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Yu Huan

Doctoral Supervisor
Master Tutor

Gender : Male
Date of Birth : 1981-02-24
Alma Mater : Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Education Level : Faculty of Higher Institutions
Degree : Doctoral Degree in Philosophy
School/Department : School of Environmental Studies
Date of Employment : 2019-01-01
Business Address : Rm 410 Building of Environmental Studies, Future City Campus, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China
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Research interests
New particle formation, atmospheric measurement, atmospheric chemistry, mass spectrometry analysis, aerosol physics and chemistry


[41] Haoran Zhang; Nan Li*; Keqin Tang; Hong Liao; Chong Shi; Jianlin Hu; Xinlei Ge; Mindong Chen; Zhenxin Liu; Huan Yu. An efficient approach for estimating primary and secondary PM2.5 using multiple tracers: Application to China during 2014-2018 and the COVID-19 lockdown, under review, Science of Total Environment, 2021

[40] Wan Y., Yu, H.* et al. Size-dependent Molecular Characteristics and Possible Sources of Organic Aerosols at a Coastal New Particle Formation Hotspot of East China,  JGR-Atmosphere, in revision, 2021

[39] Xiangpeng Huang, Dan Liu, Lei Tong, Dongyang Nie, Fuzhen Shen, Yangzhou Wu, Xinlei Ge, Hang Xiao and Huan Yu*, Aerosol particle number size distribution and new particle formation events observed in a coastal atmosphere of eastern China, submitted to Atmosphere, 2021.

[38] Deming Xia, Jingwen Chen*, Huan Yu* et al. Formation Mechanisms of Iodine−Ammonia Clusters in Polluted Coastal Areas Unveiled by Thermodynamics and Kinetic Simulations, Environmental Science and Technology. 54, 15, 9235–9242, 2020

[37] Wan Y. Yu, H*. Huang X.P. et al. Probing key organic substances driving new particle growth initiated by iodine nucleation in coastal atmosphere, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 20, 9821–9835, 2020

[36] Chen, D., Zhao, Y., Zhang, J., Yu, H., and Yu, X.: Characterization and source apportionment of aerosol light scattering in a typical polluted city in Yangtze River Delta, China, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 10193–10210, 2020.

[35] Huang, X., Yu, H.* et al. Real-time non-refractory PM1 chemical composition, size distribution and source apportionment at a coastal industrial park in the Yangtze River Delta region, China, Science of Total Environment, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142968.

[34] Vijay P. Kanawade*, Sachchida N. Tripathi, Abhishek Chakraborty and Huan Yu, Chemical characterisation of sub–micron aerosols during new particle formation in an urban atmosphere, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 2020

[33] Yu, H.*, Ren, L., Huang, X., Xie, M., He, J., and Xiao, H., Iodine speciation and size distribution in ambient aerosols at a coastal new particle formation hotspot of China, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19, 4025-4039, 2019.

[32] Zhao W., Tang G.*, Yu, H. * et al., Evolution of boundary layer ozone in Shijiazhuang, a suburban site on the North China Plain, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 83, 152-160, 2019.

[31] Xu, J., Jia, C., He, J., Xu, H., Tang, Y.-T., Ji, D., Yu, H., Xiao, H., Wang, C., Biomass burning and fungal spores as sources of fine aerosols in Yangtze River Delta, China – Using multiple organic tracers to understand variability, correlations and origins. Environmental Pollution, 251, 155-165, 2019.

[30] Wei Hu, Huan Yu*, Jun He, Zhaolian Ye: Decomposition efficiency and aerosol by-products of toluene, ethyl acetate and acetone using dielectric barrier discharge, Chemosphere, 237, 124439, 2019.

[29] Shan-Hu Lee*, Hamish Gordon, Huan Yu, Katrianne Lehtipalo, Ryan Haley, Yixin Li and Renyi Zhang, New Particle Formation in the Atmosphere: From Molecular Clusters to Global Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, 124. https://doi.org/ 10.1029/2018JD029356, 2019.

[28] Tiszenkel, L., Stangl, C., Krasnomowitz, J., Ouyang, Q., Yu, H., Apsokardu, M. J., Johnston, M. V., and Lee, S.-H.*, Temperature Effects on Sulfuric Acid Aerosol Nucleation and Growth: Initial Results from the TANGENT Study, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19, 8915-8929, 2019.

[27] Chen, D., Zhao, Y., Lyu, R., Wu, R., Dai, L., Zhao, Y., Chen, F., Zhang, J., Yu, H., Guan, M., Seasonal and spatial variations of optical properties of light absorbing carbon and its influencing factors in a typical polluted city in Yangtze River Delta, China, Atmospheric Environment, 199, 45-54, 2019.

[26] Huan Yu*, Wei Dai, Lili Ren, Dan Liu, Xintian Yan, Hang Xiao, Jun He, Honghui Xu, The Effect of Emission Control on Submicron Particulate Matter Size Distribution in Hangzhou during the 2016 G20 Summit, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 18(8), 2038-2046, 2018.

[25] Shaofei Kong*, Qin Yan, Huang Zheng, Haibiao Liu, Wei Wang, Shurui Zheng, Guowei Yang, Mingming Zheng, Jian Wu, Shihua Qi, Guofeng Shen, Lili Tang, Yan Yin, Tianliang Zhao, Huan Yu, Dantong Liu, Delong Zhao, Tao Zhang, Jujun Ruan, Mingzhi Huang, Substantial reductions in ambient PAHs pollution and lives saved as a co-benefit of effective long-term PM2.5 pollution controls, Environment International, 114, 266-279, 2018.

[24] 严心田;李楠;余欢;方昊;陆一磊,典型会议期间污染调控对城市空气质量影响分析,《南京理工大学学报》(自然科学版),42,201806,页码:739, 2018

[23] Wu, Y., Ge, X.*, Wang, J., Shen, Y., Ye, Z., Ge, S., Wu, Y., Yu, H., Chen, M., Responses of secondary aerosols to relative humidity and photochemical activities in an industrialized environment during late winter. Atmospheric Environment, 193, 66-78, 2018.

[22] Tomatis, M.; Xu, H.; Wei, C.; Bishop, M.T.; He, J.*; Wang, C.; Zhao, M.; Xiao, H.; Yu, H.; Behera, S.N.; Tang, B. A Comparative Study of Mn/Co Binary Metal Catalysts Supported on Two Commercial Diatomaceous Earths for Oxidation of Benzene. Catalysts, 8, 111, 2018.

[21] Xu, J., He, J.*, Xu, H., Ji, D., Snape, C., Yu, H., Jia, C., Wang, C., Gao, J., Simultaneous measurement of multiple organic tracers in fine aerosols from biomass burning and fungal spores by HPLC-MS/MS, RSC Advances, 8, 34136-34150, 2018.

[20] Huan Yu*, Liang Dai, Yi Zhao, V. P. Kanawade, S. N. Tripathi, Xinlei Ge, Mindong Chen and Shan-Hu Lee, Laboratory Observations of Temperature- and Humidity- Dependencies of Nucleation and Growth Rates of Sub-3 nm Particles, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, 122(3), 1919-1929;2017.

[19] Liang Dai, Honglei Wang, Luyu Zhou, Junlin An, Lili Tang, Chunsong Lu, Wenlian Yan, Ruiyang Liu, Shaofei Kong, Mindong Chen, Shanhu Lee and Huan Yu*, Regional and local new particle formation events observed in the Yangtze River Delta region, China, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, 122(4), 2389-2402, 2017.

[18] Huan Yu*, Lili Ren and Vijay P. Kanawade*, New Particle Formation and Growth Mechanisms in Highly Polluted Environments, Current Pollution Reports, 3(4), 245-253, 2017.

[17]   Wenchao Shen; Lili Ren; Yi Zhao; Luyu Zhou; Liang Dai; Xinlei Ge; Shaofei Kong; Honghui Xu; Yujun Jiang; Jun He; Mindong Chen; Huan Yu*, C1-C2 alkylamines in urban aerosols: insights from ambient and fuel combustion emission measurements in the Yangtze River Delta region of eastern China, Environmental Pollution, 230, 12-21, 2017.

[16]   Kontkanen*, J., K. Lehtipalo, L. Ahonen, J. Kangasluoma, H. E. Manninen, J. Hakala, C. Rose, K. Sellegri, S. Xiao, L. Wang, X. Qi, W. Nie, A. Ding, H. Yu, S.-H. Lee, V.-M. Kerminen, T. Petaja, and M. Kulmala, Measurements of sub-3 nm particles using a particle size magnifier in different environments: from clean mountain top to polluted megacities, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17, 2163-2187, 2017.

[15]   Xu, J.S., Xu, M.X., Snape, C., He, J.*, Behera, S.N., Xu, H.H., Ji, D.S., Wang, C.J., Yu, H., Xiao, H., Jiang, Y.J., Qi, B., Du, R.G., Temporal and spatial variation in major ion chemistry and source identification of secondary inorganic aerosols in Northern Zhejiang Province, China, Chemosphere, 179, 316-330, 2017.

[14]   Yu, H.*, L.Y. Zhou, L. Dai, W.C. Shen, J. Zheng, Y. Ma, and M.D. Chen, Nucleation and growth of sub-3nm particles in the polluted urban atmosphere of a megacity in China,  Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 2641-2657, 2016.

[13] Junfeng Wang, Timothy B. Onasch, Xinlei Ge*, Sonya Collier, Qi Zhang, Yele Sun, Huan Yu, Mindong Chen, Andre S. H. Prevot, and Douglas R. Worsnop, Observation of Fullerene Soot in Eastern ChinaEnvironmental Science and Technology Letters, 3 (4), 121-126, 2016.

[12] Wang, J., Ge, X.*, Chen, Y., Shen, Y., Zhang, Q., Sun, Y., Xu, J., Ge, S., Yu, H., and Chen, M.: Highly time-resolved urban aerosol characteristics during springtime in Yangtze River Delta, China: insights from soot particle aerosol mass spectrometry, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 9109-9127, 2016.

[11] Yu, Huan*, Ortega, John, Smith, James, Guenther, Alex et al., New Particle Formation and Growth in an Isoprene-Dominated Ozark Forest: From Sub-5 nm to CCN-Active Sizes. Aerosol Science and Technology, 48(12): 1285-1298, 2014.

[10] Yu, Huan*, A. Gannet Hallar, Yi You, Arthur Sedlacek, Stephen Springston, et al., Sub-3 nm particles observed at the coastal and continental sites in the United States, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, 119(2): 860-879, 2014.

[9] Kanawade,V.P.*, S. Shika, C. Pöhlker, D. Rose, M.N.S. Suman, H. Gadhavi, Ashwini Kumar, S. M. Shiva Nagendra, R. Ravikrishna, Huan Yu, L.K. Sahu, A. Jayaraman, M.O. Andreae, U. Pöschl, S.S. Gunthe, Infrequent occurrence of new particle formation at a semi-rural location in tropical Southern India, Atmospheric Environment, 2014, 94:264-273. 

[8] Yu. H. and S.-H. Lee*, Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry for the Measurement of Atmospheric Amines, Environmental Chemistry, 9(3): 190-201, 2012.

[7] Yu, H., R. L. McGraw, and S.-H. Lee*, Effects of Amines on Formation of Sub-3 nm Particles and Their Subsequent Growth, Geophysical Research Letters, 39(2): L02807, 2012.

[6] Huan Yu* and Jianzhen Yu, Atmospheric Environment, 54(1), 194-200, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.02.033, 2012.

[5] Lee S.H.*, S. Mukherjee, K. Bonner, H. Yu, and M. Gangoda, A Laboratory Experiment to Measure Henry’s Law Constants of Volatile Organic Compounds with a Bubble Column and GC-FID, Journal of Chemical Education. 2012, 90(4):495-499.

[4] Benson, D. R., H. Yu, A. Markovich, and S.-H. Lee*, Ternary Homogeneous Nucleation of H2SO4, NH3, and H2O under Conditions Relevant to the Lower Troposphere, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11: 4755-4766, 2011.

[3] H. Yu, and J. Z. Yu*, Aerosol Science and Technology, 45(1):101-112, doi:10.1080/02786826.2010.524680, 2011.

[2] Yu, H., C. Wu, D. Wu and J.Z. Yu*, Size Distributions of Elemental Carbon and its Contribution to Light Extinction in Urban and Rural Locations in the Pearl River Delta region, China, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 5107-5119, 2010.

[1] H. Yu, and J.Z. Yu*, Aerosol Science and Technology, 43 (11), 1108-1118, doi:10.1080/02786820903196878, 2009.

Recent research grants
NSFC grants 41675124, 41675124, 41975831
National Key Research and Development Program of China grant 2016YFC0203100

2019   Distinguished Professor of Hubei Province, China
2017   Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program of Jiangsu Province, China
2016   Second Prize of Science and Technology Award of Ministry of Environmental Protection, China
2012   NSERC fellowship award, Canada

Laboratory instruments
Atmospheric Pressure interface-TOF-MS and ion sources
Particle size spectrometers: SMPS, PSM, NAIS
Flow tube reactor

Orbitrap MS, FT-ICR-MS (Analytical & Testing Center, School of Environmental Studies, CUG)

Education Background

  • 1998.9 -- 2002.7

    Nankai University       Environmental Chemistry       Bachelor's Degree

  • 2002.9 -- 2005.7

    Nankai University       Environmental chemistry       Master's Degree

  • 2005.9 -- 2009.11

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology       Atmospheric chemistry       Doctoral Degree

Work Experience

  • 2019.5 -- Now

    China University of Geosciences, Wuhan      School of Environmental Studies      Professor

  • 2013.10 -- 2019.5

    Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology      College of Environmental Science and Technology      Assistant Professor - Professor

  • 2012.9 -- 2013.9

    Environment Canada, Toronto      Air Quality Research Division      Research scientist

  • 2010.9 -- 2012.9

    Kent State University, USA      Department of Chemistry      postdoc, research scientist

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Research Group

Environmental chemistry and atmospheric chemistry