Yaoxian Huang

Yaoxian Huang

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

5050 Anthony Wayne Dr
Engineering Building
Room 2162


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Yaoxian Huang


Yaoxian Huang is an atmospheric chemist and his research group typically employs state-of-the-art 3-dimensional global chemistry-climate models to quantify impacts of anthropogenic emissions (e.g., air pollutions) on regional and global air quality, climate change and public health, in conjunction with in-situ, aircraft and satellite observations. Yaoxian Huang received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University in December 2014. Before joining Wayne State University as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering, Yaoxian Huang was trained at the University of Michigan (2017-2019), Yale University (2016-2017) and NOAA (2015-2016) respectively as a postdoctoral research fellow.


  • Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, Environmental Engineering, 2014/12
  • BS/MS, East China University of Science and Technology, Environmental Engineering, 2006/2009

Courses Taught

  •  Principles of Atmospheric Chemistry and Applications (Winter 2020)

Research Interests

Atmospheric chemistry and climate modeling; impacts of anthropogenic emissions on air quality, climate and health; aerosol-cloud-radiation interaction; impacts of climate change on air quality; greenhouse gas quantification and attribution; satellite remote sensing; big data application in science and engineering.


  • Huang, Y., E. A. Kort, S. Gourdji, A. Karion, K. Mueller, and J. Ware, Seasonally resolved excess urban methane emissions over the Baltimore/Washington, DC metropolitan region, Environ. Sci. & Technol., 53, 11285-11293, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b02782, 2019.
  • Huang, Y., N. Unger, T. Storelvmo, K. Harper, Y. Zheng, and C. Heyes, Global radiative effects of solid fuel cookstove aerosol emissions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 5219-5233, doi:10.5194/acp-18-5219-2018, 2018.
  • Huang, Y., J. E. Hickman, and S. Wu, Impacts of enhanced fertilizer applications on tropospheric ozone and crop damage over sub-Saharan Africa, Atmos. Environ., 180, 117-125, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.02.040, 2018.
  • Kumar, A., S. Wu, Y. Huang, H. Liao, and J. O. Kaplan, Mercury from wildfires: global emission inventories and sensitivity to 2000-2050 global change, Atmos. Environ., 173, 6-15, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.10.061, 2018.
  • Huang, Y., S. Wu, L. J. Kramer, D. Helmig, and R. E. Honrath, Surface ozone and its precursors at Summit, Greenland: comparison between observations and model simulations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14661-14674, doi:10.5194/acp-17-14661-2017, 2017.
  • Hickman, J. E., Y. Huang, S. Wu, W. Diru, P. M. Groffman, K. L. Tully, and C. A. Palm, Nonlinear response of nitric oxide fluxes to fertilizer inputs and the impacts of agricultural intensification on tropospheric ozone pollution in Kenya, Global Change Biology, 23, 3193-3204, doi:10.1111/gcb.13644, 2017.
  • Huang, Y., S. Wu, and J. O. Kaplan, Sensitivity of global wildfire occurrences to various factors in the context of global change, Atmos. Environ., 121, 86-92, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.06.002, 2015.
  • Huang, Y., “Global modeling of atmospheric ozone and aerosols: model improvements and applications”, PhD Dissertation, Michigan Technological University, 2014.
  • Zhang, H., S. Wu, Y. Huang, and Y. Wang, Effects of stratospheric ozone recovery on photochemistry and ozone air quality in the troposphere, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 4079-4086, doi:10.5194/acp-14-4079-2014, 2014.
  • Huang, Y., S. Wu, M. K. Dubey, and N. H. F. French, Impact of aging mechanism on model simulated carbonaceous aerosols, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 6329–6343, doi:10.5194/acp-13-6329-2013, 2013.

Professional Affiliations

 American Geophysical Union (2011-present)

Awards and Honors

  • MTU Doctoral Finishing Fellowship, 2014 Fall
  • MTU Dean’s Outstanding Award, 2014 Fall
  • NSF Early Career Scientist Travel Award, 2014 Summer

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