Shilai Hao

PhD Student in Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines

Shilai Hao


Ph.D., Environmental Engineering In Progress, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado

M.S., Environmental Engineering (2016), Fudan University, Shanghai, China

B.S., Environmental Engineering (2013), Hefei University, Hefei, China


Shilai Hao is currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Colorado School of Mines. He received his master’s degree from Fudan University (China) and bachelor’s degree from Hefei University of Technology (China), both in environmental engineering. His current research focuses on hydrothermal technologies for on-site destruction of site investigation wastes contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). Incineration can lead to complete PFAS destruction, but is costly and requires large energy inputs for water samples and soil samples with high moisture content. Hydrothermal reactor systems being deployed to process wet wastewater biosolids and other liquid waste streams can potentially be adapted to provide on-site treatment of PFAS contaminated wastes.


Hao, S., Chen, K., Cao, L., Zhu, X., Luo, G., Zhang, S., and Chen, J. (2016). Separation of high-purity syringol and acetosyringone from rice straw-derived bio-oil by combining the basification-acidification process and column chromatography. Electrophoresis, 37(19), 2522-2530.



Select Awards

  • State Scholarship Fund from China Scholarship Council (2017-2021)

Contact Information

Colorado School of Mines, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1500 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401.