The broad theme of Jian Wang’s research is to understand key processes that drive the properties, distribution, and evolution of aerosols, and to elucidate and quantify the effects of atmospheric aerosols on radiation, clouds, climate, and air quality. The approach consists of developing cutting-edge instruments and deploying of these instruments in field observations focusing on regions where aerosols have major impacts on climate system and air quality.
Before he joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, Wang was a tenured research scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. As a professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, he also is director of the Center for Aerosol Science & Engineering. Wang served as a member of the steering committee of Department of Energy’s Atmospheric System Research Program (ASR) and co-chair of the ASR Aerosol Lifecycle Working Group from 2009 to 2016. At Brookhaven National Laboratory, Wang was a Goldhaber Distinguished Fellow from 2002 to 2005. He led several field campaigns, focusing recently on aerosols and clouds in the Amazon Basin and the Eastern North Atlantic. Wang received the Kenneth T. Whitby award from American Association for Aerosol Research in 2013.
Wang earned master's and doctoral degrees, both in chemical engineering, in 1998 and 2003, respectively, from California Institute of Technology. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 1996.