Professor and Dean of College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Director of the Center for Environment and Health, Peking University, Beijing, 100873, China

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Doctorate degree (Dr. rer. nat ), 1991, Physical Chemistry (KH Becker), Wuppertal University, Germany; M.S., 1986, Environmental Chemistry, B.Sc. 1983, Radiochemistry, Peking University, China.

Current Research Activity

Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Health: large scale field campaign to study the transport and transformation of air pollutants in megacities and surrounding region; megacity air pollution control; kinetics and mechanisms of gas-phase and heterogeneous reactions; air-surface exchange of air pollutants and greenhouse gases; atmospheric degradation and transport of persistent organic pollutants; toxicological and epidemiological studies on the health effect of air pollution.

Professional Experience

Dean, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, 2012-present

Director, Center for Environment and Health, Peking University, 2007-present

Cheung Kong Chair Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, 2000-present

Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, 1999-present

Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist on contract, CLBRR/ECORC, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, 1993-1999, Supervisor: Raymond Desjardins

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and Department of Chemistry, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1991-1992, Supervisor: Hiromi Niki


Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences, elected in 2021, Division of Earth Sciences.

Fellow, American Geophysical Union, elected in 2019, for "exceptional contributions to advancing fundamental atmospheric chemistry and assessing impacts of megacity air pollution on human health and climate".

Princeton Global Scholar, Princeton University, 2012-2015

Honorary Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, 2009-2014

1st  Prize Award for Natural Science, 2015, Chinese Ministry of Education

1st  Prize Award for Advance in Science and Technology, 2014, Chinese Ministry of Education

1st  Prize Award for Advance in Science and Technology, 2011, Chinese Ministry of Environ. Protection

Team leader, Team of Innovation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2011, renewed in 2014

Award for Environmental Protection in the Capital, 2015, The Beijing Municipal Government

Award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Science and Technology in Olympics", 2008, Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology

Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Ensure the Environmental Quality during Beijing Olympics and Paralympics", 2008, Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection

Contribution to the Nobel Peace Price of IPCC group, 2007, WMO/UNEP

Holder of Cheung Kong Chair Professor, 2000-Present

Outstanding Young Scientist (career award), National Natural Science Committee of China, 1999

Canadian Government Visiting Fellowship, 1993-1994

Professional services

Consular of the State Council, People's Republic of China, 2020-

Member, Board of Directors, American Geophysical Union, 2019-

Chair: Panel of experts for the Major Research Plan of the National Natural Science Foundation of China "Fundamental researches on the formation and response mechanism of air pollution complex in China", 240 million RMB, 2015-

Chair: Monsoon Asia Integrated Research for Sustainability-Future Earth (MAIRS-FE) SSC, 2018-

Co-chair: International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Scientific Steering Committee, 2009-2012

Vice-President: International Committee of Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (iCACGP), 2019-

Chair: Organizing Committee of the 12th IGAC Science Conference, Beijing, China, 2012

Group Leader: IGAC/WMO report on "The impact of megacities on air pollution and climate change"

Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 2008 – 2011

Associate Editor, Environmental Health Perspective, 2012 – 2020

Member: AGU Governance Committee, 2017-; AGU Centennial Committee, 2017-2019; WMO Environmental Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry SSC, 2018-; IGAC SSC 2006-2012; iCACGP, 2002-2010; Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS) SSC 2009-2015.

Vice Chair: Division of Environmental Medicine and Health, Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences

Member of Evaluating Panels, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Division of Atmospheric Science (2002-2005), Division of Environmental Chemistry (2006-2007)

Member: American Geophysical Union, Chinese Meteorological Society, Chinese Association of Tibetan Plateau Research, International Society of Environmental Epidemiology.

Research Experience

Over 20 research projects funded by NSFC, MOST, MEP, HEI, NIEHS, EU Framework 7 etc. A total amount of funded projects exceeding $20M USD as the principle investigator (PI) since 1999.

Selected Currently Funded Projects as PI: National Natural Science Foundation of China “Developing Equipment for the Measurement of Reactive Radicals in the Atmosphere based on Ultrafast Laser Technique, 1.9 M RMB, 2016-2021.

Summary of Publications

Dr. Zhu has published more than 350 refereed journal papers, 6 books, 5 book chapters, covering Megacity and Regional Air Pollution, Fundamental Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Biogeochemistry, Health Effects of Environmental Pollution in Science, Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Proceedings of National Academy of Science, Nature Geoscience, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Environmental Science & Technology. Several of his publications received wide media attention in New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, Chemical & Engineering News, Guardian, Reuters, BBC News, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News.

His research has resulted in over 15320 literature citations and an h-index of 64 (from Web of Science).  He is ranked as one of the most cited Chinese researchers in Environmental Sciences by Elsevier, and highly cited researcher in cross field by Clarivate and Web of Science.