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


Ke Pan

Ph.D., Assistant Professor


Address:Room 345, Administration Building, Shenzhen University, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518060


Academic careers

Research Assistant Professor, Shenzhen Research Institute, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 2013-2015.

Post-doctoral Fellow, Division of Life Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 2009 Oct-Now.



Doctor of Philosophy, Biology, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2006-2009

Master of Philosophy, Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, Xiamen University, 1999-2006


Research interest

Metal ecotoxicology in aquatic ecosystem

Marine biogeochemistry

Coastal biomonitoring



[1] Chen F., Ma J., Zhong Z., Liu H., Miao A, Zhu X., & Pan K*. (2023). Silicon Limitation Impairs the Tolerance of Marine Diatoms to Pristine Microplastics. Environmental Science & Technology. Doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c09305

[2] Guo, W., Zhang, D., Zhang, W., Li, S., Pan, K., Jiang, H., & Zhang, Q. (2023). Anthropogenic impacts on the nitrate pollution in an urban river: Insights from a combination of natural-abundance and paired isotopes. Journal of Environmental Management, 333, 117458.

[3] Cao, X., Yu, Z. X., Xie, M., Pan, K., & Tan, Q. G. (2023). Higher Risks of Copper Toxicity in Turbid Waters: Quantifying the Bioavailability of Particle-Bound Metals to Set Site-Specific Water Quality Criteria. Environmental Science & Technology. 57(2), 1060-1070

[4] Afzal, S., Mehmood, A., Jin, L., Pan, K*., Ahmad, M., Duan, D., ... & Chen, F. (2023). Facile fabrication of cobalt doped manganese oxide with hierarchical porosity for peroxymonosulfate activation: Performance investigation and mechanistic insight to degrade organic pollutants in water and DFT study. Journal of Hazardous Materials Advances, 100244.

[5] Ma, J., Chen, F., Zhang, Z., Li, Y., Liu, J., Chen, C. C., & Pan, K*. (2023). Eukaryotic community succession on discarded face masks in the marine environment. Science of The Total Environment, 854, 158552.

[6]Pan, K., Chen, C. C., Lin, L., Xu, H., Chen, F., Li, Y., ... & Lan, W. (2022). Adsorption of di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) to microplastics in seawater: a comparison between pristine and aged particles. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 109(5), 776-782.

[7] Zhou, Y., Li, Y., Lan, W., Jiang, H., & Pan, K*. (2022). Short-Term Exposure to MPs and DEHP Disrupted Gill Functions in Marine Bivalves. Nanomaterials, 12(22), 4077.

[8] Afzal, S., Jin, L., Pan, K*., Duan, D., Wei, Y., Ahmad, M., ... & Chen, F. (2022). CoM/diatomite (M= Mg and Al) for the activation of peroxymonosulfate to degrade atrazine in water: Effect of preparation method, role of acidic/basic sites, and catalytic mechanism. Applied Surface Science, 600, 154026.

[9] Zhang, Y. X., Wang, M., Yang, L., Pan, K., & Miao, A. J*. (2022). Bioaccumulation of differently-sized polystyrene nanoplastics by human lung and intestine cells. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 439, 129585.

[10] Wang, C., Zhou, H. R., Zhao, Y. T., Xiang, Z. Q., Pan, K., Yang, L., & Miao, A. J*. (2022). A label-free technique to quantify and visualize gold nanoparticle accumulation at the single-cell level. Chemosphere, 302, 134857.

[11] Ma, J., Chen, F., Xu, H., Liu, J., Chen, C. C., Zhang, Z., ... & Pan, K*. (2022). Fate of face masks after being discarded into seawater: Aging and microbial colonization. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 436, 129084.

[12] Chen, C. C., Shi, Y., Zhu, Y., Zeng, J., Qian, W., Zhou, S., Ma, J., Pan, K., ... & Zhu, X*. (2022). Combined toxicity of polystyrene microplastics and ammonium perfluorooctanoate to Daphnia magna: Mediation of intestinal blockage. Water Research, 219, 118536.

[13] Li, P., Liu, J., Bai, J., Tong, Y., Meng, Y., Diao, X., Pan, K., ... & Lin, G*. (2022) Community Structure of Benthic Macrofauna and the Ecological Quality of Mangrove Wetlands in Hainan, China. Frontiers in Marine Science, 771.

[14] Liu, J., Li, Y., Duan, D., Peng, G., Li, P., Lei, P., ... & Pan, K*. (2022). Effects and mechanisms of organic matter regulating the methylmercury dynamics in mangrove sediments. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 432, 128690.

[15] Li, P., Li, X., Bai, J., Meng, Y., Diao, X., Pan, K*., ... & Lin, G*. (2022). Effects of land use on the heavy metal pollution in mangrove sediments: Study on a whole island scale in Hainan, China. Science of The Total Environment, 824, 153856.

[16] Ma, J., Chen, F., Zhou, B., Zhang, Z., & Pan, K*. (2022). Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus availability on cadmium tolerance in the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Science of The Total Environment, 156615.

[17] Zhou, B., Zou, Y., Ma, J., Yanping, L., & Pan, K*. (2022). Toxicity and Bioaccumulation of Copper in Phaeodactylum tricornutum Under Different Macronutrient Conditions. Frontiers in Marine Science, 902.

[18] Chen, S., Pan, K., Li, W., & Duan, D*. (2022). Influence of algal organic matter on metal accumulation in adjacent sediments of aquaculture from a tropical coast region. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-14.

[19] Guo, W. B., Wu, C., Yang, L., Pan, K., & Miao, A. J*. (2022). Nanoparticle pre-or co-exposure affects bacterial ingestion by the protozoan Tetrahymena thermophila. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 429, 128268.

[20] Yin, B., Tan, S., Wang, J., Pan, K., Wang, W. X., & Wang, X*. (2022). Antibiotic application may raise the potential of methylmercury accumulation in fish. Science of the Total Environment, 819, 152946.

[21] Chai, B., Li, Y., Wang, L., Zhang, X. T., Wan, Y. P., Chen, F., ... & Pan, K*. (2022). Microplastic contamination on the beaches of South China. Frontiers in Marine Science, 367.

[22] Peng, G., Lan, W., & Pan, K*. (2022). Mechanisms of Metal Tolerance in Halophytes: A Mini Review. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 1-13.

[23] Li, Y., Pan, K., & Chen, Y*. (2022). Poly (β‐trimethylsilyloxy ester): A Degradable Polymer Based on Retro Mukaiyama Aldol Reaction. Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 43(6), 2100808.

[24] Luo, X., Pan, K., Wang, L., Li, M., Li, T., Pang, B., ... & Lan, W*. (2022). Anthropogenic Inputs Affect Phytoplankton Communities in a Subtropical Estuary. Water, 14(4), 636.

[25] Li, Y., Xu, S., Ling, J., Pan, K., Liu, Y., & Chen, Y*. (2022). Diphenyl phosphate/ethyl diphenylphosphinite as an efficient organocatalytic system for ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone and δ-valerolactone. Polymer Chemistry, 13(4), 545-557.

[26] Chai, B., She, Y., Wei, Q., Lan, W., & Pan, K*. (2022). Micro-and Nanoplastic Pollution in Terrestrial Ecosystems. In Advances in Toxicology and Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials and Emerging Contaminants (pp. 207-226). Springer, Singapore.

[27] Xu, S., Wu, C., Guo, W. B., Yang, L., Ji, R., Pan, K., & Miao, A. J*. (2021). Polystyrene Nanoplastics Inhibit the Transformation of Tetrabromobisphenol A by the Bacterium Rhodococcus jostii. ACS nano, 16(1), 405-414.

[28]Pan, K., Lan, W., Li, T., Hong, M., Peng, X., Xu, Z., ... & Jiang, H*. (2021). Control of phytoplankton by oysters and the consequent impact on nitrogen cycling in a Subtropical Bay. Science of The Total Environment, 796, 149007.

[29]Pan, K., Zheng, X., Liu, X., & Jiang, H*. (2021). Nitrogen cycling in a tropical coral reef ecosystem under severe anthropogenic disturbance in summer: Insights from isotopic compositions. Water Research, 207, 117824.

[30] Ma, J., Chen, F., Xu, H., Jiang, H., Liu, J., Li, P., ... & Pan, K*. (2021). Face masks as a source of nanoplastics and microplastics in the environment: Quantification, characterization, and potential for bioaccumulation. Environmental Pollution, 288, 117748.

[31] Ikram, M., Hu, F., Peng, G., Basharat, M., Jabeen, N., Pan, K., & Gao, Y*. (2021). Light-Activated Fuel-Free Janus Metal Organic Framework Colloidal Motors for the Removal of Heavy Metal Ions. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13(43), 51799-51806.

[32] Chen, C. C., Zhu, X., Xu, H., Chen, F., Ma, J., & Pan, K*. (2021). Copper adsorption to microplastics and natural particles in seawater: a comparison of kinetics, isotherms, and bioavailability. Environmental Science & Technology, 55(20), 13923-13931.

[33] Xu, H., Shi, Z., Zhang, X., Pang, M., Pan, K*., & Liu, H*. (2021). Diatom frustules with different silica contents affect copepod grazing due to differences in the nanoscale mechanical properties. Limnology and Oceanography, 66(9), 3408-3420.

[34] Lei, P., Zhang, J., Zhu, J., Tan, Q., Kwong, R. W., Pan, K., ... & Zhong, H*. (2021). Algal organic matter drives methanogen-mediated methylmercury production in water from eutrophic shallow lakes. Environmental Science & Technology, 55(15), 10811-10820.

[35] Jiang, H., Zhang, Q., Liu, W., Zhang, J., Pan, K., Zhao, T., & Xu, Z*. (2021). Isotopic compositions reveal the driving forces of high nitrate level in an urban river: Implications for pollution control. Journal of Cleaner Production, 298, 126693.

[36] Duan, D., Lei, P., Lan, W., Li, T., Zhang, H., Zhong, H., & Pan, K*. (2021). Litterfall-derived organic matter enhances mercury methylation in mangrove sediments of South China. Science of the Total Environment, 765, 142763.

[37] Afzal, S., Pan, K*., Duan, D., Wei, Y., & Chen, L. (2021). Heterogeneous activation of peroxymonosulfate with cobalt incorporated fibrous silica nanospheres for the degradation of organic pollutants in water. Applied Surface Science, 542, 148674.

[38] Jiang, H., Ma, J., Xu, H., Xu, Z., Liu, W., & Pan, K*. (2021). Multiple isotopic compositions reveal complex nitrogen cycling in a subtropical estuary. Environmental Pollution, 272, 116410.

[39] Ma, J., Zhou, B., Chen, F., & Pan, K*. (2021). How marine diatoms cope with metal challenge: Insights from the morphotype-dependent metal tolerance in Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 208, 111715.

[40] Mao, Z., Feng, M., Li, Z., Zhou, M., Xu, L., Pan, K., ... & Zhang, W*. (2021). ETV5 regulates hepatic fatty acid metabolism through PPAR signaling pathway. Diabetes, 70(1), 214-226.

[41] Dong, F., Wu, C., Miao, A. J., & Pan, K*. (2021). Reduction of silver ions to form silver nanoparticles by redox-active organic molecules: Coupled impact of the redox state and environmental factors. Environmental Science: Nano, 8(1), 269-281.

[42] Lei, P., Zhu, J., Zhong, H., Pan, K., Zhang, L., & Zhang, H*. (2021). Distribution of nitrogen and phosphorus in pore water profiles and estimation of their diffusive fluxes and annual loads in guanting reservoir (Gtr), Northern China. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 106(1), 10-17.

[43] Jiang, H., Lan, W., Li, T., Xu, Z., Liu, W., & Pan, K*. (2020). Isotopic composition reveals the impact of oyster aquaculture on pelagic nitrogen cycling in a subtropical estuary. Water Research, 187, 116431.

[44] Lu, G., Pan, K., Zhu, A., Dong, Y., & Wang, W. X*. (2020). Spatial-temporal variations and trends predication of trace metals in oysters from the Pearl River Estuary of China during 2011–2018. Environmental Pollution, 264, 114812.

[45] Jiang, H., Liu, W., Zhang, J., Zhou, L., Zhou, X., Pan, K., ... & Xu, Z*. (2020). Spatiotemporal variations of nitrate sources and dynamics in a typical agricultural riverine system under monsoon climate. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 93, 98-108.

[46] Zhou, B., Ma, J., Chen, F., Zou, Y., Wei, Y., Zhong, H., & Pan, K*. (2020). Mechanisms underlying silicon-dependent metal tolerance in the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Environmental Pollution, 262, 114331.

[47] Duan, D., Lan, W., Chen, F., Lei, P., Zhang, H., Ma, J., ... & Pan, K*. (2020). Neutral monosaccharides and their relationship to metal contamination in mangrove sediments. Chemosphere, 251, 126368.

[48] Ma, J., Zhou, B., Tan, Q., Zhang, L., & Pan, K*. (2020). The roles of silicon in combating cadmium challenge in the Marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 389, 121903.

[49] Gutierrez Moreno, J. J., Pan, K., Wang, Y., & Li, W*. (2020). Computational study of APTES surface functionalization of diatom-like amorphous SiO2 surfaces for heavy metal adsorption. Langmuir, 36(20), 5680-5689.

[50] Xu, S., Ma, J., Ji, R., Pan, K*., & Miao, A. J*. (2020). Microplastics in aquatic environments: occurrence, accumulation, and biological effects. Science of the Total Environment, 703, 134699.

[51] Lei, P., Zhu, J., Pan, K., & Zhang, H*. (2020). Sorption kinetics of parent and substituted PAHs for low-density polyethylene (LDPE): Determining their partition coefficients between LDPE and water (KLDPE) for passive sampling. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 87, 349-360.

[52] Zheng, X., Kuo, F., Pan, K., Huang, H., & Lin, R*. (2019). Different calcification responses of two hermatypic corals to CO2-driven ocean acidification. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 26(30), 30596-30602.

[53] Lei, P., Zhong, H., Duan, D., & Pan, K*. (2019). A review on mercury biogeochemistry in mangrove sediments: hotspots of methylmercury production?. Science of The Total Environment, 680, 140-150.

[54] Lei, P., Pan, K., Zhang, H., & Bi, J*. (2019). Pollution and risk of PAHs in surface sediments from the tributaries and their relation to anthropogenic activities, in the main urban districts of Chongqing city, Southwest China. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 103(1), 28-33.

[55] Mao, Z., Lin, H., Su, W., Li, J., Zhou, M., Li, Z., Zhou, B., Yang, Q., Pan, K., ... & Zhang, W*. (2019). Deficiency of ZnT8 promotes adiposity and metabolic dysfunction by increasing peripheral serotonin production. Diabetes, 68(6), 1197-1209.

[56] Lei, P., Nunes, L. M., Liu, Y. R., Zhong, H*., & Pan, K*. (2019). Mechanisms of algal biomass input enhanced microbial Hg methylation in lake sediments. Environment International, 126, 279-288.

[57] Huang, B., Wei, Z. B., Yang, L. Y., Pan, K*., & Miao, A. J*. (2019). Combined toxicity of silver nanoparticles with hematite or plastic nanoparticles toward two freshwater algae. Environmental Science & Technology, 53(7), 3871-3879.

[58] 马捷, 陈丰源, 周贝贝, 段丹丹, 韦阳, & 潘科*. (2019). 海洋硅藻细胞表面物理化学特性对镉累积的影响. 生态毒理学报, 14(1), 75-82.

[59] Ma, J., Zhou, B., Duan, D., & Pan, K*. (2019). Salinity-dependent nanostructures and composition of cell surface and its relation to Cd toxicity in an estuarine diatom. Chemosphere, 215, 807-814.

[60] Zheng, X., Wang, C., Hadi, T. A., Ye, Y., & Pan, K*. (2018). An ocean acidification-simulated system and its application in coral physiological studies. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 37(12), 55-62.

[61] Ma, J., Zhou, B., Duan, D., Wei, Y., & Pan, K*. (2018). Silicon limitation reduced the adsorption of cadmium in marine diatoms. Aquatic Toxicology, 202, 136-144.

[62] 雷沛, 张洪, 王超, & 潘科*. (2018). 沉积物水界面污染物迁移扩散的研究进展. 湖泊科学, 30(6), 1489-1508.

[63]Pan, K., & Wang, W. X*. (2016). Radiocesium uptake, trophic transfer, and exposure in three estuarine fish with contrasting feeding habits. Chemosphere, 163, 499-507.

[64]Pan, K., Tan, Q. G., & Wang, W. X*. (2016). Two-compartment kinetic modeling of radiocesium accumulation in marine bivalves under hypothetical exposure regimes. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(5), 2677-2684.

[65] Yin, R., Feng, X., Zhang, J., Pan, K., Wang, W., & Li, X*. (2016). Using mercury isotopes to understand the bioaccumulation of Hg in the subtropical Pearl River Estuary, South China. Chemosphere, 147, 173-179.

[66] Chen, L., Lam, J. C., Zhang, X., Pan, K., Guo, C., Lam, P. K., ... & Qian, P. Y*. (2015). Relationship between metal and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) body burden and health risks in the barnacle Balanus amphitrite. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 100(1), 383-392.

[67] Wang, W., Pan, K., Tan, Q., Guo, L., & Simpson, S. L*. (2014). Estuarine Pollution of Metals in China: Science and Mitigation. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(17), 9975.

[68] Zhang, Q., Pan, K., Kang, S., Zhu, A., & Wang, W. X*. (2014). Mercury in wild fish from high-altitude aquatic ecosystems in the Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(9), 5220-5228.

[69]Pan, K., Chan, H., Tam, Y. K., & Wang, W. X*. (2014). Low mercury levels in marine fish from estuarine and coastal environments in southern China. Environmental Pollution, 185, 250-257.

[70]潘科, 朱艾嘉, 徐志斌, & 王文雄*. (2014). 中国近海和河口环境铜污染的状况. 生态毒理学报, 9(4), 618-631.

[71] Sharma, C. M., Basnet, S., Kang, S., Rosseland, B. O., Zhang, Q., Pan, K., ... & Sharma, S*. (2013). Mercury concentrations in commercial fish species of Lake Phewa, Nepal. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 91(3), 272-277.

[72] Yu, X. J., Pan, K., Liu, F., Yan, Y., & Wang, W. X*. (2013). Spatial variation and subcellular binding of metals in oysters from a large estuary in China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 70(1-2), 274-280.

[73]Pan, K., & Wang, W. X*. (2012). Reconstructing the biokinetic processes of oysters to counteract the metal challenges: physiological acclimation. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(19), 10765-10771.

[74] Yu, X., Li, H., Pan, K., Yan, Y., & Wang, W. X*. (2012). Mercury distribution, speciation and bioavailability in sediments from the Pearl River Estuary, Southern China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64(8), 1699-1704.

[75]Pan, K., & Wang, W. X*. (2012). Trace metal contamination in estuarine and coastal environments in China. Science of the Total Environment, 421, 3-16.

[76]Pan, K., & Wang, W. X*. (2011). Mercury accumulation in marine bivalves: influences of biodynamics and feeding niche. Environmental Pollution, 159(10), 2500-2506.

[77] Zhang, Y., Xiao, K., Xu, S. Y., Pan, K., Wang, W., & Qian, P*. (2011). Acute Toxicity of the Antifouling Compound Butenolide in Non-Target Organisms. PLoS ONE.

[78]Pan, K., Lee, O. O., Qian, P. Y., & Wang, W. X*. (2011). Sponges and sediments as monitoring tools of metal contamination in the eastern coast of the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 62(5), 1140-1146.

[79]Pan, K., & Wang, W. X*. (2009). Inter-individual variations in cadmium and zinc biodynamics in the scallop Chlamys nobilis. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 383, 151-160.

[80]Pan, K., & Wang, W. X*. (2009). Biodynamics to explain the difference of copper body concentrations in five marine bivalve species. Environmental Science & Technology, 43(6), 2137-2143.

[81]Pan, K., & Wang, W. X*. (2008). The subcellular fate of cadmium and zinc in the scallop Chlamys nobilis during waterborne and dietary metal exposure. Aquatic Toxicology, 90(4), 253-260.

[82]Pan, K., & Wang, W*. (2008). Allometry of cadmium and zinc concentrations and bioaccumulation in the scallop Chlamys nobilis. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 365, 115-126.

[83]Pan, K., & WANG, W. X*. (2008). Validation of Biokinetic Model of Metals in the Scallop Chlamys nobilis in Complex Field Environments. Environmental Science & Technology, 42(16), 6285-6290.

[84] Huang, L., Pan, K., & Guo, F*. (2006). Quantitative relationship between flagellate abundance and suspended particle density in Huanghai Sea and East China Sea in summer. Acta Oceanologica Sinica (02),109-118.

[85] 赵立波,黄凌风,潘科,郭丰,向平.(2004).内湾沉积物中生物硅的测定方法及其应用初探. 厦门大学学报(自然科学版)(S1),153-158.