Department: Environmental Science
Research interests: Air quality and measurement, Sources of aerosol
Tel/fax: 86-10-62752436
E-mail: mzheng@pku.edu.cn


Ph.D., Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, USA, 2000
M.S., Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 1993
B.S., Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, 1990


2010-present, Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University
2007-2010, Senior Research Scientist, EAS, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
2001-2007, Research Scientist II, EAS, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
2000-2001, Postdoctoral fellow, EAS, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Aug., 2000-Jan., 2001, Visiting postdoctoral fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
1994-1995, Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Environmental Science, Sun Yat-sen University
May.-Sep., 1993, Research associate, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Undergraduate course: Our Changing Planet



Composition, sources, formation mechanisms and deposition of aerosol using online and offline techniques including GC/MS, ICP/MS and single particle aerosol mass spectrometry


1. Li X., Zheng M.*, Ding X., Edgerton E.S., Reddy C. M., Modern and fossil contributions to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in PM2.5 from north Birmingham, Alabama in the southeastern U.S. Environ. Sci. Technol, 46: 1422−1429, 2012.
2. Cheng Y., Zheng M.*, He K.B., Chen Y.J., Yan B., Russell A. G., Shi W.Y., Zheng J., Sheng G.Y., Fu J.M., Edgerton E.S. Comparison of two thermal optical methods for the determination of organic carbon and elemental carbon: Results from the southeastern United States. Atmos. Environ., 45: 1913-1918, 2011.
3. Ding X., Zheng M.*, Yu L.P., Zhang X.L., Weber R.J., Yan B., Russell A.G., Edgerton E.S., Wang X.M. Spatial and seasonal trends in biogenic secondary organic aerosol tracers and water-soluble organic carbon in the southeastern United States. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42: 5171–5176, 2008.
4. Ding X., Zheng M. *, Edgerton E.S., Jansen J.J., Wang X.M. Contemporary or fossil origin: Split of estimated secondary organic carbon in the southeastern United States. Environ. Sci. Technol, 42:  9122–9128, 2008.
5. Bhave P.V., Pouliot G.A., Zheng M. Diagnostic model evaluation for carbonaceous PM2.5 in the southeastern United States during summer 1999 using molecular measurements. Environ. Sci. Technol, 41: 1577-1583, 2007.
6. Zheng M.*, Kester D.R., Wang F., Shi X.M., Guo Z.G. Size distribution of organic and inorganic species in Hong Kong aerosols during the wet and dry seasons. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos, 113, doi:10.1029/2007JD009494, 2008.
7. Zheng M.*, Hagler, G.S.W., Ke L., Bergin M.H., Wang F., Louie P.K.K., Salmon L., Sin D.W.M., Yu J.Z., Schauer J.J. Composition and sources of carbonaceous aerosols at three contrasting sites in Hong Kong. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos, 111: doi:10.1029/2006JD007074, 2006.
8. Zheng M.*, Ke L., Edgerton E.S., Schauer J.J., Dong M.Y., Russell A.G. Spatial distribution of carbonaceous aerosol in the southeastern US using molecular markers and carbon isotope data. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos, 111: doi:10.1029/2005JD006777, 2006.
9. Zheng M.*, Cass G.R., Schauer J.J., Edgerton E.S. Source apportionment of fine particle air pollutants in the Southeastern United States using solvent-extractable organic compounds as tracers. Environ. Sci. Technol, 36, 2361-2371, 2002.
10. Zheng M., Wan T.S.M., Fang M., Wang F. Characterization of the non-volatile organic compounds in the aerosols in Hong Kong - Identification, abundance and origin. Atmos. Environ, 31: 227-237, 1997.


Article in Book:
Zheng M.*, Hong Kong: Particulate Air Pollution and Health Impacts. In: Nriagu JO (ed.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Volume 3, Burlington: Elsevier, 56–61, 2011.


Prof. Zheng’s research focuses on developing tools for chemical characterization and measurement of particulate air pollutants especially carbonaceous aerosol to quantify sources and understand their impacts. The primary goal of developing different tools is to improve accuracy of source apportionment of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and to better understand impacts of air pollutants on human health and climate change. She has collaborated widely with domestic and international scientists. She is interested in interdisciplinary research for improved and integrated methods to study sources of aerosol including receptor modeling with organic and inorganic tracers, source-oriented modeling, and isotope analysis such as 14C. She currently leads a research team at Peking University and her on-going projects include developing online source apportionment of fine PM using single particle mass spectrometry, light absorbing properties and efficiencies of organic carbon in aerosol (brown carbon), changes of aerosol properties from land to sea, and the role of organic aerosol especially secondary organic aerosol during severe haze in megacities of China.