Peking University is one of the first institutions to carry out environmental science teaching and research in China. In the early 1970s photochemical smog pollution in Lanzhou and the environmental quality evaluation in Beijing’s western suburbs were carried out. In 1982, College of Environmental Science and Engineering was formally established by Peking University，and established State Key Joint Laboratory of “Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control” in 1991. The laboratory now has 28 fulltime faculty members, including Prof. TANG, Xiaoyan. The research team consists mainly of young and middle-aged scientists including two professors of the Cheung Kong Scholar’s Program, one visiting professor of the Cheung Kong Scholar’s Program, three awardees of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. College of Environmental Science and Engineering has made important progress in basic facilities, disciplinary system building and personnel training, in the same time, provided important and relevant decision support for China Government and participated effectively in international policy-making process.
The key laboratory has developed two fields in atmospheric science, i.e., atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric simulation and pollution control. In recent years, the laboratory has carried out a series of researches on urban and regional air pollution, and proposed a novel concept of “Air Pollution Complex”, which has led to paradigm shift in understanding the complicate nature of server air pollution in China. The laboratory has developed research directions including atmospheric oxidation and ozone chemistry, source apportionment and characteristics of fine particulate matters, formation mechanism of air pollution complex and the control measures, air pollution and its climatic and health effects, technical development of atmospheric monitoring. During the last five years, the laboratory has undertaken more than 80 national scientific research projects funded by MOST and NSFC. Some of important findings were published in Science, Chemical Review, JAMA, PNAS, EHP, Nano Letters, Environ. Sci. Technol., Atmos. Chem. Phys., J. Geophys. Res. and Atmos. Environ.
The key laboratory has advanced real-time online field observation techniques.It established two research platforms named “atmospheric environment and global change” and “environment and health”. Four stations were set up to carry out long-term measurements of gaseous and particulate pollutants, and meteorological parameters. These stations include “Super sites for urban atmosphere observation” on the campus of Peking University, “Regional atmospheric environment station” at Changping Campus of Peking University and “Station for regional background of atmospheric environment” at Bashang. Furthermore, the laboratory has established six mobile containers for intensive field observation and mobile observational platforms for environment and health.The laboratory has developed fast-response and in-situ online monitoring technology and instruments for the measurement of key parameters of VOCs and the gaseous pollutants and particle chemical components, such as the Gas and Aerosol Collector (GAC).
1) Study of urban and regional Air Pollutants Measurements and control
2) Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry Study
3) Atmospheric chemical Reaction Kinetics
4) Process Simulation of Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry