Associate Professor School of Environmental Science and Engineering

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 developing and applying 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, the United States, and Canada. He published more than 80 papers in 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
2021-present: Assistant Dean at School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology
2021-present: Associate Professor at School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology
2017-2021: Assistant Professor at School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology
2015-2017: Postdoc fellow at the University of Toronto
2022: Excellent Young Scientist Award by Guangdong Society of Soil Sciences, 2022
2021: Excellent Young Scholars by National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2021
2021: Young Scientist Golden Award by Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences, 2021 (10 awardees annually in China)
2020: Distinguished Young Scholars by National Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province
2020: Contribution Award for Science Popularization Activities at SUSTech
2017: Best Poster Award for the 9th National Environmental Chemistry Conference of China
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


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. Kong, D.L.*, Wang, J.J.*, Valverde-Barrantes, O.J., Kardol, P. A framework to assess the carbon supply-consumption balance in plant roots. New Phytologist, 2021, 229: 659–664.
  2. Li, L.P., Huang, W.L., Yang, M.T., Liu, Y., Bowden, R.D., Simpson, M.J., Lajtha, K., Tian, L.Q., Wang, J.J.* Chlorination of soil-derived dissolved organic matter: Long-term nitrogen deposition does not increase terrestrial precursors of toxic disinfection byproducts. Water Research, 2020, 185, 116271.
  3. Cai, W., Du, Z.L., Zhang, A.P., He, C., Shi, Q., Tian, L.Q., Zhang, P., Li, L.P.*, Wang, J.J.* Long-term biochar addition alters characteristics but not chlorine reactivity of soil-derived dissolved organic matter. Water Research, 2020, 185, 116260.
  4. Ye, Q., Wang, Y.H., Zhang, Z.T., Huang, W.L., Li, L.P., Li, J.T., Liu, J.S., Zheng, Y., Mo, J.M., Zhang, W.*, Wang, J.J.*, Dissolved organic matter characteristics in soils of tropical legume and non-legume tree plantations. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2020, 107880.
  5. Kong, D.L.*,#, Wang, J.J.*,#(equal contribution), 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.
  6. Li, J.T., Wang, J.J., Zeng, D.H., Zhao, S.Y., Huang, W.L., Sun, X.K., Hu, Y.L.* The influence of drought intensity on soil respiration during and after multiple drying-rewetting cycles. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2018, 127, 82-89.
  7. Wang, J.J., Lafrenière, M., Lamoureux, S., Simpson, A.J., Gélinas, Y., Simpson, M.J.*, Differences in riverine and pond water dissolved organic matter composition and sources in Canadian High Arctic watersheds affected by active layer detachments. Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52 (3), 1062-1071.
  8. Kong D.L.*, Wang J.J., Zeng H., Liu M.Z., Miao Y., Wu H.F., Kardol P., The nutrient absorption-transportation hypothesis: optimizing structural traits in absorptive roots. New Phytologist, 2017, 213:1569-
  9. Wang J.J., Dahlgren R.A., Ersan M.S., Karanfil T., Chow A.T.*, Temporal variations of disinfection byproduct precursors in wildfire detritus. Water Research, 2016, 99, 66-73.
  10. Wang J.J., Dahlgren R.A., Chow A.T.*, Controlled burning of forest detritus altering spectroscopic characteristics and chlorine reactivity of water extractable organic matter: Effects of temperature and oxygen availability. Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49 (24):14019–14027.
  11. Wang J.J., Dahlgren R.A., Ersan M.S., Karanfil T., Chow A.T.*, Wildfire altering terrestrial precursors of disinfection byproducts in forest detritus. Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49, 5921-5929.
  12. Wang J.J.*, Tharayil N., Chow A.T., Suseela V., Zeng H., Phenolic profile of fine roots highlights a disconnect in root tissue quality predicted by elemental- and molecular-level carbon composition. New Phytologist, 2015, 206:1261-1273. (New Phytologist Editors’ Choice; see commentary by the Editor Richard Norby)
  13. Yu X.B., Hawley-Howard J., Pitt, A.L., Wang J.J., Baldwin R.F., Chow A.T.*, Water quality of small seasonal wetlands in the Piedmont Ecoregion, South Carolina, USA: Effects of land use and hydrological connectivity. Water Research, 2015, 73:98-108.
  14. Wang J.J., ChowT.*, Sweeney J., Mazet J., Trihalomethanes in marine mammal aquaria: Occurrence, source and health risks. Water Research, 2014, 59:219-228.
  15. Wang J.J., Liu X., Ng T.W., Xiao J.W., Chow A.T.*, Wong P.K.*, Disinfection byproducts formation from chlorination of pure bacterial cells and pipeline biofilms. Water Research, 2013, 47 (8):2701-2709.
  16. Guo Y.Y.#, Wang J.J.# (equal contribution), Kong D.L, Guo D.L., Wang Y.B., Xie Q.L., Liu Y.S.*, Zeng H.*, Fine root branch orders contribute differentially to uptake, allocation and return of potentially toxic metals. Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47 (20), 11465-11472.
  17. Wang J.J., Guo Y.Y., Guo D.L., Yin S.L., Kong D.L., Liu Y.S.*, Zeng H.*, Fine root mercury heterogeneity: metabolism of lower-order roots as an effective route for mercury removal. Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46 (2):769-777.

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  • A recent paper entitled "Lake reclamation alters molecular-level characteristics of lacustrine dissolved organic matter – A study of nine lakes in the Yangtze Plain, China." is accepted by Water Research

  • A recent paper entitled "High content and distinct spectroscopic characteristics of water-extractable organic matter in rhizosheath soils in a semiarid grassland" is accepted by Rhizosphere

  • A recent paper entitled "Analyses of driving factors on the spatial variations in regional eco-environmental quality using two types of species distribution models: a case study of Minjiang River Basin" is accepted by Ecological Indicators


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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 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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