Staff Achievement
Prof. Cai Zongwei's paper published on Chemosphere has been awarded as one of the 2005-2010 Mostly Cited paper
A paper jointly written by (from left) Professor Cai Zongwei, Professor Rick Wong and Professor Wong Ming-hung has gained prestigious recognition
Serious pollution is found in Guiyu of Guangdong in China
A research paper entitled “Determination of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Soil and Sediment from an Electronic Waste Recycling Facility” by HKBU scholars published in a well-known scientific academic journal Chemosphere, has been named by the publisher Elsevier as one of the 2005-2010 Mostly Cited Papers. The authors of the paper were recognised as “Highly Cited Authors”.

The paper was written by Professor Cai Zongwei (the corresponding author), Head and Professor of Chemistry; Professor Wong Ming-hung, Professor of Biology and Director of Croucher Institute of Environmental Sciences; Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development); and two former research fellows of HKBU, Dr. Wang Dongli and Dr. Anna Leung.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are persistent organic pollutants with a high bioaccumulation capability and toxicity to human health. The paper developed an analytical method for determining PBDEs in environmental matrices at trace levels. The method developed by HKBU scholars and researchers was one of the earliest analytical methods for PBDEs in the world, and thus interested many scientists worldwide and received high citations.

The paper also reported the levels of PBDEs in soil and sediment samples collected in the vicinity of an open electronic waste disposal and recycling facility located in Guiyu of Guangdong in China. The study provided useful information on the level and extent of PBDEs contamination in the facility, suggesting that uncontrolled recycling and disposal of e-waste had resulted in severe soil contamination and migration of PBDEs into the river system, which might have serious impacts on human health.

from HKBU eNews