Dr Jian Zhong PhD

Dr Jian Zhong

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Zhong's current research focuses on modelling the flow and thermal structures of the urban atmospheric boundary layer using a Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model and a Large Eddy Simulation (LES) model. Favourable weather conditions for measurement campaigns (i.e. the deployment of the biotelemetry/bio-aerial-systems) will be identified via pre-deployment modelling, primarily using a mesoscale meteorological model (WRF, Weather Research and Forecasting) and a WRF-LES model. Subsequent analysis and interpretation of measured data will be conducted with the aid of post-deployment modelling for the measurement periods.


  • BSc (Hons) in Safety Engineering, Central South University, P.R. China, 2006-2010
  • MSc courses (Integrated PhD) in Safety Technology and Engineering, Central South University, P.R. China, 2010-2011
  • PhD in Geography & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK, 2011-2015


Dr Jian Zhong obtained his bachelors degree in Safety Engineering at the Central South University, P.R. China in 2010. Subsequently, he was admitted as an integrated PhD student in Safety Technology and Engineering at the Central South University and did one-year Masters courses (2010-2011). In 2011, he entered the University of Birmingham, undertaking his PhD in Geography and Environmental Sciences. He completed his PhD with the thesis entitled 'Modelling Air Pollution within a Street Canyon' in 2015 before taking up the post of Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.


Research interests

  • Urban air pollution modelling
  • Urban boundary layer meteorology
  • Large-eddy simulation
  • Ultrafine particles and aerosol dynamics


Zhong, J., I. Nikolova, X.-M. Cai, A. R. MacKenzie, R. M. Harrison, 2018: Modelling traffic-induced multicomponent ultrafine particles in urban street canyon compartments: factors that inhibit mixing, Environmental Pollution, 238, 186-195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2018.03.002

Harrison, R.M., A.R. MacKenzie, H. Xu, X.-M. Cai, M.S. Alam, I. Nikolova, J. Zhong, A. Singh, S. Zeraati-Rezaei, C. Stark, D.C.S. Beddows,, Z. Liang and R. Xu, 2018: Diesel exhaust nanoparticles and their behaviour in the atmosphere, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2018.0492.r1

Nikolova, I., X.-M. Cai, M.S. Alam, S.Z. Rezaei, J. Zhong, A.R. MacKenzie, and R.M. Harrison, 2018: The influence of particle composition upon the evolution of urban ultrafine diesel particles on the neighbourhood scale, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-1018

Barlow, J., M. Best, S. Bohnenstengel, P. Clark, S. Grimmond, H. Lean, A. Christen, S. Emeis, M. Haeffelin, I. Harman, A. Lemonsu, A. Martilli, E. Pardyjak, M. Rotach, S. Ballard, I. Boutle, A. Brown, X. Cai, M. Carpentieri, O. Coceal, B. Crawford, S. Di Sabatino, J. Dou, D. Drew, J. Edwards, J. Fallmann, K., Fortuniak, J. Gornall, T. Gronemeier, C. Halios, D. Hertwig, K. Hirano, A. Holtslag, Z. Luo, G. Mills, M. Nakayoshi, K. Pain, K. Schlünzen, S. Smith, L. Soulhac, G. Steeneveld, T. Sun, N. Theeuwes, D. Thomson, J. Voogt, H. Ward, Z. Xie, and J. Zhong, 2017: Developing a research strategy to better understand, observe and simulate urban atmospheric processes at kilometer to sub-kilometer scales. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, ES261-ES264. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0106.1

Zhong, J., Cai X.-M. and Bloss W. J. 2017. Large eddy simulation of reactive pollutants in a deep urban street canyon: Coupling dynamics with O3-NOx-VOC chemistry, Environmental Pollution, 224:171-184. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.01.076

Zhong, J., Cai X.-M. and Bloss W. J. 2016. Modelling photochemical pollutants in a deep urban street canyon: Application of a coupled two-box model approximation. Atmospheric Environment, 143, 86-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.08.027 

Zhong, J., Cai X.-M. and Bloss W. J. 2016. Coupling dynamics and chemistry in the air pollution modelling of street canyons: A review. Environmental Pollution, 214, 690–704. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2016.04.052

Zhong, J., Cai, X.-M. and Bloss, W. J. 2015. Modelling the dispersion and transport of reactive pollutants in a deep urban street canyon: Using large-eddy simulation. Environmental Pollution, 200, 42-52. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2015.02.009 

Liu, H., Wang Z., Zhong, J. and Xie, Z. 2015. Early detection of spontaneous combustion disaster of sulphide ore stockpiles. Tehnički vjesnik,22, 1579-1587. DOI: 10.17559/TV-20150522125313 

Zhong, J., Cai X.-M. and Bloss W. J. 2014. Modelling segregation effects of heterogeneous emissions on ozone levels in idealised urban street canyons: Using photochemical box models. Environmental Pollution, 188, 132-143. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2014.02.001 

Zhong, J. and Wu, C. 2012. Progress in Micro-particle Adhesion Force Measurement Techniques (in Chinese). Science & Technology Review, 30(3),67-73. DOI: 10.3981/j.issn.1000-7857.2012.03.011

Zhong, J., Wu, C. and Huang R. 2012. Aerodynamic measurement model of the micro-particle adhesion force (in Chinese). Journal of Central South University (Science and Technology), 43(1):287-292. DOI: 1672-7207(2012)01-0287-06

Zhong, J. and Wu, C. 2011. Certification in American Professional Ergonomics and practical requirement (in Chinese). Modern Occupational Safety, 1, 100-105. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1671-4156.2011.01.033

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