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

Chun Cao, Zhen-Ping Ma, Song Zhang, Jun-Jian Wang, Yuanyuan Tang, Huan Chen *, Short-term freshwater irrigation reduced arsenic and cadmium levels in edible parts of vegetables in soils after 60-year wastewater irrigation. Journal of Environmental Sciences (under review)

Huan Chen, Charles C. Rhoades, Alex T. Chow *, 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 (in revision)

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. Geophysical Research Letters (under review)


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

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

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110715

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2020.115908.

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.105389

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135785.


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, DOI: 10.1071/WF18174


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, DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.9b00088 (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, DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2019.06.016

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.04.013


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, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b05763


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, DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2018.10.070




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, DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.8b00101 (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, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaap.2018.07.002

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.05.001

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.287

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, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b03729 (***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, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.07.071

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.06.179

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, DOI: 10.1007/s11769-018-0943-9



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, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.09.006

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.05.069

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, DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.02.008



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, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.01.023



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, DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2010.482146