Chang-Er Chen

Research Associate


Dr. Chang-Er Chen is a research professor in Environmental Science & Technology at South China Normal University. He got his first degree of Bachelor in Environmental Science from Northwest A&F University, China in 2006. After that, he studied Environmental Science at Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China and obtained his Master degree (MSc) after three years’ work on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the environment and human in 2009. Then he moved to the U.K. and received his Doctorate in Environmental Science from Lancaster University, in 2014, mainly worked on development and applications of passive water samplers for polar organic contaminants (POCs) particularly for pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). Between 2016 and 2018 he worked at Stockholm University, Sweden as a post-doctoral researcher, working on bioaccumulation study of mixture organic chemicals. From November 2017, he is appointed as a research Professor @ South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China. He serves as editor borad members for Journal of Environment and Health Science (Ommega) and International Journal of Environmental Chemistry (SciencePG).


Area of Interest

Environmental fate, behaviour, effects and risk assessment of organic contaminants, particularly:

• Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs);

• Bioaccumulation of organic compounds in fish;

• Fate and behaviour of organic pollutants (PPCPs and POPs) in the aquatic, terrestrial environments;

• Trends in environmental PPCPs/POPs contamination and the implications for sources;

Development and applications of novel passive sampling and analytical techniques (o-DGT – chemical sensors) for water, soil and sediment;  

Chemicals Risk Assessment, management and regulation.

top publication

1.                  Changer L. Chen, Karin Löfstrand, Margaretha Adolfsson-Erici and Matthew MacLeod. Determination of Fragrance Ingredients in Fish by Ultrasound-Assisted Extraction Followed by Purge & Trap. Analytical Methods, 2017, 9(15), 2237-2245. (Front Cover paper)

2.                  Qin Peng, Mengke Wang, Zewei Cui, Jie Huang, Changer Chen, Lu Guo, Dongli Liang. Assessment of Bioavailability of Selenium in Different Plant-Soil Systems by Diffusive Gradients in Thin-films (DGT). Environmental Pollution, 2017, 225, 637-643.
3.                  Wei Chen, Huanfang Huang, Chang-Er Chen, Shihua Qi, Oliver R. Price, Hao Zhang, Kevin C. Jones and Andrew J. Sweetman. Simultaneous determination of 20 trace organic chemicals in waters by solid-phase extraction (SPE) with triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer (QqQ-MS) and hybrid quadrupole Orbitrap high resolution MS (Q-Orbitrap-HRMS). Chemosphere, 2016, 163, 99-107.
4.                  Linke Ge, Jun Li, Guangshui Na, Chang-Er Chen, Cheng Huo, Peng Zhang and Ziwei Yao. Photochemical degradation of hydroxy PAHs in ice: Implications for the polar areas. Chemosphere, ­2016, 155, 375-379.
5.                  Linke Ge, Guangshui Na, Chang-Er Chen, Jun Li, Maowei Ju, Ying Wang, Kai Li, Peng Zhang and Ziwei Yao. Aqueous photochemical degradation of hydroxylated PAHs: Kinetics, pathways, and multivariate effects of main water constituents. Science of The Total Environment, ­2016, 547, 166-172.
6.                  Chang-Er Chen, Hao Zhang, Guang-Guo Ying, Li-Jun Zhou and Kevin C Jones. Passive Sampling: A cost-effective method of understanding antibiotic fate, behaviour and impact. Environment International, 2015, 85, 284-291.
7.                  Chang-Er Chen. Go Greener with Passive Sampler and beyond. Journal of Environment & Health Science, 2015, 1(1), 1-2. (Short communication/Editorial)
8.                  Chang-Er Chen, Wei Chen, Guang-Guo Ying, Kevin C Jones and Hao Zhang. In situ measurement of solution concentrations and fluxes of sulfonamides and trimethoprim antibiotics in soils using o-DGT. Talanta, 2015, 132, 902-908.
9.                  Chang-Er Chen, Kevin C Jones, Guang-Guo Ying and Hao Zhang. Desorption Kinetics of Sulfonamide and Trimethoprim Antibiotics in Soils Assessed with Diffusive Gradients in Thin-Films. Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48(10), 5530-5536.
10.              Chang-Er Chen, Hao Zhang, Guang-Guo Ying and Kevin C Jones. Evidence and Recommendations to Support the Use of a Novel Passive Water Sampler to Quantify Antibiotics in Wastewaters. Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47, 13587-13593.
11.              Joyce CristaleAthanasios Katsoyiannis, Chang'er ChenKevin C Jones, and Silvia Lacorte. Assessment of flame retardants in river water using a ceramic dosimeter passive sampler. Environmental pollution, 2013, 172, 163-169.
12.              Chang-Er Chen, Hao Zhang and Kevin C. Jones. A Novel Passive Water Sampler for in situ sampling of antibiotics, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2012, 14, 1523-1530. (Front Cover page and HOT paper in ESPI:
13.              Chang-Er ChenHongxia ZhaoJingwen ChenXianliang QiaoQing XieYifei Zhang. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in soils of the modern Yellow River Delta, China: occurrence, distribution and inventory. Chemosphere. 2012, 88(7), 791-797.
14.              Chang-Er ChenJingwen ChenHongxia ZhaoQing XieZhiqun YinLinke Ge. Levels and patterns of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in children’s plasmas from Dalian, China. Environmental International, 2010, 36, 163-167.
15.              Qing XieJingwen ChenJianping Shao, Chang-Er ChenHongxia ZhaoCe Hao. Important role of reaction field in the photodegradation of deca-bromodiphenyl ether: theoretical and experimental investigations of solvent effects. Chemosphere, 2009, 76(11), 1486-1490.

16. Chang-Er Chen, Hongxia Zhao, Qing Xie and Jingwen Chen. Ultrasonic-assisted extraction and gas chromatography-negative chemical ionization-mass spectrometry for the determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in pine needles. Chinese Journal of Chromatography (色谱), 2009, 27(1), 59-62. (In Chinese).