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John Regan

Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

220 Sackett Building

jmr41@psu.edu

814-865-9436

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Environmental Engineering

Interest Areas:

Biological treatment processes, molecular microbial ecology, bioenergy production.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1990
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 1992
  • Ph D, Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 2001

Publications

Parts of Book

  • John M Regan and H Yan, 2015, Microbial Community Characterization on Polarized Electrode Surfaces, Wiley and Sons
  • John M Regan and H Yan, 2014, Bioelectrochemical Systems for Indirect Biohydrogen Production, Springer
  • John M Regan and H. Baribeau, 2013, Growth and Inactivation of Nitrifying Microorganisms, American Water Works Association
  • H. Baribeau and John M Regan, 2013, Microbiology, Isolation, and Detection of Nitrifying Microorganisms, American Water Works Association
  • D. R. Noguera, G. E. Pizarro and John M Regan, 2004, Modeling Biofilms, ASM Press, Washington, DC, pp. 222-249

Journal Articles

  • Claudia Rojas, I. T. Vargas, Maryann V Bruns and John M Regan, 2017, "Electrochemically Active Microorganisms from an Acid Mine Drainage-Affected Site Promote Cathode Oxidation in Microbial Fuel Cells", Bioelectrochemistry, 118
  • H Yu, H Kashima, John M Regan, A Hussain, E Elbeshbishy and H-S Lee, 2017, "Kinetic study on anaerobic oxidation of methane coupled to denitrification", Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 104
  • L Zhang, X Zhu, J Li, H Kashima, Q Liao and John M Regan, 2017, "Step-feed strategy enhances performance of unbuffered air-cathode microbial fuel cells", RSC Advances, 7, pp. 33961-33966
  • Siqi Oh, Hiroyuki Kashima, Douglas Aaron, John M Regan and Matthew Mench, 2017, "Full Cell Simulation and the Evaluation of the Buffer System on Air-Cathode Microbial Fuel Cell", Journal of Power Sources, 347
  • Sheila M Saia, Patrick J Sullivan, John M Regan, Hunter J Carrick, Anthony R Buda, Nicholas A Locke and Michael Todd Walter, 2017, "Evidence for polyphosphate accumulating organism (PAO)-mediated phosphorus cycling in stream biofilms under alternating aerobic/anaerobic conditions", Freshwater Science, 36, (2)
  • L Zhang, X Zhu, H Kashima, J Li, D D Ye, Q Liao and John M Regan, 2015, "Anolyte recirculation effects in buffered and unbuffered single-chamber air-cathode microbial fuel cells", Bioresource Technology, 179, pp. 26-34
  • H Kashima and John M Regan, 2015, "Facultative Nitrate Reduction by Electrode-Respiring Geobacter metallireducens Biofilms as a Competitive Reaction to Electrode Reduction in a Bioelectrochemical System", Environmental Science & Technology, 49, (5), pp. 3195-3202
  • G. Usla, Ali Demirci and John M Regan, 2015, "Efficiency of Pulsed UV-Light Treatment on Wastewater Effluent Disinfection and Suspended Solid Reduction", J. Environmental Engineering, 141, (6), pp. 1-10
  • H. Yan, M. D. Yates and John M Regan, 2015, "Effects of Constant or Dynamic Low Anode Potentials on Microbial Community Development in Bioelectrochemical Systems", Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 99, (21), pp. 9319-9329
  • N. D. Rose and John M Regan, 2015, "Changes in adenosine phosphorylation and nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide (phosphate) reduction in Geobacter sulfurreducens due to electron acceptor and anode potential variation", Bioelectrochemistry, 106, pp. 213-220
  • E. D. Leiva, C. D.P. RĂ¡mila, I. T. Vargas, C. R. Escauriaza, C. A. Bonilla, John M Regan, G. E. Pizarro and P. A. Pasten, 2014, "Natural Attenuation Process via Microbial Oxidation of Arsenic in a High Andean Watershed", Science of the Total Environment, 466-467, pp. 490-502
  • J H Hwang, H C Kim, J A Choi, R AI Abou-Shanab, B Dempsey, J M Regan, J R Kim, H Song, I H Nam, S N Kim, W Lee, D Park, Y Kim, J Choi, M K Ji, W Jung and B H Jeon, 2014, "Photoautotrophic Hydrogen Production by Eukaryotic Microalgae under Aerobic Conditions", Nature Communications
  • I. T. Vargas, I. U. Albert and John M Regan, 2013, "Physical Distribution of Bacterial Communities on Volumetric and Planar Anodes in Single-Chamber Air-Cathode Microbial Fuel Cells", Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 110, (11), pp. 3059-3062
  • B.-H. Jeon, J.-A. Choi, H.-C. Kim, J.-H. Hwang, R.A.I. Abou-Shanab, B. A. Dempsey, John M Regan and R. J. Kim, 2013, "Ultrasonic Disintegration of Microalgal Biomass and Consequent Improvement of Bioaccessibility/Bioavailability in Microbial Fermentation", Biotechnology for Biofuels, 6, (37)
  • H. Yan and John M Regan, 2013, "Enhanced Nitrogen Removal in Single-Chamber Microbial Fuel Cells with Increased Gas Diffusion Areas", Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 110, (3), pp. 785-791
  • H. Tang, Y.-C. Chen, John M Regan and Y. Xie, 2012, "Disinfection By-Product Formation Potentials in Wastewater Effluents and Their Removal in a Model Wastewater Treatment Plant", J. of Environmental Monitoring, 14, (6), pp. 1515-1522
  • H. Yan, T. Saito and John M Regan, 2012, "Nitrogen Removal in a Single-Chamber Microbial Fuel Cell with Nitrifying Biofilm Enriched at the Air Cathode", Water Research, 46, pp. 2215-2224
  • M. D. Yates, P. D. Kiely, D. F Call, H. Rismani-Yadzi, K. Bibby, J. Peccia, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2012, "Convergent Development of Anodic Bacterial Communities in Microbial Fuel Cells", The International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal, 6, (11), pp. 2002-2013
  • L. Ren, J. Tokash, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2012, "Current Generation in Microbial Electrolysis Cells with Addition of Amorphous Ferric Hydroxide, Tween 80, or DNA", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37, pp. 16943-16950
  • L. Huang, John M Regan and J. Chen, 2011, "Electron Transfer Mechanisms, New Applications, and Performance of Biocathode Microbial Fuel Cells", Bioresource Technology, 102, (1), pp. 316-323
  • Z. Ren, R. P. Ramasamy, S. Red Cloud-Owen, H. Yan, M. M. Mench and John M Regan, 2011, "Time-course correlation of biofilm properties and electrochemical performance in single-chamber microbial fuel cells", Bioresource Technology, 102, (1), pp. 416-421
  • P. Kiely, G. Rader, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2011, "Long-term cathode performance and the microbial communities that develop in microbial fuel cells fed different fermentation endproducts", Bioresource Technology, 102, (1), pp. 361-366
  • P. D. Kiely, R. Cusick, D. F. Call, P. A. Selembo, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2011, "Anode microbial communities produced by changing from microbial fuel cell to microbial electrolysis cell operation using two different wastewaters", Bioresource Technology, 102, (1), pp. 388-394
  • S. Jung, M. M. Mench and John M Regan, 2011, "Impedance Characteristics and Polarization Behavior of A Microbial Fuel Cell in Response to Short-Term Changes in Medium pH", Environmental Science and Technology, 45, (20), pp. 9069-9074
  • L. M. Steinberg and John M Regan, 2011, "Response of lab-scale methanogenic reactors inoculated from different sources to organic loading rate shocks", Bioresource Technology, 102, (19), pp. 8790-8798
  • P. D. Kiely, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2011, "The electric picnic: Synergistic requirements for exoelectrogenic microbial communities", Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 22, pp. 378-385
  • Z. Ren, H. Yan, W. Wang, M. M. Mench and John M Regan, 2011, "Characterization of Microbial Fuel Cells at Microbially and Electrochemically Meaningful Timescales", Environmental Science & Technology, 45, (6), pp. 2435-2441
  • S. Jung and John M Regan, 2011, "External Resistance Influences Electrogenesis, Methanogenesis, and Anode Prokaryotic Communities in MFCs", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77, (2), pp. 564-571
  • H Tang, John M Regan, Shirley E Clark and Yuefeng F Xie, 2011, "Prediction of clean-bed head loss in crumb rubber filters", Journal of Environmental Engineering, 137, (1), pp. 55-62
  • D. Xing, S. Cheng, B. E. Logan and John M Regan, 2010, "Isolation of the exoelectrogenic denitrifying bacterium Comamonas denitrificans based on dilution-to-extinction of the microbial community", Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 85, (5), pp. 1575-1587
  • P. D. Kiely, D. F. Call, M. D. Yates, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2010, "Anodic biofilms in microbial fuel cells harbor low numbers of higher-power producing bacteria than abundant genera", Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 88, (1), pp. 371-380
  • S. E. Oh, Y. Zuo, H. Zhang, M. J. Guiltinan, B. E. Logan and John M Regan, 2009, "Hydrogen production by Clostridium acetobutylicum ATCC 824 and megaplasmid-deficient mutant M5 evaluated using a large headspace volume technique", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34, pp. 9347-9353
  • F. Rezaei, D. Xing, R. Wagner, John M Regan, T. L. Richard and B. E. Logan, 2009, "Simultaneous Cellulose Degradation and Electricity Production by Enterobacter cloacae in an MFC", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75, (11), pp. 3673-3678
  • L. M. Steinberg and John M Regan, 2009, "mcrA-Targeted Real-Time Quantitative PCR Method to Examine Methanogen Communities", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75, (13), pp. 4435-4442
  • D. Xing, S. Cheng, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2009, "Change in Microbial Communities in Acetate- and Glucose-Fed Microbial Fuel Cells in the Presence of Light", Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 25, (1), pp. 105-111
  • J. R. Kim, Y. Zuo, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2008, "Analysis of Ammonia Loss Mechanisms in Microbial Fuel Cells Treating Animal Wastewater", Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 99, (5), pp. 1120-1127
  • L. M. Steinberg and John M Regan, 2008, "Phylogenetic Comparison of the Methanogenic Communities from an Acidic Oligotrophic Fen and an Anaerobic Digester Treating Municipal Wastewater Sludge", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74, (21), pp. 6663-6671
  • Z. Ren, L. M. Steinberg and John M Regan, 2008, "Electricity Production and Microbial Biofilm Characterization in Cellulose-Fed Microbial Fuel Cells", Water Science and Technology, 58, (3), pp. 617-622
  • Y. Zuo, D. Xing, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2008, "An Exoelectrogenic Bacterium Ochrobactrum anthropi YZ-1 Isolated Using a U-tube Microbial Fuel Cell", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74, (10), pp. 3130-3137
  • D. Xing, Y. Zuo, S. Cheng, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2008, "Electricity Generation by Rhodopseudomonas palustris DX-1", Environmental Science and Technology, 42, (11), pp. 4146-4151
  • R. P. Ramasamy, Z. Ren, M. M. Mench and John M Regan, 2008, "Impact of Initial Biofilm Growth on the Anode Impedance of Microbial Fuel Cells", Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 101, (1), pp. 101-108
  • R. C. Wagner, John M Regan, S.-E. Oh, Y. Zuo and B. E. Logan, 2008, "Hydrogen Production from Swine Wastewater", Water Research, 43, pp. 1480-1488
  • R. C. Wagner, John M Regan, S.-E. Oh, Y. Zuo and B. E. Logan, 2008, "Hydrogen and Methane Production from Swine Wastewater Using Microbial Electrolysis Cells", Water Research, 43, pp. 1480-1488
  • Z. Ren, T. Ward, B. E. Logan and John M Regan, 2007, "Characterization of the Cellulolytic and Hydrogen-Producing Activities of Six Mesophilic Clostridium Species", Journal of Applied Microbiology, 103, (6), pp. 2258-2266
  • S. Jung and John M Regan, 2007, "Comparison of Anode Bacterial Communities and Performance in Microbial Fuel Cells with Different Electron Donors", Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 77, pp. 393-402
  • Z. Ren, T. E. Ward and John M Regan, 2007, "Electricity Production from Cellulose in a Microbial Fuel Cell Using a Defined Binary Culture", Environmental Science & Technology, 41, (13), pp. 4781-4786
  • J. R. Kim, S. H. Jung, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2007, "Electricity Generation and Microbial Community Analysis of Ethanol Powered Microbial Fuel Cells", Bioresource Technology, 98, (13), pp. 2568-2577
  • H.-H. Tung, John M Regan, R. Unz and Y. Xie, 2006, "Microbial Community Structure in a Drinking Water GAC Filter", Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 6, (2), pp. 267-271
  • B. E. Logan and John M Regan, 2006, "Electricity-Producing Bacterial Communities in Microbial Fuel Cells", Trends in Microbiology, 14, (12), pp. 512-518
  • B. E. Logan and John M Regan, 2006, "FEATURE ARTICLE: Microbial Fuel Cells - Challenges and Applications", Environmental Science and Technology, 40, (17), pp. 5172-5180
  • L. M. Steinberg and John M Regan, 2006, "Quantification of Methanogen Groups in an Anaerobic Bioreactor", Keystone Water Quality Manager
  • H. Zhang, B. E. Logan, John M Regan, L. A. Achenbach and M. A. Bruns, 2005, "Molecular Assessment of Inoculated and Indigenous Bacteria in Biofilms from a Pilot-Scale Perchlorate-Reducing Bioreactor", Microbial Ecology, 49, (3), pp. 388-398
  • B. Min, J.-R. Kim, S.-E. Oh, John M Regan and B. E. Logan, 2005, "Electricity Generation from Swine Wastewater Using Microbial Fuel Cells", Water Research, 39, (20), pp. 4961-4968
  • John M Regan, G. W. Harrington, H. Baribeau, R. DeLeon and D. R. Noguera, 2003, "Diversity of Nitrifying Bacteria in Full-Scale Chloraminated Distribution Systems", Water Research, 37, (1), pp. 197-205
  • John M Regan, P. S. Oldenburg, H.-D. Park, G. W. Harrington and D. R. Noguera, 2003, "Simultaneous Determination of Bacterial Viability and Identity in Biofilms Using Ethidium Monoazide and Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization", Water Science and Technology, 46, (1-2), pp. 273-280
  • P. S. Oldenburg, John M Regan, G. W. Harrington and D. R. Noguera, 2002, "Kinetics of Nitrosomonas europaea Inactivation by Chloramine", J. American Water Works Association, 94, (10), pp. 100-110
  • John M Regan, G. W. Harrington and D. R. Noguera, 2002, "Ammonia- and Nitrite-Oxidizing Bacteria Communities in a Pilot-Scale Chloraminated Drinking Water Distribution System", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 68, (1), pp. 73-81
  • H.-D. Park, John M Regan and D. R. Noguera, 2002, "Molecular Analysis of Nitrifying Bacterial Populations in Aerated-Anoxic Processes", Water Science and Technology, 46, (1-2), pp. 273-280
  • L. Clapp, John M Regan, F. Ali, J. Newman, J. Park and D. Noguera, 1999, "Activity, Structure, and Stratification of Membrane-attached Methanotrophic Biofilms Cometabolically Degrading Trichloroethylene", Water Science and Technology, 39, (7), pp. 151-162
  • A. Teske, E. Alm, John M Regan, S. Toze, B. E. Rittmann and D. A. Stahl, 1994, "Evolutionary Relationships Among Ammonia and Nitrite-Oxidizing Bacteria", Journal of Bacteriology, 176, (21), pp. 6623-6630
  • B. E. Rittmann, John M Regan and D. A. Stahl, 1994, "Nitrification as a Source of Soluble Organic Substrate in Biological Treatment", Water Science and Technology, 30, (6), pp. 1-8
  • Siqi Oh, Hiroyuki Kashima, Douglas Aaron, John M Regan and Matthew Mench, , "Multi-Variable Mathematical Models for the Air-Cathode Microbial Fuel Cell System", Journal of Power Sources, 314
  • Gilsad Uslu-Senel, Ali Demirci and John M Regan, , "Disinfection of Synthetic and Real Municipal Wastewater Effluent by Flow-Through Pulsed UV-Light Treatment System", Journal of Water Process Engineering, 10, (4)

Conference Proceedings

  • R. P. Ramasamy, Z. Ren, S. Redcloud-Owen, M. M. Mench and John M Regan, 2008, "Effect of Biofilm Properties on the Electrochemical Performance of Microbial Fuel Cells", Electrochemistry Society Transactions, 13
  • R. P. Ramasamy, Z. Ren, M. Mench and John M Regan, 2008, "Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment", Electrochemistry Society Transactions - Battery - Energy Technology, 11, (32), pp. 115-125

Other

  • H Kashima and John M Regan, 2014, "Competitive Nitrate Reduction by Current-Producing Bioanodes: Critical Conditions to Develop Integrated Nitrogen Removal Strategy with Energy Producing Bioelectrochemical Systems"
  • G Uslu, A Demirci and John M Regan, 2014, "Disinfection of Synthetic and Real Municipal Wastewater Effluent by Flow-Through Pulsed UV-Light Treatment Systems"
  • G Uslu, A Demirci and John M Regan, 2013, "Disinfection of Synthetic Municipal Wastewater Effluent by Pulsed UV-Light Treatment"
  • H. L. Tang, John M Regan, Y.-C. Chen and Y. F. Xie, 2011, "Impact of Wastewater Treatment Processes on Disinfection Byproduct Formation Potential in Treated Wastewater"
  • Z. Ren and John M Regan, 2007, "Cellulose-Derived Electricity Production in Microbial Fuel Cells by a Defined Binary Culture and a Natural Inoculum"
  • H. Park, M. G. Gehring and John M Regan, 2007, "Quantification and Characterization of Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria in Intermittent Cycle Extended Aeration Systems"
  • B. E. Logan and John M Regan, 2007, "New Methods for Energy Production Using Electrogenic or Electrohydrogenic Reactors for Electricity or Hydrogen Generation"
  • John M Regan, A.-Y. Cho, S. Kim and C. D. Smith, 2004, "Monitoring Nitrification in Chloraminated Systems Using Molecular Strategies"
  • John M Regan, S.-E. Oh and B. E. Logan, 2004, "Biological Hydrogen Production from Livestock Wastewaters"
  • John M Regan, G. W. Harrington and D. R. Noguera, 2001, "Diversity of Ammonia- and Nitrite-Oxidizing Bacteria in Chloraminated Distribution Systems"
  • John M Regan, G. W. Harrington and D. R. Noguera, 2001, "Characterization of Nitrifying Populations in Chloraminated Drinking Water Distribution Systems by TRFLP Analysis"
  • John M Regan, K. J. Quinn, K. E. Bandt and M. J. Leibrock, 1995, "Using a Groundwater Flow Model to Evaluate and Enhance Operation of a Vapor Extraction System", pp. 1-13

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Harry West Teaching Award, Harry West endowment and Leonard Learning Center, September 2016 - August 2017

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