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Professor Wong Ming-hung's papers acclaimed as most-cited articles in academic journal

2012.1.30

Two papers published by Professor Wong Ming-hung, Chair Professor of Biology and Honorary Director of the Croucher Institute for Environmental Sciences, and his postgraduate students are among the most-cited articles published in the academic journal Environmental Pollution.

The first paper is entitled "Export of toxic chemicals - a review of the case of uncontrolled electronic waste recycling" and is co-authored by Professor Wong, S.C. Wu, W.J. Deng, X.Z. Yu, Q. Luo, A.O.W. Leung, C.S.C. Wong, W.J. Luksemburg and A.S. Wong. It reviews the contamination caused by persistent organic pollutants at a major electronic waste recycling site in Guangdong Province. The concentrations and recycling practices of these pollutants are compared with those of different regions and with international guidelines. It contributes to raising international awareness of the severity of contamination resulting from uncontrolled electronic waste recycling prominent in developing countries. The paper has become one of the most-cited articles, ranking 2nd among published papers since 2007 in Environmental Pollution.

The second paper is entitled "Trace metal contamination of sediments in an e-waste processing village in China" and is co-authored by Professor Wong, C.S.C. Wong, S.C. Wu, N.S. Duzgoren-Aydin, and A. Aydin. It examines the pollution of trace metals in river sediments in a major electronic waste recycling site in Guangdong Province, which may pose a risk to the environment and to human health from fish that are widely consumed by the general public. The paper has become one of the most-cited articles, ranking 8th among published papers since 2007 in Environmental Pollution.

Professor Wong has wide research expertise in environmental science and environmental toxicology. He is dedicated to studying the impact on human health of pollution in aquaculture, soil and the environment as well as ways of ameliorating this problem.