School of Environment

Deyi Hou
Division:Division of Groundwater and Soil Environment
Position:Associate Professor, Assistant Dean
School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

Education background

1998.9 – 2002.6      B.S. in Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

2002.9 – 2003.6      M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, USA

2003.6 – 2005.9      D.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, USA

2011.10 – 2014.11  PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK 


2015.11 – Present       Associate Professor, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, China

2006.04 – 2015.11      Remediation Engineer / Project Manager, Parsons Corporation, USA/UK   

2005.10– 2006.04       Engineering Aid, East Bay Municipal Utility District

Concurrent Academic

Associate Editor, Science of the Total Enviornment (Impact Factor: 4.610)

Editorial Board Member, Remediation Journal

Guest Editor, Chemosphere (Impact Factor: 4.208)

Guest Editor, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Sediment and Environmental Pollution) (Impact Factor: 2.145)

Invited Reviewer for nearly 40 academic journals including EST, JHM, JCP, STOTEN, etc

Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF), Member

American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member/Annual Conference Session Chair

ASTM International, Member/Working Group Member

Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

Green and sustainable remediation technologies for the cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater

Synthesis of green and innovative materials for environmental remediation: biochar, nano-material, controlled release material

Groundwater contaminant transport modeling and sampling optimization, non-equilibrium transport of chlorinated organics

Regional distribution of soil and groundwater pollutants, reduction of Pb, As, and Hg pollution, risk control and remediation optimization strategies

Life cycle assessment of secondary impact associated with contaminated site remediation

Sustainability assessment for environmental remediation

Linking contaminated site remediation with public participation, environmental behavior, policy, and management

(My research group has open positions for MS and PhD students, full time RA, and postdoctoral researchers, please email your CV to houdeyi@tsinghua.edu.cn)

Academic Achievement

Selected Publications

1.O'Connor, D., Hou, Deyi (*), Ye, J., Zhang, Y., Ok, Y.S., Song, Y., Coulon, F., Peng, T., Tian, L., Lead-Based Paint Remains a Major Public Health Concern: A Critical Review of Global Production, Trade, Use, Exposure, Health Risk, and Implications. Environmental International. 2018, 121:85-101.

2.Wang, L., Chen, L., Tsang, D.C.W (*), Li, J.S., Baek, K., Hou, Deyi, Ding, S., Poon, C.S. (*), Recycling dredged sediment into fill materials, partition blocks, and paving blocks: Technical and economic assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2018, 199: 69-76.

3.O'Connor, D., Hou, Deyi (*), Ok, Y.S., Sarmah, A.K., Li, X., Tack, F.M.G., Sustainable in situ remediation of recalcitrant organic pollutants in groundwater with controlled release materials: A review. Journal of Controlled Release. 2018, 283:200-213.

4.Liu, K., Huisingh, D., Zhu, J., Ma, Y., O'Connor, D., Hou, Deyi (*). Farmers’ Perceptions and Adaptation Behaviours Concerning Land Degradation: A Theoretical Framework and a Case Study in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China. Land Degradation & Development. 2018, 29:2460-2471.

5.Ouyang, W., Li, J., Tian, L., Jiang, Y., Xiao, Y., Hou, Deyi, Li, S., Examining the Impacts of Land Use on Cancer Incidence through Structural Equation Modeling: A Case of the Pan-Yangtze River Delta, China, Cities. In press

6.Shen, Z., Hou, Deyi (*), Xu, W., Zhang., J., Jin, F., Zhao, B., Pan, S., Peng, T., Alessi, D., Assessing Long-term stability of cadmium and lead in a soil washing residue amended with MgO-based binders using quantitative accelerated ageing. Science of the Total Environment. 2018, 643: 1571-1578.

7.Zhang, P., Hou, Deyi (*), O'Connor, D., Li, X., Pehkonen, S., Varma, R., Wang, X. Green and Size-Specific Synthesis of Stable Fe-Cu Oxides as Earth-Abundant Adsorbents for Malachite Green Removal. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 2018, 6:9229-9236.

8.Zhang, Y., Deyi Hou (*), Xiong, G., Duan, Y., Cai, C., Wang, X., Li, J., Tao, S., Liu, W. (*) Structural equation modeling of PAHs in ambient air, dust fall, soil, and cabbage in vegetable bases of Northern China. Environmental Pollution. 2018, 239:13-20.

9.Wang, L., Yu, K., Li, J., Tsang, D. (*), Poon, C., Yoo, J., Baek, K., Ding, S., Hou, Deyi, Dai, J., Low-Carbon and Low-Alkalinity Stabilization/Solidification of High-Pb Contaminated Soil. Chemical Engineering Journal. 2018, 351:418-427.

10.Shen, Z., Hou, Deyi (*), Zhang, P., Wang, Y., Zhang, Y., Shi, P., O'Connor, D., Lead-based paint in children’s toys sold on China’s major online shopping platforms. Environmental Pollution. 2018, 241:311-318.

11.刘锴,宋易南,侯德义 (*)。污染地块修复的社会可持续性与公众知情研究。《环境保护》,2018。46:37-42。

12.Fan, C., Tian, L. (*), Zhou, L., Deyi Hou, Song, Y., Qiao, X., Li, J. Examining the impacts of urban form on air pollutant emissions: Evidence from China. Journal of Environmental Management. 2018, 212:405-414.

13.O’Connor, D., Peng, T., Zhang, J., Tsang, D.C.W., Alessi, D.S., Shen, Z., Bolan, N.S., Hou, Deyi (*), Biochar application for the remediation of heavy metal polluted land: A review of in situ field trials. Science of the Total Environment. 2018, 619-620: 815-826.

14.Zhao, B. 1, O’Connor, D. 1, Zhang, J., Peng, T., Shen, Z., Tsang, D.C.W., Hou, Deyi (*), Effect of pyrolysis temperature, heating rate, and residence time on rapeseed stem derived biochar. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2018, 174:977-987.

15.侯德义 (*),宋易南。农田污染土壤的绿色可持续修复:分析框架与相关思考, 《环境保护》,2018。

16.Deyi Hou (*), Li, G., Nathanail, P., An emerging market for groundwater remediation in China: Policies, statistics, and future outlook. Front. Environ. Sci. Eng. 2018, 12(1): 16

17.Jia, H., Deyi Hou, Dai, M., Lu, H., Yan, C. (*), Effects of root exudates on the mobility of pyrene in mangrove sediment-water system. Catena, 2018, 162:396-401. 

18.O’Connor, D., Peng, T., Li, G., Wang, S., Duan, L., Mulder, J., Cornelissen, G., Cheng, Z., Yang, S., Deyi Hou (*), Sulfur-modified rice husk biochar: A green method for the remediation of mercury contaminated soil. Science of the Total Environment. 2018, 621:819-826.

19.Shen, Z., Hou, Deyi (*), Zhao, B., Xu, W., Yong Sik Ok, Nanthi S. Bolan, Daniel S. Alessi, Stability of heavy metals in soil washing residue with and without biochar addition under accelerated ageing. Science of the Total Environment. 2018, 619-620: 185-193.

20.Alam, M. S., Swaren, L., von Gunten, K., Cossio, M., Bishop, B., Robbins, L. J., Hou, D., Flynn, S. L., Ok, Y. S., Konhauser, K. O., Alessi, D. S. (*), Application of surface complexation modeling to trace metals uptake by biochar-amended agricultural soils. Applied Geochemistry. 2018, 88:103-112.

21.Song, Y., Deyi Hou (*), Zhang, J., O'Connor, D., Li, G., Gu, Q., Li, S., Liu, P., Environmental and socio-economic sustainability appraisal of contaminated land remediation strategies: A case study at a mega-site in China. Science of the Total Environment. 2018, 610-611: 391-401.

22.Hou, Deyi (*), Yinan Song, Junli Zhang, Min Hou, O'Connor, D., Melissa Harclerode, Climate change mitigation potential of contaminated land redevelopment: a city-level assessment method. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2018, 171:1396-1406.

23.Thangarajan, R., Bolan, N. (*), Kunhikrishnan, A., Wijesekara, H., Xu, Y., Tsang, D., Song, H., Ok, Y., Deyi Hou. The potential value of biochar in the mitigation of gaseous emission of nitrogen. Science of the Total Environment. 2018, 612: 257-268.

24.Hou, Deyi (*), Ding, Z., Li, G., Wu, L., Hu, P., Guo, G., Wang, X., Ma, Y., O'Connor, D., Wang, X., A Sustainability Assessment Framework for Agricultural Land Remediation in China. Land Degradation & Development. 2018, 29:1005-1018.

25.O’Connor, D., Deyi Hou (*), Targeting cleanups towards a more sustainable future. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. 2018, 20:266-269.

26.Shen Z., Tian D., Zhang X., Tang L., Su M., Zhang L., Li Z. (*), Hu S. (*), Hou Deyi, (2017). Mechanisms of biochar assisted immobilization of Pb2+ by bioapatite in aqueous solution. Chemosphere, 190:260-266. 

27.Zhang, P., Lo, I., O'Connor, D., Pehkonen, S., Cheng, H., Deyi Hou (*). High efficiency removal of methylene blue using SDS surface-modified ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles. Journal of Colloid And Interface Science. 2017, 508:39-48.

28.Hou, Deyi (*), O'Connor, D., Nathanail, P., Tian, L., Ma, Y., Integrated GIS and multivariate statistical analysis for regional scale assessment of heavy metal soil contamination: a critical review. Environmental Pollution. 2017, 231:1188-1200.

29.Qi, S., Hou, Deyi (*), Luo, J. (*), Optimization of groundwater sampling approach under various hydrogeological conditions using a numerical simulation model. Journal of Hydrology. 2017, 552:505-515. 

30.Hou, Deyi (*), Qi, S., Zhao, B., Rigby, M., O'Connor, D., Incorporating life cycle assessment with health risk assessment to select the ‘greenest’ cleanup level for Pb contaminated soil. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2017, 162:1157-1168.

31.Hou, Deyi (*), Li, F., Complexities Surrounding China's Soil Action Plan. Land Degradation & Development. 2017, 28: 2315-2320. 

32.Hou, Deyi (*), Gu, Q., Ma, F., O’Connell, S., Life Cycle Assessment Comparison of Thermal Desorption and Stabilization/Solidification of Mercury Contaminated Soil on Agricultural Land. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2016, 139: 949-956..

33.Hou, Deyi (*), Guthrie, P, and Rigby M., Assessing the trend in sustainable remediation: a questionnaire survey of remediation professionals in various countries. Journal of Environmental Management. August, 2016. 

34.Hou, Deyi (*), Divergence in Stakeholder Perception in Sustainable Remediation. Sustainability Science, 2016, 11(2): 215-230.

35.Ma, Y., Shi, Y., Hou, D., Zhang, X., Chen, J., Wang, Z., Xu, Z., Li, F., Du, X. Treatability of volatile chlorinated hydrocarbon-contaminated soils of different textures along a vertical profile by mechanical soil aeration: A laboratory test. Journal of Environmental Sciences. 2016.


37.Hou, Deyi (*), Li, G., Green and Sustainable Remediation Movement in the New Millennium and its Relevance to China. Twenty Years Research and Development on Soil Pollution and Remediation in China. 2016.

38.Ma, Y., Du, X., Shi, Y., Hou, Deyi, Dong, B., Li, H., Xu, Z., Xie, Y., Fang, J., Li, Z., Cao, Y., Li, F. (*). Engineering practice of mechanical soil aeration for the remediation of volatile organic compounds-contaminated sites in China: Advantages and challenges. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering. September, 2016.

39.Chen, Y., Hou, Deyi, Spain, J.C., Luo, J(*). Effects of rate-limited mass transfer on modeling vapor intrusion with aerobic biodegradation. Environmental Science and Technology. August 2016. 

40.O'Connell, S. (*) and Hou, Deyi, Resilience: A Nnew Consideration for Environmental Remediation in an Era of Climate Change, Remediation Journal, 2015, 26(1): 57-67.

41.谷庆宝(*), 侯德义, 伍斌, 蒋晓云, 李发生, 污染场地绿色可持续修复理念、工程实践及对我国的启示, 环境工程学报, 2015, 9(8): 4061-4068.

42.Ma, F., Peng, C., Hou, Deyi, Wu, B., Zhang, Q., Li, F., Gu, Q. (*), Citric Acid Facilitated Thermal Treatment: An Innovative Method for the Remediation of Mercury Contaminated Soil, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2015, 300: 546-552.

43.Hou, Deyi (*), Al-Tabbaa, A. and Hellings, J, Sustainable site clean-up from megaprojects: Lessons from London 2012, Proceedings of ICE - Engineering Sustainability, 2015, 168(2): 61-70. 

44.Luo, J. (*), Kurt, Z., Hou, Deyi, and Spain, J., Modeling Aerobic Biodegradation in the Capillary Fringe, Environmental Science and Technology, 2015, 49(3): 1501-1510.

45.Hou, Deyi (*), Al-Tabbaa, A, Guthrie, P, Hellings, J., Using a Hybrid LCA Method to Evaluate the Sustainability of Sediment Remediation at the London Olympic Park, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2014, 83: 87-95.

46.Hou, Deyi (*), O’Connor, D. and Al-Tabbaa, A., Modeling the Diffusion of Contaminated Site Remediation Technologies, Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 2014, 225(9): 1-6.

47.Hou, Deyi (*), O’Connor, D. and Al-Tabbaa, A., Comparing the Adoption of Contaminated Land Remediation Technologies in the US, UK, and China, Remediation Journal, 2014, 25(1): 33-51.

48.Ma, F., Zhang, Q., Xu, D., Hou, Deyi, Li, F., and Gu, Q. (*), Mercury Removal from Contaminated Soil by Thermal Treatment with FeCl3 at Reduced Temperature, Chemosphere, 2014, 117: 388-393. 

49.Hou, Deyi (*), Al-Tabbaa, A, Guthrie, P, The adoption of sustainable remediation behaviour in the US and UK: A cross country comparison and determinant analysis, Science of the Total Environment, 490(8): 905-913.

50.Hou, Deyi (*), Al-Tabbaa, A, Chen, H and Mamic, I., Factor analysis and structural equation modelling of sustainable behaviour in contaminated land remediation, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2014, 84: 439-449.

51.Hou, Deyi (*) and Al-Tabbaa, A., Sustainability: A new imperative in contaminated land remediation, Environmental Science and Policy, 2014, 39: 25-34. 

52.Hou, Deyi (*), Al-Tabbaa, A, and Luo, J. Assessing effects of site characteristics on remediation secondary life cycle impact with a generalised framework, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2014, 57(7): 1083-1100.

53.Hou, Deyi (*) and Luo, J. Evaluation of Apparent Permeability and Field Assessment of Aged Asphalt Capping Systems, Journal of Environmental Engineering. 2013, 139 (2): 167-175.

54.Hou, Deyi (*), Luo, J., and Al-Tabbaa, A., Shale Gas Can be a Double Edged Sword for Climate Change, Nature Climate Change, 2012, 2 (6): 385-387.

55.Hou, Deyi (*), Al-Tabbaa, A., Guthrie, P., and Watanabe, K. Sustainable Waste and Materials Management: National Policy and Global Perspective, Environmental Science and Technology, 2012, 46 (5): 2494?2495.

56.Hou, Deyi (*), Vision 2020: More Needed in Materials Reuse and Recycling to Avoid Land Contamination, Environmental Science and Technology, 2011, 45 (15), 6227-6228.

57.Hou, Deyi (*) and Leu, J., Optimizing the Remedial Process at a Petroleum Contaminated Site Using a Three Tier Approach. Journal of Environmental Engineer. 2009, 135 (11): 1171–1180.

58.Boehm, A. B. (*), Hou, Deyi, Whitman, R. L, Nevers, M. B., and Weisberg, S. B. (2007). Now-casting recreational water quality. A chapter in Statistical Framework for Water Quality Criteria and Monitoring. Edited by Larry Wymer and Alfred Dufour.