Chu-Lin   Cheng

Assistant Professor  

Office: ESCNE 2.617
Phone: (956) 665-2464
Email: Chulin.Cheng@utrgv.edu
Website: faculty.utrgv.edu/chulin.cheng/

Dr. Chu-Lin Cheng

Cheng's research interests are Water and Energy Resources, Contaminant Fate and Transport (Water and Waste Management), Numerical Modeling, Geo/Hydro-informatics, Groundwater/Surface Water Interactions, Ecohydrology, and Applications of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) in natural and engineered porous media/environment. Prior to UTRGV (joined UTPA in Fall 2014), he was a joint postdoctoral researcher in the Environmental Sciences Division, Climate Change Science Institute at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (DOE), and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. For student opportunity, complete list of research projects and publications, please visit my website. http://faculty.utrgv.edu/chulin.cheng/





Selected Publications


  • J. Zhong, T. Yu, C. Clark, B. English, J. Larson, and Chu-Lin Cheng. "Effect of Land Use Change for Bioenergy Production on Feedstock Cost and Water Quality," Applied Energy--Special Issue on "Energy-Water-Food Nexus” (2018).

  • Chu-Lin Cheng, C Cropper, E. Perfect, L. McKay, and M. Kang. "Upscaling Capillary Pressure – Saturation Parameters at Different Pressure Reference Elevations," Vadose Zone Journal 16, no. 8 (August 2017).

  • S. Mireles, Y. Ok, Chu-Lin Cheng, and Jihoon Kang. "Adsorptive and kinetic characterization of aqueous zinc removal by biochars," SDRP Journal of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies 1, no. 3 (2016): 1–7.

  • B Donnelly, Edmund Perfect, LD McKay, PJ Lemiszki, VH DiStefano, LM Anovitz, J McFarlane, RE Hale, and Chu-Lin Cheng. "Capillary pressure–saturation relationships for gas shales measured using a water activity meter," Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering 33, (2016): 1342–1352.

  • Chu-Lin Cheng, E. Perfect, B. Donnelly, H.Z. Bilheux, A.S. Tremsin, L.D. McKay, V.H. DiStefano, J.C. Cai, and L.J. Santodonato. "Rapid imbibition of water in fractures within unsaturated sedimentary rock ," Advances in Water Resources 77, no. 0 (2015): 82 - 89.

  • W. Wei, J. Cai, X. Hu, P. Fan, Q. Han, J. Lu, Chu-Lin Cheng, and F. Zhou. "A numerical study on fractal dimensions of a current streamlines in two-dimensional and three-dimensional pore fractal models of porous media," Fractals 23, no. 1 (March 2015).

  • Jianchao Cai, Edmund Perfect, Chu-Lin Cheng, and Xiangyun Hu. "Generalized Modeling of Spontaneous Imbibition Based on Hagen–Poiseuille Flow in Tortuous Capillaries with Variably Shaped Apertures," Langmuir (2014).

  • M Kang, E Perfect, Chu-Lin Cheng, HZ Bilheux, J Lee, J Horita, and JM Warren. "Multiple pixel-scale soil water retention curves quantified by neutron radiography," Advances in Water Resources 65, (2014): 1–8.

  • E Perfect, Chu-Lin Cheng, M Kang, HZ Bilheux, JM Lamanna, MJ Gragg, and DM Wright. "Neutron imaging of hydrogen-rich fluids in geomaterials and engineered porous media: A review," Earth-Science Reviews 129, (2014): 120–135.

  • M Kang, E Perfect, CL Cheng, HZ Bilheux, M Gragg, DM Wright, JM Lamanna, J Horita, and JM Warren. "Diffusivity and sorptivity of Berea sandstone determined using neutron radiography," Vadose Zone Journal 12, no. 3 (2013).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Alexander Domijan. The Development of an Industrial Assessment Center for South Texas, Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), $1,250,338.00 (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2021)

  • Yuanbing Mao. MRI: Acquisition of a Spark Plasma Sintering System for Functional Ceramics at Rio Grande Valley, Texas, NSF, $230,000.00 (September 2018 - August 2020)

  • Chu-Lin Cheng. GEOPATHS: Stimulating Hispanic Participation in the Geosciences (SHIP-GEO), National Science Foundation (NSF), $464,958.00 (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2019)

  • Augusto Sanchez Gonzalez. Laguna Madre Estuary Program Environmental Strategic Plan, Texas General Land Office (GLO), $50,000.00 (2016 - 2018)

  • Chu-Lin Cheng. Integrated Modeling & Risk Assessment for Texas-Mexico Borderland Colonias, Indiana University-MSI Seed Grant; Department of Navy, $20,000.00 (April 2018)

  • Chu-Lin Cheng. Faculty Research Council Grant, UTRGV, $5,000.00 (February 2016 - August 2016)



Selected Presentations


  • Chu-Lin Cheng, Juan Gonzalez, Jihoon Kang, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, Jude Benavides, Elizabeth Heise, James Hinthorne, and Engil Pereira. "Increasing Workforce Diversity through “Stimulating Hispanic Participation in the Geosciences” (SHIP-GEO) Program at Rio Grande Valley/South Texas," The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America (GSA), Indianapolis, IN (November 2018)

  • Engil Pereira, Jihoon Kang, Chu-Lin Cheng, Mirayda Torres-Avila, Bradley Christoffersen, Christopher Gabler, Kristine Lowe, and Alexis Racelis. "Increasing Hispanic Workforce in Soil Science through Training, Research, and Education: A New Integrated Program for the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas," Annual meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA-CSSS, Soil Science Society of America, San Diego, California (August 2018)

  • Eli Gonzalez, Chu-Lin Cheng, Jihoon Kang, and Jungseok Ho. "Potentials of Shallow Groundwater Contamination Discharge into Lower Laguna Madre," 20th Lower Rio Grande Valley Annual Water Quality Management and Planning Conference, (May 2018)

  • Rosamarie Perdomo, Hudson Deyoe, Chu-Lin Cheng, Eli Gonzalez, and John Garcia. "Water Chemistry & Isotopic signatures Used to Determine if Groundwater Transport of Treated Effluent Occurs," 20th Lower Rio Grande Valley Annual Water Quality Management and Planning Conference, (May 2018)

  • Rosamarie Perdomo, Hudson Deyoe, Chu-Lin Cheng, Eli Gonzalez, and John Garcia. "Water Chemistry & Isotopic signatures Used to Determine if Groundwater Transport of Treated Effluent Occurs," 2018 Engaged Scholars Symposium, UTRGV Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning, (April 2018)

  • Eli Gonzalez, Chu-Lin Cheng, Juan Gonzalez, Jihoon Kang, and Jungseok Ho. "Assessing Shallow Groundwater Vulnerability in the South Texas Sand Sheet Using a GIS-Based DRASTIC Model," The Geological Society of America, South-Central Section Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America (GSA), South-Central Section, Little Rock, AR (March 2018)

  • Chu-Lin Cheng. "Non-Destructive Testing Applications in Water-Energy Nexus," TAMU-Kingsville, Environmental Engineering & Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering Doctoral Program Seminar, TAMU-Kingsville, Environmental Engineering, Kingsville, TX (December 2017)

  • J. Brabazon, E. Perfect, Chu-Lin Cheng, H. Bilheux, A. Tremsin, and L. Santodonato. "Inverse Estimation of Surface Fractal Dimension and Aperture Width for Rock Fractures from Spontaneous Imbibition Measurements," The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America (GSA), Seattle, WA (October 2017)

  • Juan Gonzalez, Chu-Lin Cheng, Jihoon Kang, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, Jude Benavides, Elizabeth Heise, James Hinthorne, and Frank Dirrigl. "Stimulating Hispanic Participation in the Geosciences (SHIP-GEO) at Rio Grande Valley in South Texas: Findings from Year One," The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America (GSA), Seattle, WA (October 2017)

  • Sergio Mireles, Jason Parsons, Tarek Trad, Chu-Lin Cheng, and Jihoon Kang. "Corn stover, Orange peel, and pistachio shell biochars as a filter media for removing lead and arsenic in water," Annual meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA-CSSS, Soil Science Society of America, Tempa, Florida (October 2017)

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