Baohua Gu

Corporate Fellow

Baohua Gu is a Corporate Fellow in Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with a joint appointment as a Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Geological Society of America (GSA). He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991, and is an author of more than 300 journal publications, books or book chapters, with an H-Index of 77 ( His major research areas include biogeochemical transformation and transport of environmental pollutants (e.g., mercury, uranium, and emerging contaminants), soil organic carbon transformation and mineral interactions, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and nanomaterials in environmental applications.


Fellow, Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry (2020)
Corporate Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2017)
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2016)
Fellow, Geological Society of America (GSA) (2016)
Outstanding Scholar Award, 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).

Other Publications

Kang, C. S.; Liang, X.; Dershowitz, P.; Gu, W.; Schepers, A.; Flatley, A.; Lichtmanneger, J.; Zischka, H.; Zhang, L.; Lu, X.; Gu, B.; Ledesma, J. C.; Pelger, D. J.; DiSpirito, A. A.; Semrau, J. D., Evidence for methanobactin “theft” and novel chalkophore production in methanotrophs: Impact on methanotrophic-mediated methylmercury degradation. ISME 2022, 16, 211-220. DOI: 10.1038/s41396-021-01062-1.

Wang, Q.; Zhang, L.; Liang, X.; Yin, X.; Zhang, Y.; Zheng, W.; Pierce, E. M.; Gu, B., Rates and dynamics of mercury isotope exchange between dissolved elemental Hg(0) and Hg(II)-bound to organic and inorganic ligands. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2020, 54, 15534−15545. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.0c06229.

Zheng, W.; Demers, J. D.; Lu, X.; Bergquist, B. A.; Anbar, A. D.; Blum, J. D.; Gu, B., Mercury stable isotope fractionation during abiotic dark oxidation in the presence of thiols and natural organic matter. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2019, 53, 1853–1862. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b05047.

Lu, X.; Gu, W.; Zhao, L.; Ul Haque, M. F.; DiSpirito, A. A.; Semrau, J. D.; Gu, B., Methylmercury uptake and degradation by methanotrophs. Science Adv. 2017, 3, e1700041. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700041.

Gu, B., Y. Bian, C. L. Miller, W. Dong, X. Jiang, and L. Liang. Mercury reduction and complexation by natural organic matter in anoxic environments. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2011. 108:1479-1483.

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