Haoran Yu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

Personal Website: https://www.randyyu.com


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
(780) 399-9702
7-308 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211 116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Environmental Health Health Effect of Ambient Pollutants Machine Learning Instrument Development Atmospheric Chemistry


Dr. Haoran Yu is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Alberta. His work primarily focuses on the health impacts of air pollutants. Dr. Yu has made significant contributions to the field, including the development of a patented instrument for oxidative potential assessment. He has published extensively in reputable journals such as Environmental Science & Technology, Atmospheric Physics & Chemistry, and Journal of Hazardous Materials. His research interest lies in exploring the connection between the toxicological effects of PM2.5 and its chemical composition and origin, as well as investigating the mechanisms by which PM2.5 induces oxidative stress.


Jan. 2023 – Present:                                 Developing a Machine Learning Tool to Predict OP of PM2.5 with its Chemical Composition

Jan. 2023 – Present:                                 Seasonal Variability in Sources and Chemical Composition: A Comparative Analysis of Mass and OP of PM2.5 in Edmonton, AB

Jan. 2023 – Present:                                 Developing an Online/Offline Automated System for Assessing Multiple Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) Activities of Aerosols

Mar. 2022 – Aug 2023:                 Developing a Cross Flow – Ion Mobility Spectrometer (CF-IMS) for Measuring Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Semi-volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs) emitted from Ripe Grapes affected by Wildfire in Vineyards in the Western US

Jan. 2021 – May 2022:                 Source Apportionment of OP and Mass Concentrations of PM2.5 in Midwest U.S.

Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2021:                 Seasonal Variability of Mass Concentration and Oxidative Potential (OP) of Size-resolved Aerosol in Haining, China

Jul. 2019 – May 2022:                  Connection of Chemical Characterization and OP of Humic-like Substances (HULIS) in Ambient PM2.5 and Biomass Burning Aerosol

Apr. 2019 – May 2021:                 Spatiotemporal Variability of PM2.5 OP and mass concentrations in Midwest U.S.

Jul. 2016 – Jan. 2021:                   Comparison of Oxidative Potential of Size-Resolved PM in Indoor Environment and Ambient Condition in an Unoccupied Residence

Aug. 2017 – Nov. 2019:                Design and Evaluation of Semi-Automated Multi-endpoint ROS-activity Analyzer (SAMERA) System for Evaluating the Oxidative Potential of Ambient Aerosols

Jun. 2016 – Aug. 2017:                 The Interactions among Metals and Organic Species in Ambient Particulate Matter (PM) on ROS Generation

Aug. 2014 – Jun. 2016:                 Size Amplification of Viral Aerosol by Batch Adiabatic-expansion for Size Intensification by Condensation (BASIC)

Feb. 2013 – Jun. 2013:                  Integrated Analysis in Measuring the Quantity of the Main Constituents of Lithium Iron Phosphate in Lithium Ion Battery

Mar. 2012 – Apr. 2013:                 Palladium Catalyzed Negishi Cross Coupling Reaction under Electrochemical Environment in Aqueous Phase


Dr. Haoran Yu is hiring 2-3 graduate students who are enthusiastic on interdisciplinary research of atmospheric pollutants' health effect and are responsible to take lead of 1-3 projects during their graduate program. If you are interested, please contact hy18@ualberta.ca with your CV and two reference letters or the contact information of two referees.

Featured Publications

Yixiang Wang, Sudheer Salana, Haoran Yu, Joseph Varghese Puthussery, Vishal Verma

Environmental Science & Technology Letters. 2022 August; 10.1021/acs.estlett.2c00316

Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2022 March; 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.127777

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2021 November; 10.5194/acp-21-16363-2021

Atmospheric Environment. 2021 June; 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2021.118429

Science of The Total Environment. 2020 September; 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139511

Aerosol Science and Technology. 2020 March; 10.1080/02786826.2019.1693492

Environmental Science & Technology. 2019 February; 10.1021/acs.est.8b05731

Journal of Aerosol Science. 2018 March; 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2018.01.001

Environmental Science & Technology. 2018 February; 10.1021/acs.est.7b04261

Environmental Science & Technology. 2017 June; 10.1021/acs.est.7b01272

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