Principal Investigator


Prof. Dr. Ru-Jin Huang(黄汝锦), MAE, FRSC

Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry(二级研究员)

Phone: +86-29-62336275


ORCID: 0000-0002-4907-9616

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Mainz, Germany, Mentor: Prof. Thorsten Hoffmann, 2009

M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry, Xiamen University, Mentor: Prof. Zhixia Zhuang, 2005

B.Sc. Chemistry, Xiamen University, 2002

Professional Experience

2019.09-present, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Global Environmental Change, Xi’an Jiaotong University

2015.01-present, Professor, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2013.01-2016.12, PSI Fellow/Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland (Prof. Dr. Andre Prevot/Prof. Dr. Urs Baltensperger group)

2011.01-2012.12, Government of Ireland Research Fellow, Centre for Climate & Air Pollution Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway (Prof. Dr. Colin O'Dowd group)

2010.01-2010.12, Postdoctoral, Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Science, University of Frankfurt (Prof. Dr. Andreas Engel group)

2009.06-2009.12, Postdoctoral, Department of Chemistry, University of Mainz (Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hoffmann group)

2005.10-2006.05, Research Assistant, Key lab of Analytical Sciences of the Ministry of Education, Xiamen University

Research Experience

Atmospheric aerosol chemistry and sources

Aerosol optical properties

Aerosol formation and transformation

Air quality and health effects

Aerosol-cloud interactions

Air-sea exchange

Honours and Awards

2022 Xplorer Prize

2022 Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE)

2022 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

2021 Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (Cross Field)

2021 World’s top 2% scientists (Stanford University Analysis & Mendeley Data)

2021 Excellent Research Award (Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences)  

2020 China Youth Science and Technology Award‒Special Award (Chinese Association for Science and Technology)

2019 Distinguished Young Scholar Award (National Natural Science Foundation of China)

2019 National Leading Talent Award for the Ten-Thousand Talents Program

2019 “Excellence Award” in the Final Review of the CAS Hundred Talents Program

2019 “From 0 to 1” Innovation Research Award (10-year Excellence) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

2019 Outstanding Research Award (Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences)  

2018 Young Scientist Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

2018 Schmauss Award (GAeF, Association for Aerosol Research)

2018 Defeng Hou Young Scientist Award (Chinese Society for Mineralogy Petrology and Geochemistry)

2018 Top-Ten Talent Award in Science and Technology of Xi’an (Xi’an Association for Science and Technology)

2017 Asian Young Aerosol Scientist Award (Asian Aerosol Research Assembly)

2017 Innovation Talent Award (Ministry of Science and Technology, China)

2016 Minjiang Chair Professor

2016 China Young Scientist Award of Particuology (Chinese Society of Particuology)

2016 One-Hundred Talent Award of Shaanxi Province (Shaanxi Province Government)

2015 One-Thousand Young Talent Award of China

2015 China Young Aerosol Scientist Award (Chinese Society of Particuology)

2010 1st in the 2009 IRC EMPOWER Fellowship Award in Earth/Environment (success rate <8%)

2009 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad

2006-2009 3-year scholarship awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Selected Publication

1. Huang, R. J., Zhang, Y. L., Bozzetti, C., Ho, K. F., Cao, J. J., Han, Y. M., Dällenbach, K. R., Slowik, J. G., Platt, S. M., Canonaco, F., Zotter, P., Wolf, R., Pieber, S. M., Bruns, E. A., Crippa, M., Ciarelli, G., Piazzalunga, A., Schwikowski, M., Abbaszade, G., Schnelle-Kreis, J., Zimmermann, R., An, Z. S., Szidat, S., Baltensperger, U., EI Haddad, I., Prévôt, A. S. H.: High secondary aerosol contribution to particulate pollution during haze events in China, Nature, 514, 218-222, 2014. (cites ˃3000)

2. Lin, C. S., Huang, R. J.*, Ceburnis, D., Buckley, P., Preissler, J., Wenger, J., Rinaldi, M., Facchini, M. C., O’Dowd, C., Ovadnevaite, J.: Extreme air pollution from residential solid fuel burning, Nature Sustainability, 1, 512-517, DOI:10.1038/s41893-018-0125-x, 2018.

3. Xu, W., Ovadnevaite, J., Fossum, K. N., Lin, C., Huang, R. J.*, Ceburnis, D, O’Dowd, C. Sea spray as an obscured source for marine cloud nuclei, Nature Geoscience, 15, 282-286, 2022.

4. Platt, S. M., El Haddad, I., Pieber, S. M., Huang, R. J., Zardini, A. A., Clairotte, M., Suarez-Bertoa, R., Barmet, P., Pfaffenberger, L., Wolf, R., Slowik, J. G., Fuller, S. J., Kalberer, M., Chirico, R., Dommen, J., Astorga, C., Zimmermann, R., Marchand, N., Hellebust, S., Temime-Roussel, B., Baltensperger, U., Prévôt, A. S. H.: Two-stroke scooters are a dominant source of air pollution in many cities, Nature Communications, 5, 3749, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4749, 2014.

5. An, Z. S., Huang, R. J., Zhang, R. Y., Tie, X. X., Li, G. H., Cao, J. J., Zhou, W. J., Shi, Z. G., Han, Y. M., Gu, Z. L., Ji, Y. M.: Severe haze in Northern China: A synergy of anthropogenic emissions and atmospheric processes, PNAS, 116, 8657-8666, 2019.

6. Huang, R. J.*, Yang, L., Shen, J. C., Yuan, W., Gong, Y. Q., Ni, H. Y., Duan, J., Yan, J., Huang, H. B., You, Q. H., Li, Y. J.: Chromophoric fingerprinting of brown carbon from residential biomass burning, Environ. Sci. Technol., Lett., 9, 102-111, 2022.

7. Huang, R. J.*, Yuan, W., Yang, L., Yang, H. N., Cao, W. J., Guo, J., Zhang, N. N., Zhu, C. S., Wu, Y. F., Zhang, R. J.: Concentration, optical characteristics, and emission factors of brown carbon emitted by on-road vehicles, Sci. Total Environ., 810, 151307, 2022.

8. Ni, H. Y., Huang, R. J.*, Yao, P., Cosijn, M. M., Kairys, N., Zhong, H. B., Dusek, U.: Organic aerosol formation and aging processes in Beijing constrained by size-resolved measurements of radiocarbon and stable isotopic 13C, Environ. Int., 158, 106890, 2022.

9. Ni, H. Y., Huang, R. J.*, Pieber, S., Corbin, J., Stefenelli, G., Pospisilova, V., Klein, F., Gysel-Beer, M., Yang, L., Baltensperger, U., El Haddad, I., Slowik, J., Cao, J. J., Prevot, A., Dusek, U.: Brown carbon in primary and aged coal combustion emission, Environ. Sci. Technol., 55, 5701-5710, 2021.

10. Wang, K., Huang, R. J.*, Bruggemann, M., Zhang, Y., Yang, L., Ni, H., Guo, J., Wang, M., Han, J., Bilde, M., Glasius, M., Hoffmann, T.: Urban organic aerosol composition in Eastern China differs from North to South: Molecular insight from a liquid chromatography-Orbitrap mass spectrometry study, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 9089-9104, 2021.

11. Xu, W, Ovadnevaite, J., Fossum, K. N., Lin, C., Huang, R. J.*, O’Dowd, C., Ceburnis, D.: Seasonal trends of aerosol hygroscopicity and mixing state in clean marine and polluted continental air masses over the Northeast Atlantic, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., 126, e2020JD033851,, 2021.

12. Lin, C. S., Huang, R. J.*, Duan, J., Xu W.: Primary and secondary organic nitrate in northwest China: A case study, Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 8, 947-953, 2021.

13. Yuan, W., Huang, R. J.*, Yang, L., Wang, T., Duan, J., Guo, J., Ni, H., Chen, Y., Chen, Q., Li, Y., Dusek, U., O'Dowd, C., Hoffmann, T.: Measurement report: PM2.5-bound nitrated aromatic compounds in Xi'an, Northwest China: Seasonal variations and contributions to optical properties of brown carbon, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 3685-3697, 2021.

14. Huang, R. J.*, Yang, L., Shen, J. C., Yuan, W., Gong, Y. Q., Guo, J., Cao, W. J., Duan, J., Ni, H. Y., Zhu, C. S., Dai, W. T., Li, Y. J., Chen, Y., Chen, Q., Wu, Y. F., Zhang, R. J., Dusek, U., O'Dowd, C., Hoffmann, T.: Water-insoluble organics dominate brown carbon in wintertime urban aerosol of China: Chemical characteristics and optical properties, Environ. Sci. Technol., 54, 7836-7847, 2020.

15. Huang, R. J.*, He, Y., Duan, J., Li, Y. J., Chen, Q., Zheng, Y., Chen, Y., Hu, W. W., Lin, C. S., Ni, H. Y., Dai, W. T., Cao, J. J., Wu, Y. F., Zhang, R. J., Xu, W., Ovadnevaite, J., Ceburnis, D., Hoffmann, T., O'Dowd, C. D.: Contrasting sources and processes of particulate species in haze days with low and high relative humidity in winter time Beijing, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 9101-9114, 2020.

16. Gu, Y. F., Huang, R. J.*, Li, Y. J., Duan, J., Chen, Q., Hu, W. W., Zheng, Y., Lin, C. S., Ni, H. Y., Dai, W. T., Cao, J. J., Liu, Q., Chen, Y., Chen, C. Y., Ovadnevaite, J., Ceburnis, D., O'Dowd, C.: Chemical nature and sources of fine particles in urban Beijing: Seasonality and formation mechanisms, Environ. Int. 140, 105732, 2020.

17. Yuan, W., Huang, R. J.*, Yang, L., Guo, J., Chen, Z., Duan, J., Wang, T., Ni, H., Han, Y., Li, Y. J., Chen, Q., Chen, Y., Hoffmann, T., O'Dowd, C.: Characterization of the light absorbing properties, chromophores composition and sources of brown carbon aerosol in Xi'an, Northwest China, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 5129-5144, 2020.

18. Zhong, H. B., Huang, R. J.*, Duan, J., Lin, C. S., Gu, Y. F., Wang, Y., Li, Y. J., Zheng, Y., Chen, Q., Chen, Y., Dai, W. T., Ni, H. Y., Chang, Y. H., Worsnop, D. R., Xu, W., Ovadnevaite, J., Ceburnis, D., O’Dowd, C.: Seasonal variations in the soures of organi aerosol in Xi’an, Northwest China: The importance of biomass burning and secondary formation, Sci. Total Environ., 737, 139666, 2020.

19. Wang, T., Huang, R. J.*, Li, Y. J., Chen, Q., Chen, Y., Yang, L., Guo, J., Ni, H. Y., Hoffmann, T., Wang, X. M., Mai, B. X.: One-year characterization of organic aerosol markers in urban Beijing: Seasonal variation and spatiotemporal comparison, Sci. Total Environ., 743, 140689, 2020.

20. Chang, Y. H., Huang, R. J.*, Ge, X. L., Huang, X. P., Hu, J. L., Duan, Y. S., Zou, Z., Liu, X. J., Lehmann, M. F.: Puzzling haze events in China during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown, Geophys. Res. Lett., 47, e2020GL088533, 2020.

21. Huang, R. J.*, Wang, Y. C., Cao, J. J., Lin, C., Duan, J., Chen, Q., Li, Y. J., Gu, Y. F., Yan, J., Xu, W., Fröhlich, R., Canonaco, F., Bozzetti, C., Ovadnevaite, J., Ceburnis, D., Canagaratna, R. M., Jayne, J., Worsnop, R. D., El-Haddad, I. Prevot, A. S. H., O’Dowd, D. C.: Primary emissions versus secondary formation of fine particulate matter in the most polluted city (Shijiazhuang) in North China, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2283-2298, 2019.

22. Wang, K., Zhan, Y., Huang, R. J.*, Wang, M., Ni, H. Y., Kampf, C. J., Cheng, Y. F., Bilde, M., Glasius, M., Hoffmann, T.: Molecular characterization and source identification of atmospheric particulate organosulfates using ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry, Environ. Sci. Technol., 53, 6192-6202, 2019.

23. Duan, J., Huang, R. J.*, Lin, C. S., Dai, W. T., Wang, M., Gu, Y. F., Wang, Y., Zhong, H. B., Zheng, Y., Ni, H. Y., Dusek, U., Chen, Y., Li, Y. J., Chen, Q., Worsnop, D. R., O’Dowd, C. D., Cao, J. J.: Distinctions in source regions and formation mechanisms of secondary aerosol in Beijing from summer to winter, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 10319-10334, 2019.

24. Ni, H. Y., Huang, R. J.*, Cao, J. J., Dai, W. T., Zhou, J. M., Deng, H. Y., Aerts-Bijma, A., Meijer, H. A. J., Dusek, U.: High contributions of fossil sources to more volatile organic carbon, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 10405-10422, 2019.

25. Ni, H. Y., Huang, R. J.*, Cao, J. J., Guo, J., Deng, H. Y., Dusek, U.: Sources and formation of carbonaceous aerosols in Xi'an, China: primary emissions and secondary formation constrained by radiocarbon, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 15609-15628, 2019.

26. Huang, R. J.*, Cheng, R., Jing, M., Yang, L., Li, Y. J., Chen, Q., Chen, Y., Yan, J., Lin, C., Wu, Y., Zhang, R., El Haddad, I., Prevot, A. S. H., O’Dowd, C. D., Cao, J.: Source-specific health risk analysis on particulate trace elements: Coal combustion and traffic emission as major contributors in wintertime Beijing, Environ. Sci. Technol., 52, 10967-10974, 2018.

27. Huang, R. J.*, Yang, L., Cao, J., Chen, Y., Chen, Q., Li, Y. J., Duan, J., Zhu, C., Dai, W., Wang, K., Lin, C., Ni, H., Corbin, J. C., Wu, Y., Zhang, R., Tie, X., Hoffmann, T., O’Dowd, C., Dusek, U.: Brown carbon aerosol in urban Xi’an, Northwest China: The composition and light absorption properties, Environ. Sci. Technol., 52, 6825-6833, 2018.

28. Huang, R. J.*, Cao, J., Chen, Y., Yang, L., Shen, J., You, Q., Wang, K., Lin, C., Xu, W., Gao, B., Li, Y. J., Chen, Q., Hoffmann, T., O'Dowd, C. D., Bilde, M., Glasius, M.: Organosulfates in atmospheric aerosol: synthesis and quantitative analysis of PM2.5 from Xi'an, northwestern China, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3447-3456, 2018.

29. Klein, F., Pieber, S. M., Ni, H. Y., Stefenelli, G., Bertrand, A., Kilic, D., Pospisilova, V., Temime-Roussel, B., Marchand, N., El Haddad, I., Slowik, J. G., Baltensperger, U., Cao, J. J., Huang, R. J.*, Prevot, A. S. H.: Characterization of gas-phase organics using proton transfer reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometry: Residential coal combustion, Environ. Sci. Technol., 52, 2612-2617, 2018.

30. Ni, H. Y., Huang, R. J.*, Cao, J. J., Zhang, T., Wang, M., Meijer, H. A. J., Dusek, U.: Source apportionment of carbonaceous aerosols in Xi’an, China: insights from a full year of measurements of radiocarbon and the stable isotope 13C, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 16363-16383, 2018.