Baohua Gu

Corporate Fellow

Baohua Gu is a Corporate Fellow and Team Leader in Environmental Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He holds a joint appointment as Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville ( He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991, and is an author of more than 250 journal publications, books or book chapters, with an H-Index of 68 ( His major research areas include biogeochemical transformation and transport of environmental pollutants (e.g., mercury, uranium, and emerging contaminants), soil carbon–mineral interfacial interactions and spectroscopic studies, surface enhanced Raman and nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications.


Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2016)
Fellow, Geological Society of America (GSA) (2016)
Scientist of the Year, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2014)
Director’s Award, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2013)
Scientific Research Award, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2013)
ESTCP Project of the Year Award, U.S. Department of Defense (2009)
Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar Award, U.S. State Department (2008)
R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine (2004)
Scientific Achievement Award, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1999, 2000)


B. Gu, C. Ruan and W. Wang. 2010. Functionalized gold surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate for rapid and ultra-sensitive detection of anionic species in the environment. (US Patent, 12,645,017).
B. Gu, D. Cole, and G. M. Brown. 2004. Destruction of perchlorate in ferric chloride and hydrochloric acid solution with control of temperature, pressure, and chemical reagents. (US Patent 6,800,203; European Patent 1507587).
B. Gu and G. M. Brown. Regeneration of anion exchange resins by catalyzed electrochemical reduction. 2002 (US Patent 6,358,396).
G. M. Brown, B. Gu, B. A. Moyer, and P. V. Bonnesen. 2002. Regeneration of anion exchange resins by sequential chemical displacement (US Patent 6,448,299).
W. Wang, B. Gu, S. T. Retterer, M. J. Doktycz. 2015. Volume-labeled nanoparticles and methods of preparation (U.S. Patent 9,011,735).