Meet the Faculty

Dr. John Yang

Department Head
Associate Director of Research
Lincoln University
107A Foster Hall
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 681-5380


  • Ph.D. Environmental Soil Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • M.S. Environmental Soil Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • B.S. Agricultural Chemistry, Southwest University, Chongqing, China


Dr. John Yang teaches environmentally related chemistry courses here at Lincoln University. His primary research focuses are in chemistry of environmental contaminants, water quality, site remediation (restoring of environmentally damaged sites) & technology, environmental risk assessment, and soil-plant interactions. He has been the PD or Co-PD of many research projects funded by the DOD, EPA, NSF, USDA and NASA and has published over 70 research articles. Dr. Yang has served on review boards or panels for the NSF, EPA, NASA, USSD and USDA. He also has served as a review author or editorial board member for the Journal of Water Environmental Research, Journal of Open Agriculture and the Journal of Agriculture, Food, and Ecosystem. Dr. Yang is frequent speaker at numerous conferences and universities and active in national and international collaborations.

Research Interests

  • Chemistry of environmental contaminants
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Remediation technologies

Recent Publications

  • Hua, B., Yan, W.G., Wang, J.M., Deng, B.L., Yang, J. 2011. Arsenic accumulation in rice grains as affected by cultivars and water management. Environ. Eng. Sci. 28(8):1-6
  • Yang, J., Eivazi, F. 2011. Ecological risk reductions of lead-contaminated mining sites by the in-situ phosphate treatments. Progr. Environ. Sci. Technol. (3):768-773
  • Hua, B., Yang J., Deng, BL. 2010. Ground Water Quality Review. Water Environ. Research. 82(10):1854-1874
  • Yan, S., Hua, B., Bao, ZY., Yang, J., Liu, CX., Deng, BL. 2010. Uranium(VI) Reduction by Nanoscale Zerovalent Iron Under Anoxic Conditions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44:7783-7789
  • Yang, J., Tang, X. 2010. Leaching characteristics of phosphate-immobilized lead in contaminated urban soil and mine waste. Environ. Monitor. & Restor. 6:131-138