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Welcome to the research website of Mei Sun in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

I am interested in developing solutions for sustainable water treatment/reuse and resolving issues related to the water-energy nexus, using fundamental knowledge and experimental methods in water chemistry, environmental electrochemistry, catalytic chemistry and biogeochemistry. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Innovative treatment technologies to remove emerging contaminants from water and wastewater
  • Fate, transport, and degradation of contaminants in various environmental matrices
  • Contaminated subsurface remediation




I am starting my lab at UNC Charlotte and am looking for passionate students. If you are interested in topics listed on my Research page and would like to join the group, please email me with details on your background and research interests for further discussion on the research topics/application process.


Position opening:

One position for a postdoctoral researcher is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The postdoc will lead efforts to design and execute studies on (1) ion exchange treatment for the removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and (2) standardize and validate a new analytical method for total PFAS. Besides, the postdoc will assist in supervising graduate and undergraduate students as appropriate. The candidate should have (1) a Ph.D. in environmental engineering or a related field, (2) demonstrated ability to design and conduct experiments, operate laboratory equipment, and analyze data; (3) sound knowledge of physical and chemical water treatment methods; and (4) strong verbal and written communication skills. Other strongly preferred experience include conducting laboratory batch and column experiments for contaminant removal and method development on analytical chemistry instruments for contaminant quantitation. The appointment will start 11/1/2018 and the duration is 18 months (both are negotiable). Interested candidates could submit any inquiries directly to me, and file the application at http://jobs.uncc.edu/postings/20589. Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. A competitive stipend and health insurance benefits will be provided to the selected candidate.