Prof. Zongwei Cai from Hong Kong Baptist University was invited for an academic visit to the College of Chemistry and Materials Science on March 28th, 2014. During his visit, he gave a seminar titled "Analytical Challenge and Recent Progress in Research of Environmental Sciences on Emerging POPs" to all the faculty members and graduate students of our college. This seminar was chaired by the dean, Prof. Kejian Deng, and Prof. Xian Wang.
Prof. Cai is now a Chair Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Director of Dioxin Laboratory, Hong Kong Baptist University. Prof. Cai received the “Distinguished Young Scholar Award” (Oversea, Hong Kong and Macao) from Nature Science Foundation of China in 2003. He was named as “Overseas Renowned Scholar” by Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. He has recently been appointed as Editor of Rapid Communication in Mass Spectrometry. In addition, he has served as editorial board members for several international scientific journals. The major research interest of Prof. Cai is method development and applications of chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry for trace analysis in complex systems such as environment, food and biological matrices. Prof. Cai has published over 230 peer-refereed journals, with excellent citation record from worldwide. He received “Top cited article 2001-2006 Award” in 2006 from Journal of Chromatography (Elsevier) and “Top-50 most cited articles in 2005-2010 Award” in 2010 from Chemosphere (Elsevier). His collaborative research with colleagues of Chinese Academic of Sciences was award for the 2nd price of the National Natural Sciences in 2011. In 2008, he was invited as the “Principal Author” to lead an expert group for writing UNEP Asian-Pacific regional report on Persistent Organic Pollutants under the Stockholm Convention.
In the seminar, Prof. Cai gave a lecture regarding the background and research work of some emerging persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Prof. Cai remarked the significance of environmental pollution control since our country signed Stockholm convention in 2001, and thereby scientific work was essential to monitor and analyze these pollutants to help the management and regulation of environmental pollution. Prof. Cai also introduced the research work of his group in the recent years, including a new analytical method of detecting PFOS and a detailed study of the adducts formed by PBDEs and DNA using LC-MS/MS, for revealing the toxicological mechanism of PBDE. Professor Cai answered many questions asked by the audience and they had a discussion on the related work. This academic visit of Prof. Cai helped the faculty members, especially the young scientists, and graduate students to improve their research abilities and inspired their research motivations. In addition, it was of great help for the development of our analytical chemistry discipline.