Meilian Chen

Research Scientist

Environmental Engineering program

Dr. Meilian Chen studied in Liantang 3rd Middle School in Jiangxi Province, after which she studied at Harbin Engineering University majoring in chemical engineering, and then pursued a M.S. in analytical chemistry from Jinan University in Guangzhou. After graduation, she worked as a water analyst in Guangzhou Water Supply Company. She obtained a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from Florida International University at Miami in 2011. She also worked as a postdoc and later a research professor in the Department of Environment and Energy at Sejong University in South Korea. She specializes in aquatic chemistry, biogeochemistry, and environmental science, and her research focuses on the dynamics of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in various ecosystems, water quality improvement, and environmental monitoring.

  • Dynamics of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) in Various Ecosystems

  • Water Treatment and Water Quality Improvement

  • Environmental Monitoring, Protection, and Remediation


Chen, M., Kim, S. Jung, H.-J., Hyun, J., Choi, J., Lee, H.-J., Heo, I., and Hur, J. Dynamics of dissolved organic matter in riverine sediments affected by weir impoundments: Production, benthic flux, and burial rates, Water Research,2017, 121, 150-161.


Chen, M., Kim, J.-H., Jung, J.Y., Nam, S.-I., Shin, and Hur, J. High protein-like fluorescence in the Amerasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean: Implications of fall phytoplankton bloom. Science of the Total Environment,2017, 599-600, 355-363. 


Chen, M., Kim, J.-H., Choi, J.Y., Lee, Y.-K., and Hur, J. Biological early diagenesis of organic matter and insolation paced paleoproductivity signified in deep core sediment organic matter. Scientific Reports,2017, 7, 1581.


Chen, M., Kim, J.-H., Nam, S.-I., Niessen, F., Hong, W.-L., Kang, M.-H., and Hur, J. Production of fluorescent dissolved organic matter in Arctic Ocean sediments. Scientific Reports, 2016,6, 39213.


Chen, M., Kim, H.-S., Park, J.-E., Jung, H.-J., and Hur, J. Structural and compositional changes of dissolved organic matter upon solid phase extraction tracked by multiple analytical tools. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2016, 408(23), 6249-6258.


Chen, M.and Jaffé, R. Quantitative assessment of photo- and bio-reactivity of dissolved organic matter from biomass and soil leachates and from surface waters in a subtropical wetland. Biogeochemistry, 2016, 129(3), 273-289.


Chen, M., Kim, H.-S., Park, J.-E., Kim, H.-S., and Hur, J. Effects of dissolved organic matter (DOM) sources and the nature of solid extraction sorbent on the recoverable DOM composition: Implication into potential lability of different compound groups. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2016,408, 4809-4819.


Chen, M. and Hur, J. Pre-treatments, characteristics, and biogeochemical dynamics of dissolved organic matter in sediments: A review. Water Research, 2015, 79, 10-25.


Chen, M. and Jaffé, R. Photo- and bio-reactivity patterns of DOM from biomass and soil leaching compared to surface waters in a subtropical wetland. Water Research, 2014, 61, 181-190.


Chen, M., Maie, N., Parish, K., Jaffé,R. Spatial and temporal variability of dissolved organic matter quantity and composition in an oligotrophic subtropical coastal wetland. Biogeochemistry, 2013,115, 167-183.