Dr. Zhi NING

Ph.D, Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California

Assistant Professor (School of Energy and Environment)

Dr. Zhi NING

Contact Information

Office: AC1-B5435
Phone: +(852)-3442-4620
Fax: +(852)-3442-0688
Email: zhining@cityu.edu.hk
Web: Aerosol and Air Pollution Group
Time slots for consultation

Research Interests

  • Combustion sources emission characterization;
  • Urban air quality and sensor network;
  • Environmental monitoring technology development and application;
  • Personal exposure to air pollution and in-vitro investigation.

Dr. Zhi NING is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong. He has very rich experience of urban air pollution research and their impact on air quality, public health and climate change. Dr. Ning studied and worked in Southern California Particle Center in Los Angeles (SCPC), Max Planck Institute in Mainz, Germany (MPI), and Laboratory of Sciences in Climate and Environment in Paris (LSCE) before joining CityU. He has been also very active in technology innovation and development with more than 50 international publications, holding multiple US and China patents in PM2.5 and gas monitoring and control with international award. He is now working with Environmental Protection Department and Department of Health to research and advise the policy formulation in emission control and air quality in Hong Kong, also with Innovation Technology Commission and industries to develop new technologies to monitor and control urban air pollution.

Research Interests:

Dr. Ning's current research focuses ondevelopment of new environmental monitoring technologies and their application in urban air monitoring to understand pollution from sources to microenvironments and personal exposure. His research activities and interests include:

  • Combustion sources emission characterization;
  • Urban air quality and sensor network;
  • Environmental monitoring technology development and application;
  • Personal exposure to air pollution and in-vitro investigation.

Taught Courses

  • SEE4211 Air Pollution (Undergraduate)
  • SEE4213 / SEE5211 Environmental Data Analysis (Postgraduate)
  • SEE5212 / SEE8220 Air Pollution Measurement Theories and Techniques (Postgraduate)

Journal Publications

  1. Brimblecombe P., Townsend T., Lau C.F., Rakowska A., Chan T.L., Močnik G., Ning Z*. Through-tunnel estimates of vehicle fleet emission factors (2015). Atmospheric Environment, 123, pp. 180-189. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.10.086

  2. Lau C.F., Rakowska A., Townsend T., Brimblecombe P., Chan T.L., Yam Y.S., Močnik G., Ning Z*. Evaluation of diesel fleet emissions and control policies from plume chasing measurements of on-road vehicles (2015) Atmospheric Environment, 122, pp. 171-182. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.09.048

  3. Jiang Sabrina Yanan, Kaul Daya S, Yang Fenhuan, Sun Li, Zhi Ning* (2015)"Source apportionment and water solubility of metals in size segregated particles in urban environments." Science of The Total Environment 533(0): 347-355.

  4. K.L. Chan, A. Hartl, Y.F. Lam, P.H. Xie, W.Q. Liu, H.M. Cheung, J. Lampel, D. Pöhler, A. Li, J. Xu, H.J. Zhou, Z. Ning, M.O. Wenig, 2015 , Observations of tropospheric NO2 using ground based MAX-DOAS and OMI measurements during the Shanghai World Expo 2010, Atmospheric Environment, Volume 119, October 2015, Pages 45–58

  5. Peter Brimblecombe, Zhi Ning. Effect of road blockages on local air pollution during the Hong Kong protests and its implications for air quality management. Science of The Total Environment. 2015 Jul 31;536:443-448. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.07.104

  6. Sabrina Yanan Jiang, Daya S. Kaul, Fenhuan Yang, Li Sun, Zhi Ning*, Source apportionment and water solubility of metals in size segregated particles in urban environments, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 533, 15 November 2015, Pages 347-355, ISSN 0048-9697, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.146.

  7. Fenhuan Yang, Daya Kaul, Ka Chun Wong, Dane Westerdahl, Li Sun, Kin-fai Ho, Linwei Tian, Peter Brimblecombe, Zhi Ning*, Heterogeneity of passenger exposure to air pollutants in public transport microenvironments, Atmospheric Environment, Volume 109, Pages 42–51, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.03.009.

  8. X. J. Man, C. S. Cheung, Z. Ning & K. F. Yung (2015): Effect of Waste Cooking Oil Biodiesel on the Properties of Particulate from a DI Diesel Engine, Aerosol Science and Technology, Vol. 49, Iss. 4, Page 199-209. 2015, DOI: 10.1080/02786826.2015.1016214

  9. Wubulihairen Maimaitireyimu, Sabrina, Yanan Jiang, Zhi Ning*, Prototype Development and Laboratory Evaluation of an Aerosol to Hydrosol Sampler. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Volume 15, No. 3, June 2015, Pages 776-785, doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2014.08.0175

  10. Wubulihairen Maimaitireyimu, Zhi Ning*, Xiaoying Lu, Patrick K.H Lee. Development and laboratory evaluation of a compact swirling aerosol sampler (SAS) for collection of atmospheric bioaerosols. Atmospheric Pollution Research, Vol 6, Iss 4, doi: 10.5094/APR.2015.062

RESEARCH PROJECTS

a)   External competitive grants in chorological order:

Funding Body             

Period

Fund

Investigator

Title

1. General Research Fund (GRF/11204115)

2016-01 to 2017-12
(On-going)

$462,455

Principal Investigator

Semi-volatile particulate matter (PM) species in roadside environment: Role in gas-particle partitioning and formation of oxidative potential

2. Early Career Scheme (ECS/21201214)

2015-01 to 2016-12
(On-going)

$706,737

Principal Investigator

Black carbon in urban atmosphere: size and coating from near-source to ambient environment

3. Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF/ ITS/324/13FP)

2014-07 to 2016-06
(On-going)

$1,684,750

Principal Investigator

Development of a Smart, High Efficiency and Energy Saving PM2.5 Sensing and Purifying System for Indoor Air Cleaning

4. Environmental Conservation Fund (ECF/01/2012)

2013-06 to 2015-05
(Completed)

$499,900

Principal Investigator

Investigation of primary PM and NOx emissions from on-road vehicles and their effect on roadside air quality in Hong Kong

5. Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF/10112061)

2013-03 to 2015-02
(Completed)

$649,990

Principal Investigator

Physicochemical and toxicological assessment of passenger daily exposure to air pollutants in various public transport systems in Hong Kong

6. General Research Fund (GRF/102809)

2010-01 to 2013-06
(Completed)

$649,000

Principal Investigator

Development of a New Technique to Derive Emission Inventories from Satellite Data

7. General Research Fund (GRF/ 11304915)

2016-01-01 to 2018-06-30

$448,572

Co-Investigator with 50% contribution

Air pollution in sitting-out areas
and playgrounds in the urban
roadside environment

8. General Research Fund (GRF/ 11304915)

2015-01-01 to 2017-12-31

$193,314

Co-Investigator with 50% contribution

Evolution of reactive oxygen
species on particles in the
roadside environment

9. Innovative Technology Fund (ITF/ITS/348/12)

2013-07 to 2015-01
(Completed)

$720,000

Co-Investigator with 50% contribution

Development of Testing Platforms and Standard Protocols for Performance, Nanoparticles Emission and Health Impact of Self-cleaning Nano-coating Textile Products

10. General Research Fund (GRF/513012)

2012-12 to 2015-11
(On-going)

$500,000

Co-Investigator with 30% contribution

Influence of biodiesel on physical and chemical properties of particulate matter emitted from a diesel engine

b. Internal competitive grants in chronological order:

Funding Body             

Period

Fund

Investigator

Title

1. Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF/6986019)

2015-03 to 2016-09
(On-going)

$401,000

Principal Investigator

Campus Air Monitoring (CAM) Network in CityU for Environmental Awareness and Energy Saving Facility Management

2. Applied Research Grant (ARG/9667102)

2014-05 to 2015-04
(Completed)

$199,900

Principal Investigator

New Generation of Greenhouse Gases Sensor by Dispersive Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy

3. CityU Seed Grant (SG/7003053)

2013-04 to 2014-03
(Completed)

$60,000

Principal Investigator

Impact of atmospheric aging processes on the airborne black carbon size distributions in urban environment

4. CityU Applied R& D Funding (ARD/6351016)

2013-01 to 2013-12
(Completed)

$400,000

Principal Investigator

Prototype Development of an Innovative Portable Air Sampler for Multiple PM2.5 and Bioaerosol Applications

5. Strategic Research Grant (SRG/7002781)

2012-08 to 2013-07
(Completed)

$179,300

Principal Investigator

Generation of Intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species from Size-Segregated Ambient Particulate Matter (PM) in Different Environments in Hong Kong

6. CityU Idea Incubator (6987011)

2013-05 to 2014-08
(Completed)

$400,000

Principal Investigator

Developing a Student-oriented Community CO2 Observation Network to Promote Students’ Environmental Awareness and Community Engagement