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Dr. GUO Qingjun is employed as a professor at the Center for Environmental Remediation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Dr. GUO obtained his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a Humboldt fellow and guest researcher for 48 months at the Westf?lische Wilhelms-Universit?t Münster, Germany, working together with Prof. Dr. Harald Strauss.

In the end of 2009, he returned to China and has been one of the “One Hundred Talents” funded by the “One Hundred Program” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

He was awarded the National Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar in 2016.

He was awarded the 15 session Hou Defeng award of the Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry Youth Science Award of The Society of Chinese Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, and also a 2013 Winner of the Award for International Youth Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Research interests center on biogeochemical processes on Early Earth accompanied by traditional and non-traditional stable isotope fractionation, quality assessment of modern environments, detection of the sources and the fate of anthropogenic and natural compounds in air, soil and water, as well as remediation of polluted soils. His studies demonstrate that the combination of geochemical and multiple isotope diagnosis is a useful approach in order to get deeper insights into isotope fractionations and their mechanisms in the field of environmental geochemistry, to assess environmental quality, and to detect the sources of distinct pollutants in urban and rural areas. Physical-chemical or biological-chemical in situ joint remediation technologies have been utilized to remediate polluted soil in his studies.

Research interests

(1)Research interests center around the biogeochemical aspects of earth’s evolution, assessment of modern environment, tracing the source(s) (anthropogenic and natural) and fate of soil, water in the environment, remediating the polluting soil. Thereby, the isotopic compositions of organic and carbonate carbon, different sulfur-bearing phases, lead, cadmium, oxygen (sulfate, phosphate and nitrate) and contents of trace element, REE distribution patterns and heavy metal elements in soil, water, plants, sediments, bio-minerals and organic matter are utilized as proxy signals and tracers for geologically and/or biologically driven processes and for biologically mediated reactions, assessment and remediation of environment in soil, sediments, surface waters and aquifer systems;

(2)Recent studies (Environmental quality assessment, soil remediation) on soil pollution at the industrial site of the Beijing Steel Company and the surrounding area. It has been found that Cadmium is seriously excessive in the industrial and surrounding soil and the planted vegetables. Meanwhile, there is a great risk of dispersion of pollution through surface runoff, which could contaminate the source of drinking water. Based on the results obtained from previous studies, physical-chemical or biological-chemical in situ joint remediation technologies will be utilized to remediate polluted soil on the Beijing Steel Company site and the surrounding area. The main remediation technologies are as follows: 1) Phytoextraction (hyperaccumulator)- chemical chelator technology, 2) Cash crops (low accumulation)-chemical immobilization technology, 3) Phytostabilization technology, 4) Phytoextraction-intercrop technology;

(3) A multiple isotope(C, N, O(sulfate, phosphate and nitrate), S, Cd, Pb) and heavy metal elements investigation on surface and subsurface water in Beijing province with the main focus on groundwater. The project will focus the source(s), distribution and transport of dissolved contaminants such as nitrate, ammonium, sulfate and trace metals using well-established stable isotope techniques. This study is strongly needed for a comprehensive understanding of the local and regional groundwater status and to determine the essential factors controlling current groundwater pollution. The results of this investigation will provide important information to assess and enhance the quality of the vital groundwater resources of Beijing;

(4) Cadmium hyperaccumulator Castor oil plant mechanism research; Analytical Method for Precise Determination of Cadmium Isotopic Composition in Plant and soil samples; Fractionation of Stable Cadmium Isotopes in the Cadmium tolerant Ricinus communis and hyperaccumulator Solanum nigrum.

Representative Publications: 

1.      Findlay, A.*, Boyko, V., Pellerin, A., Avetisyan, K., Guo, Q.*, Yang, X., Kamyshny, A. Sulphide oxidation affects the preservation of sulphur isotope signals. Geology (Accepted).

2.      Peters, M., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2019. Contamination patterns in river water from rural Beijing: A hydrochemical and multiple stable isotope study. Science of the Total Environment 654, 226-236.

3.      Guo, Z., Guo, Q., et al., 2019. Study on pollution behavior and sulfate formation during the typical haze event in Nanjing with water soluble inorganic ions and sulfur isotopes. Atmospheric Research 217, 198-207.

4.      Chen, C., Wei, J., Wen, X., Sun, X., Guo, Q., 2019. Photosynthetic Carbon Isotope Discrimination and Effects on Daytime NEE Partitioning in a Subtropical Mixed Conifer Plantation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 272-273, 143-155.

5.      Wang, L., Han, X., Liang, T., Guo, Q., et al., 2019. Discrimination of rare earth element geochemistry and co-occurrence in sediment from Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China.  Chemosphere 217, 851-857.

6.      Kong, J., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2018. Contamination of heavy metals and isotopic tracing of Pb in surface and profile soils in a polluted farmland from a typical karst area in southern China. Science of the Total Environment 637-638, 1035-1045.

7.      Wei, R., Guo, Q.*, Yu, G., et al., 2018. Stable isotope fractionation during uptake and translocation of cadmium by tolerant Ricinus communis and hyperaccumulator Solanum nigrum as influenced by EDTA. Environmental Pollution 236, 634-644.

8.      Zhu, G., Xiao, H., Guo, Q., et al., 2018. Effects of cadmium stress on growth and amino acid metabolism in two Compositae plants. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 158, 300-308.

9.      Deng, Y., Ren, J., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2018. Geochemistry Characteristics of REY-Rich Sediment from Deep Sea in Western Pacific, and their Indicative significance. Acta Petrologica Sinica 34(3), 733-747.

10.   Wei, L., Yue, S., Zhao, W.,Yang, W., Zhang, Y., Ren, L., Han, X., Guo, Q., Sun, Y., Wang, Z., Fu, P., 2018. Stable sulfur isotope ratios and chemical compositions of fine aerosols (PM2.5) in Beijing, China. Science of the Total Environment 633, 1156-1164.

11.   Zhu, G., Xiao, H., Guo, Q., et al., 2018. Heavy metal contents and enrichment characteristics of dominant plants in wasteland of the downstream of a lead-zinc mining area in Guangxi, Southwest China. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 151, 266-271.

12.   Han, X., Guo, Q.*, Strauss, H., Liu, C., et al., 2017. Multiple sulfur isotope constraints on sources and formation processes of sulfate in Beijing PM2.5 aerosol. Environmental Science & Technology 51, 7794-7803.  

13.   Guo, Q.*, Zhu, G., et al., 2017. Spatial variation and environmental assessment of soil organic carbon isotopes for tracing sources in a typical contaminated site. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 175, 11-17.

14.   Guo, Q.*, Deng, Y., et al., 2017. Carbonate carbon isotope evolution of seawater across the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition: Evidence from the Keping area, Tarim Basin, North-West China. Geological Magazine 154 (6), 1244-1256.

15.   Zhu, G., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2017. Multivariate statistical and lead isotopic analyses approach to identify heavy metal sources in topsoil from the industrial zone of Beijing Capital Iron and Steel Factory. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-017-9055-9.

16.   Deng, Y., Ren, J., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2017. Rare earth element geochemistry characteristics of seawater and porewater from deep sea in western Pacific. Scientific Reports. www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-16379-1.

17.   Hu, J., Liu, C. *, Guo, Q. *, et al., 2017. Characteristics, sources and ecological risk assessment of PAHs in the Songhua River Basin, Northeast China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-017-9057-7

18.   Wei, R., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2017. Chromatographic Separation of Cd from Plants via Anion Exchange Resin for Isotope Determination by Multiple Collector ICP-MS. Analytical Sciences 33, 335-341.

19.   Guo, Z., Guo, A., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2017. Decomposition of Dexamethasone by gamma irradiation: Kinetics, degradation mechanisms and impact on algae growth. Chemical Engineering Journal 307, 722-728.

20.   Chen, S., Guo, Z. Y., Guo, Z. B., Guo, Q. *, et al., 2017.  Sulfur isotopic fractionation and its implication: Sulfate formation in PM 2.5 and coal combustion under different conditionsAtmospheric Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2017.04.034.

21.   Wang, J., Guo, Z., Shen, X., Guo, Q., et al., 2017. Gamma irradiation-induced decomposition of sulfamethoxazole in aqueous solution: the influence of additives, biological inhibitory, and degradation mechanisms. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24, 23658–23665.

22.   Hohl, S. V., Becker, H., Jiang, S., Ling, H., Guo, Q., Struck, U., 2017.  Geochemistry of Ediacaran cap dolostones of the Yangtze Platform, South China: Implications for diagenetic modification and seawater chemistry in the aftermath of the Marinoan glaciation. Journal of the Geological Society, https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2016-145.

23.   Liu, J., Li, S., Zhong, J., Zhu, X., Guo, Q., et al., 2017. Sulfate sources constrained by sulfur and oxygen isotopic compositions in the upper reaches of the Xijiang River, China. Acta Geochim, DOI 10.1007/s11631-017-0175-1.

24.   Han, X., Guo, Q.*, Liu, C., et al., 2016. Effect of the pollution control measures on PM2.5 during the 2015 China Victory Day Parade: implication from water-soluble ions and sulfur isotope. Environmental Pollution 218, 230-241.

25.   Han, X., Guo, Q.*, Liu, C., et al., 2016. Using stable isotopes to trace sources and formation processes of sulfate aerosols from Beijing, China. Scientific Reports, www.nature.com/articles/srep29958.

26.   Tian, L., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2016. Research and application of method of oxygen isotope of inorganic phosphate in Beijing agricultural soils. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-7482-7.

27.   Zhang, H., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2016. Comparison of chelates for enhancing Ricinus communis L. phytoremediation of Cd and Pb contaminated soil. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 133, 57-62.

28.   Guo, Q.*, Zhu, G. et al., 2016. Tracing the sources of sulfur in Beijing soil with stable sulfur isotopes. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 161, 112-118.

29.   Guo, Q.*, Deng, Y. et al., 2016. REE and trace element patterns from organic-rich rocks of the Ediacaran-Cambrian transitional interval. Gondwana Research 36, 94-106. 

30.   Wei, R., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2016. Fractionation of Stable Cadmium Isotopes in the Cadmium Tolerant Ricinus communis and Hyperaccumulator Solanum nigrum. Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/srep24309.

31.   Zhu, G., Guo, Q.*, Chen, T., et al., 2016. Chemical and sulfur isotopic composition of precipitation in Beijing, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23, 5507-5515.

32.   Rodler, A. S., Hohl, S. V., Guo, Q., Frei, R., 2016. Chromium isotope stratigraphy of Ediacaran cap dolostones, Doushantuo Formation, South China. Chemical Geology 436, 24-36.

33.   Yang J., Guo, Q. *, et al., 2016. Interaction between sulfur and lead in toxicity, iron plaque formation and lead accumulation in rice plant. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 128, 206-212.

34.   Okoli, C. P., Adewuyi, G. O., Zhang, Q., Guo, Q., 2016. QSAR aided design and development of biopolymer-1 based SPE phase for liquid chromatographic analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in environmental water samples. RSC Advances, DOI: 10.1039/C6RA10932B.

35.   Hu, J., Liu, C., Zhang, G., Zhang, Y., Liu, B., Guo, Q., 2016. Distribution characteristics and source apportionment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Liao River drainage basin, northeast China. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 188 (227), 1-12.

36.   Yang, J., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2015. Red mud (RM)-Induced Enhancement of Iron Plaque Formation Reduces Arsenic and Metal Accumulation in Two Wetland Plant Species. International Journal of Phytoremediation 18(3), 269-277.

37.   Peters, M., Guo, Q.*, et al., 2015. Geochemical and multiple stable isotope (N, O, S) investigation on tap and bottled water from Beijing, China. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 157, 3651.

38.   Zhang, H., Guo, Q. *, et al., 2015. Subcellular Cadmium distribution and antioxidant enzymatic activities in the leaves of two castor (Ricinus communis L.) cultivars exhibit differences in Cd accumulation. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 120, 184-192.

39.   Hohl, S., Becker, H., Herzlieb, S., Guo, Q., 2015. Multiproxy constraints on alteration and primary compositions of Ediacaran deep-water carbonate rocks, Yangtze Platform, South China. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 163, 262-278.

40.   Wang, D., Struck, U., Ling, H., Guo, Q., et al., 2015. Nitrogen isotope study of black shales during Early Cambrian on Yangtze platform, South China. Precambrian Research 267 209-226.

41.   Okoli, C. P., Adewuyi, G. O., Zhang, Q., Zhu, G., Wang, C., Guo, Q.*, 2015. Aqueous scavenging of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using epichlorohydrin, 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate and 4,4-methylene diphenyl diisocyanate modified starch: pollution remediation approach. Arabian Journal of Chemistry, DOI information: 10.1016/j.arabjc.2015.06.004.

42.   Wei, R., Guo, Q. *, et al., 2015. Analytical Method for Precise Determination of Cadmium Isotopic Composition in Plant Samples using Multiple Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Analytical Methods 7, 2479 - 2487.

43.   Zhu, G., Guo, Q. *, Yang, J., Zhang, H., Wei, R., Wang, C., Peters, M., et al., 2015. Washing of heavy metals from contaminated soils from an iron and steel smelting site. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering 9(4), 634-641.

44.   Yang, J., Wang, L., Li, J., Wei, D., Chen, S., Guo, Q., Ma, Y., 2015. Effects of rape straw and red mud on extractability and bioavailability of cadmium in a calcareous soil. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering 9, 419-428.

45.   Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Zhao, Y., Yang, X., Peng, J., Yang, Y., Deng, Y.,2014. Reconstructing marine redox conditions for the transition between Cambrian Series 2 and Cambrian Series 3, Kaili area, Yangtze Platform: Evidence from biogenic sulfur and degree of pyritization. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 398, 144-153.

46.   Zhang, H., Guo, Q. *, et al., 2014. Cadmium Accumulation and Tolerance of Two Castor Cultivars in Relation to Antioxidant Systems. Journal of Environmental Sciences 26, 2048-2055.

47.   Okoli, C. P., Adewuyi, G. O., Zhang, Q., Diagboya, P. D., Guo, Q. *, 2014. Mechanism of dialkyl phthalates removal from aqueous solution using <gamma>-cyclodextrin and starch based polyurethane polymer adsorbents. Carbohydrate Polymers 114, 440-449.

48.   Okoli, C. P., Guo, Q., et al., 2014. Application of quantum descriptors for predicting adsorption performance of starch and cyclodextrin adsorbents. Carbohydrate Polymers 101, 40-49.

49.   Zhao, Y., Yuan, J., Guo, Q., et al., 2014. Comments on some important issues concerning the establishment of a GSSP for Cambrian Stage 5. GFF 136(1), 333-336.

50.   Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Chen, T., Zhu, G., Yang, J., Lei, M., Zhou, X., Peters, M., Xie, Y., Zhang, H., Wei, R., Wang, C., 2013. Tracing the source of Beijing soil organic carbon: a carbon isotope approach. Environmental Pollution 176, 208-214.

51.   Guo, Q.*, Strauss, H., Zhu, M., et al., 2013. High resolution organic carbon isotope stratigraphy from a slope to basinal setting on the Yangtze Platform, South China: Implications for the Ediacaran – Cambrian transition. Precambrian Research 225, 209-217.

52.   Guo, Q.*, Deng, Y., Strauss, H., 2013. REE and trace element patterns across the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition, South China. Goldschmidt 2013 Conference Abstracts, 1234.

53.   Peters, M., Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Zhu, G., 2013. Geochemical and multiple isotope investigation on tap and river water of the Beijing urban area. Goldschmidt 2013 Conference Abstracts, 1954.

54.   Zhu, G., Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Peters, M., 2013. Tracing the sources of sulfur in Beijing rain water with stable isotopes. Goldschmidt2013 Conference Abstracts, 2614.

55.   Hohl, S. V., Becker, H., Herzlieb, S., Guo, Q., Gamper, A., 2013. Multi-proxy study of shallow- and deep-water Doushantuo carbonates, Yangtze Platform, South China. Goldschmidt2013 Conference Abstracts, 1311.

56.   Guo, Q. *, Deng, Y., 2012. Carbon isotopic evolution of the Late Ediacaran Gaojiashan biota on the northern Yangtze Platform, South China. Acta Geologica Sinica 86(6),1447-1454.

57.   Yang, X., Zhao, Y., Guo, Q. *, Yang, H., 2012. Geochemistry of the trace elements and rare-earth elements at the boundary between Cambrian Series 2 and Series 3 at Jianshan, South China: Paleoenvironmental and stratigraphic implications. Chinese Journal of Geochemistry 31(4), 465-475.

58.   Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Chen, T., Yang, J., Zhu, G., Liu, C., 2011. Contrasting Sulfur isotopic profiles in industrial and non-industrial Beijing soils. Applied Geochemistry 26(supp.1), S187.

59.   Xie, Y., Chen, T., Lei, M., Yang, J., Guo, Q., et al., 2011. Spatial distribution of soil heavy metal pollution estimated by different interpolation methods: Accuracy and uncertainty analysis. Chemosphere 82, 468-476.

60. Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Liu, C., et al., 2010. A negative carbon isotope excursion defines the transition from Cambrian Series 2 to Cambrian Series 3 on the Yangtze Platform, South China. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 285,143-151.

61. Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Liu, C., et al., 2010. Corrigendum to “A negative carbon isotope excursion defines the boundary from Cambrian Series 2 to Cambrian Series 3 on the Yangtze Platform, South China” . Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 285 (2010) 143–151. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 288, 118.

62. Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Kaufman, A. J., Schr?der, S., Gutzmer, J., Wing, B., Baker, M. A., Bekker, A., Jin, Q., Kim, S. –T., Farquhar, J., 2009. Reconstructing Earth’s surface oxidation across the Archean-Proterozoic transition. Geology 37(5), 399-402.

63. Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Liu, C., et al., 2009. Sulphide sulphur and carbonate carbon isotopic evolution of the Cambrian Series 2 and 3, South China. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73, Suppl. S(13), p. A479-A479.

64. Guo,Q. *, Shields, G., Liu, C., Strauss, H.,Goldberg, T., Pi, D., 2007. Trace element chemostratigraphy of two Ediacaran - Cambrian successions in South China: implications for organosedimentary metal enrichment and silicification in the Early Cambrian. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 254,194-216.

65. Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Liu, C., Goldberg, T., Zhu, M., Heubeck, C., Pi, D., Vernhet, E., Yang, X., Fu, P., 2007. Carbon isotopic evolution of the terminal Neoproterozoic and Early Cambrian: evidence from the Yangtze Platform, South China. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol.254,140-157.

66.   Guo, Q. *, Strauss H,Schroder S,Gutzmer J., 2007. The sulphur isotopic evolution of late Neoarchean and early Paleoproterozoic seawater. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 71, Suppl. S (15), A363-A363.

67. Guo, Q. *, Liu, C., Strauss, H., Goldberg, T., Zhu, M., et al., 2006. Organic Carbon Isotope Geochemistry of the Neoproterozoic Doushantuo Formation, South China. Acta Geologica Sinica 80(5), 670-683.

68. Guo, Q. *, Strauss, H., Liu, C., Zhao, Y., et al., 2005. Carbon and oxygen isotopic composition of Lower to Middle Cambrian sediments at Taijiang, Guizhou Province, China. Geological Magazine142(6), 723-733.

69. Guo, Q. *, Liu, C., Strauss, H., Goldberg, T., et al., 2003. Isotopic evolution of the terminal Neoproterozoic and early Cambrian carbon cycle on the northern Yangtze Platform, South China. Progress in Natural Science 13(12), 942-945.

70. Guo, Q. *, Goldberg, T., Strauss, H., Liu, C., Zhu, M., 2005. Organic carbon and biogenic sulphur isotopic investigation of Lower Cambrian sediments from the Yangtze Platform, South China. Acta Micropalaeontologica Sinica 22(suppl.), 55.

71. Cremonese, L., Struck, U., Shields, G., Guo, Q., Ling, H., Och, L., 2009. delta N-15 chemostratigraphy of Ediacaran-Cambrian sections of South China. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 73 (13), A251-A251.

72. Zhao, Y., Yuan, J, Peng, S., Loren E. B., Peng, J, Guo, Q., Lin, J., Tai, T.,Yang, R., Wang, Y., 2008. A new section of Kaili Formation (Cambrian) and a biostratigraphic study of the boundary interval across the undefined Cambrian Series 2 and Series 3 at Jianshan, Chuandong village, Jianhe County, China with a discussion of global correlation based on the first appearance datum of Oryctocephalus indicus (Reed, 1910). Progress in Natural Science 18, 1549-1556.

73. Goldberg, T., Strauss, H., Guo, Q., Liu, C., 2007. Reconstructing marine redox conditions for the Early Cambrian Yangtze Platform: evidence from biogenic sulphur and organic carbon isotopes. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 254,175-193.

74. Yang, X., Zhu, M., Guo, Q., Zhao, Y., 2007. Organic Carbon Isotopic Evolution during the Ediacaran-Cambrian Transition Interval in Eastern Guizhou, South China: Paleoenvironmental and Stratigraphic Implications. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 81 (2), 194-203.

75. Fu, P., Wu, F., Liu, C., Wang, F., Li, W., Yue, L., Guo, Q., 2007. Fluorescence characterization of dissolved organic matter in an urban river and its complexation with Hg(II). Applied Geochemistry 22, 1668-1679. 

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