Biosciences Division


Meng-Dawn Cheng

Distinguished R&D Staff Member

Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
1 Bethel Valley Road, PO Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6036, U.S.A.
Phone: (865)241-5918
Fax: (865)576-8646


  • B.S., Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Chemistry in Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc – Human Exposure Measurement and Assessment, University of Dentistry and Medicine of New Jersey

Meng-Dawn Cheng

Meng-Dawn Cheng in front of the Kremlin, Moscow in October 2012, during a workshop on Arctic Black Carbon bilaterally sponsored by the US National Academy of Science and Russian Academies of Sciences.

Current Research Areas

  • Aerosol characterization and collection
  • Ultrafast laser spectroscopy in aerosol measurement
  • Energy-intensive environmental modeling simulation
  • Aircraft engine emissions and cabin air quality
  • Arctic - Mid Latitude Interactions

Major Research Projects

  • ESTCP – Volatile Engine Particles
  • DOE/DOS – Arctic Black Carbon
  • SEED – Magnetic Aerosol Collection
  • SERDP – Volatile Engine Particles
  • DARPA – Charge Carrier
  • ARMY – Air Quality Assessment

Selected Publication in the Past Five Years

  • Cheng, M.D. (2013) Geolocating Russian Black Carbon Emission Sources, Atmos. Environ., September, in journal peer-review.
  • Damit, B., B. L. Bischoff, T. J. Phelps, C. Y. Wu, and M.-D. Cheng (2013) Filtration of bioaerosols using a granular metallic filter with micrometer-sized collectors, J. Environ. Engr., May, in journal peer-review.
  • Damit, B., C. Y. Wu, and M.-D. Cheng (2013) On the validity of the Poisson assumption in sampling nanometer-sized aerosols, J. Nanoparticle Res., July, in journal peer-review.
  • Cheng, M.-D. (2013) Classification of Volatile Engine Particles, J. Air Quality and Aerosol Res., 13(5): 1411-1422.
  • Cheng, M.D. (2013) Vapor-Particle Separation Using Microporous Metallic Membrane in Crossflow Filtration, Chem. Engr. Trans., 32: 2025-2030.
  • Cheng, M.-D., K. Huang, J. S. Fu, J. M. Storey, J. Cresko, E. L. Hodson (2012) Resolving Arctic Black Carbon Sources through Data Fusion, Proc. National Acad. Sci.-Russian Acad. Sci., Oct. 2012., 51-53.
  • Cheng, M.-D., W. A. Miller, J. New, and P. Berdahl (2012) Understanding the Long-Term Effect of Environmental Exposure on Roof Reflectance in California, Construct. Building Mater. 26: 516-526, doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.06.052
  • Cheng, M.-D. and S. L. Allman (2011) Improved Measurement for Volatile Particles: VPS Design and Laboratory Tests, Rev. Sci. Instr. 82(Dec):125106.1-125106.8, doi: 10.1063/1.3665095
  • Cheng, M.-D., W. A. Miller, P. Berdahl, and S. M. Pfiffner (2010) Composition and Effects of Atmospheric Particles on the Performance of Steep-Slope Roofing Materials, Building Environ., 46(2010): 999-1010, doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2010.10.25
  • Cheng, M.-D. and E. Corporan (2010) A Study of Extractive and Remote-Sensing Sampling and Measurement of Emissions from Military Aircraft Engines, Atmos. Environ., 44(2010):4867-4878, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.08.033
  • Cheng, M.-D. (2010) Development and Application of A Membrane-Based Thermodenuder for Measurement of Volatile Particles Emitted by A Jet Turbine Engine, ASME GT2010-22175.
  • Corporan, E., M. J. DeWitt, C. D. Klingshirn, R. Striebich, and M.-D. Cheng (2010) Emissions Characteristics of Military Helicopter Engines with JP-8 and Fischer-Tropsch Fuels, J. Propulsion Power, 26(2): 317-324, March-April.
  • Cheng, M.-D., E. Corporan, M.J. DeWitt, and B. Landgraf (2009) Emissions of Volatile Particulate Components from Turboshaft Engines running JP-8 and Fischer-Tropsch Fuels, J. Aerosol and Air Qual. Res., 9(2): 237-256.
  • Corporan, E., M. J. DeWitt, C.D. Klingshirn, S.M. Mahurin, and M.-D. Cheng (2009) Emissions Characteristics of A Legacy Military Aircraft, ASME GT2009-59255.
  • Cheng, M.-D., E. Corporan, M. J. DeWitt, C. W. Spicer, M. L. Holdren, K. Cowen, B. D. Harris, R. Shores, R. Hashmonay, and R. Kagann (2008) Probing Emissions of Military Cargo Aircraft: Description of a Joint Field Measurement Program, J. Air and Waste Manage. Assoc., 58(6): 787-796, doi:10.3155/1047-3289.58.6.787.
  • Mukherjee, D. and M.-D. Cheng (2008) Quantitative Characterization of Carbon Based Aerosolized Drugs using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Appl. Spectrosc., 62(5):554-562. (This paper was the cover page for the May issue.)
  • Mukherjee, D. and M.-D. Cheng (2008) Quantitative Analysis of Carbonaceous Aerosols Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: A Study on Mass Loading Induced Plasma Matrix Effects, J. Anal. Atomic Spectrosc., 23: 119-128, DOI: 10.1039/b713436n.

Photos taken during the T63 Turboshaft Engine Emission Campaigns at Wright-Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory in October 2013. From the left: John Storey working on an ORNL-built PMP system, the center is the ORNL Patent Pending Vapor-Particle Separator development by MD Cheng, and the right photo shows the group of researchers involved in the campaign plus a couple of engine operators not shown in the picture.