Department of Environmental Engineering

TONG, Meiping

TONG, Meiping

Associate Professor with Tenure
Department: Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Soil and groundwater pollution control and remediation
Tel/fax: 86-10-62756491


Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Utah, 2006 
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2002
B.S., Environmental Science, Zhejiang University, 1999


2013-present, Associate Professor with Tenure, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University
2007-2013, Associate Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University


Undergraduate course: Soil and Groundwater; Physical Pollution Control



Bacterial transport and deposition in natural and engineered systems
Nanoparticle aggregation and deposition in porous media
Interaction of macromolecules and surfaces
Removal of microbe and heavy metal for water treatment



1.    Yang, H., Tong*, M., Kim, H. 2013, “Effect of Carbon Nanotubes on the Transport and Retention of Bacteria in
Saturated Porous Media”, Environmental Science and Technology
 47, 11537−11544.

2.    Cai, L., Tong*, M., Ma, H., Kim, H. 2013, “Cotransport of Titanium Dioxide and Fullerene Nanoparticles in Saturated Porous Media”, Environmental Science and Technology 47, 5703-5710.

3.     Yang, H., Tong*, M., Kim, H. 2012, “Influence of bentonite particles on representative gram negative and gram positive bacterial deposition in porous media”, Environmental Science and Technology 46, 11627−11634.

4.     Tong*, M., Long, G.,Jiang, X., Kim, N. 2010, “Contribution of extracellular polymeric substances on representative gram negative and gram positive bacterial deposition in porous media”, Environmental Science and Technology 44(7), 2393-2399.

5.      Zhu, P., Long, G., Ni, J., Tong*, M. 2009, “Deposition Kinetics of Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) on Silica in Monovalent and Divalent Salts", Environmental Science and Technology43(15), 5699–5704.
6.      Long, G., Zhu, P., Shen, Y., Tong*, M. 2009, “Influence of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) on deposition kinetics of bacteria. Environmental Science and Technology 43(7), 2308-2314.

7.      Tong, M., Ma, H., Johnson*, W. P. 2008, “Funneling of flow into grain-to-grain contacts drives colloid-colloid aggregation in the presence of an energy barrier”, Environmental Science and Technology 42 (8), 2826–2832.

8.      Zhu, X., Tong, M., Shi, S., Zhao, H., Ni*. J, 2008, “Essential explanation to the strone mineralization performance of Boron-doped diamond electrodes, Environmental Science and Technology 42(13), 4914–4920.

9.      Tong, M., Johnson*, W. P. 2007, “Colloid population heterogeneity drives hyper-exponential deviation from classic filtration theoryEnvironmental Science and Technology 41(2), 493-499.
10.   Tong, M., Johnson*, W. P. 2006, Excess colloid retention in porous media as a function of colloid size, fluid velocity, and grain angularity, Environmental Science and Technology 40(24), 7725-7731.

11.   Johnson*, W. P., Tong, M. 2006, Observed and simulated fluid drag effects on colloid deposition in the presence of an energy barrier in an impinging jet system”, Environmental Science and Technology 40 (16)5015-5021.

12.   Tong, M., Camesano, T. A., Johnson*, W. P. 2005, “Spatial variation in deposition rate coefficients of an adhesion-deficient bacterial strain in quartz sand, Environmental Science and Technology 39(10), 3679-3687.

13.   Tong, M., Li, X., Brow, C. N., Johnson*, W. P. 2005, “Detachment-influenced transport of an adhesion-deficient bacterial strain within water-reactive porous media, Environmental Science and Technology 39(8) 2500-2508.

14.   Jin, Y., Liu, F., Shan, C., Tong*, M. Hou, Y. 2014, “Efficient Bacterial Capture with Amino Acid Modified Magnetic Nanoparticles”, Water Research 50, 124-134.

15.   Jin, Y., Dai, Z., Liu, F., Tong*, M. Hou*, Y. 2013, “Bactericidal Mechanisms of Ag2O/TNBs under both Dark and Light Conditions”, Water Research 47(5), 1837-1847.

16.   Shan, C., Tong*, M. 2013, “Efficient Removal of Trace Arsenite through Oxidation and Adsorption by Magnetic Nanoparticles Modified with Fe-Mn Binary Oxide”, Water Research 47, 3411-3421.

17.   Tong*, M., Ding, J., Shen Y., Zhu, P. 2010, “Influence of biofilm on the transport of fullerene (C60) nanoparticles in porous media”, Water Research 44(4), 1094-1103.

18.   Shan, C.Ma, Z., Tong*, M. 2014, “Efficient Removal of Trace Antimony(III) through Adsorption by Hematite Modified Magnetic Nanoparticles”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 268, 229-236.

19.    Jin, Y., Liu, F., Tong*, M., Hou*, Y. 2012, “Removal of arsenate by cetyltrimethylammonium bromide modified magnetic nanoparticles”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 227,

20.   Yao, L, Ye, Z, Tong, M., Ni*, J., 2009, “Removal of Cr(3+) from Aqueous Solution by Bisorption with Aerobic Granules",  Journal of Hazardous Materials 165(1-3), 250-255.

21.   Liu, F., Jin, Y., Liao, H., Cai, L., Tong*, M., Hou*, Y. 2013, “Facile self-assembly synthesis of titanate/Fe3O4
nanocomposites for the efficient removal of Pb2+ from aqueous systems”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A 
1, 805-813.

22.    Jiang, X., Wang, X., Tong*, M., Kim, H. 2013, “Initial transport and retention behaviors of ZnO nanoparticles in quartz sand porous media coated with Escherichia coli biofilm”, Environmental Pollution 174, 38-49.

23.    Jiang, X., Tong*, M., Kim*, H. 2012, “Influence of natural organic matter on the transport and deposition of zinc oxide nanoparticles in saturated porous media”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 15(1), 34-43.

24.    Jiang, X., Tong*, M., Li, H., Yang, K., 2010, “Deposition inetics of zinc oxide nanoparticles on natural organic matter coated silica surfaces”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 350(2), 427-434.

25.    Han, P., Wang, X., Cai, L., Tong*. M., Kim. H. 2014, “Transport and Retention Behaviors of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Iron Oxide-Coated Quartz Sand: Effects of pH, Ionic Strength, and Humic Acid”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2014.04.020

26.   Jiang, X., Tong*. M., Lu, R., Kim. H. 2012, “Transport and deposition of ZnO nanoparticles in saturated porous media”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 401, 29-37.

27.   Min, X., Han, P., Yang, H., Tong*, M. 2014, “Influence of Sulfate and Phosphate on the Deposition of Plasmid
DNA on Silica and Alumina-coated Surfaces”, Colloids and Surfaces B: 
Biointerfaces, 118C, 83-89.

28.   Shen, X., Han, P., Yang, H., Tong*, M. 2013, “Influence of sulfate on the transport of bacteria in quartz sand”, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 110, 443-449.

29.    Han, P., Shen, X., Yang, H., Kim, H., Tong*, M. 2013, “Influence of nutrient conditions on the transport of bacteria in saturated porous media”, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 102, 752-758.

30.   Su, R., Jin, Y., Tong*, M., Kim, H. 2013, “Bactericidal activity of Ag-doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes and the effects of extracellular polymeric substances and natural organic matter”, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces104133-139.

31.   Tong*, M., Shen, Y., Yang, H., Kim, H., 2012, “Deposition kinetics of MS2 bacteriophages on clay mineral surfaces”, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 92, 340-347.

32.   Yang, H., Kim, H, Tong*, M, 2012, “Influence of humic acid on the transport behavior of bacteria in quartz sand”, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 91, 122-129.

33.   Tong*, M., Zhu, P., Jiang, X., Kim, H, 2011, “Influence of natural organic matter on the deposition kinetics of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) on silica”, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerface 87(1), 151-158.

34.    Shen, Y., Kim,H, Tong*, M., Li, Q. 2011, “Influence of solution chemistry on the deposition and detachment
kinetics of RNA on silica surfaces”, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 82(2), 443-449.

35.   Han, Y., Kim, H*., Tong, M*. 2012, “Characterization of stone powder sludge foams and their application to wastewater treatment: Role of Pore connectivity”, Materials Chemistry and Physics 134(1), 26-30.

36.    Han, Y., Choi, J., Tong, M*. Kim, H*., 2014 “Synthesis and characterization of high-surface-area millimeter-sized silica beads with hierarchical multi-modal pore structure by the addition of agar”Materials Characterization 90, 31-39.

37.   Johnson*, W. P, Li, X, Tong, M. 2009, “Comment on “Transport and fate of bacteria in porous media: coupled effects of chemical conditions and pore space geometry by Saeed Torkzaban et al.”, Water Resource Research 45, W09603, doi:10.1029/2008WR007389.

38.   Johnson*, W. P., Tong, M.,  Li, X. 2007, “On colloid retention in saturated porous media in the presence of energy barriers: the failure of alpha and opportunities to predict eta, Water Resource Research 43, W12S13, doi:10.1029/2006WR005770.

39.    Hwang, G., Liang, J., Kang, S., Tong, M. Liu, Y. 2013, “The role of conditioning film formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 adhension to inert surfaces in aquatic environments, Biochemical Engineering Journal 76, 90-98.

40.   Yang*, J., Liu, W., Yuan, H., Tong, M. Gao, J. 2010, “Application of a novel backwashing process in upflow biological aerated filter”, Journal of Environmental Sciences-China, 22(3), 362-366.






1.  New Century Excellent Talents, 2013

2. Excellent Instructor Award, Peking University, 2011 
3. Outstanding Class Advisor Award, Peking University, 2008-2009
4. Environmental Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Utah, 2006
5. Excellent Graduates Award, Zhejiang University, 1999




Dr. Tong’s research mainly focuses on understanding the mechanisms controlling the fate and transport of colloids including microbe, macromolecules, and nanoparticles in subsurface environments and the use of nanotechnology for water purification applications. Her work is crucial for properly assessing the environmental impact of groundwater contamination from sources including urban runoff, septic tank leakage, animal manure from agricultural operations, as well as the discharge of nanomaterials during the operation and application processes. Her work is also imperative for effective design of water quality technologies including riverbank filtration and recharge into aquifers. Additionally, with employment of the novel nanomaterials fabricated in her group, heavy metals (e.g. arsenic) and pathogenic microbes can be effectively removed from aqueous solutions.