Principal Investigator,Professor : Environmental Microbial Biotechnology

LIU Zhipei
Address:NO.1 West Beichen Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
Research Interests
Environmental pollution is one of the most serious problems the whole world faces. Now, environmental situation is severe in our country. Although lots of efforts have been made, the environmental quality is still getting worse in China. With the rapid economical development and the pressure of environmental protection, the demand of environmental treatment is much more desired than ever.
Microbes are decomposers in natural ecology system and play very important roles in pollution treatment. As the “pollution erasing technique” rather than the “pollution transferring technique”, the environmental biological techniques based on microbes, which includes microbes, various reactors and process arts for microbial treatment, is significantly better than other techniques and has become a main approach in environmental protection. Our group interests in collection and research of microbial resources, especially development and application of environmental microbial agent, and intends to use these resources in environmental protection engineering including sewage treatment and bioremediation of contaminated soil.
Our group is now in charge of many programs including the Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China (National 863 program), the program of National Science Foundation of China, the Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and commissions of large/intermediate companies.
Current research includes:
1.Ecological survey and treatment of recirculating water in marine aquaculture systems;
2.Microbiological basement in controlled ecological life support system;
3.Cold-adapt mechanism of low-temperature β-glucosidase;
4.Biodegradation of high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
5.Bioremediation of typically contaminated soil;
6.Development of microbial agent for air cleaning.
B. S. 1982 Biology, Xiamen University
M. S. 1987 Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS)
Ph. D. 2002 Environmental microbiology, IMCAS
Work experience
Professional Appointments
1982-1984 Teacher for microbiology, Sanming Agricultural School, Fujian
1987-1996 Assistant professor, IMCAS
1996-2009 Associate professor, IMCAS
2009.6----- Principle Investigator, Professor and Ph.D Advisor, IMCAS
The main research areas
Development and application of environmental microbial techniques.

1.Ying Liu, Jing-Hua Jin, Yu-Guang Zhou, Hong-Can Liu and Zhi-Pei Liu*Flavobacterium caeni sp. nov.,isolated from a sequencing batch reactor for treatment of malachite green. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, 2010, 60: 417-421.

2.Ying Liu, Cheng-Jun Xu, Jia-Tong Jiang, Ying-Hao Liu, Xue-Feng Song, Hao Li and Zhi-Pei Liu*Catellibacterium aquatile sp. nov., isolated from freshwater and emended description of the genus Catellibacterium Tanaka et al., 2004. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, 2010 60: 2027-2031.

3.Tao Zhang, Hua-Feng Ren, Ying Liu, Bao-Li Zhu and Zhi-Pei Liu*. A novel degradation pathway of chloroaniline in Diaphorobacter sp. PCA039 entails initial hydroxylation. World J Microbiol Biotechnol, 2010, 26: 665-673.

4.Ying Liu, Jing-Hua Jin, Ying-Hao Liu, Yu-Guang Zhou and Zhi-Pei Liu*Dongia mobilis gen. nov., sp. nov., a new member of the family Rhodospirillaceae isolated from a sequencing batch reactor for treatment of malachite green effluent. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, 2010, 26: 2780-2785.

5.Tao Zhang, Muhammad Tausif Chaudhry, Hua-Feng Ren and Zhi-Pei Liu*. Gene cloning and characterization of the poly 3-hydroxybutyrate depolymerase from Diaphorobacter sp. PCA039. World J Microbiol Biotechnol, 2010, 26: 1803-1811.

6.Sun Run, Jin JingHua, Sun Guangdong, Liu Ying and Liu Zhipei*. Screening, degrading characteristics and community structure of a high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading bacterial consortium from contaminated soil. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2010, 22(10): 1576-1585.

7.Ying Liu, Xue-Feng Song, Jia-Tong Jiang, Ying-Hao Liu, Cheng-Jun Xu, Hao Li and Zhi-Pei Liu*Hydrocarboniphaga daqingensis sp. nov., isolated from freshwater of Longhu Lake in Daqing, northeast of China. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, 2011, 61: 408- 411.

8.Hong-Xia Fan, Li-Li Miao, Ying Liu, Hong-Can Liu and Zhi-Pei Liu*. Gene cloning and characterization of a cold-adapted b-glucosidase belonging to glycosyl hydrolase family 1 from a psychrotolerant bacterium Micrococcus antarcticusEnzyme and microbial biotechnology, 2011, 49: 94-99.

9.Xi-Yan Gao, Yang Xu, Ying Liu, Ying Liu (Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao) and Zhi-Pei Liu*. Bacterial diversity, community structure and function associated with the biofilm development in biological aerated filter in a recirculating marine aquaculture system. Marine biodiversity, 2012, 42: 1-11.

10.Haiyan Zheng, Ying Liu, Guangdong Sun, Xiyan Gao, Qingling Zhang and Zhipei Liu*. Denitrification characteristics of a marine origin psychrophilic aerobic denitrifying bacterium. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2011, 23(11): 1888-1893.

11.Qing-Ling Zhang, Ying Liu, Guo-Min Ai, Li-Li Miao, Hai-Yan Zheng, Zhi-Pei Liu*. The characteristics of a novel heterotrophic nitrification-aerobic denitrification bacterium, Bacillus methylotrophicus strain L7. Bioresources Technology, 2012, 108: 35-44.

12.Ying Liu, Jia-Tong Jiang, Cheng-Jun Xu, Ying-Hao Liu, Xue-Feng Song, Hao Li, and Zhi-Pei Liu*Rheinheimera longhuensis sp. nov., isolated from a slightly alkaline lake in northeast of China and emended description of genus Rheinheimera Brettar et al. 2002 emend. Merchant et al. 2007 emend. Chen et al. emend. Li et alInt J Syst Evol Microbiol, 2012, 62: 2927-2933.

13.Hai-Yan Zheng, Ying Liu, Xi-Yan Gao, Guo-Min Ai, Li-Li Miao and Zhi-Pei Liu*. Characterization of a marine origin aerobic nitrifying-denitrifying bacterium. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, 2012, 112: 33-37.

14.Guang-Dong Sun, Yang Xu, Jing-Hua Jin, Zhi-Ping Zhong, Ying Liu, Mu Luo, Zhi-Pei Liu*. Pilot scale ex-situ bioremediation of heavily PAHs-contaminated soil by indigenous microorganisms and bioaugmentation by a PAHs-degrading and bioemulsifier-producing strain. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2012, 233-234: 72-78.

15.Ying Liu, Jing-Hua Jin, Hong-Can Liu, and Zhi-Pei Liu*Dokdonella immobilis sp. nov., isolated from a sequencing batch reactor for treatment of triphenylmethane dye. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, 2013, 63:1557 - 1561.

16.Yan-Chun Yao, Qing-Ling Zhang, Ying Liu, Zhi-Pei Liu*. Simultaneous removal of organic matter and nitrogen by a heterotrophic nitrifying-aerobic denitrifying bacterial strain in a membrane bioreactor. Bioresour Technol, 2013, 143: 83-87.

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1.A cold-tolerant nitrifying microbial agent and its application. Patent number: ZL 02 1 56977.0

2.Rhodococcus ruber Em1 capable of degrading several polycyclic aromatic compounds and producing bio-emulsifier and its application. Patent number: ZL 03 1 01920.X

3.A microbial agent for treatment of recirculating marine aqua-cultural water. Patent number: ZL 03 1 58644.9

4.Application of a psychrotolerant strain Planococcus psycrophila in the treatment of low temperature wastewater. Application date: 2007-4-5, Application number: 200710065134.1

5.Application of a psychrotolerant strain Micrococcus antarcticus in the treatment of low temperature wastewater. Application date: 2007-4-5, Application number: 200710065135.6

6.Application of a psychrophilic strain Flavobacteium omnivorans in the treatment of low temperature wastewater. Application date: 2007-4-5, Application number: 20071006533.7

7.Application of Bacillus pumilus H2 in the protection against vibrosis of marine aqua-cultures. Application date: 2009-4-21, Application number: 200910082626.0