Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh
Position: Professor
Country of Origin: Vietnam
Email: kimoanh@ait.ac.th

Ext: 5641

Academic Affiliation

Environmental Engineering and Management
School of Environment, Resources and Development

Areas of Expertise (Keywords)

Air pollution
Environmental monitoring and modeling
Exposure assessment
Industrial environment management
Climate change


Dr. Eng. Environmental Technology and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand; 1994

M. Eng. Environmental Technology and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand; 1991

Dipl. Eng. Meteorology, Odessa Hydrometeorological Institute, Odessa, Ukraine; 1978

Professional Experience

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).

Research Interests

  1. Emission reduction of short-lived climate forcing pollutants and co-benefit analysis: focusing on open burning, dirty vehicles, and residential combustion sources. The major SLCPs of concern are black carbon and ozone (emission precursors).
  2. Development of Integrated Management Strategies for Reduction of Agroresidue Open Burning in Asia. Potential impact of regional biomass burning on air quality will be assessed by modeling tools.
  3. Satellite monitoring of regional air pollution: Monitoring for PM and composition and CO over Asia using satellite tools. The ground monitoring data will be collected for evaluation of the satellite monitoring data. Vertical profiles of the pollution columns will be considered.
  4. VOC emission profiles in Asian cities for refinement of photochemical smog modeling results.
  5. Application of nanoscale metallic particles for control of VOC in industrial emission. Nanoparticles will be coated on conventional adsorbents for VOC emission control.

Doctoral Research Supervision

  1. Didin Agustian Permadi “Co-benefit study of black carbon emission reduction on climate and air quality in Asia”. Current, on research.
  2. Md. Zeeshan Ali Khan “Assessment of Relationship between Satellite AOA and Ground PM10 Measurement Data Considering Synoptic Meteorological Patterns and Lidar Data”. Current, on research.
  3. Nguyen Duy Binh “Nano Assisted Biological and Photodegradation Technology for Soil/Sediment Contaminated with Dioxins in Vietnam”. Current, on research.
  4. Aishajiang Aili “Sand-Dust Storm Patterns in Northeast Edge of Taklamakan Desert in relation to the meteorology and development processes”. Current, on research.
  5. Amornpon Changsuphan “Application of Nanoscale Metallic Particles for Removal of VOCs in Contaminated Air”. Graduated 2012.
  6. Thongchai Kanabkaew “Effects of Biomass Open Burning on Atmospheric Aerosols and Climate Conditions” Graduated in 2011.
  7. Prapat Pemtawan “Indoor-Outdoor Levels and Fate of Persistent Organic Air Pollutants and Associated Health Risks”. Graduated in 2008.
  8. Aungsiri Klinmalee, “Development of Assessment Method for Exposure to Open Rice Straw Burning Emission”. Graduated in 2008.
  9. Le Hoang Nghiem “Photochemical Smog Modeling for Simulation of Ground-Level Ozone Over the Continental Southeast Asian Region to Assess Potential Impacts on Rice Crop”. Graduated in 2008.
  10. Prapat Pongkiatkul “Development of Hybrid Receptor Models for Air Pollutions Source Apportionment Study”. Graduated 2006.
  11. Zhang Bao Ninh “Photochemical Smog Modeling for Air Quality Management of Bangkok Metropolitan Region”. Graduated in 2002.

Selected Publications

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

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, J.S. et 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.05.006

  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.



Clean Air Initiatives in Asia (CAI-Asia)

Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA)

American Geography Union (AGU)

International Society of Environmental Biotechnology (ISEB)



Dec. 2010, "Air quality hero” award, by BAQ2010 for “consistent best presentation, most presentations and most number of abstracts submitted for BAQ over the years…”

Nov. 2008, “EXTRA MILE” award, by Better Air Quality 2008 (BAQ08) committee

Jan. 2004, “Fogarty Research Grant” by the Fogarty Foundation, USA

June 2003, Teaching Award, by SERD, AIT

August 1998, Teaching Award, by SERD, AIT

April 1991, Yohei Mimura Prize (Graduation Award), by AIT


Graduate courses currently taught at AIT:

1) Air Pollution Engineering and Management
2) Air Pollution Modeling and Applications
3) Design of Air Pollution Control Systems
4) Receptor Modeling for Air Pollution Source Apportionment
5) Sampling Design (shared)

6) The Science of Climate Change and Environment Co-benefit

Consultancy for air pollution related projects:

PTT: Set-up and run a photochemical smog modeling system for Bangkok Metropolitan Region, 2012-2013

GTZ: regional expert for development of training with focus on small cities, 2010-2011

UNEP-RRC.AP, UNEP-Male' acid deposition monitoring network: regional expert, “Development the protocol for inter-laboratory comparison” of rain water samples , various training courses on “Air pollution and deposition monitoring”, 2008-2013


Swiss-Vietnamese Clean Air Program (SVCAP): development and delivery training course “Integrated urban air quality management” for DONRE Hanoi, Vietnam, 2008

SEI: Development of modules for “Clean Air for Asia Training Programme”, 2006

World Bank Institute (WBI), Washington DC: 'PM source apportionment in developing countries, 2004

Earth Tech Co., Thailand: 'Modeling potential impacts of air discharged from the odor control system at wastewater treatment facility', 2002

Training: organized and taught regional/international training courses on air quality engineering and management related topics, including ‘Climate change impact assessment', ‘Basic air quality dispersion modeling', 'Integrated air quality management’, ‘Designing air quality monitoring program', 'Ambient air quality monitoring with focus QA/QC', 'Basic urban air quality management' (WBI distance learning course), and 'Ambient air quality monitoring with focus on data for PM source apportionment by receptor modeling', 'Receptor modeling for PM source apportionment'

Developed and organized/taught training-cum-study tours for expert groups from Vietnam to Thailand (Hanoi University of Science, CEMDI-VEPA of Vietnam, and various Vietnam Industrial estates)

International conferences/workshops/forums: organized; co-organized; served as a member of the Technical Commitee, International Advisory Committee, session chair/co-chair, panelist, keynote speaker and invited speaker.