College Introduction

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has been established at Shenzhen University to provide both undergraduate and postgraduate education, focusing on interdisciplinary teaching and research. As a special platform at Shenzhen University, IAS seeks to


Dandan Duan

Ph.D., Associate researcher


Address: Room 347, Administration Building, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518060



2014, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ph.D.

2012 – 2013, Columbia, University of South Carolina, Joint-training

2010, Guangxi University, M.S.

2006, Hunan University of Technology, B.S.



2017 – to date, IAS, Shenzhen University, Associate Researcher

2014 – 2017, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Postdoc



My research is focused on the biogeochemical cycling of organic matter and its effects on the metals and organic pollutants in natural ecosystems, with emphasis on applying the compound specific carbon isotope analysis of biomarkers and advanced solid-state 13C NMR techniques. My recent interests include the chemical structure and composition of organic matter in mangrove and marine sediments and their response to environmental changes and climate warming.



(1)Dandan Duan, Wenlu Lan, Fengyuan Chen, Pei Lei, Hao Zhang, Jie Ma, Yang Wei, Ke Pan*. Neutral monosaccharides and their relationship to metal contamination in mangrove sediments. Chemosphere, 2020, 251.

(2)Jie Ma, Beibei Zhou, Dandan Duan, Ke Pan*. Salinity-dependent nanostructures and composition of cell surface and its relation to Cd toxicity in an estuarine diatom. Chemosphere, 2019 215, 807-814.

(3)Pei Lei, Huan Zhong, Dandan Duan, Ke Pan*. A review on mercury biogeochemistry in mangrove sediments: Hotspots of methylmercury production?. Science of The Total Environment, 2019, 680, 140-150.

(4)Jie Ma, Beibei Zhou, Dandan Duan, Yang Wei, Ke Pan*. Silicon limitation reduced the adsorption of cadmium in marine diatoms. Aquatic toxicology, 2018, 202, 136-144.

(5)Dandan Duan, Dainan Zhang, Xiaoxuan Ma, Yu Yang, Yong Ran*. Jingdong Mao. Chemical and structural characterization of thermally simulated kerogen and its relationship with microporosity, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 2018, 89: 4-13

(6)Dainan Zhang, Dandan Duan, Youda Huang, Yu Yang, Yong Ran*. Composition and structure of natural organic matter through advanced nuclear magnetic resonance techniques, Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture, 2017, 4(1), 8

(7)Dandan Duan, Dainan Zhang, Youda Huang, Jingfu Wang, Jing’an Chen, Yong Ran*. Sources, composition, and environmental implications of neutral carbohydrates in sediment cores of subtropical reservoirs, South China, Biogeosciences, 2017, 14(18), 4009

(8)Dainan Zhang, Dandan Duan, Youda Huang, Yu Yang, Yong Ran*. Novel phenanthrene sorption mechanism by two pollens and their fractions. Environmental science & technology, 2016, 50(14), 7305-7314

(9)Dainan Zhang, Dandan Duan, Youda Huang, Yongqiang Xiong, Yu Yang, Yong Ran*. Role of structure, accessibility and microporosity on sorption of phenanthrene and nonylphenol by sediments and their fractions, Environmental pollution, 2016, 219, 456-465

(10)Dandan Duan, Youda Huang, Hefa Cheng, Yong Ran*. Relationship of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with algae‐derived organic matter in sediment cores from a subtropical region, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 2015, 120(11): 2243-2255

(11)Dandan Duan, Yong Ran*. Effect of Algal Organic Matter on Pollutant Accumulation in Reservoir Sediments of the Pearl River Delta, China, Labile Organic Matter—Chemical Compositions, Function, and Significance in Soil and the Environment, SSSA (Soil Science Society of America) special publication 62, 2015, 295-314.

(12)Wen Huang, Dandan Duan, Yulong Zhang, Hefa Cheng, Yong Ran*, Heavy metals in particulate and colloidal matter from atmospheric deposition of urban Guangzhou, South China, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2014, 85(2): 720-726

(13)Dandan Duan, Yong Ran*, Hefa Cheng, Jing’an Chen, Guojiang Wan. Contamination trends of trace metals and coupling with algal productivity in sediment cores in Pearl River Delta, South China. Chemosphere, 2014, 103: 35-43.