On September 7th, Wenwen gave a presentation over a professor panel marking the successful completion of her post-doctor study in the group. She has been working with Jin Biao on nitrosamines in the waters of the Pearl River and wastewater in the region. Well done and great work.
On 17th -24th Aug, the famous Goldschmidt conference took place in Barcelona, Spain. Luckily we got two abstracts accepted this year, and contributed one oral presentation and one flash talk. It was said that about 7000 people registered for the conference. It was the first Goldschmidt for Wenwen and she gave an excellent talk on source interpretation of nitrosamine at the Pearl River Delta. For the old man, Biao, it was his 6th Goldschmidt conference and 4th oral presentation at the same conference. He gave a talk about stable carbon isotope fractionation associated with triclosan’s photodegradation, and he met his good old friends from the CSIA community in the session. During one lunch break, we visited Prof. Gan’s good friend, Prof. Joan Grimalt (Academician, Spanish Council of Scientific Research, CSIC). Together with our great friend, Eva, she showed us the lab and invited us for a wonderful lunch under a tree. That was an amazing day!
In the spare time, the “old town” tour organized by Pere was very impressive, and the tour ended with a long and nice walk along the famous street La Rambala (流浪者大街). The church Sagrada Familia（圣家堂）was still under construction, and Biao was very happy to see the new part of the church built since 2014. That was totally a nice week at BCN, mixed with science, nice weather, city, culture and food. I guess Wenwen can NOT agree more. 😊
On August 8-10, a group of us including Liu Xin, Zhang Ruiling, Zhang Gan, Chen Wenwen, Mahdi and Dilanka attended the 11th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry (ISEG) in Peking Universe. The symposium was organized by Professors Tao Shu（陶澍） and Zhu Dongqiang（朱东强）. Gan was invited to give a keynote speech entitled ‘Development and Applications of Radiocarbon Analysis Techniques for Tracking Atmospheric Organic Species in China’. The talk promoted our works on radiocarbon analysis of BC/BrC/Di-acids/IVOC (naphthalene), and demonstrated radiocarbon analysis as a powerful tool in tracing the sources of atmospheric organics. Other group members all gave poster presentations, a bunch of ‘waters’! On the eve of the opening ceremony day, we are able to gather in a restaurant ‘Friday’ for a drink.