School of Earth and Environment

Zongbo Shi Dr Zongbo Shi

Visiting researcher

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35225
Email address:
Room: 9.128

Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute


Current research

Change in speciation of iron in Saharan dust by atmospheric processing (PI: Mike Krom, Co-PIs: Liane Benning, Ken Carslaw at University of Leeds; Tim Jickells and Alex Baker in University of East Anglia)

Research interests

  1. Atmospheric processing of mineral dust
  2. Iron solubility in mineral dust
  3. Dust mineralogy
  4. Microscopic analysis of aerosol particles
  5. Aerosol chemistry
  6. Hygroscopicity of aerosol particles

Education background

9/1998.9-7/2003: Ph.D of Earth Prospecting and Information Technology (Applied Geochemistry), Department of Resource & Earth Sciences, China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing)
Dissertation title: Physicochemical characteristics and bioreactivity of PM10 and PM2.5 in the atmosphere of Beijing. Advisor: Prof. Longyi Shao, China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing)

9/1994-7/1998: Bachelor of Geological Engineering, Department of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Anhui University of Science & Technology

Work experience

12/2007-now: Research Fellow, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom (Supervisor: Prof. Mike Krom and Prof. Lianne Benning)

10/2005-10/2007: Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan (Supervisor: Prof. Daizhou Zhang)

10/2003-10/2005: Postdoc, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (Supervisor: Prof. Kebin He)

10/2001-12/2001: visiting student, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK (Supervisor: Prof. Roy Richards and Dr. Tim Jones)

Honors and Awards

2005-2007: JSPS fellowship

2004: Beijing Science and Technology Award

2003: "The excellent graduate" award of China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing)

2002: IET scholarship

1997: China Science and Technology Development Foundation-Sun Yueqi scholarship


  • Shi ZB; Krom MD; Bonneville S; Baker AR; Jickells TD; Benning LG (2009) Formation of Iron Nanoparticles and Increase in Iron Reactivity in Mineral Dust during Simulated Cloud Processing, ENVIRON SCI TECHNOL, 43, pp.6592-6596. doi: 10.1021/es901294g
  • Shi Z; Zhang D; Hayashi M; Ogata H; Ji H; Fujiie W (2008) Influences of sulfate and nitrate on the hydroscopic behaviors of coarse dust particles, Atmospheric Environment, 42, pp.822-827. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2007.10.037
  • Shi Z; Zhang D; Ji H; Hasegawa S; Hayashi M (2008) Modification of soot by volatile species in an urban atmosphere, Science of the Total Environment, 389, pp.195-201. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.08.016
  • Chen Y; Shi Z; He K; Ma Y; Liu Y (2007) Physico-chemical characteristics of individual mineral particles collected during dust storm periods in Beijing, Research of Environmental Sciences, 20, pp.52-57.
  • Shao L; Li W; Yang S; Shi Z; Lu S (2007) Analysis of the mineralogical compositions of dust particles collected during the super dust storm in 2002, Science in China Series B: Chemistry, 37, pp.215-221.
  • Shi Z; He K; Yu X; Yao Z; Yang F; Ma R; Ma Y; Jia Y; Zhang J (2007) Diurnal variation of number concentration and size distribution of ultrafine particles in the urban atmosphere of Beijing in winter, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 19, pp.933-938. doi: 10.1016/S1001-0742(07)60154-5
  • Shao L; Shi Z; Jones TP; Li J; Whittaker AG; Berube KA (2006) Bioreactivity of particulate matter in Beijing air: Results from plasmid DNA assay, Science of the Total Environment, 367, pp.261-272. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2005.10.009
  • Yang F; He K; Ma Y; Shi Z; Jia Y; Chen X; Cha L; Fan C; Ma Y (2006) Development and application of multi-channel PM2.5 species sampler, The Chinese Journal of Process Engineering, 6, pp.28-31.
  • Shao L; Yang S; Shi Z; Lu S (2006) A study on physico-chemistry and bioreactivity of inhalable particulates in urban air, China: Meteorological Publishing House.
  • Shi Z; Shao L; Jones TP; Lu S (2005) Microscopy and mineralogy of airborne particles collected during severe dust storm episodes in Beijing, China, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, pp.pp.D01303. doi: 10.1029/2004JD005073
  • Shi Z; Shao L; Jones TP; Whittaker AG; Richards RJ (2004) Oxidative stress on plasmid DNA induced by inhalable particles in the urban atmosphere, Chinese Science Bulletin, 49, pp.692-697.
  • Lu S; Shao L; Shi Z (2004) XRD analysis of mineral compositions in inhalable particulate matter (PM10), Zhongguo Huanjing Jiance = Environmental Monitoring in China, 20, pp.9-11.
  • Shao L; Shi Z (2003) Microscopic characteristics and size distribution of PM10 collected in an urban site and clean air site in Beijing, China Environmental Science / Zhongguo Huanjing Kexue, 24, pp.11-16.
  • Shao L; He T; Li H; Shi Z; Li J (2003) Characteristics of extractable organic matter in PM10 of urban area - case study of northwestern Beijing, Journal of China University of Mining and Technology, 32, pp.383-387.
  • Shi Z; Shao L; Jones TP; Whittaker AG; Lu S; Berube KA; He T; Richards RJ (2003) Characterization of airborne individual particles collected in an urban area, a satellite city and a clean air area in Beijing, 2001, Atmospheric Environment, 37, pp.4097-4108. doi: 10.1016/S1352-2310(03)00531-4
  • Whittaker AG; Shao L; Jones TP; Shi Z; Richards RJ (2003) Mineral dust in urban air: Beijing, China, Mineralogical Magazine, 67, pp.173-182. doi: 10.1180/0026461036720111
  • Lu S; Shao L; Shi Z; Li H; Xiao Z (2003) Mineralogy study of inhalable particles in environmental atmosphere, Journal of Liaoning Technical University (Social Science Edition), 22, pp.707-710.
  • Peng S; He H; Shao L; Shi Z; Gao Y (2002) Carbon isotopic compositions of the Cambrian-Ordovician carbonates in Tarim Basin, Journal of China University of Mining and Technology, 31, pp.353-357.
  • Li H; Zeng F; Shao L; Shi Z (2002) Current status of study on the human health effects of inhalable particulates, Journal of Environmental Health, 19, pp.85-87.
  • Shi Z; Shao L; Li H; Whittaker AG; Jones TP; Berube KA; Richards RJ (2002) Physicochemical characterization of PM10 in ambient air of northwestern urban area in Beijing, Environmental Science / Huanjing Kexue, 23, pp.30-36.
  • He H; Peng S; Shao L; Shi Z; Gao Y (2002) Sedimentology and palaeogeography of the Cambrian-Ordovician in Bachu uplift and Awati depression, the Tarim Basin, Coal Geology and Exploration, 30, pp.1-4.
  • Li H; Shao L; Shan Z; Shi Z (2001) The advances and prospects of study on particulate organics in the atmosphere, Zhongguo Huanjing Jiance = Environmental Monitoring in China, 17, pp.62-67.
  • Hao L; Shao L; Shi Z (2000) The application of depositional cycle frequency curve to episodic coal accumulation: with an example from the Upper Permian in southwest China, Journal of Palaeogeography, 2, pp.12-19.
  • Shi Z; He; K; Xue; Z; Yang; F; Chen; Y; Ma; Y; Luo; J () Properties of individual aerosol particles and their relation to air mass origins in a south China coastal city, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, 114, . doi: 10.1029/2008JD011221