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Meng Wang

Assistant Professor
Google Scholar Lab Website Civil & Environmental Engr


Dr. Wang's research interests lie at the interface of bionanotechnology, microbiology, and material science. Specifically, his research seeks to (i) design novel bionanomaterials to enable sustainable and efficient water purification, (ii) harness the biochemical potential of microorganisms in bioremediation and resource recovery, and (iii) understand the effects of emerging contaminants on microbial activities in natural and engineered systems.


(2016) Student Paper Competition Honorable Mention, Emerging Contaminants Summit.

(2016) Certificate of Merit, ACS Spring 2016 National Meeting & Exposition.

(2016) MWH/AEESP Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, Second Place, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

(2017) Student Award, Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Annual Conference.

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2015 - 2018

M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2012 - 2015

B.S., Nanjing University, 2008 - 2012

Jiménez Vizcarra, M.J., Mahendra, S., & Wang, M. (2023). A Co-Immobilized Enzyme-Mediator System for Facilitating Manganese Peroxidase Catalysis in Solution Free of Divalent Manganese Ions. Bioresour Technol, 390, 129897.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2023.129897.

Gao, Y., Shah, K., Kwok, I., Wang, M., Rome, L.H., & Mahendra, S. (2022). Immobilized fungal enzymes: Innovations and potential applications in biodegradation and biosynthesis. BIOTECHNOLOGY ADVANCES, 57, 107936.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2022.107936.

Gao, Y., Wang, M., Shah, K., Kalra, S.S., Rome, L.H., & Mahendra, S. (2022). Decolorization and detoxification of synthetic dye compounds by laccase immobilized in vault nanoparticles. BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY, 351, 127040.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2022.127040.

Borthakur, A., Wang, M., He, M., Ascencio, K., Blotevogel, J., Adamson, D.T., Mahendra, S., & Mohanty, S.K. (2021). Perfluoroalkyl acids on suspended particles: Significant transport pathways in surface runoff, surface waters, and subsurface soils. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, 417, 126159.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126159.

Wang, M., Kickhoefer, V.A., Lan, E.H., Dunn, B.S., Rome, L.H., & Mahendra, S. (2021). Vault nanocapsule-mediated biomimetic silicification for efficient and robust immobilization of proteins in silica composites. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 418, 129406.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2021.129406.

Lothe, A.G., Kalra, S.S., Wang, M., Mack, E.E., Walecka-Hutchison, C., Kickhoefer, V.A., Rome, L.H., & Mahendra, S. (2020). Vault packaged enzyme mediated degradation of amino-aromatic energetic compounds. CHEMOSPHERE, 242, 125117.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125117.

Wang, M., Chen, Y., Kickhoefer, V.A., Rome, L.H., Allard, P., & Mahendra, S. (2019). A Vault-Encapsulated Enzyme Approach for Efficient Degradation and Detoxification of Bisphenol A and Its Analogues. ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, 7(6), 5808-5817.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b05432.

Wang, M., Mohanty, S.K., & Mahendra, S. (2019). Nanomaterial-Supported Enzymes for Water Purification and Monitoring in Point-of-Use Water Supply Systems. ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH, 52(4), 876-885.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acs.accounts.8b00613.

Merino, N., Wang, M., Ambrocio, R., Mak, K., O'Connor, E., Gao, A., Hawley, E.L., Deeb, R.A., Tseng, L.Y., & Mahendra, S. (2018). Fungal biotransformation of 6:2 fluorotelomer alcohol. Remediation Journal, 28(2), 59-70.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/rem.21550.

Wang, M., Abad, D., Kickhoefer, V.A., Rome, L.H., & Mahendra, S. (2018). Encapsulation of Exogenous Proteins in Vault Nanoparticles. In Methods in Molecular Biology. (pp. 25-37).Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7893-9_3.

Wang, M., Kickhoefer, V.A., Rome, L.H., Foellmer, O.K., & Mahendra, S. (2018). Synthesis and assembly of human vault particles in yeast. BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOENGINEERING, 115(12), 2941-2950.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/bit.26825.

Zhu, Z.Y., Jiang, S.Y., Mathur, R., Cook, N.J., Yang, T., Wang, M., Ma, L., & Ciobanu, C.L. (2018). Iron isotope behavior during fluid/rock interaction in K-feldspar alteration zone - A model for pyrite in gold deposits from the Jiaodong Peninsula, East China. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 222, 94-116.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2017.10.001.

Wang, M., Abad, D., Kickhoefer, V.A., Rome, L.H., & Mahendra, S. (2015). Vault Nanoparticles Packaged with Enzymes as an Efficient Pollutant Biodegradation Technology. ACS NANO, 9(11), 10931-10940.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acsnano.5b04073.