Spotlight on CAE Grad Student Qiuhong Jia
a, currently a master student under Dr. Brant in the
department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. In 2005, she was
admitted to Environmental Science Department of Jilin University, one of
the top-ten universities in China. Due to her outstanding academic
performance, she has been an honor student and has been awarded
scholarships for academic excellence twice. In addition to mastering
educational knowledge, she has had professional internships and field
study experiences. After her BS degree at Jilin University, she decided
to pursue an advanced education and University of Wyoming becomes her
first choice due to personal interest in the environmental projects.
Qiuhong’s research focuses on the fundamental mechanisms governing fullerene C60 transport and deposition in saturated porous media. As we know, the commercial production and use of nanomaterials, including C60, is expected to increase dramatically over the next several decades and will inevitably lead to their release into the environment during manufacture, transport, application, and disposal. Also, a number of studies have investigated the potential human health effects, aquatic toxicity and antimicrobial properties of C60 fullerenes. So understanding the mechanisms governing the behavior of C60 fullerene in the environment, especially in aqueous systems, is of great significance.
Her research objectives are: to characterize the role of particle size in determining the mobility of C60 in saturated porous media; to elucidate the role played by interfacial chemical interactions in determining the deposition and attachment of C60 to collector surfaces; and to assess and indentify the system parameters that affect the remobilization of C60 following deposition.
Positive attitude, determination, perseverance, and integrity are all key traits of her character and she is confident that by acquiring greater knowledge, experience and skills, she can make a significant contribution to our society and to mankind.