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Baolin Deng


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Dr. Baolin Deng is Chair Professor in Environmental Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology. He is currently on leave from the University of Missouri where he is LaPierre Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.  Deng’s research concerns with drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment and reuse, membrane fabrication and application, and important environmental process kinetics and mechanisms relevant to contaminated site remediation. He has been PI/co-PI for over three dozen research projects including the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters with >4900 citation and H-index 37 (Google Scholar).  Deng has served on the EPA Science Advisory Board Drinking Water Committee, and is the Asian Regional Editor for Environmental Engineering Science.  


1995 – 1996:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Air Force Research Laboratory/National Research Council (NRC)
1990 - 1995:  Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
1982 -  1985:  M. Sc. Geochemistry, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
1978 - 1982:  B. En., Applied Chemistry, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan


2017 -  Chair Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology
2008 -  LaPierre Professor in civil and environmental engineering, University of Missouri (currently on leave)
2001 - 2008 Associate Professor in civil and environmental engineering, University of Missouri
2014 -  Director, Missouri Water Resources Research Center (MWRRC)
2009 - 2015 Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri
2007 summer: Research scientist, U.S. Army Engineers Research & Development Center, Vicksburg, MS.
2006 - 2007  Visiting scholar, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
1996-2001 Assistant Professor in environmental engineering, New Mexico Tech, NM.
1989-1990 Visiting Scientist, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
1987-1989 Lecturer, Department of Safety Engineering, China University of Geosciences
1985-1987 Assistant lecturer, Department of Geochemistry, China University of Geosciences.

Selected Publications:

[1] Yin, J.; Zhu, G.; Deng, B. (2016) “Graphene oxide (GO) enhanced polyamide (PA) thin-film nanocomposite (TFN) membrane for water purification", Desalination, 379, pp 93-101.
Yin, J.; Deng, B. (2015) “Polymer-matrix nanocomposite membranes for water treatment", Journal of Membrane Science, 479, pp 256–275.
[2] Fang, J.; Deng, B. (2014) “Rejection and modeling of arsenate by nanofiltration: contributions of convection, diffusion and electromigration to arsenic transport”, Journal of Membrane Science, 453, pp 42–51.  
[3] Yin, J.; Zhu, G.; Deng, B. (2013) “Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs)/polysulfone (PSU) mixed matrix hollow fiber membranes for enhanced water treatment”, Journal of Membrane Science, 437: pp237–248.
[4] Yin, J.; Kim, E. S.; Yang, J.; Deng, B. (2012) “Fabrication of a novel thin-film nanocomposite membrane containing MCM-41 silica nanoparticles for water purification”, Journal of Membrane Science, 423-424, pp. 238-246.
[5] Nguyen, H. G.; Deng, B. (2012) “Electrospinning and in situ nitrogen doping of TiO2/PAN nanofibers with photocatalytic activation in visible lights”, Materials Letters, 82, 102-104. 
[6] Mwangi, J.; Wang, N,; Ingersoll, C.; Hardesty. D. K.; Brunson, E. L.; Li, H.; Deng, B. (2012) "Toxicity of carbon nanotubes to freshwater aquatic invertebrates", Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 31 (8), 1823-1830.
[7] Deng, B.; Medina, V.; Reed, C.; Bednar, A.; Griggs, C.; Dontsova, K. M.; Nestler, C. C. (2011) "Uptake of cesium (Cs+) by building materials in aqueous batch systems", Journal of Environmental Engineering (ASCE), 137 (11), 990-995.
[8] Kim, E. S.; Kim, Y. J.; Yu, Q.; Deng, B. (2009) “Preparation and characterization of polyamide thin-film composite membrane (PA-TFC) based on plasma-modified polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)”, Journal of Membrane Science 344 (1-2), pp. 71-81.
[9] Hua B.; Dolan, F.; McGhee C.; Clevenger, T. E.; Deng, B. (2007) “Water source characterization and classification with fluorescence EEM spectroscopy: PARAFAC analysis”, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 87, No. 2: 135–147.
[10] Hua, B.; Xu, H.; Terry, J.; and Deng, B. (2006) “Kinetics of uranium(VI) reduction by hydrogen sulfide in anoxic aqueous systems”, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2006, 40, 4666-4671.
[11] Gu, Z., Fang, J. and Deng, B. (2005) “Preparation and evaluation of GAC-based iron-containing adsorbents for arsenic removal”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 39, 3833-3843.   
[12] Wu, Y., Deng, B. and Xu, H. and Kornishi, H. (2005) “Chromium(III) oxidation coupled with microbially-mediated Mn(II) oxidation”, Geomicrobiology Journal, 22, 161-170.
[13] Kim, C.; Zhou, Q.; Deng, B.; Thornton, E. C.; Xu, H. (2001) “Chromium (VI) reduction by hydrogen sulfide in aqueous media: stoichiometry and kinetics ”, Environ. Sci. Technol, vol. 35, 2219-2225.
[14] Deng, B.; Campbell, T.; Burris, D. (1999) "Reduction of vinyl chloride in metallic iron-water systems",  Environ. Sci. Technol. Vol 33,  pp. 2651-2656. 
[15] Deng, B.; Stone, A. T. (1996) “Surface-catalyzed chromium(VI) reduction: TiO2-CrVI- mandelic acid system". Environ. Sci. Technol. Vol. 30, pp. 463-472.

• MU College of Engineering Faculty Research Award (2005)
• CAREER Award, US National Science Foundation (2001)
• Fellow, US Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (1997)