XIA Xinghui

  •     Professor Xinghui Xia is a Ph.D supervisor in School of Environment, Beijing Normal University. Xia’s research filed is the water environment at a catchment scale, with a particular interest in the interaction between water-sediment-pollutants (carbon and nitrogen etc.). Her research is mainly focused on: 1) fraction and bioavailability of toxic organic compounds in aquatic environments; 2) the cycle of nitrogen and carbon in river system as well as the influence of water-sediment conditions on their transportation and transformation and the emission of greenhouse gases; 3) the influence of climate change and human activities (hydraulic engineering) on water quality at a catchment scale. She has published 93 peer-reviewed articles indexed by SCI, of which 36 papers were published in the top journals including Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Hydrology and Water Research, etc.

      Professor Xia was academic visitors of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London and University of Regina. She was awarded with “China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists”, “Education Ministry's New Century Excellent Talents Supporting Plan”, “Beijing Science and Technology Leader Talent Training Project”. Currently, she is the standing committee of the water environment branch of the China Environmental Science Society; member of the Environmental and Geography Committee, the Geographical Society of China; editorial board member of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and other multiple international journals. She presided over 20 international programs including the National "973" issues and the State Key program of National Natural Science Foundation of China; she has won the second class National Natural Science Award as the first completer, the second prize of the National Science and Technology Advance Award, the first prize of Natural Science of Beijing, the first prize of the Ministry of Education Natural Science, the first prize for Scientific and Technological Progress and the Mao Yisheng Beijing Youth Science and Technology Award.



    Address: NO.19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian district, Beijing, P.R. China

    Postcode: 100875

    Tel: 010-58805314

    E-mail: xiaxh@bnu.edu.cn


    Research interest

    A.Fraction and bioavailability of toxic organic compounds

    B.The cycle of nitrogen and carbon in river system and the influence of water-sediment conditions

    C.Water quality at a catchment scale and the influence of climate change and human activities (hydraulic engineering)


    Professional Education

    Sept.1988-July 1992: BS, Environmental Chemistry, Department of Environmental Science, Wuhan University

    Sept.1992-July 1995: MS, Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Beijing Normal University

    Sept.1995-July 1998: Ph.D in Physical Geography, Department of Urban & Environmental Sciences, Peking University



    1998-2001: Lecturer, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Beijing Normal University

    2002-2005: Associate professor, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University

    July 2005-present: Professor, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University

    2002-2003: Visiting scholar, University of Regina, Canada

    Feb. 2006-Aug. 2006: Visiting professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


    Environmental Monitoring, Environment and Health, for undergraduates

    Advanced Water Environmental Chemistry, for Ph. D students


    Research Projects

    Current Research Projects

    1. Host " The sources and water-suspended sediment interface processes of nitrogen compounds in the source regions of the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers", sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China for key projects, 2016-2019;

    2. Host “Simulation of river basin water environment and pollution control”, sponsored by Beijing Science and Technology Leader Talent Training Project, 2015-2017;

    3. Host "Water environment processes and their related effects in sediment-laden rivers", sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, 2014-2017;

    4. Host “Effects of organic matter with different forms and compositions on the bioaccumulation of perfluorinated compounds in aquatic environment”, sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2013-2016;

    5. Participate “Water environment, ecology and management at a catchment scale”, sponsored by the Innovative Research Group of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2012-2017.


    Completed Projects

    6. Host “Safety assessment and adaptive countermeasure of water resources under the context of climate change”, sponsored by the National Key Project of Basic Research with Special Funds, 2010-2014;

    7. Host “Effects of water and sediment conditions on the bioavailability of toxic organic pollutants in the Yellow River”, sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2011-2013;

    8. Host “Effects of organic matters on bioavailability of sediment and soil-bound organic pollutants to bacteria”, sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2009-2011;

    9. Host “Coupling mechanism of chemical behavior and biodegradation of toxic organic pollutants at water/particle interface of water body in different regions”, sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2006-2008;

    10. Host “Effects of particulates on natural degradation of several hydrocarbons in water body”, sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2003-2005;

    11. Participate “Transportation and transformation of typical pollutants of the Yellow River”, sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2003-2006; Responsible for the management, overall designing, experimental work, data analysis and report writing of this project as the technical leader of the team;

    12. Host “Transportation and transformation of typical perfluorinated compounds in aeration zones and its related effects on the groundwater”, sponsored by Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education, 2012-2014.

    13. Host “Investigation of soil background environmental quality in Beijing” sponsored by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China, 2008-2009;

    14. Host “Investigation and assessment of soil environmental quality with different land-use types”, sponsored by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China, 2008-2009;

    15. Host “Fate of typical organic pollutants of high sediment environment”, sponsored by State Key Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, 2008-2009;

    16. Host “Tracing nitrogen contamination in the Yellow River, China using multiple stable isotope tracers”, sponsored by NGS Air and water conservation fund, 2014-2015.





    A totl of 93 papers of SCI, of which 73 papers with the first or corresponding author.

    Xinghui Xia*, Xiaotian Zhang, Dong Zhou, Yimeng Bao, Husheng Li, Yawei Zhai, Importance of Suspended Sediment (SPS) Composition and Grain Size in the Bioavailability of SPS-associated Pyrene to Daphnia magna, Environmental Pollution, 2016.

    Baotong Zhu, Shan Wu, Xinghui Xia*, et al., Microbial Bioavailability of 2,2',4,4'-Tetrabromodiphenyl Ether (BDE-47) in Natural Sediments from Major Rivers of China, Chemosphere, 2016, 153: 386-393.

    Zhimei Jia, Ting Liu, Xinghui Xia*, et al., Effect of Particle Size and Composition of Suspended Sediment on Denitrification in River Water, Science of the Total Environment, 2016, 541: 934-940.

    Yawei Zhai, Xinghui Xia*, et al., Role of Ingestion Route in the Perfluoroalkyl Substance Bioaccumulation by Chironomus plumosus Larvae in Sediments Amended with Carbonaceous Materials, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2016, 302: 404-414.

    Zhang, Xiaotian, Xia, Xinghui*, Li, Husheng, Zhu, Baotong, Dong, Jianwei, Bioavailability of Pyrene Associated with Suspended Sediment of Different Grain Sizes to Daphnia magna as Investigated by Passive Dosing Devices, Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49(16): 10127–10135.

    Jianwei Dong, Xinghui Xia*, Minghu Wang, Yunjia Lai, Pujun Zhao, Haiyang Dong, Yunling Zhao, Jiaojiao Wen, Effect of water–sediment regulation of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the concentrations, bioavailability, and fluxes of PAHs in the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, Journal of Hydrology, 2015, 527: 101–112.

    Xinghui Xia*, Qiong Wu, Baotong Zhu, Pujun Zhao, Shangwei Zhang, Lingyan Yang, Analyzing the Contribution of Climate Change to Long-Term Variations in Sediment Nitrogen Sources for Reservoirs/Lakes, Science of the Total Environment, 2015, 523: 64-73.

    Xinghui Xia*, Qiong Wu, Xinli Mou, Yunjia Lai, Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Water Quality of Different Water Bodies, Journal of Environmental Informatics, 2015, 25(2): 85-98.

    Xinghui Xia*, Husheng Li, Zhifeng Yang, Xiaotian Zhang, Haotian Wang, How Does Predation Affect the Bioaccumulation of Hydrophobic Organic Compounds in Aquatic Organisms? Environmental Science & Technology2015, 49(8): 4911-4920.

    Yunjia Lai, Xinghui Xia*, Jianwei Dong, Wenting Lin, Xinli Mou, Pujun Zhao, Xiaoman Jiang, Zhihuang Li, Yali Tong and Yunling Zhao, Equilibrium State of PAHs in Bottom Sediment-Water-1 Suspended Sediment System of A Large River Considering Freely Dissolved Concentrations, Journal of Environmental Quality, 2015, 44(3): 823-832.

    Xinghui Xia*, Na Xia , Yunjia Lai, Jianwei Dong, Pujun Zhao, Baotong Zhu, Zhihuang Li, Wan Ye, Yue Yuan, Junxiong Huang, Response of PAH-degrading genes to PAH bioavailability in the overlying water, suspended sediment, and deposited sediment of the Yangtze River, Chemosphere, 2015, 128: 236–244.

    Xinghui Xia*, Andry Harinaina Rabearisoa , Zhineng Dai, Xiaoman Jiang, Pujun Zhao, Haotian Wang, Inhibition Effect of Na+ and Ca2+ on the Bioaccumulation of Perfluoroalkyl Substances by Daphnia magna in the Presence of Protein, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2015, 34(2): 429–436.

    Xinghui Xia*, Zhineng Dai, Andry Harinaina Rabearisoa, Pujun Zhao, Xiaoman Jiang, Comparing Humic Substance and Protein Compound Effects on the Bioaccumulation of Perfluoroalkyl Substances by Daphnia magna in Water, Chemosphere, 2015, 119: 978–986.

    Na Xia, Xinghui Xia*, Ting Liu, Lijuan Hu, Baotong Zhu, Xiaotian Zhang, Jianwei Dong, Characteristics of bacterial community in the water and surface sediment of the Yellow River, the largest turbid river in the world, Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2014, 14:1894–1904.

    Qiong Wu, Xinghui Xia*, Xinli Mou, Baotong Zhu, Pujun Zhao, Haiyang Dong, Effects of seasonal climatic variability on several toxic contaminants in urban lakes: implications for the impacts of climate change, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2014, 26(12): 2369-2378.

    Liu, K. K., Li, C. H., Cai, Y. P., Xu, M., and Xia, X. H., Comprehensive Evaluation of Water Resources Security in the Yellow River Basin based on a Fuzzy Multi-Attribute Decision Analysis Approach, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 2014, 18, 1605–1623.

    Baotong Zhu, Xinghui Xia*, Na Xia, Shangwei Zhang, and Xuejun Guo, Modification of Fatty Acids in Membranes of Bacteria: Implication for an Adaptive Mechanism to the Toxicity of Carbon Nanotubes, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2014, 48 (7): 4086–4095.

    Qiong Wu, Xinghui Xia*, Xiaohan Li, Xinli Mou, Impacts of Meteorological Variations on Urban Lake Water Quality: A Sensitivity Analysis for Twelve Urban Lakes with Different Trophic States, Aquatic Sciences, 2014, 76(3): 339-35.

    Xiuli Zhao, Xinghui Xia*, Shangwei Zhang, Qiong Wu, Xuejun Wang, Spatial and vertical variations of perfluoroalkyl substances in sediments of the Haihe River, China, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2014, 26(8): 1557-1566.

    Xinli Mou, Xinghui Xia*, Daoyi Gong, Qiang Liu, Qiong Wu, Jia Guo, Effects of Changes in Climatic Variables on Maize Crop Water Requirements in Huang-Huai-Hai Watersheds, China, Journal of Water and Climate Change, 2014, 5(2): 176-191.

    Xiaotian Zhang, Xinghui Xia*, Jianwei Dong, Yimeng Bao, Husheng Li, Enhancement of Toxic Effects of Phenanthrene to Daphnia Magana due to the Presence of Suspended Sediments, Chemosphere, 2014, 104: 162–169.

    Mohai Shen, Xinghui Xia*, Yawei Zhai, Xiaotian Zhang, Xiuli Zhao, and Pu Zhang, Influence of Carbon Nanotubes with Preloaded and Coexisting Dissolved Organic Matter on the Bioaccumulation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons to Chironomus Plumosus Larvae in Sediment, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2014, 33(1): 182–189.

    Ting Liu, Fan Wang, Greg Michalski, Xinghui Xia*, Shaoda Liu, Using 15N, 17O and 18O to Determine Nitrate Sources in the Yellow River, China, Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47(23): 13412-13421.

    Na Xia, Xinghui Xia*, Baotong Zhu, Shaokui Zheng, Jing Zhuang, Bacterial diversity and community structure in the sediment of the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, the largest turbid river in the world, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 2013, 71: 43–55.

    Xinghui Xia,* Andry H. Rabearisoa, Xiaoman Jiang, and Zhineng Dai, Bioaccumulation of Perfluoroalkyl Substances by Daphnia magna in Water with Different Types and Concentrations of Protein, Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47 (19):10955–10963.

    Zhang Chaosheng, Selinus Olle, Hursthouse Andrew S., Xia Xinghui, Ding Shiming, Preface: selected papers from SESEH 2012 Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 2013, 35(5): 551-552.

    Jianwei Dong, Xinghui Xia*, Yawei Zhai, Investigating particle concentration effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) sorption on sediment considering the freely dissolved concentrations of PAHs, Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2013, 13:1469–1477.

    Ting Liu, Xinghui Xia*, Shaoda Liu, Xinli Mou, Yiwen Qiu, Acceleration of Denitrification in Turbid Rivers Due to Denitrification Occurring on Suspended Sediment in Oxic Waters, Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47, 4053?4061.

    Xinghui Xia*, Ting Liu, Zhifeng Yang, Xueqing Zhang, Zhongbo Yu, Dissolved Organic Nitrogen Transformation in River Water: Effects of Suspended Sediment and Organic Nitrogen Concentration, Journal of Hydrology, 2013, 484: 96-104.

    Xinghui Xia*, Chuanhui Zhou, Jianhua Huang, Ran Wang, Na Xia, Mineralization of Phenanthrene Sorbed on Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2013, 32(4): 894-901.

    Xinghui Xia*, Xiuli Zhao, Yunjia Lai, Haiyang Dong, Levels and distribution of total nitrogen and total phosphorous in urban soils of Beijing, China, Environmental Earth Sciences, 2013, 69(5): 1571-1577.

    Xinghui Xia*, Yawei Zhai, Jianwei Dong, Contribution Ratio of Freely to Total Dissolved Concentrations of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Natural River Waters, Chemosphere, 2013, 90(6): 1785–1793.

    Ying Zhao, Xinghui Xia*, Zhifeng Yang, Growth and nutrient accumulation of Phragmites australis in relation to water level variation and nutrient loadings in a shallow lake, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2013, 25(1): 16-25.

    Shangwei Zhang, Xinghui Xia*, Na Xia, Shan Wu, Fan Gao, Wenwei Zhou, Identification and biodegradation efficiency of a newly isolated 2,2',4,4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) aerobic degrading strain, International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 2013, 76: 24-31.

    Zhineng Dai, Xinghui Xia*, Jia Guo, Xiaoman JiangBioaccumulation and Uptake Routes of Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Daphnia magnaChemosphere, 2013, 90(5): 1589–1596.

    Ying Zhao, Zhifeng Yang*, Xinghui Xia*, Fei Wang, A shallow lake remediation regime with Phragmites australis: incorporating nutrient removal and water evapotranspiration, Water Research, 2012, 46: 5635 -5644.

    Xinghui Xia*, Xi Chen, Xiuli Zhao, Huiting Chen, Mohai Shen, Effects of Carbon Nanotubes, Chars, and Ash on Bioaccumulation of Perfluorochemicals by Chironomus plumosus Larvae in Sediment, Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46 (22): 12467–12475.

    Shan Wu, Xinghui Xia*, Shangwei Zhang, Qiang Liu, Lei Xu, Distribution of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Toxic Equivalency of Dioxin-Like PCB Congeners in Rural Soils of Beijing, China, Journal of Environmental Informatics, 2012, 19(2) 12-19.

    Zhifeng Yang, Ying Zhao, Xinghui Xia*, Nitrous oxide emissions from Phragmites australis- dominated zones in a shallow lake, Environmental Pollution, 2012, 166: 116-124.

    Xinghui Xia, Ju Zhang, Yujuan Sha, Jianbing Li, Impact of Irreversible Sorption of Phthalate Acid Esters on Their Sediment Quality Criteria, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2012, 14: 258-265.

    Lingyan Yang, Xinghui Xia*, Lijuan Hu, Distribution and Health Risk Assessment of HCHs in Urban Soils of Beijing, China, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2012, 184(4): 2377-2387.

    Mohai Shen, Xinghui Xia*, Fan Wang, Pu Zhang, Xiuli Zhao, Influences of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes and Plant Residue Chars on Bioaccumulation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Chironomus plumosus Larvae in Sediment, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2012, 31(1): 202–209.

    Xinghui Xia, Zhineng Dai, Ju Zhang, Sorption of phthalate acid esters on black carbon from different sources, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2011, 13, 2858-2864.

    Ying Zhao, Xinghui Xia, Zhifeng Yang*, Temporal and spatial variations of nutrients in Baiyangdian Lake, North China, Journal of Environmental Informatics, 2011, 17(2): 102-108.

    Xinghui Xia*, Lingyan Yang, Levels, Spatial Distribution and Health Risk of Phthalic Acid Esters in Urban Soils of Different Types of Land Use in Beijing, China, Journal of Environmental Quality, 2011, 40(5): 1643-1651.

    Xi Chen, Xinghui Xia*, Xilong Wang, A comparative study on sorption of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) by chars, ash and carbon nanotubes, Chemosphere, 2011, 83: 1313–1319.

    Xinghui Xia*, Zhineng Dai, Yiran Li, The Role of Black Carbon in the Sorption and Desorption of Phenanthrene on River Sediments, Environmental Earth Sciences, 2011, 64: 2287–2294.

    Fan Wang, Qingwei Bu, Xinghui Xia*, Mohai Shen, Contrasting Effects Of Black Carbon Amendments On PAH Bioaccumulation By Chironomus Plumosus Larvae In Two Distinct Sediments: Role of Water Absorption And Particle Ingestion, Environmental Pollution, 2011, 159: 1905-1913.

    Xinghui Xia*, Xi Chen, Ruimin Liu, Hong Liu, Heavy metals in urban soils with various types of land use in Beijing, China, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2011, 186: 2043–2050.

    Shan Wu, Xinghui Xia*, Lingyan Yang, Hong Liu., Distribution, source and risk assessment of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in urban soils of Beijing, China, Chemosphere, 2011, 82: 732–738.

    Xinghui Xia*, Zhui Zhou, Chuanfei Zhou, Guohua Jiang, and Ting Liu, Effects of Suspended Sediment on the Biodegradation and Mineralization of Phenanthrene in River Water, Journal of Environmental Quality, 2011 40:118-125.

    Shaoda Liu, Xinghui Xia*, Yawei Zhai, Ran Wang, Ting Liu, Shangwei Zhang, Black carbon (BC) in urban and surrounding rural soils of Beijing, China: spatial distribution and relationship with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), Chemosphere, 2011, (82): 223–228.

    Xi Chen, Xinghui Xia*, Ye Zhao, Ping Zhang, Heavy metal concentrations in roadside soils and correlation with urban traffic in Beijing, China, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2010, 181: 640-646.

    Shaokui Zheng, Cancan Cui, Qianjin Liang, Xinghui Xia, Fan Yang, Ozonation performance of WWTP secondary effluent of antibiotic manufacturing wastewater, Chemosphere, 2010, 81: 1159–1163.

    Shan Wu, Xinghui Xia*, Chunye Lin, Xi Chen, Chuanhui Zhou, Levels of arsenic and heavy metals in the rural soils of Beijing and their changes over the last two decades (1985–2008), Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2010, 179, 860–868.

    Xinghui Xia, Yiran Li, Zhui Zhou, Chenglian Feng, Bioavailability of adsorbed phenanthrene by black carbon and multi-walled carbon nanotubes to Agrobacterium, Chemosphere, 2010, 78: 1329-1336.

    Shaoda Liu, Xinghui Xia, Lingyan Yang, Mohai Shen, Ruimin Liu, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in urban soils of different land uses in Beijing, China: Distribution, sources and their correlation with the city's urbanization history, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2010, 177: 1085-1092.

    Lingyan Yang, Xinghui Xia*, Shaoda Liu, Qingwei Bu, Distribution and Sources of DDTs in Urban Soils with Six Types of Land Use in Beijing, China, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2010, 174: 100-107.

    Xi Chen, Xinghui Xia*, Shan Wu, Fan Wang, Mercury in Urban Soils with Various Types of Land Use in Beijing, China, Environmental Pollution, 2010, 158: 48-54.

    Xinghui Xia*, Zhifeng Yang, Xueqing Zhang, Effect of Suspended-sediment Concentration on Nitrification in River Water: Importance of Suspended Sediment-water Interface, Environmental Science & Technology, 2009, 43, 3681-3687.

    Xinghui Xia*, Gongchen Li, Zhifeng Yang Yumin Chen Gordon H. Huang, Effects of Fulvic Acids Concentration and Origin on Photodegradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Aqueous Solution: Importance of Active Oxygen, Environmental Pollution, 2009, 157: 1352-1359.

    Xinghui Xia*, Zhifeng Yang, Yuxiang Wu, Incorporating Eco-environmental Water Requirements in Integrated Evaluation of Water Quality and Quantity—A study for the Yellow River, Water Resources Management, 2009, 23: 1067-1079.

    Zhifeng Yang, Xinghui Xia, Guohe Huang, Jingsong Zhou, Hui Yu and Xiang Rong, Effect of particles on the Biodegradation of Petroleum Contaminants in Natural Waters, Petroleum Science and Technology, 2008,