Chao Yang



Tel. : +49 341 235 1018
Fax : +49 341 235 1443

Department Isotope Biogeochemistry
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstraße 15,
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Chao Yang

Curriculum Vitae

Since 09/2011 PhD student, Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry
04/2011 M.Sc. in Environmental Science. Tongji University. China
07/2008 B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering. Tongji University. China


Like chlorinated aromatic compounds, Brominated aromatic compounds are ubiquitous in the environment and most of them have ecological risks. Especially the brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are of characteristic like persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and widely used in many everyday products such as plastics, furniture, cars, textiles, construction materials and electronic equipment. These compounds are usually resistant to chemical and microbial attack under natural conditions. Researches have showed that the Dehalococccoides species are highly effective to the dehalogenation of chlorinated aromatic compounds. Initial testing also confirmed that debromination activities are present in Dehalococcoides species. So the goals in my research are using methods of microbiology and biochemistry to establish and characterize mixed cultures debrominating brominated aromatics. Enrichment or isolation of debrominating strains and the mechanism will also be studied.


  • Chao Yang, Xiang-zhou Meng , Ling Chen, Siqing Xia. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in sewage sludge from Shanghai, China: Possible ecological risk applied to agricultural land. Chemosphere. In press doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2011.07.068
  • Xiang-Zhou Meng, Yan-Ping Duan, Chao Yang, Zhao-Yu Pan, Zhi-Hao Wen, and Ling Chen. Occurrence, Sources, and Inventory of Hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDs) in Soils from Chongming Island, the Yangtze River Delta (YRD). Chemosphere. 2011, 82, 725-731. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2010.10.091
  • Yan-Ping Duan, Xiang-Zhou Meng, Chao Yang, Zhao-Yu Pan, Ling Chen, Ran Yu, and Feng-Ting Li. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in background surface soils from the Yangtze River Delta (YRD), China: Occurrence, sources, and inventory. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 2010, 17, 948-956. doi:10.1007/s11356-010-0295-1
  • Chao Yang, Xiang-zhou Meng, Ling Chen. Quantitative Analysis of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Sewage Sludge. China Water & Wastewater. 2011, 27, 90-93.(in Chinese)
  • Meng Xiang-Zhou, Chao Yang, Pan Zhao-Yu, Chen Ling. Advance on study of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in wastewater and sewage sludge. Huanjing Kexue yu Jishu / Environmental Science & Technology. 2011, 34, 102-106. (in Chinese)