Song Gao
Professor of Environmental Science at Duke Kunshan University

Greetings to my Duke Scholar page. I received my Ph.D. in analytical/environmental chemistry at the University of Washington - Seattle, and then received postdoctoral training in Atmospheric Chemistry at California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

I take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the scientific mechanisms behind complex environmental pollution issues and finding remediation solutions; in particular, these include experimental and field research on the physicochemical mechanisms of smog pollution, the chemical nature and transformation of secondary aerosols, remediation technologies in removing halogenated compounds in groundwater. I have also taken on an interest to find science-based policies in mitigating environmental issues with a co-benefits approach, in particular mitigating ozone depletion, air pollution and climate change issues by examining both long-lived greenhouse gases such as CO2 and short-lived pollutants such as HFCs and black carbon via modeling and policy analyses. I have received research funding from US National Science Foundation and Hong Kong Research Grants Council, and have served as a reviewer for US-NSF grants and a variety of international journals, and am currently a Section Editor for Case Studies in the Environment (University of California Press) and an Associate Editor for Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (Springer).   

I am also passionate about teaching, having taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry and environmental science.  Two of my undergraduate students recently received Green Chemistry Scholarships awarded by US National Science Foundation with their research work under my supervision.  Disseminating knowledge, including but not limited to chemistry, environmental science, in an intriguing and articulate manner while ensuing the rigor of student learning, has never ceased to gratify me as one the greatest things in life and my career, and I intend to continue this educational mission and adventure sharing with my students at DKU, in traditional classes, field trips, thesis and research work, and other opportunities, here in Kunshan, there in Durham, or elsewhere in a global spot.   

Current Research Interests

Atmospheric Chemistry (Secondary Aerosol Formation, Gas-Phase Chemistry);
Air Pollution Mechanisms and Control Measures;
Water Pollution and Remediation Technologies;
Science-Based Climate Mitigation Strategies

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