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Prof. Di HU


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Tel: 3411 7859


Dr. Di HU, Associate Professor, Chemistry


Dr. Di HU obtained her B.Sc. degree in Applied Chemistry from Peking University and a Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hu is currently an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, and her main research interests are: 1) origins and chemical transformations of organic pollutants in the atmosphere; 2) development and application of advanced analytical techniques for the identification and quantification of various organic species and elements in atmospheric fine particulates and other complex matrices; 3) characterization and source apportionment of PM2.5-associated toxicity. Dr. Hu has published a number of peer-reviewed research papers in top-tier journals in the field, including the Journal of Hazardous Materials, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Environmental International, Environmental Pollution, JGR-Atmosphere, Atmospheric Environment, and so on.


Project Highlights 


1. Cao, G., Wang, W., Zhang, J., Zhao, X., Yang, Z., Hu, D., Cai, Z.*, 2022, New evidence of tubber-derived quinones in water, air, and soil, Environmental Science and Technology, 56 (7), 4142-4150,
2. Cheng, Y., Ma. Y., Hu, D.*, 2021, Tracer-based source apportioning of atmospheric organic carbon and the influence of anthropogenic emissions on secondary organic aerosol formation in Hong Kong, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 21, 10589-10608, (JCR Q1, rank: 10/94, IF: 6.133)
3. Zhang, Y., Song, Y., Chen, Y.-J., Chen, Y., Lu, Y., Li, R., Dong, C., Hu, D., Cai, Z.*, 2021, Discovery of emerging sulfur-containing PAHs in PM2.5: Contamination profiles and potential health risks, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 416, 125795,
4. Cheng, Y., Ma, Y., Dong, B., Qiu, X., Hu, D.*, 2021, Pollutants from primary sources dominate the oxidative potential of water-soluble PM2.5 in Hong Kong in terms of dithiothreitol (DTT) consumption and hydroxyl radical production, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 405, 124218, doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.124218.
5. Ma, Y., Cheng, Y., Cao, G., Yu, J.Z., Hu, D.*, 2020, Speciation of carboxylic components in humic-like substances (HULIS) and source apportionment of HULIS in ambient fine aerosols (PM2.5) collected in Hong Kong, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27, 23172-23180, doi:10.1007/s11356-020-08915-w.
6. Xu, F., Shi, X., Qiu, X.*, Jiang, X., Fang, Y., Yang, J., Hu, D., Zhu, T., 2020, Investigation of the chemical components of ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) associated with in vitro cellular responses to oxidative stress and inflammation, Environmental International, 136, 105475, doi:10.1016/j.envint.2020.105475.