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Dr. Zhao

Email: yuzhao@nju.edu.cn
Tel: +86-25-89680650
B408, School of the Environment, Nanjing University (Xianlin Campus),
163 Xianlin Avenue, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210023, P. R. China





  • 07/2008 Master and Ph.D in environmental science and engineering, supervised by Prof. Jiming HAO

      Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China


  • 07/2003 Bachelor in environmental engineering

      Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China



  • 01/2012-present  Professor in School of the Environment, Nanjing University, China


  • 09/2008-12/2011  Postdoctoral researcher in School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA

      Working at Harvard China Project and supervised by Prof. Michael B. McElroy and Director Chris P. Nielsen


  • 06/2006-09/2006  Research assistant in International Institute of Applied System and Analysis, Austria

      Working with Dr. Markus Amann and Dr. Janusz Cofala


  • 09/2004-03/2005  Visiting scholar in Oslo University, Norway

      Working with Prof. Hans Martin Seip and Dr. Thorjorn Larssen



  • Quantification and evaluation of air pollutant emissions with multiple measures;
  • Analysis of regional and city air quality and pollution sources;
  • Assessment of typical environmental effects (e.g., PM2.5 pollution and soil acidification) from air pollutant emissions and controls


  1. Zhao Y, Wang SX, Duan L, Lei Y, Cao PF, Hao JM. Primary air pollutant emissions of coal-fired power plants in China: Current status and future prediction. Atmospheric Environment, 42, 8442-8452, 2008.
  2. Zhao Y, Duan L, Xing J, Larssen T, Nielsen CP, Hao JM. Soil acidification in China: Is controlling SO2 emissions enough. Environmental Science & Technology, 43, 8021-8026, 2009 (Reported by Environmental Science & Technology and European Commission).
  3. Zhao Y*, Wang SX, Nielsen CP, Li XH, Hao JM. Establishment of a database of emission factors for atmospheric pollutants from Chinese coal-fired power plants. Atmospheric Environment, 44, 1515-1523, 2010 (Most cited articles in Atmospheric Environment since 2010).
  4. Zhao Y*, Nielsen CP, Lei Y., McElroy MB, Hao JM. Quantifying the uncertainties of a bottom-up emission inventory of anthropogenic atmospheric pollutants in China. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 2295-2308, 2011 (ESI highly-cited paper).
  5. Zhao Y*, Nielsen CP, McElroy MB. China’s CO2 emissions estimated from the bottom up: Recent trends, spatial distributions, and quantification of uncertainties. Atmospheric Environment, 59, 214-223, 2012 (Reported by Harvard University and US National Science Foundation).
  6. Zhao Y*, Zhang J, Nielsen CP. The effects of recent control policies on trends in emissions of anthropogenic atmospheric pollutants and CO2 in China. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13, 487-508, 2013 (Reported by Wall Street Journal).
  7. Zhao Y*, Zhong H, Zhang J, Nielsen CP. Evaluating the effects of China’s pollution control on inter-annual trends and uncertainties of atmospheric mercury emissions. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 4317-4337, 2015.
  8. Zhou Y, Zhao Y*, Mao P, Zhang Q, Zhang J, Qiu L, Yang Y. Development of a high-resolution emission inventory and its evaluation and application through air quality modeling for Jiangsu Province, China, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17, 211-233, 2017.
  9. Xia Y, Zhao Y*, Nielsen CP. Benefits of China’s efforts in gaseous pollutant control indicated by the bottom-up emissions and satellite observations 2000–2014. Atmospheric Environment, 136, 43-53, 2016.
  10. Zhao Y*, Qiu L, Xu R, Xie F, Zhang Q, Yu Y, Nielsen CP, Qin H, Wang H, Wu X, Li W, Zhang J. Advantages of city-scale emission inventory for urban air quality research and policy: the case of Nanjing, a typical industrial city in the Yangtze River Delta, China, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 12623-12644, 2015
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