Professor Yanlin Zhang

Areas of interest​

The research of the Yanlin group focus on atmospheric environment and aerosol chemistry as well as the development and application of stable isotope (12C, 13C, 15N and14N) and radiocarbon (14C) for bulk and compound specific analysis of aerosols . Atmospheric aerosols become a great concern due to their impacts on radiation balance (climate effect), severe adverse long-term and short-term effects on human health, reduced visibility, and many other environmental impacts through their wet/dry deposition with acid, toxic compounds and nutrients to ecosystems and crops.  Yanlin’s research interest in general is to improve our understanding of the composition, source and formation process of atmospheric aerosols. He has contributed to over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including publications in Nature, Environmental Science and Technology and Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Education background

Mar-2010 to Dec-2013: PhDdegree of Chemistry and Molecular Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern, Switzerland     

Mar-2009 to Feb-2012: PhD degree of Environmental Science, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Sep-2006 to Mar-2009: Master degree of Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, China   

Sep-2002 to Jun-2006: Bachelor degree of Geochemistry, China University of Geosciences, China 

Work experience

2015- present: Research Professor, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China

2014.07- present, Hokkaido University,Japan, JSPS fellow

2013.12-2014.06,University Bern,Switzerland,Postdoctoral Scientist 

2010.03-2013.12, University Bern and Paul Scherrer Institute,Switzerland,Research Associate 

Representative publications

Zhang YL*, Huang RJ, El Haddad I, Ho KF, Cao JJ, Han Y, Zotter P, Bozzetti C, Daellenbach KR, Canonaco F, Slowik JG, Salazar G, Schwikowski M, Schnelle-Kreis J, Abbaszade G, Zimmermann R, Baltensperger U, Prévôt ASH, Szidat S. 2015. Fossil vs. non-fossil sources of fine carbonaceous aerosols in four Chinese cities during the extreme winter haze episode of 2013. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 15(3):1299-312.

Zhang Y-L, Li J, Zhang G, Zotter P, Huang R-J, Tang J-H, Wacker L, Prévôt ASH, Szidat S. 2014. Radiocarbon-based source apportionment of carbonaceous aerosols at a regional background site on Hainan Island, South China. Environmental Science and Technology 48(5):2651-9. 

Huang RJ, Zhang Y, Bozzetti C, Ho KF, Cao JJ, Han Y, Daellenbach KR, Slowik JG, Platt SM, Canonaco F, Zotter P, Wolf R, Pieber SM, Bruns EA, Crippa M, Ciarelli G, Piazzalunga A, Schwikowski M, Abbaszade G, Schnelle-Kreis J, Zimmermann R, An Z, Szidat S, Baltensperger U, El Haddad I, Prevot AS. 2014. High secondary aerosol contribution to particulate pollution during haze events in China. Nature 514(7521):218-22. 

Zhang Y-L*, Liu J-W, Salazar GA, Li J, Zotter P, Zhang G, Shen R-r, Schäfer K, Schnelle-Kreis J, Prévôt ASH, Szidat S. 2014. Micro-scale (μg) radiocarbon analysis of water-soluble organic carbon in aerosol samples. Atmospheric Environment 97(0):1-5. 

Zhang YL, Perron N, Ciobanu VG, Zotter P, Minguillón MC, Wacker L, Prévôt ASH, Baltensperger U, Szidat S. 2012. On the isolation of OC and EC and the optimal strategy of radiocarbon-based source apportionment of carbonaceous aerosols. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12:10841-56.