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Huan Feng

Guest Scientist


  • Computation, visualization and characterization of trace element distributions and transport in various media
  • Radionuclide as tracers for source, transport and fate of sediments and associated chemicals in estuarine and coastal environment.
  • Urban coastal environmental quality assessment


  • PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA 
  • MS, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, USA
  • BS, Xiamen University, China, Xiamen, China

Professional Appointments

  • Guest Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory ,2000 – present
  • Professor, Montclair State University, 2009 - present
  • Associate Professor, Montclair State University, 2004 – 2009
  • Assistant Professor, Montclair State University, 2000 – 2004
  • Assistant Scientist , Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1998 – 2000
  • Research Associate, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1998
  • Postdoc Associate, Stony Brook University, 1997-1998

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

Publications since 2010:


Callanan J. R., Pope G. A., Gorring M. L., Feng H. (2010) Effects of high in:tensity forest fire on clay mineralogy. Physical Geology, 31, 407-422.

Feng H.*, Zhang W., Jia L., Weinstein M. P., Zhang Q., Yuan D., Tao J., Yu L. (2010)  Short- and long-term sediment dynamics in western Bohai Bay and coastal areas.  Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 28(3), 583-592.

Feng H.,* Zhang W., Yu L. (2010) δ13C, δ15N and Corg/Ntotal as tracer for sources of carbon and nitrogen to Yangtze River intertidal zone. In: River Deltas Types Structures & Ecology. (eds Paul E. Schmidt). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. pp. 147-160.

Kollikkathara N., Feng H., Yu D. (2010) A system dynamic modeling approach for evaluating municipal solid waste management issues.  Waste Management, 30, 2194-2203.

Nwachukwu M. A., Feng H.,  Alinno J. (2010) Assessment of heavy metal pollution in soil, and their implications within and around mechanic villages.  International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 7(2), 347-358.

Nwachukwu M. A., Feng H.,  Amadi M. I., Umunna F. U.,  (2010)  The causes and the control of selective pollution of shallow wells by coliform bacteria, Imo River basin Nigeria. Water Quality, Exposure and Health, 2, 75-84.

Nwachukwu M. A., Feng H., Achilike K. (2010) Integrated study for automobile wastes management and environmentally friendly mechanic villages in the Imo River basin, Nigeria.  African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 4(4), 234-249.

Nwachukwu M. A., Feng H., Ophori D. (2010)  Groundwater flow model and particle track analysis for selecting water quality monitoring well sites, and soil sampling profiles.   Journal of Spatial Hydrology, 10, 1-14.



Feng H.*,  Zhao H., Zhang W., Li Q., Wang X., Weinstein M. P.,  Yu L., Tao J. (2011)  Distribution and assessment of ΣDDT, ΣPCB and ΣPAH contaminants in sediments of western Bohai Bay and adjacent urban-industrial estuaries, China.  Global Journal of Environmental Science and Technology,  1: 15. p.1-13

Feng H.*, Jiang H., Gao W., Weinstein M. P., Zhang Q., Zhang W., Yu L., Yuan D., Tao J. (2011)  Metal contamination assessment for sediments in western Bohai Bay and adjacent urban estuaries, China. Journal of Environmental Management, 92, 1185 – 1197.

Nwachukwu M. A., Feng H.* (2011) A critical review of the management options for end of life vehicles (ELVS) and waste electrical/electronic equipments (WEEE) in the 21st century. Global Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 1:5, p.1-23.

Nwachukwu M. A., Feng H., Alinnor J. (2011) Integrated studies for automobile wastes management in developing countries; in the concept of environmentally friendly mechanic village.  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 178, 581-593.

Nwachukwu M. A., Feng H., Alinnor J. (2011) Trace metal dispersion in soil from auto-mechanic village to urban residential areas in Owerri, Nigeria.  Procedia Environmental Sciences, 4, 310–322.

Qian Y., Feng H.*, Zhang W., Yu L., Zhu Q., Zhang L., Wang X., (2011) Environmental assessment of metal concentrations in selected riverine, estuarine and coastal sediments. In: Heavy Metal Sediments. (ed. Lucia H. Sanz). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 59-85.

Song Z., Jones K. W., Marinkovic N., Xiao X. M., Feng H., Tchouparova E. (2011) Characterization of organic contaminants in New York/New Jersey Harbor sediments using FTIR-ATR and synchrotron FTIR. CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water, 39, 1041-1049.


Desouki SH., Feng H.* (2012) Metal contaminant source, transport and fate in the environment and phytoremediation methods. In: Metal Contamination: Sources, Detection and Environmental Impact. (ed. Shao Hong-Bo). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 81-94.

Feng H.*, Galster J. C., Lopes J., Bujalski N. M., Barrett K., Olsen K. (2012) Radionuclides (7Be, 210Pb and 137Cs) as tracers for soil and sediment erosion in New Jersey stream watersheds.  In: Radionuclides: Sources, Properties and Hazards (ed. Javier Guillén Gerada). Hauppauge, NY: NOVA Publisher Inc.  pp. 23-34.

Kollikkathara N., Feng H.* (2012) Assessing human dimensions of environmental change due to urban waste generation characters: a system dynamic and GIS analysis study.  In: The Praeger Handbook of Environmental Health (eds Robert H. Friis), Vol. 3, 449-467.

Madadrang C.J., Kim H.Y., Gao G., Wang N., Zhu J., Feng H., Gorring M., Kasner M.L., Hou S. (2012)  Adsorption Behavior of EDTA-graphene oxide for Pb (II) Removal. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 4,1186–1193.

Nwachukwu M. A., Feng H., Alinnor J., Nwachukwu M. (2012) A comparative analysis of trace metal pollution parity between sandy and shaly soils; evidence from two mechanic villages in the Imo River basin.  Environmental Earth Sciences, 65(3), 765-774.

Qian Y., Gallagher F.J., Feng H.*, Wu M. (2012) A geochemical study of toxic metal translocation in an urban brownfield wetland.  Environmental Pollution,166, 23-30.

Wietecha M. S., Zhu J., Gao G., Wang N., Feng H., Gorring M., Kasner M. L., Hou S. (2012) Platinum nanoparticles anchored on chelating groups modified graphene for methanol oxidation.  Journal of Power Sources, 198, 30-35.

Zhang W. Ma H., Ye L., Dong C., Yu L., Feng H. (2012) Magnetic and geochemical evidence of Yellow and Yangtze River influence on tidal flat deposits in northern Jiangsu Plain, China.  Marine Geology 319–322, 47–56

Nwachukwu M.A., Feng H. (2012) In-situ Remediation of Shallow Aquifer Pollution. Journal of Hydrogeology & Hydrologic Engineering, 1:1 (

Feng H., Yu D., Deng Y., Weinstein M. P., Martin G.  (2012) System Dynamic Model Approach for Urban Watershed Sustainability Study. OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development 05/06:69-79.

Nwachukwu M.A., AlinnoR J., Feng H. (2012)   Review and assessment of mechanic village potentials for small scale used engine oil recycling business.  African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology Vol. 6(12), pp. 464-475,

Nwachukwu M. A., Feng H.  (2012)  Environmental hazards and sustainable development of rock quarries, lower benue trough Nigeria. OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development 5 (6), 51-68,

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Feng H., Qian Y., Gallagher F. J., Wu M., Zhang W., Yu L., Zhu Q., Zhang K., Liu C.-J., Tappero R. (2013) Lead accumulation and association with Fe on Typha latifolia root from an urban brownfield site.  Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20,3743–3750.

Shi L. Zhu X., Su Y., Weng W.-Z., Feng H., Yi X., Liu Z., Wan H. (2013) Synergetic effect of VOx and TeOx species in mesoporous SiO2 for selective oxidation of propane to acrolein. Journal of Catalysis 307, 316–326.



Dong D., Zhang W. *, Ma H., Feng H., Lu H., Dong Y., Yu L. (2014) A magnetic record of heavy metal pollution in the Yangtze River subaqueous delta. Science of the Total Environment 476–477, 368–377.

Qian Y., Gallagher F.J., Feng H.*, Wu M., Zhu Q. (2014) Vanadium uptake and translocation in dominant plant species on an urban coastal brownfield site. Science of the Total Environment, 476–477, 696–704.

Trajkovska A., Galster J., Feng H., Qian Y., Olsen K. K. (2014) Determining the origin of fine-grained fluvial sediments using radionuclides and their management implications.  Anthropocene, 5, 52-58.

Zhu J.,Kim K.-S, Liu Z., Feng H. Hou S. (2014) Electroless Deposition of Silver Nanoparticles on Graphene Oxide Surface and Its Applications for the Detection of Hydrogen Peroxide. Electroanalysis, 26(11), 2513-2519.



Feng H, Zhang W, Liu W, Yu L, Qian Y, Wang J, Wang J-J, Eng C, Liu C-J, Jones KW, Tappero R (2015)  Synchrotron micro-scale study of trace metal transport and distribution in Spartina alterniflora root system in Yangtze River intertidal zone. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI 10.1007/s11356-015-5068-4

Ge C., Zhang W., Dong C., Dong Y., Bai X., Liu J., Thi Thu Hien N., Feng H., Yu L. (2015) Magnetic mineral diagenesis in the river-dominated inner shelf of the East China Sea, China.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, doi: 10.1002/2015JB011952

Lv X., Liu B., Yuan D., Feng H., Teo F.-Y. (2015) Random walk method for modeling water exchange: An application to coastal zone environmental management, Journal of Hydro-environment Research (2015), doi: 10.1016/j.jher.2015.07.001

Li Y., Colombini D., Qian Y., Witherfell B.B., Feng H. (2015) Chapter 3 Estimation of Riverine Nutrient Fluxes from an Urban Watershed in New Jersey.  In:  Advances in Environmental Research. Volume 41 (Justin A. Daniels Ed.). Nova Science Publishers. pp.35-48.

Qian Y, Zhang W, Yu L, Feng H.* (2015) Metal pollution in coastal sediments.  Current Pollution Reports, DOI 10.1007/s40726-015-0018-9

Qian, Y., Feng, H.*, Gallagher, F.J., Zhu, Q., Wu, M., Liu, C.-J., Jones, K.W., Tappero, R.V. (2015) Synchrotron study of metal localization in Typha latifolia L. root sections. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 22, doi:10.1107/S1600577515017269.

Li Y, Guo L, Feng H.(2015) Status and Trends of Sediment Metal Pollution in Bohai Sea, China. Current Pollution Reports, DOI 10.1007/s40726-015-0021-1


Nguyen T. T. H., Zhang, W.G.*, Li, Z., Li, J., Ge, C., Liu, J.Y., Bai, X.X., Feng, H., Yu, L.Z. (2016) Magnetic properties of sediments of the Red River, Vietnam: Effect of sorting on the source-to-sink pathway and its implications for environmental reconstruction. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17, 270–281

Feng H, Qian Y, Gallagher FJ, Zhang W, Yu L, Liu C-J, Jones KW, Tappero R (2016) Synchrotron micro-scale study of metal transport and distributions in P. australis and T. latifolia root tissue from a brownfield site. Journal of Environmental Science, 41, 172-182.

Feng H., Zhang W., Qian Y., Liu W.,  Yu L., Yoo S., Wang J., Wang J.-J., Eng C., Liu C.-J., Tappero R. (2016) Synchrotron XRF measurement of metal distributions in Phragmites australis root system in Yangtze River intertidal zone. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation . 23, 937–946..

Cai Y., Zhang K., Kim H., Hou G., Zhang X.,  Yang H., Feng H., Miller L., Ralph J., Liu C.-J. (2016) Enhancing digestibility and ethanol yield of Populus wood via expression of an engineered monolignol 4-O-methyltransferase.  Nature Communications 7,Article number: 11989, doi:10.1038/ncomms11989OI

Nguyen T.T.H., Zhang W., Li Z., Li J.,  Ge C.,  Liu J., Bai X., Feng H., Yu L. (2016) Assessment of heavy metal pollution in Red River surface sediments, Vietnam.  Marine Pollution Bulletin,