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Yang Deng

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

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Center for Environmental & Life Sciences 424
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dengy@montclair.edu
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973-655-6678
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Environmental Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability Engineering (E-RISE) Laboratory 

RECENT NEWS

We are awarded a new two-year research grant from the Dept. of the Interior (Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development Program). This project will explore the integration of emerging processes and established technologies to remove PFAS in water in a more energy and cost-efficient manner. The novel scheme builds on complementary advantages of innovative and traditional PFAS treatment technologies, while overcoming their respective restrictions, thus enabling the emerging treatment process for true application to water treatment.

Congratulation to Qiufeng Lin. Qiufeng is awarded 2022 John J. LaGrosa Award from NJ Water Environment Association for her research on water supply resilience for climate change. https://www.montclair.edu/csam/2022/05/03/environmental-science-and-management-phd-student-receives-njwea-award/

Dr. Deng has recently been awarded an EPA grant to explore innovative household water treatment (HWT) for PFAS in drinking water. Although the removal of PFAS in centralized water supply systems has been practiced over the years, the PFAS mitigation is challenging for the point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) water treatment at a household scale. Globally, 2.2 billion people, mostly from developing countries, need or are using HWT devices. In the U.S., the HWT user population is over several millions. Technically viable, low-cost, and simple-to-use HWT technologies with broad industrial and social acceptance are urgently needed for eliminating PFAS from drinking water. Equally important is that innovative HWT enables emergency water supply for disaster-affected populations in the aftermath of natural disasters. The effort enhances our disaster resilience, particularly when climate change is increasing the strengths and frequencies of climate and weather-related disasters (e.g., hurricanes, floods, and droughts, and heat weaves).

Dr. Yang Deng is leading a new multi-year USDA NIFA project to explore innovative ferrate(VI)-based technologies for resilient and sustainable water reuse in agriculture. With the collaboration of soil and plant nutrition scientists, we are exploring a new paradigm for water reuse, mitigation of greenhouse gas emission, pollution abatement, and nutrient retention in an agroecosystem. The project will combat worsened droughts due to climate change, reduce electricity consumption for long-distance water conveyance, and mitigate greenhouse gas emission from electricity production, thus strengthening the U.S. agricultural resilience and sustainability.

Dr. Yang Deng is among Top 2% of scientists and engineers in terms of citation (arranged by their c-scores) in the sub-fields of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science as listed by Stanford University (c-score = 3.641) https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/3

Dr. Deng joins an interdisciplinary team for a NOAA grant in innovative GI/LID techniques for mitigating runoff and pollution impacts on the U.S. freshwater systems, and abating runoff pollution-related environmental, economic and social issues for community resilience.
(https://seagrant.noaa.gov/News/Article/ArtMID/1660/ArticleID/2877/Sea-Grant-announces-three-initiatives-to-protect-freshwater-resources-and-improve-Great-Lakes-resilience)

Congratulation to Lisitai Yang! Lisitai was awarded the Student Research Grant ($5,000) from USGS New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute. His project will be on development of new processes for safeguarding harmful algal blooming impacted water resources.

Dr. Deng delivers 2020-2021 University Distinguished Scholar Lecture. His lecture is entitled "Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges"

Dr. Deng starts to serve as Editor for the Journal of Hazardous Materials (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-hazardous-materials/editorial-board)

We recently published a Viewpoint paper on ES&T to discuss the potential impacts of intensified disinfection during the COVID pandemic on the environment and water supply safety.
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.0c04394

Dr. Deng is named the University Distinguished Scholar for his outstanding record of scholarly achievement.

Junkui Cui is the winner of 2020 Kenneth S. Stoller Award from the New Jersey Water Environment Research (NJWEA). Congratulation! (https://www.montclair.edu/csam/2020/06/02/phd-student-receives-2020-kenneth-s-stoller-award-by-njwea/)

Dr. Deng joined the Editorial Board of Chemical Engineering Journal Advances in the April of 2020 (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/chemical-engineering-journal-advances/editorial-board/yang-deng-phd)

Dr. Deng receives the 2019 Top Reviewer Award from Water Environment Research and 2019 Excellence in Review Award for the Journal "Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering".

Dr. Deng has started to serve as Invited Papers Editor for Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE since the February of 2020.

Congratulation to Junkui Cui! Junkui won 2020 New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA) Elmeryl Davies Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) (https://www.lsrpa.org/assets/docs/Scholarships/NJJBM-March2020-LSRPA%20Scholoarships%20Reprint.pdf)

Dr. Deng has started to serve as Editor for the Water Environment Research since the August of 2019.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/15547531/homepage/editorial-board

Dr. Deng joined the Editorial Board of Journal of Hazardous Materials in the July of 2019.
https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-hazardous-materials/editorial-board/y-deng

Harshal Agrawal won the 2019 US EPA's Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Harshal completed his 4th year pilot tests (summer research intern) in 2018 and did sample analyses for his 5th year large scale tests in our lab.
https://www.epa.gov/research/epas-patrick-h-hurd-sustainability-award

Dr. Deng has started his service as the Associate Editor for Journal of Environmental Engineering - ASCE since the May of 2019.

Dr. Yang Deng received 2019 Superior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) for his disaster resilience research.
(http://www.aaees.org/e3scompetition/2019superiorachievement2.php)

Dr. Yang Deng received 2018 Nanova Frontier Research Award in the Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) Society.
(http://www.capees.org/frontier-research-award.html)


EDUCATION:

Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Environmental Discipline), 2006
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

M.S., Civil Engineering (Environmental Discipline), 2001
Tongji University, Shanghai, China

B.S. (Hons), Civil Engineering (Water and Wastewater Engineering) (Major), 1998
Computer Science (Minor), 1998
Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Professional Engineer (Environmental Engineering) (Florida, License No. 70917, since 2010)

Specialization

SELECTED AWARDS:
2020, University Distinguished Scholar, MSU
2019, Superior Achievement Award, American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES)
2018, Nanova Frontier Research Award (Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) Society)
2017, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) (Phase II) Award
2016, US EPA P3 Phase I Award
2016, Best Alumni Achievement Award Over the Past Fifteen Years (2001-2016) (School of Environmental Engineering and Science, Tongji University, Shanghai, China)
2016, Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, College of Science and Mathematics, MSU
2010, Outstanding Professor Award, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez

External Grants: $4.7+ million

PUBLICATIONS: 146 (135 peer-reviewed articles, 4 editorials, 2 viewpoint papers, and 5 book chapters)

Citations (11,000+; h-index = 49) (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=MXiF1xkAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao)

Top 2% of scientists and engineers (arranged by c-scores) in the subfields of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science as listed by Stanford University in 2021


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