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Yong Cai

Title: Chair, Professor, RFA 1 Co-Lead for CREST CAChE

Office: CP 315

Phone: 305-348-6210


Department(s): Chemistry and Biochemistry, Center for Aquatic Chemistry and the Environment, Southeast Environmental Research Center

Lab: CP 397 — 305-348-6235

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  • B.S. Ocean University of Qingdao
  • M.S. Nankai University
  • Ph.D. Nankai University

Research Areas

Dr. Yong Cai’s group conducts research in the field of environmental bioinorganic chemistry, biogeochemistry, and bioanalytical chemistry. Various research projects in his laboratory address many interrelated, molecular-level questions regarding the environmental fate and health effect of environmentally important metals and metalloids, such as mercury (Hg) and arsenic (As).

  • Biogeochemical cycling of mercury in aquatic environments.
  • Environmental fate and transformation of arsenic.
  • Metabolism, toxicology, and clinical efficacy of arsenic compounds.
  • Environmental implications of engineered nanomaterials.