Boya Xiong

Boya Xiong

Boya Xiong

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


Civil Engineering Building
Room 152
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


  • Ph.D., 2018, Environmental Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, 2014, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, 2011, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST)

Professional Background

Postdoctoral scholar, 2018–2019, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Xiong Research Lab   experts@Minnesota  

Focusing on the interface of polymer science, environmental chemistry, and membrane material science, my research aims to i) elucidate the fundamental mechanism of polymer degradation that shapes sustainable design and management criteria of future polymer chemicals and materials, and ii) deveolp novel nature-inspired membrane material architecture to mitigate pathogenic contamination and fouling.

I am currently seeking talented undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs who are passionate about polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry, membrane fabrication, and environmental sustainability to join my research team. Please share your CV and description of research interest via email.

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation ACADEME fellow 2018
  • North American Membrane Society Annual Conference travel award 2016
  • Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Poster Award and Student Research Award 2016
  • ECUST Academic Excellence Scholarship 2010

Selected Publications

Shieh, P.; Zhang, W.; Husted, K. E. L.; Kristufek, S. L.; Xiong, B.; Lundberg, D. J.; Lem, J.; Veysset, D.; Sun, Y.; Nelson, K. A.; Plata, D. L.; Johnson, J. A. (2020). Cleavable comonomers enable degradable, recyclable thermoset plastics. Nature. (Accepted).

Meza, L. C., Piotrowski, P., Farnan, J.D., Tasker, T.L., Xiong, B., Weggler, B., Murrell, K., Dorman, F. L., Heuvel, J.P.V., Burgos, W. D. (2020). Detection and removal of biologically active organic micropollutants from hospital wastewater. Science of the Total Environment 134469. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134469

Xiong, B., Purswani, P., Loss, R.D., Shields D., Zydney, A.L., Kumar, M. (2019) Mechanical degradation of polyacrylamide during hydraulic fracturing. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology.

Yang, W., Son, M., Xiong, B., Kumar, M., Bucs, S., Vrouwenvelder, J. and Logan, B.E., (2019). Effective biofouling control using periodic H2O2 cleaning with CuO modified and polypropylene spacers. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 7(10), 9582–9587.

Samineni, L., Xiong, B., Chowdhury, R., Pei, A., Kuehster, L., Wang, H., Dickey, R., Soto, P.E., Massenburg, L., Nguyen, T.H. and Maranas, C., (2019). 7-log virus removal in a simple functionalized sand filter. Environmental Science & Technology. 53 (21), 12706-12714.

Xiong, B., Roman-White, S., Piechowicz, B., Miller, Z., Farina, B., Tasker, T., Burgos, W.D., Zydney, A.L., and Kumar, M. (2018). Polyacrylamide in hydraulic fracturing causes severe membrane fouling during flowback water treatment. Journal of Membrane Science 560, 125-131.

Xiong, B., Loss, R.D., Shields, D., Zydney, A.L., Kumar, M. (2018). Polyacrylamide in environment—implications for water treatment. npj Clean Water 1, (1), 17.

Schantz, A.B., Xiong, B., Dees, E., Moore, D.R., Yang, X., Kumar M. (2018). Prospects and challenges for high-pressure reverse osmosis in minimizing concentrated waste streams. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 4(7), 894-908.

Guo, C., Chang, H., Liu, B., He, Q., Xiong, B., Kumar, M., and Zydney, A.L. (2018). A combined ultrafiltration—reverse osmosis process for external reuse of Weiyuan shale gas flowback and produced water. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 4 (7), 942-955.