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Center for Environmental Toxin and Emerging-Contaminant Research intends to achieve an international reputation with cutting-edge technology

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    • Source: 正修科技大學
    • Date: 2021/09/01

     

    There is a lack of research and inspection technology for emerging pollutants. Super Micro Mass Research & Technology Center received a subsidy from Phase 2 Specialty Research Center Subsidy Program of the Higher Education Sprout Project of the Ministry of Education. Subsequently, it was transformed into the only “Center for Environmental Toxin and Emerging-Contaminant Research” in colleges and universities in Taiwan. The Center indicated that, with the gradual accumulation of research energy through cross-border and cross-domain cooperation, the Center’s accuracy of feed dioxin analysis had reached Top 1 among 80 international laboratories in the world; meanwhile, the Center’s accuracy of fly ash and sediment dioxin has ranked second.

    With previous experiences from the poisonous dioxin of the century, poisoned duck eggs, plasticizer events to today’s emerging pollutants, Cheng Shiu University continues to engage in cross-university and cross-domain cooperation. The University invited Professor Wen K. Shieh, a well-known scholar from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, to visit the Center to provide guidance. This year, the center plans to cooperate with Prof. Hueiwang Anna Cook Jeng from Old Dominion University in the United States for a 4-year research program to investigate the impact of heavy metal concentrations in the air on welding workers’ health funded by the National Institutes of Health in the United States. The Center has also signed a letter of intent for cooperation with Waseda University (Japan), Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (Indonesia), PPNS, and ITATS to implement cross-border academic exchanges and teaching cooperation. Besides, the Center actively participates in international cross-domain projects, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Seven Seas Project and the “Xue Long” scientific expedition team visiting Antarctica for a survey.

    The Center for Environmental Toxin and Emerging-Contaminant Research is also the only laboratory testing prohibited drugs in athletes in Taiwan, commissioned by the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee. The Center urgently developed urine testing methods for various emerging drugs from 2019 to 2021, which were approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

    The Center for Environmental Toxin and Emerging-Contaminant Research is an independent research institution with more than 100 members. The Center employs professionals from testing technology development to industry counseling. After 19 years of hard work and dedication to development, the Center has become an important part of guarding Taiwan’s environmental and food safety issues. In the past 10 years, the Center has achieved outstanding performance in various projects on industries, the government, academia, and research, with a total value of industry-university output reaching approximately USD 68 million.

    In May last year, the Ministry of Education approved the University to establish the “Institute of Environmental Toxin and Emerging-Contaminant”—becoming the cradle for cultivating environmental and toxicant testing talents in Taiwan and the world. The Institute provides talent cultivation and technology development corresponding to the international research center, plans various comprehensive courses from the laboratory to the field, connects to industrial practices, and promotes forward-looking research on top environmental toxicants and emerging pollutants. Furthermore, the Institute aims to train leaders in sustainable environmental technology industry chains directly connected to the industry.