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Thanh Wang

Position: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Science and Technology


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Thanh Wang
Research subject Research environments

About Thanh Wang

Thanh Wang joined the MTM Research Centre in 2014 as an assistant professor. His primary research interest is in the field of environmental and analytical chemistry. He received a PhD in Environmental Sciences at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES) in China and has an MSc in Chemistry from Lund University, Sweden:

My research focus is on a broad range of chemicals that are of environmental health concern commonly known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Due to their intrinsic chemical properties they can be persistent in the environment, long range transported to remote areas by air and water, bioaccumulate in wildlife and humans and finally cause adverse health effects. Many of these chemicals are or have been used in the industry and in consumer products and their release and fate in the environment have to be closely monitored. Some of the compounds that I study include per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) and halogenated flame retardants (HFRs). These pollutants are usually present in the environment at very low levels (typically in the range of parts-per-million to parts-per-trillion). We develop and improve methods to increase the sensitivity and selectivity for the analysis of these pollutants. Instruments that we commonly use include low- and high resolution mass spectrometers coupled with gas- or liquid chromatographs (GC-MS, GC-MS/MS, LC-MS, LC-MS/MS). Analysis is performed on different environmental compartments such as air, water, soil and biota in order to provide a holistic view on the multimedia distribution and fate of these compounds. We are also interested on how the built environment affects the human exposure of POPs, in particularly the indoor environment which humans spend a majority of their time. Advanced statistical analysis and environmental models are also employed to further gain novel insights into the environmental fate and risks of the pollutants.

I am also involved in teaching undergraduate courses at our university program on analytical sciences with focus on forensics.

I welcome anyone with a genuine interest in research collaboration for fruitful discussions to contact me or prominent students interested in joining our research group.


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