Rixiang Huang
Assistant Professor

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department: Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

UAB 236



Ph.D. Geology, Baylor University (2013)
M.S. Environmental Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2009)
B.Eng. Environmental Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology (2006)

Research Interests

Sustainable biowaste management via technology, process, and system innovation;
Elemental cycling and recycling in engineered and natural systems.


Biowaste treatment and resource recovery
1. Huang, R.; Zhang B.; Tang Y., Transformations of phosphorus speciation during (hydro)thermal treatments of animal manures. Environ Sci Technol 2018, 52(5), 3016-3026
2. Huang, R.; Zhang B.; Saad E.; Ingall E.; Tang Y., Speciation evolution of zinc and copper during pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization treatments of sewage sludges. Water Research 2018, 132, 260-269
3. Huang, R.; Fang, C.; Lu, X.; Jiang, R.; Tang, Y., Transformation of phosphorus during (hydro)thermal treatments of solid biowastes: reaction mechanisms and implications for P reclamation and recycling. Environ Sci Technol 2017, 51(18), 10284-10298
4. Huang, R.; Tang, Y., Evolution of phosphorus complexation and mineralogy during (hydro)thermal treatments of activated and anaerobically digested sludge: Insights from sequential extraction and P K-edge XANES. Water Research 2016, 100, 439-447.
5. Huang, R.; Tang, Y., Speciation dynamics of phosphorus during (hydro) thermal treatments of sewage sludge. Environ Sci Technol 2015, 49, (24), 14466–14474.
Environmental nanoscience
1. Huang, R.; Yi, P.; Tang, Y., Probing the interactions of organic molecules, nanomaterials, and microbes with solid surfaces using quartz crystal microbalances: methodology, advantages, and limitations. Environ Sci Process Impacts 2017, 19, (6), 793-811.
2. Huang, R.; Lau, B., Biomolecule-nanoparticle interactions: Elucidation of the thermodynamics by isothermal titration calorimetry. Biochim Biophys Acta - General Subjects 2016, 1860, (5), 945–956.
3. Huang, R.; Carney, R. P.; Ikuma, K.; Stellacci, F.; Lau, B. L., Effects of Surface Compositional and Structural Heterogeneity on Nanoparticle-Protein Interactions: Different Protein Configurations. ACS nano 2014, 8, (6), 5402–5412.
4. Huang, R.; Carney, R. P.; Stellacci, F.; Lau, B. L., Protein–nanoparticle interactions: the effects of surface compositional and structural heterogeneity are scale dependent. Nanoscale 2013, 5, (15), 6928-6935.
5. Huang, R.; Carney, R. P.; Stellacci, F.; Lau, B. L. T., Colloidal Stability of Self-assembled Monolayer Coated Gold Nanoparticles: the Effects of Surface Compositional and Structural Heterogeneity. Langmuir 2013, 29, (37), 11560–11566.
6. Lau, B. L.; Huang, R.; Madden, A. S., Electrostatic adsorption of hematite nanoparticles on self-assembled monolayer surfaces. J Nanoparticle Res 2013, 15, (8), 1-10.
7. Lin, S.#; Huang, R.#; Cheng, Y.; Liu, J.; Lau, B. L.; Wiesner, M. R., Silver nanoparticle-alginate composite beads for point-of-use drinking water disinfection. Water research 2013, 47, (12), 3959-3965.