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

Postgraduate Course

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] 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, 128690.

[2] 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, 153856.

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

[4] 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.

[5] 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, 128268.

[6] 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.

[7] 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.

[8]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.

[9] 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.

[10] 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.

[11] Ma Jie, Chen Fengyuan, Xu Huo, Jiang Hao, Liu Jingli, Li Ping, Chen Chun Ciara, and Pan Ke*. Face masks as a source of nanoplastics and microplastics in the environment: Quantification, characterization, and potential for bioaccumulation. Environmental Pollution 288 (2021): 117748.

[12]Pan Ke, Lan Wenlu, Li Tianshen, Hong Ming, Peng Xiaoyan, Xu Zhifang, Liu Wenjing, and Jiang Hao*. Control of phytoplankton by oysters and the consequent impact on nitrogen cycling in a Subtropical Bay. Science of the Total Environment 796 (2021): 149007.

[13] Xu, Huo, Shi Zhiyuan, Zhang Xiaodong, Pang Mengwen, Pan K*, and Liu Hongbin*. Diatom frustules with different silica contents affect copepod grazing due to differences in the nanoscale mechanical properties. Limnology and Oceanography 66, no. 9 (2021): 3408-3420.

[14] Lei Pei, Zhang Jin, Zhu Jinjie, Tan Qiaoguo, Kwong Raymond WM, Pan Ke, Jiang Tao, Mohammad Naderi, and Zhong Huan*. Algal Organic Matter Drives Methanogen-Mediated Methylmercury Production in Water from Eutrophic Shallow Lakes. Environmental Science & Technology 55, no. 15 (2021): 10811-10820.

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

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

[17] Dong F, Wu C, Miao AJ*, Pan K*. 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. 2020.

[18] Afzal S, Pan K*, Duan D, Wei Y, Chen L. Heterogeneous activation of peroxymonosulfate with cobalt incorporated fibrous silica nanospheres for the degradation of organic pollutants in water. Applied Surface Science. 2020.

[19] Jiang H, Lan W, Li T, Xu Z, Liu W, Pan K*. Isotopic Composition Reveals the Impact of Oyster Aquaculture on Pelagic Nitrogen Cycling in a Subtropical Estuary. Water Research. 2020 Dec 15;187:116431.

[20] Duan D, Lei P, Lan W, Li T, Zhang H, Zhong H, Pan K*. Litterfall-derived organic matter enhances mercury methylation in mangrove sediments of South China. Science of The Total Environment. 2020.

[21] Beibei Zhou, Jie Ma, Fengyuan Chen, Yue Zou, Yang Wei, Huan Zhong, Ke Pan* Mechanisms underlying silicon-dependent metal tolerance in the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Environmental Pollution. 2020.

[22] Jose Julio Gutiérrez Moreno, Ke Pan, Yu Wang, and Wenjin Li. Computational study of APTES surface functionalization of diatom-like amorphous SiO2 surfaces for heavy metal adsorption. 2020. Langmuir.

[23] Guangyuan Lu, Ke Pan, Aijia Zhu, Yanhong Dong, Wen-Xiong Wang. Spatial-temporal variations and trends prediction of trace metals in oysters from the Pearl River Estuary of China during 2011–2018. Environmental Pollution. 2020.

[24] Hao Jiang, Wenjing Liu, Jiangyi Zhang, Li Zhou, Xiaode Zhou, Ke Pan, Tong Zhao, Yuchen Wang, Zhifang Xu. Spatiotemporal variations of nitrate sources and dynamics in a typical agricultural riverine system under monsoon climate. Journal of Environmental Sciences. 2020.

[25] Pei Lei, Jinjie Zhu, Huan Zhong, Ke Pan, Li Zhang, Hong Zhang. 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. 2020.

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

[27] Jie Ma, Beibei Zhou, Qiaoguo Tan, Li Zhang, Ke Pan*. The roles of silicon in combating cadmium challenge in the Marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Journal of Hazardous Materials.

[28] Shen Xu, Jie Ma, Rong Ji, Ke Pan*, Aijun Miao*. Microplastics in aquatic environments: occurrence, accumulation, and biological effects. Science of the Total Environment, 2020, 703:1-14.

[29] Pei Lei, Jinjie Zhu, Ke Pan, Hong Zhang*. 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, 2020, 87: 349-360.

[30] 马捷,陈丰源,周贝贝,段丹丹,韦阳,潘科*. 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, 2019, 14: 75-82.

[31] 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.

[32] Pei Lei, Luís M N, Yurong Liu, Huan Zhong*, Ke Pan*. Mechanisms of algal biomass input enhanced microbial Hg methylation in lake sediments. Environment International, 2019, 126: 279-288.

[33] Bin Huang, Zhongbo Wei, Liuyan Yang, Ke Pan*, Aijun Miao*. Combined toxicity of silver nanoparticles with hematite or plastic nanoparticles toward two freshwater Algae. Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, 53: 3871-3879.

[34] 雷沛, 潘科, 张洪*, 周益奇, 毕见霖. 水体沉积物中16种优控PAHs的快速萃取. 环境化学, 2019, 38: 494-502.

[35] 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.

[36] Pei Lei, Ke Pan, Hong Zhang*, Jianlin Bi. 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, 2018, 103: 28-33.

[37] Xinqing Zheng, Chenying Wang, Tri Aryono Hadi, Youyin Ye, Ke Pan*. An ocean acidification-simulated system and its application in coral physiological studies. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2018, 37: 55-62.

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

[39] 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.

[40]Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Radiocesium uptake, trophic transfer, and exposure in three estuarine fish with contrasting feeding habits. Chemosphere, 2016, 163: 499-507.

[41]Ke Pan, Qiaoguo Tan, Wen-Xiong Wang.* Two-compartment kinetic modeling of radiocesium accumulation in marine bivalves under hypothetical exposure regimes. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50: 2677-2684.

[42] Runsheng Yin, Xinbin Feng, Junjun Zhang, Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang, Xiangdong Li*. Using mercury isotopes to understand the bioaccumulation of Hg in the subtropical Pearl River Estuary, South China. Chemosphere 2016, 147, 173-179.

[43] Wen-Xiong Wang*, Ke Pan, Qiaoguo Tan, Stuart L. Simpson. Estuarine pollution of metals in China: science and mitigation. Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48: 9975-9976.

[44] Qianggong Zhang#, Ke Pan#, Shichang Kang, Aijia Zhu, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Mercury in wild fish from high-altitude aquatic ecosystems in the Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48: 5220-5228. (co-fisrt author)

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

[46] Xiujuan Yu, Ke Pan, Fengjie Liu, Yan Yan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Spatial variation and subcellular binding of metals in oysters from a large estuary in China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013, 70: 274-280.

[47]Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Reconstructing the biokinetic processes of oysters to counteract the metal challenges: physiological acclimation. Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46: 10765-10771.

[48]Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Trace metal contamination in estuarine and coastal environments in China. Science of the Total Environment, 2012, 421-422: 3-16.

[49] Xiujuan Yu, Hengxiang Li, Ke Pan, Yan Yan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Mercury distribution, speciation and bioavailability in sediments from the Pearl River Estuary, Southern China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2012, 64: 1699-1704.

[50]Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Mercury accumulation in marine bivalves: influences of biodynamics and feeding niche. Environmental Pollution, 2011, 159: 2500-2506.

[51]Ke Pan, On On Lee, Peiyuan Qian, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Sponges and sediments as monitoring tools of metal contamination in the eastern coast of the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2011, 62: 1140-1146.

[52]Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Biodynamics to explain the difference of copper body concentrations in five marine bivalve species. Environmental Science & Technology, 2009, 43: 2137-2143.

[53]Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Inter-individual variations in cadmium and zinc biodynamics in the scallop Chlamys nobilis. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2009, 383: 151-160.

[54]Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. The subcellular fate of cadmium and zinc in the scallop Chlamys nobilis during waterborne and dietary metal exposure. Aquatic Toxicology, 2008, 90: 253-260.

[55]Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang*. Validation of biokinetic model of metals in the scallop Chlamys nobilis in complex field environments. Environmental Science & Technology, 2008, 42: 6285-6290.

[56]Ke Pan, Wen-Xiong Wang*.  Allometry of cadmium and zinc concentrations and bioaccumulation in the scallop Chlamys nobilis. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2008, 365: 115-126.