Assistant Professor School of Environmental Science and Engineering   Research Group

Dr. Jun-Jian Wang obtained his doctoral degree in Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University and had his postdoc training in Environmental Chemistry at the Environmental NMR Centre, University of Toronto. He is dedicated to develop and apply the cutting-edge and molecular-level analyses of natural organic matter and pollutants to study the critical impacts of global change and anthropogenic disturbance on the plant-soil-water system and environmental quality. He has actively participated in research projects funded by national agencies of China, United States, and Canada. He published more than 60 papers on top-tier journals including Nature Communications, New Phytologist, Environmental Science & Technology, and Water Research. He is serving as an associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality and on the editorial boards of the Frontier in Soil Science, Chinese Chemical Letters, and Journal of Agricultural Resources and Environment. He has also served as an international reviewer for National Science Foundation (US) and France National Research Agency (ANR) proposals and journal reviewer for more than 30 SCI journals.

Personal Profile

2011-2015: Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University
2008-2011: M.S. in Geography, Peking University
2004-2008: B.E. in Environmental Engineering, South China University of Technology
2017-present: Assistant Professor at Southern University of Science and Technology
2015-2017: Postdoc fellow at the University of Toronto
2014: 1st Place of Student Oral Presentation Awards at the American Chemical Society Disinfection Byproduct Symposium & Student Travelling Award – American Chemical Society
2014:  R.C. Edwards Distinguished Graduate Fellowship – Clemson University
2013: Professional Enrichment Grant Application Service Travel Grant – Clemson University
2013: Phi Kappa Phi
2010-2011: First Prize of Excellent Research – Dean Fund, Peking University
2009: Academic Excellence Award – Peking University
2007: Outstanding Youth Volunteer, for the longest voluntary service hours – South China University of Technology
2006: Enterprise Scholarship – XinDaYu Environmental Technology

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1. Impact of global change and anthropogenic activity on natural organic matter chemistry and carbon cycle

2. Plant-soil-microbe interaction and its ecological and environmental implications

3. Dissolved organic matter and its role in source water quality


Soil Science

Advanced Environmental Chemistry

Global Environmental Issues

Methodologies in Environmental Science and Engineering

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1. Wang, J.J., Liu, Y.N., Bowden, R.D., Lajtha, K., Simpson, A.J., Huang, W.L., Simpson, M.J.*, Long-term nitrogen addition alters the composition of soil-derived dissolved organic matter. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2020, doi:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1029b00262.

2. Liu, Y.C.#, Ye, Q.#, Huang, W.L., Feng, L., Wang, Y.H., Xie, Z., Yong, S.S., Zhang, S., Jiang, B., Zheng, Y., Wang, J.J.*, Spectroscopic and molecular-level characteristics of dissolved organic matter in the Pearl River Estuary, South China. Science of the Total Environment, 2020, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.136307.

3. Ye, Q.H., Zhang, Z.T., Liu, Y.C., Wang, Y., Zhang, S., He, C., Shi, Q., Zeng, H.X., Wang, J.J.* Spectroscopic and molecular-level characteristics of dissolved organic matter in a highly polluted urban river in South China. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2019, 3(9), 2033-2044.

4. Wang, J.J., Liu, Z.R., Wan, S.Q., Han, H.Y., Zhu, W.Z., Zhang, Z.T., Huang, W.L., Zeng, H.* Relatively stable metal(loid) levels in surface soils of a temperate steppe under multiple climate change factors. Geoderma, 2019, 352, 268-276..

5. Chen, H., Tsai, K.P., Su, Q., Chow, A.T., Wang, J.J.* Throughfall dissolved organic matter as terrestrial disinfection byproduct precursors. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2019, 3 (8), 1603-1613. [Journal Cover]

6. Kong, D.L.*,#, Wang, J.J.*,#, Wu, H.F.#, Valverde-Barrantes, O.J.#, Wang, R.L.#, Zeng, H., Kardol, P., Zhang, H.Y. and Feng, Y.L.* Nonlinearity of root trait relationships and the root economics spectrum. Nature Communications, 2019, 10, 2203.

7. Bowden, R.D.*, Wurzbacher, S.J., Washko, S.E., Wind, L., Rice, A., Coble, A.E., Baldauf, N., Johnson, B., Wang, J.J., Simpson, M.J., Lajtha, K., Long-term nitrogen addition decreases organic matter decomposition and increases forest soil carbon. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 2019, 81(s1), S82-S95. [Cover of CSA News]

8. Wang, J.J., Bowden, R.D., Lajtha, K., Washko, S.E., Wurzbacher, S.J., Simpson, M.J.* Long-term nitrogen addition suppresses microbial degradation, enhances soil carbon storage, and alters the molecular composition of soil organic matter. Biogeochemistry, 2019, 142 (2), 299–313.

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  • A recent paper entitled "Different decomposition metrics of root xylem and root tissues outside xylem: An 8-year-long root decomposition study in an alpine shrubland" is accepted by Plant and Soil.

  • A recent paper entitled “Divergent responses of soil bacteria community to multi-level nitrogen enrichment in temperate grasslands under different degrees of degradation” is accepted by Land Degradation & Development.

  • A recent paper entitled “Coupling sprinkler freshwater irrigation with vegetable species selection as a sustainable approach for agricultural production in farmlands with a history of 50-year wastewater irrigation” is accepted by Journals of Hazardous Materials.


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JJWang's Research Group is newly founded at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, SUSTech. We sincerely welcome global talents to join us as full-time/visiting postdoc fellows, research associate, and graduate students.

Our group members will have internationally competitive salaries, excellent opportunities to learn about experimental designs, hands-on skills of cutting-edge chemical analyses, paper/proposal writing, oral presentation, and manuscript reviewing, as well as chances to collaborate with research groups from different countries. Members would be supported to attend academic conferences. Postdoc fellows will be encouraged and supported to write independent proposals for national and local funding agencies as the proposal PI. ​

Required Qualifications for postdoc fellows:
-Ph.D. in chemistry, environmental science/engineering, geochemistry, ecology, forest science, soil science or other relevant disciplines
-Demonstrated ability to independently design, conduct, and publish high-quality research works related to geochemistry, environmental chemistry, or ecology
-Excellent reading, written and oral communication skills in English or Chinese
-Strong modern lab research experience, particularly on GC-MS, LC-MS, NMR, high-resolution MS, will be preferred but not required

Required Qualifications for Ph.D. and Master students:
-Master or Bachelor degree in chemistry, environmental science/engineering, geochemistry, ecology, forest science, soil science or other relevant disciplines
-Strong interests in doing high-quality research in the fields of organic geochemistry or environmental chemistry
-Very good oral communication skills in English or Chinese, good reading and writing skills in English
-Good modern lab research experience will be preferred but is not required
-Credits and high GPA in lab-included chemistry courses is preferred if the student has no experience in a modern research lab

Please feel free to send your detailed CV (and contact information of 2-3 referees for postdoc and research associate positions) to just in case you are interested in joining us.

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