WANG Zunyao, Ph.D.


Zunyao Wang

Professor, doctorial tutor, master tutor of environmental chemistry and environmental engineering, School of the Environment, Nanjing University.

Director of Environmental Science and Engineering Experiment Teaching Center (National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center) in Nanjing University.

Contact Information:


Address: 163 Xianlin Dadao, School of Environment, Nanjing University, Xixia District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, P. R. China, 210023

Tel: +86-25-89680358      Fax: +86-25-89680358.

Education Background:

1979.91983.7: B.Sc. in Chemistry Engineering, Nanjing University of Science & Technology, Nanjing, China.

1993.91995.7: M.Sc. in Physical-Chemistry, Nanjing University of Science & Technology, Nanjing, China.

1997.9–2000.6: Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science & Technology, Nanjing, China.

2000.10–2001.10: Post Doctor, at School of Chemistry, Tsukuba University,

Japan. Major in the formation mechanisms of dioxin-like compounds.

2003.1–2005.9: Post Doctor, at Environment Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.

Main Fields of Research Interest:

- Pollution control chemistry. Degradation methods and mechanisms of organic contaminants, industrial water pollution control techniques, purification treatments on the micro-pollution and eutrophication water, and remediation of soil pollution and damaged environment.

- Environment theory chemistry. Establish the predictive models of various properties of all kinds of pollutants using 2D- and 3D-QSAR, explore the main factors influencing various kinds of properties and toxicity mechanisms of organic pollutants from the perspective of molecular structure, provide the theoretical guidance for the governance and risk assessment of organic pollutants.

Hosted National Research Projects:

1. National Natural Science Foundation of China (2015): Mechanistic study, toxicity assessment and QSAR analysis of polychlorinated diphenyl sulfides in ozonation, chlorination and photodegradation system (No. 21577063).

2. National Natural Science Foundation of China (2013): QSAR study on the ecotoxicological effects and mechanisms of polyfluorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PFDD) (No. 21377051).

3. Major Science and Technology Program for Water Pollution Control and Treatment of China (2012): Water standard management and demonstration based on the water ecological function zoning (No. 2012ZX07506-001-02).

4. National Natural Science Foundation of China (2010): The distribution regularities of typical sulfurated dioxin at Nanjing section of Changjiang River and the ecological risks (No. 41071319).

5. National Natural Science Foundation of China (2009): The determination of environment related properties and the structure-activity relationship on polychlorinated diphenylsulfide (PCDPSs) (No. 20977046).


National Scholarship (Graduate Student) Since 2012   :

2012: Ying Li (master student);

2013: Jiaqi Shi (doctoral student);

2014: Ruijuan Qu (doctoral student) and Li Qin (master student);

2015: Mingbao Feng (doctoral student) and Qun He (master student).

Representative Article Citation:

1. The article “Investigation on Intramolecular Hydrogen Bond and Some Thermodynamic Properties of Polyhydroxylated Anthraquinones. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 2012, 57: 2442-2455” was cited by Prof. Michael P. Marshak (Harvard University) in the published article “A metal-free organic––inorganic aqueous flow battery. NATURE 2014, 505: 195-200”.

2. The article “Quantitative structure-retention relationship for gas chromatography of polychlorinated naphthalenes by ab initio quantum mechanical calculations and a Cl substitution position method. QSAR & Combinatorial Science 2006, 25(1): 7-14” was cited by Prof. Roman Kaliszan (Medical University of Gdaǹsk, Poland) in the published article “QSRR: Quantitative Structure-(Chromatographic) Retention Relationships. Chemical Reviews 2007, 107: 3212-3246”.

Published SCI papers:

The total amount of the published SCI papers is more than 200, among which 10 representative articles are as follows:

1. Ruijuan Qu, Jiaoqin Liu, Chenguang Li, Liansheng Wang, Zunyao Wang*, Jichun Wu*. Experimental and theoretical insights into the photochemical decomposition of environmentally persistent perfluorocarboxylic acids. Water Research, 2016, 104: 34-43.

2. Xiaolan Zeng, Ruijuan Qu*, Mingbao, Feng, Jing Chen, Liansheng Wang, Zunyao Wang*. Photodegradation of Polyfluorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins (PFDDs) in Organic Solvents: Experimental and Theoretical Studies. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50: 8128-8134.

3. Jing Chen, Ruijuan Qu*, Xiaoxue Pan, Zunyao Wang*. Oxidative degradation of triclosan by potassium permanganate: Kinetics, degradation products, reaction mechanism and toxicity evaluation. Water Research, 2016, 103: 215-223.

4. Mingbao Feng, Xinghao Wang, Jing Chen, Ruijuan Qu, Yunxia Sui, Leslie Cizmas, Zunyao Wang*, Virender K. Sharma*. Degradation of fluoroquinolone antibiotics by ferrate(VI): Effects of water constituents and oxidized products. Water Research, 2016, 103: 48-57.

5. Hui Liu, Ping Sun, Mingbao Feng, Hongxia Liu, Shaogui Yang, Liansheng Wang, Zunyao Wang*. Nitrogen and sulfur co-doped CNT-COOH as an efficient metal-free catalyst for the degradation of UV filter BP-4 based on sulfate radicals. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2016, 187: 1-10.

6. Jiaqi Shi†, Ruijuan Qu†, Mingbao Feng, Xinghao Wang, Liansheng Wang, Shaogui Yang,* Zunyao Wang*. Oxidative Degradation of Decabromodiphenyl Ether (BDE 209) by Potassium Permanganate: Reaction Pathways, Kinetics, and Mechanisms Assisted by Density Functional Theory Calculations. Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49: 4209-4217.

7. Ruijuan Qu, Bingzhe Xu, Lingjun Meng, Liansheng Wang, Zunyao Wang*. Ozonation of indigo enhanced by carboxylated carbon nanotubes: Performance optimization, degradation products, catalytic mechanism and toxicity evaluation. Water Research, 2015, 68: 316-327.

8. Mingbao Feng, Ruijuan Qu, Xiaoling Zhang, Ping Sun, Yunxia Sui, Liansheng Wang, Zunyao Wang*. Degradation offlumequine in aqueous solution by persulfate activated with common methods and polyhydroquinone-coated magnetite/ multi-walled carbon nanotubes catalysts. Water Research, 2015, 85: 1-10.

9. Xuesheng Zhang, Li Qin, Ruijuan Qu, Mingbao Feng, Zhongbo Wei, Liansheng Wang,  Zunyao Wang*. Occurrence of Polychlorinated Diphenyl Sulfides (PCDPSs) in Surface Sediments and Surface Water from the Nanjing Section of the Yangtze River. Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48: 11429-11436.

10. Rui Zhang, Xiaowei Zhang*, Junjiang Zhang, Ruijuan Qu, Jiamin Zhang, Xing Liu, Jun Chen, Zunyao Wang*, Yu Hongxia. Interaction with AHR1 receptor and avian inter-species sensitivity variation by polychlorinated diphenylsulfides. Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48: 10948-10956.