Jun He

Professor in Environmental Chemistry and Pollution Control, Head of Natural Resources and Environment Research Group (NRERG), Deputy Director of International Doctoral Innovation Centre (IDIC)

Chemical and Environmental Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering
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Room 329, Sir Peter Mansfield Building


University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


+86 (0)574 88180000 (ext 9385)


  • 2010 PhD in Environmental Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2004 MEng in Environmental Engineering, Nankai University, PR China
  • 2001 BSc in Environmental Science, Nankai University, PR China

Employment History 

  • 2020-present Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • 2014-2020 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • 2011-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • 2010-2011 Research Scientist, Siemens Global R & D Centre, Singapore
  • 2009-2010 Research Fellow, National University of Singapore


Prof. Jun He received his PhD in Environmental Chemistry from National University of Singapore in 2010. He is currently working as Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the China campus of University of Nottingham (UoN) in Ningbo (official name: University of Nottingham Ningbo China-UNNC). He is also the Head of Natural Resources and Environment Research Centre and Deputy Director of International Doctoral Innovation Centre (a joint PhD education institute between UNNC and UoN. Prof. He is specialized in the environmental chemistry and pollution control. Prof. He has undertaken research projects worth of around 7 million RMB as of July 2020 funded by a variety of research councils, including National Natural Science Foundation, Zhejiang Provincial Department of Science and Technology, Ningbo Municipal Bureau of Science and Technology and industrial partners. As of July 2020, Prof. He has successfully educated 6 PhD and 1 MRes students to completion, and there are another13 PGR students (as both lead or co-supervisors) working on their research projects; Prof. He has published about 80 peer-reviewed SCI journal papers, four monographs in English and filed a number of patents (3 have been granted). According to Google Scholar, his publications has gained citations of over 1500 with h-index of 23 as updated in July 2020.


  • CHEE 2035 Analytical Measurement
  • CHEE 2041 Environmental Assessment
  • CHEE 3040 Air Pollution

Research interests

Aerosol chemistry & air pollution control, Water chemistry & pollution control, and Environmental sustainability.

Awards / Patents

  • Teaching Awards
2017-2018 Faculty’s Top Student Evaluation of Teaching Award, awarded by FoSE, UNNC
2012 Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence, awarded by Teaching and Learning Board in University of Nottingham


  • Research Awards/Talent Schemes
2019 Ningbo Municipal Leading Talent (Tier 2), awarded by Ningbo Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau
2017 Zhejiang Provincial Young and Middle-aged Academic Leader, awarded by Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education
2012 Ningbo Municipal Leading Talent (Tier 3), awarded by Ningbo Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau
2010 WFF PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research, awarded by World Future Foundation and National University of Singapore
2007 Research Exchange Program Award, awarded by British Council


  • Student-associated Awards
2019 Advisor to winner of Tri-campus Postgraduate Prize (Dr. Dan Wang)
2018 Advisor to winner of Ningbo Government Scholarship for International Student (Dr. Abubakar Ibrahim Yusuf)
2016 Advisor to winner of Tri-campus Postgraduate Prize (Dr. Jingsha Xu)
2015 Advisor to winner of Best Paper in the 12th National Aerosol Conference (Dr. Jingsha Xu)


Recent Journal Publications

* A most updated journal publication list can be found at: ORCID (000-0001-8056-0347) and Scopus Author ID (35322587000)

  1. Yan Yu, Honghui Xu, Yujun Jiang, Feng Chen, Xuedong Cui, Jun He*, Dantong Liu. A modeling study of PM2.5 transboundary transport during a winter severe haze episode in southern Yangtze River Delta, China. ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH. 2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.105159
  2. Yuyao Xu, Faith Ka Shun Chan, Jun He*, Paul Kaye, Christopher Gibbins, Matthew Johnson, Thomas Stanton, Yaoyang Xu, Gang Lid, Meili Feng, Odette Paramor, Xubiao Yu and Yong-guan Zhu. A critical review of microplastic pollution in urban freshwater environments and legislative progress in China: recommendations and insights. CRITICAL REVIEWS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2020.1801308
  3. Yunshan Wang, Gang Yang, Valerie Sage, Jian Xu, Guangzhi Sun, Jun He, Yong Sun. Optimization of dark fermentation for biohydrogen production using a hybrid artificial neural network (ANN) and response suface methodology (RSM) approach. ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRESS & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY. 2020. doi: 10.1002/ep.13485。
  4. Yunshan Wang, Gang Yang, Jun He, Guangzhi Sun, Zhi Sun, Yong Sun. Preparation of biochar catalyst from black liquor by spray drying and fluidized bed carbonation for biodiesel synthesis. PROCESS SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. 2020, 141: 333-343.
  5. Yiyang Liu, Jingluo Min, Xingyu Feng, Yue He, Jinze Liu, Yixiao Wang, Jun He, Hainam Do, Valerie Sage, Gang Yang, Yong Sun. A review of biohydrogen productions from lignocellulosic precursor via dark fermentation: Perspective on hydrolysate composition and electron-equivalent balance. ENERGIES, 2020, 13, 2451: doi: 10.3390/en13102451.
  6. Zheng Lian, Chaohui Wei, Bin Gao, Xiaogang Yang, Yue Chan, Jing Wang, George Zheng Chen, Kai Seng Koh, Yong Shi, Yuying Yan, Yong Ren, Jun He*, Fu Liu. Synergetic treatment of dye contaminated wastewater using microparticles functionalized with carbon nanotubes/titanium dioxide nanocomposites. RSC ADVANCES. 2020, 10: 9210-9225.
  7. Xiaoyang Yang, Shijie Liu, Peng Shao, Jun He, Ying Liang, Baojun Zhang, Bin Liu, Yu Liu, Guiqian Tang, Dongsheng Ji. Effectively controlling hazardous airborne elements: Insights from continuous hourly observations during the seasons with the most unfavorable meteorological conditions after the implementation of the APPCAP. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. 2020, 387:12170.
  8. Dan Wang, Jun He*, Yu-Ting Tang, David Higgitt, Darren Robinson. Life cycle assessment of municipal solid waste management in Nottingham, England: Past and future perspectives. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. 2020, 251:119636.
  9. Yong Sun, Jun He, Yunshan Wang, Gang Yang, Guangzhi Sun, Valerie Sage. Experimental and CFD study of H2S oxidation by activated carbon prepared from cotton pulp black liquor. PROCESS SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTION. 2020, 134: 131-139.
  10. Yang Cui, Dongsheng Ji, Jun He, Shaofei Kong, Yuesi Wang. In situ continuous observation of hourly elements in PM2.5 in urban Beijing, China: Occurrence levels, temporal variation, potential source regions and health risks. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT. 2020, 222:117164.
  11. Xiaoyu Jiao, Zhiling Li, Jun He, Chengjun Wang. Enhanced photodegradation of applied dithianon fungicides on plant leaves by dissolved substances in atmosphere under simulated sunlight. CHEMOSPHERE, 2020, 126807.
  12. Dan Wang, Yu-Ting Tang, Gavin Long, David Higgitt, Jun He*, Darren Robinson. Future improvements on performance of an EU landfill directive driven municipal solid waste management for a city in England. WASTE MANAGEMENT. 2020, 102:452-463.
  13. Zheng Lian, Yue Chan, Yang Luo, Xiaogang Yang, Kai Seng Koh, Jing Wang, George Zheng Chen, Yong Ren, Jun He*. Microfluidic formation of highly monodispersed multiple cored droplets using needle-based system in parallel mode. ELECTROPHORESIS. 2020. 41:891-901
  14. Huan Yu, Wei Hu, Jun He, Zhaolian Ye. Decomposition efficiency and aerosol by-products of toluene, ethyl acetate and acetone using dielectric barrier discharge technique. CHEMOSPHERE, 2019, 237: 124439
  15. Yang Cui, Dongsheng Ji, Hui Chen, Meng Gao, Willy Maenhaut, Jun He, Yuesi Wang. Characteristics and sources of hourly trace elements in airborne fine particles in urban Beijing, China. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH:ATMOSPHERE, 2019, 124: 11595-11613.
  16. Marco Tomatis, Ashak Mahmud Parvez, Muhammad T. Afzal, Sannia Mareta, Tao Wu, Jun He, Tianbiao He. Utilization of CO2 in renewable DME fuel production: A life cycle analysis (LCA)-based case study in China. FUEL, 2019, 254: 115627.
  17. Marco Tomatis, Maria Teresa Moreira, Honghui Xu, Wu Deng, Jun He*, Ashak Mahmud Parvez. Removal of VOCs from waste gases using various thermal oxidizers: A comparative study based on life cycle assessment and cost analysis in China. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 2019, 233: 808-818.
  18. Qian Yu, Xiyao Xiong, Jun He, Yuegang Zuo, Yong Chen, Chengjun Wang. Photolysis of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in aqueous solutions at the presence of natural water photoreactive constituents under simulated sunlight irradiation. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH. 2019, 26, 26797-26806.
  19. Jingsha Xu, Chunrong Jia, Jun He*, Honghui Xu, Yu-Ting Tang, Dongsheng Ji, Huan Yu, Hang Xiao, Chengjun Wang. 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, 2019, 251: 155-165.
  20. Lei Tong, Cheng-Hui Peng, Zhong-Wen Huang, Jing-Jing Zhang, Xiao-Rong Dai, Hang Xiao, Neng-Bin Xu, Jun He. Identifying the pollution characteristics of atmospheric polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons associated with functional districts in Ningbo, China. BULLETIN OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICOLOGY, 2019, doi: 10.1007/s00128-018-02535-4.
  21. Dongsheng Ji, Wenkang Gao, Willy Maenhaut, Jun He, Zhe Wang, Jiwei Li, Wupeng Du, Lili Wang, Yang Sun, Jinyuan Xin, Bo Hu, Yuesi Wang. Impact of air pollution control measures and regional transport on carbonaceous aerosols in fine particulate matter in urban Beijing, China: Insights gained from long-term measurement. ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, 2019, 19: 8569-8590.
  22. Dongsheng Ji, Meng Gao, Willy Maenhaut, Jun He, Cheng Wu, Linjun Cheng, Wenkang Gao, Yang Sun, Jiaren Sun, Jinyuan Xin, Lili Wang, Yuesi Wang. The carbonaceous aerosol levels still remain a challenge in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region of China: Insights from continuous high temporal resolution measurements in multiple cities. ENVIRONMENT INTERNATIONAL, 2019, 126: 171-183.
  23. Linjun Cheng, Dongsheng Ji, Jun He, Liang Li, Li Du, Yang Cui, Hongliang Zhang, Luxi Zhou, Zhiqing Li, Yingxin Zhou, Shengyuan Miao, Zhengyu Gong, Yuesi Wang. Characteristics of air pollutants and greenhouse gases at a regional background station in Southwestern China. AEROSOL AND AIR QUALITY RESEARCH, 2019, 19: 1007-1023.
  24. Yong Sun, Jun He, Gang Yang, Guangzhi Sun, Valerie Sage. A review of the enhancement of bio-hydrogen generation by chemicals addition. Catalysts. 2019, 9, 353-374.
  25. Huan Yu, Lili Ren, Xiangpeng Huang, Mingjie Xie, Jun He, Hang Xiao. Iodine speciation and size distribution in ambient aerosols at a coastal new particle formation hotspot of China. ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS. 2019, 19: 4025-4039.
  26. Jingjing Zhang, Lei Tong, Chenghui Peng, Huiling Zhang, Zhongwen Huang, Jun He, Hang Xiao. Temporal variability of visibility and its parameterizations in Ningbo, China. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, 2019, 77: 372-382.
  27. Wafa Dastyar, Abdul Raheem, Jun He, Ming Zhao. Biofuel production using thermochemical conversion of heavy metal-contaminated biomass (HMCB) harvested from phytoextraction process. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 2019. 358: 759-785.
  28. Matthew T. Bishop, Marco Tomatis, Wenjun Zhang, Chuang Peng, George Z. Chen, Jun He, Di Hu. Assessment of toxicity reduction in ZnS substituted CdS: P3HT bulk heterojunction solar cells fabricated using a single-source. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & FUELS, 2019, 3: 948-955.

Funded projects / Research grants

Research Grant (as PI)

1) Ningbo municipal innovation team project on indoor air pollution control technology, funded by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau (2017-2020)

2) Haze particle physicochemical properties in the Yangtze River Delta, funded by Zhejiang Provincial Meteorological Science (2016-2018)

3) Development of catalysts for formaldehyde removal in indoor environment (industrial project) (2015-2017)

4) Characteristics and source apportionment of urban haze in Hangzhou-Ningbo Region, funded by Zhejiang Provincial Department of Science and Technology (2015-2017)

5) Characteristics and source analysis of haze fine aerosols in Hangzhou and Ningbo, funded by Zhejiang Provincial Meteorological Science (2014-2016)

6) Development of simultaneous measurement technique of organic aerosols from various sources in PM2.5 and its application, funded by Ningbo Bureau of Science and Technology (2014-2016)

7) New analytical method for one-step simultaneous measurement of multiple organic aerosol tracers, funded by Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (2014-2016)

8) The development of analytical method for biomass burning tracers by HPLC-MS-MS, funded by Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control (AEMPC) (2014-2015)

9) Portable online particulate exposure monitoring instrument development, funded by Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control (AEMPC) (2013-2014)

10) Development of microwave irradiation enhanced process for coal flue gas treatment. Sub-project of Zhejiang Provincial Innovation Team on De-SOx and De-NOx Technology Development and Industrialization, funded by Zhejiang Provincial Department of Science and Technology (2012-2015)

11) Physical and chemical characterization of inhalable aerosols (PM2.5) for Eastern China, funded by Zhejiang Provincial Meteorological Science Institute (2012-2015)