Profile Yafang Cheng

Yafang Cheng in front of the Summer palace in Bejing, China (photo: private).

Employment:        Head of Minerva Research Group

                                Max Planck Institute for Chemistry 
Work address:       Hahn-Meitner-Weg 1
                                55128, Mainz, Germany 
Phone:                    +49-6131-305-7200

Research Interests

Aerosols are at the center of my research interests. I am developing and combining experimental methods and multi-scale modeling tools to elucidate the mechanisms of aerosol particle formation and transformation as well as the impact of aerosols on air quality, public health and climate change.

Professional Career

Since 2014        Head of Minerva Independent Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
2021-2024         Guest Professor, University of Science and Technology of China
2014-2017         Guest Professor, Institute of Polar Environment, University of Science and Technology of China
2013-2014         Research group leader, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
2012-2013         Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
2011-2013         “100 Talent” Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China
2009-2011         Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
2007-2009         Postdoctoral Scholar, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany


2001-2007         Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Peking University, Beijing, China
1997-2001         BSc, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Awards and Honors

2021                   Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021 in Physical Sciences, Falling Walls Foundation
2020                   Atmospheric Science Ascent Award (mid-career), American Geophyscis Union (AGU)
2020                   Schmauss Award, German Association for Aerosol Research (GAef)
2020                   World's top 2% leading scientists, Stanford University Analysis & Mendeley
2014                   Minerva Outstanding Female Scientist Award, Max Planck Society
2014                   Top 10 publications, Integrated Land Ecosystem - Atmosphere Processes Study,
                            Global Research Project of Future Earth (iLEAPS)
2012                   Highest Impact Research Work of Chinese Scientists in 2011,
                            Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), in total 19 works from all disciplinary
2011                   "100 Talent" Award, Peking University
2004-2007         Daimler-Chrysler-Benz Fellowship, Peking University & Daimler-Chrysler-Benz Foundation
1998-2001         Bao-Gang Award (top 0.1%), Outstanding Student Awards (top 1%), Wuhan University

Research leadership

2019                   Steering Committee member of the Exploratory Round Table Conference
                            between the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
2017-2019         PI, National Key R&D Program of China, No. 2017YFC0210104, funded by MOST of China
2017-2018         PI, project AEROCARB, No. ESA 4000120532 (~0.25 million Euro),
                            funded by European Space Agency (ESA)
2016-2019         Unit head, MPIC-JNU Anthropocene Research Program funded by Jinan University (JNU)
2014-2021         PI, Minerva group research grand (~2.7 million Euro), funded by Max Planck Society
2014-2018         PI, project NanoAero (AOT-100, ~0.2 million Euro & nano-HTDMA),
                            funded by Großgeräteantrag of Max Planck Society
Since 2014        PI, project CARIBIC-SP2, supported by Max Planck Society
2013-2016        Co-PI, Key program No. 41330635, funded by NSFC
2011-2012        WP leader, WP3 of the MIX-ASIA initiative of multiple model inter-comparison in Asia 

Positions of trust and consulting

•    Senior editor and co-editor for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP)
•    Reviewer for Science, PNAS, Nature Chemistry, Nature Geosciences, Nature Communications,
     Science Advances, Angewandte Chemie, AGU advances, ACP, JGR, GRL, ES&T and JPC etc.
•    Liaison for Atmosheric Sciences Division of European Geosciences Union (EGU)
•    Keynote/invited speaker, convener and chair of international conference and meetings (AGU, EGU, CTWF, ERTC etc.)
•    Project reviewer for ANR (Frech National Research Agency 2019) etc.
•    PhD Thesis reviewer and/or defence commitee member for JGU (Mainz, Germany), CEREA (France, Paris),
     Tianjing University (Tianjin, China) etc.
•    ETH-Medal reviewer for the ETH Zurich
•    Invited commentator on air pollution control by Ministry of Environment Protection of China

Student supervision and teaching

•   Principal (co-) advisor of 12 Ph.D. students & 17 post-doctoral researchers
•   Lectures in atmospheric chemistry and physics for graduate students at Peking University, Beijing;
    University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei), and Jinan University (Guangzhou)


Over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles including 4 hot papers (top 0.1%), 10 highly-cited papers (top 1%) and several publications in interdisciplinary highlight magazines (5 in Science, 2 in Science Advances, 3 in PNAS, 1 in Nature Communications) with wide international press coverage (e.g., Wired, Discovery News Channel, Chemistry World, Chemistry Views, Xinhua News, Science News and Tages-Anzeiger etc.); several book/book chapters (English/Chinese).

Citation report ISI Web of Knowledge:  h-index = 41 & > 7200 citations      (Researcher ID)
Citation report Google scholar:              h-index = 51 & > 10300 citations    (Google Scholar)

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