Department of Chemistry

Mathematics and Science Center,
Room 260
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-2320
fax: 370-2321

Ziming Yang

Ziming Yang

Ziming Yang

Title: Assistant Professor
Environmental Chemistry
Office: 289 Mathematics and Science Center
Phone: (248) 370-2339
Fax: (248) 370-2321

Education and Research Experience
2014 – 2016   Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
2008 – 2014   Ph.D. in Geochemistry, Arizona State University
2004 – 2008   B.S. in Chemistry, Qingdao University

Research Interests
Research in our group is on the interfaces of chemistry, geology, and biology. We apply interdisciplinary knowledge and tools to probe environmental processes such as “hot” hydrothermal organic transformations in the oceanic crust and “cold” permafrost carbon degradation in the Arctic. Our research interests mainly fall into the following two areas: 

  • Organic geochemistry – we are interested in how minerals influence organic geochemical reactions on Earth, particularly in hydrothermal systems. We carry out hydrothermal experiments to understand the reaction pathways and mechanisms, with respect to origin of life, petroleum hydrocarbon degradation, deep carbon cycle, and green chemistry.
  • Biogeochemistry – we are also interested in the organic-mineral-microbe interactions in soil and aquatic ecosystems, with a current focus on Arctic tundra and wetlands in Michigan. Our research incorporates field sampling, microbial incubation, chemical analysis, and geochemical modeling to study organic carbon and nitrogen transformations during biogeochemical processes.

We are looking for motivated graduate and undergraduate students to join our research group. Please contact me for more information if you are interested.

Chen, H., Yang, Z., Chu, R., Tolic, N., Liang, L., Graham, D., Wullschleger, S., Gu, B. Molecular insights into Arctic soil organic matter degradation under warming. Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52, 4555-4564. ( equal contribution).

Liu, Y., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Wang, J., Hu, H., Yang, Z., He, J. New insights into the role of microbial community composition in driving soil respiration rates. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 2018, 118, 35-41.

Yang, Z., Gould, I., Williams, L. Hartnett, H., Shock, E. Effects of iron-containing minerals on hydrothermal reactions of ketones. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2018, 223, 107-126.

Van Ginkel, S., Miceli, J., Kim, B., Yang, Z., Young, M., Marcus, A., Rittmann, B. Determining the mechanism for low sludge yields in the Cannibal Solids Reduction System. Water Environment Research, 2018, 90, 42-47.

Yang, Z., Yang, S., Van Nostrand, J., Zhou, J., Fang, W., Liu, Y., Liang, L., Wullschleger, S., Graham, D., Yang, Y., Gu, B. Microbial community and functional gene changes in Arctic tundra soils in a microcosm warming experiment. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2017, 8, 1741.

Liu, Y., He, Z., Yang, Z., Sun, G., He, J. Variability of heavy metal content in soils of typical Tibetan grasslands. RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 105398-105405.

Tang, G., Zheng, J., Xu, X., Yang, Z., Graham, D. E., Gu, B., Painter, S. L., Thornton, P. E. Biogeochemical modeling of CO2 and CH4 production in anoxic Arctic soil microcosms. Biogeosciences, 2016, 13, 5021-5041.

Yang, Z., Fang, W., Lu, X., Sheng, G., Graham, D. E., Liang, L., Wullschleger, S. D., Gu, B. Warming increases methylmercury production in an Arctic soil. Environmental Pollution, 2016, 214, 504-509.

Lu, X., Liu, Y., Johs, A., Zhao, L., Wang, T., Yang, Z., Lin, H., Elias, D. A., Pierce, E. M., Liang, L. Barkay, T., Gu B. Anaerobic mercury methylation and demethylation by Geobacter bemidjiensis Bem. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50, 4366-4373.

Yang, Z., Wullschleger, S. D., Liang, L., Graham, D. E., Gu, B. Effects of warming on the degradation and production of low-molecular-weight labile organic carbon in an Arctic tundra soil. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 2016, 95, 202-211.

Herndon, E. M., Yang, Z., Barger, J., Janot, N., Regier, T. Z., Graham, D. E., Wullschleger, S. D., Gu, B., Liang, L. Geochemical drivers of organic matter decomposition in Arctic tundra soils. Biogeochemistry, 2015, 126, 397-414.

Yang, Z., Hartnett, H. E., Shock, E. L., Gould, I. R. Organic oxidations using geomimicry. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2015, 80, 12159-12165.

Herndon, E. M., Mann, B. F., Roy Chowdhury, T., Yang, Z., Wullschleger, S. D., Graham, D. E., Liang, L., Gu, B. Pathways of anaerobic organic matter decomposition in tundra soils from Barrow, Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 2015, 120, 2345-2359.

Yang, Z., Lorance, E. D., Bockisch, C., Williams, L. B., Hartnett, H. E., Shock, E. L., Gould, I. R. Hydrothermal photochemistry as a mechanistic tool in organic geochemistry: The chemistry of dibenzylketone. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2014, 79, 7861-7871.

Shock, E. L., Canovas, P., Yang, Z., Grayson, B., Johnson, K., Robinson, K., Fecteau, K., Windman, T., Cox, A. Thermodynamics of organic transformation in hydrothermal fluids. Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry, 2013, 76, 311-350.

Yang, Z., Gould, I. R., Williams, L. B., Hartnett, H. E., Shock, E. L. The central role of ketones in reversible and irreversible hydrothermal organic functional group transformations. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2012, 98, 48-65.

Van Ginkel, S. W., Yang, Z., Kim, B., Sholin, M., Rittmann, B. E. The removal of selenate to low ppb levels from flue gas desulfurization brine using the H2-based membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR). Bioresource Technology, 2011, 102, 6360-6364.