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CHEN Mengfang
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Subject categories:
Environmental Science
Mailing Address:
No.71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, China


1.Education Background

PhD 10/1986-09/1990. Newcastle University, UK. Earth Sciences.

BEng 09/1981-07/1985 China University of Geosciences. Mineral Resources.


2.Professional Experience

Professor, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Science (08/2010-present)

Technical Director, Royal Haskoning, UK (01/2008-07/2010)

Technical Director, Capita Group, UK (04/2005-12/2007)

Principal Engineer, Mowlem Group Plc, UK (04/2003-03/2005)

Principal Engineer, Jacobs Engineering, UK (01/2001-03/2003)

Senior Consultant, ERM Ltd, UK (08/1998-12/2000)

Environmental Scientist, Westlakes Scientific Consulting Ltd, UK (07/1997-07/1998)

Senior Research Fellow, Aberdeen University, Scotland (07/1995-06/1997)

Project Hydrogeologist, Reading University, UK (06/1991-06/1995)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University College London, UK (11/1990-05/1991)


3.Work achievements

Prof Chen specialiszs in soil and groundwater remediation and is currently Director of the Centre for Site Remediation (SiteRem), and Deputy Director of National Engineering Laboratory of Site Remediation Technologies. Prof. Chen has over thirty years’ experience working in contaminated land research and consultancy and has considerable experience in soil and groundwater investigation, human health and environmental risk assessment and in-situ remediation technologies such as nano-iron technology, permeable reactive barrier (PRB), advanced chemical oxidation and reduction and enhanced bioremediation. While working in UK, Mengfang was a technical advisor for London Development Agency for groundwater and has supervised the development of groundwater model for London 2012 Olympic Park; and a key member of the team for Thames Water funded project ‘Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry of London Basin’ and Severn Trent Water project ‘Cryptosporidium Hydrogeological Risk Assessment’, and BNFL ‘Environmental Assessment Programme for Sellafield site’. In China, Prof. Chen led over 10 key soil and groundwater remediation projects funded by National Key Research and Development Programme of the Ministry of Science and Technology, general and international collaboration programme of National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Science and Technology Service Network of Chinese Academy of Sciences etc. Prof. Chen has written over 300 consultant reports related to site investigation, risk assessment and remedial strategies for contaminated sites and has an excellent track record of academic publications with over 50 SCI papers with Journal of Hazardous Materials, Bioresource Technology and Chemical Engineering Journal etc.


4.Scientific discoveries

Combining multimedia contaminant fate and transport and exposure modelling, Mengfang has developed Chinese-Specific Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) software which can derive soil and groundwater assessment criteria and site-specific remedial targets and has become a standard tool for soil and groundwater risk assessment of contaminated sites in Chinese Brownfield Regeneration Market; Systematically and extensively studied remediation mechanism of nanoscale zero valent iron (nZVI), biochar, zeolite, persulphate and peroxide based composites of both reactive and sorptive functionalities in treating chlorinated solvents, BTEX, metals in groundwater and successfully completed several pilot tests using permeable reactive barriers (PRB) and in-situ chemical reduction (ISCR) that may be potentially extended to other similar sites.


Risk Control and Remediation of Soil and Groundwater Pollution for Contaminated Sites, Highly Effective and Green Remediation Reagents, Groundwater Flow and Contamonant Transport Modelling, Contamination Mechanism and Ecological Restoration of Acid Mine Drainage for Abandoned Mines


Winner (Ranked No.1), Second Prize of Science and Technology Award of Soil Science Society of China (2017)


[1] Da Ouyang, Yun Chen, Jingchun Yan, Linbo Qian, Lu Han, Mengfang Chen*. Activation mechanism of peroxymonosulfate by biochar for catalytic degradation of 1,4-dioxane: Important role of biochar defect structures. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2019, 15:614-624.

[2] Wenying Zhang, Linbo Qian, Da Ouyang, Yun Chen, Lu Han, Mengfang Chen*. Effective removal of Cr(VI) by attapulgite-supported nanoscale zero-valent iron from aqueous solution: Enhanced adsorption and crystallization. Chemosphere, 2019, 221:683-692.

[3] Linbo Qian, Sining Liu, Wenying Zhang, Yun Chen, Ouyang, Da, Lu Han, Jingchun Yan, Mengfang Chen*. Enhanced reduction and adsorption of hexavalent chromium by palladium and silicon rich biochar supported nanoscale zero-valent iron. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2019, 533:428-436.

[4] Jingchun Yan, Yun Chen, Linbo Qian, Weiguo Gao, Da Ouyang, Mengfang Chen*. Heterogeneously catalyzed persulfate with a cumgfe layered double hydroxide for the degradation of ethylbenzene. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2017, 338: 372-380.

[5] Yun Chen, Jingchun Yan, Da Ouyang, Linbo Qian, Lu Han, Mengfang Chen*. Heterogeneously catalyzed persulfate by CuMgFe layered doubleoxide for the degradation of phenol. Applied Catalysis A: General, 2017, 538: 19-26. [6] Da Ouyang, Jingchun Yan, Linbo Qian, Yun Chen, Lu Han, Anqi Su, Wenying Zhang, Hao Ni, Mengfang Chen*. Degradation of 1,4-dioxane by biochar supported nano magnetite particles activating persulfate. Chemosphere, 2017, 184: 609-617. [7] Linbo Qian, Wengying Zhang, Jingchun Yan, Lu Han, Yun Chen, Da Ouyang, Mengfang Chen*. Nanoscale zero-valent iron supported by biochars produced at different temperatures: Synthesis mechanism and effect on Cr(VI) removal. Environmental Pollution, 2017, 223: 153-160. [8] Linbo Qian, Wenying Zhang, Jingchun Yan, Lu Han, Weiguo Gao, Rongqin Liu, Mengfang Chen*. Effective removal of heavy metal by biochar colloids under different pyrolysis temperatures. Bioresource Technology, 2016, 206: 217-224. [9] Jingchun Yan, Weiguo Gao, Mingang Dong, Lu Han, Linbo Qian, C Paul Nathanail, Mengfang Chen*. Degradation of trichloroethylene by activated persulfate using a reduced graphene oxide supported magnetite nanoparticle. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2016, 295: 309-316. [10] Jingchun Yan, Lu Han, Weiguo Gao, Song Xue, Mengfang Chen*. Biochar supported nanoscale zerovalent iron composite used as persulfate activator for removing trichloroethylene. Bioresource Technology, 2015, 175: 269-274.

Community service:

Chair, Soil Remediation Committee, Soil Science Society of China (2015 - present)

Chair, Soil and Groundwater Remediation Committee, Jiangsu Society of Environmental Sciences (2017 - present)

International Project Advisor, European FP7 NANOREM (Taking Nanotechnological Remediation Processes from Lab Scale to End User Application for the Restoration of a Clean Environment (2013 - 2017) Senior Groundwater Advisor, Regeneration of London 2012 Olympic Park (2004 - 2008)

Commitment to research the situation:

[1] Mengfang Chen. Research and Integrated Demonstration of Pollution Remediation and Redevelopment Technologies for Gas Works in Beijing, Tianjing and Hebei Province and Surrounding Areas. National Key Research and Development Programme (No. 2018YFC1803000), 2019/01-2022/12.

[2] Mengfang Chen. Optimized iron-biochar composites for degrading halogenated compounds in environmental media: synthesis strategies and reaction mechanisms. International Cooperation and Exchanges of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.41761134091). 2018/01-2020/12.

[3] Mengfang Chen. Migration, dispersion and Safety Assessment Modelling of Soil Nanomaterials. National Key Research and Development Programme (No. 2017YFA0207003). 2017/01-2021/12.

[4] Mengfang Chen. Remediation Mechanism of Advanced Oxidation Processes Using Nano-Magnetite/Biochar Activated Persulphate for Degrading 1,4-Dioxane in Groundwater. General Programme of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41471404). 2014/01-2018/12.

[5] Mengfang Chen. Groundwater Remediation Technologies and Demonstration Using Nanoscale Zero Valent Iron Composites. Science and Technology Service Network of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. KFJ-EW-STS-091). 2015/01-2017/12.

[6] Mengfang Chen. Ecological Risk Assessment and Control of Groundwater Contamination from Leakage of a Rare Earth Tailing Dam. Public Welfare Programme of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (No. 201309005). 2014/01-2016/12

[7] Mengfang Chen. Equipment and Demonstration of Physio-Chemical and Biological Remediation of Readily Mobile Organic Solvents of Contaminated Sites. The National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (No. 2013AA06A208). 2013/01-2016/12.