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Assistant Professor, East Carolina University


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University (China), 2019
  • B.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University (China), 2014


Dr. Meng’s research focuses on the occurrence, transport, human exposure and remediation of emerging contaminants in the environment, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pesticides, pharmaceuticals, etc. Current research focuses consists of:

  1. Analysis: developing extraction and analytical methods to quantify PFAS in different environmental matrices;
  2. Occurrence: combining different chromatography techniques (LC/MS, GC/MS, combustion IC, etc.) to determine a wide range of PFAS in the coastal environment;
  3. Exposure: assisting local PFAS-impacted communities quantify their exposure to PFAS through drinking water, food, air, etc.
  4. Treatment: assessing granular activated carbon (GAC), ion exchange (IX) resin and novel alternative adsorbents for PFAS removal using rapid small-scale column tests.

Areas of Expertise

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Water Treatment