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Huan Feng

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Center for Environmental & Life Sciences 422
BS, Xiamen University (China)
MS, Florida Institute of Technology
PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook
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Professor Huan Feng is a coastal environmental geochemist with 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. Radionuclides as tracers for transport and fate of sediments and associated contaminants in riverine, estuarine and marine systems
2. Riverine, estuarine and marine pollution study and environmental quality assessment
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
Associate Chair --- Department of Earth & Environmental Studies, Montclair State University. 2006 –2009
Interim Co-Director --- Doctor in Environmental Management Program, Montclair State University, 2003–2005 & 2007-2008
Graduate Program Coordinator --- Master of Arts in Environmental Studies Program, Montclair State University. 2005-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)
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2009)
US Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) participant (2013, 2014, 2015)

(Over 140 peer-reviewed publications with 4000+ citations.

Kolenčík M, Štrba P, Šebesta M, Kratošová G, Urík M, Vávra I, Peikertová P, Polláková N, Šimanský V, Feng H, Qian Y, Ramakanth I (2019) Nanogold biosynthesis mediated by mixed flower pollen grains. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 19(5): 2983-2988

Wu, F., Tong, C., Feng, H., Gu, J., Song, G. (2019) Effects of short-term hydrological processes on benthic macroinvertebrates in salt marshes: A case study in Yangtze Estuary, China. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 218: 48-58

Chen C, Feng H, Deng Y (2019) Re-evaluation of sulfate radical basedeadvanced oxidation processes (SR-AOPs) for treatment of raw municipal landfill leachate. Water Research, 153, 100-107

Soleimanifar H, Deng Y, Barrett K, Feng H, Li X, Sarkar D (2019) Water Treatment Residual‐Coated Wood Mulch for Addressing Urban Stormwater Pollution. Water Environment Research (In press)

Zhang W., Dong C., Hutchinson S.M., Ge C., Wang F., Feng H. (2018) Recent application of mineral magnetic methods in sediment pollution studies: a review. Current Pollution Reports, 4: 1-7. DOI 10.1007/s40726-018-0075-y

Nie J., Feng H., Witherell B.B., Alebus M., Mahajan M.D., Zhang W., Yu L. (2018)A review of causes, treatment and assessment of nutrients (N and P) pollution in rivers, estuaries and coastal waters. Current Pollution Reports, DOI 10.1007/s40726-018-0083-y

Feng H., Qian Y., Cochran J.K., Zhu Q., Heilbrun C., Li L., Hu W., Yan H., Huang X., Ge M., Nazareski E., Chu Y.S., Yoo S,, Zhang X., Liu C.-J. (2018) Investigation of seasonal differences in trace element concentrations and distributions in Spartina alterniflora root tissue. Chemosphere, 204: 359-370.

Du J., Feng H., Nie J., Li Y., Witherell B. B. (2018) Characterization and Assessment of Spatiotemporal Variations in Nutrient Concentrations and Fluxes in an Urban Watershed: Passaic River Basin, New Jersey, USA. International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 63(3), 154–177

Li Y., Feng H., Yuan D., Guo L., Mu D. (2018) Mechanism study of sediment trace metal transport and distribution in Bohai Bay, China. China Ocean Engineering. (In press)

Mu D., Yuan D., Feng H., Xing F., Teo F. Y., Li S. (2017) Nutrient fluxes across sediment-water interface in Bohai Bay Coastal Zone, China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 114, 705-714

Liu H., Zhang C., Wang J., Zhou C., Feng H., Mahajan M.D., Han X., (2017) Influence and interaction of iron and cadmium on photosynthesis and antioxidative enzymes in two rice cultivars, Chemosphere, 171, 240–247

Feng H., Qian Y., Cochran J.K., Zhu Q., Hu W., Yan H., Li L., Huang X., Chu Y. S., Liu H., Yoo S., Liu C.-J. (2017) Nanoscale measurement of trace element distributions in Spartina alterniflora root tissue during dormancy. Scientific Reports, 7, 40420; doi: 10.1038/srep40420.

Datta R., Das P., Tappero R., Punamiya P., Elzinga E., Sahi S., Feng H., Kiiskila J., Sarkar D. (2017) Evidence for exocellular Arsenic in Fronds of Pteris vittata. Scientific Reports 7, 2839. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03194-x

Kolenčík M., Voj tková H., Urík M., Čaplovičová M., Pištora J., Cada M., Babičová A., Feng H., Qian Y., Ramakanth I. (2017) Heterotrophic Bacterial Leaching of Zinc and Arsenic from Artificial Adamite. Water, Air and Soil Pollution (IF: 1,50, Q2, more details see in web page (In press)

Nwachukwu M.A., Ronald M., Feng H. (2017) Global capacity, potentials and trends of solid waste research and management. Waste Management & Research, 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/0734242X17715099

Qian Y., Gallagher F., Deng Y., Wu M., Feng H. (2017) Risk assessment and interpretation of heavy metal contaminated soils on an urban brownfield site in New York Metropolitan Area. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 24:23549–23558. DOI 10.1007/s11356-017-9918-0

Ye S., Zhang L., Feng H. (2017) Methods for marine ecological risk assessment due to radiation accidents. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 180, 65-76.

Ge, C., Zhang, W., Dong, C., Wang, F., Feng, H., Qu, J., & Yu, L. (2017). Tracing sediment erosion in the Yangtze River subaqueous delta using magnetic methods. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 122, 2064–2078.


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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