Profile Yafang Cheng

Yafang Cheng in front of the Summer palace in Bejing, China. Picture: private
Nationality:   Chinese
Employment: Head of Minerva Research Group
Max Plank 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 and climate change.

Professional Career

Since 2014        Head of Minerva 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         Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
2011-2013         “100 Talent” Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China
2009-2011         Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
2007-2009         Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany

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

Awards and Honors
2020              Atmospheric Science Ascent Award (mid-career), American Geophyscis Union (AGU)
2020              Schmauss Award, German Association for Aerosol Research (GAef)
2017              Invited commentator on air pollution control by Ministry of Environment Protection of China
2014              Minerva Program Award, Max Planck Society
2014              iLEAPS Top 10 publications
2012              Highest Impact Research Work of Chinese Scientists in 2011, Chinese Academy of Science
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 (ERTC) between the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the Chineses Academy of Sciences (CAS)
2017-2019 PI, key program “The key processes influence the regional emission and deposition”, funded by National Key R&D Program of China
2016-2019 Unit head, MPIC-JNU Anthropocene Research Program, funded by Jinan Univeristy
Since 2014      PI, project CARIBIC-SP2 supported by Max Planck Society
2014-2018 PI, key project “The study on quantifying the sources and conversion of key carbonaceous species in the atmosphere”, founded by the National Science Foundation of China
2017-2018 PI, project AEROCARB, funded by European Space Agency
2014-2018 PI, project NanoAero (AOT-100 & nano-HTDMA), funded by Großgeräteantrag of Max Planck Society
2011-2012 Leader of WP3 of the MIX-ASIA initiative for multi-model comparison and evaluation of aerosol over East Asia

Positions of trust and consulting
•    Project reviewer for ANS (French National Research Agency) etc.
•    Associate Editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP)
•    Manuscript reviewer for PNAS, Nature Geosciences, Nature Communications, Angewandte Chemie, ACP, JGR, GRL, ES&T and JPC etc.
•    Keynote/invited speaker, convener and chair of international conference and meetings (AGU, EGU, CTWF, ERTC etc.)

Student supervision and teaching

Advisor of 12 Ph.D. students & 14 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)


110 peer-reviewed journal articles including 4 hot papers (top 0.1%), 10 highly-cited papers (top 1%) and several publications in interdisciplinary highlight magazines (3 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 = 38 & 5850 citations
Citation report Google scholar: h-index = 46 & 8467 citations (29.12.2020)

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