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John J Bang

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Chair, Associate Professor
(919) 530-6569
(919) 530-7990
2202/2015 Mary M. Townes Science Building



Dr. Bang enjoys teaching students both in class and laboratory settings. Both undergraduate and graduate students are always encouraged to develop and work on their own projects for hands-on experience. Students in Bang’s research group actively engage in understanding and solving locally, and globally relevant science and engineering issues in the fields of environmental pollution and environmental health. Dr. Bang’s research is focused on the development of various remediation techniques through better understanding of both micro and nano scale material behaviors. Three main research themes in his lab include Exposure Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Micro/Nano Fabrication. Exposure assessment studies focus on how much we are exposed to harmful air and water pollutants. Bang’s lab carries extensive list of monitoring instruments and devices ready for the measurement of various pollutants in fluidal media environments including ambient air and water. May studies are conducted in a collaborative format with other academic institutions such as Duke, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, UNC-CH, and NC State University as well as foreign research institutions in France, Turkey, and Singapore. Risk assessment studies focus on what (could) happen when we are exposed to harmful air and water pollutants. In the past, Bang’s group worked on various types of mammalian cells (in vitro) and fruit flies in order to understand the pathophysiological mechanisms involved. Bang’s group also works on micro and nanomaterial fabrications for their real applications in environmental cleanup (remediation). Photocatalytic nano hybrid materials containing transition metals and carbonaceous materials for both water and air cleanup have been manufactured in the lab. Bang’s group has recently begun an investigation on the link between organic pollutants such as pesticides and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and Type 2 Diabetic Mellitus and its associated health issues.


PhD University of Texas at El Paso 2003
MD University of Illinois, Chicago 1994
BS University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1988


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Selected Publications

1. Kim, J. S., & Srinivasan, S. , & You, T. , & Bang, J. J. (2013). Brevibacterium ammoniilyticum sp. nov., an ammonia-degrading bacterium isolated from sludge of a wastewater treatment plant. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology , 1111-1118.
2. Kim, J. , & Yu, Y. , & Yen, F. , & Bang, J. J. (2012). New strain Bacteria degrading TNT and 2,4/2,6-DNT from Explosives-Contaminated Soil . Atlas J. of Biology , 2, 122-130.
3. Key, C. S., & Reaves, D. , & Turner, F. , & Bang, J. J. (2011). Impacts of Silver Nanoparticle Ingestion on Pigmentation and Developmental Progression in Drosophila . Atlas Journal of Biology, 3, 52-61.
4. Bang, J. J., & Yeyeodu, S. , & Gilypzova, N. , & Weatherspoon, S. (2011). Effects of Carbon Nanotubes on Neuronal Cell Model In Vitro. Atlas J. of Biology , 70-77.
5. Bang, J. J., & Anderson, Y. B., & DeLauder, S. F., & Malhotra, R. (2011). Ambient Concentration Levels of VOCs and Aldehydes in Moncure, North Carolina: an Environmental Justice Case Study. Environmental Justice, 91-99.
6. Adair, B. , & Bang, J. J., & Anderson, Y. B., & DeLauder, S. F. (2009). Water Quality Analysis in an Environmental Justice Community in Durham, North Carolina. Environmental Science and Technology, 55-60.
7. Bang, J. J., & Anderson, Y. B., & DeLauder, S. F., & Bradshaw, M. (2009). The Impacts of Social Capital on Environmental Risk Reduction in Moncure. Environmental Science and Technology, 61-66.
8. Baldauf, R. , & Thoma, E. , & Hays, M. , & Bang, J. (2008). Traffic and Meterological Impacts on Near-Road Air Quality: Summary of Methods and Trends from the Raleigh Near-Road Study. Journal of the Air and Waste Management, 58, 865-878.
9. Murr, L. E., & Soto, K. F., & Garza, K. M., & Bang, J. J. (2006). Combustion-Generated Nanoparticulates in the ElPaso, TX, USA/Juarez, Mexico Metroples: Their Comparative Characterization and Potential for Adverse Health Effects. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , 48-66.
10. Saupe, G. B., & Zhao, Y. , & Bang, J. J., & Yesu, N. R. (2005). Evaluation of a new porous titanium-niobium mixed oxide for photocatalytic water decontamination. Microchemical Journal , 156-162.
11. Li, W. W., & Bang, J. J., & Chianelli, R. (2005). Characterization of airborne particulate matter in the Paso del Norte (PdN) air quality basin in El Paso-Juarez region: morphology and Chemistry: Book Chapter 4. The U.S. –Mexican Border Environment: An Integrated Approach to Defining Particulate Matter Issues in the Paso del Norte Region SCERP Monograph No. 12. .
12. meuzelaar, H. C., & Arnold, N. , & Nookala, B. , & Bang, J. J. (2005). Estimating PM exposure Risks and Evaluating Health Effects of Evening PM Peaks Using GIS-Referenced Data Fusion Methods: A Pilot Study_Book Chapter 7. In the U.S.-Mexican Border Environment: An Integrated Approach to Defining Particulate Matter Issues in the Paso del Norte Region SCERP Monograph.
13. Bang, J. J., & Murr, L. E., & Esquivel, E. V. (2004). Collection and characterization of airborne nanoparticualtes . Materials characterization, 1-14.
14. Murr, L. E., & Bang, J. J., & Lopez, D. A., & Guerrero, R. A. (2004). Carbon nanotubes and nanocrystals in methane combustion and the environmental implications . Journal of Materials Science, 2199-2204.
15. Murr, L. E., & Esquivel, E. V., & Bang, J. J., & de la Rosa, G. (2004). Chemistry and nanoparticulate compositions of a 10,000 year-old ice core melt water. The Water Journal, 4282-4296.
16. Murr, L. E., & Esquivel, E. V., & Bang, J. J. (2004). Characterization of Nanostructure Phenomena in Airborne Particulate Aggregates and Clusters and Their Potential for Respiratory Health Effects. Journal of Material Science: Materials in Medicine, 237-247.
17. Bang, J. J., & Gurerero, P. A., & Lopez, D. A., & Murr, L. E. (2004). Carbon nanotubes and other Fullerene Nanocrystals in Domestic Propane and Natural Gas Combustion Streams . Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology , 7, 241-251.
18. Murr, L. E., & Bang, J. J., & Esquivel, E. V., & Guerrero, P. A. (2004). Carbon nanotubes, nanocrystal forms, and complex nanoparticle aggregates in common fuel-gas combustion sources and the ambient air. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 241-251.
19. Murr, L. E., & Bang, J. J. (2003). Electron Microscopy Comparisons of fine and ultrafine carbonaceous and noncarbonaceous, airborne particulates . Atmospheric Environment, 4795-4806.
20. Bang, J. J., & Murr, L. E., & Chaney, M. A. (2003). Collection and Characterization of Ultrafine Airborne Particulates. Microscopy & Microanalysis, 2, 790-790.
21. Bang, J. J., & Trillo, E. A., & Murr, L. E. (2003). Utilization of Selected Area Electron Diffraction (SAED) Patterns for Characterization of Air Submicron Particulate Matter Collected by a Thermophoretic Precipitator. Journal of Air and Waste Management Association, 1-10.
22. Bang, J. J., & Murr, L. E. (2002). Atmospheric Nanoparticles: Preliminary studies and potential respiratory health risks for emerging nanotechnologies . Journal of Materials Science Letters, 361-366.
23. Bang, J. J., & Murr, L. E. (2002). Collecting and Characterizing Atmospheric Nanoparticles. Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials: JOM, 12, 28-30.
24. Bang, J. J., & Trillo, E. A., & Murr, L. E. (2002). Thermal Precipitator for the Collection of Submicron Atmospheric Particulate Matter (PM) for Transmission Electron Microscopy Examination . Texas Journal of Microscopy, 13-17.
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