Calvin Chung, MSc

Pronouns: he/him

Contact

Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Email
thchung@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Environmental engineering Microbial electrochemical technologies Biosensor CO2 reduction Wastewater treatment Resource recovery Anaerobic biotechnology


About

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Environmental Engineering - University of Alberta, 2021-Present
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Environmental Engineering - University of Alberta, 2020
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Environmental Engineering - University of Alberta, 2018

Selected Awards, Honors & Recognitions

  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship (2023-2025)
  • William Boytzun Memorial Graduate Scholarship (2023-2024)
  • ConocoPhillips Canada Limited Graduate Scholarship in Hydrocarbon Development (2023-2024)
  • Ivy A Thomson and William A Thomson Graduate Scholarship (2023-2024)
  • Westmoreland Coal Company Graduate Student Scholarship in Environmental Engineering (2020-2021, 2023-2024)
  • Graduate Student Research Excellence Award (2024) 
  • J-1 Scholar at Stanford University (2024)
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements at Stanford University (2024)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CGS-D, top-ranked applicant) (2021-2024)
  • President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (2021-2024)
  • University of Alberta Graduate Student Teaching Award (2020, 2023, 2024)
  • Most Caring Teaching Assistant Award in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2023)
  • John and Patricia Schlosser Environment Scholarship (2022-2023)
  • Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship (AIGSS) – Doctoral (2021-2023)
  • 2nd Canadian IWA Young Water Professionals Conference Best Oral Presentation Award - 1st Place (2023)
  • Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship and President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction Top-Up Award (2023)
  • University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship (2021)
  • Korean Honor Scholarship (The Embassy of the Republic of Korea) (2022)
  • KOGAS Canada Scholarship (Korean Canadian Scientists’ Scholarship Foundation) (2022)
  • Young Professional Forum Award (Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers) (2020 declined, 2021 declined)
  • Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship (AIGSS) – Master’s (2019-2020)
  • Leonard E. Gads Teaching Assistant Award (2020)
  • Yu-An Farms Scholarship (Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation) (2020)
  • University of Toronto Graduate Research Days Invitation (2020)
  • Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation of Edmonton (KCSFE) Graduate Student Scholarship (2019)
  • 11th Western Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Best Oral Presentation Award (2019)

Professional Services

  • Journal Reviewer, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering (2024-Present)
  • Co-Chair, International Water Association-Young Water Professional (IWA-YWP) Canada (2023-Present)
  • Publishing Director, International Water Association-Young Water Professional (IWA-YWP) Canada (2021-Present)
  • Journal Reviewer, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology Journal (2021-Present)
  • Organizing Committee Member, International Water Association Young Water Professional (IWA-YWP) Conference (2021-Present)
  • Journal Reviewer, Water Science and Technology Journal (2021-Present)
  • Organizing Committee Member, Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research (CAWQ) (2019-Present)

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship - Principal Instructor (GTA-PI), University of Alberta (2023-Present)

Professional Memberships

  • Engineer-In-Training, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Young Water Professional, Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ)
  • Young Water Professional, International Water Association (IWA)
  • Young Professional, Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers (AKCSE)
  • Member, Golden Key International Honour Society

Research

Research Interest

  • Anaerobic digestion (AD)
  • Anaerobic biotechnology
  • Biological Processes
  • Biosensor
  • CO2 reduction
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Microbial electrosynthesis systems (MESs)
  • Microbial electrochemical technologies (METs)
  • Wastewater treatment
Current Research Projects
  • Conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to value-added products using microbial electrosynthesis systems (MESs)
  • Exploration of different biocathodes in microbial electrolysis cell-assist anaerobic digesters (MEC-ADs)
  • Detection of naphthenic acids in oil sands process-affected water using bioelectrochemical sensors



Teaching

Current Courses

  • N/A

Past Courses (Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Graduate Teaching Assistantship - Principal Instructor)

  • Civil Engineering (CIV E) 221 - Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (Winter 2020, Winter 2021)
  • Civil Engineering (CIV E) 628 - Municipal Solid Waste Management (Winter 2021, Winter 2022, co-instructor in Winter 2023, instructor in Winter 2024)
  • Civil Engineering (CIV E) 729 - Anaerobic Biotechnology (Fall 2020)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENV E) 302 - Environmental Impact Assessment (Winter 2023)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENV E) 324 - Biological Processes (Fall 2018, Fall 2019, instructor in Fall 2023)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENV E) 325 - Chemical and Physical Processes (Winter 2020, Winter 2022)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENV E) 421 - Municipal Systems (Fall 2022)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENV E) 432 - Solid Waste Management (Fall 2020, Fall 2021, backup instructor Fall 2022)

Announcements

I am currently at Stanford University as a visiting scholar (May - July 2024). You may reach out to me at thchung@stanford.edu for any inquiries.

  • Note (before you send me an email): I have been receiving many emails regarding prospective graduate student/post-doc positions. Unfortunately, I am not a professor and do not have the power to hire anyone in our lab. So, if you are interested in joining Dr. Bipro Dhar's research lab, please reach out to Dr. Bipro Dhar at bipro@ualberta.ca. Alternatively, you may refer to our Department's website to get in touch with other professors/Faculty members.

Featured Publications

Zakaria, B.S.; Chung, T.H.; Ju, Z.; Dhar, B.R.

Decentralized Sanitation and Water Treatment: Towards Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Edited by R. D. Tyagi, A. Pandey, P. A. Drogui, B. Yadav, J.W.C. Wong, and S. Pilli, CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group. 2024 March; 1st Edition (CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group):91-109 10.1201/9781003381419-8


Chung, T.H.; Dhar, B.R.

Material-Microbes Interactions: Environmental Biotechnological Perspective, Edited by N. Aryal, Y. Zhang, D. Pant, and S. Patil, Elsevier. 2023 June; 10.1016/B978-0-323-95124-1.00006-1


Chung, T.H.; Shahidi, M.; Mezbahuddin, S.; Dhar, B.R.

2nd Canadian IWA Young Water Professionals Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada . 2023 June; Oral Presentation


Chung, T.H.; Shahidi, M.; Mezbahuddin, R; Dhar, B.R.

Chemosphere. 2023 March; 324 (138313) 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2023.138313


Chung, T.H.

International Water Association Young Water Professional (IWA-YWP) Canada . 2022 September;


Haffiez, N.1; Chung, T.H.1; Zakaria, B.S.; Shahidi, M.; Mezbahuddin, S.; Maal-Bared, R; Dhar, B.R.

Science of The Total Environment. 2022 May; 839 (156211) 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156211


Haffiez, N.; Chung, T.H.; Zakaria, B.S.; Dhar, B.R.

Bioresource Technology. 2022 April; 354 (127189) 10.1016/j.biortech.2022.127189


Chung, T.H.; Zakaria, B.S.; Meshref, M.N.; Dhar, B.R.

Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 2022 April; 210 (114275) 10.1016/j.bios.2022.114275


Chung, T.H.; Dhar, B.R.

Sustainable Solutions for Environmental Pollution: Waste Management and Value-Added Products, Edited by Nour El-Gendy, Scrivener Publishing and John Wiley and Sons. 2021 September; 10.1002/9781119785439.ch1


Chung, T.H.; Dhar, B.R.

Bioresource Technology. 2021 September; 342 (125950) 10.1016/j.biortech.2021.125950


Chung, T.H.; Dhar, B.R.

Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 2021 July; 192 (113485) 10.1016/j.bios.2021.113485


Chung, T.H.; Dhar, B.R.

Frontiers in Energy Research. 2021 May; 9 10.3389/fenrg.2021.679061


Chung, T.H.; Meshref, M.N.; Dhar, B.R.

Chemical Engineering Journal. 2021 March; 424 (130245) 10.1016/j.cej.2021.130245


Chung, T.H.

University of Alberta. 2021 January; 10.7939/r3-vhnm-me57


Chung, T.H.; Meshref, M.N.; Dhar, B.R.

Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. 2020 June; 873 (114405) 10.1016/j.jelechem.2020.114405


Chung, T.H.; Meshref, M.; Hai, F.I.; Al-Mamun, A.; Dhar, B.R.

Bioresource Technology. 2020 June; 313 (123727) 10.1016/j.biortech.2020.123727


Zakaria, B.S.; Lin, L.; Chung, T.H.; Dhar, B.R.

Advances in Bioenergy Edited by Y. Li and S. Khanal. 2020 May; 5 10.1016/bs.aibe.2020.04.004


Impact of microplastics on anode biofilms

Chung, T.H.; Zakaria, B.S.; Meshref, N.A.; Dhar, B.R.

55th Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research, Toronto, ON, Canada . 2020 February;


Calibration of bio-electrochemical naphthenic acids sensor using electrical response from charging-discharging cycles

Chung, T.H.; Zakaria, B.S.; Dhar, B.R.

Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) Innovation Summit, Calgary, AB, Canada . 2019 June;


Development of microbial electrochemical cell as a rapid biosensor for the detection of naphthenic acids

Chung, T.H.; Zakaria, B.S.; Dhar, B.R.

11th Western Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research, Edmonton, AB, Canada . 2019 May;


A comparative study on evaluation of carbonaceous and metallic cathode electrodes for electro-methanogenesis

Zakaria, B.S.; Chung, T.H.; Omania, R.D.; Dhar, B.R.

54th Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research, Toronto, ON, Canada. 2019 February;


Barua, S.; Zakaria, B.S.; Chung, T.H.; Hai, F.I.; Haile, T.; Al-Mamun, A.; Dhar, B.R.

Chemical Engineering Journal. 2018 December; 361 10.1016/j.cej.2018.12.067


Sustainable nitrogen recovery from digestate centrate using a microbial electrolysis cell

Barua, S.; Chung, T.H.; Zakaria, B.S.; Haile, T.; Dhar, B.R.

53rd Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research, Toronto, ON, Canada . 2018 February;


Observations of temperature and dissolved oxygen in the hyporheic environment on an anchor-ice-affected hydropeaking stream

Nafziger, J., Chung, T.H., She, Y.

CGU HS Committee on River Ice Processes and the Environment 19th Workshop on Ice, Whitehorse, YT, Canada . 2017 July;