Dr. Heyang Yuan joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University as an assistant professor in August 2019. Dr. Yuan received a BS degree at Tongji University in China, a MS degree at the Technical University of Munich in Germany, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering with Dr. Zhen (Jason) He at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the Temple University, Dr. Yuan worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Yuan leads the BioNex Laboratory at Temple University. His research interests focus on integrating engineering, microbiology and electrochemistry to address the grand challenges at the nexus of water, energy and health.

Research Interests

  • Develop biotechnologies for simultaneous wastewater treatment, desalination, bioenergy production and resource recovery
  • Understanding and modeling microbial communities and functional dynamics in engineered biological systems
  • Fate and removal of emerging biological contaminants such as antibiotic resistance genes in bioreactors
  • Material-microbe interactions

Courses Taught




CEE 2711

Environmental Chemistry & Microbiology


CEE 2712

Introduction to Environmental Engineering


CEE 3711

Environmental Engineering


CEE 3715

Microbiological Principles of Environmental Engineering


CEE 4742

Professional Issues II


CEE 5793

Environmental Biotechnology


ENVT 0845

The Environment


Selected Publications

  • Cheng, Z., Yao, S., & Yuan, H. (2021). Linking population dynamics to microbial kinetics for hybrid modeling of bioelectrochemical systems. Water Res, 202, p. 117418. England. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2021.117418

  • Zhang, J., Yuan, H., Deng, Y., Abu-Reesh, I.M., He, Z., & Yuan, C. (2019). Life cycle assessment of osmotic microbial fuel cells for simultaneous wastewater treatment and resource recovery. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 24(11), pp. 1962-1975. doi: 10.1007/s11367-019-01626-6

  • Yuan, H., Mei, R., Liao, J., & Liu, W. (2019). Nexus of Stochastic and Deterministic Processes on Microbial Community Assembly in Biological Systems. Front Microbiol, 10, p. 1536. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01536

  • Zhang, J., Yuan, H., Abu-Reesh, I.M., He, Z., & Yuan, C. (2019). Life Cycle Environmental Impact Comparison of Bioelectrochemical Systems for Wastewater Treatment. Procedia CIRP, 80, pp. 382-388. doi: 10.1016/j.procir.2019.01.075

  • Zhang, J., Yuan, H., Deng, Y., Zha, Y., Abu-Reesh, I.M., He, Z., & Yuan, C. (2018). Life cycle assessment of a microbial desalination cell for sustainable wastewater treatment and saline water desalination. Journal of Cleaner Production, 200, pp. 900-910. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.07.197