ZHU, Ben-Zhan (Benny) 

Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Address: Beijing city Haidian District Shuangqing Road No. 18

Research Areas

Free Radical Chemistry/Toxicology; Mechanism of Synergistic Toxicity


PhD. (1999) Biochemistry, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School (Jerusalem, Israel)

                 MSc. (1989) Organic Chemistry, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (Lanzhou, China)


Work Experience
2013-present, Director, the Joint Institute of Environmental Sciences, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS and Hong Kong Baptist University

2006-present, Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS

2006-present, Affiliated Faculty Member, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University

2002-2006, Assistant Professor (Sr. Res.) and Principal Investigator, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State  University

1999-2002, Faculty Research Associate, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State  University

1992-1993, Visiting Scholar, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Israel

1989-1995, Lecturer, Qingdao University Medical  School

Teaching Experience

Free radical chemistry and biology



  1. Zhu B.Z., Chao X.J., Huang C.H., Li Y. (2016) Delivering the cell-impermeable DNA ‘light-switch’ Ru(II) complexes preferentially into live-cell nucleus via an unprecedented ion-pairing method. Chem. Sci 7:4016-4023 (Cover story)
  2. Mao, L., Huang, C.H., Gao, H.Y., Kalyanaraman, B., Zhu, B.Z. (2015) Intrinsic chemiluminescence generation during advanced oxidation of persistent halogenated aromatic carcinogens. Environ. Sci. Technol. 49: 7940-7947.
  3. Huang, C.H.; Ren, F.R.; Shan, G.Q.; Qin, H.; Mao, L.; Zhu, B.Z. (2015) Molecular mechanism of metal-independent decomposition of organic      hydroperoxides by the halogenated quinoid carcinogens and the potential biological implications. Chem. Res. Toxicol., 28, 831-837.  (Cover story)
  4. Zhu B.Z., Hollenberg PF (2015) Chemical toxicology in China: A special issue. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 28: 279-280. (Guest Editor’s      Editorial)
  5. Shan GQ, Yu A, Zhao QF, Huang CH, Zhu LY, Zhu B.Z. (2015) A combined experimental and computational investigation on the unusual      molecular mechanism of Lossen rearrangement reaction activated by the carcinogenic halogenated quinones. J. Org. Chem. 80: 180-189.
  6. Li Y, Huang CH, Liu YX, Mao L, Zhu B.Z. (2014) Detoxifying polyhalogenated catechols through a copper-chelating agent by forming stable and redox-inactive hydrogen-bonded complexes with an unusual perpendicular structure Chemistry-A European Journal,      20(40):13028-33
  7. Huang, C. H.; Shan, G. Q.; Mao, L.; Kalyanaraman, B.; Qin, H.; Ren, F. R.; Zhu, B. Z. (2013) The first purification and unequivocal      characterization of the radical form of the carbon-centered quinone ketoxy radical adduct. Chem. Commun. 49: 6436-6438
  8. Qin H, Huang CH, Mao L, Xia HY, Kalyanaraman B, Shao J, Shan GQ, Zhu BZ. (2013) Molecular mechanism of metal-independent decomposition of lipid hydroperoxide 13-HPODE by halogenated quinoid carcinogens. Free Radic. Biol. Med. 63459-466
  9. Shao      J, Huang CH, Kalyanaraman B, Zhu B.Z. (2013) Potent methyl      oxidation of 5-methyl-2’-deoxycytidine      by halogenated      quinoid carcinogens and hydrogen      peroxide via a metal-independent mechanism. Free Radic. Biol. Med. 60, 177-182
  10. Zhu B.Z., Mao L., Huang C.H., Qin H., Fan R.M.,      Kalyanaraman B., Zhu J.G. (2012) Unprecedented hydroxyl radical-dependent two-step      chemiluminescence production by polyhalogenated quinoid carcinogens and H2O2. Proc. Natl.      Acad. Sci. USA 109:      16046-16051.
  11. Sheng Z.G., Zhu B.Z. (2011) Low Concentrations of      Bisphenol A Induce Mouse Spermatogonial Cell Proliferation by      G-Protein-Coupled Receptor 30 and Estrogen Receptor-α. Environ. Health Perspect. 119: 1775-1780.
  12. Zhu B.Z., Zhu      J.G.,      Kalyanaraman B., Mao L.      and Shan      G.Q. (2010) Detoxifying polyhalogenated      quinones by hydroxamic acids via an unusual double Lossen rearrangement. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107:      20286-20290.
  13. Zhu B.Z., Shan      G.Q., Huang C.H. and Kalyanaraman B. (2009) Metal-independent decomposition of hydroperoxides by      halogenated quinones: Detection and identification of a quinone ketoxy      radical. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA      106: 11466-11471.
  14.  Zhu B.Z., Kalyanaraman B. and Jiang G.B. (2007) Molecular Mechanism for metal-independent production of hydroxyl radicals by hydrogen peroxide and halogenated quinones. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104: 17575-17578.
  15. Zhu B.Z., Zhao H.T., Kalyanaraman B. Liu J., Shan G.Q., Du Y.G. and Frei B. (2007) Mechanism of metal-independent decomposition of organic hydroperoxides and formation of alkoxyl radicals by halogenated quinones. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104: 3698-3702.



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Honors & Distinctions

2013 “Outstanding Science & Technology Achievement Prize of the CAS” (as one of the three outstanding contributors)