Mahadi appears in the CAS international website at: http://international-talent.cas.cn/front/pc.html#/bicsite/article/c96866982adc696b7ded25650bdadfd8
My story goes back to 2013 when I came to China to start my PhD at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, in East China’s Zhejiang Province. From the beginning of my studies, I was looking for experienced professors who are experts in my field of research and, after two years, I realized there are great professors at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) where research is often innovative and applicable.
After I finished my PhD and went to Vietnam for work, I tried to contact professors in different key labs under CAS supervision and finally I was lucky to find Prof. Gan Zhang, who is actually not only my boss, but also my professional role model. After I started my post-doctoral research in 2017, we applied for PIFI postdoctoral funding. Finally, in April 2018, I received the opportunity to work as a post-doctoral researcher under the President’s International Fellowship Initiative – Chinese Academy of Sciences (PIFI-CAS) in the State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry (SKLOG), Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, in South China’s Guangdong Province, under the mentorship of Prof. Gan Zhang.
During my stay here, I have been involved in evaluating the distribution and spatial pattern of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the riverine ecosystems and wastewater treatment plants across Iran. During this period, I have come across many new ideas and learning experiences and feel lucky to be part of such highly motivated and hardworking group of scientists.
I really feel lucky to have had the experience of a lifetime living in Guangzhou, a beautiful city with a pleasant climate and friendly people. I am also highly obliged to PIFI-CAS for the financial support and I feel honored and highly privileged that Prof. Gan Zhang provided me the opportunity to work in their group.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Fellowship Initiative Program (CAS PIFI) fills an important role in catalyzing international research collaborations. My visit this year to three CAS institutes served to both move existing contacts to a level of more solidified and concrete research activities, and also facilitated many new contacts.
Combining the skills and competencies of my research group and ongoing network/programs with those of the really progressive and curious researchers at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIG), CAS, the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), CAS and the Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources (NIEER), CAS, means that together we now have good opportunities to make substantial progress on two grand challenges in current climate change research: the interactions between air pollution and climate change in East and South Asia, as well as greenhouse gas releases from thawing permafrost and collapsing methane hydrates in both the Third Pole and the Arctic (a poorly constrained enhancing feedback between carbon – climate change). We have now agreed to work together long-term in a concept linking the Third Pole to the Arctic (all the way to the North Pole).
The deepened contacts with research colleagues at CAS also mean on a personal level an appreciated and deepened understanding of China and Chinese culture: good friends, good food and improved table-tennis skills!
Junwen’s paper ‘Isotope constraints of the strong influence of biomass burning to climate-forcing Black Carbon aerosols over Southeast Asia’ was published in STOTEN. This is our first paper on monitoring biomass burning in Bachok background station of Malaysia. We are greatly in debt to Professor Pauzi and Chui Wei of University of Malaya with whom we have developed long-term collaboration and personal friendship. And I hope more to come with our collaborations. Congratulations to Junwen as well!