Meet the Director

Jerry Lin, Ph.D., P.E.JerryLin

Professor, Environmental Engineering
Director, Center for Advances in Water & Air Quality

Dr. C. Jerry Lin is the Director of Center for Advances in Water and Air Quality, and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was named 2008 Lamar University Scholar, 2012 Lamar University Professor and 2014 ExxonMobil Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, and received Chi-Epsilon (the civil engineering honor society) James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. Dr. Lin is a registered professional engineer in environmental engineering.

Dr. Lin is a principal investigator for 55 environmental research projects (>$5.5 million) funded by National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and industrial partners. Dr. Lin has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications in environmental mercury, air pollution and water quality, which have been cited more than 2,000 times in refereed journals. He has given 50 invited talks and more than 100 technical presentations in international conferences. Dr. Lin is a world-renowned researcher in environmental mercury. The kinetic and mechanistic parameters of mercury reactions he proposed are widely implemented in regional and global atmospheric models. His critical analysis on the scientific uncertainties of mercury models has led to new effort in bridging the knowledge gap. In recent years, his research focuses mainly on improving the estimate of air-surface exchange of mercury vapor over natural surfaces through isotopic tracing techniques and methodology development. Dr. Lin also works extensively with industrial partners in a number of waste-to-energy, biological wastewater treatment and emission control projects.

Dr. Lin served as a member in the USEPA Science Advisory Board, and was one of the lead modelers of the United Nations' Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollutants. He has assisted in the technical analysis for national policy making on mercury emission reduction including Clean Air Mercury Rules, Occupational Mercury Exposure Assessment and Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants. Dr. Lin teaches water chemistry, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution science and engineering statistics. He is also an active proponent of STEM education through his research activities and educational outreaches.

Recent Publications (h-index = 23)

  • Fu, X. W., Zhang, H., Yu, B., Wang, X., Lin, C.-J., Feng, X., " Observations of atmospheric mercury in China: a critical review," Atmos. Chem. Phys.2015, 15, 5359-5376, 9455-9476.
  • Zhu W., Sommar J., Lin, C.-J., Feng X., "Mercury vapor air–surface exchange measured by collocated micrometeorological and enclosure methods – Part II: Bias and uncertainty analysis," Atmos. Chem. Phys.2015, 15, 5359-5376.
  • Fu X. W., Zhang H., Lin, C.-J., Feng X., Zhou L. X., Fang S. X., "Correlation slopes of GEM/CO, GEM/CO2, and GEM/CH4 and estimated mercury emissions in China, South Asia, Indochinese Peninsula, and Central Asia derived from observations in northwest and southwest China," Atmos. Chem. Phys.2015, 15, 1013–1028.
  • Zhu, Y.; Lao, Y.; Jang, C.; Lin, C.-J.; Xing, J.; Wang, S.; Fu, J. S.; Deng, S.; Xie, J.; Long, S., Development and case study of a science-based software platform to support policy making on air quality. Journal of Environmental Sciences-China 2015, 27, 97-107.
  • Zhu W., Sommar J., Lin, C.-J., Feng X., "Mercury vapor air–surface exchange measured by collocated micrometeorological and enclosure methods – Part I: Data comparability and method characteristics," Atmos. Chem. Phys.2015, 15, 685-702.
  • Zhang H., Fu X. W., Lin, C.-J., Wang X., Feng X. B., "Observation and analysis of speciated atmospheric mercury in Shangri-La, Tibetan Plateau, China," Atmos. Chem. Phys. 15, 653-665, 2015.
  • Wu Q., Wang S., Wang L., Liu F., Lin, C.-J., Zhang L., Wang F., "Spatial distribution and accumulation of Hg in soil surrounding a Zn/Pb smelter," Science of The Total Environment,, 2014.
  • Hall, C.B.; Mao, H.; Ye, Z.; Talbot, R.; Ding, A.; Zhang, Y.; Zhu, J.; Wang, T.; Lin, C.-J.; Fu, C.; Yang, X. Sources and Dynamic Processes Controlling Background and Peak Concentrations of TGM in Nanjing, China. Atmosphere20145, 124-155.
  • Zhang P., Lin, C.-J., Pongprueksa P., Liu J., Evers S., Hart P., " Biogas production from brown grease using a pilot-scale high-rate anaerobic digester," Renewable Energy, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.01.046, 2014.
  • Cui L., Feng X., Lin, C.-J., Wang X., Meng B., Wang X., Wang H., “Accumulation and translocation of 198Hg in four crop species” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 33, 334-340, 2014.
  • Wang X., Lin, C.-J., Feng X., "Sensitivity analysis of an updated bidirectional air-surface exchange model for mercury vapor," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14, 6273-6287, 2014.
  • Zhu W., Sommar J., Li Z., Feng X., Lin, C.-J., Li Z., "Highly elevated emission of mercury vapor from the spontaneous combustion of refuse in a landfill," Atmospheric Environment2013, 79, 540-545.
  • Sommar J., Zhu W., Feng X., Lin, C.-J.,  "A whole-air relaxed eddy accumulation measurement system for sampling vertical vapour exchange of elemental mercury," Tellus2013: 19940.
  • Zhu, W.; Li, Z.; Chai, X.; Hao, Y.; Lin, C.-J.; Feng, X.; Sommar, J, Emission characteristics and air-surface exchange of gaseous mercury at the largest active landfill in Asia, Atmospheric Environment2013, 79, 188-197.
  • Lin, C.-J.; Zhang, P.; Pongprueksa, P.; Liu, J.; Evers, S.; Hart, P., Pilot-scale sequential anaerobic-aerobic biological treatment of waste streams from a paper mill, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy2013, DOI: 10.1002/ep.11785.
  • Sommar, J.; Zhu, W.; Lin, C.-J.; Feng, X., Field Approaches to Measure Hg Exchange Between Natural Surfaces and the Atmosphere A Review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology2013,43, (15), 1657-1739.
  • Chen, D.; Lin, C.-J.; Jones, R. G.; Patel, S.; Smith, R.; Simons, K.; Davis, J. L.; Waisner, S. A., A deployable decentralized biofilm system for degrading organic carbon and benzene in wastewater. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy2013,32, (3), 505-511.
  • Zhang, L.; Blanchard, P.; Johnson, D.; Dastoor, A.; Ryzhkov, A.; Lin, C.-J.; Vijayaraghavan, K.; Gay, D.; Holsen, T. M.; Huang, J.; Graydon, J. A.; St Louis, V. L.; Castro, M. S.; Miller, E. K.; Marsik, F.; Lu, J.; Poissant, L.; Pilote, M.; Zhang, K. M., Assessment of modeled mercury dry deposition over the Great Lakes region. Environmental Pollution2012,161, 272-283.
  • Wang, X.; Han, J.; Chen, Z.; Jian, L.; Gu, X.; Lin, C.-J., Combined processes of two-stage Fenton-biological anaerobic filter-biological aerated filter for advanced treatment of landfill leachate. Waste Management2012,32, (12), 2401-2405.
  • Lin, C.-J.; Zhu, W.; Li, X.; Feng, X.; Sommar, J.; Shang, L., Novel Dynamic Flux Chamber for Measuring Air-Surface Exchange of Hg-o from Soils. Environmental Science & Technology2012,46, (16), 8910-8920.
  • Lin, C.-J.; Shetty, S. K.; Pan, L.; Pongprueksa, P.; Jang, C.; Chu, H.-w., Source attribution for mercury deposition in the contiguous United States: Regional difference and seasonal variation. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association2012,62, (1), 52-63.
  • Wang, R.; Burleigh, S. C.; Parikh, P.; Lin C.-J.; Sun, B., Licklider Transmission Protocol (LTP)-Based DTN for Cislunar Communications. Ieee-Acm Transactions on Networking2011,19, (2), 359-368.
  • Chen, Y.; Lin C.-J.; Jones, G.; Fu, S.; Zhan, H., Application of statistical design for the optimization of microbial community of synthetic domestic wastewater. Biodegradation2011,22, (1), 205-213.