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Tianjin University


Academic Staff

YAN Zhifeng
Professional Title: Professor
Office Location:Rm 610, Building No.16

Our group studies interactions between hydrological and biogeochemical processes and its impact on terrestrial and aquatic carbon and nitrogen cycling. We dedicate to build quantitative links between macroscale phenomenon and microscale mechanisms through using theoretical, experimental, and modeling approaches. We encourage M.S. student, Ph.D student and Postdoc to join our team. The opening is always available.  

Academic Honors & Awards
2010.09 : Lee and Albert H. Halff Doctoral Student Award
2010.08 : Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University
2019.07~Now, Institute of Surface-Earth System Science, Tianjin University, Professor,.
2017.08~2019.07, Institute of Surface-Earth System Science, Tianjin University, Associate Professor,.
2014.11~2017.04, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Post-doctor,.
2010.08~2014.10, Johns Hopkins University, Environmental Engineering, Ph.D,.
2007.08~2010.07, Tsinghua University, Master,.
2003.08~2007.07, Wuhan University, Bachelor,.
  • Hydro-Biogeochemical interations in earth critical zones 

  • Soil carbon and nitrogen cycling and greenhouse gas CO2、N2OCH4emission

  • Contaminant transport and fate in soils and groundwater

Research Projects
2019.01~2021.06, Mechanisms of soil greenhouse gas emission from reservoir transition zones, Ministry of Science and Technology of China,.
2014.11~2017.04, Hydro-Biogeochemical Process Dynamics in the Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction Zone, US Department of Energy,.
2014.11~2017.04, Pore-to-Core Scale Research to Inform Ecosystem-Scale Soil Carbon, US Department of Energy,.
2010.08~2014.10, Chemotaxis in Porous Media, US National Science Foundation,.
2010.08~2014.08, Upscaling of Colloid Transport in Non-Uniform Media under Unfavorable Conditions, US National Science Foundation,.
Selected Publications
C Li, SL Li, FJ Yue, J Liu, J Zhong, ZF Yan, RC Zhang, ZJ Wang, S Xu, 2019, Identification of sources and transformations of nitrate in the Xijiang River using nitrate isotopes and Bayesian model, Science of the Total Environment,.
Yan Z.*, T. Wang, L. Wang, X. Yang, P. Smith, M. Hilpert, S. Li, J. Shang, V. Bailey, and C. Liu*, 2018, Microscale Water Distribution and its Effects on Organic Carbon Decomposition in nsaturated Soils, Science of the Total Environment,.
Yan Z., B. Bond-Lamberty, K. Todd-Brown, V. Bailey, S. Li, C. Liu, and C. Liu*, 2018, A Moisture Function of Soil Heterotrophic Respiration that Incorporates Microscale Processes, Nature Communications,.
Yan Z.*, S. Li, X. Yang, and M. Hilpert, 2017, Two-Relaxation-Time Lattice Boltzmann Method and its Applications to Advective-Diffusive-Reactive Transport, Advances in Water Resources,.
Yan Z., C. Liu*, Y. Liu, and V. Bailey, 2017, Multiscale Biofilm Distribution and its Impact on Macroscopic Biogeochemical Reaction Rates, Water Resources Research,.
Yan Z., C. Liu*, K. Todd-Brown, Y. Liu, B. Bond-Lamberty, and V. Bailey, 2016, Pore-scale Investigation on the Response of Heterotrophic Respiration to Moisture Conditions in Heterogeneous Soils, Biogeochemistry,.
Yan Z.*, E.J. Bouwer and M. Hilpert, 2014, Coupled Effects of Chemotaxis and Growth on Traveling Bacterial Waves, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology,.
Yan Z.* and M. Hilpert, 2014, A Multiple-relaxation-time Lattice-Boltzmann Model for Bacterial Chemotaxis: Effects of Initial Concentration, Diffusion, and Hydrodynamic Dispersion on Traveling Bacterial Bands, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology,.


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