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


Improving methane yield from organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) with magnetic rice-straw biochar
Qin, Y., Wang, H. S., Li, X. R., Cheng, J. J., & Wu, W. X. (2017), Bioresource Technology, 245, 1058-1066.
Preparation and characteristics of biosilica derived from marine diatom biomass of Nitzschia closterium and Thalassiosira
Qi, Y. R., Wang, X., & Cheng, J. J. (2017), Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology = Zhongguo Hai Yang Hu Zhao Xue Bao, 35(3), 668-680.
Selective adsorption of Pb(II) from aqueous solution using porous biosilica extracted from marine diatom biomass: properties and mechanism
Qi, Y. R., Wang, J. F., Wang, X., Cheng, J. J., & Wen, Z. Y. (2017), Applied Surface Science, 396, 965-977.
Effects of selenite on chlorophyll fluorescence, starch content and fatty acid in the duckweed Landoltia punctata
Zhong, Y., Li, Y., & Cheng, J. J. (2016), Journal of Plant Research, 129(5), 997-1004.
Effects of selenium on biological and physiological properties of the duckweed Landoltia punctata
Zhong, Y., & Cheng, J. J. (2016), Plant Biology (Stuttgart, Germany), 18(5), 797-804.
Astaxanthin-producing green microalga Haematococcus pluvialis: From single cellto high value commercia products
Shah, M. M. R., Liang, Y. M., Cheng, J. J., & Daroch, M. (2016), Frontiers in Plant Science, 7.
Starch characterization and ethanol production of duckweed and corn kernel
Lee, C. J., Yangcheng, H. Y., Cheng, J. J., & Jane, J. L. (2016), Starch/Starke, 68(3-4), 348-354.
Biological potential of microalgae in China for biorefinery-based production of biofuels and high value compounds
Li, J. J., Liu, Y., Cheng, J. J., Mos, M., & Daroch, M. (2015), New Biotechnology, 32(6), 588-596.
The effects of solid carrier material and surface roughness on microalgal cell attachment
Cui, Y., Yuan, W., Cheng, J., & Wang, B. (2015), Transactions of the ASABE, 58(1), 161-168.
Growing duckweed for biofuel production: A review
Cui, W., & Cheng, J. J. (2015), Plant Biology (Stuttgart, Germany), 17, 16-23.

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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)