ZHANG, Yuanhang

ZHANG, Yuanhang

Department: Environmental Science
Research interests: Atmospheric chemistry; Regional air pollution control
Tel/fax: 86-10-62756592
E-mail: yhzhang@pku.edu.cn


1987 - 1990           Ph.D., Center for Environmental Science, Peking University

1982 - 1985           M.S., Department of Technical Physics, Peking University

1978 - 1982           B.S., Department of Technical Physics, Peking University


2007 - Present        Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University

2007 - 2012             Dean, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University

2002 - 2007             Professor & Executive Dean, College of Environmental Sciences, Peking University

1997 - 2002             Professor, Center for Environmental Sciences, Peking University

1996 - 2002             Director, Center for Environmental Sciences, Peking University

1992 - 1997             Associate Professor, Center for Environmental Science, Peking University

1992 - 1995             Visiting scientist, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands

1990 - 1992             Lecturer, Center for Environmental Sciences, Peking University

1985 - 1987             Research associate, Research Center for Eco-Environemental Sciences, Chinese Academy of 



Graduate course: Atmospheric Chemistry


 Atmospheric chemistry: HOx radical chemistry, New particle formations, Asian Brown Clouds (black carbon), etc

 Characteristics, formation mechanism and control strategy on regional air pollution


1.        Rohrer Franz*, Keding Lu, Andreas Hofzumahaus, Birger Bohn, Theo Brauers, Chih-Chung Chang, Hendrik Fuchs, Rolf Häseler, Frank Holland, Min Hu, Kazuyuki Kita, Yutaka Kondo, Xin Li, Shengrong Lou, Andreas Oebel, Min Shao, Limin Zeng, Tong Zhu, Yuanhang Zhang* & Andreas Wahner, Maximum efficiency in the hydroxyl-radical-based self-cleansing of the troposphere, Nature Geoscience (2014), 7(8): 559-563, doi:10.1038/ngeo2199

2.        Lu K. D, F. Rohrer, F. Holland, H. Fuchs, B. Bohn, T. Brauers, C. C. Chang, R. Häseler, M. Hu, K. Kita Y. Kondo, X. Li, S. R. Lou, S. Nehr, M. Shao, L. M. Zeng, A. Wahner, Y. H. Zhang*, and A. Hofzumahaus*, Observation and modelling of OH and HO2 concentrations in the Pearl River Delta 2006: a missing OH source in a VOC rich atmosphere, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics., 12, 1541-1569, 2012

3.        Wang, X., Zhang, Y.*, Hu, Y., Zhou, W., Lu, K., Zhong, L., Zeng, L., Shao, M., Hu, M., Russell, A.G., Process analysis and sensitivity study of regional ozone formation over the Pearl River Delta, China, during the PRIDE-PRD2004 campaign using the Community Multiscale Air Quality modeling system, 2010. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10 (9), 4423-4437.

4.        Hofzumahaus, A., Rohrer, F.*, Lu, K.D., Bohn, B., Brauers, T., Chang, C.C., Fuchs, H., Holland, F., Kita, K., Kondo, Y., Li, X., Lou, S.R., Shao, M., Zeng, L.M., Wahner, A., Zhang, Y.H.*, Amplified Trace Gas Removal in the Troposphere, 2009. Science, 324 (5935), 1702-1704.

5.        Xiao, R., Takegawa, N., Kondo, Y., Miyazaki, Y., Miyakawa, T., Hu, M., Shao, M., Zeng, L.M., Hofzumahaus, A., Holland, F., Lu, K., Sugimoto, N., Zhao, Y., Zhang, Y.H.*, Formation of submicron sulfate and organic aerosols in the outflow from the urban region of the Pearl River Delta in China, 2009. Atmospheric Environment, 43 (24), 3754-3763.

6.        Su, H., Cheng, Y.F., Shao, M., Gao, D.F., Yu, Z.Y., Zeng, L.M., Slanina, J., Zhang, Y.H.*, Wiedensohler, A., Nitrous acid (HONO) and its daytime sources at a rural site during the 2004 PRIDE-PRD experiment in China, 2008. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 113, D14312, doi: 10. 1029/2007JD009060.

7.        Zhang, Y.H.*, Hu, M., Zhong, L.J., Wiedensohler, A., Liu, S.C., Andreae, M.O., Wang, W., Fan, S.J., Regional Integrated Experiments on Air Quality over Pearl River Delta 2004 (PRIDE-PRD2004): Overview, 2008. Atmospheric Environment, 42 (25), 6157-6173.

8.        Zhang, Y.H.*, Su, H., Zhong, L.J., Cheng, Y.F., Zeng, L.M., Wang, X.S., Xiang, Y.R., Wang, J.L., Gao, D.F., Shao, M., Fan, S.J., Liu, S.C., Regional ozone pollution and observation-based approach for analyzing ozone-precursor relationship during the PRIDE-PRD2004 campaign, 2008. Atmospheric Environment, 42 (25), 6203-6218.

9.        Li, L., Chen, Z.M., Zhang, Y.H.*, Zhu, T., Li, J.L., Ding, J., Kinetics and mechanism of heterogeneous oxidation of sulfur dioxide by ozone on surface of calcium carbonate, 2006. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 6 2453-2464.

10.    Zhang Y.H.*, Zhu X.L., Slanina S., Shao M., Zeng L.M., Hu M., Bergin M., Salmon L. Aerosol pollution in some Chinese cities (IUPAC Technical Report). Pure and Applied Chemistry, 76 (6): 1227-1239, 2004.


1.          Zhang Y.X. and Zhang Y.H. Speciation of Particulate Organic Matter from Combustion Sources (ISBN-13: 978-3-8383-4421-8), 2010, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing: Dudweiler Landstr. 99, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany. Total page number: 414.

2.          Cheng Y.F., Zhang Y.H., Hu M., and Wiedensohler A. An Observation-Based Method for Investigating the Atmospheric Aerosol Radiative Properties in Pearl River Delta of China (ISBN: 978-7-03-021671-7), 2008, Science Press: Beijing, China. Total page number: 211(Chinese Version), 262(English Version).



1. Zhang Yuanhang, Hu Min, Zhong Liuju, Shao Min, Zeng Limin, Wang Wei, Xiang Yunrong, Fan Shaojia, Wang Xuesong, and Peng Yongzhuo, the second prize of national scientific and technological progress award, Research Methodologies for regional air pollution complex and the application in Pearl River Delta, 2010.
2. Vice Chair, UNEP ABC-Asia Science Team, 2009.
3. Member, International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (iCACGP), 2010.
4. Vice-Chair, Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences CSES, 2006.
5. Member, Committee of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment Protection, China, 2006.
6. Co-Chairs, The Sixth Discipline Appraisal Group for Environmental Science and Engineering, The State Council Academic Degrees Committee, 2009.

7. Vice-Chair, Steering Committee of higher school teaching of Ministry of education for environmental science and engineering, 2006.

8.The second prize of national scientific and technological progress award,2010.


His research is mainly focused on atmospheric radical chemistry, formation mechanisms of the regional air pollution in Chinese Megacities (Pearl River Delta) and recently also worked on several issues on Climate Change. He is one of the leading scientists to steering the continuous development of the atmospheric chemistry discipline in China. For example, he is Vice-Chair of Steering Committee of University teaching of Ministry of education for environmental science and engineering, Co-Chair of the 6th/7th Discipline Appraisal Group for Environmental Science and Engineering of The State Council Academic Degrees Committee; he is also the head of "Blue Sky Science and Technology Engineering Key Projects" of Ministry of Science and Technology and chair of the steering committee for the state major development program "Formation mechanism of the Air pollution and controlling technology".

He conducted continuous research on air pollution processes and control strategy focused on the Pearl River Delta region in the framework of State Basic Research Development Program (973) and Hi-tech development program (863) sponsored by Chinese Ministry Of Science and Technology for more than 20 yrs. He established the Program of Regional Integrated Experiments on Air Quality over Pearl River Delta (PRIDE-PRD), of which a regional 3-dimensional observation platform was set up and comprehenisive field campaigns with international teams from Germany, Japan and United States, etc in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2014 were carried out. Within these field experiments, a strategy of data analysis, namely “closure study”, is developed. He had applied the “closure study” strategy for the exploration of the aerosol optical properties and also the budget analysis of HOx radicals. Later on, the “closure study” strategy is used to organize ambient measurement super site which can characterize the status of the secondary air pollutions and elucidate the formation mechanisms. He initiated a “Chinese Alliance of Air Pollution Monitoring Supersites” to promote the domestic collaboration on the study of the air pollution processes including instrument development, data quality assurance and control, data analysis, model development and intercomparison, etc. At the moment, 14 major atmospheric institutes in China are member of this Alliance.

He discovered the important roles of the secondary aerosols and Black Carbon to haze formations as well as sulfate and quantified how long-distance transport affects air quality of PRD. In collaboration with Forschugszentrum Juelich, a new missing OH regeneration mechanism in VOC rich atmospheres was identified and then a parameterized OH model was proposed which confirmed that the new mechanism is a general mechanism which exists in high VOC atmosphere worldwide. In addition to the enhanced OH regeneration, high gaseous HONO is a another significant source of OH radicals in PRD. The photocatalytic of NOx on particle surfaces and soil emissions were found to be important sources of HONO.

Moreover, he also contributed a lot on the air pollution mitigation strategy in Pearl River Delta. He diagnosed that both the PM2.5 and O3 pollution to be a regional problem. A regional monitoring network and forecast system was established and routinely available due to he and his co-workers in PRD. Since then, both primary and secondary pollutions were well characterized which demonstrated that the NO2, PM2.5 and O3 pollution were the most serious problems. Supported by the above scientific studies, the formation mechanisms and source appointments of the regional air pollution complex were elucidated and the pollution mitigation strategy was formulated accordingly. A decision-making mechanism including the interaction among scientists, citizens, and governors was finally developed for the regional air quality management. Due to these activities, the air quality (e.g. SO2, NO2, PM10 and PM2.5) in PRD was improved significantly in recently years. When he started his work on PRD in 1990s, PRD was the most serious air pollution place all over China. After more than two decades of the effort from him and his co-workers, PRD is expected to achieve the Pioneer PM2.5 Compliance in China.

He published 160 SCI papers, 2 papers on Science and Nature Geoscience as corresponding author, 1 paper on Science as co-author. He also organized 2 special issues on Atmos. Environ. and Atmos. Chem. Phys. respectively and honored with second prize of state scientific and technological advance.