isolation and characterization of a novel Acidithiobacillus ferrivorans strain from the Chilean Altiplano: attachment and biofilm formation on pyrite at low temperature. Research in Microbiology 165:782-793