Dr. Tao Cheng


Contact Information

Office: ER 5035
Phone: 709-864-8924
E-mail: tcheng @ mun.ca

Academic Appointments

Professor, Memorial University (2022-present)
Associate Professor, Memorial University (2016-2022)
Assistant Professor, Memorial University (2010-2016)

Postdoctoral & Research Experience

Associate Research Scientist, Yale University
Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University
Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Auburn University


Ph.D., University of Delaware
Master of Engineering, University of Delaware
Bachelor of Engineering, Tsinghua University


My research interests include aqueous environmental geochemistry and contaminant hydrogeology. My current research program investigates the fate and transport of emerging contaminants (especially particulate matters such as colloids, nanomaterials, and micro- and nano-plastics) in subsurface environments. I am also interested in studying heavy metal sorption to minerals and soil, mineral dissolution, and metal/metalloid contamination. My research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Student Supervising

I supervise Ph.D., master, and honour’s thesis students. Follow the link below to find graduate opportunities in my lab.

Graduate Student Position Available (Fall 2023)


During the academic year I usually teach two or more of the following courses:

EASC 1000 Earth Systems

EASC 3610 Hydrogeology

EASC 4620 Groundwater Modeling

EASC 4605 Environmental Geoscience Field School

ENVS 6010 Environmental Science Seminar