Faculty

Yandi Hu, Ph.D.
Dr. Yandi Hu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office Location: N117 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4285 | Fax: 713-743-4260
Email: yhu11 [at] uh [dot] edu

Education: 

Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
M.S. Nankai University, 2008
B.S, Nankai University, 2005

Professional Experience: 

2013 – Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Houston
2008 – 2013: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
2005 – 2008: Graduate Research Assistant, Key Laboratory of Urban Ambient Air Particulate Matter Pollution Prevention and Control, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University
2007 – 2008: Graduate Research Assistant Internship, Tianjin Research Institute of Water Transport Engineering, China
2003 – 2005: Undergraduate Research Assistant, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University
2004 – 2005: Undergraduate Research Assistant Internship, Agro-environmental Monitoring Center, China

Classes: 

CIVE 7397: Environmental Nanochemistry (Spring 2015, Spring 2018, Spring 2019)
CIVE 6377: Environmental Chemistry (Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018)
CIVE 3331: Environmental Engineering (Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019)

Students Supervised: 

Vicky Agrawal, M.S. student (Dec. 2018-present)

Bo Cao, Ph.D. student (Jul. 2014-present, graduated from Tongji University)

Ning Deng, Ph.D. student (Jul. 2016- present, graduated from Nanjing University)

Juntao Zhao, Ph.D. student (Jan. 2017- present, graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology)

Zhixiong Li, visiting Ph.D. student (Feb. 2018- present, China University of Geosciences, Beijing)

Meng Wang, Ph.D. student (Aug. 2018-present, graduated from China University of Petroleum)

Alumni:

Nikhil Khatri, M.S. student (Jan. 2018-Aug. 2018)

Chong Dai, Ph.D. student (Aug. 2013-May 2018, now works as a postdoc at Rice University)

Xinyi Yi, M.S. student (Jan 2017-May 2018, now works for ARDURRA at Houston)

Chengzhao Zhang, Ph.D. student (Oct. 2014-Aug. 2016, now works for Isani Consultants, L.P. at Houston)

Ranxiao Tang, visiting professor, (Feb. 2016-Aug. 2016), from Agricultural University of Hebei

Zhongyu Han, visiting M.S. student (Sep. 2015-Feb. 2016, from Northwest A & F University)

Xubo Gao, visiting professor (Jul. 2015-Nov. 2015) from China University of Geosciences, Wuhan

Jilong Guo, visiting Ph.D. student (Feb. 2015- Aug. 2015, China University of Geosciences, Beijing)

Cesar Gonzales, undergraduate student supported by SURF and PURS scholarship (May, 2015-May., 2016)

Tina Hahn, RET teacher from Clear Springs High School (Jun., 2015- Aug., 2015)

Jingcheng Xia, high school student (Jun., 2015- Aug., 2015)

Xiaoyin Tan, M.S. Student (Jan 2015-Jun 2015)

Nibhana Suvarna, M.S. student (Dec. 2013-Oct. 2014), now works at ARCADIS U.S. in Houston.

Debjani Chakravarty, undergraduate student supported by PURS scholarship (Sep. 2013-Dec. 2014)

Kevin Wang, visiting high school student (Jun. 2014-Aug. 2014, Jun. 2016-Aug. 2016)

Juanjuan Liu, visiting Ph.D. student (Sep. 2015-Aug. 2018, from Northwest A & F University)

Christopher Pham, undergraduate student supported by SURF scholarship (May, 2017-Aug. 2017)

Munir Aljijakli, undergraduate student supported by SURF scholarship (May, 2017-Aug, 2017)

Mingxi Lin, undergraduate student supported by SURF and PURS scholarship (May, 2016-Feb, 2017)

Prospective student opportunities:

Currently there are Ph.D. student positions available. Students with strong interests in the research of our group, self-motivated, and having good chemistry background are encouraged to contact Yandi Hu (yhu11 [at] uh [dot] edu). Please send your CV with your GPA, TOEFL and GRE grades for an evaluation.

Visiting scholars, undergraduate and graduate students with strong interests in our research are also welcome to contact Yandi Hu (yhu11 [at] uh [dot] edu).

Awards & Honors: 

Teaching Excellence Award, Cullen College of Engineering at University of Houston, 2016
New Faculty Award, University of Houston, 2014
Graduate Student Research Award in Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2012
Outstanding student research presentation award in 242nd ACS National Meeting, 2011
DOE full financial support to attend annual EFRC All Hands Meeting, 2011
Outstanding student research presentation award in 239th ACS National Meeting, 2010
DOE full financial support to attend annual EFRC All Hands Meeting, 2010
DOE full financial support to attend the 12th National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2010

Other Awards and Honors: 

Chong Dai won the Best Dissertation Award in Civil & Environmental Engineering Department (the only recipient in spring 2018) and the Cullen College of Engineering (2nd place) from University of Houston, April 2018
Chong Dai won the Graduate Student Awards in Environmental Chemistry from ACS, Feb 2017 (It is an award with competition of all graduate students working in environmental chemistry field over the country, and Up to 25 awards are given each year.)
Chong Dai won the 3rd best student presentation award at WEAT meeting, May 2016
Bo Cao won the student travel award for best student presentation at ACS conference, March 2016
Chong Dai received full financial support to attend X-ray and neutron scattering summer school, Jul 2014 (only ~30 students were selected out from >200 applicants)

Research Interests: 

From the nanoscale to the macroscale, my overarching aim is to apply advanced materials, techniques, and expertise in nanochemistry and geochemistry to multidisciplinary areas. Some specific interests include: engineered nucleation and growth of nanomaterials for biomedical and industrial applications, and surface and subsurface geochemical reactions related to geologic CO2 sequestration and hydraulic fracture operations, heavy metal immobilization, and scale formation control.

Presentations: 

Yandi Hu*, Juanjuan Liu, and Chong Dai, “Ferrihydrite aggregation: effects of pH, electrolytes, and organics”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, Boston, August 2018.
Yandi Hu*, Juntao Zhao, Daniel Giammar, Jill Pasteris, and Chong Dai, “Lead phosphate formation and aggregation: implications for lead immobilization in water distribution system”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, Boston, August 2018.
Bo Cao*, Yandi Hu, Shuai Fan, Ning Deng, and Mo Li, “Cementitious materials modified with hematite and ferrihydrite nanoparticles for enhanced radioactive waste immobilization”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, Boston, August 2018.
Bo Cao*, Ali Ansari, Xinyi Yi, Debora F. Rodrigues, and Yandi Hu, “Gypsum scaling on graphene oxide modified reverse osmosis membrane”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, Boston, August 2018.
Yandi Hu*, Ning Deng, Andrew Stack, Juliane Weber, Bo Cao, and James Kubicki, “Uncovering the mysteries of (Ba, Sr)SO4 formation in ocean: heterogeneous (Ba, Sr)SO4 nucleation on organics”, Goldschmidt Conference, Boston, August 2018
Yandi Hu*, Chong Dai, Juntao Zhao, Daniel Giammar, and Jill Pasteris, “Heterogeneous Nucleation and Growth of lead phosphate at Organic-Water Interfaces”, Goldschmidt Conference, Boston, August 2018.
Bo Cao*, Andrew Stack, Carl Steefel, Donald Depaolo, Laura Lammers, and Yandi Hu, “Investigating calcite growth using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation”, Goldschmidt Conference, Boston, August 2018.
Ning Deng*, Yandi Hu, Andrew Stack, Juliane Weber, Bo Cao, and James Kubicki, “Uncovering the mysteries of (Ba, Sr)SO4 formation in ocean: heterogeneous (Ba, Sr)SO4 nucleation on organics”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, New Orleans, March 2018.
Yandi Hu*, Chong Dai, Juntao Zhao, Daniel Giammar, and Jill Pasteris, “Heterogeneous nucleation and growth of lead phosphate at organic-water interfaces”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, Boston, March 2018.
Juntao Zhao*, Yandi Hu, Daniel Giammar, Jill Pasteris, and Chong Dai, “Lead phosphate formation and aggregation: implications for lead immobilization in water distribution system”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, New Orleans, March 2018
Yandi Hu, Bo Cao, Andrew G. Stack, Carl Steefel, Laura Lammers, Donald Depaolo," Investigating Calcite Growth Rates Using Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D)", EFRC annual All-Hands Meeting, Berkeley, November 2017
Yandi Hu, Bo Cao, Shuai Fan, Xiaoyin Tan, Mo Li, “Cementitious Materials Modified with Hematite Nanoparticles for Enhanced Cement Hydration and Uranium Immobilization”, ACS Fall Meeting, Washington DC, August 2017
Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Juanjuan Liu, “Impurity-Bearing Ferrihydrite Precipitation on Quartz and Corundum: Impurity Ion Hydrolysis, Substitution, and Adsorption”, ACS Fall Meeting, Washington DC, August 2017
Bo Cao, Yandi Hu, Shuai Fan, Xiaoyin Tan, Mo Li, “Cementitious Materials Modified with Hematite Nanoparticles for Enhanced Cement Hydration and Uranium Immobilization”, Texas Water University Forum, Austin, April 2017
Bo Cao, Yandi Hu, Andrew G. Stack, Carl Steefel, Laura Lammers, Donald Depaolo," Investigating Calcite Growth Rates Using Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D)", QCM-D Regional Technology Workshop, Houston, March 2017 (20-min invited talk)
Yandi Hu, Bo Cao, Andrew G. Stack, Carl Steefel, Donald Depaolo," Investigating Rates and Mechanisms of Calcite Growth Using Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D)", EFRC annual All-Hands Meeting, Berkeley, November 2016
Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Ayumi Koishi, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, and Sang Soo Lee, Heterogeneous Nucleation and Growth of Barium Sulfate at Organic−Water Interfaces: Interplay between Surface Hydrophobicity and Ba2+ Adsorption, Gordon Research Conference, Holderness, June 2016
Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Charisma V. Lattao, Ayumi Koishi, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Sang Soo Lee, and Yandi Hu, "Barite Scale Formation: the Effects of Organics, Sr, and Ra Incorporation", University Forum at Texas Water, Fort Worth, April 2016
Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew Stack, Ayumi Koishi, and Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Heterogeneous Nucleation and Growth of Barium Sulfate at Organic-Water Interfaces, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, San Diego, March 2016
Bo Cao, Zhongyu Han, Xiaoyin Tan, and Yandi Hu, Cementitious material modified with iron (hydr)oxide nanoparticles for uranium (VI) immobilization, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, San Diego, March 2016
Bo Cao, Andrew Stack, Carl Steefel, and Yandi Hu, Calcite nucleation and growth at close-to-equilibrium conditions, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, San Diego, March 2016
Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Heterogeneous nucleation and growth of impure ferrihydrite: Interactions among metal ions, Fe hydroxide, and rock surfaces, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, San Diego, March 2016
Chong Dai, Andrew Stack, and Yandi Hu, Controlling the nucleation and growth of (Ba, Sr)SO4 on oil equipment surfaces, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, San Diego, March 2016
Chong Dai, Andrew Stack, Ayumi Koishi, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez and Yandi Hu*, Heterogeneous Nucleation and Growth of Barium Sulfate at Organic-Water Interfaces, PacifiChem, Honolulu, December 2015
Bo Cao, Andrew Stack, Carl Steefel, Namhey Lee, and Yandi Hu, "Investigating calcium carbonate nucleation and growth at close-to-equilibrium conditions using QCM-D", Annual NCGC all hands meeting, Berkeley, November 2015
Chong Dai and Yandi Hu, "Promoted growth and Ostwald ripening of Fe(III) hydroxide nanoparticles by heavy metal ions", Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT)/Texas Section AWWA annual meeting, Corpus Christi, TX April, 2015.
Chong Dai and Yandi Hu, "Nucleation and Growth of (Fe,Cr)(OH)3 Nanoparticles: Implications for Aqueous Cr removal", American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, Denver, March 2015
Yandi Hu and Chong Dai, "Effects of heavy metal ions on Fe hydroxide nucleation, growth, and Ostwald ripening", American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, Denver, March 2015
Chengzhao Zhang, Chong Dai, and Yandi Hu, "Regeneration and characterization of silica aerogels: Implications for oil spill clean-up", 2015 Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, Houston, Feb. 2015
Yandi Hu and Chong Dai, "Nucleation kinetics of (Fe, Cr)(OH)3 solid solution in solution and on quartz surfaces: Implications for the fate of Cr in natural environments and water treatment", Third Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference, Boston, November 2014
Chong Dai and Yandi Hu, "Interactions among aqueous ions, quartz, and Fe (hydr)oxide polymers during heterogeneous Fe hydroxide nucleation and growth", Synchrotron Environmental Science VI, Argonne, September 2014
Yandi Hu and Chong Dai, "Cu(II), Pb(II), and Cr(III) Coprecipitation with Fe Hydroxide on Quartz: Metal Hydrolysis, Adsorption and Structural Incorporation", Environmental Sciences: Water Gordon Research Conference, Holderness, June 2014
Yandi Hu and Young-Shin Jun, “Effects of Anions on Heterogeneous Hydrous Fe(III) Oxides Precipitation on Quartz”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, New Orleans, April 2013
Yandi Hu and Young-Shin Jun, “Heterogeneous Nucleation and Growth of Iron(III) (Hydr)oxides on Quartz, Mica, and Aluminum Oxide: Effects of Surface Energy, Charge, Adsorption, and Lattice Mismatch”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, New Orleans, April 2013
Yandi Hu and Young-Shin Jun, “Na+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ in Brines Affect Biotite Dissolution, Surface Cracking, and Illite Precipitation under Hydrothermal Conditions”, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2012
Yandi Hu and Young-Shin Jun, “Fast Epitaxial Growth and Mobilization of Fibrous Illite during Biotite Dissolution under Geologic CO2 Sequestration Conditions”, Mid-America Environmental Engineering Conference (MAEEC), Edwardsville, October 2012
Young-Shin Jun, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez,Yandi Hu, and Glenn A. Waychunas, “In Situ Observations of Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticle Formation Using Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering”, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) 3rd All Hands Meeting, Berkeley, October 2011
Yandi Hu and Young-Shin Jun, “Effects of Brine Compositions and Crystal Structures on Mica Alteration under Acidic Hydrothermal Conditions”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall Meeting, Denver, August 2011.
Yandi Hu and Young-Shin Jun, “Effects of Temperature, CO2(aq), and Cations on Biotite Dissolution and Secondary Mineral Formation”, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2010
Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez,Yandi Hu, Young-Shin Jun, and Glenn A. Waychunas, “Carbonate Nucleation and Growth Pathway in Solution and at Mineral Surfaces”, Berkeley Lab Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) 2nd All Hands Meeting, Berkeley, October 2010
Yandi Hu and Young-Shin Jun, “Dissolution Kinetics and Morphology, Phase Change of Biotite under Geological CO2 Sequestration Conditions”, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting, San Francisco, March 2010
Yandi Hu and Zhipeng Bai, “Probability Health Risk Assessment on Human Exposure to Environmental Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Tianjin, China”, International Symposium on Ambient Air Particulate Matter Techniques and Policies for Pollution Prevention and Control, Tianjin, China, July 2007
Yandi Hu and Zhipeng Bai, “Source Apportionment of Ambient Aerosol Samples by Radial Basis Function Neural Network”, Atmospheric Sciences and Applications to Air Quality (ASAAQ), Hong Kong, China, 2007
Yandi Hu and Zhipeng Bai, “Health Risk Assessment of Traffic Policemen from Particulate Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Exposure in Tianjin, China”, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) and International Society of Exposure Analysis (ISEA) Joint Annual Conference, Paris, France, September 2006

Invited Presentations / Lectures: 

28. Yandi Hu*, “Nucleation, growth and aggregation of nanoparticles: mechanisms, rates, and applications”, Invited Seminar at University of Houston, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, June 2018

27. Yandi Hu*, “Heterogeneous nucleation of (Ba, Sr)SO4 on organics”, Invited Seminar at University of Macau, Department of Science and Technology, June 2018

26. Yandi Hu*, “Aggregation of lead phosphate nanoparticles: implications for lead immobilization in water distribution systems”, Invited Seminar at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, June 2018

25. Yandi Hu*, “Nucleation, growth and aggregation of nanoparticles: mechanisms, rates, and applications”, Invited Seminar at Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai, Department of Environmental Engineering, June 2018

24. Yandi Hu, "Uncovering the Mysteries of (Ba, Sr)SO4 in Oceans: Heterogeneous Nucleation of (Ba, Sr)SO4 on Organics", Invited Seminar at University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute, March 2018

23. Yandi Hu, " (Ba, Sr, Ra)SO4 scale formation at organic-water interfaces", Invited Seminar at Schlumberger, February 2018

22. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Xiaobing Zuo, Sang Soo Lee, "Heterogeneous nucleation and growth of nanoparticles: mechanisms, rates, and applications", Invited Seminar at Nanjing Agricultural University, College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, May 2017

21. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Xiaobing Zuo, Sang Soo Lee, "Heterogeneous nucleation and growth of nanoparticles: mechanisms, rates, and applications", Invited Seminar at Nanjing University, School of Environment, May 2017

20. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Xiaobing Zuo, Sang Soo Lee, "Heterogeneous nucleation and growth of nanoparticles: mechanisms, rates, and applications", Invited Seminar at Nanjing University, School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, May 2017

19. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Xiaobing Zuo, Sang Soo Lee, "Heterogeneous nucleation and growth of nanoparticles: mechanisms, rates, and applications", Invited Seminar at Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, May 2017

18. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Xiaobing Zuo, Sang Soo Lee, "Heterogeneous nucleation and growth of nanoparticles: mechanisms, rates, and applications", Invited Seminar at Nankai University, Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2017

17. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Chengzhao Zhang, "Regeneration of silica aerogel for oil spill cleanup", Invited Seminar at Tianjin Research Institute for Water Transport Engineering, May 2017

16. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Xiaobing Zuo, Sang Soo Lee, "Homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation and growth of nanoparticles: Mechanisms, rates, and applications", Invited Seminar at Texas A& M University-Kingsville, Department of Environmental Engineering, October 2016

15. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Xiaobing Zuo, "Impure Fe (hydr)oxide formation at solid-liquid interfaces: roles of impurity ion hydrolysis and substrate dielectric constant", Invited Seminar at Virginia Commonwealth University, Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering, September 2016

14. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Xiaobing Zuo, Sang Soo Lee, "Nucleation and growth of nanoparticles at solid-liquid interfaces: Mechanisms, rates, and applications", Invited Seminar at UT Austin, Sep 2016

13. Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Ayumi Koishi, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Sang Soo Lee,"Nucleation and Growth of Nanoparticles: Integration of X-ray and Light Scattering, Microbalance, Microscopy, and Aquatic Chemistry", ACS Fall Meeting, Philadelphia, August 2016 (40-min invited talk)

12. Yandi Hu and Chong Dai, “Nucleation and Growth of Nanoparticles: Mechanisms, Kinetics, and Applications”, Invited Seminar at Tufts University, Boston, June 2016

11. Yandi Hu and Chong Dai, "Nanoscale geochemistry affecting macroscale subsurface operations and environmental remediation", Invited Seminar at China University of Geosciences, Beijing, July 2015

10. Yandi Hu and Chong Dai, "Nanoscale mineral-water reactions affecting subsurface operations and environmental remediation", Invited Seminar at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 2015

9. Yandi Hu and Chong Dai, "Nanoscale mineral-water reactions: implications for engineered subsurface operations and environmental remediation", Invited Seminar at University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, April 2015

8. Yandi Hu and Chong Dai, "Fe hydroxide nanoparticle nucleation, growth, and Ostwald ripening: integration of spectroscopy, microscopy, and aqueous Chemistry", Invited Seminar at Rice University, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, April. 2015

7. Yandi Hu and Chong Dai, "Nanoscale and Microscale Geochemical Reactions Affecting Subsurface Operations and Pollutant Transport", Invited Seminar at University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Civil Engineering, Jan. 2015

6. Yandi Hu, "Corrosion products of impurity-containing amorphous iron hydroxide", Invited presentation at FMC Technologies, Oct. 2014

5. Yandi Hu, "Nanoscale and microscale geochemical reactions: implications for oil production and environmental remediation", Invited Seminar at University of Houston Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, October 2014

4. Yandi Hu, "Understanding geochemical reactions for safe and efficient hydrocarbon production", Invited Seminar at Schlumberger, April 2014

3. Yandi Hu, "Roles of nano- and micro-scale subsurface geochemical reactions on safe and efficient GCS operations", Invited Seminar at George Washington University, Jan 2014

2. Yandi Hu, "Roles of nano- and micro-scale subsurface geochemical reactions on safe and efficient GCS operations", Invited Seminar at Stony Brook University, Oct 2013

1. Yandi Hu and Young-Shin Jun, “Roles of nano- and micro-scale subsurface geochemical reactions on safe and efficient GCS operations”, Washington University in St. Louis, March 2013

Chaired Meetings: 

9. Co-organized and presided over a session of “Molecular understanding of the structure and reactivity of environmental interfaces”, in Geochemistry Division of American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in Boston, August 2018.
8. Organized and presided over a session of “Formation of carbonate, sulfate, and phosphate minerals” in Theme of “Contaminants in the Environment/Nano to Microscale Processes” during Goldschmidt conference in Boston, 2018
7. Organized and presided over a session of “Chemistry of drinking water distribution systems and infrastructure” in Environmental Chemistry Division of American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in New Orleans, 2018
6. Organized and presided over a session of “Coupled redox and interfacial dynamics among biogeochemical cycles of Fe, S, minerals and organic matter: implications to multiscale behaviors of contaminants, carbon and nutrients in aquatic environments” in Environmental Chemistry Division of American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in New Orleans, 2018
5. Organized and presided over a session of “Iron and manganese oxides: their formation, structure, reactivity, and applications” in Environmental Chemistry & Geochemistry Division of American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in Washington D.C., 2017
4. Presided over a session of “Brine, Fouling and Scaling Management of Healthy Water Infrastructure (I)” in Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) conference in Michigan, 2017
3. Presided over a session of “Adsorption of Metals by Geomedia: Thermodynamics and Kinetics-Experimental Study” in Geochemistry Division of American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in San Diego, 2016
2. Organized and presided over a session of “Carbonate and Sulfate Mineral: Nucleation, Growth and Control of Scale Formation” in Environmental Chemistry Division of American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in San Diego, 2016
1. Organized and presided over a session of “Iron oxides: their formation, structure, reactivity, and applications” in Geochemistry Division of American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in Denver, 2015

Selected Publications: 

36. Juntao Zhao, Daniel Giammar, Jill Pasteris, Chong Dai, Yeunook Bae, and Yandi Hu*, Lead phosphate aggregation: Implication for particulate lead transport in pipes, Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b02788

35. Md Kamrul Alam, Chao Niu, Yanan Wang, Wei Wang, Yang Li, Chong Dai, Xiaonan Shan, E. Joe Charlson4, Xiang-Tian Kong, Yandi Hu, Alexey Belyanin, Gila Stein, Zhaoping Liu, Jonathan Hu*, Zhiming Wang,* and Jiming Bao. Planar alignment of graphene sheets by a rotating magnetic field for full exploitation of graphene as a 2D material, 2018, doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201805255, Advanced Functional Materials

34. Chong Dai, Juntao Zhao, Daniel Giammar, Jill Pasteris, Xiaobing Zuo, and Yandi Hu*, Heterogeneous lead phosphate nucleation at organic-water interfaces: implications for lead immobilization, ACS Earth & Space Chemistry, 2018, 2, 869-877

33. Bo Cao, Ali Ansari, Xinyi Yi, Debora Rodrigues*, and Yandi Hu*, Gypsum Scale Formation on Graphene Oxide Modified Reverse Osmosis Membrane, Journal of Membrane Science, 2018, 552, 132-143

32. Chong Dai, Juanjuan Lius, and Yandi Hu*, Impurity-Bearing Ferrihydrite Nanoparticle Precipitation/Deposition on Quartz and Corundum, Environmental Science: Nano, 2018, 5, 141–149

31. Bo Cao, Andrew Stack, Carl Steefel, Donald Depaolo, Laura Lammers, and Yandi Hu*, Investigating calcite growth rates using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2018, 222, 269–283

30. Juanjuan Liu, Chong Dai, and Yandi Hu*, Aqueous aggregation behavior of citric acid coated magnetite nanoparticles: effects of pH, cations, anions, and humic acid, Environmental Research, 2018, 161: 49-60

29. Chong Dai, Mingxi Lin, and Yandi Hu*, Heterogeneous Ni- and Cd-Bearing Ferrihydrite Precipitation and Recrystallization on Quartz under Acidic pH Condition, ACS Earth & Space Chemistry, 2017, 1, 621−628

28. Bo Cao#, Shuai Fan#, Xiaoyin Tan, Mo Li*, and Yandi Hu*, Cementitious Materials Modified with Hematite Nanoparticles for Enhanced Cement Hydration and Uranium Immobilization, Environmental Science: Nano, 2017, 4, 1670–1681

27. Chengzhao Zhang#, Chong Dai#, Huaqin Zhang, Shitao Peng, Xin Wei, and Yandi Hu*, Regeneration of Mesoporous Silica Aerogel for Hydrocarbon Adsorption and Recovery, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2017, 122, 129-138

26. Jilong Guo, Bo Cao, Carl Steefel, Jiawei Chen*, and Yandi Hu*. Effects of sulfate and magnesium on cement degradation under geologic CO2 sequestration conditions, Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 2017, 63, 118-125

25. Zhuan Zhu, Viktor G. Hadjiev, Yaoguang Rong, Rui Guo, Bo Cao, Zhongjia Tang, Fan Qin, Yang Li, Yanan Wang, Fang Hao, Swaminathan Venkatesan, Wenzhi Li, Steven Baldelli, Arnold M. Guloy, Hui Fang, Yandi Hu, Yan Yao, Zhiming Wang, Jiming Bao*. Interaction of Organic Cation with Water Molecule in Perovskite MAPbI3: From Dynamic Orientational Disorder to Hydrogen Bonding, Chemistry of Materials, 2016, 28, 7385−7393

24. Juanjuan Liu, Xiaolong Wu; Yandi Hu, Chong Dai, Qin Peng; Dongli Liang, Effects of Cu(II) on the Adsorption behaviors of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) onto Kaolin, Journal of Chemistry, 2016, 3069754

23. Chong Dai, Andrew G. Stack, Ayumi Koishi, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Sang Soo Lee, and Yandi Hu*. Heterogeneous Nucleation and Growth of Barium Sulfate at Organic-Water Interfaces: Interplay between Surface Hydrophobicity and Ba2+ Adsorption. Langmuir, 2016, 32, 5277-5284

22. Xi Cao, Chen Liu, Yandi Hu, Wenli Yang, Jiawei Chen, Synthesis of N/Fe Co-modified TiO2 Loaded on Bentonite for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity under UV-Vis Light, accepted by Journal of Nanomaterials

21. Chong Dai, Xiaobing Zuo, Bo Cao, and Yandi Hu*, Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Precipitation of (Fex, Cr1-x)(OH)3 Nanoparticles: Implications for Aqueous Cr removal, Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50, 1741–1749

20. Xubo Gao, Yandi Hu, Chengcheng Li, Chong Dai, Liang Li, Xiong Ou, Yanxin Wang. Evaluation of fluorine release from air deposited coal spoil piles: a case study at Yangquan city, northern China. Science of the Total Environment, 2016, 545-546, 1-10

19. Jin Fan, Fei Liu, Yandi Hu and Jiawei Chen, Effects of pH and ionic composition on sorption/desorption of natural organic matter on zero-valent iron and magnetite nanoparticles. n and magnetite nanoparticles. Water Science & Technology, 2015, 72, 303-310

18. Chong Dai, Yandi Hu*, Fe(III) Hydroxide Nucleation and Growth on Quartz in the Presence of Cu(II), Pb(II), and Cr(III): Metal Hydrolysis and Adsorption. Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49, 292–300

17. Yandi Hu, Qingyun Li, Byeongdu Lee, and Young-Shin Jun. Aluminum affects heterogeneous Fe(III) (Hydr)oxide nucleation, growth, and Ostwald ripening. Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48 (1), 299–306.

16. Yandi Hu, Chelsea Neil, Byeongdu Lee, and Young-Shin Jun. Control of heterogeneous Fe(III) (hydr)oxide nucleation and growth on quartz, mica, and sapphire by interfacial energies and local saturations. Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47, 9198-9206

15. Yandi Hu, Jessica R. Ray, and Young-Shin Jun. Na+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ in brines affect supercritical CO2–brine–biotite interactions: ion exchange, biotite dissolution, and illite precipitation. Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47(1), 191-197

14. Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Yandi Hu, Byeongdu Lee, Young-Shin Jun, and Glenn A. Waychunas. In situ determination of interfacial energy between heterogeneously nucleated CaCO3 and quartz substrates: thermodynamics of CO2 mineral trapping. Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47 (1), 102-109

13. Yandi Hu and Young-Shin Jun. Biotite dissolution in brine at varied temperature and CO2 pressures: its activation energy and potential CO2 intercalation. Langmuir, 2012, 28 (41):14633-14641

12. Yandi Hu, Byeongdu Lee, Christopher Bell, and Young-Shin Jun. Environmentally abundant anions influence the nucleation, growth, Ostwald ripening, and aggregation of hydrous Fe(III) oxides. Langmuir, 2012, 28 (20), 7737−7746

11. A.V. Radha, Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Yandi Hu, Young-Shin Jun, Glenn A. Waychunas, and Alexandra Navrotsky. Energetic and structural studies of the amorphous Ca1-xMgxCO3·nH2O (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) systems. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2012, 90, 83-95

10. Daniel Garcia, Hongbo Shao, Yandi Hu, Jessica R. Ray, and Young-Shin Jun. Supercritical CO2-brine induced dissolution, swelling, and secondary mineral formation on phlogopite surfaces at 75-95°C and 75 atm. Energy & Environmental Science, 2012, 5, 5758-5767

9. Yandi Hu, Jessica R. Ray, and Young-Shin Jun. Biotite –brine interactions under acidic hydrothermal conditions: fibrous illite, goethite and kaolinite formation and biotite surface cracking. Environmental Science & Technology, 2011, 45 (14), 6175-6180

8. Bing Wu, Hongbo Shao, Zhipeng Wang, Yandi Hu, Yinjie J. Tang, and Young-Shin Jun. Viability and metal reduction of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 under CO2 stress: implications for ecological effects of CO2 leakage from geologic CO2 sequestration, Environmental Science & Technology, 2010, 44 (23), 9213–9218

7. Jian Zhou, Yan You, Zhipeng Bai, Yandi Hu, Jiefeng Zhang, and Nan Zhang. Health risk assessment of personal inhalation exposure to volatile organic compounds in Tianjin, China. Science of the Total Environment, 2011, 409, 452-459

6. Bin Han, Shaofei Kong, Zhipeng Bai, Gang Du, Tong Bi, Xiang Li, Guoliang Shi, and Yandi Hu. Characterization of elemental species in PM2.5 samples collected in four cities of northeast China. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 2010, 209, 1-4

5. Jun Wu, Xiaogang Tian, Ya Tang, Yujie Zhao, Yandi Hu, Zili Fang. Application of analytic hierarchy process-grey target theory systematic model in comprehensive evaluation of water environmental quality. Water Environment Research, 2010, 82 (7), 633-641

4. Zhipeng Bai, Yandi Hu, Huan Yu, Nan Wu, and Yan You. Quantitative health risk assessment of inhalation exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on citizens in Tianjin, China, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 2009, 83, 151-154

3. Shitao Peng, Mingxin Dai, Yandi Hu, Zhipeng Bai, and Ran Zhou. Long-term (1996-2006) variation of nitrogen and phosphorus and their spatial distributions in Tianjin coastal seawater. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 2009, 83, 416-421

2. Bin Han, Zhipeng Bai, Guanghuan Guo, Fang Wang, Fu Li, Qiuxin Liu, Yaqin Ji, Xiang Li, and Yandi Hu. Characterization of PM10 fraction of road dust for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from Anshan, China, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2009,170, 934-940

1. Yandi Hu, Zhipeng Bai, Liwen Zhang, Xue Wang, Li Zhang, Qingchan Yu, and Tan Zhu. Health risk assessment for traffic policemen exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Tianjin, China. Science of the Total Environment, 2007, 382, 240-2505.

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Dr. Hu, together with Dr. K. H. Wang, visited Tianjin Research Institute for Water Transport Engineering, M.O.T. in China for collaboration.
Tricycle team at Argonne National Lab
Tricycle team at Argonne National Lab
Congratulations, Dr. Chengzhao Zhang! Best luck in your future career.
Congratulations, Dr. Chengzhao Zhang! Best luck in your future career.
Congratulations to Chong, for receiving student presentation award during University Forum at Texas Water 2016.
Congratulations to Chong, for receiving student presentation award during University Forum at Texas Water 2016.
Chong is giving a presentation during University Forum at Texas Water 2016.
Chong is giving a presentation during University Forum at Texas Water 2016.
Chong, Bo, and Dr. Hu gave 5 presentations during ACS at San Diego.
Chong, Bo, and Dr. Hu gave presentations during ACS at San Diego. Congratulations to Bo for receiving the student travel award. Yay!
Cesar presented his research during Undergraduate Research Day 2015, cheers.
Cesar presented his research during Undergraduate Research Day 2015. Good job, Cesar!
We create hands-on experiments for kids at Children's Museum of Houston.
We create hands-on experiments for kids at Children's Museum of Houston.
Nanoparticle transport experiment attracts lots of kids and parents.
Nanoparticle transport experimemen attracts lots of kids and parents.
Chong attended X-ray and neutron scattering summer school with full financial support from DOE, which is highly competitive. Congratulations, Chong!
Chong attended X-ray and neutron scattering summer school with full financial support from DOE, which is highly competitive. Congratulations, Chong!
Ph.D. student Chong gives an oral presentation of (Fe, Cr)(OH)3 during ACS.
Ph.D. student Chong gives an oral presentation of (Fe, Cr)(OH)3 during ACS.
Chengzhao and Chong presented their poster at 2015 Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference
Chengzhao and Chong presented their poster at 2015 Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference
M.S. student Nibhana's graduation, congratulations! Now she works at ARCADIS U.S. in Houston.
M.S. student Nibhana's graduation, congratulations! Now she works at ARCADIS U.S. in Houston.
Chong Dai is presenting at SES VI conference.
Chong Dai is presenting at SES VI conference.
Undergraduate student Debjani demonstrates hematite synthesis on Materials Day to high school students.
Undergraduate student Debjani demonstrates hematite synthesis on Materials Day to high school students.
Dr. Hu is explaining using atomic force microscopy to observe nanoscale features on surfaces during PROMES Camp.
Dr. Hu is explaining using atomic force microscopy to observe nanoscale features on surfaces during PROMES Camp.
Students are excited about trying the “awesome” technique.
Students are excited about trying the “awesome” technique.
M.S. student Brinda explains water treatment principles to female mid-school students during Grade Camp 2014 at UH.
M.S. student Brinda explains water treatment principles to female mid-school students during Grade Camp 2014 at UH.
Dr. Hu and students visit Northeast Water Purification Plant and learn water treatment operations.
Dr. Hu and students visit Northeast Water Purification Plant and learn water treatment operations.
Congratulations, all 2018 graduates from our group!
Congratulations, all 2018 graduates from our group!
Congratulations for winning the Best Dissertation Award, Chong!
Congratulations for winning the Best Dissertation Award, Chong!