In January 1982, I graduated from the University of Nanjing, China with a B.Sc. of Geochemistry. After a year of extensive English training and some postgraduate training, I went to the University of New Brunswick in Canada for my graduate studies, obtained my Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Nickolas Susak in 1989.
In August 1988, I started my post-doctoral training as a PDF/Part-time Faculty at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Scott Wood. I completed some thermodynamic studies of Platinum Group Elements (PGE) in aqueous solutions at high temperatures and pressures, among other projects.
From March 1992 to April 1993, I continued my post-doctoral training at Memorial University of Newfoundland under the supervision of Dr. Peter Tremaine. I completed a thermodynamic study of some first row transition metals in aqueous solutions, and conducted experiments to study phase relations of the system: Na2O-H2O-Fe2O3-P2O5, for improvement of phosphate chemistry in water treatment in steam generators.
I joined Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) in May 1993 as a Research Scientist. My main duties were to design and conduct research projects in response to Canadian CANDU industrial challenges and issues. My research projects included the chemistry of actinides under deep geological conditions, and the first-row transition metals in the secondary CANDU loop. I had managed and upgraded a world-class calorimetry-spectrophotometry laboratory and directed a Ph.D. student to completion.
I moved to Health Canada in August 1998 as a Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) Specialist. My main responsibility was to establish and manage the Canadian CTBT Radionuclide Laboratory (one of 16 world-wide). I built the laboratory, drafted all the quality documents for it, and brought it to the final certification by the UN/CTBTO (ISO 17025 based). I had also completed 4 CTBT radionuclide station site surveys for establishing aerosol-monitoring stations, and performed some environmental radiation monitoring/air monitoring projects.
In April 2006, I accepted the offer to become the Manager of Analytical Research Laboratory (ARL), Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI). My role was to manage the ARL including its R&D projects, budgeting, human resources, equipment procurement, and laboratory operation. I had 7 conservation scientists and 2 professional photographers under my supervision.
From January 2008 to the present, I have been the Laboratory Coordinator, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Laboratory (CNSC Lab). My role is to provide supervision and direction to 4 nuclear scientists and 3 technologists for the lab\\\\\\\'s daily operations. The CNSC Lab provides chemical and radiological analysis of environmental samples (surface water, groundwater, sediment, soil, rock, and biota) including effluent samples, and radiation instrument calibration. The sample analysis including sample taking is for the protection of the environment around nuclear reactors, uranium mine and other nuclear facilities. I have been instrumental in revitalizing the CNSC Lab to a modern radioanalytical and instrumentation lab over the past 5 years.