Mailing Address
Prof. Xi Yang
School of the Environment
Nanjing University
Nanjing 210093
P R China
yangxiATnju.edu.cn (AT = @)

Academic Degree and Position:
Professor, Deputy Head of the Department of Environmental Science

Education Background:


B.S., Chemistry, Nanjing University


M.Sc. program and Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry, Nanjing University

Research Interests:
Chemical exposure and risk assessment
Environmental organic chemistry
Advanced oxidation processes
Environmental analytical chemistry
Global carbon cycle

Professional Experiences


Professor, Nanjing University


Associate professor, Nanjing University


Research scientist, State key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse


Visiting scientist, Cemagref and IRCELYON, France


Postdoctoral fellow, Tsinghua University (Beijing)


Instructor of organic chemistry, Nanjing Forestry University

Teaching Courses:
Environmental Chemistry (undergraduates)
Environmental organic chemistry (graduate students)
Chemical Kinetics and Processes Dynamics in Environmental Systems (graduate students)

Academic Honors:


Qing-Lan Award (Early Career Award for Outstanding Scientists), Department of Education, Jiangsu Province Government


Fellowship, FFCSA, Academy of sciences of the Institute of France


Award for advancement of science and technology, Ministry of Education, China

Research Grants:

Photodegradation kinetics and mechanism of UV filters in the aquatic environment (Supported by NSF of China, PI);

Efficient generation pathways of sulfate radicals and their reaction mechanism with chlorinated organic pollutants (Supported by NSF of China, PI);

Photochemical formation and reaction mechanisms of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in aquatic systems (Supported by NSF of China and Jiangsu Province, PI);

Preliminary investigation on chlordane and mirex pollution in selected cities of Jiangsu and Zhejiang (World Bank and Canadian Trust Fund on POPs Programs in China; PI);

Photodegradation kinetics and mechanisms of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (Sate Key Laboratory of PC&RR; PI)

Sorptive extraction and chromatographic analysis of micropollutants in water samples;

Theoretical and computational chemistry studies on environmental behaviors of organic pollutants.

Selected Publications:

Degradation of Diuron by Citric Acid-Fe(II)/K2S2O8 in Slurry System, J. Zhang, X. Yang, Environmental Protection Science, 2009, 35(1): 61-66.

Degradation of diuron by persulfate oxidation activated by EDTA-ferrous ion in aqueous system, J. Zhang, X. Yang, W. Zheng, K. Kong, L. Wang, Chinese J. Environ. Sci., 2008, 29(5): 1239-1243.

Photodegradation of paracetamol in carbonate solution, Y. Gao, X. Yang, Y. Liu, Chinese J. Environ. Sci., 2008, 29(3): 643-649.

Studies on Fe(II)/S2O82--S2O32- degrading diuron in aqueous system, J. Zhang, X. Yang, W. Zheng, L. Chen, China Environ. Sci., 2008, 28(7): 620-623.

Comparison of the dioxins release inventories of China and other countries, Y. Lv, J. Huang, G. Yu, X. Yang, Environmental Pollution and Control, 2008, 30(6): 71-74.

Study on photodegradation of paracetamol(ACT) in the solution of humic substances(NAFA), Y. Gao, X. Yang, Y. Liu, Environmental Protection Science, 2008, 34(3): 26-29.

Photodegradation of paracetamol in presence of humic substances, Y. Gao, X. Yang, Y. Liu, Environ. Chem., 2008, 27(4): 432-435.

Degradation of diuron by citric acid-iron (II) catalyzed potassium persulfate, W. Zheng, J. Zhang, L. Wang, L. Kong, X. Yang, Environ. Chem., 2008, 27(1): 19-22.

Degradation of diuron by persulfate oxidation activated by ferrous ion in aqueous solution, J. Zhang, X. Yang, W. Zheng, Y.Gao, Environ. Chem., 2008, 27(1): 15-18.

Oxidation of arsenic (III) by iron(II)-catalyzed potassium persulfate, W. Zheng, X. Yang, J. Zhang, C. Zhang, L. Kong, J. Environ. Sci. Technol.-China, 2007, 30(11): 41-57.

Photodegradation of paracetamol in nitrate solution, Y. Liu, X. Yang, Y. Gao, Chinese J. Environ. Sci., 2007, 28 (6):1274-1279.

Study on interaction of organic pollutants and dissolved organic matter in aqueous environment, W. Zheng, X. Yang, J. Zhang, Environ. Protection Sci., 2007, 33(6): 16-20.

Photochemical transformation of bisphenol A promoted by nitrate ions in natural water, M. Zhan, X. Yang, Q. Xian, L. Kong, Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol., 2006, 76(1): 105-112.

Photodegradation of bisphenol A in Fe(III)-oxalate complexes solution, M. Zhan, X. Yang, Q. Xian, L. Kong, J. Environ. Sci.-China, 2006, 18(4): 771-776.

The selective synthesis of water-soluble highly luminescent CdTe nanoparticles and nanorods: the influence of the precursor Cd/Te molar ratio, D. Deng, Y. Qin, X. Yang, J. Yu, Y. Pan, J. Cryst. Growth, 2006, 296(2): 141-149.

Synthesis and characterization of CdTe nanoparticles stabilized by cysteamine, Y. Qin, X. Yang, J. Yu, Chinese J. Inorg. Chem., 2006, 22(5): 851-855.

Photosensitized degradation of bisphenol A involving reactive oxygen species in the presence of humic substances, M. Zhan, X. Yang, Q. Xian, L. Kong, Chemosphere, 2006, 63(3): 378-386.

Photolysis of imidacloprid in methanol, Y. Qin, M. Zhan, X. Yang, J. Nanjing Univ. (Natural Sci.), 2006, 42(5): 450-456.

Photodegradation of hexachlorobenzene in the presence of known organic constituents of atmospheric aerosols, J. Huang, X. Yang, Z. Zhang, G. Yu, Chinese J. Environ. Sci., 2006, 27(12): 2392-2395.

Progress in photochemistry of copper in aquatic systems, L. Xu, X. Yang, A. Zhang, Progress in Chemistry, 2005, 17(3): 412-416.

Studies on the photodegradation of bisphenol A in nitrate solution, M. Zhan, X. Yang, Q. Xian, L. Kong, China Environ. Sci., 2005, 25(4):487-490.

Study on the effect of natural aquatic humic substances on the photodegradation of bisphenol A, M. Zhan, X. Yang, H. Yang, L. Kong, Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, 2005, 25(6): 816-820.

Photodegradation of Bisphenol A in Presence of Suwannee River Fulvic Acid, H.Yang, X.Yang, M. Zhan, A.Zhang, Chinese J. Environ. Sci., 2005, 26(4): 40-44.

A critical review of photochemistry of nitrite and nitrate ions in natural waters, M. Zhan, X.Yang, L.Kong, Techniques and Equipment for Environmental Pollution Control, 2004, 5(10): 14-19.

The progress of humic substances photochemistry in natural waters, Photographic Sci. Photochem., 2004, 22(2): 137-144.

Determination of hydroxyl radicals with salicylic acid in aqueous nitrate and nitrite solutions, X. Yang, M. Zhan, L. Kong, L. Wang, J. Environ. Sci.-China, 2004, 16(4): 687-689.

Predicting physico-chemical properties of polychlorinated diphenyl ethers (PCDEs): potential persistent organic pollutants (POPs), J. Huang, G. Yu, X. Yang, Z. Zhang, J. Environ. Sci.-China, 2004, 16(2): 204-207

Determination of hydroxyl radicals in aquatic environment with a new molecular probe, Environ. Chem., 2003, 22(5): 490-492..

Degradation of DDE in the slurry by Fenton reagent, Z. Xu, G. Yu, Z. Zhang, J. Huang, X. Yang, High Technol. Lett., 2003, (11): 86-89.

Quantum study on the photolysis behavior of polychlorinated dibenzo-furans (PCDFs), J.Huang, G. Yu, X.Yang, Y. Wang, G. Wu, Computers and Appl. Chem., 2003, 20(6): 767-770.

Photo-Fenton technique for oxidative treatment of kerosene wastewater, P. Zhong, X. Yang, G. Zhao, L. Kong, G. Liu, China Environ. Sci., 2002, 22(5): 460-463.

Kinetic study on photodegradation of acid red 3B catalyzed by heteropoly acid. X. Yang, G. Yu, L. Kong, Chinese J. Environ. Sci., 2002, 23(3): 43-47.

Quantum chemistry study on the photolysis of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, X. Yang, G. Yu, L. Wang, Chinese Sci. Bull., 2002, 47(4): 269-274.

Preliminary study on degradability of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins from quantum chemistry viewpoint. X. Yang, G. Yu, L. Wang, Computers and Appl. Chem., 2002, 19(1): 86-88.

Photolysis of pyridaben in methanol, Y. Pu, X. Yang, L. Ding, G. Wu, L. Kong, J. Nanjing Univ. (Natural Sci.), 2002, 38(2): 70-74.

Photocatalytic degradation of azo dyes by supported TiO2+UV in aqueous solution. C. Zhu, L. Wang, L. Kong, X. Yang, S. Zheng, F. Chen. M. Feng, H. Zong, Chemosphere, 2000, 41(3): 303-309.

Photolysis of chlorsulfuron and metsulfuron-methyl in methanol. X. Yang, X. Wang, L. Kong, L. Wang, Pesticide Science, 1999, 55: 751-754.