John Yang, Ph.D.

 Dr. John Yang, Associate Professor, Soil Environmental Chemistry

Associate Professor
Soil Environmental Chemistry

Phone: 573-681-5383
Address: 310 Foster Hall, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102


  • Ph.D. 1995, University of Missouri


  • Chemistry of metal contaminants
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Soil and water remediation
  • Soil-plant interactions


  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Environmental Monitoring & Risk Assessment
  • Capstone in Environmental Science

Research Summary
Research interests are primarily the chemistry aspects of environmental contaminants and interactions in the soil-plant-water ecosystems, in the context of specie transformation, environmental fate, risk assessment, and remediation. Recent activities have focused on in situ metal immobilization (Pb, As) for exposure and ecological risk reduction in contaminated soils, aqueous metal (Pb, As, Hg) and organics (atrazine, TNT) removal by chemically-modified activated carbon and nano-structured carbon tubes, plant species-specific rhizodegradation of munitions explosives (TNT, RDX), application of fluorescent emission spectroscopy for water quality assessment (DON, DOC, DBP), and development of micro-chip sensor array (pH, O2) for studying rhizosphere interactions.
Selected Recent Publications

  • Hua, B., Yang, J., Deng, BL. (2011)  Arsenic accumulation in rice grains as affected by cultivars and water management.  Environ. Eng. Sci. 28(8):591-596
  • 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
  • Yan, S., Hua, B., Bao, Z., Yang, J., Liu, C., Deng, B. (2010)  Uranium (VI) reduction by nanoscale zerovalent iron under anoxic conditions.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 44:7783-778.
  • Hua, B., Yang J., Deng, B.L. (2010)  Ground Water Quality Review. Water Environ. Research.  82(10):1854-1874

Yang, J., Tang, X. (2010) Leaching characteristics of phosphate-immobilized lead in contaminated urban soil and mine waste.  Environ. Monitor. & Restor. 6:131-138