Wei Chaoyang
Ph.D, Professor
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Telephone: 64889465
Address: A11 Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Postcode: 100101


Research Areas

Current Research Interests:

  • Arsenic transformation in terrestrial and aquatic system

  • Remediation of heavy metal (Lead, Zinc, Arsenic et al. ) contaminated industrial sites (Iron and steel industries, nonferrous metal smelters), focusing on additives of solidification/stabilization of heavy metals)


ž   Ph.D. 2001. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research Chinese Academy of Sciences.

ž   M.S. 1993. Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

ž   B. S. 1987. Department of Earth Science, Nanjing University, China


ž   Professor: Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013-present).

ž   Visiting scholar: Department of Ocean and Civil Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Feb-May, 2016

ž   Visiting associate professor at the School of Botany, University of Melbourne, Dec 2001-Jan 2002.

ž   Associate Professor: Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1999-2013).

ž   Assistant Professor: Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1993-1999).

ž   Research Assistant: Institute of Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences(1987-1990).

Honors & Distinctions

ž   Award of Science and Technology Beijing 2014, First Prize

ž   Award of Natural Sciences Guangxi 2012, Second Prize

Selected publications

  1. Xie SW, Feng HX Yang F, Zhao ZD, Hu XD, Wei CY*, Liang T, Li HT, Geng YB. Does dual reduction in chemical fertilizer and pesticides improve nutrient loss and tea yield and quality? A pilot study in a green tea garden in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2018, online first, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-018-3732-1 
  2. Xie SW, Liu JX, Yang F, Feng HX, Wei CY*, Wu FC. Arsenic uptake, transformation, and release by three freshwater algae under conditions with and without growth stress. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2018, 25(20)19413-19422
  3. Yang F, Xie SW, Wei CY*, Liu JX, Zhang HZ, Chen T, Zhang J. Arsenic characteristics in the terrestrial environment in the vicinity of the Shimen realgar mine, China, Science of the Total Environment,2018, 626: 77-86
  4. Yang F, Xie SW, Wei CY*, Liu JX, Zhang HZ, Chen T, Zhang J. Arsenic concentrations and speciation in wild birds from an abandoned realgar mine in China, Chemosphere, 2018, 193:777-784
  5. Shi QT, Terracciano, A, Zhao Y, Wei CY, Christodoulatos C, Meng XG*. Evaluation of metal oxides and activated carbon for lead removal: Kinetics, isotherms, column tests, and the role of co-existing ions. Science of the Total Environment, 2018,648:176-183
  6. Ren JFan W*Wang XMa QLi XXu ZWei CInfluences of size-fractionated humic acids on arsenite and arsenate complexation and toxicity to Daphnia magnaWater Research, 2017, 10868-77.
  7. Yang FZhang N Wei CY *Liu JXXie SW.  Arsenic speciation in organisms from two large shallow freshwater lakes in ChinaBulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology2017982):226-233
  8. Yang F, Geng D, Wei CY*, Ji HB, Xu H. Distribution of arsenic between the particulate and aqueous phases in surface water from three freshwater lakes in China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2016, 23 (8) : 7452-7461 
  9. Zhu XD, Wei CY*, Liang Tao, Yang Fen, Bioaccessibility of heavy metals in soils cannot be predicted by a single model in two adjacent areas. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 2016, 38(1): 233-241
  10. Zhu XD, Wei CY*, Yang Fen, Factors influencing the heavy metal bioaccessibility in soils were site dependent from different geographical locations. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2015, 22(18) 13939-13949
  11. Fan W*, Ren J, Li X, Wei CY, Xue F, Zhang N. Bioaccumulation and oxidative stress in Daphnia magna exposed to arsenite and arsenate. Environ Toxicol Chem , 2015, 34(11):2629-35.
  12. Wei CY*, Ge ZF, Chu WS, Feng RW. Speciation of antimony and arsenic  in the soils and plants in an old antimony mine. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 2015, 109: 31-39
  13. Feng RW, Wang XL, Wei CY*, Tu SX. The accumulation and subcellular distribution of arsenic and antimony in four fern plants. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 2015,17 (4): 348-354 
  14. Zhang N, Wei CY*, Yang LS. Occurrence of arsenic in two large shallow freshwater lakes in China and a comparison to other lakes around the world. Microchemical Journal, 2013,110: 169-177.
  15. Feng RW, Wei CY*, Tu SX et al. The uptake and detoxification of antimony by plants: a review. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 2013, 96:28-34. 
  16. Ge ZF, Wei CY*.Simultaneous analysis of SbIII, SbV and TMSb by high performance liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma- mass spectrometry detection: application to antimony speciation in soil samples. Journal of Chromatographic Science, 2013, 51:391-399.
  17. Feng RW, Wei CY*, Tu SX, Liu ZQ. Interactive effects of selenium and antimony on the uptake of selenium, antimony and essential elements in paddy-rice. Plant and Soil, 2013, 365:375-386.
  18. Fu S, Wei CY*. Multivariate and spatial analysis of heavy metal sources and variations in a large old antimony mine, China. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2013, 13:106-116.
  19. Wei, CY*, Zheng, H, Yu, JP. Arsenic in the rhizosphere soil solution of ferns. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 2012, 14(10): 950-965.
  20. Wei CY*, Zhang N. Arsenic Variation in Two Basins of Lake Dianchi. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 2012, 88: 605-610.
  21. Wei CY*, Wen HL. The geochemical baseline of heavy metals in the sediments of two large fresh water lakes in China: implications for estimation of contamination character and history. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 2012, 34:737-748.
  22. Wei CY*, Zhang N, Yang LS. The fluctuation of arsenic levels in lake Taihu. Biological Trace Element Research, 2011, 143:1310-1318.
  23. Wei CY*, Deng QJ , Wu FC*, Fu ZY, Xu LB. Arsenic, antimony and bismuth uptake and accumulation by plants in an old antimony mine, China. Biological Trace Element Research, 2011, 144: 1150-1158.
  24. Feng RW, Wei CY*, Wu FC, Tang SR, Tu SX. Simultaneous hyperaccumulation of arsenic and antimony in Cretan brake fern: Evidence of plant uptake and subcellular distributions. Microchemical Journal, 2011, 97:38-43.
  25. Feng RW, Wei CY*, Wu FC, Tang SR, Tu SX. Detoxification of antimony by selenium and their interaction in paddy rice under hydroponic condition. Microchemical Journal, 2011, 97:57-61.
  26. Feng RW, Wei CY*, Tu SX, Wu FC, Yang LS. 2009. Antimony accumulation and antioxidative responses in four fern plants. Plant and Soil, 317: 93-101.
  27. Feng RW, Wei CY*, Tu SX, Wu FC. 2009. Effect of selenium on the uptake of nutrient elements in Pteris vittata L. Plant and Soil ,325:123-132.
  28. Feng RW, Wei CY*, Tu .X, Sun X. 2009. Interactive effect of Se and As on their uptake by Pteris vittata. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 65:363-368.
  29. Zhu YM, Wei CY*, Yang LS. 2010. Rehabilitation of a tailing dam at Shimen County, Hunan Province: effectives assessment. Acta Ecologica Sinica30(3) 178-183
  30. Wei CY*, Wang C and Yang LS. 2009. Characterizing spatial distribution and sources of heavy metals in the soils  from mining-smelting activities in Shuikoushan, Hunan Province, China. Journal of Environmental Science 2191230-1236
  31. Wei CY*, Yang LS. 2009. A bio-remediation method for arsenic tailings and dumps. Chinese patent application No. 200910169715.9
  32. Wei CY*, Sun X, Wang C, Wang WY. 2006. Factors influencing arsenic accumulation by Pteris vittata: a comparative field study at two sites. Environmental Pollution, 141: 488-493.
  33. Wei CY*, Chen T.B. 2006. Arsenic accumulation by two brake ferns growing on an arsenic mine and their potential in phytoremediation. Chemosphere, 63:1048-1053.
  34. Wei CY*, Wang C, Sun X, Wang WY. 2007. Arsenic accumulation by ferns: a field survey in southern China. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 29:169-177.
  35. Wei CY*, Zhang ZY. 2007. Multivariate analysis of elements in Chinese brake fern as determined using neutron activation analysis. Biological Trace Element Research 115:277-290.
  36. Chen TB*, Wei CY, Huang ZC, Fan ZL, Huang QF, LU QG. 2002. Arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata L. and its arsenic accumulation. Chinese Science Bulletin, 47(11)902-905.

Research Interests

  • Remediation of agriculture farmland and industrial contaminated sites
  • Geochemical changes in landsurface of soils and watersheds as impacted by anthropogenic activities
  • The fate and transport of colloidal arsenic in soils and surface waters