"The reason I apply for the Scholars program because it is a distinguished program that could help me advance in future career field as well as graduated school. The experience I have with the program will assist in the coming career choice. My expectation is after this program I would like to have a feel for what research is all about. I further hope that I will learn how to conduct better experiment and have more thoughtful analysis when it comes to analyze the outcomes of experimentation. My goal for this academic year is to study as hard as I could, to work as much as I can, and to enjoy my humbling experience in my last year at the University of Florida."
Nuclear Science Engineering
Environmental radiation, health Physic related problem, such as radiation protection and shielding. Environmental analysis: water quality and toxicity, heavy metal. Air pollution a control and design: hazardous waste spill, pollutants monitor, nano-material transport.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Presidents List/Dean's List at Saint Petersburg College
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Volunteer of the Year at East Lake H.S. for FCAT Tutoring and Community Leadership
- Alumni of International Scholar Laureate Program Delegation on Medicine in the People's Republic of China
Hobbies and Interests
- Reading, cooking, biking, and watching movies.
Extract Arsenic from Natural Organic Matter (NOM) in Wastewater Effluent using Advance Oxidation Process
Arsenic is a very toxic metal, which could cause human organs failure or carcinogen. There is arsenic in soils and other natural occurrences. However, anthropogenic source of arsenic from industrial wastewater effluent creates a lot of issues to human health. The drinking water standard for arsenic is about 1 part per billion. The objective of the research is to exceed the drinking water standard for arsenic; our research group is developing a technique that could extract arsenic out of wastewater effluent at very small trace level using nano-material (Zero Valent Iron). In aquatic environment, arsenic has the tendency binding to organic matter. My objective is to separate arsenic from organic matter using Advance Oxidation Process (AOPs). In this case, photochemical process will be applied using hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant and UV radiation at 254 nm to speed up the process. The success of oxidation process would yield up to 99% of removal of arsenic. Then, the Zero Valent Iron will be injected into the sample to eliminate arsenic out of the water solution. If the model research is successful, it will create a technique to deal with other types of heavy metal in industrial wastewater effluent.