Jay Gan | Professor of Environmental Chemistry


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Dr. Jay Gan is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UC Riverside, where he also served as the Department Chair in 2007-2010. He is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (2006), a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (2008), a fellow of Soil Science Society of America (2010), and a fellow of American Chemical Society-AGRO Division (2017). Professor Gan is a Co-Editor-in-Chief for Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN). He served as the Chair of Environmental Quality Division (S11) of Soil Science Society of America (2009-11), and the Chair of Agrochemicals Division of American Chemical Society (2014-16).

Professor Gan received his Ph.D. degree from Zhejiang University in China in 1988, followed by postdoctoral training at the UN-International Atomic Energy Agency’s Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria (1990-91), University of Minnesota (1991-93) and the USDA George E. Brown Salinity Laboratory (1993-95), where he was also a project scientist till 2001. He joined the faculty rank at UCR in 2001. Professor Gan is the (co)author of over 260 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 edited books, and about 30 book chapters. As of September, 2019, his publications received over 9500 citations (ISI Web of Knowledge), with an H-index of 54. His Google Scholar citations were 12,500, h-index 61 and i10-index 244.

Research Areas

  • Environmental chemistry and toxicology of classic and emerging contaminants, including PCBs, DDT, PBDEs, PAHs, current-use pesticides, pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) , plasticizers, flame retardants and microplastics
  • Transformation, transport, plant uptake and risk mitigation of organic chemicals in the environment
  • Bioavailability of hydrophobic organic contaminants - Novel sampling and measurement methods and applications in risk assessment
  • Method development for trace contaminant analysis


  • ENSC 002: Introduction to Environmental Science (Lower Division, Undergraduate Level, 240-320 students)
  • ENSC 127: Fate and transport of contaminants in soil (Upper Division, Undergraduate Level)
  • ENTX 200: Fate and Transport of Chemicals (Graduate Level)

Graduate Programs