20th July 2022 | 10:00 - 13:00
Environmental Biotechnology Workshop
This workshop, led by IAS Fellow Prof Yuesuo Yang, will bring together academics across disciplines who have internal or international collaborations in this area of research.
10.00 - 11.00 - Seminar talk by Prof Yang: 'Environmental Bioremediation: A panorama review of in-situ remediation of contaminated groundwater' (in person or online attendance available)
11.00 - 11.30 - UK-China co-funding opportunities
11.30 - 11.45 - Coffee
11.45 - 12.30 - Small Group Workshops on different themes (in person only)concluding by identifying collaboration opportunity areas:
- Environmental Health (water supply, pollutants, pathogen and antimicrobial resistance)
- Net zero, sustainability and resilience (water, wastewater, CO2 capture)
12.30 - 13.00 - Lunch
Visiting IAS Fellow, Professor Yuesuo Yang is Distinguished Professor at Jilin University, China and Key Lab Director (Eco-restoration of Regional Contaminated Environment, Ministry of Education). His research interests include fate/transport of emerging contaminants in soil/groundwater environments, and cost- effective in-situ remediation strategy using conventional and emerging targeted nano/bio- technologies. He is University of Surrey’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) fellow hosted by Dr Bing Guo, CEE. Prof. Yang holds BSc in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, and MSc and PhD in Hydrogeology from Changchun University of Earth Science, China. He then joined as Senior Research Officer & Postdoc Researcher in Queen’s University Belfast & Bradford University, working on hydrogeology and modelling for remediation of contaminated sites, GIS spatial modelling for catchment water management. He was the Director of Environmental Hydrogeology Research Centre, Cardiff University (Wales), developing collaborations with government agencies, BGS and industry through taught courses and research projects until 2013. Currently, he is a PI on a major national R&D project in China.
Professor Yang has over 20 years of experience in contaminant hydrogeology and characterization of contaminated sites using both geophysics and analytical chemistry in supporting cost-effective remediation strategy. He has accomplished a few dozen research projects in the geo-oriented environmental engineering field. Environmental contamination of heavy metal (e.g. Cr6+) and hydrocarbon (e.g. petroleum leakage) contaminations in groundwater and soil are threats to the ecosystem and human health. For large contaminated sites, in situ remediation is favourable using chemical or biological technologies. Bioremediation, especially using microorganisms to degrade/transform the contaminants, is low-cost, target specific, and environmentally friendly. The fast development of high-throughput molecular biological technologies such as microbial gene sequencing, has freed the microbial analysis from culturing-based technologies, and brought opportunities to discover new microbial species with functions of contamination removal. A lot of studies have investigated the laboratory-scale treatment efficiency mimicking the full-scale conditions, however full-scale studies are limited due to the complexity of the site’s characteristics A few case studies will be introduced and discussed.
Dr Bing Guo, University of Surrey
Dr Kathy Pond, University of Surrey
The report for this workshop is coming soon, please check back later.