Zenfa Zhang

Zhenfa Zhang, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
3204 and 3221E McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7431
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Assistant professor Zhang integrates synthetic chemistry and analytical techniques into many areas of research in environmental sciences in order to understand the chemical reactions behind the transformation of organic pollutants in living bodies and environments.

Such chemical reactions help to elucidate the effects of pollutants on human health and climate change on the molecular level. For example, the synthesis of analytical standards and stable isotope labeled internal standards enable highly sensitive analyses of biomarkers in toxicology studies.

In atmospheric chemistry, the same approach facilitates the characterization of secondary organic aerosols in order to understand their mechanism of formation and their effects. Synthesis of uniformly 13C labeled polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) is essential for stable-isotope probing techniques utilized in studies on biodegradation of PAH.

Zhenfa Zhang in the Gillings News

Research Activities

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  • PhD, Organic / Medicinal Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry / Chinese Federal Drug Administration, 2002