ZHU, Tong

ZHU, Tong

Department: Environmental Science
Research interests: Atmospheric chemistry; Environment and health
Tel/fax: 86-10-62754789/86-10-62760755
E-mail: tzhu@pku.edu.cn


Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Wuppertal University, Germany, 1991
M.S., Department of Technology Physics, Environment Chemistry, Peking University, 1986
B.S., Deptartment of Technology Physics, Radio Chemistry, Peking University, 1983


2012–present, Dean of College of Envrironmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University
2000–present, Chair Professor of the Cheung Kong Program
1999–present, Professor of Environmental Science, Center for Environmental Sciencies/College of Environmental Sciences/College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University
1993–1999, Postdoc and Research Scientist, Agriculture Canada, CLBRR, ECORC
1991–1992, Postdoc, Center for Atmospheric Chemistry, York University, Canada


Undergraduate course: Environmental Sciences


Transport and chemical transformation of pollutants in the atmosphere; Health effects of air pollutants; Urban air pollution control


1. Rich D.Q., Kipen H.M., Huang W., Wang G., Wang Y., Zhu P., Ohman-Strickland P., Hu M., Philipp C., Diehl S.R., Lu S.E., Tong J., Gong J., Thomas D., Zhu T.*, Zhang J.*, Association between changes in air pollution levels during the Beijing Olympics and biomarkers of inflammation and thrombosis in healthy young adults. Journal of American Medical Association., 307(19):2068-2078, 2012.
2. Ren A.G.*, Qiu X.H, Jin L., Ma J., Li Z.W., Zhang L., Zhu H.P., Finnell R. H., and Zhu T.* Association of selected persistent organic pollutants in the placenta with the risk of neural tube defects, 2011, Processing of National Academy of Science, 108(31): 12770-12775, 2011.
3. Lin W., Huang W., Zhu T.*, Hu M., Brunekreef B., Zhang Y., et al. Acute respiratory inflammation in children and Black Carbon in ambient air before and during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Environ Health Perspect., 119:1507-1512, 2011.
4. Zhang J. P., Zhu T., Zhang Q. H., Li C. C., Shu H. L., Ying Y., Dai Z. P., Wang X., Liu X. Y., Liang A. M., Shen H. X., and Yi B. Q., The impact of circulation patterns on regional transport pathways and air quality over Beijing and its surroundings. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 5031–5053, 2012.
5. Parrish, D.D.* and Zhu, T.* Clean air for megacities. Science, 326: 674-675, 2009.
6. Wang M., Zhu T.*, Zheng J., Zhang R.Y., Zhang S.Q., Xie X.X., Han Y.Q., Li Y. Use of a mobile laboratory to evaluate changes in on-road air pollutants during the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9: 8247-8263, 2009.
7. Zhu T.*, Lin W., Song Y., Cai X., Zou H., Kang L., Zhou L., and Akimoto H. Downward transport of ozone-rich air near Mt. Everest, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L23809, 2006.
8. Zhu T.*, Desjardins R.L., MacPherson J.I., Pattey E., St. Amour, G. Aircraft measurement of the concentration and flux of agrochemicals. Environ. Sci. & Technol., 32: 1032-1038, 1998.
9. Li H.J., Zhu T.*, Zhao D.F., Zhang Z.F., and Chen Z.M. Kinetics and mechanisms of heterogeneous reaction of NO2 on CaCO3 surfaces under dry and wet conditions. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10: 463-474, 2010.
10. Liu Y.J., Zhu T.*, Zhao D.F., Zhang Z.F. Investigation of the hygroscopic properties of Ca(NO3)2 and internally mixed Ca(NO3)2/CaCO3 particles by micro-Raman spectrometry. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8: 7205-7215, 2008.


1. Zhu T., Melamed M.G., Parrish D. et al., Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate Change, 2012, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, ISBN 978-0-9882867-0-2, Total page number.:299.
2. Zhu T., Ding J. An Agent for Removing Nitrogen and Sulfur from Exhaust Gases, ZL03136387.3.
3. Zhu T., Ding J. A Method and Facility for Removing Nitrogen and Sulfur from Exhaust Gases, ZL03136386.5.
4. Yao M.S., Zhu T., Tan M.M., Shen F.X. An Electrostatic Air Sampler and the Sampling Method, ZL 2011 1 0020282.8.
5. Yao, M.S. Zhu T., Shen F.X., Tan M.M. An Air Sampling System and Method for Real-time Monitoring Biological Aerosols, ZL 2011 1 0020450.3 .
6. Yao M.S., Xu Z.Q., Zhu T. An Sampling Box for Exhaled Air and Sampling Method, ZL 2011 1 0020115.3 .


1. Tong Zhu, Xiangde Xu, Fahe Chai, Min Shao, Xiaoyan Tang, Xiuji Zhou, Bingqing Hu, Shiqiu Zhang, Min Hu, Guoan Ding, Lingeng Bian, Shulan Wang, Liming Zeng, Xuesong Wang, Yizhen Chen, Science and Technology of Environmental Protection Award, 1st Price, Atmospheric Pollution Formation Mechanism in Beijing and Surrounding Regions, Regional Joint Control, and Air Quality Assurance for Beijing Olympics, 2011.
2. 2007 WMO/UNEP, contribution to the Nobel Peace Price of IPCC group. 
3. 2008 Ministry of Science and Technology "Outstanding contribution to the Science and Technology in Olympics".
4. 2008 Ministry of Environmental Protection "Outstanding contribution to ensure the environmental quality during Beijing Olympics and Paralympics". 
5. Co-chair, International Global Atmospheric Chemistry, Scientific Steering Committee, 2009.1-2012.12
6. Member, International Global Atmospheric Chemistry, Scientific Steering Committee, 2006.1-2012.12
7. Chair, China Working Group, International Global Atmospheric Chemistry, 2011-
8. Member, international committee of atmospheric chemistry and global pollution, 2003.1-2010.12
9. Member, Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Stud, Scientific Steering Committee, 2007-
10. Vice Chair, Division of Environmental Medicine and Health, Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences
11. Board Member, Chinese Association of Tibetan Plateau Research
12. Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 2008.1-2011.12
13. Associate Editor,, Environmental Health Perspective 2013-
14. Associate Editor,, Urban Environment 2012-
15. Editorial member, Science China Chemistry
16. Editorial member, National Science Review
17. Editorial member, Aerosol Science & Technology
18. Editorial member, Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry
19. Editorial member, Polar Research
20. Editorial member, Environmental Chemistry
21. Editorial member, Climate and Environmental Research 
22. Editorial member, Journal of the Meteorological Sciences


Dr. Zhu’s research has led to the finding that nitrate produced through the reaction of NO2 and mineral particles could greatly change the hygroscopic property of mineral particles, thereby affecting the health and climate effects of the particles. He identified synergetic mechanisms of three ternary reaction systems, and provided experimental and theoretical bases for understanding the feedback mechanisms and nonlinear processes in the formation of an air pollution complex and gray haze. Based on satellite remote sensing and model estimates, he revealed the contribution of the glacier wind of the Everest region on the surface of atmospheric ozone, and suggested that the Tibet Plateau is one of the regions on earth with strong oxidizing in the lower atmosphere. He also observed high concentration of atmospheric NOx in the ice and snow surfaces on the Tibetan Plateau, and proposed that photochemical reaction on snow surface could be an important source of nitrogen oxides in this region. His group found dicofol was a new source of atmospheric organochlorine pesticide like DDT. This provided a critical scientific evidence for the control of the use of dicofol. He found that black carbon was the key component of particulate matter associated with cardiovascular dieses of elderly and acute respiratory inflammation in children. He also found that persistent organic compounds are associated with neural tube defects.

To combat the common regional air pollution problem and to identify the sources and mechanism of air pollution in Beijing and north China, he initiated and organized an integrated observational study of the atmospheric environment in Beijing and North China (CAREBEIJING) with international cooperation. Results of CAREBEIJING study have been published in two special issues of JGR-the Atmos and the Atmos. Chem. Phys. Based on this research, he led his team of Peking University proposed “The measures of provinces neighboring Beijing for ensuring air quality of Olympic Games in Beijing program”, which was approved and adopted by the State Council. The measures were implemented in six provinces in North China, and ensured air quality during the Olympic Games.