Danmeng Shuai

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Danmeng Shuai

Associate Professor

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering


Email: Danmeng Shuai
Office Phone: (202) 994-0506
SEH B1870 | Office Hours: M, R: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Professor Danmeng Shuai's research group specializes in water treatment, environmental chemistry, catalysis, and nanotechnology. His group aims to apply materials-based strategies to address water sustainability issues. Their research focuses on advanced treatment technologies (including oxidation, reduction, and separation) for water purification with reduced energy footprint, production of renewable energy, and resource recovery from the waste.

  • B.E., Tsinghua University, 2005
  • M.E., Tsinghua University, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012


Selected Journal Papers

Zhang, M., Ghosh, S., Li, M., Altan-Bonnet, N., Shuai, D. Vesicle-Cloaked Rotavirus Clusters are Environmentally Persistent and Resistant to Free Chlorine Disinfection. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2022, 56, 12, 8475-8484.

Zhang, M., Altan-Bonnet, N., Shen, Y., Shuai, D. Waterborne Human Pathogenic Viruses in Complex Microbial Communities: Environmental Implication on Virus Infectivity, Persistence, and Disinfection. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2022, 56, 9, 5381-5389.

Shen, H., Han, M., Shen, Y., Shuai, D. Electrospun Nanofibrous Membranes for Controlling Airborne Viruses: Present Status, Standardization of Aerosol Filtration Tests, and Future Development. ACS Environ. Au. 2022, 2, 4, 290-309.

Shen, H., Zhou, Z., Wang, H., Chen, J., Zhang, M., Han, M., Shen, Y., Shuai, D. Photosensitized Electrospun Nanofibrous Filters for Capturing and Killing Airborne Coronaviruses under Visible Light Irradiation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2022, 56, 7, 4295-4304.

Li, M., Liu, D., Chen, X., Yin, Z., Shen, H., Aiello, A., McKenzie, K. R., Jr., Jiang, N., Li, X., Wagner, M. J., Durkin, D. P., Chen, H., Shuai, D. Radical-Driven Decomposition of Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanosheets: Light Exposure Matters. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2021, 55, 18, 12414-12423.

Zhou, Z., Li, M., Kuai, C., Zhang, Y., Smith, V. F., Lin, F., Aiello, A., Durkin, D. P., Chen, H., Shuai, D. Fe-based Single-Atom Catalysis for Oxidizing Contaminants of Emerging Concern by Activating Peroxides. J. Hazard. Mater. 2021, 418, 126294.

Shen, H., Zhou, Z., Wang, H., Zhang, M., Han, M., Durkin, D. P., Shuai, D., Shen, Y. Development of Electrospun Nanofibrous Filters for Controlling Coronavirus Aerosols. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2021, 8, 7, 545-550.

Zhang, M., Ghosh, S., Kumar, M., Santiana, M., Bleck, C. K. E., Chaimongkol, N., Altan-Bonnet, N., Shuai, D. Emerging Pathogenic Unit of Vesicle-Cloaked Murine Norovirus Clusters is Resistant to Environmental Stresses and UV254 Disinfection. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2021, 55, 9, 6197-6205.

Shen, H., Durkin, D. P., Aiello, A., Diba, T., Lafleur, J., Zara, J. M., Shen, Y., Shuai, D. Photocatalytic Graphitic Carbon Nitride-Chitosan Composites for Pathogenic Biofilm Control under Visible Light Irradiation. J. Hazard. Mater. 2021, 408, 124890.

Zheng, Q., Aiello, A., Choi, Y., Tarr, K., Shen, H., Durkin, D. P., Shuai, D. 3D Printed Photoreactor with Immobilized Graphitic Carbon Nitride: A Sustainable Platform for Solar Water Purification. J. Hazard. Mater. 2020, 399, 123097.

López-Guerra, E. A., Shen, H., Solares, S. D., Shuai, D. Acquisition of Time-frequency Localized Mechanical Properties of Biofilms and Single Cells with High Spatial Resolution. Nanoscale 2019, 11, 8918-8929.

Shen, H., López-Guerra, E. A., Zhu, R., Diba, T., Zheng, Q., Solares, S. D., Zara, J. M., Shuai, D., Shen, Y. Visible-light-responsive Photocatalyst of Graphitic Carbon Nitride for Pathogenic Biofilm Control. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11 (1), 373–384.

Zheng, Q., Xu, E., Park, E., Chen, H., Shuai, D. Looking at the Overlooked Hole Oxidation: Photocatalytic Transformation of Organic Contaminants on Graphitic Carbon Nitride under Visible Light Irradiation. Appl. Catal. B 2019, 240, 262-269.

Ye, T., Banek, N. A., Durkin, D. P., Hu, M., Wang, X., Wagner, M. J., Shuai, D. Nitrogen-Functionalized Activated Carbon Support for Pd-based Catalysis: Mechanism and Application for Oxyanion Reduction and Water Purification. ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2018, 1 (12), 6580–6586.

Zhu, R., Diaz, A. J., Shen, Y., Qi, F., Chang, X., Durkin, D. P., Sun, Y., Solares, S. D., Shuai, D. Mechanism of Humic Acid Fouling in a Photocatalytic Membrane System. J. Membr. Sci. 2018, 563, 531-540. (‡ Co-corresponding Author)

Durkin, D. P., Ye, T., Choi, J., Livi, K. J. T., De Long, H. C., Trulove, P. C., Fairbrother, D. H., Haverhals, L. M., Shuai, D. Sustainable and Scalable Natural Fiber Welded Palladium-Indium Catalysts for Nitrate Reduction. Appl. Catal. B 2018, 221, 290-301.

Ye, T., Durkin, D. P., Banek, N. A., Wagner, M. J., Shuai, D. Graphitic Carbon Nitride Supported Ultrafine Pd and Pd-Cu Catalysts: Enhanced Reactivity, Selectivity, and Longevity for Nitrite and Nitrate Hydrogenation. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9 (33), 27421-27426.

Zheng, Q., Shen, H., Shuai, D. Advances and Challenges of Graphitic Carbon Nitride as a Visible-Light-Responsive Photocatalyst for Sustainable Water Purification. Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol. 2017, 3, 982-1001.

Zheng, Q., Durkin, D. P., Elenewski, J. E., Sun, Y., Banek, N. A., Hua, L., Chen, H., Wagner, M. J., Zhang, W., Shuai, D. Visible-Light-Responsive Graphitic Carbon Nitride: Rational Design and Photocatalytic Applications for Water Treatment. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, 50 (23), 12938-12948.

Durkin, D. P., Ye, T., Larson, E. G., Haverhals, L. M., Livi, K. J. T., De Long, H. C., Trulove, P. C., Fairbrother, D. H., Shuai, D. Lignocellulose Fiber- and Welded Fiber- Supports for Palladium Based Catalytic Hydrogenation:  A Natural Fiber Welding Application for Water Treatment. ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 2016, 4 (10), 5511-5522.

Ye, T., Durkin, D. P., Hu, M., Wang, X., Banek, N. A., Wagner, M. J., Shuai, D. Enhancement of Nitrite Reduction Kinetics on Electrospun Pd-Carbon Nanomaterial Catalysts for Water Purification. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8 (28), 17739-17744.


  • 2022 40 under 40 Recognition Program for American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, 11/2022.

  • 2019 CAPEES/Nanova Young Investigator Award, 04/2019.

  • 2018 GW SEAS Outstanding Junior Researcher Award, 04/2018.

  • ​2015 Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor of the Year, The Engineer's Council at GW, 02/2015.