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HE Hong
  Deputy Director, Research Center for Eco- Environmental Sciences
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  18 Shuangqing Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China
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Education and Appointments:

Prof. Hong He is the Deputy Director of the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Prof. He received his doctorate (PhD) at the University of Tokyo in 1994. He studied and worked in Japan, the United States and Canada for 11 years, and thereafter joined RCEES through the “Hundred Talents Program” of the CAS in 2001. His research has mainly focused on fundamental and applied research in environmental catalysis and heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry, with a series of achievements in the areas of diesel emission control technologies, catalytic indoor air purification and haze formation mechanisms. He is the author of more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications, with over 13,700 citations. Prof. He is the first inventor on 45 authorized patents, some of which have already been implemented in commercial applications. He has also written a scholarly book in Chinese, “The Principles and Application of Environmental Catalysis,” and two chapters in related English language books. Prof. He was awarded the National Technology Invention Award (China, Second Class) in 2011, the National Science and Technology Progress Award (China, Second Class) in 2014, the National Natural Science Award (China, Second Class) in 2019 and the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and Technological Innovation in 2017. He was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2017.  

As a co-chairman, Prof. He presided over the 6th International Conference on Environmental Catalysis and launched a series of China-Japan Workshops on Environmental Catalysis and Eco-materials as a founder and organizer, which have continued for 17 years. He has delivered more than 110 plenary and keynote presentations at international and domestic conferences. He has served as co-Editor-in-Chief for Catalysis Surveys from Asia, and as an Editorial Board Member for Catalysis Today. Currently, he is Associate Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science (Chinese) and Journal of Environmental Engineering (Chinese), Editorial Board Member of Journal of Environmental Sciences, Journal of Energy Chemistry, and Journal of Spectroscopy Dynamics; and Scientific Advisory Board Member for Catalysis Letters, Topics in Catalysis, Catalysis Surveys from Asia and others. 

Under Prof. He’s supervision, forty-one graduate students have obtained their PhD degrees, of which four have received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of CAS, and eight have been awarded the Special Prize of the President Scholarship and the Excellence Prize of the President Scholarship of CAS. Meanwhile, Prof. He received the Excellent Graduate Advisor Prize of CAS in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, and 2014, and was also named Outstanding Teacher in 2006.



Research Interest:
Environmental catalysis, heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry and air pollution control technology
Public Services:

Feb. 2018-present: Deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress

Dec. 2015-present: Chief Scientist of CAS Center for Excellence in Urban Atmospheric Environment

Jul. 2014-present: Professor of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Jun.2014-present: Member of Expert Consultation Committee of Jing-Jin-Ji (J3) Collaborative Development

Aug.2011-present:Member of International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC), China Working Group


1.National Natural Science Award (Second Prize), 2019

2.Outstanding Scientific and Technological Innovation Award of National Internal Combustion Engine Industry, 2018

3.The Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and Technological Innovation, 2017

4.Academician of National Academy of Engineering, 2017

5.Leading Talent of National Special Support Program for High Level Talents, 2016

6.National Science and Technology Progress Award (Second Prize), 2014

7.National Technology Invention Award (Second Prize), 2011

8.National Candidate of the New Century Talents Project, 2006

9.Distinguished Young Scientist of NSFC, 2004

10.Hundred Talents Program of CAS, Excellence Award, 2001-2004

Selected Publications:

50. Peng Zhang, Tianzeng Chen, Jun Liu, Changgeng Liu, Jinzhu Ma, Qingxin Ma, Biwu Chu, Hong He*, “Impacts of SO2, relative humidity, and seed acidity on secondary organic aerosol formation in the ozonolysis of butyl vinyl ether”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 53, (2019) 8845-8853.

49. Guangyan Xu, Jinzhu Ma, Lian Wang, Zhihui Lv, Shaoxin Wang, Yunbo Yu*, Hong He*, “The mechanism of the H2 effect on NH3-SCR over Ag/Al2O3: Kinetic and diffuse reflectance infrared fourier transform spectroscopy studies”, ACS Catal., 9, (2019) 10489-10498.

48. Qingxin Ma, Chang Liu, Jinzhu Ma, Biwu Chu, Hong He*, “A laboratory study on the hygroscopic behavior of H2C2O4-containing mixed particles”, Atmos. Environ., 200, (2019) 34-39.

47. Yulong Shan, Xiaoyan Shi, Jinpeng Du, Yunbo Yu, Hong He*, “Cu-exchanged RTH-type zeolites for NH3-selective catalytic reduction of NOx: Cu distribution and hydrothermal stability”, Catal. Sci. Technol., 9, (2019) 106-115.

46. Changgeng Liu, Yongchun Liu*, Tianzeng Chen, Jun Liu, Hong He*, “Rate constant and secondary organic aerosol formation from the gas-phase reaction of eugenol with hydroxyl radicals”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, (2019) 2001-2013.

45. Tianzeng Chen, Yongchun Liu, Qingxin Ma*, Biwu Chu, Peng Zhang, Changgeng Liu, Jun Liu, Hong He*,“Significant source of secondary aerosol: formation from gasoline evaporative emissions in the presence of SO2 and NH3”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, (2019), 8063-8081.

44. Kuo Liu, Hong He*,Yunbo Yu, Zidi Yan, Weiwei Yang, Wenpo Shan, “Quantitative study of the NH3-SCR pathway and the active site distribution over CeWOx at low temperatures”, J. Catal., 369, (2019) 372-384.

43. Guangzhi He, Zhihua Lian, Yunbo Yu, Yang Yang, Kuo Liu, Xiaoyan Shi, Zidi Yan, Wenpo Shan, Hong He*, “Polymeric vanadyl species determine the low-temperature activity of V-based catalysts for the SCR of NOx with NH3”, Sci. Adv., 4, (2018) eaau4637.

42. Guangzhi He, Jinzhu Ma, Hong He*, “Role of carbonaceous aerosols in catalyzing sulfate formation”, ACS. Catal., 8, (2018) 3825-3832.

41. Fudong Liu, Wenpo Shan, Zhihua Lian, Jingjing Liu, Hong He*, “The smart surface modification of  Fe2O3 by WOx for significantly promoting the selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3”, Appl. Catal. B, 230, (2018)165-176.

40. Jingjing Liu, Xiaoyan Shi, Yulong Shan, Zidi Yan, Wenpo Shan, Yunbo Yu, Hong He*, “Hydrothermal stability of CeO2-WO3-ZrO2 mixed oxides for selective catalytic reduction of NOx by NH3”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 52, (2018) 11769-11777.

39. Jun Liu, Biwu Chu*, Tianzeng Chen, Changgeng Liu, Ling Wang, Xiaolei Bao, Hong He*, “Secondary organic aerosol formation from ambient air at an urban site in Beijing: Effects of OH exposure and precursor concentrations”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 52, (2018) 6834-6841.

38. Chang Liu, Qingxin Ma, Hong He*, Guangzhi He, Jinzhu Ma, Yongchun Liu, Ying Wu, “Structure-activity relationship of surface hydroxyl groups during NO2 adsorption and transformation on TiO nanoparticles”, Environ. Sci. Nano., 4, (2017) 2388-2394.

37. Yaobin Li, Changbin Zhang, Jinzhu Ma, Min Chen, Hua Deng, Hong He*, “High temperature reduction dramatically promotes Pd/TiO2 catalyst for ambient formaldehyde oxidation”, Appl. Catal. B, 217, (2017) 560-569.

36. Guangyan Xu, Jinzhu Ma, Guangzhi He, Yunbo Yu*, Hong He*, “An alumina-supported silver catalyst with high water tolerance for H2 assisted C3H6-SCR of NOx”, Appl. Catal. B, 207, (2017) 60-71.

35. Jinzhu Ma, Caixia Wang, Hong He*, “Transition metal doped cryptomelane-type manganese oxide catalysts for ozone decomposition”, Appl. Catal. B, 201, (2017) 503-510.

34. Biwu Chu, Xiao Zhang, Yongchun Liu, Hong He*, Yele Sun, Jingkun Jiang, Junhua Li, Jiming Hao, “Synergetic formation of secondary inorganic and organic aerosol: effect of SO2 and NH3 on particle formation and growth”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, (2016) 14219-14230.

33. Yan Zhang, Yunbo Yu, Hong He*, “Oxygen vacancies on nanosized ceria govern the NOx storage capacity of NSR catalysts”, Catal. Sci. Technol., 6, (2016) 3950-3962.

32. Lian Wang, Hong He*, Changbin Zhang, Yafei Wang, Bo Zhang, “Effects of precursors for manganese-loaded g-Al2O3 catalysts on plasma-catalytic removal of o-xylene”, Chem. Eng. J., 288, (2016) 406-413.

31. Lijuan Xie, Fudong Liu, Xiaoyan Shi, Feng-Shou Xiao, Hong He*, “Effects of post-treatment method and Na co-cation on thehydrothermal stability of Cu–SSZ-13 catalyst for the selective catalyticreduction of  NOx with NH3”, Appl. Catal. B., 179, (2015) 206-212.

30. Jinzhu Ma, Hong He*, Fudong Liu, “Effect of Fe on the photocatalytic removal of NOx over visible light responsive Fe/TiO2 catalysts”, Appl. Catal. B., 179, (2015) 21-28.

29. Hua Deng, Yunbo Yu, Fudong Liu, Jinzhu Ma, Yan Zhang, Hong He*, “Nature of Ag Species on Ag/g-Al2O3 :A combined experimental and theoretical study”, ACS Catalysis, 4, (2014) 2776-2784.

28. Fudong Liu, Yunbo Yu, Hong He*, “Environmentally-benign catalysts for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx from diesel engines: Structure-activity relationship and reaction mechanism aspects”, Chem. Commun., 50 (62), (2014) 8445-8463.

27. Yunbo Yu, Hong He*, Xiuli Zhang, Hua Deng, “A common feature of H2-assisted HC-SCR over Ag/Al2O3”, Catal. Sci. Technol., 4, (2014) 1239-1245.

26. Hong He*, Yuesi Wang, Qingxin Ma, Jinzhu Ma, Biwu Chu, Dongsheng Ji, Guiqian Tang, Chang Liu, Hongxing Zhang, Jiming Hao, “Mineral dust and NOx promote the conversion of SO2 to sulfate in heavy pollution days”, Sci. Rep., 4, (2014) 04172.

25. Lijuan Xie, Fudong Liu, Kuo Liu, Xiaoyan Shi, Hong He*,“Inhibitory effect of NO2 on the selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3 over one-pot synthesized Cu–SSZ-13 catalyst”, Catal. Sci.  Technol., 4, (2014) 1104-1110.

24. Yafei Wang, Changbin Zhang, Fudong Liu, Hong He*, “Well-dispersed palladium supported on ordered mesoporous Co3Ofor catalytic oxidation of o-xylene”, Appl. Catal. B., 142-143, (2013) 72-79.

23. Qingxin Ma, Hong He*, Yongchun Liu, Chang Liu, Vicki H. Grassian, “Heterogeneous and multiphase formation pathways of gypsum in the atmosphere”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15, (2013) 19196-19204.

22. Fudong Liu, Hong He*, Zhihua Lian, Wenpo Shan, Lijuan Xie, Kiyotaka Asakura, Weiwei Yang, Hua Deng, “Highly dispersed iron vanadate catalyst supported on TiO for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3”, J. Catal., 307, (2013) 340-351.

21. Chong Han, Yongchun Liu, Hong He*, “Role of organic carbon in heterogeneous reaction of NO2 with soot”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 47, (2013) 3174-3181.

20. Chong Han, Yongchun Liu*, Jinzhu Ma, Hong He*, “Key role of organic carbon in the sunlight enhanced atmospheric aging of soot by O2”, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA., 109(52), (2012) 21250-21255.

19. Changbin Zhang, Fudong Liu, Yanping Zhai, Hiroko Ariga, Nan Yi, Yongchun Liu, Kiyotaka Asakura, Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos*, Hong He*, “Alkali-metal-promoted Pt/TiO2 opens a more efficient pathway to formaldehyde oxidation at ambient temperatures”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51, (2012) 9628-9632.

18. Chang Liu, Qingxin Ma, Yongchun Liu, Jinzhu Ma, Hong He*, “Synergistic reaction between SO2 and NO2 on mineral oxides: a potential formation pathway of sulfate aerosol. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 14, (2012) 1668-1676.

17. Yongchun Liu, Junzhu Ma, Chang Liu, Hong He*, “Heterogeneous uptake of carbonyl sulfide onto kaolinite within a temperature range of 220–330 K”, J. Geophys. Res., 115, (2010) D24311.

16. Fudong Liu, Hong He*, “Structure-activity relationship of iron titanate catalysts in the selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, (2010) 16929-16936.

15. Yongchun Liu, Junzhu Ma, Hong He*, “Heterogeneous reactions of carbonyl sulfide on mineral oxides: mechanism and kinetics study”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, (2010) 10335-10344.

14. Yunbo Yu, Xiaoping Song, Hong He*, “Remarkable influence of reductant structure on the activity of alumina-supported silver catalyst for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx”, J. Catal., 271, (2010) 343-350.

13. Fudong Liu, Hong He*, Changbin Zhang, Zhaochi Feng, Lirong Zheng, Yaning Xie, Tiandou Hu, “Selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 over iron titanate catalyst: Catalytic performance and characterization”, Appl. Catal. B, 96, (2010) 408-420.

12. Hong He*, Yi Li, Xiuli Zhang, Yunbo Yu, Changbin Zhang, “Precipitable silver compound catalysts for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx by ethanol”, Appl. Catal. A, 375, (2010) 258-264.

11. Li Zhang, Hong He*, “Mechanism of selective catalytic oxidation of ammonia to nitrogen over Ag/Al2O3”, J. Catal., 268, (2009) 18-25.

10. Fudong Liu, Hong He*, Yun Ding, Changbin Zhang, “Effect of manganese substitution on the structure and activity of iron titanate catalyst for the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 , Appl. Catal. B, 93, (2009) 194-204.

9. Yongchun Liu, Qingxin Ma, Hong He*, “Comparative study of the effect of water on the heterogeneous reactions of carbonyl sulfide on the surface of α-Al2O3 and MgO”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, (2009) 6273-6286.

8. Li Xue, Hong He*, Chang Liu, Changbin Zhang, Bo Zhang, “Promotion effects and mechanism of alkali metals and alkaline earth metals on cobalt-cerium composite oxide catalysts for N2O decomposition”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 43, (2009) 890-895.

7. Li Zhang, Changbin Zhang, Hong He*, “The role of silver species in Ag/Al2O3 catalysts for the selective catalytic oxidation of ammonia to nitrogen”, J. Catal., 261, (2009) 101-109.

6. Qingxin Ma, Yingchun Liu, Hong He*, “Synergistic effect between NO2 and SO2 in their adsorption and reaction on γ-Alumina”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 112, (2008) 6630-6635.

5. Fudong Liu, Hong He*, Changbin Zhang, “Novel iron titanate catalyst for the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 in the medium temperature range”, Chem. Commun., (2008) 2043-2045.

4. Li Xue, Changbin Zhang, Hong He*, Yasutake Teraoka, “Catalytic decomposition of N2O over CeO2 promoted  Co3O4 spinel catalyst”, Appl. Catal. B, 75, (2007) 167-174.

3. Changbin Zhang, Hong He*, Ken-ichi Tanaka, “Catalytic performance and mechanism of a Pt/TiO2 catalyst for the oxidation of formaldehyde at room temperature”, Appl. Catal. B, 65, (2006) 37-43.

2. Hong He*, Junfeng Liu, Yujing Mu, Yunbo Yu, Meixue Chen, “Heterogeneous oxidation of carbonyl sulfide on atmospheric particles and alumina”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 39(24), (2005) 9637-9642.

1. Hong He*, Yunbo Yu, “Selective catalytic reduction of NOx over Ag/Al2O3 catalyst: from reaction mechanism to diesel engine test”, Catal. Today, 100, (2005) 37-47.

Supported Projects:

1. The Key Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China: Fundamental Research on High Performance Catalysts for NOx Removal from Diesel Exhausts by NH3-SCR, Project Leader, 2017-2021.

2. The National Key R&D Program of China: Key Technologies and System Integration for Diesel Vehicle Emission Control to satisfy CHINA Ⅵ, Project Leader, 2017-2020.

3. Pre-Research Project of Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Category A): Pre-Research on Simulation System of Atmospheric Environment, Project Leader, 2018-2019.

4. National 863 Program Project: Key Technology and System of Diesel Exhaust Purification, Project Leader, 2013-2015.

5. Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Category B): Formation Mechanism and Control Strategies of Haze in China, Chief Scientist, 2012-2017.

6. The Key Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China: Aerosol Interface Process and Formation Mechanism of Haze, Project Leader, 2010-2013.

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