Agilent presents new Thought Leader award

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  • Published: Aug 16, 2019
  • Source: Agilent Technologies
  • Suppliers: Agilent Technologies
  • Channels: HPLC / Base Peak

Agilent Technologies has presented its latest Thought Leader award to Gang Yu, a professor in the School of Environment at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The award recognizes his contributions towards understanding the problems caused by emerging organic contaminants in water and developing solutions to combat these problems.

Yu is also director of Beijing Key Laboratories for Emerging Organic Contaminants Control, and director of Tsinghua Research Center on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The School of Environment at Tsinghua University is one of the leading environmental education and research institutes in the world.

The award will provide support to Yu and his team for continuing research into emerging organic contaminants in surface waters and groundwater, and ongoing efforts in the development of advanced pollution control technologies and strategies.

Using non-targeted screening methods for simultaneous suspect screening and unknown compound identification (based on LC-QTOF), combined with targeted quantification (using LC-QQQ), Yu and his team are developing methods and technologies to advance the detection and identification of new and emerging organic contaminants in water. The discovered contaminants can then be addressed under new regulations and pollution control strategies, providing profound benefits to the health and safety of the Chinese population.

“Professor Yu is conducting leading-edge research to identify emerging, or even unknown, organic contaminants that are not yet being regulated – they are not on priority pollutant lists. His work is helping to define China’s environmental protection, pollution control and remediation strategies related to emerging organic contaminants,” said Mary McBride, director of Agilent’s Applied Segment Markets. “With this award, we are pleased to recognize the foundational work that Professor Yu has done to advance the science of environmental protection and pollution prevention.”

McBride noted that Agilent has been collaborating with Yu for several years. “We have developed workflows for the quantitative determination of organics in water, and are now working to develop workflows for emerging organic contaminants in water,” she added.

“As caretakers of the Earth, we are responsible for creating a healthy environment without toxic contaminants,” said Yu. “However, the regulation of new contaminants often lags behind the fundamental understanding of their nature, extent and impact on the environment. Intensive, in-depth studies on emerging organic contaminants will help our society to find ways to improve environmental quality. We are excited to work with Agilent to develop rapid and economic methods for the analysis of emerging organic contaminants and the determination of their risk in water environments.”

The Agilent Thought Leader Award promotes fundamental scientific advances by contributing financial support, products and expertise to the research of influential thought leaders in the life sciences, diagnostics and chemical analysis space.



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