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Zulin Zhang

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Organic Chemist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Zulin Zhang is a Senior Research Scientist and joined the institute in 2007. He has over 10 years of experience on environmental organic chemistry (Researcher ID: B-2879-2010) . Zulin obtained his Ph.D in 2001 from Xiamen University, China. Before he moved to Aberdeen, he conducted his post doctoral research and worked as an assistant and associate scientist in Tsinghua University at Beijing, and then carried his Marie Curie Fellowship from 2004 to 2007 at the University of Sussex in Brighton.

Current research interests

Zulin is interested in investigating environmental geochemical behavior (source, transport and fate), removal, effect and risk assessment of organic contaminants including endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), persisent organic pollutants (POPs) and emerging organic contaminants (e.g. pesticides, pharmaceutical and personal care products). Also he is interested in developing new analytical and monitoring techniques (e.g. passive sampling, online extraction, chromatography and mass spectrometry) for emerging organic contaminants of different environmental matrices with an emphasis on compounds entering the food chain and having an effect on environmental quality, animal and human health.


  • Irvine, K.N.; Roberts, M.; Eastwood, A.; Colley, K.; Currie, M.; Zhang, Z. (2021) Environmental science and mental health review., Report via Valuing Nature Program.
  • Zhang Z.L.; Zhou J.L. (2007) Simultaneous determination of various pharmaceuticals in environmental waters by solid-phase extraction-liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry., Journal of Chromatography A, 1154, 205-213.
  • Li, L.S.; Zhu, W.P.; Zhang, P.Y.; Zhang, Q.Y.; Zhang, Z.L. (2006) AC/O3/BAC process for removing refractory and hazardous pollutants in raw water., Journal of Hazardous Materials, 135, 129-133.
  • Li, L.S.; Zhu, W.P.; Zhang, P.Y.; Zhang, Z.L.; Wu, H.H.; Han W.Y. (2006) Comparison of AC/O3-BAC and O3-BAC process for removing organic pollutants in secondary effluent., Chemosphere, 62, 1514-1522.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Hibberd, A.; Zhou, J.L. (2006) Optimisation of derivatisation for the analysis of estrogenic compounds in water by solid-phase extraction gas chromatography-mass spectrometry., Analytica Chimica Acta, 577, 52-61.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Yu, G.; Cheng, J.; Wang, X.; Zhang, F.S. (2005) Carbon Isotopic Fractionation during Photolysis of Hexachlorobenzene., Progress in Natural Science, 15, 82-88.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Hong, H.S.; Zhou, J.L.; Yu G. (2004) Phase association of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the Minjiang River Estuary, China., Science of the total Environment, 323, 71-86.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Hung, J.; Yu, G.; Hong, H.S. (2004) Occurrence of PAHs, PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in the Tonghui River of Beijing, China., Environmental Pollution, 130, 249-261.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Hong, H.S.; Zhou, J.L.; Huang, J.; Yu, G. (2003) Fate and assessment of persistent organic pollutants at multi-phase from Minjiang River Estuary, Southeast of China., Chemosphere, 52, 1423-1430.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Hong, H.S.; Zhou, J.L.; Dai, M.H.; Maskaoui, K.; Chen, W.Q. (2002) Contamination by Organochlorine Pesticides in the Estuaries of Southeast China., Chemical Research in Chinese Universities,18,153-160.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Dai, M.H.; Hong, H.S.; Zhou, J.L.; Yu, G. (2002) Dissolved insecticides and polychlorinated biphenyls in the Pearl River Estuary and South China Sea., Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 4, 922-928.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Hong, H.S.; Zhou, J.L.; Yu, G. (2002) Occurrence and behaviour of organophosphorus insecticides in the River Wuchuan, Southeast China., Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 4,498-504.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Hong, H.S.; Zhou, J.L.; Yu, G.; Chen, W.Q.; Wang X.H. (2002) Transport and fate of organochlorine pesticides in River Wuchuan, Southeast China., Journal of Environmental Monitoring , 4, 435-441.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Hong, H.S.; Wang, X.H.; Lin, J.Q.; Chen, W.Q.; Xu, L. (2002) Determination and load of Organophosphorus and Organochlorine pesticides at water from Jiulong River Estuary, China., Marine Pollution Bulletin, 45, 397-402.

  • Dawson, L.A.; Rhind, S.M.; Zhang, Z.L.; Poggio, L.; Kyle, C.E.; Mayes, R.W.; Aalders, I.H.; Osprey, M.; Ross, J.; Cuthbert, A. (2012) Linking distribution of soil PaHs to location as a forensic tool., In: Morrison, R.D. & O'Sullivan, G. (eds.). Environmental Forensics: Proceedings of the 2011 INEF Conference. Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing, Cambridge, pp199-205.
  • Zhou J.L.; Zhang, Z.L. (2011) Analysis of hormones in food., In: Nollett, L. (ed.). Analysis of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in Food. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxon, 243-254.
  • Zhou J.L.; Zhang, Z.L. (2009) Pharmaceutical compounds in estuarine and coastal waters., In: Wurl, O. (ed.). Practical Guidelines for the Analysis of Seawater. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 351-367.
  • Zhang, Z.L.; Grover, D.P.; Zhou, J.L. (2009) Monitoring of pharmaceutical residues in sewage effluent., In: Ahuja, S. (ed.). Handbook of Water Quality and Purity. Elsevier Science, New York, 315-342.

  • Dawson, L.A.; Rhind, S.M.; Zhang, Z.L.; Poggio, L.; Kyle, C.E.; Mayes, R.W.; Aalders, I.H.; Osprey, M.; Ross, J.; Cuthbert, A. (2011) Distribution of PAHs across the soils of Scotland., International Network of Environmental Forensics Conference, St John's College, Cambridge, 24-27 July 2011. Conference Proceedings, pp.18-19.

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