Ke Du

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

PhD - Environmental Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007

MSc - Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment

Peking University, 2001

BEng - Environmental Engineering

Tsinghua University, 1998

Contact information

Phone

Office: 403.220.7883

Web presence

Research website

Location

Mechanical Engineering Building : MEB409

Office hours

Tuesday, daytime
Thursday: 10 am to 11:30 am
Or, by appointment

Courses

Fall

Mechanics of Materials for Energy Engineering (ENER 360)

Air Pollution Control Engineering (ENEN 641/ENCH 643)


Winter

Environmental Fluid Mechanics (ENME 619/ENEN 619)


Research

Research areas

  • Engineering for the environment - Environment and climate change
  • Engineering for the environment - Environmental monitoring
  • Engineering for the environment - Air pollution process and control

Research activities

Air pollution process and control

Dr. Du's research under this topic is focused on source apportionment of black carbon (BC) aerosols and characterization and formation mechanisms of key air pollutants in the urban areas.


Environmental monitoring technology and instrumentation

Dr. Du's research under this topic is around developing digital photography methods, optical remote sensing technologies, and integrated in-line apparatus for monitoring ambient air quality indices, pollutants concentrations, and determining source emissions.


Biography

Dr. Ke Du has more than 15 years of research experience pertaining to environmental monitoring and aerosol characterization. He earned his BEng, MSc and PhD at Tsinghua University, Peking University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively.

Prior to becoming a professor at the University of Calgary, he worked as an air quality specialist at URS Corporation in the US and a research professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China.

Dr. Du has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers, co-authored one ASTM method, and holds three patents pertaining to air quality measurement technologies and ambient particulate matter characterization.

Dr. Du is the editor for journal Aerosol and Air Quality Research (ISI impact factor: 2.6), and editorial board member for journals Atmospheric and Climate Sciences and Current Advances in Environmental Science. He is also a professional engineer, registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. 


Publications

Prakash, N., Ramachandran, A., Varma, R., Chen, J., Mazzoleni, C., and Du, K.* (2018) Near-infrared incoherent broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy (NIR-IBBCEAS) for detection and quantification of natural gas components, Analyst, Vol. 143, 3284-3291.


Yu, K., Xing, Z., Huang, X.*, Deng, J., Andersson, A.,, Fang, W., Gustafsson, Ö., Zhou, J., and Du, K.* (2018) Characterizing and Sourcing Ambient PM2.5 over Key Emission Regions in China III: Carbon Isotope Based Source Apportionment of Black Carbon, Atmospheric Environment,  Vol. 177, 12-17.


Xing, Z. and Du, K.* (2017) Particulate matter emissions over the oil sands regions in Alberta, Canada, Environmental Reviews, Vol. 25, No. 4, 432-443. 


Zhou, J., Xiong, Y., Xing, Z., Deng, J., and Du, K.* (2017) Characterizing and sourcing ambient PM2.5 over key emission regions in China II: Organic molecular markers and CMB modeling, Atmospheric Environment, Vol.163, 57-64.


Wang, Y., Xing, Z., Xu, H., Du, K.* (2016) Emission factors of air pollutants from CNG-gasoline bi-fuel vehicles: Part I. Black carbon, Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 572, 1161-1165.


Huang, X., Wang, Y., Xing, Z., and Du, K.* (2016) Emission factors of air pollutants from CNG-gasoline bi-fuel vehicles: Part II. CO, HC and NOx, Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 565, 698-705. 


Zhou, J., Xing, Z., Deng, J., and Du, K.* (2016) Characterizing and sourcing ambient PM2.5 over key emission regions in China I: Water-soluble ions and carbonaceous fractions, Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 135, 20-30. 


Wang, Y., Xing, Z., Zhao, S., Zheng, M., Mu, C., Du, K.* (2016) Are emissions of black carbon from gasoline vehicles overestimated? Real-time, in situ measurement of black carbon emission factors, Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 547, 422-428.


Andersson, A.*, Deng, J., Du, K.*, Zheng, M., Yan, C., Sköld, M., and Gustafsson, Ö. (2015) Regionally-varying combustion sources of the January 2013 severe haze events over China, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 49, No 4, 2038-2043. 


Awards

Schulich School of Engineering Teaching Achievement Award, 2018

Schulich School of Engineering Teaching Achievement Award, 2017

Distinguished Young Scholar Career Award, Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province, China, 2011

Research, Development, or Operational Support Team Award, US Army, 2008