Department of Analytical Chemistry
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Voice: (203) 974-8449



Yi Wang has been involved in agricultural and environmental nanoscience research including the fate and toxicity of contaminants in the food and agricultural plants; the application of nanotechnology in plants to improve crops' nutritional qualities and suppress plant diseases. She has expertise in: detecting the presence, form, and dynamics of contaminants in food and plants; investigating nanomaterials and plant interaction using spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, such as ICP-OES, UV-VIS, SEM/TEM, LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS, and RT-qPCR; examining plant responses on the molecular level through genetic, proteomic and metabolic analysis; nanomaterial synthesis and surface modification.



- Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso, USA (2020).

- B.S. in Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, China (2012)



- Assistant Agricultural Scientist II, Department of Analytical Chemistry, CAES: 2022-present

- Agricultural Post-doctoral Scientist, Department of Analytical Chemistry, CAES: 2020-2022


Professional Societies:
American Chemical Society (ACS)


Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO)

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)


Selected Publications (journal articles only):

  1. Wang, Y., Deng, C., Shen, Y., Borgatta, J., Dimkpa, C., Xing, B., Dhankher, O. P., Wang, Z., White, J. C., Elmer, W. H. (2022). Surface coated sulfur nanoparticles suppress Fusarium disease in field grown tomato: Increased yield and nutrient biofortification. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (under review)
  2. Wang, Y., Deng, C., Elmer, W. H., Dimkpa, C., Sharma, S., Navarro, G., Wang, Z., LaReau, J., Blaire Steven, B. T., Wang, Z., Zhao, L., Li, C., Dhankher, O. P., Gardea-Torresdey, J. L, Xing, B., White, J. C. (2022). Therapeutic delivery of nanoscale sulfur to suppress disease in tomato: In vitro imaging and orthogonal mechanistic investigation. ACS Nano, 16(7), 11204–11217.
  3. Wang, Y., Borgatta, J., White, J. C. (2022). Novel food coatings as a sustainable strategy for food safety and security. Nature Food, 3, 402–403.
  4. Deng, C., Wang, Y., Cantu, J. M., Valdes, C., Navarro, G., Cota-Ruiz, K., Hernandez-Viezcas, J. A., Li, C., Elmer, W. H., Dimkpa, C., White, J. C., Gardea-Torresdey, J. (2021). Soil and foliar exposure of Soybean (Glycine max) to Cu: nanoparticle coating-dependent plant responses. Nanoimpact, 100406.
  5. Xu, T., Wang, Y., Aytac, Z., Zuverza-Mena, N., Zhao, Z., Hu, X., ... & Demokritou, P. (2022). Enhancing Agrichemical Delivery and Plant Development with Biopolymer-Based Stimuli Responsive Core–Shell Nanostructures. ACS nano, 16(4), 6034–6048.
  6. Wang, Y., Dimkpa, C., Deng, C., Elmer, W. H., Gardea-Torresdey, J. L, White, J. C. (2021). Impact of engineered nanomaterials on rice (Oryza sativa L.): A critical review of current knowledge. Environmental Pollution, 118738.
  7. Deng, C., Wang, Y., Navarro, G., Sun, Y., Cota-Ruiz, K., Hernandez-Viezcas, J. A., ... & Gardea-Torresdey, J. (2021). Copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles affect yield, nutritional quality, and auxin-associated gene expression in weedy and cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.) grains. Science of The Total Environment, 152260.
  8. Wang, Y., Chen, S., Deng, C., Shi, X., Cota-Ruiz, K., White, J. C., ... & Gardea-Torresdey, J. L. (2021). Metabolomic analysis reveals dose-dependent alteration of maize (Zea mays L.) metabolites and mineral nutrient profiles upon exposure to zerovalent iron nanoparticles. NanoImpact, 100336.
  9. Wang, Y., Deng, C., Cota-Ruiz, K., Peralta-Videa, J. R., Hernandez-Viezcas, J. A., & Gardea-Torresdey, J. L. (2021). Soil-aged nano titanium dioxide effects on full-grown carrot: Dose and surface-coating dependent improvements on growth and nutrient quality. Science of The Total Environment774, 145699.
  10. Wang, Y., Deng, C., Rawat, S., Cota-Ruiz, K., Medina-Velo, I., & Gardea-Torresdey, J. L. (2021). Evaluation of the Effects of Nanomaterials on Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Responses: Underlining the Benefits of Nanotechnology for Agricultural Applications. ACS Agricultural Science & Technology.
  11. Wang, Y., Deng, C., Cota-Ruiz, K., Tan, W., Reyes, A., Peralta-Videa, J. R., ... & Gardea-Torresdey, J. L. (2021). Effects of different surface-coated nTiO2 on full-grown carrot plants: impacts on root splitting, essential elements, and Ti uptake. Journal of Hazardous Materials402, 123768.
  12. Deng, C., Wang, Y., Cota-Ruiz, K., Reyes, A., Sun, Y., Peralta-Videa, J., ... & Gardea-Torresdey, J. (2020). Bok Choy (Brassica rapa) Grown in Copper Oxide Nanoparticles-Amended Soils Exhibits Toxicity in a Phenotype-Dependent Manner: Translocation, Biodistribution and Nutritional Disturbance. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 122978.
  13. Mansor, M., Cantando, E., Wang, Y., Hernandez-Viezcas, J. A., Gardea-Torresdey, J. L., Hochella Jr, M. F., & Xu, J. (2020). Insights into the Biogeochemical Cycling of Cobalt: Precipitation and Transformation of Cobalt Sulfide Nanoparticles under Low-Temperature Aqueous Conditions. Environmental Science & Technology54(9), 5598-5607.
  14. Wang, Y., Deng, C., Cota-Ruiz, K., Peralta-Videa, J. R., Sun, Y., Rawat, S., ... & Li, C. (2020). Improvement of nutrient elements and allicin content in green onion (Allium fistulosum) plants exposed to CuO nanoparticles. Science of The Total Environment, 138387.