Yuefeng Xie, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Fellow IWA

Professor of Environmental Engineering , School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
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Olmsted Building, W236e

Dr. Xie joined Penn State Harrisburg in 1995 and is currently a professor of environmental engineering.  He was a postdoctoral research associate at University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1989 to 1994.  He received a B.S. and an M.S. in chemical engineering and a PhD in environmental engineering from Tsinghua University.  His teaching and research interests include drinking water quality and analysis, water disinfection and disinfection byproducts, small water systems, as well as physical, chemical, and biological water treatment processes.  Dr. Xie co-founded and directed the Small Public Water Systems Technology Assistance Center and Environmental Training Center at Penn State, and received over $6 million research grants. He published three books and over 100 journal papers.

Major Honors and Awards

  • 2002 Faculty Excellence in Research Award, Penn State Harrisburg
  • 2005 Professional Research Award, Pennsylvania Water Environmental Association
  • 2008 Keynote Speaker, the 13th Canadian National Drinking Water Conference
  • 2009 Special Recognition Award, Pennsylvania American Water Works Association
  • 2010 Fulbright Scholar, The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
  • 2012 Fellow, International Water Association
  • 2014 University Faculty Outreach Award, Penn State University
  • 2019 Nanova/CAPEES Lifetime Achievement Award, CAPEES
  • 2019 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University

Services to government and profession

  • US EPA Science Advisory Board’s Drinking Water Committee, 2017-2021
  • Chair of Southeastern Pennsylvania Section of the American Chemical Society, 1999.
  • Chair of WWOAP Scholarship Committee, 2005-2008
  • Chair of AWWA Organic Contaminant Control Committee, 2006-2009.
  • Founding President of CAPEES, 2008
  • President of Central Pennsylvania Chinese Association, 2009
  • Editorial Board for three journals
  • Chair/Co-Chair of five professional conferences or symposiums


  • Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE): AAEES
  • Professional Engineer (PE) in Environmental Engineering: PA


Canoeing, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, x-country skiing, downhill skiing, sailing, and any outdoor activities involving water.  I am also a private pilot.

Research Interests

Water disinfection and disinfection byproduct control

Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Development

Emerging contaminant analysis and control

Water quality and analysis

Environmental chemistry

Physical chemical and biological treatment processes

Wastewater reuse



Karanfil, Mitch, Westerhoff & Xie (eds), Recent Advances in Disinfection Byproducts, American Chemical Society, 2015

Karanfil, Krasner, Westerhoff & Xie (eds), Disinfection By-Products in Drinking Water: Occurence, Formation, Health Effects and Control, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Yuefeng F. Xie, Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water: Formation, analysis, and control, Lewis Publishers, 2003.

Recent Journal Publications

Kuan Z. Huang, Yuefeng F. Xie, Hao L. Tang, Formation of disinfection by-products under influence of shale gas produced water, Science of The Total Environment, 2019, 647:744-751.

Yan-ling Liu, Xiao-mao Wang, Hong-wei Yang, Yuefeng F. Xie, Xia Huang, Preparation of nanofiltration membranes for high rejection of organic micropollutants and low rejection of divalent cations, Journal of Membrane Science, 2019, 572:152-160.

Yan-ling Liu, Kang Xiao, Ai-qian Zhang, Xiao-mao Wang, Hong-wei Yang, Xia Huang, Yuefeng F. Xie, Exploring the interactions of organic micropollutants with polyamide nanofiltration membranes: A molecular docking study, Journal of Membrane Science, 2019, 577:285-293.

Xiaofeng Wang,Yin Li, Ruiyang Li, Hongwei Yang, Beihai Zhou, Xiaomao Wang, Yuefeng Xie, Comparison of chlorination behaviors between norfloxacin and ofloxacin: Reaction kinetics, oxidation products and reaction pathways, Chemosphere, 2019, 215:124-132.

Fan-xin Kong, Xiao-feng Lin, Guang-dong Sun, Jin-fu Chen, Chun-mei Guo, Yuefeng F. Xie, Enhanced organic removal for shale gas fracturing flowback water by electrocoagulation and simultaneous electro-peroxone process, Chemosphere, 2019, 218:258

Hao L. Tang, Linlin Tang, and Yuefeng F. Xie, Aerated Electrolysis for Reducing Impacts of Shale Gas Production Wastewater on Water Sources regarding Disinfection Byproduct Formation, Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2018, 5 (11):681–686

Kuan Z. Huang, Hao L. Tang, Yuefeng F. Xie, Impacts of shale gas production wastewater on disinfection byproduct formation: An investigation from a non-bromide perspective, Water Research, 2018, 144:656-664

Yan-ling Liu, Wei Wei Xiao-mao Wang, Hong-wei Yang, Yuefeng F. Xie, Relating the rejections of oligomeric ethylene glycols and saccharides by nanofiltration: Implication for membrane pore size determination, Separation and Purification Technology, 2018, 205:151-158.

Yan-ling Liu, Xiao-mao Wang, Hong-wei Yang, Yuefeng F.Xie, Quantifying the influence of solute-membrane interactions on adsorption and rejection of pharmaceuticals by NF/RO membranes, Journal of Membrane Science, 2018, 551:37-46.

Yan-ling Liu, Xiao-mao Wang, Hong-wei Yang, Yuefeng F. Xie, Adsorption of pharmaceuticals onto isolated polyamide active layer of NF/RO membranes, Chemosphere, 2018, 200:36-47.

Fan-xin Kong, Guang-dong Sun, Jin-fu Chen, Jin-dong Han, Chun-mei Guo, Tong-Zhang, Xiao-feng Lin, Yuefeng F. Xie, Desalination and fouling of NF/low pressure RO membrane for shale gas fracturing flowback water treatment, Separation and Purification Technology, 2018, 195:216-223.

Yuqin Mao, Di Guo, Weikun Yao, Xiaomao Wang, Hongwei Yang, Yuefeng F. Xie, Sridhar Komarneni, Gang Yu, Yujue Wang, Effects of conventional ozonation and electro-peroxone pretreatment of surface water on disinfection by-product formation during subsequent chlorination, Water Research, 2018, 130:322-332.

Qiwan Chai, Allen Hu, Yukun Qian, Xiuwei Ao, Wenjun Liu, Hongwei Yang, Yuefeng F. Xie, A comparison of genotoxicity change in reclaimed wastewater from different disinfection processes, Chemosphere, 2018, 191:335-341.

Xu-di Chen, Zhi Wang, Dan-yang Liu, Kang Xiao, Jing Guan, Yuefeng F. Xie, Xiao-mao Wang, T. David Waite, Role of adsorption in combined membrane fouling by biopolymers coexisting with inorganic particles, Chemosphere, 2018, 191:226-234.


B.S.; M.S.; Ph.D. (Tsinghua)

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