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Huan Feng

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

BS, Xiamen University (China)
MS, Florida Institute of Technology
PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook
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As a coastal environmental geochemist, Professor Huan Feng has extensive experience in studying toxic metal contamination in riverine, estuarine and coastal environments and performing environment assessment. His research includes using radionuclides (such as Th-234, Be-7, Pb-210 and Cs-137) as tracers for transport and fate of contaminants in riverine and estuarine systems. Professor Feng conducts nano/micro-scale research using synchrotron radiation techniques to characterize chemical compositions and structures of the materials, and investigate concentration, distribution and speciation of trace elements in sediments, soils and plants. He is also engaged in urban coastal environmental sustainability study by integrating information and developing easily understandable predictive geochemical models pertinent to coastal management. In addition, Dr. Feng has been actively collaborating with international scholars in trace element biogeochemical cycle and contamination studies in riverine, estuarine and coastal systems. In summary, Professor Feng’s teaching and research focus on the following three areas:
1. Riverine, estuarine and marine pollution study and environmental quality assessment
2. Radionuclides as tracers for transport and fate of sediments and associated contaminants in riverine, estuarine and marine systems
3. Application of synchrotron X-ray nano-probe technology to metal biogeochemical cycle study

Professor --- Montclair State University, 2009 - present
Associate Professor --- Montclair State University. 2004 – 2009
Assistant Professor --- Montclair State University. NJ. 2000 –2004
Associate Scientist --- Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY. 2000
Assistant Scientist --- Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY. 1998 – 2000
Research Associate --- Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY. 1998
Post-doctoral Research Associate --- SUNY-Stony Brook, NY. 1997 – 1998

Acting Chair --- Department of Earth & Environmental Studies, Montclair State University. 2020
Associate Chair --- Department of Earth & Environmental Studies, Montclair State University. 2006 – 2009
Interim Co-Director --- Doctor of Environmental Management Program, Montclair State University, 2003 – 2005 & 2007 - 2008
Graduate Program Coordinator --- Master of Arts in Environmental Studies, Montclair State University, 2005 - 2020; Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Science, Montclair State University, 2023 - present

Guest Scientist --- Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY. 2000 - present
Adjunct Full Professor --- State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY. 2012 – present

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Summer Research Fellow (Summer 2002)
Montclair State University College of Science and Mathematics Faculty Service Award (2005)
Montclair State University Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Fellow Award (2006)
US Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) participant (2013, 2014, 2015)


Currently, over 200 publications with 7000+ citations. Click on the following link to read:


Sediment metal contamination and bioremediation study in Yangtze River intertidal zone for coastal sustainable development

A chemical mechanism study of metal uptake by wetland plants for brownfield remediation application

Investigation of biochemical mechanism of metal uptake, translocation and accumulation in plants

Computation and visualization of synchrotron measurement data for investigation of Fe plaque in metal translocation and accumulation in plant root system

REU Site: Transdisciplinary environmental science research on forest lakes in Northwest New Jersey

Application of Graphene-based Sorbents for Arsenic and Lead Removal from Drinking Water Resources

Urban Coastal Landscape Change and Brownfield Remediation Studies for Coastal Sustainable Development

Identifying the source of excess fine-grained sediments in New Jersey rivers using radionuclides

System Dynamic Model Development for Passaic River Watershed Sustainability and Environmental Management Study

A China-US Collaboration to Determine the Fate and Transport of Contaminants in Western Bohai Bay: A Precursor to Tianjin Port Expansion Under the 11th 5-Year Plan

Diagenetic alteration of magnetic minerals in inner shelf deposits of the East China Sea and its controlling factors


Natural radionuclides as tracers for trace metal biogeochemical cycle; Riverine, estuarine and marine environmental pollution and assessment; land-sea trace element transport; laboratory QA/QC procedures; application of synchrotron-based technology in micro-scale study of chemical speciation and concentrations of trace elements, and structural characterization and visualization of geological materials; sediment decontamination technology development.

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