Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Department: Environmental Science
Research interests: Atmospheric Chemistry & Health Effects
Tel/fax: +86-10-62750508


Ph.D. in Engineering Science, Harvard University 2011

M.S. in Environmental Science, Peking University 2005

B.S. in Environmental Science, Nankai University 2002 


2014.09 - present  Assistant Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University

2012.03 - 2014.08 Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2011.06 - 2012.03 Postdoctoral Associate, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University 


Aerosol composition and chemistry; Health impacts of air pollution; Intercontinental transport of pollution.


1. Q. Chen, Heald, C. L., Jimenez, J. L., Canagaratna, M. R., Zhang, Q., He, L., Huang, X., Campuzano-Jost, P., Palm, B. B., Poulain, L., Kuwata, M., Martin, S. T., Abbatt, J., Lee, A., and Liggio, J. "Elemental Composition of Organic Aerosol: The Gap Between Ambient and Laboratory Measurements", Geophysical Research Letters, 2015, accepted.

2. Q. Chen, Farmer, D. K., Rizzo, L. V., Pauliquevis, T., Kuwata, M., Karl, T. G., Guenther, A., Allan, J. D., Coe, H., Andreae, M. O., Pöschl, U., Jimenez, J. L., Artaxo, P., and Martin, S. T. "Submicron particle mass concentrations and sources in the Amazonian wet season (AMAZE-08)", Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2015, 15, 3687-3701, 10.5194/acp-15-3687-2015.

3. D.K. Farmer, Q. Chen, J.R. Kimmel, K.S. Docherty, E. Nemitz, P. Artaxo, C.D. Cappa, S.T. Martin, J.L. Jimenez, "Chemically-resolved particle fluxes over tropical and temperate forests", Aerosol Science and Technology, 2013, 47, 818-830, 10.1080/02786826.2013.791022.

4. C. Pöhlker, K.T. Wiedemann, B. Sinha, M. Shiraiwa, S.S. Gunthe, M. Smith, H. Su, P. Artaxo, Q. Chen, Y. Cheng, W. Elbert, M.K. Gilles, A.L.D. Kilcoyne, R.C. Moffet, M. Weigand, S.T. Martin, U. Pöschl, M.O. Andreae, "Biogenic potassium salt particles as seeds for secondary organic aerosol in the Amazon", Science, 2012, 337, 1075-1078, doi:10.1126/science.1223264.

5. Q. Chen, Y. J. Li, K. A. McKinney, M. Kuwata, and S. T. Martin, "Particle mass yield from β-caryophyllene ozonolysis", Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2012, 12, 3165-3179, doi:10.5194/acp-12-3165-2012.

6. M. Kuwata, Q. Chen, and S. T. Martin, “Cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity and oxygen-to-carbon elemental ratios following thermodenuder treatment of organic particles grown by α-pinene ozonolysis,” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2011, 13, 14571–14583, doi:10.1039/c1cp20253g.

7. Q. Chen, Y. J. Liu, N. M. Donahue, J. E. Shilling, and S. T. Martin, “Particle-phase chemistry of secondary organic material: Modeled compared to measured O:C and H:C elemental ratios provide constraints,” Environmental Science & Technology, 2011, 45, 4763-4770, doi:10.1021/es104398s.

8. Y. J., Li, Q. Chen, M. I. Guzman, C. K. Chan, and S. T. Martin, “Second-generation products of β-caryophyllene ozonolysis are the dominant contributors to particle mass concentration,” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2011, 11, 121-132, doi:10.5194/acp-11-121-2011.

9. U. Pöschl, S. T. Martin, B. Sinha, Q. Chen, S. S. Gunthe, J. A. Huffman, S. Borrmann, D. K. Farmer, R. M. Garland, G. Helas, J. L. Jimenez, S. M. King, A. Manzi, E. Mikhailov, T. Pauliquevis, M. D. Petters, A. J. Prenni, P. Roldin, D. Rose, J. Schneider, H. Su, S. R. Zorn, P. Artaxo, and M. O. Andreae, “Rainforest aerosols as biogenic nuclei of clouds and precipitation in the Amazon,” Science, 2010, 329, 1513, doi:10.1126/science.1191056.

10. Q. Chen, D. K. Farmer, J. Schneider, S. R. Zorn, C. L. Heald, T. G. Karl, A. Guenther, J. D. Allan, N. Robinson, H. Coe, J. R. Kimmel, T. Pauliquevis, S. Borrmann, U. Pöschl, M. O. Andreae, P. Artaxo, J. L. Jimenez, and S. T. Martin, “Mass spectral characterization of submicron biogenic organic particles in the Amazon Basin,” Geophysical Research Letters, 2009, 36, L20806, doi:10.1029/2009GL039880.

11. J. E. Shilling, Q. Chen, S. M. King, T. Rosenoern, J. H. Kroll, D. R. Worsnop, P. F. DeCarlo, A. C. Aiken, D. Sueper, J. L. Jimenez, and S. T. Martin, “Loading-dependent elemental composition of α-pinene SOA particles,” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2009,9, 771-782.

12. J. E. Shilling, Q. Chen, S. M. King, T. Rosenoern, J. H. Kroll, D. R. Worsnop, K. A. McKinney, and S. T. Martin, “Particle mass yield in secondary organic aerosol formed by the dark ozonolysis of α-pinene,” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2008,8, 2073-2088.


Awardee of the Recruitment Program of Global Youth Experts 2014

ACCESS XII Colloquium Invitee 2013

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship 2007-2010

Harvard/SEAS Kao Fellowship 2006




Dr. Chen’s past research focused on the formation and evolution of atmospheric organic aerosol. She developed expertise in Aerodyne high-resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer and its data analysis during her Ph.D. study. She deployed this instrument for the first time in the Amazon rainforest (Brazil) as part of the AMAZE-08 campaign. She was also involved in multiple research projects that were conducted in Harvard Environmental Chamber and applied a chemically detailed, online partitioning model to simulate the formation of secondary organic aerosol based on Master Chemical Mechanism. Later on, she developed new scheme to simulate the elemental composition and the aging of organic aerosol in global chemical transport model (GEOS-Chem). Her current research at PKU focuses on the effects of air pollution on climate and human health.