CCEA 2019
Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Yuegang Zuo


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA


Yuegang Zuo is currently a Full Professor in analytical and environmental chemistry and Director of Graduate Programs at Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is also a Full Professor in marine chemistry at the School of Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Wuhan University in 1982, his M.S. degree in environmental chemistry from the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 1984, and his Ph.D. in environmental science from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in 1992. Most of his recent research has focused on separation, identification and quantification of endocrine disrupting pollutants and phenolic antioxidants in plants and seafood as well as in the related environments and examine their occurrence, sources, distribution, transportation and fate in the biochemsphere.  He has published over 70 scientific papers in prestige journals such as Science, and Environmental Science and Technology.

B.S. 1982, Wuhan University
M.S. 1984, Institute of Environmental Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science
Ph.D. 1992, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ)
Analytical Chemistry: Environmental Chemistry, Marine Chemistry, Photochemistry and Photobiology


   Keynote Speaker II

      Prof. Yu “Frank” Yang


East Carolina University, USA


Dr. Yu “Frank” Yang is a Professor of Chemistry at East Carolina University located in the USA. Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. from University of Mainz, Germany in 1993. He joined the Department of Chemistry at East Carolina University as an assistant professor in 1997, tenured in 2003, and promoted to full professor in 2007.
Dr. Yang's group is an international leader in the field of comprehensive subcritical water research. His principal areas of interest and expertise include pharmaceutical analysis, green chemical processes, environmental chemistry, subcritical water chromatography and extraction, solubility and stability of organics in subcritical water. The main goal of Dr. Yang’s research programs is to eliminate or minimize the use of toxic organic solvents in extraction, chromatography, environmental remediation, and other chemical processes. Honors include the University Five-Year Achievement for Excellence in Research Award, the Sigma Xi Helms Research Award, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award, the Scholar-Teacher Award, Cottrell College Science Awards from Research Corporation, and the Starter Grant Award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. Dr. Yang serves as the Editor-in-Chief for one journal and on the editorial board for four other peer reviewed journals.


Keynote Speaker III

Assoc. Prof. Yiwei Deng


Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan – Dearborn, USA


Ph.D. in Environmental Science, 1992. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zürich) and Swiss Federal Institute for Water Resources and Water Pollution Control (EAWAG, Dübendorf), Switzerland
M.S. in Environmental Chemistry, 1985. Institute of Environmental Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China,
B.S. in Chemistry, 1982. Wuhan University, Wuhan, P. R., China

Professional Experience
2007 - present Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan – Dearborn (UMD), Dearborn, MI, U.S.A.
2001 - 2006 Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan – Dearborn (UMD), Dearborn, MI, U.S.A.
1994 - 2000 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL, U.S.A.
1992 - 1994 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.


Keynote Speaker IV

Assoc. Prof. Chi-wai KAN


Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Dr. Kan graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic with a BSc in Textile Chemistry. He gained his PhD degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He had worked in private and public sectors in the area of textile evaluation and safety and health management for more than five years before joining the Institute. His main duties in the Institute are in the area of teaching colouration and finishing. Dr. Kan's research interests are also in the area of colouration and finishing.

Dr. Kan holds the professional qualification of Chartered Colourist, Chartered Textile Technologist and Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner; also Fellowship of the Society of Dyers and Colourists and Textile Institute, U.K. In addition, Dr. Kan is a member of Royal Society of Chemistry, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel.

BSc (Hons) in Textile Chemistry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1994
PhD in Textile Chemistry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1998
MSc in Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, Sheffield Hallam University, 2002


Keynote Speaker V

Associate Prof. Takaaki Wajima


Department of Urban Environment Systems, Chiba University, Japan


Assoc. Prof. Wajima was born in February 1976 in Saga Prefecture, Japan. He has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Environment Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, Japan, since 2013. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in resource engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1998 and 2000, respectively, and his PhD in environmental mineralogy and technology from Kyoto University, Japan, in 2004. His main PhD research theme was “microporous materials synthesized from paper sludge ash at low temperature, and their chemical mineralogy.” In 2004, he moved to the Institute of Ocean Energy at Saga University to work as a postdoctoral researcher, and from 2007 to 2013 he was an Assistant Professor at Akita University, Japan. His main research interests are waste recycling, resource recovery, and environmental purification.


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