Welcome to the NRPOP Laboratory website

The Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution Control (NRPOP) Laboratory is founded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Industrial Research and Innovation Funds (IRIF) of Newfoundland and Labrador Government. With a strong commitment to northern regions, this first-class laboratory aims to conduct integrated modeling and experimental research on the development of innovative investigation, simulation, control and remediation technologies that are applicable to mitigate the contamination caused by persistent organic pollutants (POPs). POPs are synthetic organic compounds which are non-degradable, persistent in the environment and intensively carcinogenic and toxic to human beings as well as wild lives. Although most POPs have been banned for decades, they still exist as long term hazards due to their persistence and ability of long-range transportation. The research will not only enhance the understanding of the pollution mechanisms but also help governments and industries improve their practices for mitigation of the POPs-related pollution problems, leading to short-/long-term environmental, economic and social benefits.

Congratulations to NRPOP master's student Yifu Chen on winning the Mitacs Accelerate Award on the project “Development of an improved generative adversarial network method for data augmentation and its application in environmental and financial domains”!

Paper accepted: Machine Learning-aided Causal Inference for Unraveling Chemical Dispersant and Salinity Effects on Crude Oil Biodegradation
Authors: Yiqi Cao, Qiao Kang, Baiyu Zhang*, Zhiwen Zhu, Guihua Dong, Qinhong Cai, Kenneth Lee, Bing Chen
Journal: Bioresource Technology

Paper accepted: Recent advancement in the development of new dispersants as oil spill treating agents
Authors: Zhiwen Zhu, Xing Song, Yiqi Cao, Bing Chen, Kenneth Lee, Baiyu Zhang*
Journal Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering

Paper accepted: Microplastic-Oil-Dispersant Agglomerates in the Marine Environment: Formation Mechanism and Impact on Oil Dispersion
Authors: Min Yang, Baiyu Zhang, Xiaying Xin, Bo Liu, Zhiwen Zhu, Guihua Dong, Yuming Zhao, Kenneth Lee, Bing Chen.
Journal of Hazardous Materials

Paper accepted: Progress of Optical Biosensors for Analysis of Pathogens and Organic Pollutants in Water since 2015
Journal: Environmental Reviews (Canadian Science Publishing, IF: 5.212)
Authors: Bo Liu, Xing Song, Weiyun Lin, Yan Zhang, Bing Chen, and Baiyu Zhang

Manuscript accepted: Inhalation and Ingestion of Synthetic Musks in Pregnant Women: In Silico Spontaneous Abortion Risk Evaluation and Control
Authors: Xixi Li, Yuanyuan Zhao, Bing Chen, Zhiwen Zhu, Qiao Kang, Tahir Husain, Baiyu Zhang
Journal: Environment International (IF9.621)

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Team members

Team members

The research team comprises academic researchers and their graduate students who are all highly educated and professionally trained, as well as scientists and engineers from governmental and industrial partners.

NRPOP Research & Development

NRPOP Research & Development

NRPOP is recognized worldwide for its pioneering research on persistent and toxic organic pollutants, such as oils and pesticides, and their pollution mitigation in cold regions and harsh marine environments.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

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NRPOP Laboratory

Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, A1B 3X5



Email: nrpop@mun.ca

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