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Environmental Engineering

Xufei Yang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Engineering
Science and Engineering Building, Room 318



Ph.D. (2010) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bioenvironmental Engineering
M.Eng. (2002) Tsinghua University, China Environmental Science
B.Eng. (2000 Tsinghua University, China Environmental Engineering


Academic Experience:

Montana Tech Assistant Professor (2015-present)
University of Delaware Postdoctoral Researcher (2014-2015)
Desert Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Postdoctoral Research Associate (2011-2012)


Non-Academic Experience: N/A


Certifications or Professional Registrations: N/A


Current Membership in Professional Organizations:

Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA)


Honors and Awards:

Best Reviewer Award for the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association

ASHRAE Grand-in-Aid Award

Karl M. Snyder Teaching Excellence Award

Award for Excellent Paper Published on Chinese Scientific Journals


Service Activities:

University Scholarship Committee

Graduate Thesis Committee chair for Kelly Benton (MS, Environmental Engineering), Terry Biere (MS, Environmental Engineering), Timothy Driscoll (MS, Environmental Engineering), Siwen Liu (MS, Environmental Engineering)

Graduate Thesis Committee member for Jeshua Sargetis (MS, Industrial Hygiene), Olakunle Ogunsakin (MS, Environmental Engineering), Arundeep Taduri (MS, Environmental Engineering), Shawn McLain (MS, Industrial Hygiene), Travis Tucker (MS, Industrial Hygiene), Matt Strozewski (MS, Environmental Engineering)

Faculty advisor of Capstone Senior Environmental Design projects

Environmental Engineering Faculty Search Committee

Review panelist for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

Peer reviewers for twenty scientific journals


Publications and Presentations from the Past Five Years:

Peer Reviewed Journal Papers Only:

Yang, X., Lorjaroenphon, Y., Li. H., Cadwallader, K., Wang, X., Zhang, Y. Quantification of odorants in animal feeds at commercial swine and poultry operations. Transactions ASABE (In Press). DOI: 10.13031/trans.12611

Yang, X., Li, H., Zhang, C. Field comparison of TSI DustTrak versus TEOM in two poultry houses. Transactions ASABE (In Press). DOI: 10.13031/trans.12422.

Riggio, G.M., Chow, J.C., Cropper, P.M., Wang, X., Yatavelli, R.L.N., Yang, X., Watson, J.G. Feasibility of coupling a thermal/optical carbon analyzer to a quadrupole mass spectrometer for enhanced PM2.5 speciation. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (In Press). DOI: 10.1080/10962247.2017.1394928.

Jiang, Y., Yang, X., Liang, P., Liu, P., Huang, X. (2018). Microbial fuel cell sensors for water quality early warning systems: fundamentals, signal resolution, optimization and future challenges. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 81, 292-305.

Liang, P., Sun, X., Bian, Y., Zhang, H., Yang, X., Jiang, Y., Liu, P., Huang, X. (2017). Optimized desalination performance of high voltage flow-electrode capacitive deionization by adding carbon black in flow-electrode. Desalination 420, 63-69.

Benton, K., Yang, X., Wang, Z. (2017). Life cycle energy assessment of a standby diesel generator set. Journal of Cleaner Production 149, 265-274.

Liang, P., Zhang, C., Jiang, Y., Bian, Y., Zhang, H., Sun, X., Yang, X., Huang, X. (2017). Performance enhancement of microbial fuel cell by applying transient-state regulation. Applied Energy 185, 582-588.

Zhang, C., Liang, P., Yang, X., Jiang, Y., Bian, Y., Chen, C., Zhang X., Huang, X. (2016). Binder-free graphene and manganese oxide coated carbon felt anode for high-performance microbial fuel cell. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 81, 32-38.

Bian, Y., Liang, P., Yang, X., Jiang, Y., Zhang, C., Huang, X. (2016). Using activated carbon fiber separators to enhance the desalination rate of membrane capacitive deionization. Desalination 381, 95-99.

Jiang, Y., Liang, P., Zhang, C., Bian, Y., Sun, X., Zhang, H., Yang, X., Zhao, F., Huang, X. (2016). Periodic polarity reversal for stabilizing the pH in two-chamber microbial electrolysis cells. Applied Energy 165, 670-675.

Bian, Y., Yang, X., Liang, P., Jiang, Y., Zhang, C., Huang, X. (2015). Enhanced desalination performance of membrane capacitive deionization cells by packing the flow chamber with granular activated carbon. Water Research 85, 371-376.

Jiang, Y., Liang, P., Zhang, C., Bian, Y., Yang, X., Huang, X., Girguis, P.R. (2015) Enhancing the response of microbial fuel cell based toxicity sensors to Cu(II) with flow-through electrodes and controlled anode potentials. Bioresource Technology 190, 367-372.

Yang, X., Lee, J., Zhang, Y., Wang, X., Yang, L. (2015). Concentration, size, and density of total suspended particulates at the air exhaust of concentrated animal feeding operations. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 65(8), 903-911.

Liang, P., Yuan, L., Yang, X., Huang X. (2015) Influence of circuit arrangement on the performance of a microbial fuel cell driven capacitive deionization (MFC-CDI) system. Desalination 369, 68-74.

Chow, J.C., Yang, X., Wang, X., Kohl, S.D., Watson, J.G. (2015). Characterization of ambient PM10 bioaerosols in a California agricultural town. Aerosol and Air Quality Research 15(4), 1433-1447.

Yang, X., Lorjaroenphon, Y., Wang, X., Cadwallader, K., Zhang, Y., Lee, J. (2014). Analysis of particle-borne odorants emitted from concentrated animal feeding operations. Science of the Total Environment 490, 322-333.

Yang, X., Wang, X., Zhang, Y. (2014). Assessment of airborne endotoxin emitted from swine and poultry confinement buildings. ASHRAE Transactions 120(1), 316-325.


Professional Development Activities: N/A


Non-Academic Activities

Family, hiking, skiing, and skating.