Professor of Engineering Geology
Director of Geological Engineering Division
School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University
163Xianlin Avenue, Nanjing 210023, P. R. China
(Scopus Author ID: 11640513400)
Chao-Sheng Tang is a Professor at Nanjing University, and President of Youth Committee of Engineering Geology in China. He is Distinguished Young Scholar by NSFC. His research interests include unsaturated soils, soil-atmosphere interaction, soil desiccation cracking, bio-geotechnique (MICP), optical fiber sensing technique, contaminated soil, unsaturated soil, and fiber reinforced soil. He is the Editorial Board Member of Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, Environmental Geotechnics, Geoenvironmental Disasters.
Education and work
Ø 2014.12-present Professor, School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University, China
Ø 2015.12-2016.11 Visiting scholar, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, hosted by Prof. Kenichi Soga
Ø 2014.08-2015.08 Visiting scholar, CERMES, École des Ponts ParisTech, France, hosted by Prof. Yu-Jun Cui
Ø 2010.12-2014.12 Associate professor, School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University, China
Ø 2008.12-2010.12 Lecturer, School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University
Ø 2005.09-2008.12 Ph.D., Geological and Geotechnical Engineering, Nanjing University, China. Thesis title: Desiccation cracking behaviour of clayey soils, supervised by Prof. Bin Shi
Ø 2007.07-2008.12 Visiting doctoral student, CERMES, École des Ponts ParisTech, France,supervised by Prof. Yu-Jun Cui
Ø 2003.09-2005.07M.S., Geological and Geotechnical Engineering, Nanjing University, China
Ø 1999.09-2003.07 B.E.,Geological Engineering, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China.
Honors and awards
Ø 2018 National Science and Technology Award-First Class, State Council of China
Ø 2014 Golden Hammer Prize for Young Geologist, Geological Society of China (the highest honor for young researcher in geoscience in China)
Ø 2012 Gu De-Zhen Young Scientist Prize, Engineering Geology Commission, China Geology Society (the highest honor for young researcher in China geological engineering field)
Ø 2012 Nominee of the Richard Wolters Prize, International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG)
Ø Fundamentals of Engineering Geology (Undergraduate Course,2009-present)
Ø Geoenvironmental Engineering (Postgraduate Course, 2020-present)
Ø Advance on Engineering Geology (Postgraduate Course, 2011-present)
Ø Frontier of Modern Earth Science (Postgraduate Course, 2018-present)
Ø Introduction to Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology (Undergraduate Course, 2009-2013)
Ø Field Geological Practice (Undergraduate Course, 2010-2012)
Soil-atmosphere interaction, Bio-soil interaction, Unsaturated soil mechanics, Soil improvement technique, THM behavior of engineering barrier, Solidification/stabilization of contaminated soil, Fiber-optic sensing technology
Ø 2020-2024 Geological and Geotechnical Response to Climate Change (Distinguished Young Scientist Foundation Project Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Principal Investigator)
Ø 2018-2020 Deformation and Failure Behavior of Fiber Reinforced Slope Under Coupled Hydro-Mechanical Condition (Funded by NSFC of Jiangsu Province; Role: Principal Investigator)
Ø 2018-2021 Effectiveness and Mechanism of Surface Erosion Control of Man-made Slope Based on Microbial Mineralization Technique (Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Principal Investigator)
Ø 2016-2019 Evaporation and Moisture Transport Characteristics of Clayey Soils Subjected to Drying (Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Principal Investigator)
Ø 2013-2016 Study on Response of Soil Engineering Properties and Disaster Mechanisms Under Severe Drought Climate (Outstanding Young Scientist Foundation Project Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Principal Investigator)
Ø 2012-2015 Research on the Deformation Response and Disaster mechanism of Soil Mass Structure System with Multi-field Coupling Function Based on Distributed Sensing Technique (Key Project Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Co-Investigator)
Ø 2012-2015 Development of Optical-Fiber Sensing Technology for Geological Disaster Warning (Funded by Ministry of Science and Technology of China; Role: Co-Investigator)
Ø 2011-2013 Desiccation Cracking Mechanism of Expansive Soil and the Effect on Engineering Properties (Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Principal Investigator)
Ø 2011-2013 Crack Resistance Improvement Techniques for Expansive Soil (Funded by NSFC of Jiangsu Province; Role: Principal Investigator)
Ø 2010-2012 Effect of Climate Changes on Desiccation Cracking Behaviour of Clayey Soils (Funded by Education Ministry of China; Role: Principal Investigator)
Ø 2010-2012 Response and Evolution of Engineering Properties of Tunnel Soft Host Rock to the Loading and Temperature (Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Co-Investigator)
Ø 2007-2011 Urban Heat Island Effects on Soil Engineering Properties and the Related Hazard Effects (Key Project Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Co-Investigator)
Ø 2007-2009Engineering Classification of Man-Made Soils (Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Co-Investigator)
Ø 2007-2008 Hydro-mechanical behavior of swelling soil used in nuclear waste disposal (Funded by ANDRA, France; Role: Co-Investigator)
Ø 2006-2008 Effects of Crack Network on Pollutant Transfer Characteristics in Soil Profile (Funded by the SRFGS of Nanjing University; Role: Principal Investigator)
Ø 2005-2008 Fabric and Aggregate Strength Distribution of Unsaturated Soil (Funded by NSFC of China; Role: Co-Investigator)
He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers in internationaljournals.
Total citations: 5341 by Google,2902 by Scopus. H-index: 34 by Google, 26 by Scopus.
 Tang, C.S., Paleologos, E.K., Vitone, C., Du, Y.J., Li, J.S., Jiang, N.J., Deng, Y.F., Chu, J., Shen, Z., Koda, E. and Dominijanni, A., 2020. Environmental Geotechnics: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post COVID-19 World. Environmental Geotechnics, pp.1-21.
 Tang, C.S., Cheng, Q., Wang, P., Wang, H.S., Wang, Y. and Inyang, H.I., 2020. Hydro-mechanical behavior of fiber reinforced dredged sludge. Engineering Geology, p.105779.
 Tang, C.S., Cheng, Q., Leng, T., Shi, B., Zeng, H. and Inyang, H.I., 2020. Effects of wetting-drying cycles and desiccation cracks on mechanical behavior of an unsaturated soil. CATENA, 194, p.104721.
 Zeng, H., Tang, C.S., Cheng, Q., Zhu, C., Yin, L.Y. and Shi, B., 2020. Drought‐induced soil desiccation cracking behavior with consideration of basal friction and layer thickness. Water Resources Research, 56(7), p.e2019WR026948.
 Tang, C.S., Yin, L.Y., Jiang, N.J., Zhu, C., Zeng, H., Li, H. and Shi, B., 2020. Factors affecting the performance of microbial-induced carbonate precipitation (MICP) treated soil: a review. Environmental Earth Sciences, 79(5), pp.1-23.
 Jiang, N.J., Tang, C.S., Hata, T., Courcelles, B., Dawoud, O. and Singh, D.N., 2020. Bio‐mediated soil improvement: The way forward. Soil Use and Management, 36(2), pp.185-188.
 Wang, H.S., Tang, C.S., Gu, K., Shi, B. and Inyang, H.I., 2020. Mechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced, chemically stabilized dredged sludge. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 79(2), pp.629-643.
 Cheng, Q., Tang, C.S., Zhu, C., Li, K. and Shi, B., 2020. Drying-induced soil shrinkage and desiccation cracking monitoring with distributed optical fiber sensing technique. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, pp.1-12.
 An, N., Tang, C.S., Cheng, Q., Wang, D.Y. and Shi, B., 2020. Laboratory characterization of sandy soil water content during drying process using electrical resistivity/resistance method (ERM). Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment,Doi: 10.1007/s10064-020-01805-y.
 An, N., Tang, C.S., Cheng, Q., Wang, D.Y. and Shi, B., 2020. Application of electrical resistivity method in the characterization of 2D desiccation cracking process of clayey soil. Engineering Geology, 265, p.105416.
 Tang, C.S., Zhu, C., Leng, T., Shi, B., Cheng, Q., Zeng, H., 2019. Three-dimensional characterization of desiccation cracking behavior of compacted clayey soil using X-ray computed tomography. Engineering Geology, 255, 1-10.
 Cheng, Q., Tang, C.S., Zeng, H., Zhu, C., An, N., Shi, B., 2019. Effects of microstructure on desiccation cracking of a compacted soil. Engineering Geology, p.105418.
 Cheng, Q. and Tang, C.S., 2019. Coupled effects of matric suction and temperature on the compression behaviour of loess. Environmental Geotechnics, pp.1-7.https://doi.org/10.1680/jenge.18.00186.
 An, N., Tang, C.S., Cheng, Q., Wang, D.Y., Shi, B., 2019. Application of electrical resistivity method in the characterization of 2D desiccation cracking process of clayey soil. Engineering Geology, p.105416.
 Zeng, H., Tang, C.S., Cheng, Q., Inyang, H.I., Rong, D.Z., Lin, L., Shi, B., 2019. Coupling effects of interfacial friction and layer thickness on soil desiccation cracking behavior. Engineering Geology, 260, p.105220.
 Li, H.D., Tang, C.S., Cheng, Q., Li, S.J., Gong, X.P., Shi, B., 2019. Tensile strength of clayey soil and the strain analysis based on image processing techniques. Engineering Geology, 253, 137-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2019.03.017.
 Cao, D.F., Shi, B., Zhu, H.H., Inyang, H., Wei, G.Q., Zhang, Y., Tang, C.S., 2019. Feasibility investigation of improving the modified Green–Ampt model for treatment of horizontal infiltration in soil. Water, 11, 645. doi:10.3390/w11040645.
 Tang, C.S., Li, S.J., Wang, D.W., Chen, Z.G., Shi, B., Inyang, H., 2019. Hilary Inyang. Experimental simulation of boundary condition effects on bentonite swelling in HLW repositories. Environmental Earth Sciences, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-019-8132-4.
 Cheng, Q., Ng, C.W.W., Zhou, C., Tang, C.S., 2019. A new water retention model considering pore non-uniformity and evolution of pore size distribution. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10064-019-01476-4.
 Wang, Y., Wang, H.S., Tang, C.S., Gu, K. and Shi, B., 2019. Remediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils by Biochar: a Review. Environmental Geotechnics, pp.1-14. https://doi.org/10.1680/jenge.18.00091.
 Cao, D.F., Shi, B., Zhu, H.H., Tang, C.S., Cao, D.F., Song, Z.P., Wei, G.Q. and Garg, A., 2018. Characterization of Soil Moisture Distribution and Movement Under the Influence of Watering-Dewatering Using AHFO and BOTDA Technologies. Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, 25(1), pp.1-14.
 Tang, C.S., Wang, D.Y., Zhu, C., Zhou, Q.Y., Xu, S.K. and Shi, B., 2018. Characterizing drying-induced clayey soil desiccation cracking process using electrical resistivity method. Applied Clay Science, 152, pp.101-112.
 An, N., Hemmati, S., Cui, Y.J. and Tang, C.S., 2018. Numerical investigation of water evaporation from Fontainebleau sand in an environmental chamber. Engineering Geology, 234, pp.55-64.
 Wang, L.L., Tang, C.S., Shi, B., Cui, Y.J., Zhang, G.Q. and Hilary, I., 2018. Nucleation and propagation mechanisms of soil desiccation cracks. Engineering Geology, 238, pp.27-35.
 An, N., Hemmati, S., Cui, Y.J., Maisonnave, C., Charles, I. and Tang, C.S., 2018. Numerical analysis of hydro-thermal behaviour of Rouen embankment under climate effect. Computers and Geotechnics, 99, pp.137-148.
 An, N., Tang, C.S., Xu, S.K., Gong, X.P., Shi, B. and Inyang, H.I., 2018. Effects of soil characteristics on moisture evaporation. Engineering Geology, 239, pp.126-135.
 Chen, Z.G., Tang, C.S., Zhu, C., Shi, B. and Liu, Y.M., 2017. Compression, swelling and rebound behavior of GMZ bentonite/additive mixture under coupled hydro-mechanical condition. Engineering geology, 221, pp.50-60.
 Chen, Z.G., Tang, C.S., Shen, Z., Liu, Y.M. and Shi, B., 2017. The geotechnical properties of GMZ buffer/backfill material used in high-level radioactive nuclear waste geological repository: a review. Environmental Earth Sciences, 76(7), p.270.
 Tang, C.S., Li, J., Wang, D.Y. and Shi, B., 2016. Investigation on the interfacial mechanical behavior of wave-shaped fiber reinforced soil by pullout test. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 44(6), pp.872-883.
 Tang, C.S., Wang, D.Y., Shi, B. and Li, J., 2016. Effect of wetting–drying cycles on profile mechanical behavior of soils with different initial conditions. Catena, 139, pp.105-116.
 Tang, C.S., Wang, D.Y., Cui, Y.J., Shi, B. and Li, J., 2016. Tensile strength of fiber-reinforced soil. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 28(7), p.04016031.
 Wang, D.Y., Tang, C.S., Cui, Y.J., Shi, B. and Li, J., 2016. Effects of wetting–drying cycles on soil strength profile of a silty clay in micro-penetrometer tests. Engineering geology, 206, pp.60-70.
 Wang, D.Y., Tang, C.S., Shi, B. and Li, J., 2016. Studying the effect of drying on soil hydro-mechanical properties using micro-penetration method. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75(12), p.1009.
 Wang, Y., Cui, Y.J., Tang, A.M., Tang, C.S. and Benahmed, N., 2016. Changes in thermal conductivity, suction and microstructure of a compacted lime-treated silty soil during curing. Engineering geology, 202, pp.114-121.
 Consoli, N.C., Ferreira, P.M.V., Tang, C.S., Marques, S.F.V., Festugato, L. and Corte, M.B., 2016. A unique relationship determining strength of silty/clayey soils–Portland cement mixes. Soils and Foundations, 56(6), pp.1082-1088.
 Wang, Y., Cui, Y.J., Tang, A.M., Tang, C.S. and Benahmed, N., 2015. Effects of aggregate size on water retention capacity and microstructure of lime-treated silty soil. Géotechnique Letters, 5(4), pp.269-274.
 Tang C.S., Pei X.J., Wang D.Y., Shi B., Li J. Tensile strength of compacted clayey soil. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2015, 141(4): 04014122.
 Zhan W.F., Ju W.M., Hai S.P., Ferguson G., Quan J.L., Tang C.S., Guo Z., Kong F.H. Satellite-Derived Subsurface Urban Heat Island. Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48(20): 12134-12140.
 Zhu H.H., Zhang C.C., Tang C.S., Shi B., Wang B.J. Pullout behavior of short fiber in reinforced soil. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 2014, 42:329-338.
 Li J., Tang C.S., Wang D.Y., Pei X.J., Shi B. Effect of discrete fiber reinforcement on soil tensile strength. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2014, 6:133-137.
 Cui Y.J., Tang C.S., Tang A.M., Ta A.N. Investigation of soil desiccation cracking using an environmental chamber. Rivista italiana di geotechnical, 2014,1: 9-20.
 Wu J.H., Tang C.S.,Shi B., Gao L., Jiang H.T., Daniels J.L. Effect of ground covers on soil temperature in urban and rural areas. Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, 2014, 20(3):225-237.
 Gu K., Tang C.S., Shi B., Hong J.J., Jin F. A study of the effect of temperature on the structural strength of a clayey soil using a micropenetrometer. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 2014, 73(3):747-785.
 Liu C.,Shi B., Shao Y.X., Tang C.S.Experimental and numerical investigation of the effectof the urban Heat island on slope stability. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 2013, 72(3-4):303-310.
 Liu C., Tang C.S., Shi B.,Suo W.B. Automatic quantification of crack patterns by image processing. Computers & Geosciences, 2013, 57:77-80.
 Tang C.S., Shi B., Cui Y.J., Liu C., Gu K. Desiccation cracking behavior of polypropylene fiber reinforced clayey soil. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 2012, 49(9): 1088-1101.
 Shi B., Tang C.S., Gao L., Liu C., Wang B.J. Observation and analysis of the urban heat island effect on soil in Nanjing, China. Environmental Earth Sciences, 2012, 67:215–229.
 Tang C.S., Tang A.M., Cui Y.J., Delage P., Schroeder C., De Laure E. Investigating the Swelling Pressure of Compacted Crushed Callovo-Oxfordian Argillite. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 2011, 36(17-18): 1857-1866.
 Tang C.S., Tang A.M., Cui Y.J., Delage P., Schroeder C., Shi B. Study of the hydro-mechanical behaviour of compacted crushed argillite. Engineering Geology, 2011, 118(3-4): 93-103.
 Tang C.S., Shi B., Liu C., Suo W.B., Gao L. Experimental characterization of shrinkage and desiccation cracking in thin clay layer. Applied Clay Science, 2011, 52(1-2): 69-77.
 Tang C.S., Cui Y.J., Shi B., Tang A.M., Liu C. Desiccation and cracking behaviour of clay layer from slurry state under wetting-drying cycles. Geoderma, 2011, 166(1): 111-118.
 Tang C.S., Shi B., Gao L., Daniels J. L., Jiang H.T., Liu C. Urbanization effect on soil temperature in Nanjing, China. Energy and Buildings, 2011, 43(11):3090-3098.
 Tang C.S., Shi B., Liu C., Gao L., Inyang H.I. Experimental investigation on the desiccation cracking behavior of soil layer during drying. Journal of Materials for Civil Engineering (ASCE), 2011, 23(6): 873-878
 Liu C., Shi B., Tang C.S., Gao L. A numerical and field investigation of underground temperatures under Urban Heat Island. Building and Environment, 2011, 46: 1205-1210.
 Liu C., Shi B., Tang C.S. Quantification and characterization of microporosity by image processing, geometric measurement and statistical methods: application on SEM images of clay materials.AppliedClayScience, 2011, 54:97-106.
 Gao L., Shi B., Zhu Y.Q., Wang K., Sun Y.J., Tang C.S. A distributed soil temperature measurement system with high spatial resolution based on BOTDR. Optica Applicata, 2011, 41(3): 607-616.
 Tang C.S., Cui Y.J., Tang A.M., Shi B. Experiment evidence on the temperature dependence of desiccation cracking behavior of clayey soils. Engineering Geology, 2010, 114(3-4):261-266.
 Tang C.S., Shi B., Zhao L.Z.Interfacial shear strength of fiber reinforced soil. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 2010, 28(1):54-62.
 Tang C.S., Tang A.M., Cui Y.J., Delage P., Shi B. The coupled hydro-mechanical behaviour of compacted crushed Callovo-Oxfordian argillite. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2010, 2(1):86-90.
 Tang C.S., Tang A.M., Cui Y.J., Delage P., Shi B. The coupled hydro-mechanical behaviours of compacted crushed Callovo-Oxfordian argillite. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2010, 2(1):86-90. Tang C.S., Shi B., Liu C., Zhao L.Z., Wang B.J. Influencing factors of geometrical structure of surface shrinkage cracks in clayey soils. Engineering Geology, 2008, 101(3-4): 204-217.
 Tang C.S., Shi B., Gao W., Chen F., Cai Y. Strength and mechanical behavior of short polypropylene fiber reinforced and cement stabilized clayey soil. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 2007, 25(2):194-202.
 Cai Y., Shi B., Charles W.W. Ng, Tang C.S. Effect of polypropylene fiber and lime admixture on engineering properties of clayey soil. Engineering Geology, 2006, 87(3):230-240.
Editorial Board member, Canadian Geotechnical Journal (2018-), Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment (2020-), Environmental Geotechnics (2020-), Geoenvironmental Disasters (2017-)
Reviewed papers for Engineering Geology, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, Geotechnique, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Environmental Geotechnics, Journal of Geophysical Research, Catena, Planetary and Space Science, Geotechnical Testing Journal, Geoderma, Applied Clay Science, Geosynthetic International, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Advances in Water Resources, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Cold Regions Science and Technology, Computers and Geotechnics, Construction & Building Materials, Environmental Earth Sciences, Geotechnique Letter, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth.
Honors and Awards