Chemistry

Postal address
Pleinlaan 2
1050
Brussels
Belgium
Contact
Phone: +32-2-6293485

Analytical, Environmental & Geo-Chemistry

Visiting address
Pleinlaan 2
Room 7G433
1050
Brussels
Belgium
Contact
Phone: +32-2-6293261

Expertise

Prof. Dr. Gao is experienced in chemical speciation and biogeochemistry of trace metals in environment. Has advanced the application of chemical extraction, including aqua regia extraction, CEM microwave digestion and ICP-MS in investigating metal speciation and bioavailability. Pioneered the techniques of DET (Diffusive Equilibrium in Thin Films) and DGT (Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films) and has applied these techniques in waters and sediments. Advanced the extraction of mercury and methylmercury in waters, sediments, biological samples and developed gel technique of DGT for mercury speciation in aquatic system.  Developing novel passive samplers for organic compounds and improving CALUX Bio-assay Screening technique. The research has advanced scientific understanding in several areas of environmental chemistry:

  1. biogeochemistry of trace metals in marine systems
  2. chemical speciation in aqueous environments
  3. dynamics of interactions between solution and solid phase in sediments
  4. the role of microniches in determining chemical processes in sediments

Research output

  1. Assessment of estrogenic compounds in paperboard for dry food packaging with the ERE-CALUX bioassay

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  2. Mercury speciation in various aquatic systems using passive sampling technique of diffusive gradients in thin-film

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  3. The geochemical behaviour of trace metals along the Belgian coasts: what can we learn from the use of DGT?

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingMeeting abstract (Book)Research

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Activities

  1. Confucius Institute activities 2018 - Strategy of Sustainable Development of China: Environmental Aspects workshop

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar

  2. Strategy of Sustainable Development of China: Environmental Aspects

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in or organizing a school event

  3. SBO Infosession call 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar

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