Associate Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Center of Advanced Materials for the Purification of Water with System

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Newmark Lab, 205 N. Mathews Ave.Urbana, IL 61801
phone: 217-244-5965



  • Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University, 2005
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship (declined), 2005
  • AEESP CH2M Hill Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award, 2006
  • NSF CAREER award , 2010-2015
  • Faculty advisor for Engineering Without Border team that won: Engineering Open House – 1st Place in the Real World Category; Central State Water Environment Association and Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition – 1st Place; National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Summit Student Poster Competition – 1st Place, EPA P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) phase I and II award , 2010
  • ASCE-EWB Sustainable Development Award for advising a EWB team that develops a sustainable engineering solution that explores innovative ways of effectively capturing and utilizing resources, 2010
  • University of Illinois College of engineering award in research excellence, 2012
  • University of Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering advising award, 2012



  • CEE 330 Environmental Engineering, Spring
  • CEE 442 Physical Principles in Environmental Engineering, Fall
  • CEE 595G, Seminar for new Master students in Environmental Engineering and Science

Educational Outreach Activities

Professional Activities

  • Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Biomacromolecules, Langmuir, Water Research.
  • Symposium co-chair, Innovative approaches for studying the abundance, environmental fate and disinfection of waterborne pathogens, American Environmental Engineering Professor Biannual Meeting, July 26-29, 2009, University of Iowa.
  • Symposium co-chair, Environmental Colloid and Interfacial Processes, 13th IACIS International Conference on Surface and Colloid Science and 83rd ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, June 14-19, 2009, New York
  • Symposium co-chair, Material Science of Water Purification, Disinfection, Material Research Society Spring Meeting, San Franscisco, CA, April, 13-17, 2009.
  • Session co-chair, Microbial Transport in Aquatic Environments, AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, December 2008
  • Symposium co-chair, Advances in Adsorption Processes for Drinking Water Treatment and Sourcewater Protection, 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, April 6-10, 2008
  • Symposium co-chair, Adsorption Processes for Drinking Water Treatment Symposium, 233rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Chicago, IL, March 27-29, 2007.
  • Session chair for ACS Symposium on NANOPARTICLES, COLLOIDS, AND INTERFACES IN THE ENVIRONMENT, Clarkson University, June 2005.
  • Professional membership: American Chemical Society (ACS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professor (AEESP), Engineers without Borders (EWB)

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