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YU Guang-hui



Research Interests

YU Guang-hui, professor of Soil Science, Tianjin University. His research mainly focuses on the Biogeochemical Cycles in Soil Science and Waste Management, and his specific research interests include: (1) Coupling Cycling of C and Fe in Soil, (2) Fungal-Mineral Interfacial Processes, and (3) Soil Pollution and Ecology Remediation. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers in international journals included in Current Biology, Earth-Science Reviews, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Environmental Science & Technology, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Environmental Microbiology, etc. Up to now, his publications had been cited more than 3000 times and with H index of 36 on Web of Science. He was selected as one of “World's Top 2% Scientists 2020”. He is currently the Associate Editors of Waste Management (Elsevier) and Soil Use and Management (Wiley).


Geomicrobiology            Soil Biogeochemical Cycling


Presently Contact Address

Office Location: Rm 313, Building No.16

Institute of Surface-Earth System Science,

School of Earth System Science,

Tianjin University,

92 Weijin Road, Tianjin 300072, China




Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Tongji University 2009

M.S., Environmental Engineering, Qingdao Technological University 2006

B.S., Environmental Engineering, Jinan University 2003


2018.09Present Tianjin University Professor

2016.102017.03 Oregon State University Visiting Scholar

2016.012018.08 Nanjing Agricultural University Professor

2015.032016.04 North Carolina State University Visiting Scholar

2011.012015.12 Nanjing Agricultural University Associate Professor

2009.102010.12 Nanjing Agricultural University Assistant Professor

2008.062008.10 National Taiwan University Visiting student


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (20 out of total 101, *Corresponding Author)

1. Guang-Hui Yu*, Yakov Kuzyakov*. Fenton chemistry and reactive oxygen species in soil: Abiotic mechanisms of biotic processes, controls and consequences for carbon and nutrient cycling. Earth-Science Reviews, 2021, 214: 103525.

2. Zhi-Lai Chi, Xiang-Yang Zhao, Ya-Ling Chen, Jia-Long Hao, Guang-Hui Yu*, Bernard A. Goodman, Geoffrey Michael Gadd. Intrinsic enzyme-like activity of magnetite particles is enhanced by cultivation with Trichoderma guizhouense. Environmental Microbiology, 2021, 23(2): 893–907.

3. Zhi-Lai Chi, Guang-Hui Yu*. Nanozyme-mediated elemental biogeochemical cycling and environmental effects. Science China Earth Sciences, 2021, 64(7): 1015–1025.

4. Guang-Hui Yu*#, Zhi-Lai Chi#, Andreas Kappler, Fu-Sheng Sun, Cong-Qiang Liu, Hui Henry Teng*, Geoffrey Michael Gadd*. Fungal nanophase particles catalyze iron transformations for oxidative stress removal and iron acquisition. Current Biology, 2020, 30(15): 2943–2950.

5. Hai-Yan Du, Chun-Mei Chen, Guang-Hui Yu*, Matthew L. Polizzotto, Fu-Sheng Sun, Yakov Kuzyakov. An iron-dependent burst of hydroxyl radicals stimulates straw decomposition and CO2 emission from soil hotspots: Consequences of Fenton or Fenton-like reactions. Geoderma, 2020, 375: 114512.

6. Guang-Hui Yu*, Chun-Mei Chen, Xin-Hua He*, Xiang-Zhi Zhang*, Li-Na Li*. Unexpected bulk density and microstructures response to long-term pig manure application in a Ferralic Cambisol Soil: Implications for rebuilding a healthy soil. Soil & Tillage Research, 2020, 203: 104668.

7. Guanghui Yu*, Zhilai Chi, H. Henry Teng, Hailiang Dong, Andreas Kappler, Michael R. Gillings, Matthew L. Polizzotto, Congqiang Liu, Yongguan Zhu*. Fungus-initiated catalytic reactions at hyphal-mineral interfaces drive iron redox cycling and biomineralization. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2019, 260: 192–203.

8. Fusheng Sun, Guanghui Yu*, Matthew L. Polizzotto, Wei Ran, Qirong Shen. Toward understanding the binding of Zn in soils by two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy and synchrotron-radiation-based spectromicroscopies. Geoderma, 2019, 337: 238–245.

9. Haiyan Du, Guanghui Yu*, Fusheng Sun, Muhammad Usman, Bernard A. Goodman, Wei Ran, Qirong Shen. Iron minerals inhibit the growth of Pseudomonas brassicacearum J12 via a free-radical mechanism: Implications for soil carbon storage. Biogeosciences, 2019, 16(7): 1433–1445.

10. Yongli Wen, Jian Xiao, Feifei Liu, Bernard A. Goodman, Wei Li, Zhongjun Jia, Wei Ran, Ruifu Zhang, Qirong Shen, Guanghui Yu*. Contrasting effects of chemical and organic fertilisation regimes on shifts in the Fe redox bacterial community. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2018, 117: 56–67.

11. Guanghui Yu, Jian Xiao, Shuijin Hu, Matthew L. Polizzotto, Fangjie Zhao, Steve P. McGrath, Huan Li, Wei Ran, Qirong Shen*. Mineral availability as a key regulator of soil carbon storage. Environmental Science & Technology, 2017, 51(9): 4960–4969.

12. Fusheng Sun, Matthew L. Polizzotto, Dongxing Guan, Jun Wu, Qirong Shen, Wei Ran, Boren Wang, Guanghui Yu*. Exploring the interactions and binding sites between Cd and functional groups in soil DOM using two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation based spectromicroscopies. Journal of Hazardous Materials 2017, 326: 18–25.

13. Huan Li, Shuijin Hu, Matthew L. Polizzotto, Xiaoli Chang, Qirong Shen, Wei Ran, Guanghui Yu*. Fungal biomineralization of montmorillonite and goethite to short-range-ordered minerals. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2016, 191:17–31.

14. Jian Xiao, Xinhua He, Ying Zhou, Lirong Zheng, Jialong Hao, Wei Ran, Qirong Shen, Guanghui Yu*. New strategies for submicron characterization the carbon binding of reactive minerals in long-term contrasting fertilized soils: implications for soil carbon storage. Biogeosciences, 2016, 13(12): 3607–3618.

15. Guanghui Yu, Minjie Wu, Guanran Wei, Yihong Luo, Wei Ran, Boren Wang, Jianchao Zhang, and Qirong Shen*. Binding of organic ligands with Al(III) in dissolved organic matter from soil: implications for soil organic carbon storage. Environmental Science and Technology, 2012, 46(11): 61026109.

16. Guanghui Yu, Zhu Tang, Yangchun Xu, Qirong Shen*. Multiple fluorescence labeling and two dimensional FTIR–13C NMR heterospectral correlation spectroscopy to characterize extracellular polymeric substances in biofilms produced during composting. Environmental Science and Technology, 2011, 45(21): 9224–9231.

17. Guanghui Yu, Pinjing He*, Liming Shao. Novel insights into sludge dewaterability by fluorescence excitation–emission matrix combined with parallel factor analysis. Water Research, 2010, 44(3): 797–806.

18. Guanghui Yu, Pinjing He*, Liming Shao, Peipei He. Stratification structure of sludge flocs with implications to dewaterability. Environmental Science and Technology, 2008, 42(21): 7944–7949. 

19. Guanghui Yu, Pinjing He*, Liming Shao, Yishu Zhu. Extracellular proteins, polysaccharides and enzymes impact on sludge aerobic digestion after ultrasonic pretreatment. Water Research, 2008, 42(89): 1925–1934. 

20. Guanghui Yu, Pinjing He*, Liming Shao, Peipei He. Toward understanding the mechanism of improving the production of volatile fatty acids from activated sludge at pH 10.0. Water Research, 2008, 42(18): 4637–4644.