Jim Jian Wang

Jim Wang headshot.
Title Professor
Department School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
E-mail JJWang@agcenter.lsu.edu
Address 1 313 M. B. Sturgis
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone 225-578-1360

B.S. in Soils and Agrochemistry, Northwestern University of Agriculture, Yaling, China, 1982
M.S. in Soil Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1986
Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1990

2020-Present, George and Mildred Caldwell Endowed Professor of Soil Science, LSU

2010-Present, Professor, School of Plant Environmental and Soil Sciences, LSU

2005-2010, Associate Professor, Agronomy and Environmental Management Dept., LSU

2000-2005, Assistant Professor, Agronomy Department, LSU

Editorial Board, Biochar, Springer 2019-present

Associate Editor, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 2010-2016.

Editorial Board, Communication in Soil Science & Plant Analysis, 2004-2016.

Teaching: AGRO/EMS 4055 Chemical Properties of Soils (Environmental Soil Chemistry)


American Society of Agronomy (ASA)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT)

Awards and Honors

Fellow of Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), 2019
Fellow of American Society of Agronomy (ASA), 2016
Outstanding Associate Editor for Soil Science Society of America Journal, 2011

My research focuses on chemical interactions between different nutrients/pollutants and soil constituents with emphasis on ternary systems of clay minerals, heavy metals, and common natural ligands for controlling metal mobility in soil. Recent research efforts have also focused on adsorption/desorption and degradation processes of organic chemicals of emerging concern (such as veterinary antibiotics and hormones) in soil-water systems as well as development of functionalized biochar for agricultural and environmental applications. In addition, I am interested in the biogeochemical control of carbon and nitrogen processes in agricultural and natural ecosystems with emphasis on linking the belowground carbon transformation to the aboveground emissions of carbon and non-carbon greenhouse gases. Other research areas include beneficial use of wastes, and methodology development of nutrient soil testing and plant analysis.

Selected Recent Journal Articles

Meng, Y., J.J. Wang, Z. Wei, S.K. Dodla, L.M. Fultz, L.A. Gaston, R. Xiao, J-H. Park, G. Scaglia.2021. Nitrification inhibitors reduce nitrogen losses and improve soil health in a subtropical pastureland. Geoderma  338:114947. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.114947.

Park, J.-H., J.J. Wang, and D.-C. Seo. 2021. Sorption characteristics of phosphate by bauxite residue in aqueous solution. Colloids Surf. A. Physiochem. Eng. Asp 618:126465. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2021.126465

Wang, Z., J.J. Wang, Y. Lai., Z. Wei, and J. Li. 2021. Rapid detection of estrogen compounds using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy with a Zn/Au-Ag/Ag sandwich-structured substrate. Optical Materials 112:110759. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optmat.2020.110759.

Wei, Z., J.J. Wang, L.A. Gaston, J. Li, L.M. Fultz,. DeLaune, and S.K. Dodla. 2020. Remediation of crude oil-contaminated coastal marsh soil: Integrated effect of biochar, rhamnolipid biosurfactant and nitrogen application.J. Hazard. Mater. 396 (2020):12595. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.122595.

Wei, Z., J.J. Wang, Y. Meng, J. Li, L.A. Gaston, L.M. Fultz, and R.D. DeLaune.2020. Potential use of biochar and rhamnolipid biosurfactant for remediation of crude oil-contaminated coastal wetland soil: Ecotoxicity assessment.Chemosphere 253 (2020):126617. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.126617

Dattamudi, S., JJ. Wang, S.K. Dodla, R.D. DeLaune, A. Hiscox, H. Viator, C. Jeong. 2020. Mass concentration and size distribution of particles released from harvesting and biomass burning of sugarcane. Agric. Environ. Lett. .https://doi.org/10.1002/ael2.20028

Park. J.-H., J.J. Wang, K-H. Park, and D.-C. Seo, 2020.Heterogeneous Fenton oxidation of methylene blue with Fe-impregnated biochar catalyst. Biochar 2:165-176.https://doi.org/10.1007/s42773-020-00051-5

Wei, Z., J.J. Wang, Syam K. Dodla, L.M. Fultz, L.A. Gaston, J-H. Park, R.D. DeLaune, and Y. Meng. 2020. Exploring Anaerobic CO2 Production Response to Elevated Nitrate Levels in Gulf of Mexico Coastal Wetlands: Phenomena and Relationships. Sci. Total Environ. 709:136158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.136158

Bi, W., J.J. Wang, S.K. Dodla, L.A. Gaston, and R.D. DeLaune. 2019. Lignin chemistry of wetland soil profiles in two contrasting basins of the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Organic Geochem. 137:103902 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orggeochem.2019.103902

Wei, Z.,J.J. Wang, A.B. Hernandez, A. Warren, J.H. Park, Y. Meng, S.K. Dodla, C. Jeong.2019. Effect of biochar amendment on sorption-desorption and dissipation of 17α ethinylestradiol in sandy loam and clay soils. Sci. Total Environ. 686:959-967. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.050

Dattamudi, S.,J.J. Wang, S.K. Dodla, H.P. Viator, R. DeLaune, A. Hiscox, M. Darapuneni, C. Jeong, and P. Colyer. 2019. Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Influenced by Nitrogen Fertilization and Harvest Residue Management in Sugarcane Production.Agrosyst.Geosci. Environ. 2:190014 (2019) http://doi.org/10.2134/age2019.03.0014

Zhou, Z., J.J. Wang, L.A. Gaston, and J. Dou. 2019. Sorption and desorption characteristics of tylosin in three Louisiana soils. J. Environ. Qual. 48 :1472-1480. https://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2019.03.0101

Park. J.-H., J.J. Wang, N. Tafti, and R.D. DeLaune 2019. Removal of Eriochrome Black T by sulfate radical generated from Fe-impregnated biochar/persulfate in Fenton-like reaction.J. Ind. Eng. Chem. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jiec.2018.11.026

Li, R., H. Huang, J.J. Wang, W. Liang, .P. Gao, Z. Zhang., R. Xiao, B. Zhou, X. Zhang. 2019. Conversion of Cu(II)-polluted biomass into an environmentally benign Cu nanoparticles-embedded biochar composite and its potential use on cyanobacteria inhibition..J. Clean. prod. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.01.186

Park, J.H., Wang, J.J., Zhou, B., Mikhael, J.E.R., DeLaune, R.D. 2019. Removing mercury from aqueous solution using sulfurized biochar and associated mechanisms. Environ. Pollut. 244:627-635. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2018.10.069

Wang, M., J.J. Wang, N.D. Tafti, C.A. Hollier, G.Myers, and X. Wang. 2019. Effect of alkali-enhanced biochar on silicon uptake and suppression of gray leaf spot development in perennial ryegrass.Crop Protect.119:9-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2019.01.013

Bohara, H., S.K. Dodla, J.J. Wang, M. Daeapuneni, B.S. Acharya, M. Selim, and K. Pavuluri. 2019. Influence of Poultry Litter and Biochar on Soil Water Dynamics and Nutrient Leaching from a Very Fine Sandy Loam Soil.Soil & Tillage Res. 189:44-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2019.01.001

Zhang, Z., J.J. Wang, X. Lyu, M. Jiang, J. Bhadha,and A. Wright.2019. Impacts of land use change on soil organic matter chemistry in the Everglades, Florida - a characterization with pyrolysis-gas chromatography–mass spectrometry.Geoderma 338: 393-400. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.12.041

Xiao, R., J.J. Wang, L.A. Gaston, B. Zhou, J.H. Park, R. Li, S. K. Dodla,Z. Zhang. 2018. Biochar produced from mineral salt-impregnated chicken manure: fertility properties and potential for carbon sequestration.Waste Management. 78:802-810. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2018.06.047

Xiao, R., J.J. Wang, R. Li, J.-H. Park, Y. Meng, B. Zhou, S. Pensky, Z. Zhang. 2018.Enhanced sorption of hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] from aqueous solutions by diluted sulfuric acid-assisted MgO-coated biochar composite.Chemosphere 208:408-416. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.05.175

Zhang, Z., Z. Wei., J.J. Wang, R. Xiao, Y. Meng., H. We., and X. Lyu. 2018. Ants alter molecular characteristics of soil organic carbon determined by pyrolysis-chromatography/mass spectrometry. Applied Soil Ecology 130:91-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2018.05.020

Park, J.-H., J.J. Wang, R. Xiao, B. Zhou, R.D. DeLaune, D.-C, Seo. 2018. Effect of pyrolysis temperature on phosphate adsorption characteristics and mechanisms of crawfish char. J. Colloidal Interface Sci. 525:143-151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2018.04.078

Li, R., W. Liang, J.J. Wang, L. A. Gaston, D. Huang, H. Huang, S. Lei, M.K. Awasthi, B. Zhou, R. Xiao, Z. Zhang. 2018. Facilitative capture of As(V), Pb(II) and methylene blue from aqueous solutions with MgO hybrid sponge-like carbonaceous composite derived from sugarcane leafy trash.J. Environ. Manage. 212:77-87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.12.034

Park, J-H., J.J. Wang, R. Xiao, S.M. Pensky, M. Kongchum, R.D. DeLaune, D.C., Seo. 2018. Mercury adsorption in the Mississippi River deltaic plain freshwater marsh soil of Louisiana Gulf coastal wetlands. Chemosphere 195:455-462. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.12.104

Wang. M., J.J. Wang., X. Dong. 2018. KOH-enhanced Biochar as an Alternative Source for Plant Available Silicon. Geoderma 321:22-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.02.001

Park, J-.H., J.J. Wang, R. Xiao, N. T. R. D. DeLaune. 2018.Degradation of Orange G. by Fenton-like reaction with Fe-impregnated biochar catalyst.Bioresour. Technol. 249: 368-376. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2017.10.030

Zhang, Z., J.J. Wang, A., Ali, R.D. DeLaune. 2018. Physico-chemical forms of copper in water and sediments of Lake Pontchartrain basin, USA. Chemosphere 195:448-454. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.12.115

Li, T., J.J. Wang, L.A. Gaston, B. Zhou, M. Li, R. Xiao, Q. Wang, Z. Zhang. H. Huang, W. Liang, H. Huang, X. Zhang. 2018. An overview of carbothermal synthesis of metal–biochar composites for the removal of oxyanion contaminants from aqueous solution. Carbon 129:674-687. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2017.12.070

Li, R., J.J. Wang, B. Zhou, Z. Zhang, S. Liu, S. Lei, and R. Xiao. 2017. Simultaneous capture removal of phosphate, ammonium and organic substances by MgO impregnated biochar and its potential use in swine wastewater treatment.J. Cleaner Production 147:96-107 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.01.069

Liu, S., J.J. Wang, Z. Tian, and X. Wang, and S. Harrison. 2017.Ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from a subtropical wheat field under different nitrogen fertilization strategies.J. Environ. Sci. 57:196-210. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jes.2017.02.014

Park, J.H., J.J. Wang. S.H. Kim, J.S. Cho, S.W. Kang, R.D. DeLaune, and DC. Seo. 2017. Phosphate removal in constructed wetland with rapid cooled basic oxygen furnace slag.Chem. Eng.J. 327:713-724. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2017.06.155

Xiao, R., M.K. Awasthi, R. Li., J. Park, S. Pensky,Q. Wang, J.J. Wang. Z. Zhang. 2017. Recent developments in biochar utilization as an additive in organic solid waste composting: a review.Bioresour. Technol. 246:203-213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2017.07.090

Park, J.H., J.J. Wang. S.H. Kim, J.S. Cho, S.W. Kang, R.D. DeLaune, K.J. Han, and DC. Seo. 2017. Recycling of rice straw through pyrolysis and its adsorption behaviors for Cu and Zn ions in aqueous solution.Colloid Surfaces A. 533:330-337. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2017.08.041

Zhang, Z., J.J. Wang, A. Ali, and R.D. DeLaune. 2016. Heavy Metals and metalloid Contamination in Louisiana Lake Pontchartrain Estuary along I-10 Bridge. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 44:66-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2016.02.014

Jeong, C., S.K. Dodla, and J.J. Wang. 2016. Fundamental and molecular composition characteristics of biochars produced from sugarcane and rice crop residues and their by-products. Chemosphere 142: 4-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.05.084

Li, R., J.J. Wang, B. Zhou, M.M. Awasthi, A. Ali, Z. Zhang., A.H. Lahori, and A. Mahar. 2016. Recovery of phosphate from aqueous solution by magnesium oxide decorated magnetic biochar and its potential as phosphate-based fertilizer substitute. Bioresour. Technol. 215:209-214.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2016.02.125

Li, R., J.J. Wang, B. Zhou, M.M. Awasthi, A. Ali, Z. Zhang., L.A. Gaston, A.H. Lahori, and A. Mahar. 2016. Enhancing phosphate adsorption by Mg/Al layered double hydroxide functionalized biochar with different Mg/Al ratios. Sci. Total Environ. 559:121-129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.151

Dattamudi, S., J.J. Wang, S.K Dodla, A. Arceneaux, and H. P Viator. 2016. Effect of Nitrogen Fertilization and Residue Management Practices on Ammonia Emissions from Subtropical Sugarcane Production. Atmospheric Environ.139:122-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.05.035

Zhang, Z., J.J. Wang, A. Ali, and R.D. DeLaune. 2016. Heavy metal distribution and water quality characterization of water bodies in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Basin, USA.Environ. Monit. Assess. 188:628-642. DOI:10.1007/s10661-016-5639-y.

Zhang, Z.Q., J.J. Wang, and R.D. DeLaune. 2015. Trace element contamination of Tangipahoa River water and sediment in Louisiana. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 24: 910-919.

Pietroski, J.P., J.R. White, R.D. DeLaune, J.J. Wang, and S.K. Dodla. 2015. Fresh and Weathered Crude Oil Effects on Potential Denitrification Rates of Coastal Marsh Soil. Chemosphere 134:120-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.03.056

Xiao, R.,X. Suna, J. Wang, J. Feng, R. Li, Z. Zhang, ,J.J. Wang, and A. Amjada. 2015. Characteristics and phytotoxicity assay of biochars derived from a Zn-rich antibiotic residue. J. Anal. Applied Pyrolysis 113:575-583. doi:10.1016/j.jaap.2015.04.006

Zhang, Z., J.J. Wang, C. Tang, and R.D. DeLaune. 2015. Trace elements content and enrichment in Gulf Coast sediments in the vicinity of an oil refinery. J. Geochemical Exploration 159:93-100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gexplo.2015.08.008.

Tian, Z., J.J. Wang, S. Liu, Z. Zhang, and G. Myers. 2015. Application Effects of Coated Urea and Urease and Nitrification Inhibitors on Ammonia and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Subtropical Cotton Field of the Mississippi Delta Region.Sci. Total Environ. 533:329-338. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.147.

Stietiya, M.H. and J.J. Wang. 2014. Zinc and cadmium adsorption to Al2O3 nanoparticles impacted by naturally occurring ligands. J. Environ. Qual. 43:498-506. doi:10.2134/jeq2013.07.0263.

Ali, M., J.J. Wang, R.D. DeLaune, D.C. Seo, S.K. Dodla, and A.B. Hernandez. 2013. Effect of redox Potential and pH status on degradation and adsorption behavior of tylosin in dairy lagoon sediment suspension. Chemosphere 91:1583-1589. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.12.050

Dodla, S. K., J. J. Wang, and R. L. Cook. 2012. Molecular composition of humic acids from coastal wetland soils along a salinity gradient.Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76:1592-1602. doi:10.2136/sssaj2011.0346.

Dodla, S. K., J. J. Wang, and R. D. DeLaune. 2012. Characterization of labile organic carbon in coastal wetland soils of the Mississippi River Deltaic Plain: Relationships to carbon functionalities. Sci. Total Environ. 435-436: 151-158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.06.090

Jeong, C.Y., J.J. Wang, and S.K. Dodla. 2012. Effect of biochar amendment on tylosin adsorption/desorption and transport in two different soils. J. Environ. Qual. 41:1185-1192. doi:10.2134/jeq2011.0166

Stietiya, M.H. and J.J. Wang. 2011. Effect of organic matter oxidation on the fractionation of copper, zinc, lead, and arsenic in sewage sludge and amended soils.J. Environ. Qual. 40:1162-1171. doi:10.2134/jeq2011.0008.

Stietiya, M.H., J.J. Wang, and A. Roy.2011. Macroscopic and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopic investigation of ligand effect on zinc adsorption to kaolinite as a function of pH.Soil Sci. 176:464-471. doi: 10.1097/SS.0b013e3182285b46.

Wang, J.J., S.K. Dodla, R.D. DeLaune, W.H. Hudnall, and R.L. Cook. 2011. Soil carbon characteristics in two Mississippi river deltaic marshland soils. Wetlands 31:157-166. DOI 10.1007/s13157-010-0130-y.

Udeigwe T.K. and J.J. Wang. 2010.Oxygen demand relationships in typical agricultural effluents. Water, Air Soil Pollut. 213:237-249. DOI: 10.1007/s11270-010-0381-5.


Development and evaluation of biochar products for agronomic and environmental applications (PI)

A biochar-based advanced Fenton oxidation catalyst for removing organic wastewater pollutants (Pi)

Improving grain crop production through fertilization using pyroligneous acid (PI)

Comprehensive demonstration of using agricultural tailwater irrigation for southern crop production (Co-PI)

Development of a low-cost and highly efficient bio-based Si fertilizer (PI)

Low-cost and highly efficient magnetic MgO biochar composite for capturing removal of phosphate from surface and waste water (PI)

Demonstration and calibration of Haney test as Soil Health nutrient Tool for assessing nutrient pools in Louisiana rice agroecosystems (PI)

Improving micronutrient fertilization for soybean production (PI)

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