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Jian Wang

Tenured Scientist

My research focuses on the processes that drive the properties and evolutions of atmospheric aerosols and the interactions between aerosols and clouds. The current research topics include: (1) aerosol properties and processes under natural conditions that were prevalent during pre-industrial era; (2) nucleation and new particle formation; (3) aerosols in the marine environment; (4) effects of aerosols on cloud microphysical properties and macrophysical structure; (5) development of advanced aerosol instruments with the focus on aircraft-based deployments.


  • California Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
  • California Institute of Technology, M.S. Chemical Engineering
  • University of Science and Technology of China, B.S. Physical Chemistry


  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Association for Aerosol Research
  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Geosciences Union

Areas of Interest

  • Aerosol cloud interactions
  • Aerosol physics and chemistry
  • Aerosol instrumentation

Awards and Honors

  • Kenneth T.Whitby Award, American Associate for Aerosol Research 2013
  • Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship, Brookhaven National Laboratory 2002-2005


  • “Fast mixing condensation nucleus counter”, US Patent 6,567,157 B1
  • “Aerosol mobility size spectrometer”, US Patent 7,298,486
  • “Wide size range fast integrated mobility spectrometer”, US Patent 8,570,511
  • “Aerosol Mobility Imaging for Rapid Size Distribution Measurements”, US Patent 9395281

Professional Experience

  • Tenured Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Dec. 2010-Present
  • Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oct. 2008-Nov. 2010
  • Associate Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Sept. 2005-Sept. 2008
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, Sept. 2005-Present
  • Goldhaber Distinguished Fellow, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Sept. 2002-Sept. 2005

External Service

  • Lead scientist of Aerosol and Cloud Experiments in Eastern North Atlantic (ACE-ENA) campaign (
  • Vice Chair/Chair, Instrumentation working group, American Association for Aerosol Research, 2015-2016.
  • Editor of the journal Aerosol Science and Technology, Mar. 2009 – present.
  • Technical co-manager, BNL Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Science Focus Area (SFA), 2009-present.
  • Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Science and Infrastructure Steering Committee (Executive Committee) member, Oct. 2009-present.
  • Chair/co-Chair, aerosol lifecycle working group of Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program, Department of Energy. Oct. 2009-present.
  • Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility science board member, Jan 2012-Jan 2015.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory Science Theme Advisory Panel member, 2014.
  • PNNL Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory triennial review panel member, 2014
  • Member, DOE and NOAA review panels, 2007-2015.
  • Member of NASA Tropospheric Airborne Measurement Evaluation Panel, 2008 and 2009.

Selected Publications (since 2002)

Thalman, R., de Sá, S. S., Palm, B. B., Barbosa, H. M. J., Pöhlker, M. L., Alexander, M. L., Brito, J., Carbone, S., Castillo, P., Day, D. A., Kuang, C., Manzi, A., Ng, N. L., Sedlacek III, A. J., Souza, R., Springston, S., Watson, T., Pöhlker, C., Pöschl, U., Andreae, M. O., Artaxo, P., Jimenez, J. L., Martin, S. T., and Wang, J. CCN activity and organic hygroscopicity of aerosols downwind of an urban region in central Amazonia: Seasonal and diel variations and impact of anthropogenic emissions. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17, 11779-11801, doi:10.5194/acp-17-11779-2017 (2017).

Bateman, A. P., Gong, Z., Harder, T. H., de Sá, S. S., Wang, B., Castillo, P., China, S., Liu, Y., O'Brien, R. E., Palm, B., Shiu, H. W., da Silva, G., Thalman, R., Adachi, K., Alexander, M. L., Artaxo, P., Bertram, A. K., Buseck, P. R., Gilles, M. K., Jimenez, J. L., Laskin, A., Manzi, A. O., Sedlacek, A., Souza, R. A. F., Wang, J., Zaveri, R., and Martin, S. T. Anthropogenic influences on the physical state of submicron particulate matter over a tropical forest. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17, 1759-1773 doi:10.5194/acp-17-1759-2017 (2017).

Martin, S. T., Artaxo, P., Machado, L., Manzi, A. O., Souza, R. A. F., Schumacher, C., Wang, J., Biscaro, T., Brito, J., Calheiros, A., Jardine, K., Medeiros, A., Portela, B., de Sá, S. S., Adachi, K., Aiken, A. C., Albrecht, R., Alexander, L., Andreae, M. O., Barbosa, H. M. J., Buseck, P., Chand, D., Comstock, J. M., Day, D. A., Dubey, M., Fan, J., Fast, J., Fisch, G., Fortner, E., Giangrande, S., Gilles, M., Goldstein, A. H., Guenther, A., Hubbe, J., Jensen, M., Jimenez, J. L., Keutsch, F. N., Kim, S., Kuang, C., Laskin, A., McKinney, K., Mei, F., Miller, M., Nascimento, R., Pauliquevis, T., Pekour, M., Peres, J., Petäjä, T., Pöhlker, C., Pöschl, U., Rizzo, L., Schmid, B., Shilling, J. E., Dias, M. A. S., Smith, J. N., Tomlinson, J. M., Tóta, J., and Wendisch, M. The Green Ocean Amazon Experiment (GoAmazon2014/5) Observes Pollution Affecting Gases, Aerosols, Clouds, and Rainfall over the Rain Forest. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. 98, 981-997, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00221.1 (2017).

Pinterich, T., Spielman, S. R., Hering, S., and Wang, J. A Water-based Fast Integrated Mobility Spectrometer (WFIMS) with enhanced dynamic size range. Aerosol Sci. Technol., online, doi:10.1080/02786826.2017.1338664 (2017).

Shrivastava, M., Cappa, C. D., Fan, J., Goldstein, A. H., Guenther, A. B., Jimenez, J. L., Kuang, C., Laskin, A., Martin, S. T., Ng, N. L., Petaja, T., Pierce, J. R., Rasch, P. J., Roldin, P., Seinfeld, J. H., Shilling, J., Smith, J. N., Thornton, J. A., Volkamer, R., Wang, J., Worsnop, D. R., Zaveri, R. A., Zelenyuk, A., and Zhang, Q. Recent advances in understanding secondary organic aerosol: Implications for global climate forcing. Reviews of Geophysics 55, 509-559, doi:10.1002/2016RG000540 (2017).

de Sá, S. S., Palm, B. B., Campuzano-Jost, P., Day, D. A., Newburn, M. K., Hu, W., Isaacman-VanWertz, G., Yee, L. D., Thalman, R., Brito, J., Carbone, S., Artaxo, P., Goldstein, A. H., Manzi, A. O., Souza, R. A. F., Mei, F., Shilling, J. E., Springston, S. R., Wang, J., Surratt, J. D., Alexander, M. L., Jimenez, J. L., and Martin, S. T. Influence of urban pollution on the production of organic particulate matter from isoprene epoxydiols in central Amazonia. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17, 6611-6629, doi:10.5194/acp-2016-1020 (2017).

Wang, J., Pikridas, M., Spielman, S. R., and Pinterich, T. A fast integrated mobility spectrometer for rapid measurement of sub-micrometer aerosol size distribution, Part I: design and model evaluation. J. Aerosol Sci. 108, 44-55, doi:10.1016/j.jaerosci.2017.02.012 (2017).

Wang, J., Pikridas, M., Pinterich, T., Spielman, S. R., Tsang, T., McMahon, A., and Smith, S. A fast integrated mobility spectrometer for rapid measurement of sub-micrometer aerosol size distribution, Part II: Experimental characterization. J. Aerosol Sci. 113, 119-129, doi:10.1016/j.jaerosci.2017.05.001 (2017).

Slade, J. H., Shiraiwa, M., Arangio, A., Su, H., Pöschl, U., Wang, J., and Knopf, D. A. Cloud droplet activation through oxidation of organic aerosol influenced by temperature and particle phase state. Geophy. Res. Lettrs 44, 1583-1591, doi:10.1002/2016GL072424 (2017).

Wood, R., Jensen, M. P., Wang, J., Bretherton, C. S., Burrows, S. M., Genio, A. D. D., Fridlind, A. M., Ghan, S. J., Ghate, V. P., Kollias, P., Krueger, S. K., McGraw, R. L., Miller, M. A., Painemal, D., Russell, L. M., Yuter, S. E., and Zuidema, P. Planning the next decade of coordinated research to better understand and simulate marine low clouds. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. 97, 1699-1702, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0160.1 (2016).

Wang, J., et al. Amazon boundary layer aerosol concentration sustained by vertical transport during rainfall. Nature 539, 416-419, doi:10.1038/nature19819 (2016).

Mei, F., Setyan, A., Zhang, Q., and Wang, J. CCN activity of organic aerosols observed downwind of urban emissions during CARES. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 12155-12169, doi:10.5194/acp-13-12155-2013 (2013).

Wang, J., McGraw, R. L., and Kuang, C. Growth of atmospheric nano-particles by heterogeneous nucleation of organic vapor. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 6523-6531, doi:10.5194/acp-13-6523-2013 (2013).

Wang, J. and Wexler, A. S. Adsorption of Organic Molecules May Explain Growth of Newly Nucleated Clusters and New Particle Formation. Geophys. Res. Lettrs 40, 1-5, doi:10.1002/grl.50455 (2013).

Kuang, C. G., M. Chen, J. Zhao, J. Smith, P. H. McMurry, and J. Wang. First size-dependent growth rate measurements of 1 to 5 nm freshly formed atmospheric nuclei. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 12, 3573-3589 (2012).

Kuang, C. G., M. Chen, P. H. McMurry, and J. Wang. Modification of Laminar Flow Ultrafine Condensation Particle Counters for the Enhanced Detection of 1 nm Condensation Nuclei. Aerosol Sci. Technol. 46, 309-315 (2012).

Liu, X. H. and J. Wang. How important is organic aerosol hygroscopicity to aerosol indirect forcing? Environ. Res. Lettrs 5, 044010, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/5/4/044010 (2010).

Wang, J., M. J. Cubison, A. C. Aiken, J. L. Jimenez, and D. R. Collins. The importance of aerosol mixing state and size-resolved composition on CCN concentration and the variation of the importance with atmospheric aging of aerosols. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 10, 7267-7283 (2010).

Wang, J., P. H. Daum, S. S. Yum, Y. G. Liu, G. Senum, L. Lu, J. H. Seinfeld, and H. Jonnsson. Observations marine stratocumulus microphysics and implications for processes controlling droplet spectra: results from the Marine Stratus/stratocumulus Experiment (MASE). J. Geophys. Res. 114, D18210, doi:10.1029/2008JD011035 (2009).

Wang, J., Y. N. Lee, P. H. Daum, J. Jayne, and M. L. Alexander. Effects of aerosol organics on cloud condensation nucleus (CCN) concentration and first indirect aerosol effect. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 8, 6325-6339 (2008).

Olfert, J., P. S. Kulkarni, and J. Wang. Measurements of particle size distributions using a Fast Integrated Mobility Spectrometer. J. Aerosol Sci. 39, 940-956, doi:10.1016/j.jaerosci.2008.06.005 (2008).

Wang, J. Effects of spatial and temporal variations in aerosol properties on mean cloud albedo. J. Geophys. Res. 112, D16201, doi:10.1029/2007JD008565 (2007).

Kulkarni, P. and J. Wang. New Fast Integrated Mobility Spectrometer for Real-Time Measurement of Aerosol Size Distribution: II. Design, Calibration, and Performance Characterization. J. Aerosol Sci. 37(10), 1326-1339 (2006).

Kulkarni, P. and J. Wang. New Fast Integrated Mobility Spectrometer for Real-Time Measurement of Aerosol Size Distribution: I. Concept and Theory. J. Aerosol Sci. 37(10), 1303-1325 (2006).

Wang, J., Flagan R. C., Seinfeld J. H., Collins D. R., Jonsson H. H., Schmid B., Redemann J., Livingston J. M., Russell P. B., Gao S., Hegg D. A., Welton E. J., and Bates D. Clear-column radiative closure during ACE-Asia: Comparison of multiwavelength extinction derived from particle size and composition with results from Sun photometry. J. Geophys. Res. 107(D23), 4688 (2002).

Wang, J., McNeill V. F., Collins D. R., and Flagan R. C. Fast Mixing Condensation Nucleus Counter: Application to Rapid Scanning Differential Mobility Analyzer Measurements. Aerosol Sci. Technol. 36(6), 678-689 (2002).