Dr. Chun Yang

Research Scientist - Forensic Oil Spill Identification

Current research and/or projects

Developing scientific methodologies and providing expert advice on fate, detection, identification and distribution of spilled oil hydrocarbons and toxic chemicals in the environment

  • Development of analytical methods for better identification and quantitation of oil analysis
  • Fingerprinting analysis of crude oils including oil sands and bitumen, and various petroleum products
  • Characterization and allocation of petrogenic, pyrogenic and biogenic hydrocarbons in environmental samples
  • Forensic oil fingerprinting of Birds Oiled-At-Sea (BOAS)
  • Quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) of environmental laboratory.

Professional activities / interests

Conducting research to advance knowledge of oil spill science, developing new analytical technology and methodologies for oil spill studies, and analyzing and interpreting chemical fingerprinting data

Responding to environmental emergencies, both petroleum crude oils/products and chemical spills through technical support and sample analysis

Education and awards

Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Process, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

M.Sc., Organic-analytical Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China

B.Sc., Organic Chemistry, Beijing Normal University (BNU), China

Key publications

Yang C., Wang Z.D., Yang Z.Y. Hollebone B., Brown C.E., Landriault M. and Fieldhouse B., 2011. Chemical fingerprints of Alberta oil sands bitumen and related petroleum products. Environmental Forensics (in press).

Yang C., X. Peng, Z.D. Wang, B. Hollebone, C.E. Brown, Z.Y. Yang and M. Landriault. 2011. Fingerprinting analysis and characterization of hydrocarbons in sediment cores from the Pearl River Estuary, China. Environmental Forensics. 12: 49-62.

Yang Z., Yang C.*, Wang Z.D., Hollebone B., Landriault M., and Brown C.E., 2011. Oil fingerprinting analysis using commercial solid phase extraction (SPE) cartridge and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Analytical Methods. 3: 628-635.

Yang C, Z.D. Wang, B.P. Hollebone and C.E. Brown. 2009. Characteristics of bicyclic sesquiterpanes in crude oils and petroleum products. Journal of Chromatography A. 1216: 4475-4484.

Wang Z.D., C. Yang, F. Kelly-Hooper, B.P. Hollebone, X. Peng, C.E. Brown, M. Landriault, J. Sun and Z. Yang. 2009. Forensic differentiation of biogenic organic compounds from petroleum hydrocarbons in biogenic and petrogenic compounds cross-contaminated soils and sediments. Journal of Chromatography A. 1216: 1174–1191.

Yang C., Z.D. Wang, B. Hollebone, X. Peng, M. Fingas and M. Landriault. 2006. GC/MS quantitation analysis of diamondoid compounds in crude oils and petroleum products.Environmental Forensics. 7(4):377-390.

Wang Z.D., C. Yang, B. Hollebone and M. Fingas. 2006. Forensic fingerprinting of diamondoids for correlation and differentiation of spilled oil and petroleum products. Environmental Sciences and Technology. 40(18):5636-5646.

Wang Z.D., C. Yang, M. Fingas, B. Hollebone, X.Z. Peng, A.B. Hansen and J.H. Christensen. 2005. Characterization, weathering, and application of sesquiterpanes to source identification of spilled lighter petroleum products.Environmental Sciences and Technology. 39(22): 8700-8707.