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Huan Deng Associate Professor


Educational Background

Postdoc, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013)

PhD, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011)

MA, Institute of Soil Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences / The James Hutton Institute, UK (2007)

BA, School of Life Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University (2004)



Research Interests

[1] The diversity and functions of soil source electrogenic bacteria 

[2] Soil microbial ecology


Research Projects

[1] Natural Science Foundation of China (41301260)


Journal Articles 

[1] Deng H, Xue HJ, Zhong WH. 2017. A novel exoelectrogenic bacterium phylogenetically related to clostridium sporogenes isolated from copper contaminated soil. Electroanalysis 29:1294-1300.

[2] Zhong WH, Cai LC, Wei ZG, Xue HJ, Han C, Deng H*. 2017. The effects of closed circuit microbial fuel cells on methane emissions from paddy soil vary with straw amount. Catena 154:33-39.

[3] Jiang YB, Zhong WH, Han C, Deng H*. 2016. Characterization of electricity generated by soil in microbial fuel cells and the isolation of soil source exoelectrogenic bacteria. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:1776.

[4] Zhang Y, Deng H*, Xue HJ, Chen XY, Cai C, Deng YC, Zhong WH. 2016. The effects of soil microbial and physiochemical properties on resistance and resilience to copper perturbation across China. Catena 147: 678-685.

[5Wang C, Deng H, Zhao F*. 2016. The remediation of chromium (VI)-contaminated soils using microbial fuel cells. Soil and Sediment Contamination: An International Journal 25:1-12.

[6] Deng H, Jiang YB, Zhou YW, Shen K, Zhong WH*. 2015. Using electrical signals of microbial fuel cells to detect copper stress on soil microorganisms. European Journal of Soil Science 66:369-377.

[7] Jiang YB, Deng H, Sun DM, Zhong WH*. 2015. Electrical signals generated by soil microorganisms in microbial fuel cells respond linearly to soil Cd2+ pollution. Geoderma 255-256:35-41.

[8] Mao TT, Yin R, Deng H*. 2015. Effects of copper on methane emission, methanogens and methanotrophs in the rhizosphere and bulk soil of rice paddy. Catena 133:233-240.

[9] Deng H, Yu YJ, Sun JE, Zhang JB, Cai ZC, Guo GX, Wen-Hui Zhong*. 2015. Parent materials have stronger effects than land use types on microbial biomass, activity and diversity in red soil in subtropical China. Pedobiologia 58:73-79.

[10] Deng H, Wu YC, Zhang F, Huang ZC, Chen Z, Xu HJ, Zhao F*. 2014. Factors affecting the performance of single-chamber soil microbial fuel cells for power generation. Pedosphere 24:330-338.

[11] Yin R, Deng H*, Wang HL, Zhang B. 2014. Vegetation type affects soil enzyme activities and microbial functional diversity following re-vegetation of a severely eroded red soil in sub-tropical China. Catena 115:96-103.

[12] Wang ZJ, Deng H, Chen LH, Xiao Y, Zhao F*. 2013. In situ measurements of dissolved oxygen, pH and redox potential of biocathode microenvironments using microelectrodes. Bioresource Technology 132:387-390.

[13] Guo GX, Deng H, Qiao M, Yao HY, Zhu YG*. 2013. Effect of long-term wastewater irrigation on potential denitrification and denitrifying communities in soil at the watershed scale. Environmental Science & Technology 47:3105-3113.

[14] Guo GX, Deng H, Qiao M, Mu YJ, Zhu YG*. 2013. Effect of Pyrene on Denitrification Activity and Abundance and Composition of Denitrifying Community in an Agricultural Soil. Environmental Pollution 159: 1886-1895.

[15] Li S, Deng H, Rensing C, Zhu YG*. 2013. Compaction stimulates denitrification in an urban park soil using 15N tracing technique. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 21: 3783-3791.

[16] Liang FY, Deng H, Zhao F*. 2013. Sulfur Pollutants Treatment Using Microbial Fuel Cells from Perspectives of Electrochemistry and Microbiology. Chinese Journal of Analytical Chemistry 41:1133-1139.

[17] Deng H, Chen Z, Zhao F*. 2012. Energy from plants and microorganisms progress in plant-microbial fuel cells. ChemSusChem 5:1006-1011.

[18] Deng H*. 2012. Diversity-stability relationship of soil microbial community: What do we not know? Journal of Environmental Sciences 24:1027-1035.



[1] Zhu YG, Qiao M, Li XF, Deng H. 2014. Charpter 11, Diagnosis of Soil Pollution. In: Frontiers in Soil Biology (He JZ, Lu YH, Fu BJ eds). Science Press, Beijing. (in Chinese)



[1] Deng H, Jiang YB, Zhong WH. 2015. A method of using electrical signals from dual chamber microbial fuel cells to detect the toxicity of soil pollutants. Patent license No. ZL201310629437.7. (in Chinese)