Associate Professor School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Dr. Chen Wang received her PhD in Environment Chemistry at University of Toronto. Dr. Wang joined School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech in June 2021, and is an Associate Professor now. Dr. Wang’s research interests include indoor air quality, atmospheric multiphase reactive processes, formation of secondary aerosols and gaseous products, and the association between indoor and outdoor air pollution, etc. With both laboratory studies and field measurements, her research focuses on the behavior of pollutants, multiphase partitioning, chemical transformation, and the differences between indoor and outdoor atmospheric chemistry. She has published over 30 papers in top journals in environmental and atmospheric science, including Science Advances, Environmental Science & Technology, etc., and co-authored a book chapter, with a total citation count of over 1600, H-index 21. She was selected as MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Rising Star in 2019 and as Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS XIV) in 2017.

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1. Atmospheric multiphase chemistry

2. Indoor air chemistry

3. Indoor and outdoor atmospheric pollution

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Peer-reviewed book chapter:

  1. Zhao, R.; Lee, A. K.Y.; Wang, C.; Wania, F.; Wong, J.P.S.; Zhou, S.; Abbatt, J.P.D., The role of water in organic aerosol multiphase chemistry: focus on partitioning and reactivity. Book chapter in Advances in Atmosphere Chemistry, Volume 1, pp. 95-184. Baker, J. R. and Steiner, A.L., eds.; World Scientific Publishing Company, 2017.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. Wang, C.; Mattila, J.M.; Farmer, D.K.; Caleb, A.; Goldstein, A.; Abbatt, J.P.D. Behavior of Isocyanic Acid and Other Nitrogen-Containing Volatile Organic Compounds in The Indoor Environment, Environ. Sci. Technol., accepted, 2022.
  2. Wu, S.; Hayati, S.K.; Kim, E.; Harynuk, J.J.; Wang, C.; Zhao, R.; Henry’s Law Constants and Indoor Partitioning of Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds, Environ. Sci. Technol., accepted, 2022.
  3. Long, X.; Fu, T-M.; Yang, X.; Tang, Y.Y.; Zheng, Y.; Zhu, L.; Shen, H.Z.; Ye, J.H.; Wang, C.; Wang, T.; Li, B.J.; Efficient atmospheric transport of microplastics over Asia and adjacent oceans, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2022, 56, 10, 6243-6252.
  4. Mattila, J.M.; Arata, C.; Abeleira, A.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, C.; Katz, E.F.; Goldstein, A.H.; Abbatt, J.P.D.; Decarlo, P. F.; Vance, M.; Farmer, D. K. Contrasting chemical complexity of indoor and outdoor reactive organic carbon, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2022, 56, 1, 109-118
  5. Schwartz-Narbonne, H.; Abbatt, J.P.D.; DeCarlo, P.; Farmer, D.K.; Mattila, J.M.; Wang, C.; Donaldson, D. J.; Siegel, J.; Modelling the Removal of Water-Soluble Trace Gases from Indoor Air via Air Conditioner Condensate, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2021, 55, 16, 10987-10993
  6. Lakey, P.S.J.; Won, Y.; Shaw, D; Østerstrøm, F.F.; Mattila, J.M.; Reidy, E.; Bottorff, B.; Rosales, C.; Wang, C.; Ampollini, L.; Zhou, S.; Novoselac, A.; Kahan, T.; DeCarlo, P.F.; Abbatt, J.P.D.; Stevens, P.; Farmer, D.K.; Carlslaw, N.; Rim, D.; Shiraiwa1, M.; Spatial and Temporal Scales of Variability for Indoor Air Constituents, Communications Chemistry, 2021, 4, 110
  7. Wang, C.; Bottorff, B.; Reidy, E.; Rosales, C. M.F.; Collins, D.B.; Novoselac, A.; Farmer, D.K.; Vance, M.E.; Stevens, P.; Abbatt, J.P.D.; Cooking, bleach cleaning and air conditioning strongly impact levels of HONO in a house, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2020, 54, 21, 13488-13497.
  8. Wang, C.; Collins, D.B.; Arata, C.; Goldstein, A.H.; Mattila, J.M.; Farmer, K.D.; Ampollini, L.; DeCarlo, P.F.; Novoselac, A.; Vance, M.E.; Nazaroff, W.W.; Abbatt, J.P.D., Surface reservoirs dominate dynamic gas-surface partitioning of many indoor air constituents, Science Advances, 2020, 6, eaay8973. (Journal cover).
  9. Abbatt, J.P.D.; Wang, C., The atmospheric chemistry of indoor environments. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2020, 22, 25-48. (Best Paper of 2020 from RSC’s Environmental Science journals; ESI highly cited papers).
  10. Mattila, J.J.; Lakey, P.S.J.; Shiraiwa, M.; Wang, C.; Abbatt, J.P.D.; Arata, C.; Goldstein, A.H; Ampollini, L; Katz, E.F.; DeCarlo, E.F.; Zhou, S.; Kahan, T.F.; Cardoso-Saldaña, F.J.; Hildebrandt Ruiz L.; Abeleira, A.; Boedicker, E.; Vance M. E.; Farmer D.K.; Multiphase chemistry controls inorganic chlorinated and nitrogenated compounds in indoor air during bleach cleaning, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2020, 54, 3, 1730-1739.
  11. Mattila, J.J.; Arata, C.; Wang, C.; Katz, E.F.; Abeleira, A.; Zhou, Y.; Zhou, S.; Goldstein, A.H.; Abbatt, J.P.D.; DeCarlo, P.F.; Farmer, D.K., Dark chemistry during bleach cleaning enhances oxidation of organics and secondary organic aerosol production indoors. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2020, 7, 11, 795-801.
  12. Wang, C.; Collins, D.B.; Abbatt, J.P.D., Indoor illumination of terpenes and bleach emissions leads to particle formation and growth, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2019, 53, 11792-11800. (ACS news release selected paper)
  13. Schwartz-Narbonne, H.; Wang, C.; Zhou, S.; Abbatt, J.P.D.; Faust, J., Heterogeneous chlorination of squalene and oleic acid. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2019, 53, 1217-1224. (ACS Editors’Choice and Journal Cover)
  14. Hems, R.F.; Wang, C.; Collins, D.B.; Zhou, S.; Borduas-Dedekind, N.; Siegel, J.; Abbatt, J.P.D., Sources of isocyanic acid (HNCO) indoors: a focus on cigarette smoke, Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2019, 21, 1334-1341.
  15. Farmer, K.D.; Vance, M.E.; Abbatt, J.P.D.; Abeleira, A.; Alves, M.; Arata, C.; Boedicker, E.; Bourne, S.; Cardoso-Saldaña, F.; Corsi, R.; DeCarlo, P.F.; Goldstein, A.H.; Grassian, V.; Hildebrandt Ruiz, L.; Jimenez, J.; Kahan, T.; Katz, E.F.; Mattila, J.M.; Nazaroff, W.W.; Novoselac, A.; O’Brien, R.; Or, V.; Patel, S.; Sankhyan, S.; Stevens, P.; Tian, Y.; Wade, M.; Wang, C.; Zhou, S.; Zhou, Y., Overview of HOMEChem: House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2019, 21, 1280-1300. (RSC ESPI Best Paper of 2019)
  16. Wang, C.; Collins, D.B.; Hems, R.F.; Borduas, N.; Antiñolo, M.; Abbatt, J.P.D., Exploring conditions for ultrafine particle formation from oxidation of cigarette smoke in indoor environments. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52, 4623-4631.
  17. Collins, D.B.; Wang, C.; Abbatt, J.P.D., Selective uptake of third hand tobacco smoke components to inorganic and organic aerosol particles. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52, 13195-13201.
  18. Collins, D.B.; Hems, R.F.; Zhou, S.; Wang, C.; Grignon, E.; Alavy, M.; Siegel, J.; Abbatt, J.P.D., Evidence for gas-surface equilibrium control of indoor nitrous acid. Environ.  Sci. Technol., 2018, 52, 12419-12427.
  19. Wang, C.; Wania, F.; Goss K.-U., Is secondary organic aerosol yield governed by kinetic factors rather than equilibrium partitioning? Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2018, 20, 245-252. (RSC recent HOT articles 2018)
  20. Huang, Y.; Barraza, K.; Kenseth, C.; Zhao, R.; Wang, C.; Beauchamp, J.; Seinfeld, J., Probing the OH oxidation of pinonic acid at the air-water interface using field-induced droplet ionization mass spectrometry (FIDI-MS). J. Phys. Chem. A. 2018, 122, 6445-6456.
  21. Wang, C.; Yuan, T.G.; Wood, S.; Goss K.-U.; Ying, Q.; Li, J.; Wania, F., Uncertain Henry’s law constants compromise equilibrium partitioning calculations of atmospheric oxidation products. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17, 7529-7540, 2017.
  22. Awonaike, B.; Wang, C.; Goss K.-U.; Wania, F., Quantifying the equilibrium partitioning of substituted polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aerosols and clouds using COSMOtherm. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2017, 19, 288-299.
  23. Wang, C.; Lei, Y.D.; Wania, F.; The effect of sodium sulfate, ammonium chloride, ammonium nitrate and salt mixtures on aqueous phase partitioning of organic compounds. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2016, 50 (23): 12742-12749.
  24. Borduas, N.; Murphy, J.; Wang, C.; da Silva, G.; Abbatt, J., Gas phase oxidation of nicotine: loss kinetics and formation of HNCO. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2016, 3 (9): 327-331.
  25. Aljawhary, D.; Zhao, R.; Lee, A.; Wang, C.; Abbatt, J.P.D., Kinetics, mechanism and secondary organic aerosol yield of aqueous phase photo-oxidation of α-pinene oxidation products. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2016, 120 (9): 1395-1407.
  26. Li, W.; Shen, G.; Yuan, C.; Wang, C.; Shen, H.; Jiang, H.; Zhang, Y.; Chen, Y.; Su, S.; Lin, N.; Tao, S., The gas/particle partitioning of nitro- and oxy-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the atmosphere of northern China. Atmos. Res. 2016, 172, 66-73.
  27. Li, W.; Wang, C.; Shen, H.; Su, S.; Shen, G.; Huang, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Chen, Y.; Chen, H.; Lin, N.; Zhuo, S.; Zhong, Q.; Wang, X.; Liu, J.; Li, B.; Liu, W.; Tao, S., Concentrations and origins of nitro-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and oxy-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air in urban and rural areas in northern China. Environ. Pollut. 2015, 197, (0), 156-164.
  28. Wang, C.; Goss, K.-U.; Lei, Y.D.; Abbatt, J.P.D.; Wania, F., Calculating equilibrium phase distribution during the formation of secondary organic aerosol using COSMOtherm. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2015. 49: 8585-8594.
  29. Wania, F.; Lei, Y. D.; Wang, C.; Abbatt, J. P. D.; Goss, K.-U., Using the chemical equilibrium partitioning space to explore factors influencing the phase distribution of compounds involved in secondary organic aerosol formation. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 2015, 15: 3395-3412.
  30. Wang, C.; Lei, Y.D.; Endo, S.; Wania, F., Measuring and modeling the salting out effect in ammonium sulfate solutions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48: 13238-13245.
  31. Wania, F.; Lei, Y. D.; Wang, C.; Abbatt, J. P. D.; Goss, K.-U., Novel methods for predicting gas-particle partitioning during the formation of secondary organic aerosol. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 2014, 14: 13189-13204.
  32. Li, W.; Wang, C.; Wang, H.; Chen, J.; Shen, H.; Shen, G.; Huang, Y.; Wang, R.; Wang, B.; Zhang, Y.; Chen, H.; Chen, Y.; Su, S.; Lin, N.; Tang, J.; Li, Q.; Wang, X.; Liu, J.; Tao, S., Atmospheric polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in rural and urban areas of northern China. Environ. Pollut. 2014, 192, (0), 83-90.
  33. Li, W.; Wang, C.; Wang, H.; Chen, J.; Yuan, C.; Li, T.; Wang, W.; Shen, H.; Huang, Y.; Wang, R.; Wang, B.; Zhang, Y.; Chen, H.; Chen, Y.; Tang, J.; Wang, X.; Liu, J.; Coveney, R. M., Jr.; Tao, S., Distribution of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) in rural field, rural village and urban areas of northern China. Environ. Pollut. 2014, 185, 134-140.
  34. Zhang, Y.; Ding, J.; Shen, G.; Zhong, J.; Wang, C.; Wei, S.; Chen, C.; Chen, Y.; Lu, Y.; Shen, H.; Li, W.; Huang, Y.; Chen, H.; Su, S.; Lin, N.; Wang, X.; Liu, W.; Tao, S., Dietary and inhalation exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and urinary excretion of monohydroxy metabolites – A controlled case study in Beijing, China. Environ. Pollut. 2014, 184, 515-22.
  35. Wang, C.; Li, W.; Chen, J. W.; Wang, H. Q.; Li, T. C.; Shen, G. F.; Shen, H. Z.; Huang, Y.; Wang, R.; Wang, B.; Zhang, Y. Y.; Tang, J. H.; Liu, W. X.; Wang, X. L.; Tao, S., Summer atmospheric polybrominated diphenyl ethers in urban and rural areas of northern China. Environ. Pollut. 2012, 171, 234-240.
  36. Ding, J. N.; Zhong, J. J.; Yang, Y. F.; Li, B. G.; Shen, G. F.; Su, Y. H.; Wang, C.; Li, W.; Shen, H. Z.; Wang, B.; Wang, R.; Huang, Y.; Zhang, Y. Y.; Cao, H. Y.; Zhu, Y.; Simonich, S. L. M.; Tao, S., Occurrence and exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their derivatives in a rural Chinese home through biomass fuelled cooking. Environ. Pollut. 2012, 169, 160-166.
  37. Zhong, J. J.; Ding, J. N.; Su, Y. H.; Shen, G. F.; Yang, Y. F.; Wang, C.; Simonich, S. L. M.; Cao, H. Y.; Zhu, Y.; Tao, S., Carbonaceous particulate matter air pollution and human exposure from indoor biomass burning practices. Environ. Eng. Sci. 2012, 29, (11), 1038-1045.
  38. Wang, R.; Tao, S.; Wang, W. T.; Liu, J. F.; Shen, H. Z.; Shen, G. F.; Wang, B.; Liu, X. P.; Li, W.; Huang, Y.; Zhang, Y. Y.; Lu, Y.; Chen, H.; Chen, Y. C.; Wang, C.; Zhu, D.; Wang, X. L.; Li, B. G.; Liu, W. X.; Ma, J. M., Black carbon emissions in China from 1949 to 2050. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 46, (14)

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