• Zhang Nan
    Title: Associate Professor
    E-mail: zhangn@bjut.edu.cn
Current Professional Societies

1. Member of Youth Committee of Indoor Environment and Health Branch.

2. Young Editor of Building Simulation.

3. Reviewer of more than 30 journals: Clinical Infectious Diseases, Building and Environment, Energy and Buildings, etc.

Research Areas

1. Indoor human health.

2. Human behavior-based infection spread in indoor environments.

3. Human behavior detection based on machine learning.

4. Building energy efficiency under pandemic.

5. Infectious disease transmission modelling.


1. National Young Talent, 2021.

2. Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service of Hong Kong, 2021.

3. Young Experts of Beijing Overseas High-level Projects, 2020.

Publications (2021-2022)

1. Zhang N, Jia W, Lei H, et al. Effects of human behaviour changes during the COVID-19 pandemic on influenza spread in Hong Kong. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2021, 73: e1142-e1150.

2. Zhang N, Chen X, Jia W, et al. Evidence for lack of transmission by close contact and surface touch in a restaurant outbreak of COVID-19. Journal of Infection, 2021, 83: 207-216.

3. Liu X, Dou Z, Wang L, ...., Zhang N*. Close contact behavior-based COVID-19 transmission and interventions in a subway system. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2022, 436: 129233.

4. Hu T, Ji Y, Fei F, …, Zhang N*. Optimization on building energy efficiency and COVID-19 prevention and control. Building and Environment, 2022, 219: 109233.

5. Guo Y, Zhang N*, Hu T, et al. Optimization on energy efficiency in different indoor environments under the infection control of COVID-19. Energy and Buildings, 2022261: 111954 .

6. Jin T, Chen X, Masaya N, …, Zhang N*. Interventions for surface transmission of infectious virus based on real human touch behavior – a case study of Norovirus. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2022, 122: 83-92.

7. Zhang N, Hu T, Zhang J, et al. Probable close contact transmission in a restaurant in China. Journal of Infection, 2022, 85: 573-575.

8. Miao D, Zhang N*. Human close contact behavior-based intervention analysis for COVID-19 transmission. Buildings, 2022, 12:365.

9. Zhang N, Chan PT, Jia W, et al. Analysis of efficacy of intervention strategies for COVID-19 transmission: A case study of Hong Kong. Environment International, 2021, 156: 106723.

10. Zhang N, Liu X, Jin T, et al. Weakening personal protective behavior by Chinese university students after COVID-19 vaccination. Building and Environment, 2021, 206:108367.

11. Zhang N, Wang P, Miao T, et al. Real human surface touch behavior based quantitative analysis on infection spread via fomite route in an office. Building and Environment, 2021, 191: 107578

12. Zhang N, Jia W, Wang P, et al. Changes in local travel behaviour before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong. Cities, 2021, 112: 103139.

13. Zhang N, Lei H, Li L, et al. COVID-19 vaccination did not change the personal protective behaviors of healthcare workers in China. Frontiers in Public Health, 2021, 9: 777426.

Personal statement

Nan Zhang, associate professor and doctoral supervisor. He has now presided a National Natural Science Foundation of China project, a project from Boeing Company, and a project from KAO Company of Japan. He works on indoor human health, human behavior-based infectious disease transmission, human behavior detection based on machine learning, and energy conservation under the COVID-19 pandemic. He has published more than 50 SCI journals, with more than 1200 citations. His research on COVID-19 was propagated by Times Higher Education, Best Paper Award of Building and Environment in 2020, the Press Released Paper of Risk Analysis in 2017. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he received the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service of Hong Kong.