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Xin Wei

Ph.D. Candidate

Hometown: Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, China.

Xin Wei was born in Qiqihar, a northeastern city in China. She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering at Beijing Normal University. In 2015, she moved to the United States and continued her education at Carnegie Mellon University, as a Master’s student. She joined the S3 group in August 2017 to pursue her Ph.D. at USC. Xin is interested in research topics at the intersection of energy and desalination, and is currently co-advised by Dr. Amy Childress and Dr. Kelly Sanders.

Research Interests

Xin is investigating the potential for reducing the energy consumption of seawater desalination facilities, while increasing the beneficial potential of impaired water streams, through novel infrastructure couplings and configurations.

Awards and Honors

• First Class Scholarship, Beijing Normal University; 09/2013
• Outstanding Graduate, Beijing Normal University; 06/2015
• Outstanding Graduate, Beijing City (1/45); 06/2015
• Graduate Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University; 09/2015, 09/2016
• USC Viterbi Graduate School PhD Fellowship; 08/2017
• USC Research and Teaching Assistantship; 08/2017


  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, and Science, 2017, Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.E., Environmental Engineering, 2015, Beijing Normal University

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

  • Xin Wei, Bo Gao, Peng Wang, Huaidong Zhou, & Jin Lu. “Pollution Characteristics and Health Risk Assessment of Heavy Metals in Street Dusts from the Different Functional Areas in Beijing, China.” Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 2015, 112, 186-192. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2014.11.005.
  • Xin Wei, Lanfang Han, Bo Gao, Huaidong Zhou, Jin Lu, & Xiaohong Wan. “Distribution, bioavailability, and potential risk assessment of the metals in tributary sediments of Three Gorges Reservoir: The impact of water impoundment.” Ecological Indicators. 2016, 61, 667-675. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.10.018.
  • Lanfang Han, Bo Gao, Xin Wei, Li Gao, Dongyu Xu, & Ke Sun. “The characteristic of Pb isotopic compositions in different chemical fractions in sediments from Three Gorges Reservoir, China.” Environmental Pollution. 2015, 206, 627-635. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.08.030.
  • Lanfang Han, Bo Gao, Xin Wei, Dongyu Xu, & Li Gao. “Spatial distribution, health risk assessment, and isotopic composition of lead contamination of street dusts in different functional areas of Beijing, China.” Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 2016, 23(4), 3247-3255. DOI 10.1007/s11356-015-5535-y.
  • Li Gao, Bo Gao, Xin Wei, Huaidong Zhou, & Dongyu Xu. “Assessment of metal toxicity and development of sediment quality guidelines using the equilibrium partitioning model for the Three Gorges Reservoir, China.” Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-4959-8.
  • Lanfang Han, Bo Gao, Huaidong Zhou, Dongyu Xu, Xin Wei, & Li Gao. “The spatial distribution, accumulation and potential source of seldom monitored trace elements in sediments of Three Gorges Reservoir, China.” Scientific Reports. 2015, 5, 16170. DOI: 10.1038/srep16170.
  • Bo Gao, Xin Wei, Huaidong Zhou, Jin Lu, Hong Hao, & Xiaohong Wan. “Pollution Characteristics and Possible Sources of Seldom Monitored Trace Elements in Surface Sediments Collected from Three Gorges Reservoir, China.” The Scientific World Journal. 2014. DOI: 10.1155/2014.
  • Lanfang Han, Ke Sun, Jie Jin, Xin Wei, Xinghui Xia, Fengchang Wu, Bo Gao, & Baoshan Xing. “Role of Structure and Microporosity in Phenanthrene Sorption by Natural and Engineered Organic Matter.”Environmental Science & Technology. 2014, 48(19), 11227-11234. DOI: 10.1021/es5022087.