Professor Cai Zongwei is recognised for his efforts in getting rid of pollutants that harm human health.


蔡宗葦教授在消除持久性有機污染物的傑出貢獻獲得認同。

Professor Cai (centre) receives the award from (left) Mr Hou Xuesong, Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences, and (right) Mr Xiao Xuezhi, Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Protection and External Cooperation of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.


蔡教授(中)從中國環境科學學會副秘書長侯雪松先生(左)和環境保護部環境保護對外合作中心副主任肖學智先生(右)手上接過獎項。

Date: 09 Jul 2018 (Monday)

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HKBU scholar receives national award for outstanding contribution to reducing persistent organic pollutants

浸大學者榮獲「消除持久性有機污染物傑出貢獻獎」

Professor Cai Zongwei, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis and Kwok Yat Wai Endowed Chair of Environmental and Biological Analysis of HKBU, was conferred the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Eliminate Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) by the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, in recognition of his exemplary accomplishments in the research relating to persistent organic pollutants.

Professor Cai was presented with the award, which is given to only one person each year, at the 2018 POPs Forum cum Chemical Environmental Safety Symposium held in Chengdu, China in May 2018.

Professor Cai’s research endeavours focus on the method development and applications of chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry for trace analysis of environmental, food and biological samples. In 2003, Professor Cai facilitated the establishment of the Dioxin Analysis Laboratory at HKBU, the sole academic facility in Hong Kong to conduct research and tests on dioxins — a group of persistent environmental pollutants which have drawn global attention for the negative effects it has on human health.

Professor Cai was invited to serve as the consultant on the global persistent organic pollutants monitoring and assessment committee under the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). In 2008 and 2014, he was invited by UNEP to be the Principal Author responsible for coordinating and writing the 1st and 2nd Asia-Pacific regional reports on persistent organic pollutants under the Stockholm Convention. These reports offer insights for academia and provide perspectives on assessments initiated under the Stockholm Convention, so that participating nations/regions can work together to protect human health and the environment from the harm of persistent organic pollutants.

Professor Cai also develops novel mass spectrometry-based methods for the determination of persistent organic pollutants. The methods he developed have been applied to many research and consultancy projects commissioned by the Environmental Protection Department of the HKSAR Government and other organisations. Professor Cai is committed to research on the connection between persistent organic pollutants and human diseases, and has published several papers on cutting-edge research.

浸大環境與生物分析國家重點實驗室主任及「郭一葦環境與生物分析講座教授」蔡宗葦教授獲中國環境科學學會頒發「消除持久性有機污染物傑出貢獻獎」,表彰蔡教授在持久有機污染物研究的卓越貢獻。該獎項每年只頒給一名得獎者。頒獎儀式於五月在內地成都舉行的「持久性有機污染物論壇2018暨化學品環境安全大會」上進行。

蔡教授多年來從事持久性有機污染物的環境分析化學、污染機制和毒理學研究,並在2003年協助浸大成立香港唯一一所由大學創辦的二噁英分析實驗室。二噁英是對環境具有持久性污染力的化學物質,對人體有害,其影響深受全球關注。

蔡教授曾多次獲得聯合國環境規劃署全球持久性有機污染物監測委員會聘請爲技術顧問,參加討論和制定有關全球和亞太區域持久性有機污染物履約成效評估,並於2008年和2014年分別以主要作者編寫第一次和第二次《斯德哥爾摩公約亞太地區持久性有機污染物監測和控制報告》。該報告是聯合國框架下,各國締結保護人類健康和環境,免受持久性有機污染物危害的國際公約《斯德哥爾摩公約》的重要學術和評估依據。

蔡教授還建立了質譜檢測持久性有機污染物的方法,並應用於多個香港特區環保署社區污染物監控諮詢項目。同時,蔡教授致力於持久性有機污染物與人類疾病關係的研究,並發表多篇重要的學術文章。