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HE Hong
  Director of Center for Air Pollution Control Technology, RCEES
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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 had 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 been mainly focusing on fundamental and applied research in environmental catalysis and heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry, with a series of achievements in areas of diesel emission control technologies, catalytic indoor air purification and haze formation mechanism. He is the author of more than 340 peer-reviewed scientific publications, with over 10,000 citations. Prof. He is the first inventor of more than 40 patents, nearly half of which have already been implemented. He has also written a scholarly book in Chinese, The Principles and Application of Environmental Catalysis, and two chapters in related English 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 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 15 years. He has delivered more than 90 plenary and keynote presentations at international and domestic conferences. He also served as the editor-in-chief of Catalysis Surveys from Asia, and as a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports, Journal of Environmental Sciences, Journal of Energy Chemistry, and scientific advisory board of Catalysis Letters, Topics in Catalysis and others.   

  Under Prof. He’s supervision, thirty eight graduate students have obtained their PhD degrees, of which four have received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of CAS, and seven 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 process and atmospheric 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
  Jan. 2013-present: Editor in Chief of Catalysis Surveys from Asia
  Aug. 2011-present: Member of International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC), China Working Group
  May 2010-present: Member of International Conference on Interfaces Against Pollution
  July 2007-present: Scientific Advisory Board of Catalysis Letters
  July 2007-present: Scientific Advisory Board of Topics in Catalysis



  1. The Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and Technological Innovation, 2017
  2. National Science and Technology Progress Award (Second Prize), 2014
  3. The Governmental Special Allowance of the State Council, 2012
  4. National Technology Invention Award (Second Prize), 2011
  5. Science and Technology Advanced Individual of the Olympic Games, 2008
  6. National Candidate of the New Century Talents Project, 2006
  7. GM Foundation China Science & Technology Achievement Award, 2005
  8. Distinguished Young Scientist of NSFC, 2004
  9. Excellent Graduate Advisor Award of CAS, 6 times from 2001 to 2014
10. Hundred Talents Program of CAS, Excellence Award, 2001-2004

Selected Publications:

50Hua Deng, Shunyu Kang, Chunying Wang, Hong He*, Changbin Zhang* “Palladium supported on low-surface-area fiber-based materials for catalytic oxidation of volatile organic compounds”, Chem. Eng. J., 348, (2018) 361-369.

49Guangzhi He, Jinzhu Ma, Hong He*, “Role of carbonaceous aerosols in catalyzing sulfate formation”, ACS. Catal., 8, (2018) 3825-3832.

48Fei Wang, Jinzhu Ma, Guangzhi He, Min Chen, Changbin Zhang*, Hong He*, “Nanosize effect of Al2O3 in Ag/Al2O3 catalyst for the selective catalytic oxidation of ammonia”, ACS. Catal., 8, (2018) 2670-2682.

47Guangyan Xu, Yunbo Yu*, Hong He*, “A low-temperature route triggered by water vapor during the ethanol-SCR of NOx over Ag/Al2O3”, ACS. Catal., 8, (2018) 2699-2708.

46Chang 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 TiO2 nanoparticles”, Environ. Sci. Nano., 4, (2017) 2388-2394.

45Yaobin 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.

44Guangyan 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.

43Jinzhu Ma, Caixia Wang, Hong He*, “Transition metal doped cryptomelane-type manganese oxide catalysts for ozone decomposition”, Appl. Catal. B, 201, (2017) 503-510.

42 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.

41Lian Wang, Yafei Wang, Yan Zhang, Yunbo Yu*, Hong He*, Xiubo Qin, Baoyi Wang, “Shape dependence of nanoceria on complete catalytic oxidation of o-xylene”, Catal. Sci. Technol., 6, (2016) 4840-4848.

40Yan 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.

39Can Niu, Xiaoyan Shi, Fudong Liu, Kuo Liu, Lijuan Xie, Yan You*, Hong He*“High hydrothermal stability of Cu-SAPO-34 catalysts for the NH3-SCR of NOxChem. Eng. J., 294, (2016) 254-263.

38Lian 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.

37Lijuan Xie, Fudong Liu, Xiaoyan Shi, Feng-Shou Xiao, Hong He*, “Effects of post-treatment method and Na co-cation on the hydrothermal stability of Cu–SSZ-13 catalyst for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3”, Appl. Catal. B., 179, (2015) 206-212.

36Jinzhu 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.

35Hua 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.

34Fudong 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.

33Yunbo 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.

32 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.

31Lijuan 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.

30Yafei Wang, Changbin Zhang, Fudong Liu, Hong He*, “Well-dispersed palladium supported on ordered mesoporous Co3O4 for catalytic oxidation of o-xylene”, Appl. Catal. B., 142-143, (2013) 72-79.

29Qingxin 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.

28Xiaoyan Shi, Fudong Liu, Lijuan Xie, Wenpo Shan, Hong He*,“NH3 SCR performance of fresh and hydrothermally aged Fe-ZSM 5 in standard and fast selective catalytic reduction reactions, Environ. Sci. Technol., 47, (2013) 3293-3298.

27Fudong Liu, Hong He*, Zhihua Lian, Wenpo Shan, Lijuan Xie, Kiyotaka Asakura, Weiwei Yang, Hua Deng, “Highly dispersed iron vanadate catalyst supported on TiO2 for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3”, J. Catal., 307, (2013) 340-351.

26Chong Han, Yongchun Liu, Hong He*, “Role of organic carbon in heterogeneous reaction of NO2 with soot”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 47, (2013) 3174-3181.

25Chong 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.

24 Yongchun Liu, Qingxin Ma, Hong He*, “Heterogeneous Uptake of Amines by Citric Acid and Humic Acid”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 46, (2012) 11112-11118.

23 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.

22Chang 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.

21Yongchun 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.

20 Xiaoying Wang, Yunbo Yu, Hong He*, “Effect of Co addition to Pt/Ba/Al2O3 system for NOx storage and reduction”, Appl.Catal. B, 100, (2010) 19-30.

19Fudong 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.

18Yongchun Liu, Junzhu Ma, Hong He*, “Heterogeneous reactions of carbonyl sulfide on mineral oxides: mechanism and kinetics study”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, (2010) 10335-10344.

17 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.

16 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.

15Hong 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.

14Li Zhang, Hong He*, “Mechanism of selective catalytic oxidation of ammonia to nitrogen over Ag/Al2O3”, J. Catal., 268, (2009) 18-25.

13 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.

12 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.

11 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.

10 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.

9 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.

8 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.

7   Qingyun Chang, Hong He*, Jincai Zhao, Min Yang, Jiuhui Qu, “Bactericidal activity of a Ce-promoted Ag/AlPO4 catalyst using molecular oxygen in water”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 42, (2008) 1699-1704.

6 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.

5 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.

4 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.

3   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.

2  Hong He*, Xiaoping Dong, Min Yang, Qingxiang Yang, Shumin Duan, Yunbo Yu, Jun Han, Changbin Zhang, Lan Chen, Xin Yang, “Catalytic inactivation of SARS coronavirus, Escherichia coli and yeast on solid surface”, Catal. Commun., 5(3), (2004) 170-172.

1  Yunbo Yu, Hong He*, Qingcai Feng, Hongwei Gao, Xin Yang, “Mechanism of the selective catalytic reduction of NOx by C2H5OH over Ag/Al2O3”, Appl. Catal. B, 49, (2004) 159-171.

Supported Projects:

  1. Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Category B): Formation Mechanism and Control Strategies of Haze in China. XDB05000000, Chief Scientist, 2012.10-2017.09.

  2. The National Key R&D Program of China: Key Aftertreatment Technology for NOx Control of Diesel Vehicles. 2017YFC0211101, Project Leader, 2017.07-2020.12.

  3. The Key Project of National Science Foundation of China: Fundamental Research on High Performance Catalysts for NOx Removal from Diesel Exhausts by NH3-SCR. 21637005, Project Leader, 2017.01-2021.12.

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