Many people have grand visions on how to reverse global warming, to make all the waterways clean and clear, to make the plant free from wastes. While the only reason drives me to choose environmental engineering as my undergraduate major, to do my best to push for this great course is that: I Just want to sleep better. It is always fascinating to find out how a few minutes, the one particular Image you saw can determine the dream of your life. I watched the documentary Arctic Tale, the viceroy said: Hunger has made Anna too weak… E drips away, and then he is gone. The warmth … Has turned the rightful masters into refugees. In the following summer, I went to the legendary Shanghai-la hoping to find the most natural and spiritual place, instead, I saw the outreached blue and green algae covering almost the whole water surface of Identical Lake. The sad voice of the narrator talking about the little polar bear and the picture of heavily polluted Shanghai-la has been haunting me since. That Is why I chose to major in environmental engineering In Shanghai university.
The demanding rigorous courses give me the chance to gain a more comprehensive and cogent understanding in chemistry, electron technology, biochemistry, sustainability and environment, water pollution control, environmental monitoring, etc, these lay a solid base of foundational knowledge for me pursue a more sophisticated and specialized research direction for my graduate studies. Once saw a remark of a prestigious professor from a renowned US university stating that: Most while Chinese students do well in the classroom, they have little sense in what’s going on in the real world.
In Shanghai university, I had the opportunity to challenge my mastering of academic studies through putting them In real practice and Joggling advanced research programs. In October 2009, I Joined Professor Nan’s research team in Institute of Microchemistry and Nobility as the only undergraduate student. The research looked into hydrazine as a nucleoli and antioxidant for fast analysis. The result confirmed great potentials of hydrazine In polymer-block]agate and Athol-NNE click chemistry which can be further put Into use in cancer treatments.
In this project, I experimented the different reaction ratio and speed under different portions of additive agents and different types and concentrations of solvents, synthesized the ionospheres and performed nuclear genetic analysis. Working In such an Important project supervised by the Ministry of Science and Technology and National Natural Science Foundation (NSF), I had the opportunity to observe and learn advanced lab technologies, analysis methods, and cutting-edge research theories. This project taught me how to precise, meticulous, persistent and open-minded.
My performance in the hydrazine project impressed senior researchers. In 2010, I was taken as a key member in another project of NSF?Electroplating Wastewater and Spent Pickling Liquor Co-treatment. My part is to facilitate the growth of impound ferrite crystal by introducing spend pickling liquor to electroplating wastewater with microwave hydrothermal method. In the experiments, I used X-ray diffraction to analyze the diffraction spectrum and determine the composition. In 1 OFF condition is under CHIC over 50 minutes and the most economical dose of crystal seed is 8. MGM/L. Further research into the thermodynamics, kinetics and phase equilibriums is still needed to provide effective method for comprehensive treatment for electroplating wastewater and spend pickling liquor. Participating in two of the most important projects of the university has brought me a hole new view of the Chinese environmental protection industry. It is too new to most and stumbling on the bumpy road to search for a suitable patch. Waste disposal plants are in urgent need of innovations and technology inputs.
The vast technology discrepancy between US, EX. and China has seen wide used practice and new progresses in western countries largely uncharted territory in China. On management ground, the lack of market impetus and pollute first, treatment second ideology create a huge vacuum in guidance and policies for the industry. With the dead of utilizing the skills and knowledge in waste treatments industry, I interned Eyebright Limited Ionian), a major corporation that operates dozens of waste treatment plants in Sandhog Province. The findings were even more shocking.
In one plant with a 20 ton/day treatment capacity receives unprocessed waste water from electroplating plant, antibiotics manufacturer, textile printing and dyeing factories, and paper producer. The pollutants in the incoming water are way beyond the designed capacity. Very little microorganisms can survive long enough to cleanse the water, substandard water is released to the Yellow River everyday. While in the center lab that assumes the responsibility to analyze samples from 6 treatment plants, not only the equipments are 10 years behind, Basic trainings are also urgently required.
Bottles fuming sulfuric acid were not in the safe but on the lab table all time, 25 liters of methyl hydrate fluid was stored in one single plastic container. While working on improving the treatment procedure to reduce the ammonia nitrogen and total phosphate concentration, I had to start from training how to operate the ultra violet spectrophotometer. Through 3 months of hard work with the hive engineer, we were finally able to bring the NH-N and TAP from average of MGM/ L and 3. OMG/L to 13 MGM/L and 2 MGM/L.
But what makes me happier is that I managed to teach standard analysis procedure of Coder, BODY, NH-N, TAP and Fecal Chloroform Bacteria. The experiences and knowledge learned from studying examples of other countries, working in university labs, environmental science labs and industry operators have further strengthened my determination. To help dealing with the problems of worsening pollution, the first thing I need to do is to study the more advanced technologies in US because China is still far behind the world.