Emerging Investigator Series: Lingxiangyu Li

Professor Lingxiangyu Li is currently an associate professor in the School of Environment, Hangzhou Institute for Advanced Study, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 2013. His research focuses on analytical, fate, and health risk of emerging pollutants particularly nanomaterials in the environment toward nanosafety assessment.

Read Lingxiangyu ’s Emerging Investigator Series article “Emerging investigator series: Chemical transformation of silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles in the simulated human tear fluids: Influence of biocorona” and read more about him in the interview below:

Your recent Emerging Investigator Series paper focuses on Chemical transformation of silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles in the simulated human tear fluids: Influence of biocorona. How has your research evolved from your first article to this most recent article?

Since I began doing PhD study in Germany 11 years ago, I did research on fate, transfromation and environmental risks of engineered nanomaterials. In other words, findings from the first article to this paper all belong to my research interest that fate, transformation and environmental risks of nanomaterials.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment?

Definitely, the analytical method development for showing the real concentrations of engineered nanomaterials like Ag-NPs through wastewater treatment plants to environmental water was one of my best work, which makes me very excited. Since I develop robust methods and then applied this method to illustrate environmental issues.

In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

First, what is the real concentration of engineered nanomaterials in the environment. Second, are nanoparticles at environmetally revelant concentrations a threat to organisms including human?

What do you find most challenging about your research?

The most challenging issue is speciation analysis of nanomaterials in the environmental and biological matrices.

In which upcoming conferences or events may our readers meet you?

The 11st National Conference on Environmental Chemistry in city of Harbin in December 2021

How do you spend your spare time?

Playing Football and reading history books.

Which profession would you choose if you were not a scientist?

Being a Military Journalist was my dream during my child period.

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

Do more thinking by yourself, and do more discussion with others.

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