Faculty Profile


  • Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry, Nankai University, 1995
  • M.S., Environmental Chemistry, Nankai University, 1992
  • B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, Northern China Institute of Technology, 1986

Dr. Yongsheng Chen joined School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. Dr. Chen has served as principal and co-principal investigator on grants totaling about $10 million. He has also published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers.


  • The potential environmental applications of nanotechnology, including synthesizing novel nanomaterials for removal of contaminants from different media and monitoring environmental pollutants
  • Environmental implications of nanotechnology addressing potentially adverse impacts of nanomaterials, especially the fate, transport, transformation, bioaccumulation, and toxicity of nanomaterials in the environment
  • Urban sustainability, including water/energy use efficiency and sustainable biofuels, focusing on algae related biofuel downstream issues


  • 2015 SIGMA Xi Best PhD. Thesis Advisor Award
  • 2012, American Environmental Engineering and Science Professors’s recipient of the 2012 CH2M Hill/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Advisor Award.
  • 2012, “Thanks for being a great teacher” certificate for excellence in teaching, The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2012, Selected as a member of Chinese Thousand Talents Program
  • C&EN feature papers: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/89/8911sci2.html
  • Certificate of Merit for Presentation at ACS 242th National Meeting, 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation for the Peer Review Contribution, ACS, 2011
  • Publication in 2010 News: http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/lab/43670
  • 2007, Top viewed article in Scripta Materialia for January - March 2007
  • 2006, Runner-up for the editors choice award for the most significant technology based paper that was submitted to the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
  • 2005, Most Accessed Articles from Environmental Science & Technology
  • 2000, Exceptional Advising in Student Life, Michigan Technological University
  • 1997, Motorola Teaching Award


  • Zhang,Y., Qiao Zhang, Ting Xia, Daming Zhu, Y.S. Chen, Xiaobo Chen,(2015) “The Influence of Reaction Temperature on the Formation and Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation of (001) Faceted TiO2 Nanosheets”, Chemnanomat, 10.1002/cnma.201500030
  • Zhao Z., J. C.Crittenden, H. Zhao, Y. S. Chen, (2015) “The self-preserving size distribution of fractal aggregates coagulating by Brownian motion and simultaneous fluid shear at low Peclet numbers: Numerical solutions”, Journal of Aerosol Science, 87:1–16
  • Huang M., Y. S. Chen, Ching-Hua Huang, P. Sun, J. C. Crittenden (2015) “Rejection and adsorption of trace pharmaceuticals by coating a forward osmosis membrane with TiO2”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 279:904–911
  • Steven W. Van Ginkel , Thomas Igou*, Zixuan Hu, Asmita Narode*, Sarasija Cheruvu*, Shusuke Doi*, Rachel Johnston*, Terry Snell, Chen, Y.S. (2015) “Taking advantage of rotifer sensitivity to rotenone to prevent pond crashes for algal-biofuel production”, Algal Research, 10:100-103
  • Hong, J. G.*, Bopeng Zhang*, Shira Glabman*, Nigmet Uzal, Xiaomin Dou, Xiuzhen Wei, Hongguo Zhang, and Chen, Y. S., (2015) "Potential Ion Exchange Membranes and System Performance in Reverse Electrodialysis for Power Generation: A Review" Journal of Membrane Science, accepted
  • David Capco and Yongsheng Chen, “Nanomaterial: Impacts on Cell Biology and Medicine”, published by Springer, (2014), XI, 278 p. 70 illus., 42 illus. in color.
  • Liz Minne, Arka Pandit, John C. Crittenden, Miroslav M. Begovic, Insu Kim, Hyunju Jeong, Jean-Ann James, Zhongming Lu, Ming Xu, Steve French, Muthukumar Subrahmanyam, Douglas Noonan, Marilyn A. Brown, Jess Chandler, Yongsheng Chen, Eric Williams, Reginald Desroches, Bert Bras, Ke Li, and Michael Chang, Chapter 8 -- “Energy and Water Interdependence, and Their Implications for Urban Areas”, Book – Electrical Transmission Systems and Smart Grids, published by Springer (2013).
  • Jiangxin Wang, Xiaoshan Zhu, Yongsheng Chen, Yung Chang, Chapter 20 – “Application of Embryonic and Adult Zebrafish for Nanotoxicity Assessment”, Book – Nanotoxicity: Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 926, 2012, pp317-329
  • Wang, J. X., Zhu, X. S., Chen, Y. S. and Chang, Y. Chapter 7 – “The application of embryonic and adult zebrafish for assessing nanotoxicology”, Book- Methods in Nanotoxicity, published by Humana Press, USA (part of the Springer publishing group) (2011).
  • Westerhoff, P., Zhang, Y., Crittenden, J. C. and Chen, Y. S. Chapter 4 - “Properties of Commercial Nanoparticles that Affect Their Removal during Water Treatment”, Book - Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Environmental and Health Impacts, Edited by Vicki H. Grassian (2008).
  • Jin Gi Hong and Yongsheng Chen, Electrochemical analysis and reverse electrodialysis performance of cation exchange membranes fabricated with functionalized inorganic filler particles, Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization, Boston, Nov. 1-3, 2014
  • Yongsheng Chen, Perspectives on Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, The 11th ISPTs international conference, Hong Kong, Oct. 29, 2014
  • Yongsheng Chen, Membrane Technology for Renewable Energy Production Using Algal Biomass and Salinity Gradient, 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 11, 2014
  • Yongsheng Chen, Synthesis of Novel Nanocomposite Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) Ion-exchange Membranes for Salinity Gradient Power Generation, 2014 ACS General Conference, Division of Environmental Chemistry: Advances in Materials for Water and Energy, Dallas, TX, March 18, 2014.
  • Wen Zhang, Guangshan Zhang, Daisuke Minakata, Yongsheng Chen, John Crittenden. Influences of colloidal and photo-stability on photocatalytic H2 generation of visible-light-driven water splitting system, 2014 ACS General Conference, Division of Environmental Chemistry: Advances in Materials for Water and Energy, Dallas, TX, March 18, 2014.
  • Chen, Y.S., Novel Membrane Technology for Renewable Energy Production, Tianjin University, Dec. 27, 2014
  • Chen, Y.S., Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, NewFields, Atlanta, Sept. 2nd, 2014
  • Chen, Y. S., Nanomaterials for Photocatalytic Oxidation of Environmental Pollutants, Oxford University, August 25, 2014
  • Chen, Y. S., Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Nanjing University, July 24, 2014
  • Chen, Y. S., Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Beijing Normal University, July 21, 2014
  • Chen, Y.S., Haiping Gao, Bopeng, Zhang, “Nanoscale reverse electrodialysis cell for salinity power generation”, Georgia Institute of Technology, Invention Disclosure, 2014
  • Chen, Y.S., Haiping Gao, Bopeng, Zhang, “Ion exchange resin beads used in reverse electrodialysis stack for salinity power generation”, Georgia Institute of Technology, Invention Disclosure, 2014
  • Yulin Deng, Yongsheng Chen, and Guanglei Zhao, “Simultaneously Converting the Non-lipid Fraction of Algae to Electricity and Releasing Lipids for Biodiesel Production using Biomass Fuel Cell Technology”, Georgia Institute of Technology, Invention Disclosure, 2014
  • Chen, Y.S. and Steve Vin Ginkel, “Floating Screen Algae Harvester”, Georgia Institute of Technology, Invention Disclosure, 2014
  • Hu, Q., Chen, Y. S., Sommerfeld, M., Zhang, X. Z., “Method of Separation of algal biomass from aqueous or marine culture”, US 20120094361A1.