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Prof. Yele Sun, Aerosol Chemistry, Best Researcher Award

Professor at Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


Prof. Yele Sun is a distinguished atmospheric scientist with significant contributions to the study of atmospheric aerosols and air quality. With a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Beijing Normal University and postdoctoral experience from leading universities in the US, he has held prominent academic positions and led numerous impactful research projects. His work has been recognized with prestigious awards and citations, and he continues to play an influential role in advancing the field of atmospheric sciences.

Professional Profile:


B.A. in Chemistry (2001)

  • Institution: Beijing Normal University

Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry (2006)

  • Institution: Beijing Normal University

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2006-2009)

  • Institution: State University of New York, University at Albany

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2009-2010)

  • Institution: University of California, Davis

Professional Experience:

Prof. Yele Sun has an extensive background in atmospheric sciences, with over a decade of experience in research and academia. He began his career as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the State University of New York, University at Albany, and later at the University of California, Davis. In 2010, he advanced to a Research Scientist II position at Colorado State University. Since 2011, Prof. Sun has been a Professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also a Professor at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and has served as the Associate Director of the State Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Boundary Layer Physics and Atmospheric Chemistry since 2016.

Research Interest:

Prof. Sun’s research focuses on understanding the composition, sources, formation mechanisms, and evolution processes of atmospheric aerosols, and evaluating their impacts on air quality and regional climate. His work also investigates the vertical structures of the atmospheric boundary layer and its interactions with complex pollution.

Professional Activities and Synergistic Roles:

  • Executive Editor of Environmental Research Communications (2023-present)
  • Editor of Advances in Atmospheric Science (2019-present)
  • Air Pollution Section Editor of Current Pollution Reports (2016-present)
  • Guest Editor of a special issue in Environmental Pollution
  • Editor of Chinese Journal of Atmospheric Sciences (2014-present)
  • Editor of Climatic and Environmental Research (2012-present)
  • Reviewer for several prestigious journals, including Science Advances, Nature Scientific Reports, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Environmental Science & Technology, and more.

Research Projects:

Prof. Sun has led numerous significant research projects, such as:

  • NSF Project on Organic Aerosols (2024-2028)
  • NSF Project on Water-Soluble Organic Aerosol in Beijing (2020-2023)
  • NSF Project on Secondary Aerosols during Severe Haze (2018-2021)
  • MOST Project on Atmospheric Boundary Layer and Haze Pollution (2014-2018)
  • NSF Project on Urban Aerosols (2016-2019)
  • CAS Project on Regional Haze Events in Northern China (2012-2017)
  • NSF Project on Organic Aerosols (2012-2015)

Awards and Honors:

Prof. Sun has received numerous accolades for his contributions to atmospheric sciences, including:

  • TWAS-CAS Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science (2022)
  • Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (2019-2023)
  • Jeoujang Jaw Outstanding Science Award for Young and Middle-Aged Scientists (2020)
  • Ten-Thousand Talents Program (2019)
  • Tan Kah Kee Young Scientist Award (2018)
  • Young Scientist of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2016)
  • National Natural Science Award (Second Class) (2012)
  • Thousand Young Talent Program (2012)

Top Noted Publication:

1. Rapid hydrolysis of NO₂ at High Ionic Strengths of Deliquesced Aerosol Particles

  • Authors: Gen, M., Zheng, H., Sun, Y., Matsuki, A., Song, S.
  • Journal: Environmental Science and Technology, 2024, 58(18), pp. 7904–7915

2. Morphological and Elemental Classification of Freshly-Emitted Individual Particles From Field and Laboratory Residential Biomass Burning

  • Authors: Zhang, Y., Li, W., Zhang, J., Liu, D., Sun, Y.
  • Journal: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 2024, 129(8), e2023JD040379

3. Simulated Phase State and Viscosity of Secondary Organic Aerosols Over China

  • Authors: Zhang, Z., Li, Y., Ran, H., Sun, Y., Shiraiwa, M.
  • Journal: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2024, 24(8), pp. 4809–4826

4. Dominant Contribution of Combustion-Related Ammonium During Haze Pollution in Beijing

  • Authors: Wu, L., Wang, P., Zhang, Q., Ying, Q., Fu, P.
  • Journal: Science Bulletin, 2024, 69(7), pp. 978–987

5. Predictions of Air Quality and Challenges for Eliminating Air Pollution During the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

  • Authors: Yang, W., Wu, Q., Li, J., Xin, J., Wang, Z.
  • Journal: Atmospheric Research, 2024, 300, 107225
Yele Sun | Aerosol Chemistry | Best Researcher Award

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