Bing Chen

B.Eng. (Jilin), M.Sc. (Peking), PhD (Regina), P.Eng.

  • Professor
Contact Information

Ph: 709-864-8958
Em: bchen[at]
Office: EN2110B

  • Environmental Engineering and Management
Research Interests

Marine and coastal pollution mitigation; oil spill response and cleanup; water and wastewater treatment; contaminant transport and fate; waste management; water resources modeling; decision making.

Personal Profile

Dr. Bing Chen obtained his B.Eng. and M.Sc. from Jilin University and Peking University in China respectively, as well as his Ph.D. from University of Regina, Canada. He worked as NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia and conducted visiting research in Environment Canada before he joined Memorial University in 2006. He is currently a Full Professor of Department of Civil Engineering and Director of the Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution Control (NRPOP) Laboratory.

Dr. Chen’s teaching activities mainly focus on environmental systems engineering and management. He is the Advisor of the Environmental Systems Engineering & Management Program, which provides a unique multidisciplinary setting for training and fostering professional engineers and managers who can take a leading role in understanding and management of air, water and land resource deterioration in a sustainable manner.

Dr. Chen is very active in providing service and leadership in professional societies and academic communities. He has served as senior expert of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), chair of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) NL Section, vice president of Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ), member of Royal Society of Canada (RSC)’s expert panel in oil spills, member of Research Grant Evaluation Group (1509) of Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and commission co-chair of International Society of Environmental Informatics Science (ISEIS). He also serves/served as Editorial Board Member or Associate Editor of 5 refereed journals and Guest Editor for 4 others as well as Adjunct Professor of 6 research institutions. He is also a member or serves on subcommittees of several other professional associations such as American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), International Water Association (IWA), and Water Environment Federation (WEF). He has been invited as reviewer for over 30 journals and some major funding organizations across the world (e.g., NSERC, CFI, US NSF, China NSF and TWAS). He has participated in over 40 symposiums and given over 30 invited keynotes and guest lectures. He is a registered is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

  • Induction into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, 2016
  • Member of Research Grant Evaluation Group in Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering (EG1509), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2014-2017
  • Senior Visiting Scholar Award, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), 2016
  • Member of Royal Society of Canada (RSC) Expert Panel on oil spills, 2015
  • FEAS Award for Research Excellence, 2014
  • Terra Nova Young Innovator Award (former Petro Canada Young Innovator Award), 2014
  • Leaders Opportunity Fund Award, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), 2007, 2013
  • Induction to the Global Young Academy (GYA), 2012
  • Etc.
Research Highlights

Dr. Chen has developed novel engineering and managerial solutions through integrating environmental engineering with nano-/bio-technologies and advancing physical and numerical modeling methods. He possesses strong expertise and has made significant contributions in the areas of offshore oil spill responses and cleanup in harsh environments, advanced wastewater treatment and reuse, environmental nano/biotechnology, site remediation in cold regions, persistent pollutant transport/fate, environmental emergency response, watershed modeling and management, decision making under uncertainty, waste management, impact/risk assessment, and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Chen has acted as PI or Co-PI in over 40 research projects and contracts. He has authored or co-authored more than 270 technical publications including over 80 refereed journal articles. He is the founding director of the NRPOP Lab, the first of its kind in Canada. The lab has been recognized worldwide for its pioneering research on persistent and toxic pollutants and emerging pollutants (e.g., hydrocarbons, pesticides, pharmaceutical and personal care products, engineered nanoparticles) and their pollution mitigation in cold regions and harsh marine environments. Operational or accidental releases of these pollutants, especially from petroleum, chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and shipping industries, pose significant risks to humans and ecosystems and have long-term negative effects on aquatic environments. The NRPOP lab consists of world-class research expertise and facilities dedicated to innovation and creativity through integration of traditional environmental engineering approaches with nanotechnology and biotechnology, and coupling of physical/numerical simulation with risk assessment and systems optimization for dynamic decision support. Dr. Chen and his lab are dedicated to innovative research and development for supporting the sustainable development of natural resources and the eco-friendly operation of industries especially in cold regions and harsh environments.

For more information, please visit the NRPOP Lab:


Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000