Peer-reviewed journal publications (* corresponding author, 1 equal contribution)

Chun Cao, Ying Yang, Mei-Po Kwan, Zhen-Bang Ma, Raghupathy Karthikeyan, Jun-Jian Wang *, Huan Chen *, Crop selection reduces potential heavy metal(loid)s health risk in wastewater contaminated agricultural soils. Journal of Hazardous Materials (under review)

Huan Chen *, Alexander Martin Rücker, Yina Liu, David Miller, Jia-Ning Dai, Jun-Jian Wang, Dennis O. Suhre, Li-Jung Kuo, William H. Conner, Barbara J. Campbell, Robert C. Rhew, Alex T. Chow, Response of CH4 and CO2 emissions in coastal wetlands under seawater intrusion. Science of the Total Environment (under review)

Raza Ullah, Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui, Huan Chen, Alex T. Chow, Clinton Williams, Ayalew Ligaba-Osena *, Microplastics interaction with terrestrial plants and its impacts on agriculture. Journal of Environmental Quality (in revision)


Huan Chen, Kuo-Pei Tsai, Yina Liu, Nikola Tolić, Sarah D. Burton, Rosalie Chu, Tanju Karanfil, Alex T. Chow * (2021), Characterization of dissolved organic matter from wildfire-induced Microcystis aeruginosa blooms controlled by copper sulfate as disinfection byproduct precursors using APPI(-) and ESI(-) FT-ICR MS. Water Research 189: 116640

Yunlong Yang *, Peng Xu, Sijia Dong, Yang Yu, Huan Chen *, Jibo Xiao (2021), Using watermelon rind and nitrite-containing wastewater for electricity production in a membraneless biocathode microbial fuel cell. Journal of Cleaner Production 307: 127306

Chun Cao, Peng Zhang, Zhen-Ping Ma, Zhen-Bang Ma, Jun-Jian Wang, Yuan-Yuan Tang, Huan Chen * (2021), Coupling sprinkler freshwater irrigation with vegetable species selection as a sustainable approach for agricultural production in farmlands with a history of 50-year wastewater irrigation. Journal of Hazardous Materials 414: 125576


Huan Chen, Charles C. Rhoades, Alex T. Chow * (2020), Characteristics of soil organic matter 14 years after a wildfire: A pyrolysis-gas-chromatography mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS) study. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 152: 104922

Huan Chen 1, Habibullah Uzun 1, Alex T. Chow, Tanju Karanfil * (2020), Low water treatability efficiency of wildfire-induced dissolved organic matter and disinfection by-product precursors. Water Research 184: 116111

Huan Chen 1, Xijun Liu 1, Gavin D. Blosser, Alexander Martin Rücker, William H. Conner, Alex T. Chow * (2020), Molecular dynamics of foliar litter and dissolved organic matter during the decomposition process. Biogeochemistry 150: 17–30

Huan Chen and Kimberly E. Carter * (2020), Hazardous substances as the dominant non-methane volatile organic compounds with potential emissions from liquid storage tanks during well fracturing: A modeling approach. Journal of Environmental Management 268: 110715

Huan Chen *, Alexander Martin Rücker, Qiong Su, Gavin D. Blosser, Xijun Liu, William H. Conner, Alex T. Chow (2020), Dynamics of dissolved organic matter and disinfection byproduct precursors along a low elevation gradient in woody wetlands - An implication of hydrologic impacts of climate change on source water quality. Water Research 181:115908

Ying-Hui Wang, Ya-Meng Shi, Guo-Dong Sun, Jin-Tao Li, Huan Chen, Alex T. Chow, Zhi-Bing Yang, B. Graeme Lockaby, Hamed Majidzadeh *, Jun-Jian Wang *, Soil organic matter signature under impervious surfaces. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 4 (10): 1785–1792

Guo-Cheng Huang, Tsz-Wai Ng, Huan Chen, Alex, T. Chow *, Sheng-Wei Liu *, Po-Keung Wong * (2020), Formation of assimilable organic carbon (AOC) during drinking water disinfection: A microbiological prospect of disinfection byproducts. Environment International 135: 105389

Hamed Majidzadeh 1, *, Habibullah Uzun 1, Huan Chen, Shao-Wu Bao, Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui, Tanju Karanfil, Alex T. Chow (2020), Hurricane resulted in releasing more nitrogenous than carbonaceous disinfection byproduct precursors in coastal watersheds. Science of the Total Environment 705: 135785


Hamed Majidzadeh 1, Huan Chen 1, T. Adam Coates 1, Kuo-Pei Tsai, Christopher I. Olivares, Carl Trettin, Habibullah Uzun, Tanju Karanfil, Alex T. Chow * (2019), Long-term watershed management is an effective strategy to reduce organic matter export and disinfection by-products (DBPs) precursors in source water. International Journal of Wildland Fire 28(10): 804-813


Huan Chen, Kuo-Pei Tsai, Qiong Su, Alex T. Chow, Jun-Jian Wang * (2019), Throughfall dissolved organic matter as a terrestrial disinfection byproduct precursor. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 3 (8): 1603-1613 (selected as Journal Cover Page)

Wei-Yue Xu, Huan Chen, Qiong Su, Chang-Ying Ji *, Wei-Di Xu, Muhammad-Sohail Memon, Jun Zhou (2019), Shadow detection and removal in apple image segmentation under natural light conditions using an ultrametric contour map. Biosystem Engineering 184: 142-154

Kuo-Pei Tsai, Habibullah Uzun, Huan Chen, Tanju Karanfil, Alex T. Chow * (2019), Control wildfire-induced Microcystis aeruginosa blooms by copper sulfate: Trade-offs between reducing algal organic matter and promoting disinfection byproduct formation. Water Research 158 (1): 227-236


Qiong Su, Han-Cheng Dai *, Huan Chen, Yun Lin, Yang Xie, Raghupathy Karthikeyan (2019), General equilibrium analysis of the cobenefits and trade-Offs of carbon mitigation on local industrial water use and pollutants discharge in China. Environmental Science &Technology 53 (3): 1715–1724


Yun-Long Yang *, Er-Shu Lin, Shu-Qian Sun, Huan Chen, Alex T. Chow * (2019), Direct electricity production from subaqueous wetland sediments and banana peels using membrane-less microbial fuel cells. Industrial Crops & Products 128: 70-79




Huan Chen, Alex T. Chow, Xiu-Wen Li, Hong-Gang Ni, Randy A. Dahlgren, Hui Zeng *, Jun-Jian Wang * (2018), Wildfire burn intensity affects the quantity and speciation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 2 (12): 1262–1270 (selected as Journal Cover Page)


Huan Chen *, Gavin D. Blosser, Hamed Majidzadeh, Xi-Jun Liu, William H. Conner, Alex T. Chow (2018), Integration of an automated identification-quantification pipeline and statistical techniques for pyrolysis GC/MS tracking of the molecular fingerprints of natural organic matter. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 134: 371-380

Chun Cao, Qiang Zhang, Zhen-Bang Ma, Xue-Mei Wang, Huan Chen *, Jun-Jian Wang * (2018), Fractionation and mobility risks of heavy metals and metalloids in wastewater-irrigated agricultural soils from greenhouses and fields in Gansu, China. Geoderma 328: 1-9

Chun Cao, Si-Qi Liu, Zhen-Bang Ma, Yun Lin, Qiong Su, Huan Chen *, Jun-Jian Wang * (2018), Dynamics of multiple elements in fast decomposing vegetable residues. Science of the Total Environment 616-617: 614-621

Pei-Jia Ku, Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui *, Xiang-Ping Nie *, Huan Chen, Tham C. Hoang, Joel D. Blum, Randy A. Dahlgren, Alex T. Chow (2018), Origin, reactivity, and bioavailability of mercury in wildfire ash. Environmental Science &Technology 52 (24): 14149-14157 (***highlighted in ACS press release as "Wildfire ash could trap mercury")

Qiong Su, Han-Cheng Dai *, Yun Lin, Huan Chen, Raghupathy Karthikeyan (2018), Modeling the carbon-energy-water nexus in a rapidly urbanizing catchment: A general equilibrium assessment. Journal of Environmental Management 225: 93-103

Yun-Long Yang *, Huan Chen, Hamed Majidzadeh, Alex T. Chow (2018), Electricity generation from different wetlands: mechanisms based on dissolved organic matters in membrane-less microbial fuel cells. Chemical Engineering Journal 351: 1006-1012

Zhen-Bang Ma *, Xing-Peng Chen, Huan Chen (2018), Multi-scale spatial patterns and influencing factors of rural poverty: a case study in the LiuPan Mountain Region, China. Chinese Geographical Science 28:2, 296–312



Huan Chen 1, *, Yun Lin 1, *, Qiong Su, Li-Qiu Cheng (2017), Spatial variation of multiple air pollutants and their potential contributions to all-cause, respiratory, and cardiovascular mortality across China in 2015-2016. Atmospheric Environment 168: 23-35

Huan Chen and Kimberly E. Carter * (2017), Characterization of the chemicals used hydraulic fracturing fluids for wells located in the Marcellus shale play. Journal of Environmental Management 200: 312-324

Huan Chen and Kimberly E. Carter * (2017), Modeling potential occupational inhalation exposures and associated risks of toxic organics from chemical storage tanks used in hydraulic fracturing using AERMOD. Environmental Pollution 224: 300-309



Huan Chen and Kimberly E. Carter * (2016), Water usage for natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing in the United States from 2008 to 2014. Journal of Environmental Management 170: 152-159



Huan Chen, Shun-Gui Zhou, Tian-Hong Li * (2010), Impact of extracellular polymeric substances on the settlement ability of aerobic granular sludge. Environmental Technology 31: 14, 1601-1612