Research Associate Professor School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Dr. Lan (Marie Curie fellow) obtained her Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands. She was sponsored by the “Environmental ChemOinformatics” project and the “Quality Nano” project of the EU's Seventh Framework during her Ph.D. Her doctoral thesis was nominated by the KNCV MilieuChemTox as “the Best PhD thesis” in the Netherlands in 2016.Dr. Lan joined Elsevier as Managing Editor of a group of journals in Environmental Science and Health in 2015. Her role was to strategically support the operation and development of several SCI journals, including Environmental Pollution, Environment International, and Chemosphere etc. In 2016, she was promoted to associate publisher and later to publisher at the Elsevier headquarters in the Netherlands. She was responsible for more than ten SCI journals in environmental science and technology, including Aquatic Toxicology, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Journal of Cleaner Production, Remote Sensing of Environment, International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation etc. She managed 12 international journals from strategic planning, editorial fees budget, editorial recruitment, pricing, production and publishing operations to social media communication and product innovation. She managed and maintained excellent relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including more than 120 editors from top Universities/Institutes. During her turn, the journals have grown more than 50% in quantity and also strongly improved in quality. She chaired more than 30 workshops and editorial board meeting worldwide.

Personal Profile

Current Position

  • Research Associate Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology
  • Vice Dean for the Shenzhen Institute of Sustainable Development


Education Background

  • 2010-2015: Ph.D. (Environmental Toxicology and Health), Leiden University, the Netherlands

Supervisor:Willie Peijnenburg, Martina Vijver

  • 2008-2010: Master (Environmental risk assessment and environmental health), Denmark Technical University, Denmark

Supervisor: Stefan Trapp

  • 2004-2008: Bachelor (Environmental engineering, Waste Water Treatment), Beijing University of Technology, China

Supervisor: Yongzhen Peng, Shuying Wang


Working Experience

  • 2019-present: Associate Dean (Research), Shenzhen Institute of Sustainable Development

Research Associate Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

  • 2016-2019: Associate Publisher/Publisher, Environmental Science and Technology portfolio, Elsevier, The Netherlands

Managed the following journals: Remote Sensing of Environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, Environmental Ecotoxicology and Safety & Aquatic Toxicology etc.

  • 2015-2016: Managing Editor, Environmental Science and Health Portfolio, Elsevier, the Netherlands

Managed the following journals: Environmental Pollution, Environment International, Chemosphere & Environmental Research etc.


Academic Experience

  • 2013: Visiting Scholar, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 2011: Visiting Scholar, Spanish National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (INIA), Madrid Area, Spain
  • 2008-2010: Research Assistant, Denmark Technical University


Awards and Honors

  • 2016: the Best PhD thesis award nominee, KNCV MilieuChemTox, the Netherlands.
  • 2013: Funded EU's Seventh Framework “Quality Nano” project
  • 2010-2013: Marie Curie Fellow
  • 2010-2013: Funded EU's Seventh Framework “Environmental ChemOinformatics” project
  • 2008-2010: Danish government full Scholarships for outstanding foreign students


1) Environmental risk assessment and management of emerging pollutants

2) Ecological civilization and sustainable urban development

3) Big data and sustainable development

4) Sustainable shipping and management

5) Remote sensing and sustainable development

Publications Read More

14) X Li, E He, M Zhang, WJGM Peijnenburg, Y Liu, L Song, X Cao, L Zhao, H Qiu. 2020. Interactions of CeO2 nanoparticles with natural colloids and electrolytes impact their aggregation kinetics and colloidal stability. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 386, 121973

13) L Jiang, B Xue, R Xing,X Chen, L Song, Y Wang, D’M Coffman, Z Mi. 2020. Rural household energy consumption of farmers and herders in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Energy 192, 116649

12) QS Huang, W Wu, W Wei, L Song, J Sun, BJ Ni. 2020. Highly-efficient Pb2+ removal from water by novel K2W4O13 nanowires: Performance, mechanisms and DFT calculation. Chemical Engineering Journal 381, 122632

11) X Wei, Y Zhou, D C.W.Tsang, L Song, C Zhang, M Yin, J Liu, T Xiao, G Zhang, J Wang. 2019. Hyperaccumulation and transport mechanism of thallium and arsenic in brake ferns (Pteris vittata L.): A case study from mining area. Journal of Hazardous Materials, In Press.

10) F Zhang, Z Wang, L Song, H Fang, DG Wang. 2019. Aquatic toxicity of iron-oxide-doped microplastics to Chlorella pyrenoidosa and Daphnia magna. Environmental Pollution,113451

9) SL Wu, J Sun, X Chen, W Wei, L Song, X Dai, BJ Ni. 2019. Unveiling the mechanisms of medium-chain fatty acid production from waste activated sludge alkaline fermentation liquor through physiological, thermodynamic and metagenomic investigations. Water Research, 115218

8) L Song, PKS Lam, M Hecker. 2019. Aquatic toxicology: History and future. Aquatic toxicology 216, 105326-105326

7) Z Wang, JTK Quik, L Song, M Wouterse, WJGM Peijnenburg. 2018. Dissipative particle dynamic simulation and experimental assessment of the impacts of humic substances on aqueous aggregation and dispersion of engineered nanoparticles. Environmental toxicology and chemistry 37 (4), 1024-1031

6) L Song, MG Vijver, WJGM Peijnenburg, TS Galloway, CR Tyler. 2015. A comparative analysis on the in vivo toxicity of copper nanoparticles in three species of freshwater fish. Chemosphere 139, 181-189

5) L Song, MG Vijver, WJGM Peijnenburg. 2015. Comparative toxicity of copper nanoparticles across three Lemnaceae species . Science of The Total Environment, Volume 518–519, Page 217–224

4) L Song, MG Vijver, GR de Snoo, WJGM Peijnenburg. 2015. Assessing toxicity of copper nanoparticles across five cladoceran species. Environmental toxicology and chemistry 34 (8), 1863-1869

3) Z Wang, JTK Quik, L Song, EJ Van Den Brandhof, M Wouterse, WJGM Peijnenburg. 2015. Humic substances alleviate the aquatic toxicity of polyvinylpyrrolidone‐coated silver nanoparticles to organisms of different trophic levels. Environmental toxicology and chemistry 34 (6), 1239-1245

2) L Song, M Connolly, ML Fernández-Cruz, MG Vijver, M Fernández, E Conde, GR de Snoo, WJGM Peijnenburg, JM Navas. 2014. Species-specific toxicity of copper nanoparticles among mammalian and piscine cell lines. Nanotoxicology 8 (4), 383-393

1) L Song, MG Vijver, WJGM Peijnenburg, GR De Snoo. 2011. Smart nanotoxicity testing for biodiversity conservation. Environmental science & technology 45 (15), 6229-6230

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