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Yujun Wang

Yujun Wang

Position Deputy Director Title Professor
Postal address 71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China
Postal Code 210008 E-mail yjwang@issas.ac.cn


Employment or Working Experiences

Assistant Researcher, 2000.8 ~ 2010.5 Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Associate Researcher, 2010.6 ~ 2013.5 Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Researcher, 2013.6 ~ present Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Visiting Professor, 2010.7~ 2011.6 Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware

Visiting Professor, 2013.7~ 2011.10 Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware


B.Sc., 1996, 9 ~ 2000, 6, College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, China.

M. Sc., 2002. 9 ~ 2005. 7, Institute of Soil Science Chinese academy of Sciences, China. Title of thesis was “Interaction of glyphosate and Cd in soils and their environmental effects”.

Ph.D., 2005.9 ~ 2008.7, Institute of Soil Science Chinese academy of Sciences, China. Title of thesis was “Basic energy parameters of Cu/Zn at the interface of soil/water and their environmental chemical behavior”.


I have been focusing on the interfacial chemistry processes of pollutants in soils and the application of these fundamental knowledge to regulate and decontaminate typical soil pollutants in the soil/water/plant systems. In the fundamental aspect, We have successfully developed the strong electric field conductivity measuring device independently, and employed this device to measure the Wien effect of heavy metal ions in different types of soil suspension. This research advanced the current understanding of the nature of non-specific adsorption phenomenon. Besides, I have done much applied studies. Specifically, we use a multitude of traditional soil chemistry methods in combination with various chromatographic, spectroscopic, and microscopic methods, including state-of-the-art techniques such as synchrotron radiation-based X-ray techniques, to elucidate the environmental behavior of heavy metals in the soil micro-interface. 179 scientific papers were published in peer-reviewed journals based on these studies, among which 118 papers could be indexed by the Science Citation Index (SCI) system.

Research Areas

[1] Environmental Chemistry

[2] Soil Chemistry

[3] Soil remediation

Public Duties

1.     Director of Soil and Environment committee of Soil Science Society of China

2.     Associated editor of Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

3.     Editor of Geoderma Regional

4.     Editor of Biochar

5.     Editor of Acta Pedologica Sinica

Awards and Honours

1“Excellent Youth Scientific Fund” by National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2014

2 “Distinguished Young Scholars” of Jiangsu Province in 2013

3 “Excellent young scientist in soil science” awarded by Soil Science Society of China in 2012

4“Excellent 100 Doctoral Dissertation of China” awarded by Ministry of Education of China in 2010

Selected Publications

[1]  Sun Q, Cui PX, Wu S, Fan TT, Huang MY, Liu C, Alves ME, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2020. Roles of reduced sulfurs on the transformation of Cd(II) immobilized by δ-MnO2. Environmental Science & Technology 54:14955-14963(highlight by EST)

[2]   Fang GD, Zhang T, Cui HB, Liu C, Dionysiou DD, Gao J, Wang YJ*, Zhou DM, 2020. Synergy between Iron and Selenide on FeSe2 (111) Surface Driving Peroxymonosulfate Activation for Efficient Pollutant Degradation. Environmental Science & Technology 54: 15489-15498

[3]   Wu P, Fu QL, Zhu XD, Liu C, Dang F, Müller K, Manabu Fujii M, Zhou DM, Wang HL, Wang YJ*, 2020. Contrasting Impacts of pH on the Abiotic Transformation of Hydrochar-Derived Dissolved Organic Matter Mediated by δ-MnO2. Geoderma 378: 114627

[4]  Wang YJ*, Fan TT, Cui PX, Sun Q, Zhou DM, Li CB, Wang GQ, Lin YS, Zhang ST, Yang YP, Zhao FJ, Friedman SP, 2020. Binding and adsorption energy of Cd in soils and its environmental implication for Cd bioavailability. Soil Science Society of America Journal 84: 472-482

[5]   Li Y, Liu C, Weng LP, Ye XX, Sun B, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2020. Prediction of the Uptake of Cd by rice (Oryza sativa) in Paddy Soils by a Multi-Surface Model. Science of the Total Environment 724, 138289

[6]  Wu P, Qian TT, Zhang Y, Fan TT, Liu C, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2020. Time-dependent evolution of Zn(II) fractions in soils remediated by wheat straw biochar. Science of the Total Environment 717: 137021.

[7]  Wu TL, Cui XD, Cui PX, Syed TA, Liu C, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2019. Speciation and location of arsenic and antimony in rice samples around antimony mining area. Environmental Pollution 252: 1439-1447.

[8]  Sun Q, Cui PX, Zhu MQ, Fan TT, Syed TA, Gu JH, Wu S, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2019. Cd(II) Retention and Remobilization on δ-MnO2 and Mn(III)-Rich δ-MnO2 Affected by Mn(II). Environment International 130: 104932.

[9]  Wu P, Du H, Cui PX, Alves ME, Liu C, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2019. Dissolution and transformation of ZnO nano- and micro-particles in soil mineral suspensions. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 3(4): 495−502 (Cover)

[10]  Wu P, Cui PX, Alves ME, Peijnenburg  WJGM, Zhou DM, Liu C, Wang HL, OK YS, Wang YJ*, 2019. Interactive effects of rice straw biochar and γ-Al2O3 on Zn immobilization Journal of Hazardous Materials 373: 250-257

[11]  Wu TL, Sun Q, Fang GD, Cui PX, Liu C, Alves ME, Qin WX, Zhou DM, Shi ZQ, Wang YJ*, 2019. Unraveling the effects of gallic acid on Sb(III) adsorption and oxidation on goethite. Chemical Engineering Journal 369: 414-421.

[12]  Sun Q, Liu C, Cui PX, Fan TT, Alves ME, Zhu MQ, Siebecker M, Sparks DL, Li W, Wu TL, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2019. Formation of Cd Precipitates on γ-Al2O3: Implications for Cd Sequestration in the Environment. Environment International 126:234-241

[13]  Wang YJ*, Fan TT, Cui PX, Alves ME, Li CB, Zhou DM, Friedman SP, Sparks DL, 2019. Exploring the distribution of Zn2+ in inner and outer Helmholtz planes of the electrical double layer of soil based on Wien effect. Soil Science Society of America Journal 83:97-106.

[14]  Sun Q, Cui PX, Liu C, Peng SM, Alves ME, Zhou DM, Shi ZQ, Wang YJ*, 2019. Antimony oxidation and sorption behavior on birnessites with different properties (d-MnO2 and triclinic birnessite) Environmental Pollution 246: 990-998

[15]   Wu TL, Qin WX, Alves ME, Fang GD, Sun Q, Cui PX, Liu C, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2019. Mechanisms of Sb(III) oxidation mediated by low molecular weight phenolic acids. Chemical Engineering Journal 356: 190-198.

[16] Fang GD, Chen XR, Wu WH, Liu C, Dionysiou D, Fan TT, Wang YJ*, Zhu CY, Zhou DM*, 2018. Mechanism of Persulfate Decomposition in Soil: Activation, Free Radical Formation and Conversion for Contaminant Degradation. Environmental Science & Technology 52 (24): 14352–14361

[17]  Shi ZQ*, Peng SM, Wang P, Sun Q, Wang YJ*, Lu GM, Dang Z, 2018. Modeling coupled kinetics of antimony adsorption/desorption and oxidation on manganese oxides. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 20: 1691-1696.

[18]   Wu S, Fang GD, Wang DJ, Jaisi D, Cui PX, Wang R, Wang YJ*, Wang L, Sherman D, Zhou DM*, 2018. Fate of As(III) and As(V) during microbial reduction of arsenic-bearing ferrihydrite facilitated by activated carbon, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 2 (9): pp 878–887.(highlight by ACS ESC)

[19]  Fan TT, Cui PX, Sun Q, Zhou DM, Alves ME, Wang YJ*, 2018. Combining path analysis and X-ray absorption spectroscopy to unravel the Zn sorption mechanism on soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal 82:772-782.

[20]  Sun Q, Cui PX, Fan TT, Wu S, Zhu MQ, Alves ME, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2018. Effects of Fe(II) on Cd(II) immobilization by Mn(III)-rich δ-MnO2. Chemical Engineering Journal 353:165-175.

[21]   Sun Q, Liu C, Alves ME, Fan TT, Zhou DM. Wang YJ*, 2018. The Oxidation and Sorption mechanism of Sb on δ-MnO2. Chemical Engineering Journal 342: 429-437.

[22]  Wu P, Cui PX, Fang GD, Wang Y, Wang SQ, Zhou DM, Wang YJ*, 2018. Biochar decreased the bioavailability of Zn in soils: insights from macroscopic to microscopic scales Science of The Total Environment 621: 160-167.

[23] Wang YJ*, Fan TT, Li W, Zhu MQ, Zhou DM, Sparks DL, 2017. Macroscopic and Microscopic Investigation of Adsorption and Precipitation of Zn on γ-alumina in the Absence and Presence of As. Chemosphere 178:309-316.

[24] Fan TT, Wang YJ*, Li CB, He JZ, Gao J, Zhou DM*, Friedman SP, Sparks DL, 2016. Effect of organic matter on sorption of Zn on soil: elucidation by Wien effect measurements and EXAFS spectroscopy. Environmental Science & Technology 50: 2931-2937.

[25]  Qin WX, Wang YJ*, Fang GD, Liu C, Zhou DM*, 2016. Evidence for the generation of reactive oxygen species from hydroquinone and benzoquinone: roles in arsenite oxidation Chemosphere 150: 71-78.

[26]  Fan JX, Wang YJ*, Fan TT, Dang F, Zhou DM*, 2016. Effect of aqueous Fe(II) on Sb(V) sorption on soil and goethite. Chemosphere 147: 44-51.

[27]  Qin WX, Wang YJ*, Fang GD, Liu C, Zhou DM*, 2016. Oxidation mechanism of As(III) in the presence of polyphenols: new insights into the reactive oxygen species Chemical Engineering Journal 285: 69-76.

[28]  Fan TT, Wang YJ*, Li CB, Zhou DM, Friedman SP, 2015. Effects of soil organic matter on sorption of metal ions on soil clay particles. Soil Science Society of America Journal 79: 794–802.

[29]   Cui XD, Wang YJ*, Hockmann K, Zhou DM*, 2015. Effect of Iron Plaque on Antimony Uptake by Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Environmental Pollution 204: 133-140.

[30]  Fan JX, Wang YJ*, Liu C, Fan TT, Cui XD, Wang LH, Yang K, Zhou DM*, Li W Sparks DL, 2014. Effect of Iron Oxide Reductive Dissolution on the Transformation and Immobilization of Arsenic in Soils: New Insights from X-ray Photoelectron and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopies. Journal of Hazardous Materials 279: 212-219.

[31]   Wang YJ, Li CB, Zhou DM*, Friedman SP. 2013. Wien Effect in Suspension and its Application in Soil Science: A Review. Advances in Agronomy 122: 127-178.

[32]   Wang YJ, Li CB*, Wang LX, Zhou DM, Si YB, Friedman SP. 2013. Organo-modification effects on soil particles-inorganic cations interactions as revealed by Wien effect measurements. Soil Science Society of America Journal 77: 442-449.

[33] Wang YJ, Wang LX, Li CB, Zhou DM*, Si YB, 2013. Exploring the effect of organic matter on the interactions between mineral particles and cations with Wien effect measurements, Journal of Soils and Sediments 13(2): 304-311.

[34]  Li W*, Wang YJ*, Zhu MQ, Fan TT, Zhou DM, Sparks DL. 2013. Inhibition of Zn Precipitation on Aluminum Oxide by Glyphosate: Mechanisms from 31P NMR and Zn EXAFS. Environmental Science & Technology 47(9): 4211-4219.

[35] Zhou CF, Wang YJ*, Li CC, Sun RJ, Yu YC, Zhou DM*. 2013. Subacute toxicity of copper and glyphosate and their interaction to earthworm (Eisenia fetida). Environmental Pollution 180:71-77.

Representive Projetcs

1.  Effect of transformation of MnO2 on the bioavailability of Cd and Sb in soils, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2018.01-2021.12

2.    The electrochemical process a biochar and soil interface and its environmental behavior, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2016.01-2020.12

3.  in-situ chemical stabilization remediation of Zn and Ni based on LDH in zinc and nickel contaminated soil around electroplating site, Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, 2016.01-2020.12

4.   Safety threshold of anionic heavy metals in soils, the National Key Research and Development Program of China, 2016.01-2021.6