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Remedial Solutions for polluted soils: developing research collaboration between UK and China

17 November 2015
Hunan University of Science & Technology (HNUST), Xiangtan, PR, China. The School of Civil Engineering houses a Key Library for Shale Gas extraction and has undertaken work to assess resources and their low impact extraction.
 
SEGH member and former President Professor Andrew Hursthouse, of the University of the West of Scotland, has been working in the Hunan University of Science & Technology (HNUST), Xiangtan, PR, China. Andrew spent a month during September and October 2015, based in the School of Civil Engineering, developing a research programme based on soil and groundwater treatment approaches to agricultural and resource development problems. The School houses a Key Library for Shale Gas extraction and has undertaken work to assess resources and their low impact extraction. These are important issues, particularly in the Hunan region of China. Wide spread non-ferrous metal extraction in the region has also created problems for food safety and research into locally viable management strategies is needed.
 
 
The project has been supported by the award of research fellowships to Prof Hursthouse through the Overseas Chair Professor “Xiangjiang Scholars Programme” 2013-14 and High End Expert Recruitment – fellowship in contaminated land research 2014-15, from the State Administration of Foreign Experts affairs, Peoples Republic of China. The visits have involved seminars and knowledge exchange and research programme fieldwork with colleagues from HNUST and the University of Hunan in Changsha. Interests in the re-use of waste materials for low cost treatment of contaminated soils are being developed using experiences from applications in the EU.
 
by Professor Andrew Hursthouse, University West of Scotland