College of Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker

Tong Zhu
Peking University
Primary Affiliation: Atmospheric Sciences


Annually 4.2 million deaths globally are attributed to the exposure to ambient air pollution. Good air quality is thus essential for human health and the environment, and critical to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) 3: Good Health and Well-being, while the improvement of global air quality can also help to achieve other SDGs,  such as 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and 13: Climate Action.  

Air pollution concentrations are determined by complicated factors and processes, such as large variation of emission sources and the chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere, which make to formulating air pollution control policies complicate and challenging. The fundamental understanding of the formation of air pollution, as well as tools to understand air quality, including online monitoring network and numerical model simulation, are essential in improving global air quality. 


Dr. Tong ZHU received his B.Sc. and M.S. degrees from Peking University, Beijing, China, and doctorate degree (Dr. rer. nat ) in Physical Chemistry from Wuppertal University, Germany. He is the Dean and Cheung Kong Chair Professor at College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and the director of Environmental Health, Peking University, Beijing, China.  

His major research areas are atmospheric chemistry and environmental health. He has been PIs of more than 20 National Natural Science Foundation of China and Ministry of Science and Technology of China founded projects, including a major project and a team of innovation and served as a Co-Chair of IGAC (International Global Atmospheric Chemistry) Scientific Steering Committee. Now he is the Chair of the advisory committee for the NSFC major research program “Fundamental Researches on the formation and response mechanism of air pollution complex”, Chair of MAIRS-FE (Monsoon Asia Integrated Research for Sustainability-Future Earth) Scientific Steering Committee, Vice President of iCACGP (international Committee of Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution), and members of a number of advisory committees. He was elected to AGU fellow in 2019, and has been serving as a consular of the State Council, People’s Republic of China since 2020, and a member of AGU board of directors since 2019. 

Dr. Zhu has broad research interests and has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers, covering Megacity and Regional Air Pollution, Fundamental Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Biogeochemistry, Health Effects of Environmental Pollution in journals such as ScienceJournal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Proceedings of National Academy of Science, Nature Geoscience, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Environmental Science & Technology. Several of his publications received wide media attention in New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Chemical & Engineering News, Guardian, Reuters, BBC News, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News 

His research has resulted in over 14,000 literature citations and an h-index of 61 (from Web of Science). He was ranked as one of the most cited Chinese researchers in Environmental Sciences by Elsevier, and highly cited researcher in cross field by Clarivate and Web of Science.