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Boris Lau

Assistant Professor

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Research and Background

Environmental nanoscience and nanotechnology, Surface/interfacial chemistry, Role of natural organic matter and biofilm on the fate and transport of colloids

Contact Info

Boris Lau
18B Marston Hall, College of Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 130 Natural Resources Road,
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003

Research in Action


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2005; M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2002; B.S. McGill University, 2000


Ikuma K., Decho A.W., Lau B.L.T. 2015. When nanoparticles meet biofilms - Interactions guiding the environmental fate and accumulation of nanoparticles. Front. Microbiol., 6:591.

Grassian V.H., Haes A.J., Mudunkotuwa I.A., Demokritou P., Kane A.B., Murphy C.J., Hutchison J.E., Isaacs J.A., Jun Y.S., Karn B., Khondaker S.I., Larsen S.C., Lau B.L.T., Pettibone J.M., Sadik O.A., Saleh N.B., Teague C. 2015. NanoEHS – Defining Fundamental Science Needs: No Easy Feat when the Simple itself is Complex. Environ. Sci.: Nano. DOI: 10.1039/C5EN00112A

Ikuma K., Decho A.W., Lau B.L.T. 2015. When nanoparticles meet biofilms - Interactions guiding the environmental fate and accumulation of nanoparticles. Front. Microbiol., 6:591.

Zhang, F., Durham, P., Sayes, C.M., Lau, B. L. T., and Bruce E.D. 2015. Particle uptake efficiency is significantly affected by type of capping agent and cell line. J. Appl. Toxicol. 25 (10), 1114-1121.

Huang R.,Carney R.P.,Ikuma K., Stellacci F., and Lau B.L.T. 2014. Effects of Surface Compositional and Structural Heterogeneity on Nanoparticle-Protein Interactions:Different Protein Configurations.ACS Nano, 8 (6),5402–5412

Ikuma K.,Madden A.S., Decho A.W.,Lau B.L.T. 2014. Deposition of nanoparticles onto polysaccharide coatedsurfaces: implications for nanoparticle–biofilm interactions.Environ. Sci.: Nano, 1, 117-122.

Huang R., Carney R.P., Stellacci F., and Lau B.L.T. 2013. Colloidal Stability of Selfassembled Monolayer Coated Gold Nanoparticles: the Effects of Surface Compositional and Structural Heterogeneity. Langmuir. 29 (37), 11560–11566.

Huang R., Carney R.P., Stellacci F., and Lau B.L.T. 2013. Protein-Nanoparticle Interactions: the effects of surface compositional and structural heterogeneity is scale dependent. Nanoscale. 5 (15), 6928-6935.

Furman, O., Usenko S., Lau B.L.T. 2013. Relative importance of the humic and fulvic fractions of natural organic matter in the aggregation and adsorption of silver nanoparticles. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47 (3), 1349-1356.

Lau B.L.T., Huang R., Madden A.S. 2013. Electrostatic adsorption of hematite nanoparticles on self-assembled monolayer surfaces. J. Nanopart. Res. 15 (8), 1873– 1882.

Lau B. L. T., Hockaday W.C., Ikuma K., Furman O., and Decho A.W. 2013. A Preliminary assessment of the interactions between the capping agents of silver nanoparticles and environmental organics. Colloid Surface A. 435, 22-27.

Gondikas A.P., Masion A., Auffan M., Lau B.L.T., and Hsu-Kim H. 2012. Early-stage precipitation kinetics of zinc sulfide nanoclusters forming in the presence of cysteine. Chem. Geol. 329, 10-17.

Lin S., Huang R., Cheng Y., Liu J., Lau B.L.T., and Wiesner M.R. 2012. Silver nanoparticle-alginate composite beads for point-of-use drinking water disinfection. Water Res. 47 (12), 3959-3965.

Deonarine A., Lau B.L.T., Aiken G.R., Ryan J.N. and Hsu-Kim H. 2011. Effects of humic substances on precipitation and aggregation of zinc sulfide nanoparticles. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45 (8), 3217-3223.

Chen, C., Lau B.L.T., Gaillard J., and Packman A.I. 2009. Temporal evolution of pore geometry, fluid flow, and solute transport resulting from colloid deposition. Water Resour. Res., 45, W06416.

Lau B.L.T. and Hsu-Kim H. 2008. Precipitation and Growth of Zinc Sulfide Nanoparticles in the Presence of Thiol-Containing Natural Organic Ligands. Environ. Sci. Technol., 42 (19), 7236–7241.

Selected Conference Publications

Nguyen, M., Lau, B. L. T., Hockaday, W. Effects of Sorption Temperature on Soil Organic Matter and Iron Oxide Interactions, AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2015 (accepted)

Murphy J., Chen Y., Lau B. L. T. Environmental Transformation and Transport of Silver Nanoparticles. 4th Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference, Portland, OR, 2015 (accepted)

Chen Y., Larese-Casanova P., Lau B. L. T. Elucidating the Role of NOM in the Transformation and Deposition of Silver Nanoparticles. 6th IWA Specialist Conference on Natural Organic Matter in Drinking Water, Malmo, Sweden, 2015

Lau, B. L. T., Ikuma K., Huang R., Nguyen, M., & Chen Y. The Critical Roles of Organics on Surfaces: A surface chemistry approach for understanding interfacial processes at different nexuses. AEESP Conference, New Haven, CT, 2015.

Chen Y., Lau B. L. T. Impacts of environmental transformation on the deposition of silver nanoparticles. 15th Conference of the Int. Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists,Mainz, Germany, 2015

Ikuma K.,Shi Z., Walker A.V., Lau B.L.T. Probing nanoparticle-biofilm interactions using quartz crystal microgravimetry and complementary surface-sensitive methods. AVS 61st International Symposium, Baltimore, MD, 2014

Sim B.,Ikuma K.& Lau, B. L. T. Nanoparticle deposition on surfaces modified with organics: Importance of ligand chain length. Third Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference, Boston, MA, 2014

Zhang F., Lau B.L.T., Bruce E.D. In Vitro dosing procedure affects cellular uptake ofsilver nanoparticles.9thInt. Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles(ICEEN), Columbia, SC, 2014Huang R., Hockaday W.C., Von Bargen J., Lau B.L.T., and Jack D.A. Towards a more reliable and relevant evaluation of biochar recalcitrance. GSA Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 2013.

Lau B.L.T., Huang R., Carney R.P., Stellacci F., and Ikuma K. The Effects of Surface Compositional and Structural Heterogeneity of Nanoparticles on their Adsorption onto Bacterial Cells. 8th Int. Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2013.

Ikuma K., Decho A.W., Madden A.S., Lau B.L.T. Nanoparticle-biofilm interactions: The importance of chemical composition of extracellular polymeric substances. ASM General Meeting, Denver, CO, 2013.

Nguyen M., Hockaday W.C., Lau B.L.T. Probing Temperature-Dependent Organo-Mineral Interactions with Molecular Spectroscopy and Quartz Crystal Microgravimetry. IUSS Int. Conference on Global Soil Carbon. Madison, WI, 2013.

Zhang F., Lau B.L.T., Bruce E.D. Influences of capping agent and cell type on cellular uptake of silver nanoparticles. Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2013.

Full Curriculum Vitae

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