201209–201706 MD-PhD Nankai University Environmental Science Supervisor：Prof Hongwen Sun
Current Appointments & Affiliations
202106 to date Associate professor Nankai University
Teaching & Mentoring
Areas of Interest
In response to their potential hazards, Dr. Zhu has carried out some scientific research to evaluate the ecological environment and public health risks of multiple class novel contaminants (NCs) such as organic flame retardant. It starts with analyzing the pollution characteristics and source and sink mechanism of NCs as well as their covariant relationships with industrial development on the basis of advanced analytical technology. By using innovative experimental design, Dr. Zhu has explored the bioavailability of NCs with emphasis on their deposition behaviors onto plant foliage. Furthermore, key factors of human exposome to NCs, such as external exposure pathways, internal exposure load, in vivo metabolic/transport processes, and microscopic toxicological mechanisms, have also been illustrated through "bottom-up" and "top-down" approaches. Generally, these achievements have filled in the weak understanding of some key scientific issues regarding NCs and provided important scientific and technological support for chemical risk control and human health protection. Up to now, I have authored 30 and co-authored 24 research articles in international journals, with 40 published on Q1 journals based on the classification issued by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, such as Environmental Health Perspectives (n=1), Environmental Science & Technology (Letters; n=10), and Environment International (n=7), etc.
1.1.Krishnamoorthi Vimalkumar, Hongkai Zhu, KurunthachalamKannan*. Widespread occurrence of phthalate and non-phthalate plasticizers in single-use facemasks collected in the United States. Environ. Int. 2022, 158, 106967.
2.R. Calderón, C. Jara, F. Albornoz, P. Palma, N. Arancibia-Miranda, R. Karthikraj, H.K. Zhu. Accumulation and distribution of perchlorate in spinach and chard growing under greenhouse: Implications for food safety in baby foods commodities. Food Chemistry, 2022, 370, 131101.
3.M. Melough, D. Day, A. Fretts, S. Wang, J. Flynn, I. de Boer, H.K. Zhu. Associations of Dietary Intake with Urinary Melamine Concentrations among Children aged 4-6 Years in the GAPPS Cohort. Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2021, 121, A86.
4.Vineet Kumar Pal, Adela Jing Li, Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan. Diurnal variability in urinary volatile organic compound metabolites and its association with oxidative stress biomarkers. Sci. Total Environ. 2021, 151704.
5.Hongkai Zhu, Maria-Pilar Martinez-Moral, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Variability in urinary biomarkers of human exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and its association with oxidative stress. Environ. Int. just accepted.
6.Melanie H Jacobson*, Cheryl R Stein, Mengling Liu, Marra G Ackerman, Jennifer K Blakemore, Sara E Long, Graziano Pinna, Raquel Romay-Tallon, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Hongkai Zhu, Leonardo Trasande. Prenatal exposure to bisphenols and phthalates and postpartum depression: The role of neurosteroid hormone disruption. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.just accepted.
7.Hongxiu Liu*, Anna Maria Campana, Yuyan Wang, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Mengling Liu, Hongkai Zhu, Shilpi Mehta-Lee, Sara G Brubaker, Linda G Kahn, Leonardo Trasande, Akhgar Ghassabian. Organophosphate pesticide exposure: Demographic and dietary predictors in an urban pregnancy cohort. Environ. Pollut. 2021, 283, 116920.
8.Hongkai Zhu, Sridhar Chinthakindi, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. A method for the analysis of 121 multi-class environmental chemicals in urine by high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. J. Chromatogr. A 2021, 1646, 462146.
9.Fei Wang, Litao Jin, Chennan Guo, Lujuan Min, Peng Zhang, Hongwen Sun*, Hongkai Zhu, Changping Zhang. Enhanced heavy metals sorption by modified biochars derived from pig manure. Sci. Total Environ. 2021, 147595.
10.Anna S Young*, Russ Hauser, Tamarra M James-Todd, Brent A Coull, Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Aaron J Specht, Maya S Bliss, Joseph G Allen. Impact of “healthier” materials interventions on dust concentrations of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and organophosphate esters. Environ. Int. 2021, 150, 106151.
11.Anna S Young*, Thomas Zoeller, Russ Hauser, Tamarra James-Todd, Brent A Coull, Peter A Behnisch, Abraham Brouwer, Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Joseph G Allen. Assessing Indoor Dust Interference with Human Nuclear Hormone Receptors in Cell-Based Luciferase Reporter Assays. Environ. Health Perspect. 2021, 129, 047010.
12.Sridhar Chinthakindi, Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. An exploratory analysis of poly-and per-fluoroalkyl substances in pet food packaging from the United States. Environ. Technol. Inno. 2021, 21, 101247.
13.Yulian Sun, Hongkai Zhu*. A pilot study of organophosphate esters in surface soils collected from Jinan City, China: implications for risk assessments. Environ. Sci. Pollut. R. 2021, 28, 3344-3353.
14.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Parabens in stretch mark creams: A source of exposure in pregnant and lactating women. Sci. Total Environ. 2020, 744, 141016.
15.Yulian Sun, Hongkai Zhu*. Spatial and temporal distributions of hexabromocyclododecanes in surface soils of Jinan, China. Environ. Monit. Assess. 2020, 192, 1-11.
16.Hongkai Zhu, Fei Wang, Bing Li, Yiming Yao, Lei Wang, Hongwen Sun*. Accumulation and translocation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers into plant under multiple exposure scenarios. Environ. Int. 2020, 143, 105947.
17.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. A pilot study of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances in automotive lubricant oils from the United States. Environ. Technol. Inno. 2020, 19, 100943.
18.Hongkai Zhu, Maha M. Al-Bazi, Taha A. Kumosani, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Occurrence and profiles of organophosphate esters in infant clothing and raw textiles collected from the United States. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2020, 7, 415-420.
19.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Total oxidizable precursor assay in the determination of perfluoroalkyl acids in textiles collected from the United States. Environ. Pollut. 2020, 114940.
20.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Occurrence and distribution of melamine and its derivatives in surface water, drinking water, precipitation, wastewater, and swimming pool water. Environ. Pollut. 2020, 258, 113743.
21.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Determination of melamine and its derivatives in textiles and infant clothing purchased in the United States. Sci. Total Environ. 2020, 710, 136396.
22.Jing Ma, Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Fecal excretion of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in pets from New York State, United States. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2020, 7, 135-142.
23.Bo Zhang, Yuan He, Hongkai Zhu, Xiongfei Huang, Xueyuan Bai, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Tao Zhang*. Concentrations of bisphenol A and its alternatives in paired maternal−fetal urine, serum and amniotic fluid from an e-waste dismantling area in China. Environ. Int. 2020, 136, 105407.
24.Shiming Song, Yuan He, Yingyan Huang, Xiongfei Huang, Yuankai Guo, Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Tao Zhang*. Occurrence and transfer of benzophenone-type ultraviolet filters from the pregnant women to fetuses. Sci. Total Environ. 2020, 726, 138503.
25.Shiming Song, Yuan He, Tao Zhang*, Hongkai Zhu, Xiongfei Huang, Xue yuan, Bai, Bo Zhang, Kurunthachalam Kannan. Profiles of parabens and their metabolites in paired maternal-fetal serum, urine and amniotic fluid and their implications for placental transfer. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Saf. 2020, 191, 110235.
26.Yu Wang, Yiming Yao, Xiaoxin Han, Wenhui Li, Hongkai Zhu, Lei Wang, Hongwen Sun*, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Organophosphate di- and tri-esters in indoor and outdoor dust from China and its implications for human exposure. Sci. Total Environ. 2020, 700, 134502.
27.Hongkai Zhu, Sunggyu Lee, Hyo-Bang Moon, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Spatial and temporal trends of melamine and its derivatives in sediment from Lake Shihwa, South Korea. J. Hazard. Mater. 2019, 373, 671-677.
28.Hongkai Zhu, Lei Wang, Chunguang Liu, Zachary Stryker, Bommanna G. Loganathan, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Phthalate metabolites, hydroxy-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and bisphenol analogues in bovine urine collected from China, India, and the United States. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2019, 53, 11524-11531.
29.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Occurrence of melamine and its derivatives in breast milk from the United States and its implications for exposure in infants. Environ. Sci. Technol.2019, 53, 7859-7865.
30.Hongkai Zhu, Bommanna G. Loganathan, and Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Occurrence and profiles of melamine and cyanuric acid in bovine feed and urine from China, India, and the United States, Environ. Sci. Technol.2019, 53, 7029-7035.
31.Hongkai Zhu, Yu Wang, Hongwen Sun, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Fertilizers as a source of melamine and cyanuric acid in soils: a nationwide survey in China. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2019, 6, 55–61.
32.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Melamine and cyanuric acid in foodstuffs from the United States and their implications for human exposure, Environ. Int.2019, 130, 104950.
33.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Inter-day and inter-individual variability in urinary concentrations of melamine and cyanuric acid. Environ. Int. 2019, 123, 375-381.
34.Hongkai Zhu, Rolf U. Halden, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. A nationwide survey of the occurrence of melamine and its derivatives in archived sewage sludge from the United States. Environ. Pollut. 2019, 245, 994-999.
35.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Distribution and partitioning of perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids in surface soil, plants, and earthworms at a contaminated site. Sci. Total Environ. 2019, 647, 954-961.
36.Jing Ma, Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Organophosphorus flame retardants and plasticizers in breast milk from the United States. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2019, 6, 525-531.
37.Yu Wang, Yiming Yao, Wenhui Li, Hongkai Zhu, Lei Wang, Hongwen Sun*, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. A nationwide survey of 19 organophosphate esters in soils from China: Spatial distribution and hazard assessment. Sci. Total Environ. 2019, 671, 528-535.
38.Yu Wang, Hongkai Zhu and Kurunthachalam Kannan*. A Review of Biomonitoring of Phthalate Exposures. Toxics 2019, 7, 21.
39.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Distribution profiles of melamine and its derivatives in indoor dust from 12 countries and the implications for human exposure, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2018, 52, 12801-12808.
40.Hongkai Zhu, Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Continuing occurrence of melamine and its derivatives in infant formula and dairy products from the United States: implications for environmental sources. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2018, 5, 641–648.
41.Hongkai Zhu, Hongwen Sun, Yiming Yao, Zhiwei Gan, Yu Wang, and Kurunthachalam Kannan*. Legacy and alternative brominated flame retardants in outdoor dust and pine needles in mainland China: Spatial trends, dust-plant partitioning and human exposure. Environ. Pollut. 2018, 243, 758-765.
42.Yu Wang, Hongwen Sun*, Hongkai Zhu, Yiming Yao, Hao Chen, Chao Ren, Fengchang Wu, Kurunthachalam Kannan. Occurrence and distribution of organophosphate flame retardants (OPFRs) in soil and outdoor settled dust from a multi-waste recycling area in China. Sci. Total Environ. 2018, 625, 1056-1064.
43.Xinhao Ren, Hongwen Sun*, Fei Wang, Peng Zhang, and Hongkai Zhu. Effect of aging in field soil on biochar's properties and its sorption capacity. Environ. Pollut. 2018, 242, 1880-1886.
44.Hongkai Zhu, Kai Zhang, Hongwen Sun*, Fei Wang, Yiming Yao. Spatial and temporal distributions of hexabromocyclododecanes in the vicinity of an expanded polystyrene material manufacturing plant in Tian, China, Environ. Pollut. 2017, 222, 338-347.
45.Hongkai Zhu, Hongwen Sun*, Yiming Yao, Fei Wang, Yanwei Zhang, Xiaowei Liu. Fate and adverse effects of hexabromocyclododecane diastereoisomers (HBCDDs) in a soil-ryegrass pot system, Chemosphere, 2017, 184, 452-459.
46.Fei Wang, Hongwen Sun*, Xinhao Ren, Yarui Liu, Hongkai Zhu, Peng Zhang, Chao Ren. Effects of humic acid and heavy metals on the sorption of polar and apolar organic pollutants onto biochars. Environ. Pollut. 2017, 231, 229-236.
47.Bing Li, Hongkai Zhu, Hongwen Sun*, and Jiayao Xu. Effects of the amendment of biochars and carbon nanotubes on the bioavailability of hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDs) in soil to ecologically different species of earthworms. Environ. Pollut. 2017, 222, 191-200.
48.Hongkai Zhu, Hongwen Sun*, Yanwei Zhang, Jiayao Xu, Bing Li, Qixing Zhou. Uptake pathway, translocation, and isomerization of Hexabromocyclododecane diastereoisomers by wheat in closed chambers, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, 50, 2652-2659.
49.Hongwei Hu, Yuanyuan Deng, Yunfei Fan, Pengfei Zhang, Hongwen Sun*, Zhiwei Gan, Hongkai Zhu, Yiming Yao, Effects of artificial sweeteners on metal bio-concentration and toxicity on a green algae Scenedesmus obliquus, Chemosphere, 2016, 150, 285-293.
50.Fei Wang, Xinhao Ren, Hongwen Sun*, Ma Ling, Hongkai Zhu, Jiayao Xu. Sorption of polychlorinated biphenyls onto biochars derived from corn straw and the effect of propranolol, Bioresour. Technol.2016, 219, 458-465.
51.Yanwei Zhang, Lei Wang, Hongwen Sun*, Tianqi, Yao, Hongkai Zhu. Impacts of loach bioturbation on the selective bioaccumulation of HBCD diastereoisomers and enantiomers by mirror carp in a microcosm, Chemosphere, 2016, 163, 471-479.
52.Yiming Yao, Hongkai Zhu, Bing Li, Hongwei Hu, Tao Zhang, Eriko Yamazaki, Sachi Taniyasu, Nobuyoshi Yamashita, Hongwen Sun*. Distribution and primary source analysis of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances with different chain lengths in surface and groundwater in two cities, North China, Ecotox. Environ. Safe.2014, 108, 318-328.
53.Hongwen Sun*, Yuefei Ruan, Hongkai Zhu, ZhiyanZhang, Yanwei Zhang, Li Yu. Enhanced bioaccumulation of pentachlorophenol in carp in the presence of multi-walled carbon nanotubes, Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res.2014, 21, 2865-2875.
54.Yanwei Zhang, Hongwen Sun*, Hongkai Zhu, Yuefei Ruan, Fang Liu, Xiaowei Liu. Accumulation of hexabromocyclododecane diastereomers and enantiomers in two microalgae, Spirulina subsalsa and Scenedesmus obliquus, Ecotox. Environ. Safe. 2014, 104, 136-142.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Editorial board member；；
International Journal Environment Monitor Analysis Editorial board member；
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Youth Editor