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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


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Environmental Atmospheric Sciences

Quantification and evaluation of air pollutant emissions with multiple measures;

Analysis of regional and city air quality and its improvement strategy;

Assessment of ecological and environmental health effects from air pollutant emissions and controls



The National Youth Talent Support Program;

The National Natural Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars;

The National Outstanding Ph.D Dissertation Award;

The Second-class Award of Jiangsu Provincial Science and Technology Prize

(Development and application of city-scale high-resolution air pollutant emission inventory, first contributor);

The Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University;

The Jiangsu Provincial Program for Innovation & Entrepreneurship;

The Jiangsu Provincial Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars;

Consulting member of the National Air Pollutant Emission Inventory Committee;

Editor of Aerosol and Air Quality Research;

Outstanding reviewer of Atmospheric Environment and Science of the Total Environment



  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*, 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Zhao Y*, Mao P, Zhou Y, Yang Y, Zhang J, Wang S, Dong Y, Xie F, Yu Y, Li W. Improved provincial emission inventory and speciation profiles of anthropogenic non-methane volatile organic compounds: a case study for Jiangsu, China, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17, 7733-7756, 2017.
  11. Zhao X, Zhao Y*, Chen D, Li C, Zhang J. Top-down estimate of black carbon emissions for city cluster using ground observations: A case study in southern Jiangsu, China. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 19, 2095-2113, 2019.
  12. Zhang Y, Bo X, Zhao Y*, Nielsen C. Benefits of current and future policies on emissions of China's coal-fired power sector indicated by continuous emission monitoring. Environmental Pollution, 251, 415-424, 2019.
  13. Yang Y, Zhao Y*, Quantification and evaluation of atmospheric pollutant emissions from open biomass burning with multiple methods: A case study for Yangtze River Delta region, China. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 19, 327-348, 2019.
  14. Zhao Y*, Yuan M, Huang X, Chen F, Zhang J. Quantification and evaluation of atmospheric ammonia emissions with different methods: a case study for the Yangtze River Delta region, China. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20, 4275–4294, 2020.

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