International  Center  for  Isotope  Effects  Research

Nanjing University

Prof. Huiming Bao (PhD, 1998, Princeton University)CV

B-315, Modern Engineering Plaza



Research interests

A common thread of my research has been the use of high-dimensional stable isotope systems to "read" geological, biological, and environmental records, as well as reaction pathways:

Middle atmosphere; ancient atmosphere on Earth; Earth history; Mars; applications of isotope effects in chem/bio-engineering.

Active Research Projects

Modern- and paleo-atmosphere chemistry  

Interfacial (e.g. mineral growth and dissolution; evaporation) processes

Chemical including enzymatic reaction kinetics

CHNOPS and water cycles in deep Earth history



Earth History

Isotope Effect: Principle and Application



B. Sc. Peking University, P. R China, Geology, 1982-1986
M.Sc. Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences Geology & Palaeontology, 1986-1989
Ph. D Princeton University, Geosciences, 1993-1998
Postdoc University of California San Diego, Atmospheric Chemistry, 1998-2001


Selected Publications:

A full list sorted in subject fields can be found in CV-Appendix.

Cao, XB. & Bao, HM., Small Triple Oxygen Isotope Variations in Sulfate: Mechanisms and Applications. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 86,  463-488 (2021).

Meng … Bao, HM., … et al, 2020, Vapor isotopic evidence for the worsening of winter air quality by anthropogenic combustion-derived water, PNAS,  117(52): 33005-33010, 10.1073/pnas.1922840117.

Bao, Huiming, 2019, Triple Oxygen Isotopes, in Lyons et al ed. “Geochemical Tracers in Earth System Science”, Cambridge Elements. Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/9781108688543.

Cao*, Xiaobin, Huiming Bao, Yongbo Peng, 2019, A kinetic model for isotopologue signatures of methane generated by biotic and abiotic CO2 methanation, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 249: 59-75.

Crockford, P, Justin Hayles*, Huiming Bao, Noah J. Planavsky, Andrey Bekker, Philip W. Fralick, Galen P. Halverson, Thi Hao Bui, Yongbo Peng, and Boswell A. Wing, 2018, Triple oxygen isotope evidence for limited mid-Proterozoic primary production. Nature, July 26, 2018.

Reich, M., Bao, H, 2018, Nitrate Deposits of the Atacama Desert: A Marker of Long-Term Hyperaridity, Elements, 14(4): 251-256.

Cao, Xiaobin*, and Bao, Huiming, 2017, Redefining the utility of the three-isotope method: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 212, p. 16-32, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2017.05.028.

Bao, Huiming, Cao, Xiaobin*, and Hayles, A. J. *, 2016, Triple Oxygen Isotopes: Principle and Applications, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary  Sciences, 44:463-92.

Bao, Huiming, Cao, Xiaobin*, and Hayles, A. Justin*, 2015, The confines of triple oxygen isotope exponents in elemental and complex mass-  dependent processes. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 170:39-50.

Li, P., Yan, R., Yu, S., Wang, S., Liu, W., Bao, Huiming, 2015, Reinstate regional transport of PM2.5 as a major cause of severe haze in Beijing. PNAS.      10.1073/pnas.1502596112. May 26, 2015, vol. 112(21), E2739-E2740.

Bao, Huiming, 2015, Sulfate: A time capsule for Earth's O2, O3, and H2O, Chemical Geology, 395, 108-118.

Cao, Xiaobin* and Bao, Huiming, 2013, Dynamic model constraints on oxygen-17 depletion in atmospheric O2 after a snowball Earth. PNAS, July        2013;

Bryan A. Killingsworth*, Justin A. Hayles*, Chuanming Zhou, and Huiming Bao, 2013, Sedimentary Constraints on the Duration of the Marinoan Oxygen-17 Depletion (MOSD) Event. PNAS, Feb. 6, 2013

Bao, Huiming, Yu, Shaocai, and Tong, Daniel Q., 2010, Massive volcanic SO2 oxidation and sulphate aerosol deposition in Cenozoic North America. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature09100

Bao, Huiming, Ian J. Fairchild, Peter M. Wynn, and Christoph Spotl, 2009, Stretching the Envelope of Past Surface Environments: Neoproterozoic Glacial Lakes from Svalbard, Science, 323, 119-122; DOI: 10.1126/science.1165373

Bao, Huiming, Jim Lyons, and Chuanming Zhou, May 2008, Triple oxygen isotope evidence for elevated CO2 levels after a Neoproterozoic glaciation, Nature, 453 (7194), 504-506; DOI: 10.1038/nature06959.

Bao, Huiming, Sun, T., Kohl, I., and Peng, Y.-P., 2008, Comments on "Early Archaean microorganisms preferred elemental sulfur, not sulfate", Science, v. 319 (5868), p. 1336.

Bao, Huiming and Gu, Baohua, 2004, Natural perchlorate has a unique oxygen isotope signature. Environmental Science and Technology, 38(19): 5073-5077.; 10.1021/es049516z

Bao Huiming, Douglas A. Campbell, James G. Bockheim, Mark H. Thiemens, 2000, Origin of sulfate in Antarctic Dry Valley soils as deduced from anomalous 17O compositions. Nature 407, 499-502.

Bao, Huiming et al. 2000, Anomalous 17O compositions in massive sulphate deposits on the Earth. Nature 406, 176-178.