Dr Bing Guo

Dr Bing Guo

+44 (0)1483 686617
02 AA 03


Areas of specialism

Environmental microbiology; Wastewater treatment ; Interspecies electron transfer; Antimicrobial resistance; Microbial ecology; Anaerobic digestion; Resource recovery

University roles and responsibilities

  • CEE UG Admission
  • Athena Swan SAT
  • Women's Engineering Society academic support for student group

    My qualifications

    McGill University
    Postdoc fellow
    University of Alberta; Delft University of Technology

    Affiliations and memberships

    EPSRC Peer Review Associate College
    International Water Association IWA
    Women's Engineering Society


    Research interests

    Research projects

    Prospective students and post-docs


    Academic Activities

    Conference organising activities

    • EBNet ECR conference scientific comittee, session chair. Online. June 2021
    • Conference Coordinator and Session Chair, 11th Western Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research. 10 May 2019. Edmonton, Canada
    • Workshop on Illumina high-throughput sequencing data analysis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2019
    • Co-chair, International Water Association (IWA) ecoSTP18 Conference Workshop on Advances in system microbiology to inform modelling and operation of nutrient recovery and removal processes. June 2018. London, Ontario, Canada
    • Workshop on Bioinformatics for high-throughput sequencing of environmental samples, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2018
    • University representative, New England Graduate Student Water Symposium, 2017-2018
    • Session Chair, New England Graduate Student Water Symposium. September 2017. Amherst, MA, USA.


    Postgraduate research supervision

    My teaching

    My publications


    For full publication list, please visit my Google Scholar page or ResearchGate page.

    2021 (#27-43)

    43 .Navab-Daneshmand, T., B. Guo, R. Gehr and D. Frigon (2021). "Impact of pH and removed filtrate on E. coli regrowth and microbial community during storage of electro-dewatered biosolids." Science of The Total Environment: 152544. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.152544

    42. Amori, P. N., J. C. Mierzwa, S. Bartelt-Hunt, B. Guo and D. P. Saroj (2021). "Germination and growth of horticultural crops irrigated with reclaimed water after biological treatment and ozonation." Journal of Cleaner Production: 130173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.130173

    41. Yingdi Zhang, Bing Guo, Hongyu Dang, Lei Zhang, Huijuan Sun, Najiaowa Yu, Yao Tang, Yang Liu (2021). "Roles of granular activated carbon (GAC) and operational factors on active microbiome development in anaerobic reactors", Bioresource Technology, 126104, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2021.126104 

    40. Yun Zhou, Ran Li, Bing Guo, Siqing Xia, Yang Liu, Bruce E Rittmann (2021). "The Influent COD/N Ratio Controlled the Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate Biodegradation and Extracellular Polymeric Substances Accumulation in an Oxygen-based Membrane Biofilm Reactor" Journal of Hazardous Materials, 126862. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126862.

    39. Huijuan Sun, Lei Zhang, Yingdi Zhang, Bing Guo, Yang Liu (2021). "A new non-steady-state mass balance model for quantifying microbiome responses to disturbances in wastewater bioreactors." Journal of Environmental Management, 296, 113370. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113370.

    38. Qianyi Zhang, Ran Li, Bing Guo, Lei Zhang, Yang Liu (2021). "Thermophilic co-digestion of blackwater and organic kitchen waste: Impacts of granular activated carbon and different mixing ratios." Waste Management, 131: 453-461. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2021.06.024.

    37. Cerruti, M., B. Guo, R. Delatolla, N. de Jonge, A. Hommes - de Vos van Steenwijk, P. Kadota, C. E. Lawson, T. Mao, M. J. Oosterkamp, F. Sabba, M. Stokholm-Bjerregaard, I. Watson, D. Frigon and D. G. Weissbrodt (2021). "Plant-Wide Systems Microbiology for the Wastewater Industry." Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1EW00231G.

    36. Zhou, Y., R. Li, B. Guo, N. Yu and Y. Liu (2021). "Cometabolism accelerated simultaneous ammoxidation and organics mineralization in an oxygen-based membrane biofilm reactor treating greywater under low dissolved oxygen conditions" Science of The Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147898.

    35. B. Guo, Z. Sheng, and Y. Liu (2021). "Evaluation of influent microbial immigration to activated sludge is affected by different-sized community segregation." npj Clean Water 4, 20 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41545-021-00112-7

    34. B. Guo, N. Yu,  D. G. Weissbrodt and Y. Liu (2021). "Effects of micro-aeration on microbial niches and antimicrobial resistances in blackwater anaerobic digesters." Water Research 196: 117035. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117035.

    33. Yu, N., B. Guo and Y. Liu (2021). "Shaping differentiated biofilm microbiomes by changing GAC location in wastewater anaerobic digestion." Science of The Total Environment: 146488. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146488.

    32. Gao, M., B. Guo, L. Li and Y. Liu (2021). "Role of syntrophic acetate oxidation and hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis in co-digestion of blackwater with food waste." Journal of Cleaner Production 283: 125393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125393.

    31. Zhang, L., A. Mou, B. Guo, H. Sun, M. N. Anwar and Y. Liu (2021). "Simultaneous Phosphorus Recovery in Energy Generation Reactor (SPRING): High Rate Thermophilic Blackwater Treatment." Resources, Conservation and Recycling 164: 105163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105163.

    30. Zhang, Y., B. Guo, L. Zhang, H. Zhang and Y. Liu (2021). "Microbial community dynamics in granular activated carbon enhanced up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) treating municipal sewage under sulfate reducing and psychrophilic conditions." Chemical Engineering Journal 405: 126957. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.126957.

    29. Guo, B., Y. Zhang, N. Yu and Y. Liu (2021). "Impacts of conductive materials on microbial community during syntrophic propionate oxidization for biomethane recovery." Water Environ Res 93(1): 84-93. https://doi.org/10.1002/wer.1357.

    28. Zhou, Y., B. Guo, J. Mao and S. Xia (2021). "Key role of soluble microbial products in waste activated sludge reduction by synergetic combination of cocoamidopropyl betaine and alkalinity in the short-time aerobic digestion system." J Hazard Mater 408: 124930. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.124930.

    27. Zhou, Y., R. Li, B. Guo, N. Yu, S. Xia and Y. Liu (2021). "Lumen air pressure (LAP) affecting greywater treatment in an oxygen-based membrane biofilm reactor (O2-MBfR)." Chemosphere 270: 129541. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.129541.


    1. Bing Guo, Lei Zhang, Huijuan Sun, Mengjiao Gao, Najiaowa Yu, Qianyi Zhang, Anqi Mou and Yang Liu. Modeling Microbial Community Networks and Linking Topological Characteristics with Bioreactor Operation and Performance. IWA MEWE 2021. 18-20 Oct 2021. Delft, NL. 
    2. Guo, B., Yu, N., Weissbrodt, D. and Liu, Y. Micro-aeration Affects Blackwater Anaerobic Digestion, Microbial Community and Antimicrobial Resistant Gene. 5th IWA Specialized International Conference Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment (ecoSTP). 21-25 June 2021, Milan, Italy. 
    3. Guo, B., Zhang, Y. and Liu, Y. Ecological and Metagenomic Insights in Granular Activated Carbon Facilitated Anaerobic Digestion of Municipal Sewage. The 4th International Conference on Biogas Microbiology.19-20 May 2021, Braga, Portugal. (postponed from 2020)
    4. Weissbrodt, D., Calderón-Franco, D., Guo, B. and Pallares-Vega, R. Biotechnology and Safety to Manage Antimicrobial Resistance from Urban to Space Water Cycles. Current and Future Ways to Closed Lift Support System, MELISSA conference. 3-5 November 2020.
    5. Gao, M.; Guo, B.; Zhang, L.; Zhang, Y.; Yu, N.; Liu, Y. From energy consumption to energy production: blackwater anaerobic treatment in modern sanitation. 16th IWA Specialised Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems. Perth, Western Australia. 1-5 December 2019.
    6. Nouha Klai, Bing Guo, Claire Gibson, Dominic Frigon. (2019) Do PAO-related species in the influent perform EBPR in the WWTPs? Field characterization of PAOs in EBPR vs. Conventional System. Poster, The 8th IWA Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering Specialist Conference (MEWE). 17-20 November 2019, Hiroshima, Japan.
    7. Claire Gibson, Shameem Jauffur, Bing Guo, Nouha Klai and Dominic Frigon. (2019) How is the activated sludge community assembled? Investigating the impact of influent immigration. Poster, The 8th IWA Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering Specialist Conference (MEWE). 17-20 November 2019, Hiroshima, Japan.
    8. Bing Guo, Mengjiao Gao, Lei Zhang, Yingdi Zhang, Huixin Zhang and Yang Liu. (2019) Enrichment of microbial consortia for anaerobic digestion of source-diverted blackwater collected from conventional and vacuum toilets. Oral presentation, National Water and Wastewater Conference. 3-6 November 2019, Banff, Canada.
    9. Gao, M.; Zhang, L.; Guo, B.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, Y. Anaerobic treatment of source-diverted blackwater: Energy recovery from human excreta. National water and wastewater conference. Banff, Alberta, Canada. Nov 3-6, 2019.
    10. Zhang, Y.; Guo, B.; Zhang, L.; Liu, Y. Decentralized Domestic Wastewater Treatment for Energy Recovery. National water and wastewater conference. Banff, Alberta, Canada. Nov 3-6, 2019.
    11. Zhang, L.; Zhang, Q.; Guo, B.; Zhou, Y.; Zhang H.; Liu Y. Anaerobic codigestion of blackwater and kitchen organic waste: alternative energy surplus onsite treatment. National water and wastewater conference. Banff, Alberta, Canada. Nov 3-6, 2019.
    12. Lei Zhang, Bing Guo, Qianyi Zhang, Anna P. Florentino, Huixin Zhang andYang Liu. (2019) Anaerobic Codigestion of Household Blackwater with Kitchen Organic Waste. Poster, The 16th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion (AD16). 23-27 June 2019, Delft, the Netherlands.
    13. Zhang, Y.; Zhang, L.; Guo, B.; Gao, M.; Liu Y. (2019). Enhancing biogas recovery from municipal sewage using granular activated carbon amended UASB digestion. Oral presentation, The 16th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion (AD16). 23-27 June 2019, Delft, the Netherlands.
    14. Zhang, Y.; Zhang. L.; Guo, B.; Gao, M.; Tang, Y.; Mohammed, A.; Liu, Y. (2019). Anaerobic digestion and methane production in municipal sewage at low temperatures using a granular activated carbon-amended UASB. Oral presentation, 11th Western Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research. 10 May 2019, Edmonton, Canada.
    15. Zhou, Y.; Guo, B.; Zhang, L.; Yang, S.; Zou, X.; Zhang, H.; Liu, Y. (2019). Simultaneous denitrification and anammox processes for the treatment of anaerobic digested blackwater. Oral presentation, 11th Western Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research. 10 May 2019, Edmonton, Canada.
    16. Zhang, Q.; Zhang, L.; Guo, B.; Liu, Y. (2019). Blackwater and Kitchen Organic Waste Codigestion in Anaerobic Sequencing Batch Reactors. Oral presentation, 11th Western Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research. 10 May 2019, Edmonton, Canada.
    17. Bing Guo, Yingdi Zhang, Lei Zhang, Yang Liu. Increased spatial resolution and RNA-based analysis revealed microbial enrichment by granular activated carbon in anaerobic digesters. (2019) Oral presentation, 11th Western Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research. 10 May 2019, Edmonton, Canada.
    18. Bing Guo, Claire Gibson, Chenxiao Liu. and Dominic Frigon. (2018) Microbial community structure of wastewater varies diurnally like physicochemical characteristics and suggest origins of microorganisms. Oral presentation, International Water Association ecoSTP18 Conference. 25-27 June 2018, London, Ontario, Canada.
    19. Bing Guo, Nouha Klai and Dominic Frigon. (2017) Microbial Community Diversity in Influent and Activated Sludge in Wastewater Treatment: Analysis Using 16S Illumina Sequencing and Qiime2. Oral presentation, New England Graduate Student Water Symposium. 8-10 September 2017, Amherst, MA, USA.
    20. Bing Guo, Sarah Outayek, and Dominic Frigon. (2017) Wastewater Quality Time Series Analysis Using Univariate and Multivariate Models and Wastewater Influences on Microbial Activity. Oral presentation, 31st Eastern Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research. 19 May 2017, Québec City, Québec, Canada.
    21. Yu Yang, Bing Guo, Shameem Jauffur, and Dominic Frigon (2016) Dynamics of class 1 integron gene cassette arrays in wastewater treatment systems. Poster, New England Graduate Student Water Symposium, Session Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 9-11 September 2016, Amherst, MA.
    22. Bing Guo. and Dominic Frigon. (2015) Classification and Phylogenetic Identification of Heterotrophic Specialists in Activated Sludge. Oral presentation, New England Graduate Student Water Symposium. 13 September 2015, Amherst, MA, USA.
    23. Bing Guo. and Dominic Frigon. (2014) Identification of microbial functional groups in wastewater treatment systems by cell sorting and pyrosequencing. Best student oral presentation. International Symposium on Environment and Health. 4-5 July 2014, Beijing, China.


    Yu, N., Guo, B., Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Zhou, Y., Liu, Y. (2020). Different micro-aeration rates facilitate production of different end-products from source-diverted blackwater. Water Res, 177, 115783.
    Zhang, Y., Guo, B., Zhang, L., Liu, Y. (2020). Key syntrophic partnerships identified in a granular activated carbon amended UASB treating municipal sewage under low temperature conditions. Bioresour Technol, 312, 123556.
    Guo, B., Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Zhou, Y., Liu, Y. (2020). RNA-based spatial community analysis revealed intra-reactor variation and expanded collection of direct interspecies electron transfer microorganisms in anaerobic digestion. Bioresour Technol, 298, 122534.
    Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Guo, B., Zhou, Y., Gao, M., Sharaf, A., Liu, Y. (2020). Granular activated carbon stimulated microbial physiological changes for enhanced anaerobic digestion of municipal sewage. Chemical Engineering Journal, 400, 125838.
    Zhou, Y., Li, R., Guo, B., Zhang, L., Zou, X., Xia, S., Liu, Y. (2020). Greywater treatment using an oxygen-based membrane biofilm reactor: Formation of dynamic multifunctional biofilm for organics and nitrogen removal. Chemical Engineering Journal, 386, 123989.
    Zhou, Y., Guo, B., Zhang, L., Zou, X., Yang, S., Zhang, H., Xia, S., Liu, Y. (2020). Anaerobically digested blackwater treatment by simultaneous denitrification and anammox processes: Feeding loading affects reactor performance and microbial community succession. Chemosphere, 241, 125101.
    Zhang, Q., Zhang, L., Guo, B., Liu, Y. (2020). Mesophiles outperform thermophiles in the anaerobic digestion of blackwater with kitchen residuals: Insights into process limitations. Waste Manag, 105, 279-288.
    Zhou, Y., Guo, B., Li, R., Zhang, L., Xia, S., Liu, Y. (2020). Treatment of grey water (GW) with high linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LAS) content and carbon/nitrogen (C/N) ratio in an oxygen-based membrane biofilm reactor (O2-MBfR). Chemosphere, 258, 127363.
    Gao, M., Guo, B., Zhang, L., Zhang, Y., Yu, N., Liu, Y. (2020). Biomethane recovery from source-diverted household blackwater: Impacts from feed sulfate. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 136, 28-38.
    Zou, X., Zhou, Y., Guo, B., Shao, Y., Yang, S., Mohammed, A., Liu, Y. (2020). Single reactor nitritation-denitritation for high strength digested biosolid thickening lagoon supernatant treatment. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 160, 107630.
    Guo, B., Liu, C., Gibson, C., Frigon, D. (2019). Wastewater microbial community structure and functional traits change over short timescales. Sci Total Environ, 662, 779-785.
    Zhang, L., Guo, B., Mou, A., Li, R., Liu, Y. (2020). Blackwater biomethane recovery using a thermophilic upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor: Impacts of effluent recirculation on reactor performance. Journal of Environmental Management, 274, 111157.
    Gao, M., Zhang, L., Guo, B., Zhang, Y., Liu, Y. (2019). Enhancing biomethane recovery from source-diverted blackwater through hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis dominant pathway. Chemical Engineering Journal, 378, 122258.
    Zhou, Y., Zhang, Z., Zhang, L., Xu, S., Guo, B., Liu, Y., Xia, S. (2019). Promoting waste activated sludge reduction by linear alkylbenzene sulfonates: Surfactant dose control extracellular polymeric substances solubilization and microbial community succession. J Hazard Mater, 374, 74-82.
    Zhang, L., Guo, B., Zhang, Q., Florentino, A., Xu, R., Zhang, Y., Liu, Y. (2019). Co-digestion of blackwater with kitchen organic waste: Effects of mixing ratios and insights into microbial community. Journal of Cleaner Production, 236, 117703.
    Yang, S., Guo, B., Shao, Y., Mohammed, A., Vincent, S., Ashbolt, N.J., Liu, Y. (2019). The value of floc and biofilm bacteria for anammox stability when treating ammonia-rich digester sludge thickening lagoon supernatant. Chemosphere, 233, 472-481.
    Gao, M., Guo, B., Zhang, L., Zhang, Y., Liu, Y. (2019). Microbial community dynamics in anaerobic digesters treating conventional and vacuum toilet flushed blackwater. Water Res, 160, 249-258.
    Yang, S., Xu, S., Mohammed, A., Guo, B., Vincent, S., Ashbolt, N.J., Liu, Y. (2019). Anammox reactor optimization for the treatment of ammonium rich digestate lagoon supernatant - Step feeding mitigates nitrite inhibition. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 143, 104733.
    Alizadeh, S., Abdul Rahim, A., Guo, B., Hawari, J., Ghoshal, S., Comeau, Y. (2019). Impacts of Continuous Inflow of Low Concentrations of Silver Nanoparticles on Biological Performance and Microbial Communities of Aerobic Heterotrophic Wastewater Biofilm. Environ Sci Technol, 53(15), 9148-9159.
    Sharaf, A., Guo, B., Liu, Y. (2019). Impact of the filamentous fungi overgrowth on the aerobic granular sludge process. Bioresource Technology Reports, 7, 100272.
    Guo, B., Manchester, M., Luby, T., Frigon, D. (2018). Composition of heterotrophic specialized sub-guilds defined by a positive RNA and polyhydroxyalkanoate correlation in activated sludge. Water Res, 144, 561-571.
    Liu, C., Guo, B., Xue, J. (2018). Analytical Methods for Pesticides and Herbicides. Water Environ Res, 90(10), 1323-1347.
    Xue, J., Guo, B., Gong, Z. (2018). Physico-Chemical Processes. Water Environ Res, 90(10), 1392-1438.
    Zhou, Y., Ran, L., Guo, B., Zhang, L., Zhang, H., Xia, S. and Liu, Y. (2020). Three-Dimension Oxygen Gradient Induced Low Energy Input for Greywater Treatment in an Oxygen-based Membrane Biofilm Reactor. Environmental Research 191, 110124.
    Yu, N., Guo, B., Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Zhou, Y., & Liu, Y. (2020). Self-fluidized GAC-amended UASB reactor for enhanced methane production. Chemical Engineering Journal, 127652
    Sharaf, A., Guo, B., Shoults, D. C., Ashbolt, N. J., & Liu, Y. (2020). Viability of a Single-Stage Unsaturated-Saturated Granular Activated Carbon Biofilter for Greywater Treatment. Sustainability, 12(21).