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Inaugural Lecture of Professor Zongbo Shi
Airborne particles - the lifecycle of an invisible killer

In every breath we take, we inhale about 2.5 million airborne particles. A proportion of this enters our body, with those extremely smaller ones moving to vital organs including brain. They are invisible killers. But every coin has two sides. Through regional and global cycling, nutrients carried by airborne particles fertilizes trees and phytoplankton. In this lecture, I will explore the lifecycle of airborne particles, from their birth, to atmospheric transport, to their deposition and impacts.

Zongbo Shi is an atmospheric biogeochemist with a particular interest in the sources, processes and impacts of air pollutants. He gained his undergraduate degree in Geology at the Huainan Institute of Mining (now Anhui University of Science and Technology). He then went to China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing) as a MSc student. He did not complete his MSc but converted to a PhD candidate directly. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Chemistry there. He then worked as a research associate at Tsinghua University, after which he was awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences fellowship at Prefectural University of Kumamoto. After this fellowship he came to the UK to work as a research fellow for a NERC-funded project on iron biogeochemistry at the University of Leeds. In 2011, he was awarded the NERC independent research fellowship and joined the University of Birmingham as the very first Birmingham Fellow. He has worked at the university ever since.

Jul 7, 2022 04:30 PM in London

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