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September 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Mengliang Zhang Receives Thomas Hirschfeld Award

Chemistry doctoral student Mengliang Zhang received the 2014 Thomas Hirschfeld Award.

These awards recognize the most outstanding papers submitted to the SCIX (Great Scientific Exchange) 2014 conference by a graduate student. Recipients, who must be a graduate student at the time of application, will receive economy travel to the meeting, complimentary registration, and up to 6 nights complimentary hotel accommodations.

Mengliang Zhang

Mengliang Zhang

Zhang earned a B.S. in Pharmacy Engineering and an M.S. in Microbiological and Biochemical Pharmacy from Jilin University in China. He and started his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Ohio University in 2010.

For his first two years, Mengliang worked on method development for a project related to a local U.S. Department of Energy site that was contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls under the direction of Dr. Glen Jackson (West Virginia University). He developed a soil extraction method and was using a portable ion trap GC/MS for the analysis.

After he joined Dr. Peter Harrington’s group in 2012, his research focused on the development of high throughput methods for the determination of environmental pollutants [e.g., polychlorinated biphenyls, trichloroethylene (TCE)] with chemometrics. Recently he used multivariate calibration method to resolve overlapped ion packets of TCE and deuterated TCE and constructed calibration model to determine the ratio of TCE to deuterated TCE. This approach will be applicable to many problems that require the calibration of analytes measured by mass spectrometer using isotopically labeled standards.

He is also interested in developing the automatic pipeline for the identification of active components in vegetables with LC/MS and chemometric methods. He has co-authored 15 peer reviewed papers since 2010.

Zhang will present “Field Analysis of Trichloroethylene in Water using Liquid-liquid Microextraction Assisted Solid Phase Microextraction with Portable Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. Harrington, Professor of Analytical Chemistry, is co-author.

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