Lei Zhu | 朱雷

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Last updated: Nov. 1, 2020


Atmospheric Chemistry
Remote Sensing of Trace Gases
Data Assimilation
Air Quality
Atmosphere-Land-Ocean Interactions


2019.12– Assistant Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology
2019.08–2019.12 Research Scholar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
2017.01–2019.07 Postdoc, Harvard University


2016.12 PhD in Engineering Science, Harvard University
2011.07 MS in Environmental Science, Peking University
2008.06 BS in Environmental Science, Nankai University


2020 American Meteorological Society Special Award for OMI
2018 William T. Pecora Team Award, NASA and DOI
2017 Outstanding reviewer for Atmospheric Environment
2015 Group Achievement Award, NASA
2013 Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
2008 Graduate with honors, Nankai University




2019.12起 南方科技大学 助理教授
2019.08至2019.12 哈佛-史密松天体物理中心 研究员
2017.01至2019.07 哈佛大学 博士后


2016.12 博士 工程科学 哈佛大学
2011.07 硕士 环境科学 北京大学
2008.06 本科 环境科学 南开大学


2020 美国气象学会年度贡献奖
2018 NASA、美国内政部 William T. Pecora 团队奖
2017 Atmospheric Environment 杰出审稿人
2015 NASA团队成就奖
2013 哈佛大学杰出教学认证
2008 南开大学优秀毕业生


See a full list my publications at Google Scholar or ORCID

First or corresponding author (*) | 第一或通讯作者

Sun, W., L. Zhu*, I. De Smedt et al: Global Significant Changes in Formaldehyde (HCHO) Columns Observed from Space at the Early Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, 2e020GL091265, 2021.

Zhu, L.*, G. González Abad, C. R. Nowlan, et al.: Validation of satellite formaldehyde (HCHO) retrievals using observations from 12 aircraft campaigns, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12329–12345, 2020.

Zhu, L.*, Jacob, D. J., Eastham, S. D., et al.: Effect of sea salt aerosol on tropospheric bromine chemistry, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 6497-6507, 2019.

Zhu, L.*, L. J. Mickley, D. J. Jacob et al.: Long-term (2005–2014) trends in formaldehyde (HCHO) columns across North America as seen by the OMI satellite instrument: Evidence of changing emissions of volatile organic compounds, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 7079–7086, 2017.

Zhu, L.*, D. J. Jacob, F. N. Keutsch et al.: Formaldehyde (HCHO) as a Hazardous Air Pollutant: Mapping surface air concentrations from satellite and inferring cancer risks in the United States, Environ. Sci. Technol., 51, 5650–5657, 2017.

Zhu, L.*, D. J. Jacob, P. S. Kim et al.: Observing atmospheric formaldehyde (HCHO) from space: validation and intercomparison of six retrievals from four satellites (OMI, GOME2A, GOME2B, OMPS) with SEAC4RS aircraft observations over the southeast US, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13477–13490, 2016.

Zhu, L.*, D. J. Jacob, L. J. Mickley et al.: Anthropogenic emissions of highly reactive volatile organic compounds in eastern Texas inferred from oversampling of satellite (OMI) measurements of HCHO columns, Environ. Res. Lett., 9, 114004, 2014.

Zhu, L., X. Huang, H. Shi et al.: Transport pathways and potential sources of PM10 in Beijing, Atmos. Environ., 45, 594–604, 2011.

Co-authorship | 其他作者

Wang, X. et al. including L. Zhu: Direct links between hygroscopicity and mixing state of ambient aerosols: estimating particle hygroscopicity from their single-particle mass spectra, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 6273–6290, 2020.

Souri, A. et al. including L. Zhu: An Inversion of NOx and NMVOC Emissions using Satellite Observations during the KORUS-AQ Campaign and Implications for Surface Ozone over East Asia, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 9837–9854, 2020.

Lu, X. et al. including L. Zhu: Development of the global atmospheric general circulation-chemistry model BCC-GEOS-Chem v1.0: model description and evaluation, Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 3817– 3838, 2020.

Chance, K. et al. including L. Zhu: TEMPO Green Paper; Chemistry, physics, and meteorology experiments with the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution instrument, Proc. SPIE 11151, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XXIII, 111510B (10 October 2019).

Shen, L., D. J. Jacob, L. Zhu et al.: The 2005–2016 Trends of Formaldehyde Columns Over China Observed by Satellites: Increasing Anthropogenic Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds and Decreasing Agricultural Fire Emissions, Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, 2019.

Zhang, Y. et al. including L. Zhu: Satellite-Observed Changes in Mexico’s Offshore Gas Flaring Activity Linked to Oil/Gas Regulations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, 1879–1888, 2019.

Wang, X. et al. including L. Zhu: The role of chlorine in tropospheric chemistry, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 3981–4003, 2019.

Song, S. et al. including L. Zhu: Possible heterogeneous chemistry of hydroxymethanesulfonate (HMS) in northern China winter haze, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 1357–1371, 2019.

Sun, K., Zhu, L., K. Cady-Pereira et al.: A physics-based approach to oversample multi-satellite, multispecies observations to a common grid, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 6679–6701, 2018.

Kaiser, J., D. J. Jacob, L. Zhu et al.: High-resolution inversion of OMI formaldehyde columns to quantify isoprene emission on ecosystem-relevant scales: application to the southeast US, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 5483–5497, 2018.

Miller, C. C. et al. including L. Zhu: Glyoxal yield from isoprene oxidation and relation to formaldehyde: chemical mechanism, constraints from SENEX aircraft observations, and interpretation of OMI satellite data, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 8725–8738, 2017.

Travis, K. R. et al. including L. Zhu: Why do models overestimate surface ozone in the Southeast United States?, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13561–13577, 2016.

Fisher, J. A. et al. including L. Zhu: Organic nitrate chemistry and its implications for nitrogen budgets in an isoprene- and monoterpene-rich atmosphere: constraints from aircraft (SEAC4RS) and ground-based (SOAS) observations in the Southeast US, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5969–5991, 2016.

Yu, K. et al. including L. Zhu: Sensitivity to grid resolution in the ability of a chemical transport model to simulate observed oxidant chemistry under high-isoprene conditions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4369–4378, 2016.

Marais, E. A. et al. including L. Zhu: Aqueous-phase mechanism for secondary organic aerosol formation from isoprene: application to the southeast United States and co-benefit of SO2 emission controls, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 1603–1618, 2016.

Kim, P. S. et al. including L. Zhu: Sources, seasonality, and trends of southeast US aerosol: an integrated analysis of surface, aircraft, and satellite observations with the GEOS-Chem chemical transport model, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 10411–10433, 2015.

Li, M., X. Huang, L. Zhu et al.: Analysis of the transport pathways and potential sources of PM10 in Shanghai based on three methods, Sci. Tot. Environ., 414, 525–534, 2012.

Huang, X. et al. including L. Zhu: Mercury Emissions from Biomass Burning in China, Environ. Sci. Technol., 45, 5650–5657, 2011.

Song, Y. et al. including L. Zhu: A new emission inventory for nonagricultural open fires in Asia from 2000 to 2009, Environ. Res. Lett., 5, 014014, 2011.

Wang, B., L. Zhu, Z. Gong et al.: Introduction to the methods of parameter estimation for environmental monitoring data set with truncated data below a detection limit, Acta Science Circumstantiae., 29, 1345–1350, 2009.


Satellite remote sensing of trace gases: principles, methods, and applications for air quality studies, Atmospheric Chemistry Forum, November 30, 2019, online, slides, video.

Satellite remote sensing for air quality applications, with a focus on formaldehyde (HCHO), University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, March 28, 2019, Champaign, IL, USA.

Math in Nature: finding order in chaos, Science in News, November 13, 2013, Boston, MA, USA.