CHEN, Zhongming

CHEN, Zhongming

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


Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry, Peking University, 1995


2012–present, Professor, Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University
2008–2012, Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University
2007–2008, Associate Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University
2002–2007, Associate Professor, College of Environmental Sciences, Peking University
2001–2002, Associate Professor, Director of Institute of Environmental Chemistry, Center for Environmental Sciences, Peking University
1998.9–2000.10, COE Guest Professor and JSPS researcher, Institute for Hydrospheric- Atmospheric Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
1997–2001, Associate Professor, Department of Technical Physics, Peking University
1996.1–1996.3, Visiting Scholar, Laboratoire de Combustion et Systems Reactifs (now ICARE), le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Orleans, France
1995–1997, Assistant Professor, Department of Technical Physics, Peking University


Graduate course: Atmospheric Chemical Reaction Kinetics; Measurement Methods in Environmental Science (with WANG, Huixiang)
Undergraduate course: Human's Subsistence and Development and Environmental Protection (with SHAO, Min and LI, Wenjun)



Atmospheric chemistry; Air pollution and control; Interaction between atmospheric environment and climate


1. Huang D., Chen Z.M.*, Zhao Y., and Liang H. Newly observed peroxides and the water effect on the formation and removal of hydroxyalkyl hydroperoxides in the ozonolysis of isoprene. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13(11): 5671-5683, 2013
2. Shen X.L., Zhao Y., Chen Z.M.*, and Huang D. Heterogeneous reactions of volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere. Atmospheric Environment, 68: 297-314, 2013
3. Zhao Y., Chen Z.M.*, Shen X.L., and Huang D. Heterogeneous reactions of gaseous hydrogen peroxide on pristine and acidic gas-processed calcium carbonate particles: effects of relative humidity and surface coverage of coating. Atmospheric Environment, 67: 63-72, 2013
4. Huang D., Zhang X., Chen Z.M.*, Zhao Y., and Shen X.L. The kinetics and mechanism of an aqueous phase isoprene reaction with hydroxyl radical. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11: 7399-7415, 2011
5. Zhao Y., Chen Z.M.*, Shen X.L., and Zhang X. Kinetics and mechanisms of heterogeneous reaction of gaseous hydrogen peroxide on mineral oxide particles. Environmental Science & Technology, 45(8): 3317-3324, 2011
6. Zhang X., Chen Z.M.*, and Zhao Y. Laboratory simulation for the aqueous OH-oxidation of methyl vinyl ketone and methacrolein: Significance to the in-cloud SOA production. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10: 9551-9561, 2010
7. Zhang X., Chen Z.M.*, He S.Z., Hua W., and Li J.L. Peroxyacetic acid in urban and rural atmosphere;concentration,feedback on PAN-NOx cycle and implication on radical chemistry. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10(2): 737-748, 2010
8. Chen Z.M.*, Jie C.Y., Li S., Wang H.L., Wang C.X., Xu J.R., and Hua W. Heterogeneous reactions of methacrolein and methyl vinyl ketone: kinetics and mechanisms of uptake and ozonolysis on silicon dioxide. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 113: D22303, doi:10.1029/2007JD009754, 2008
9. Hua W., Chen Z.M.*, Jie C.Y., Kondo Y., Hofzumahaus A., Takegawa N., Lu K.D., Miyazaki Y., Kita K., Wang H.L., ZhangY.H., and Hu M. Atmospheric hydrogen peroxide and organic hydroperoxides during PRIDE-PRD’06, China: their concentration, formation mechanism and contribution to secondary aerosols. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8(22): 6755-6773, 2008
10. Chen Z.M.*, Wang H.L., Zhu L.H., Wang C.X., Jie C.Y., and Hua W. Aqueous phase ozonolysis of methacrolein and methyl vinyl ketone: a potentially important source of atmospheric aqueous oxidants. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8(8): 2255-2265, 2008


Zhaorong Liu, Zhongming Chen, Guangying Zhao, and Danhua Chen (eds), Environmemtal Chemistry, 2003, Chemical Industry Press, Beijing


1. Yang Fuqing-Wang Yangyuan Scholarship, Peking University, 2010
2. First Prize for the Science and Technology Progress, Ministry of Education, 2009 (With Yuanhang Zhang, Min Hu, Liuju Zhong, Min Shao, Limin Zeng, Wei Wang, Yunrong Xiang, Shajia Fan, Xuesong Wang, Yongzhuo Peng, Boguang Wang, Junyu Zheng, Sihua Lu, and Lingyan He)
3. Youth Science and Technology Award, Chinese Society For Environmental Sciences, 2006
4. Second Prize for Excellent Teaching Material ("Environmental Chemistry" textbook), China Petroleum and Chemistry Industry, 2004 (With Zhaorong Liu, Guangying Zhao, and Danhua Chen)
5. P&G Award, Peking University, 2003
6. Zhongming Chen among the ~15 teachers, State Classical Course ( "Analytical Chemistry", Collective Award ), Ministry of Education, 2003
7. Zhongming Chen, Prominent Youth Teacher Award, Ministry of Education, 2002
8. Excellent Ph.D. Thesis Award, Peking University, 1999
9. Gang Song Award, Peking University, 1997
10. Excellent Teaching Award, Peking University, 1997
11. Member of Advisory Board, Environmental Chemistry, international journal, 2010-present
12. Member of Editorial Board, Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis, the Chinese Optical Society, 2005-present
13. Committee Member, Atmospheric Composition Committee, the Chinese Meteorological Society, 2006-present



His research aims to understand the atmospheric transformation of volatile organic compounds– sulfur oxides–nitrogen oxides (VOCs–SOx–NOy) and the cycle of atmospheric oxidants and their relationships with air quality and climate change on a regional and global scale. His current studies include: (1) laboratory study on atmospheric chemical kinetics and mechanisms of VOCs, peroxides and SO2 in gaseous, aqueous and heterogeneous phases, (2) field measurement for atmospheric intermediate species, including peroxides and carbonyl compounds, and (3) evaluation for impacts of aerosols on the chemistry of trace gases and modifications of aerosols by trace gases in the atmosphere.