HU, Min

HU, Min

Department: Environmental Science
Research interests: Atmospheric chemistry; Aerosol chemistry
Tel/fax: 86-10-62759880/86-10-62751920


Ph.D., Center for Environmental Science, Peking University, 1993
M.S., Center for Environmental Science, Peking University, 1990
B.S., Department of Technical Physics, Peking University, 1987


2001–present, Professor, Centre for Environmental Sciences/ College of Environmental Sciences/ College of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Peking University
Dec., 2000–Jan.,2001, Aug.–Sept.,2004, Jun. –Jul.,2005, Co-Researcher, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)
Nov. –Dec., 1998, Visiting Scholar, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute, U.S. (EOHSI)
1996–present, Director of State Key Joint Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, Peking University
Mar. –Jun.,1996, Mar. –Jun., 1996, Visiting Scholar, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the Netherlands
1993–2001, Assistant Professor/Associate Professor, Centre of Environmental Sciences, Peking University


Undergraduate course: Environmental monitoring
Graduate course: Aerosol principles and techniques; Advanced atmospheric monitoring and sounding


Source apportionment; Chemical behavior and environmental impact on fine and ultrafine particulate matter


1. Hu Min*, Peng Jianfei, Sun Kang, Yue Dingli, Guo Song, Wiedensohler Alfred, Wu Zhijun. Estimation of Size-resolved Ambient Particle Density Based on the Measurement of Aerosol Number, Mass and Chemical Size Distributions in the Winter of Beijing, Environ. Sci. Technol.., 2012, 46(18 ), 9941-9947
2. Guo S , Hu M*, Wang Z B, Slanina J, Zhao Y L. Size-resolved aerosol water-soluble ionic compositions in the summer of Beijing: implication of regional secondary formation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2010, 10, 947–959
3. Yue D L, Hu M*, Zhang R Y, Wang Z B, Zheng J, Wu Z J, Wiedensohler A, He L Y, Huang X F, Zhu T. The roles of sulfuric acid in new particle formation and growth in the mega-city of Beijing, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2010, 10, 4953-4960
4. Lin P, Hu Min*, Deng Z Q, Slanina S, Han S H, Kondo Y, Takegawa N, Miyazaki Y, Zhao, Y J, Sugimoto N. Seasonal and diurnal variations of organic carbon in PM2.5 in Beijing and the estimation of secondary organic carbon, J. Geophys. Res., 2009, 114, D00G11, doi:10.1029
5. Yue D L, Hu Min*, Wu Z J, Wang Z B, Guo S, Wehner B, Nowak A, Achtert P, Wiedensohler, A, Jung J S, Kim Y J, Liu S C. Characteristics of aerosol size distributions and new particle formation in the summer in Beijing, J. Geophys. Res., 2009, 114, D00G12, doi:10.1029
6. He Lingyan, Hu Min*, Zhang Yuanhang, Huang Xiaofeng, Yao Tingting. Fine Particle Emissions from On-road Vehicles in the Zhujiang Tunnel, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2008, 42, 4461-4466 
7. Hu Min*, Wu Zhijun, Slanina J, Lin Peng, Liu Shang, Zeng Limin. Acidic gases, ammonia and water-soluble ions in PM2.5 at a coastal site in the Pearl River Delta, China, Atmos. Environ., 2008, 42 (25), 6310-6320
8. Wu Zhijun, Hu Min*, Lin Peng, Liu Shang, Wehner Birgit, Wiedensohler Alfred. Particle number size distribution in the urban atmosphere of Beijing, China, Atmos. Environ., 2008, 42 (34), 7967-7980
9. Zhao Yunliang, Hu Min*, Slanina Sjaak, Zhang Yuanhang. The Chemical Compositions of Fine Particulate Organic Matter Emitted from Chinese Cooking, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2007, 41, 99-105
10. Wu Z J, Hu M*, Liu S, Wehner B, Bauer S, Maßling A, Wiedensohler A, Petaja T, Dal Maso M, Kulmala M. New particle formation in Beijing, China: Statistical analysis of a 1-year data set, J. Geophys. Res., 2007, 112 (D9), D09209


1. HU Min*,He Lingyan,Huang Xiaofeng,Wuzhijun. Physicochemical characteristics, source and formation mechanism of Beijing atmospheric fine particles and ultrafine particles,Science Press,2009
2. CHENG Yafang, ZHANG Yuanhang, HU Min, and Alfred Wiedensohler, 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.


1. Cheung Kong Scholars Chair Professor in 2012
2. China's Outstanding Young Female Scientists Award in 2011
3. National Natural Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scholars in 2010
4. The 2nd Prize of State Science and Technology Progress (Rank 2nd) in 2010
5. The 1st Prize of State Environmental Protection Science and Technology Progress (Rank 9th) in 2010
6. The 1st Prize of the Science and Technology Progress awarded by Ministry of Education of China (Rank 2nd) in 2009
7. Outstanding environmental technology researcher of CSES (Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences) in 2008
8. New Century Excellent Talent of Ministry of Education of China in 2004.


Her research mainly focuses on chemical behaviors, source apportionment and environmental impact of fine particle (PM2.5). She has built up physical and chemical characteristic analysis and model simulation method, conducted long-term measurements based on PKU campus fixed station for urban atmospheric environment as well as several large field campaign experiments. Great progress has been made on atmospheric monitoring and chemical analysis of our national research.

It is known that POM (particle organic matter) is the most important composition in PM2.5, its source identification and apportionment is a big challenge. Professor Hu built several POM and PM2.5 source analytical methods, such as organic tracer on molecular level, C14 isotope tracer, EC tracer, high resolution aerosol mass spectrometry (AMS) combined with the receptor model. All these formed a sysmatic closure method for PM2.5 source apportionment and validation to identify and quantify the contribution by primary and secondary sources. Based on this, she established Chinese localized PM2.5 source emission profiles. It was found that cooking emissions in China were different from those in abroad, which was of great importance. Oleic acid from the cooking emissions and larger carbon soot particles by motor vehicle emissions had an important influence on climate change. Thus she pointed out that the secondary formation is of great significance in PM2.5 pollution control. All of these provide an important scientific basis of effective PM2.5 pollution control in China. The academic journal of Environ. Sci. Technol. had made science news comments on her research of cooking emission.

It was found that new particle formation in China is quite different from the results in other countries. Therefore it was pointed out that the new particle formation was regional phenomenon and location dependence.

She explains the unique characteristics of the new particle formation in China's high pollution, strong oxidizing atmospheric conditions, reveals that organics play an important role in new particle formation process. The effect of gaseous sulfuric acid and organics made in the process of new particle growth was evaluated. The contribution of new particles formation in polluted condition to the cloud condensation nuclei was quantified. PKU urban atmospheric monitoring station has become one of the few long-term stations of new particle formation in the world. More than 30 articles were published in the international journals. Some of the articles were cited by Nature Protocols. Prof. Hu’s study on new particle formation has become a typical case in pollution area internationally. That claims high attentions of domestic and foreign colleagues.