Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware.

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Daniel Cha

Daniel Cha

346A DuPont Hall
Newark, Delaware
Phone: (302) 831-2435
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1990 | Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley
1986 | Master, University of British Columbia
1984 | Bachelor, McGill University


Population dynamics of biological wastewater treatment processes; biotransformation of environmental contaminants in natural and engineered systems


  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental and Water Resources
  • Sustainability
  • Water


  1. Lee, J.W., Cha, D.K., Oh, Y.K., KO, K.B., and Song, J.S.  Zero-valent Iron Pretreatment for Detoxifying Iodine in Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Manufacturing Wastewater.  Journal of Hazardous Materials, 164, 67-72 (2009).
  2. Ryu, H.W., Yoo, S.K., Choi, J.M., Cho, K.S., Cha, D.K., Thermophilic biofiltration of H2S and isolation of a thermophilic and heterotrophic H2S-degrading bacterium, Bacillus sp. TSO3, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 168, 501-506 (2009).
  3. Shin, K. H. and Cha, D. K. “Microbial Reduction of Nitrate in the Presence of Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron” Chemosphere, 72, 257-262 (2008).
  4. Ahn, S. C., Oh, S. Y., Cha, D. K. “Enhanced Reduction of Nitrate by Zero-Valent Iron at Elevated Temperatures.”  Journal of Hazardous Materials, 156, 17-22 (2008)
  5. Lee, J. W, Cha, D.K., Kim, I. K., Son, A., and Ahn, K. H. “Fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) technology for monitoring biological foaming in activated sludge: Full scale plant verification.” Environmental Technology, 29, 199-206 (2008).
  6. Shin, K. H, Son, A., Cha, D. K., and Kim, K. W. “Review on Risks of Perchlorate and Treatment Technologies”  Journal of Korean Society of Environmental Engineering, 29(9), 1060-1068 (2007).
  7. Oh, S. Y., Cha, D. K., Chiu, P. C., and Kim, B. J. “Zero-valent iron treatment of RDX-containing and perchlorate-containing wastewaters from an ammunition-manufacturing plant at elevated temperatures.”  Water Science and Technology, 54(10), 47-53 (2006).
  8. Oh, S. Y., Lee, J., Cha, D. K. and Chiu, P. C. “Reduction of Acrolein by Elemental Iron: Kinetics, pH Effect, and Detoxification” Environmental Science and Technology, 40, 27652770 (2006).
  9. Son, A., Lee, J. W., Chiu, P. C. and Cha, D. K. “Microbial Reduction of Perchlorate with Zero-valent Iron.” Water Research, 40, 2027-2032 (2006).
  10. Oh, S. Y., Chiu, P. C., Kim, B. J. and Cha, D. K. “Enhanced reduction of perchlorate by elemental iron at elevated temperatures.” Journal of Hazardous Materials, B129, 304-307 (2006).
  11. Perey-Saxe, J., Lubenow, B. L., Chiu, P. C., Huang, C. P. and Cha, D. K. “Enhanced biodegradation of azo dyes using an integrated elemental iron-activated sludge system: I. Evaluation of system performance.”  Water Environment Research, 78, 19-25 (2006).
  12. Perey-Saxe, J., Lubenow, B. L., Chiu, P. C., Huang, C. P. and Cha, D. K. “Enhanced biodegradation of azo dyes using an integrated elemental iron-activated sludge system: II. Effects of physical-chemical parameters.”  Water Environment Research, 78, 26-30 (2006).
  13. Oh, S. Y., Chiu, P. C., Kim, B. J. and, Cha, D. K. “Zero-Valent Iron Pretreatment for Enhancing the Biodegradability of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5 triazine (RDX).”  Water Research, 39, 5027-5032 (2005).
  14. Oh, S. Y., Cha, D. K., Kim, B. J. and Chiu, P. C., “Reductive Transformation of Hexahydro1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), Octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine(HMX), and Methylenedinitramine (MDNA) with Elemental Iron”, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24, 2812-2819 (2005).
  15. Kim, S. D., Bae, J. E., Park, H. S., and Cha, D. K. “Bioleaching of cadmium and nickel from synthetic sediments by Thiobacillus ferrooxidans.” Environmental Geochemistry and Health , 27, 229-235 (2005).
  16. Chang, J. S, Radosevich, M., Jin, Y. and Cha, D. K.
    Enhancement of phenanthrene solubilization and biodegradation by trehalose lipid biosurfactants. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 23, 2816-2822 (2004).
  17. Oh, S.Y., Cha, D. K., Kim, B. J., and Chiu, P. C. Reduction of nitroglycerin with cast iron: pathway, kinetics, and mechanisms. Environmental Science and Technology, 38, 3723-3730 (2004).
  18. Oh, S. Y., Cha, D. K., Chiu, P. C. and Kim, B. J. Conceptual technology comparison for pink water treatment: zero-valent iron/fenton reagent reactor, anaerobic fluidized bed reactor, and granular activated carbon, Water Science and Technology, 49(5-6), 129-136 (2004).
  19. Oh, S. Y., Chiu, P. C, Kim, B. J., and Cha, D. K., Enhancing fenton oxidation of TNT and RDX through pretreatment with zero-valent iron. Water Research, 37, 4275-4283 (2003).

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