Ziying (Nancy) Lei

Ziying (Nancy) Lei

GFF Postdoctoral Fellow

Geoscience Future Faculty Postdoc Fellow

Atmospheric chemistry, chemical reactions of aerosols, aerosol-climate interactions, secondary organic aerosols


  Eller O&M 1007


Investigating the Effect of Acidity on Isoprene-derived SOA and Cloud Formation.

Selected Publications

  1. Kirpes, M.R.; Lei, Z.; et. al. Encapsulation of ammonium sulfate particles by solid organics at high relative humidity in the summertime Arctic hemosphere, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2021 (under review).
  2. Olson, N.E.; Xiao, Y.; Lei, Z.; Ault, A.P. Simultaneous Optical Photothermal Infrared (O-PTIR) and Raman Spectroscopy of Submicrometer Atmospheric Particles, Analytical Chemistry, 2020.
  3. Lei, Z.; et al. Aerosol Acidity Sensing via Polymer Degradation, Analytical Chemistry, 2020.
  4. Zhang, Y.; Chen, Y.; Lei, Z.; et al. Joint Impacts of Acidity and Viscosity on the Formation of Secondary Organic Aerosol from Isoprene Epoxydiols (IEPOX) in Phase Separated Particles, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry,2019.
  5. Olson, N. E.; Lei, Z.; et al. Reactive Uptake of Isoprene Epoxydiols Increases the Viscosity of the Core of Phase-Separated Aerosol Particles, invited submission to special issue on “New Advances in Organic Aerosol Chemistry”, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2019.
  6. Riva, M.; Chen, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Lei, Z; et al. Increasing Isoprene Epoxydiol-to-Inorganic Sulfate Aerosol (IEPOX:Sulfinorg) Ratio Results in Extensive Conversion of Inorganic Sulfate to Organosulfur Forms: Implications for Aerosol Physicochemical Properties, Environmental Science and Technology, 2019.
  7. Slade H. J.; Ault P. A.; Bui A.; Ditto J.; Lei, Z.; et al. Bouncier Particles at Night: Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosol Chemistry and Sulfate Drive Diel Variations in the Aerosol Phase in a Mixed Forest, Environmental Science and Technology, 2019.
  8. Zhang, Y.; Chen, Y.; Lambe, A. T.; Olson, N. E.; Lei, Z.; et al. Effect of Aerosol-Phase State on Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from the Reactive Uptake of Isoprene-Derived Epoxydiols Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 2018.
  9. Craig, R. L.; Peterson, P. K.; Nandy, L.; Lei, Z.; et al. Direct Determination of Aerosol pH: Size-Resolved Measurements of Submicron and Supermicron Aqueous Particles, Analytical Chemistry, 2018.
  10. Tirella, P. N.; Craig, R. L.; Tubbs, D. B.; Nicole, Olson E. N.; Lei, Z.; Ault, A. P. Extending surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of atmospheric aerosol particles to the accumulation mode (150–800 nm) special issue of Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 2018.
  11. Lei Jun, Ziying Lei, Lin Hairong, Han Chunli and Zhang Fenghua. Change Analysis of Soil Organic Carbon and Aggregate Stability of Newly Reclaimed Field of Salinization Abandoned Farmland in the Manas River Valley, Journal of Anhui Agricultural Sciences 2014.
  12. Lei Jun, Ziying Lei, Lin Hairong and Zhao Ruihai. Change Analysis of Organic Carbon, Nitrogen Content and Carbon Reserve of Oasis Cotton Soil in the Manas River Valley, Journal of Anhui Agricultural Sciences, 2013.


  • Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science, University of Michigan
  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ohio State University
  • B.S. in Earth Science, Guilin University of Technology


  • Selected for Geosciences Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship - March 2021
  • 38th American Association for Aerosol Research Travel Grant - September 2020
  • Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant Post-Candidacy - March 2020
  • Second Place Poster Award in 25th Annual Environmental Health Sciences Research Symposium - February 2020
  • Rackham Graduate School Travel Grant - August 2019
  • Rackham Graduate School Research Grant Pre-Candadicy - October 2018

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