2022 Recipients

Li Song (PhD graduate at Purdue University)


Advisor: Prof. Cai Hua, Purdue University

Song, L.; Cai, H.; Zhu, T. Large-Scale Microanalysis of U.S. Household Food Carbon Footprints and Reduction Potentials. Environmental Science & Technology 2021, 55 (22), 15323-15332.


Zhonghua Zheng (PhD graduate at UIUC, now postdoc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research)


Advisor: Prof. Lei Zhao, UIUC

Zheng, Z.; Zhao, L.; Oleson, K. W. Large Model Structural Uncertainty in Global Projections of Urban Heat Waves. Nature Communications 2021, 12 (1), 3736.


2021 Recipients

Xuechen Zhou (PhD at Yale University)


Advisor: Menachem Elimelech and Jaehong Kim, Yale University

Zhou, X., Wang, Z., Epsztein, R., Zhan, C., Li, W., Fortner, J.D., Pham, T.A., Kim, J.H. and Elimelech, M. Intrapore energy barriers govern ion transport and selectivity of desalination membranes. Science advances 2020, 6(48), p.eabd9045.​


Yaochun Yu (PhD at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Advisor: Yujie Men, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yu, Y., Zhang, K., Li, Z., Ren, C., Chen, J., Lin, Y.H., Liu, J. and Men, Y., Microbial Cleavage of C–F Bonds in Two C6 Per-and Polyfluorinated Compounds via Reductive Defluorination. Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54(22), pp.14393-14402.


2020 Recipients

Ning Deng (PhD at University of Houston)


Advisor: Yandi Hu, University of Houston

Deng, N., Stack, A.G., Weber, J., Cao, B., De Yoreo, J.J., Hu, Y.D., Organic–mineral interfacial chemistry drives heterogeneous nucleation of Sr-rich (Bax, Sr1− x) SO4 from undersaturated solution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2019, 116 (27), 13221-13226.


Cong Luo (PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology)


Advisor: Ching-hua Huang, Georgia Institute of Technology

Luo C., Feng M., Sharma V.K., Huang C.H.., Oxidation of pharmaceuticals by ferrate (VI) in hydrolyzed urine: Effects of major inorganic constituents, Environmental Science & Technology 2019, 53, 5272-5281.


2019 Recipients

Lu Lu (postdoc at Princeton University)


Advisor: Zhiyong (Jason) Ren, Princeton

Lu, L., Guest, J., Peters, C.A., Zhu, X., Rau, G.H., Ren, Z.J. Wastewater treatment for carbon capture and utilization, Nature Sustainability 2018, 1, 750-758.


Wanyi Fu (PhD at New Jersey Institute of Technology, now at Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute)


Advisor: Wen Zhang, NJIT

Fu, W., and Zhang, W., Microwave-enhanced membrane filtration for water treatment, Journal of Membrane Science 2018, 568, 97-104.


2018 Recipients

Yingying Chen (PhD at University of Notre Dame)


Advisor: Na Wei, University of Notre Dame

Chen, Y., Stemple, B., Kumar, M., and Wei, N., Cell surface display fungal laccase as a renewable biocatalyst for degradation of persistent micropollutants bisphenol A and sulfamethoxazole. Environmental Science & Technology 2016, 50, 8799-8808.


Daiyong Deng (PhD at New Jersey Institute of Technology, now postdoc at NJIT)


Advisor: Mengyan (Ian) Li, NJIT

Deng, D., Li, F., and Li, M., A novel propane monooxygenase initiating degradation of 1,4-dioxane by Mycobacterium dioxanotrophicus PH-06, Environmental Science &Technology Letters 2018, 5, 86-91.​


2017 Recipients

Zhangxin Wang (PhD at Vanderbilt University, now postdoc at Yale)


Advisor: Shihong Lin, Vanderbilt University

Wang, Z., Hou, D., and Lin, S., Composite Membrane with Underwater-Oleophobic Surface for Anti-Oil-Fouling Membrane Distillation. Environmental Science & Technology 2016, 50, 3866-3874.


Qinmin Zheng (PhD at George Washington University, now postdoc at MIT)


Advisor: Danmeng Shuai, George Washington University

Zheng, Q. et al, Visible-Light-Responsive Graphitic Carbon Nitride: Rational Design and Photocatalytic Applications for Water Treatment, Environmental Science &Technology 2016, 50, 12938-12948.​