Areas of expertise

  • Biomass and Waste
  • Waste Management and Resource Efficiency
  • Water Science and Engineering


Dr Tao Lyu has been working at Cranfield University in the Cranfield Water Science Institute since April 2020. He is a lecturer in Green Technologies and Environmental Engineering MSc course director (JSU-CU Cranfield Institute). He was awarded a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Aarhus University, Denmark (2016). His PhD research focused on emerging organic contaminants (micropollutants) removal in water and wastewater by Nature-based solutions, in particular treatment wetlands. After completing the project in the same department as an assistant researcher (2016.09-12), he moved to Nottingham Trent University as a Research Fellow (GCRF funded) in 2017. From September 2019, he was appointed as a Module Leader and lectured two modules to BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences students. His research in Nottingham Trent focused on developing novel geo-engineering technologies (e.g. nanobubble technology) for natural water restoration, eutrophication control, Harmful Algal blooms removal and sediment remediation.

Research opportunities

Dr Tao Lyu works at the intersection of environmental engineering, chemistry and nanoscience, with a focus on sustainable wastewater treatment and natural water restoration. Dr Lyu is interested in supervising PhD, MSc students with the following research interests. Postdocs, visiting scholars, students, Self-funded PhD and student placements are also welcome. Please get in touch by email for more details.

  1. Nature-based solutions for wastewater treatment, e.g. treatment wetlands and microalgae technologies;
  2. Sustainable technologies for the remediation of micropollutants (e.g. antibiotics) and Antimicrobial resistance (AMR);
  3. Environmental nano-materials: nanobubble technology development and its application in water treatment, disinfection, natural water and soil remediation and organic farming;
  4. Eutrophication and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) control, in-situ sediment remediation
  5. Biogeochemical cycling of nutrients (N, P) and metals (Fe, As, Cd etc.,) in water and sediment.

Current activities

Grants and funding

Current projects

  • 2021-2023, Royal Academy of Engineering - ‘Development of a nature-based solution for pharmaceutical wastewater treatment in Jordan.’ TSP2021\100376, UK PI, £79,698.  
  • 2021-2022, Industry-funded MRes studentship - ‘Improving the hydraulic performance of constructed wetlands for net zero wastewater treatment’ Co-I.
  • 2021, Industry partners and Environment Agency - ‘Summarising the evidence base on the use of treatment wetlands for phosphorus removal.’ Co-I.

Completed Projects

  • 2019-2021, Industry-funded project at Nottingham Trent University - ‘Oxygen nanobubble modified local soil material for indigenous macrophyte restoration.’ Co-I, £116,000
  • 2019-2020, Industry-funded project at Nottingham Trent University - ‘Oxygen nanobubble technology for sediment remediation.’ Co-I, £21,000
  • 2018, GCRF - ‘Enhancing water and soil remediation in India.’ Co-I, £17,000
  • 2014, Daloon Foods Ltd. (Denmark) Travel grant, PI, DKK 21,000 = £3,000.

Teaching and supervisions

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Water and Wastewater Engineering MSc (WWE M1&M2)
  • Natural Based Solutions for Water and Land Management (NBS online short course)
  • Environmental Innovation MSc course
  • Environmental Engineering MSc course director (JSU-CU Cranfield Institute)

Current supervision

  • 2020-, Chimamaka Amala, PhD student, research topic: Developing the next generation of wetland technology
  • 2021-, Shuja ul Hassan Syed, MSc by Research, research topic: Validation of innovative wetland clogging remediation method
  • 2021, Namgyel Dorji, MSc student, Thesis project: Opportunities for implementing nature-based solutions for water reuse in the East of England
  • 2021, Hannah Barry, Sharon Cherono, Giovanni Soruco Arnez, Takalani Mathivha, MSc students, Group Project: Eco-Hotel

Previous supervision

  • 2020, Curtis Niles, MSc student, Thesis project: Development of a tool for the selection of small sewage treatment technologies based on key attributes
  • 2019, Basgaer Moledina, Mick Cooper, Research Assistants
  • 2018, Samantha Best, Research Assistant


  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Environment Agency
  • GCRF
  • UK Water Utilities


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