TAMU Global Air Pollution (GAP) Research Lab

Renyi Zhang is University Distinguished Professor and Holder of Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He received a Ph.D. from MIT and performed post-doctoral work at Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech. His research has covered a variety of areas in atmospheric, chemical, environmental, climate, and public health sciences, including (i) photochemical oxidation of hydrocarbons emitted from anthropogenic and biogenic sources; (ii) nucleation, growth, and transformation of aerosols; (iii) development of state-of-the-art instrumentation to measure trace gases and aerosols in the atmosphere; and (vi) assessments of aerosol-cloud-climate interaction and air pollution on human health. His earlier research made important contributions to the understanding of stratospheric ozone depletion. His scientific endeavors have not only made breakthrough discoveries in these areas but have also provided insights into the impacts of anthropogenic activities on human health, ecosystems, and climate, which are critical to policy-making and mitigation for environmental and climate protections. He is an elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Meteorological Society, and American Geophysical Union. In 2016, he was honored by a named symposium “Formation & Transformation of Atmospheric Aerosols – From Air Pollution to Climate Change” at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Our Scientific Findings on COVID-19 Transmission

(Zhang et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2020; Li et al. Sci. Total Environ. 2020)

Airborne Particulate Matter and Children’s Health

(Zhang et al. Thorax, 2021; Rychlik et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2019; Wu et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2019)

Air Pollution and Hurricane Harvey

(Pan et al. Geophy. Res. Lett., 2020)

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– Researchers shall not claim their authority by labeling their specialty but shall make convincing arguments by presenting scientific evidence. “Scientists may depict the problems that will affect the environment based on available evidence, but their solution is not the responsibility of scientists but of society as a whole – Mario J. Molina, 1995 Chemistry Nobel Laureate