Jay Cheng


Jay J. Cheng is a Professor of Biological and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He works in the area of environmental engineering & bioenergy processes and his primary focus is on research and teaching.

His research and grants investigate bioenergy processes and waste treatments. Cheng’s publication record has resulted in over 85 articles in refereed scientific journals, and more than 90 papers in national and international technical conferences. He is the editor of “Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes” a book published in 2010 and considered a standard reference and textbook in the area of bioenergy.

Cheng research program is well funded having secured over 6 million dollars as the principal investigator or co-investigator for 33 research projects. His program centers on international research collaborations demonstrated by over 65 key-note speeches and seminars in the US, China, Europe, Japan, and South America. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Environmental Engineering and is the present associate editor of the Journal of (Chinese) Biology. He has served on more than 25 national and international professional committees and is well recognized for his research work.

In addition to his research program Cheng teaches a course in “Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes” and he has mentored 24 graduate students. Cheng is an associate faculty member of NCSU Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and an adjunct faculty member of the Peking University –School of Environment and Energy in Shenzhen, China.

Cheng is a member of the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers (ASABE), International Water Association (IWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological, and Food Engineers (AOC), and Chinese Association for Science and Technology in USA (CAST-USA).


Ph.D. 1996

Environmental Engineering

University of Cincinnati

M.S. 1987

Biological Engineering

St. Cyril & Methodius University

B.S. 1982

Chemical Engineering

Jiangxi Institute of Technology, Nanchang, China

Research Description

Bioenergy processes and waste treatments


Cobalt enrichment enhances the tolerance of Botryococcus braunii to high concentration of CO2
Cheng, P., Muylaert, K., Cheng, J. J., Liu, H., Chen, P., Addy, M., … Ruan, R. (2020), BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY, 297. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2019.122385
Comparison study on potential syngas produced by mild thermoconversion of microalgal residues through proton nuclear magnetic resonance and thermogravimetric analysis-fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
Li, S., Liu, L., Cheng, J. J., & Yang, X. (2020), BIOMASS CONVERSION AND BIOREFINERY. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13399-019-00591-2
Screening of the dominant Chlorella pyrenoidosa for biofilm attached culture and feed production while treating swine wastewater
Cheng, P., Chu, R., Zhang, X., Song, L., Chen, D., Zhou, C., … Ruan, R. (2020), BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY, 318. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2020.124054
Thermophilic solid state anaerobic digestion of switchgrass for liquid digestate reuse and organic fertilizer production
Zang, J., Shih, J. C. H., Cheng, J. J., Liu, Z., Liu, Y., & Lu, W. (2020), RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS, 35(5), 503–512. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170519000139
Tribonema sp. and Chlorella zofingiensis co-culture to treat swine wastewater diluted with fishery wastewater to facilitate harvest
Cheng, P., Cheng, J. J., Cobb, K., Zhou, C., Zhou, N., Addy, M., … Ruan, R. (2020), BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY, 297. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2019.122516
Effects of Co-occurring Species Present in Swine Lagoons on Adsorption of Copper on Eggshell
Hess, B. J., Kolar, P., Classen, J. J., Knappe, D., & Cheng, J. J. (2019), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, 13(4), 613–622. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41742-019-00203-x
Microfibers generated from the laundering of cotton, rayon and polyester based fabrics and their aquatic biodegradation
Zambrano, M. C., Pawlak, J. J., Daystar, J., Ankeny, M., Cheng, J. J., & Venditti, R. A. (2019), MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 142, 394–407. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.02.062
Solid State Fermentation Research and Industrial Applications Preface
Werner, A., Steudler, S., & Cheng, J. J. (2019), SOLID STATE FERMENTATION: RESEARCH AND INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS, pp. V-VI. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23675-5
The co-existence of anammox genera in an expanded granular sludge bed reactor with biomass carriers for nitrogen removal
Wu, Y., Wang, Y., De Costa, Y. G., Tong, Z., Cheng, J. J., Zhou, L., … Yu, K. (2019), APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, 103(3), 1231–1242. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-018-9494-3
A comprehensive comparable study of the physiological properties of four microalgal species under different light wavelength conditions
Zhong, Y., Jin, P., & Cheng, J. (2018), Planta, 248(2), 489–498. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00425-018-2899-5

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Optimization of Lemnaceae-Based Biogas Production
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services(1/01/21 - 12/31/22)
Aquatic Biodegradability of Non-woven disposable structures
NCSU Nonwovens Institute(1/01/19 - 8/15/21)
Pilot-scale Continuous Flow Microwave Pre-treatment of Switchgrass and Bermudagrass
Biofuels Center of North Carolina(6/27/11 - 12/31/12)
Genetically Engineered Switchgrass for Ethanol Production
Agrivida(8/01/08 - 7/31/10)
Growing duckweed on swine wastewater for ethanol production
Biofuels Center of North Carolina(6/25/08 - 6/30/10)
Effective strategies for biogas and nutrient management resulting from anaerobic digestion in covered swine lagoons
US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)(9/01/08 - 6/30/12)
Conversion of Coastal Bermuda Grass into Bioethanol
NC Biotechnology Center(5/01/07 - 4/30/10)
Assigning Costs to Nutrient Reduction For Crop Agriculture, Animal Agriculture, and Urban Stormwater Management Practices
Neuse River Compliance Association, Inc.(9/01/06 - 12/31/07)
Genetically Engineered Switchgrass for Ethanol Production
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(8/01/08 - 6/30/11)
Genetically Engineer Switchgrass to Reduce Lignin, Increase Cellulose, and Improve Ethanol Production
Golden Leaf Foundation(1/01/06 - 12/31/08)