Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware

Chin-Pao (C.P.) Huang

Donald C. Phillips Professor
Francis Alison Professor

352A DuPont Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-8428
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1971 | Ph.D | Harvard University
1967 | Master | Harvard University
1965 | Bachelor | National Taiwan University


C. P. Huang is a Donald C. Phillips Professor and Francis Alison Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He completed a BS in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taiwan (1965) and MS in Environmental Engineering (1967) and Ph.D. in Aquatic Chemistry (1971) from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.  He was an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI from 1971-1974 before joining the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in Fall of 1974. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1977 and Full Professor in 1981. He was awarded the Distinguished Professor in 1992, Donald C. Phillips Professor in 2002, and Francis Alison Professor in 2009. He also served as the Department Chair from 1996-2001. Prof. Huang has been appointed Honorary Distinguished Professor by several national universities in Taiwan, including National Taiwan University, National Chiao Tung University, and National Chung Hsing University.

Prof. Huang’s research interest is in principles and applications of aqueous chemistry at the solid water interfaces. His early work deal with ion adsorption onto hydrous solids including metal oxides, clay minerals, aluminosilicates, flyash, biomass, and activated carbon aiming at the removal of hazardous metals from water. He is one of the early researchers to study advanced oxidation technologies, namely, Fenton reagent and heterogeneous photocatalysis, for the removal of hazardous chemicals from water.  His recent research activities focus on environmental nanotechnology and environmental electrochemical technology aiming at understanding the mechanisms of adsorption and transformation of hazardous chemicals on nanocatalsts. The overall goal is to understand the effect of crystal facets and defects on the reactivity and selectivity of hazardous chemicals such as pharmaceuticals and micronutrients over nanocatalysts driven by photo energy and electricity. His work on the transport and effects of engineered nanoparticles on ecological systems is among the early investigations in the field.    

Prof. Huang has received numeral honors and awards: Lifetime Achievement Award of Chinese-American Professors of Environmental Engineering and Science (2017); Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, Chinese Institute of Engineering-USA (2017); Distinguished Service Award, Chinese-American Professors of Environmental Engineering and Science (2014); Top 25 most cited publications, Applied Catalysis, B. Environment (2011); Gordon Maskew Fair Award, American Academy of Environmental Engineers (2012); Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award, University of Delaware (2008); Wesley H. Horner Award, ASCE (2008); Best Theoretical Paper Award, World Water and Environmental Resources Congress, ASCE (2005); Gordon Maskew Fair Medal, Water Environment Federation (1999); Gold Medal, Life-time Achievements in Research, Chinese Institute of Environmental Engineering (1995); Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award, Overseas Chinese Environmental Engineers and Scientists Association (1994); Author of “Citation Classics” (1994). Special Issue on “Environmental Nanotechnology and Sustainability in Water Treatment” by J. Separation and Purification Technology, Elsevier Publishing (2015) and Special Issue on “Advances in Research and Development of Sustainable Environmental Technology” by J. Environmental Engineering, ASCE (2012), 138(3), were published in honor of Prof. Huang for his contributions in environmental physical chemical processes research. A  Symposium on “Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Treatment Processes” sponsored by the Division of Environmental Chemistry, ACS, August 10-14, San Francisco, CA, 2014 was organized in honor of Prof. Huang for his life-time contributions to research in equilibrium and kinetics of chemical processes.


  • Environmental and Water Resources
  • Sustainability
  • Water


  1. Gong Zhang, Meng Sun, Yang Liu, Huijuan Liu, C P Huang, Jiuhui Qu, Jinghong Li, (2015), Formation of Bi2WO6 Bipyramids with Vacancy Pairs for Enhanced Solar-Driven Photoactivity. Advanced Functional Materials. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201501009.
  2. Mingyu Lin, Yao Hsiang Tseng, Huang, (2015), Interactions betweenNano-TiO2 particles and algal cells at moderate particle concentration. Frontiers of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (in press)
  3. Rovshan Mahmudov, Ching-lung Chen, and C. P. Huang, (2015), Functionalized activated carbon for the adsorptive removal of perchlorate from water solutions. Frontiers of Chemical Engineering and Science (in press)
  4. Jenn Fang Su, Inci Ruzybayev, Ismat Shah, C. P. Huang, The electrochemical reduction of nitrate over micro-architectured metalelectrodes with stainless steel scaffold. Applied Catalysis, B: Environment (in press)
  5. Yu-Jen Shih, Chia-Chi Su, Ming-Chun Lu, C. P. Huang, The electrodeless preparation of M (M = Pt, Pd, Ru, Cu) Ni-Co oxide/graphite electrodes for the electrochemical inactivation of E. coli. Applied Catalysis. B: Environment (submitted)
  6. Yu-Jen Shih, Chia-Chi Su, C. P. Huang, The synthesis, characterization, and application of a platinum modified graphite electrode (Pt/G) exemplified by chloride oxidation, Separation and Purification (submitted)
  7. Mahmudov, Rovshan; Li, Minghua; Huang, C.P. Water Environment Research, (submitted)
  8. Deming Deng, Lin Deng, Zhongmai HuangC. P. Huang.Solar photocatalytic degradation of dye in waste water by Rectorite-TiO2. Environmental Science and Technology (submitted).
  9. Shengli Zhang, Lichun Tao, Man Jiang, C.P. Huang, Guangjun Gou, Zuowan Zhou. The preparation of a magnetic activated carbon from peanut shell coactivated by K2CO3 and Fe3O4.Catalysis Today (submitted).
  10. Erdem, Ayca, Metzler, David, Cha, Daniel K. and Huang, C. P. The toxic effects of nano-TiO2particles on bacteria with respect to viability, cellular respiration, and lipid peroxidation. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. (in review).
  11. Yang, Ai-li, Yang Peng, Jiang Ling, Deng Heng-feng, Zhang Hao, C. P. Huang. Flocculation performance of polyacrylamide (PAA) in the presence of MgCl2 on the treatment low radioactive uranium wastewater. Water Science Technology (in review).

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