Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh

Asian Institute of Technology

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Full name:          Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh

Occupation:         Professor

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• 2009-Present: Professor, Environmental Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

• July-Sept 2012: Vistiting Scholar, Institute for Sustainability Studies (IASS), Postdam, Germany

• 2001-Oct. 2009: Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand 

• Feb-April 2004: Forgaty Visiting Scholar, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 

• May-July 2004: Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL 

• 2000-present: Associated/guest faculty member, Faculty of Environment Sciences, Hanoi University of Science 

• 1997-2000: Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering Program, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand

• 1994-1997: Research specialist, AIT-SIDA Environment Programme 

• 1979-1989: Lecturer, Department of Meteorology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam

Present Research Involvements

1. PEER-NSF (2012-2014). Assessment of impacts of the emission reduction measures of short-lived climate forcers on air quality and climate in Southeast Asia (SLCPs in SEA). Two countries, Indonesia and Vietnam, were selected for the emission inventory and pilot scale projects. Research partners: HUS and NLU, Vietnam and ITB, Indonesia, and CU, USA. Sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USA.

2. AIT-PTT (2012-2013). Study of Ground-level Ozone in Bangkok Metropolitan Region by Advance Mathematical Modeling for Air Quality Management. Emission reduction scenarios will be developed and simulated to identify the most appropriate measures to reduce ozone concentration over the domain. Sponsored by PTT Public Company Limited.

3. AIT-France (2010-2013). Assessment of co-benefits on air quality and climate resulted from various control strategies in Southeast Asia. This project focuses on black carbon emission in the base year and different control scenarios. Simulation of the impacts on air quality and climate is done using a regional chemical-climate modeling. PI, in cooperation with Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Gif/Yvette, France Institut de Combustion, Aérothermique, Réactivité et Environnement (ICARE), France. Sponsored by SDCC / AIT - France Network.

4. AIT-SINTEF (2012-2014, phase 2). Hazardous Chemical Management (AIT-SINTEF cooperation): This project deals mainly obsolete pesticides and stockpile PCB, dioxin contaminated sites. The project aims at capacity building for the region to handle hazardous chemicals. PI, in cooperation with Prof. P. Chongrak and Dr. Kare Karstensen (SINTEF). Donor: NORAD, phase 1 (2006-2008) and phase 2 (2012-2014).

Selected Publications

Book: Integrated air quality management: Asian Case Studies. Kim Oanh N. T. (ed). 2012. ISBN 9781439862254. CRC Press. 440 p. (

Major development reports 

1. UNEP (2011). Near-term climate protection and clean air benefits: actions for controlling short-lived climate forcers, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya, 78pp, ISBN: 978-92-807-3232-0. (contributing author).

2. WMO (2012). Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) No. 205; Impacts of Mega Cities on Air Pollution and Climate, WMO, Geneva, Switzerland, 2012. ISBN 978-0-9882867-0-2. (contributing author in Chapter 3: Asia).

3. GEO-5 (2012). Global Environment Outlook 5: Environment for the Future We Want, UNEP, ISBN: 978-92-807-3177-4 (a lead author of Chapter 2- Asia).

4. UNEP-WMO (2011). Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone, UNEP and World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN: 92-807-3141-6 (a vice-chair and lead/contributing author).

Peer-reviewed international journal papers (over 65)

  1. Eric Zusman, Akiko Miyatsuka, Dale Evarts, NT Kim Oanh, Zbigniew Klimont, Markus Amann, Katsunori Suzuki, Arif Mohammad, Hajime Akimoto, Jane Romero, SM Munjurul, Hannan Khan, Johan Kuylenstierna, Kevin Hicks, May Ajero & Kaye Patdu (2013). Co-benefits: taking a multidisciplinary approach (commentary). Carbon Management . 4(2), 135–137. 
  2. Reid, al.., Oanh, N.T.K., et al. (2013).  Observing and understanding the Southeast Asian aerosol system by remote sensing: An initial review and analysis for the Seven Southeast Asian Studies (7SEAS) program (Review). Atmospheric Research.  122. Pp. 403-468
  3. Thipsukon Khumsaeng, Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, Karstensen H. Kare, Chongrak Polprasert (2012).  Emission of dioxins/furans and other U-POPs from test burns of non-POP pesticides in a hazardous waste incinerator. Waste Management, Available online 21 December 2012. 
  4. Permadi, D.A., Kim Oanh, N.T. (2012). Assessment of biomass open burning emissions in Indonesia and potential climate forcing impact. Atmospheric Environment. Doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.10.016.
  5. Hai C. D. and Kim Oanh, N.T. (2012). Effects of local, regional meteorology and emission sources on mass and compositions of particulate matter in Hanoi. Atmospheric Environment.
  6. Kim Oanh, N.T., Phuong, M.T.T., and Permadi, D.A., (2012). Analysis of motorcycle fleet in Hanoi for estimation of air pollution emission and climate mitigation co-benefit of technology implementation. Atmospheric Environment. 59, pp. 438-448. 
  7. Shindell D, Kuylenstierna Johan C. I., et al. , Hicks K, Kim Oanh NT, et al. (2012). Simultaneously Mitigating Near-Term Climate Change and Improving Human Health and Food Security. Science, 13 January 2012: 183-189. doi:10.1126/science.1210026.
  8. Sahu L. K., Y. Kondo, Y. Miyazaki, Prapat Pongkiatkul and N. T. Kim Oanh (2011). Seasonal and diurnal variations of black carbon and organic carbon aerosols in Bangkok. JGR, VOL. 116, D15302.
  9. Amornpon Changsuphan, Muhammad Ikram and Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh (2011). Removal of benzene by ZnO nanoparticles coated on porous adsorbents in presence of ozone and UV. Chemical  Engineering  Journal. 181-182, pp. 215-221. 
  10. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, Thuy Ly Bich, Danutawat Tipayarom, Bhai R. Manadhar, Pongkiatkul Prapat, Christopher D. Simpson, L-J Sally Liu (2010). Source Characterization of Aerosol Emission from Field Burning of Rice Straw. Atmospheric Environment, 45 (2), pp. 493-502. 
  11. Thongchai Kanabkaew and Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh (2010). Development of spatial and temporal emission inventory for crop residue field burning. Environmental Modeling and Assessment. DOI: 10.1007/s10666-010-9244-0.
  12. Kim Oanh N. T., Thiansathit Worrarat, Tami C. Bond, R. Subramanian, Winijkul Ekbordin, Paw-armart Ittipol (2010). Compositional characterization of PM2.5 emitted from in-use diesel vehicles in Asia. Atmospheric Environment. 44 (2010) 15–22. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.10.005. 
  13. Le H. A. and Kim Oanh N. T. (2010). Integrated Monitoring and Modeling for Air Quality Management of Brick Manufacturing Village. Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 171 (1-4), pp. 381-394.DOI 10.1007/s10661-009-1285-y
  14. Kim Oanh N. T., Pongkiatkul P., Upadhyay N., Hopke, P. (2009). Design a Monitoring Program of Ambient Particulate Matter for Source Apportionment Study by Receptor Modeling. Atmospheric Environment. 43: 3334-3344.
  15. Subramanian, R., Bond, T. C., Thiansathit, W., Kim Oanh N. T., Duleep, K. G., Paw-armart, I. and Winijkul, E. (2009). Source characterization to support quantification of co-benefits: a piggyback study in Bangkok, Thailand”. Environmental Science and Technology. DOI 10.1021/es8032296.
  16. Le Hoang Nghiem and Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh (2008). Modeling Ground Level Ozone over the South East Asian Region using MM5-CMAQ. Journal of Air and Waste Management Association. V. 58: 1341-1350
  17. Pentamwa, P. and Kim Oanh, N.T. (2008). Levels of Pesticides and PCBs in Selected Homes in Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Thailand. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1140, Environmental Challenges in the Pacific Basin, V 1140: 91-112.
  18. Vo Thi Quynh Truc and Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh (2007). “Roadside BTEX and other gaseous air pollutants in relation to emission sources”. Atmospheric Environment, 41, 7685-7697.
  19. Kim Oanh N. T., Upadhyay N., Zhuang Y-H., Hao Z-P., Murthy D.V.S., Lestari P., Villarin J.T., Chengchua K., H. X. Co., Dung N. T., Lindgren E. S. (2006). Particulate Air Pollution in Six Asian Cities: Spatial and Temporal Distributions, and Associated Sources. Atmospheric Environment, 40, 3367-3380.
  20. Kim Oanh N T, Albina D O, Li Ping and Wang X-K (2005), Emission of Particulate Matter and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Select Cookstove-fuel Systems in Asia. Biomass and Bioenergy, 28, 579-590.
  21. Kim Oanh N T, Nghiem L H and Yin L P (2002), Emission of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Toxicity and Mutagenicity from Domestic Cooking Using Sawdust Briquettes, Wood and Kerosene. Environ. Sci. and Technol., 36, 833-839
  22. Kim Oanh N T, Bætz Reutergårdh L and Dung N T (1999). Emission of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Particulate Matter from Domestic Combustion of Selected Fuels, Environ. Sci. and Technol., 33, 2703-2709
  23. Kim Oanh N T, Bengtsson B-E, Reutergårdh L, Bergqvist P-A, Hynning P-A and Remberger M (1995), Contaminants in Water, Sediment and Biota from Bai Bang, a Vietnamese Bleached Kraft Pulp and Paper Mill, Archives in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 29: 506-516.

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