Peizhe Sun, a fifth-year doctoral student in environmental engineering, recently received the Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the academic year of 2014.
As a doctoral student in environmental engineering, Peizhe Sun has been conducting research to investigate the fate of emerging contaminants, particularly veterinary pharmaceuticals widely used in livestock industry, in the natural environment and in water/wastewater treatment systems.
This research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Peizhe received his B.S. degree in environmental engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and has been a doctoral student at Georgia Tech CEE since August, 2009, under the supervision of Drs. Ching-Hua Huang and Spyros G. Pavlostathis.
His primary advisor Dr. Huang commented that: “Peizhe’s doctoral research has focused on the environmental fate of ionophore antibiotics, which are the second top-selling antibiotic group in the U.S but poorly understood previously regarding potential environmental risk and fate. Peizhe’s work has significantly improved the understanding of the transformation mechanisms of these contaminants under environmental conditions and offered improved remediation strategies to minimize their risk.”
Peizhe has published his work in high-impact journals including Environmental Science & Technology and Journal of Chromatography A. The ACS Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award is committed to recognize graduate student who is working in areas related to environmental chemistry, with competitive course-work performance and research productivity. This award is granted up to 20 recipients nationwide every year.