Jian Wang

Jian Wang

Professor and Director of the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE)

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

  • Phone
  • Office
    Brauer Hall, Room 3027
  • Lab location
    Green 3103


PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2003
MS, California Institute of Technology, 1998
BS, University of Science and Technology of China, 1996

Research areas


Impact of aerosols on climate and air quality


The broad theme of Professor 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, Professor Wang was a tenured research scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is currently the Director of the Center for Aerosol Science & Engineering. Professor Wang served as a member of the steering committee of Department of Energy's Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Program and co-chair of the ASR Aerosol Lifecycle Working Group from 2009 to 2016. At Brookhaven National Laboratory, Professor 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. Professor Wang received the Kenneth T. Whitby award from American Association for Aerosol Research in 2013.

Professor Wang earned his 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.