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Curriculum Vitae

Brief Biography

Yuqing Dai studied at the College of Geoscience in China University of Petroleum (Beijing) between 2011 and 2015 (Bachelor’s degree). He obtained his Master’s degree from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences in University of Birmingham with distinction in 2017 and from the College of Geoscience in the China University of Petroleum (Beijing) in 2019, respectively.

Yuqing currently is a PhD student (2019.10-) in Atmospheric Science, School of Geography, Earth and Environment Sciences, University of Birmingham. He is now supervised by Prof. Rob MacKenzie after Dr.Xiaoming Cai’s retirement. Yuqing is working on street canyon studies, with a focus on the coupled chemical and physical processes within urban street canyons. His research interestes include:

  • Disperson of air pollution in urban street canyons
  • Emission, chemical, and physical effects of VOC free-radical reactions on air quality
  • Urban air quality modelling
  • Air quality interventions Policy efficacy evaluation




  • 2019 - 2023, Ph.D in Division of Environmental Health Risk Management, University of Birmingham.
  • 2015 - 2019, M.S. in Environmental Science, China University of Petroleum (Beijing).
  • 2016 - 2017, M.S. in Air Pollution Control & Management, University of Birmingham.
  • 2011 - 2015, B.S. in Environmental Science, China University of Petroleum (Beijing).

Research Skills

  • Street canyon modelling, developer of StreetX CTM for air quality simulations in urban canyons.
  • Frequent Linux user.
  • Model evaluations for NWP.
  • CMAQ certification.
  • Programming languages, such as Fortran, Python, and R, etc.
  • Xact, Fidas, VOC sampler, Wind selector, Picarro, etc.


Published papers (# co-first author, corresponding author)


[1] Dai, Y., Cai, X., Zhong, J. and MacKenzie, A.R., 2022. Chemistry, street canyon geometry, and emissions effects on NO2 “hotspots” and regulatory “wiggle room”. npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, 5(1), p.102.

[2] Xie, Q., Su, S., Dai, Y., Hu, W., Yue, S., Cao, D., Jiang, G. and Fu, P., 2022. Deciphering 13C and 34S Isotopes of Organosulfates in Urban Aerosols by FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry. Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

[3] Jia, B., Tian, Y., Dai, Y., Chen, R., Zhao, P., Chu, J., Feng, X. and Feng, Y., 2022. Seasonal variation of dissolved bioaccessibility for potentially toxic elements in size-resolved PM: Impacts of bioaccessibility on inhalable risk and uncertainty. Environmental Pollution, p.119551.

[4] Xie, Q., Dai, Y., Zhu, X., Hui, F., Fu, X. and Zhang, Q., 2022. High contribution from outdoor air to personal exposure and potential inhaled dose of PM2. 5 for indoor-active university
students. Environmental Research, 215, p.114225.

[5] Dai, Y., Cai, X., Zhong, J., Mazzeo, A. and MacKenzie, A.R., 2022. Chemistry, transport, emission, and shading effects on NO2 and Ox distributions within urban canyons. Environmental
Pollution, 315, p.120347.


[1] Dai, Y., Cai, X., Zhong, J. and MacKenzie, A.R., 2021. Modelling chemistry and transport in urban street canyons: Comparing offline multi-box models with large-eddy simulation. Atmospheric Environment, 264, p.118709. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2021.118709

[2] Xie, Q., Su, S., Chen, J., Dai, Y., Yue, S., Su, H., Tong, H., Zhao, W., Ren, L., Xu, Y. and Cao, D., 2021. Increase of nitrooxy organosulfates in firework-related urban aerosols during Chinese New Year’s Eve. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 21(14), pp.11453-11465. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-11453-2021




[2021-07-06] VIRTUAL| Atmospheric Science Conference 2021.


Name: Yuqing Dai / 代宇晴, Title: Mr.

School of Geography Earth and Environment Sciences
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
Birmingham, UK
B15 2TT



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