YAN, Mingquan

YAN, Mingquan

Associate Professor
Department: Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Drinking water treatment and supply
Tel/fax: 86-10-62755914-81
E-mail: yanmq@pku.edu.cn


Ph.D,  Environ. Eng., RCEES, Chinese Academic of Sciences, 2006

M.S.,  Environ. Eng.,Chang'an University,2003

B.S.,  Metallurgy Eng., Unversity of Architecture & Technology, Xi'an, 2000


Mar.-Jun., 2015, Visiting Prof., Institut dePhysique du Globe de Paris

Aug., 2011-present, Assoc. Prof., Depart. Environ. Eng., Peking University

Mar.-Sep., 2010, Visiting Scholar, University of Washington

Nov.,2008, Assis. Prof., Depart. Environ. Eng., Peking University

Jul.,2006, Postdoc Research Fellow, College of Environ Sci, Peking University



Undergraduate course: Environmental Engineering Design

Graduate and Undergraduate course: Principle and Technology of Safe drinking Water Supply


Drinking water treatment and supply, specially (1) Natural organic matter (NOM) characterization, environmental fate, transportation and transformation; (2) NOM removal by enhanced coagulation and softening; (3) New generation disinfection by products (DBPs) formation, exposure and risk.


1. Yan M.Q.*, Ma J., Ji G.D., 2016. Examination of effects of Cu(II) and Cr(III) on Al(III) binding by dissolved organic matter using absorbance spectroscopy. Water Res 93, 84-90.

2. Yan M.Q.*, Li M.Y., Roccaro P., Korshin G., 2016. Ternary model of the speciation of I/Br/Cl- trihalomethanes formed in chloraminated surface waters. Environ Sci Technol Doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b06369

3. Ma J., Yan M.Q.*, Kuznetsov A.M., Masliy A.N., Ji G., Korshin G.V., 2015. Rotating ring-disk electrode and quantum chemical study of the electrochemical reduction of monoiodoacetic acid and iodoform. Environ Sci Technol 49, 13542-13549  

4. Yan M.Q.*, Korshin G.V., Claret F., Croué J.P., Fabbricino M., Gallard H., Schäfer T., Benedetti M.F., 2014. Effects of charging on the chromophores of dissolved organic matter from the Rio Negro basin. Water Res 59, 154-164. 

5. Yan M.Q.*, Korshin G., 2014. Comparative examination of effects of binding of different metals on chromophores of dissolved organic matter. Environ Sci Technol 48, 3177-3185. 

6. Yan M.Q.*, Korshin G., Chang H.S., 2014. Examination of disinfection by-products (DBPs) formation in source waters: A study using Log-transformed differential spectra. Water Res 50: 179-188. 

7. Yan M.Q.*, Wang D.S., Korshin G.V., Benedetti M.F., 2013. Quantifying metal ions binding onto dissolved organic matter using log-transformed absorbance spectra. Water Res, 47(7): 2603–2611,

8. Yan M.Q.*, Liu C.X., Wang D.S., Ni J.R., Cheng J.X., 2011. Characterization of adsorption of humic acid onto Alumina using Quartz Crystal Microbalance with dissipation. Langmuir, 27(16): 9860-9865,

9. Yan M.Q., Wang D.S.*, Qu J.H., Ni J.R., Chow WK C., 2008. Enhanced coagulation for high alkalinity and micro-polluted water: the third way through coagulant optimization. Water Res, 42(8-9), 2278-2286.

10. Yan M.Q.*, Wang D.S.*, Ni J.R., Qu J.H., Chow WK C., Liu H.L., 2008. Mechanism of natural organic matter removal by Polyaluminum Chloride: effect of coagulant particle size and hydrolysis kinetics. Water Res, 42(13), 3361-3370.


1. Wang D.S., Yan M.Q., et al. Enhanced Coagulation to Micro-polluted Source Water, Science Press, Beijing, 257.

2. Yan M.Q. A method to enhanced precipitation of magnesium in water at relative low pH condition, ZL201010000929.6.

3. Yan M.Q. Fluoride removal through enhanced precipitation of magnesium ion in-situ, ZL201210171574.6.


1. Youth Award, Water Treatment Chemistry Association, Chinese Chemistry Association, 2012.

2. New-star in Science and Technology, Beijing Metropolis, 2011.

3. Excellent Post Doctor in Peking University, 2008.

4. Water Science and Technology and Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, Editor, 2011-present.

5. Journal of Water Sustainability, Board Member, 2013-present.

6. International Water Association, Member, 2009-present.

7. IWA, Metal Group, Committee Member, 2013-present.

8. IWA China Young Water Professionals National Committee, Board Member, 2012-present.

9. International Humic Substance Association, Member, 2011-present.


Dr. Yan’s research focuses on natural organic matter (NOM) characterization, risk and controlling in drinking water treatment and supply. He is dedicating to answer the following three questions: (1) What is NOM? How does it transport and transform in natural and artificial aquatic systems? Due to the heterogeneity of NOM, it is still very difficult to quantify the behavior and reactivity of NOM in-situ in water under normal concentration range in the environment. Some new approaches were explored to characterize the behavior and reactivity of NOM affected by deprotonation, complexation, oxidation and adsorption processes, which can be used to gain more information about reactions of NOM and structure-specific in-situ data for advanced environmental modeling as well as ultimate design of efficient water treatment processes. (2) How to remove NOM efficiently? Enhanced coagulation is recommended as the best available technology for NOM control by USEPA. Applying increased dosages of coagulant and pH adjustment are two common recommended options to enhance NOM removal. However, both of these methods have some disadvantages. Based on the new view of coagulation mechanism, the target and techniques for NOM removal by enhanced coagulation for Chinese water treatment plants were rendered, and some new high efficient coagulant agents were developed and industrialized. (3) What is the risk caused by the presence of NOM in drinking water? NOM is the precursor for disinfection by-products (DBPs), such as chlorinated, brominated and, at lower levels, iodinated DBPs, which are found to be carcinogens. Assessing the exposure pathways and the level of risk of human exposure to traditional and new generation DBPs in China would result in re-evaluating the regulations of DBPs in drinking water and the strategies for reducing its exposure.