Professor Xiangdong Li of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has recently been awarded RMB15 million from the Major Research Plan of National Natural Science Foundation of China for a two-year (2021-2022) integrated project entitled “Joint toxicity mechanisms and contributions of key bioactive components in airborne fine particulate matters (PM2.5) from typical urban areas of China”.

PolyU awarded research funding to tackle pollution in urban areas in China

In collaboration with the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University, and Tongji University, Professor Li and his research team will adopt advanced approaches from computational toxicology to machine learning, live-cell imaging, multi-omics, and genome editing to find out what key toxic constituents and their mixtures are responsible for PM2.5-related health effects. More importantly, the research study will help provide scientific evidence and technical support for precise mitigation of high-risk bioactive components, which is essential in formulating strategies to address the low-to-medium PM2.5 pollution issues in China.