U.S.-China Ecopartnership for Environmental Sustainability - USCEES

2013-2014 Chinese Visiting Scholar Network Reciprocal Travel Grant

Each year over 200 of China’s leading professors, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students are hosted by Purdue University faculty as visiting scholars on extended research stays. They come to Purdue to collaboratively innovate through the sharing of knowledge and technologies in a host of research fields. In those short visits of 1 to 2 years many of these partnerships achieve important discovery milestones and demonstrate further promise for innovation in areas of environmental and economic sustainability research. However, maintaining those partnerships after the visiting scholars have returned to China is a challenge. In a collaboration between the Discovery Park Global Sustainability Institute U.S.-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability and the Center for the Environment, the offices of the Associate Dean for Research of the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Science, and Technology, and the Confucius Institute, the Chinese Visiting Scholars Network Reciprocal Travel Grant program was established to help fund the research-related travel of a past Purdue host of a visiting scholar to that visitors home institution in China. The program offered awards up to $4500 to support travel of a Purdue host (or a graduate student/postdoctoral researcher) for a stay of no less than four weeks.


Awards were made through a competitive selection processes and based upon the strength of the proposed research to secure extramural funding, demonstrated successful collaboration between the Purdue-China participating institutions, and a commitment to an interdisciplinary research approach.


Eight awards were made in the summer of 2013 with travel to be completed by the end of the 2014 calendar year and included a broad range of research areas linking Environmental and Economic Sustainability including: Food Safety, Nanofabrication, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Medicine, and Communication. See details of the outcome summary of those awards

1. Collaborative Research on Chinese Consumers’ Preference for Food Safety Attributes of Duck

Purdue principal investigator: Holly Wang, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, wanghong@purdue.edu

Traveler: Rachel Carnegie (Graduate student)

Host in China: Professors Laping Wu and Junfei Bai, College of Economics and Management, China Agriculture University 

2. Collaborative Research in Environmental Chemistry of Surface and Drinking Water in China

Purdue principal investigator: Chad Jafvert, Professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, jafvert@ecn.purdue.edu

Traveler: Chad Jafvert

Host in China: Professor Dafang Fu, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University and Professor Lin Yang, Department of Chemistry, Qinghai Normal University

3. Collaborative Research on China’s Public Diplomacy and the Use of Social Media in China

Purdue principal investigator: Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, Professor, Brian Lamb School of Communication, ksriramesh@purdue.edu

Traveler: Krishnamurthy Sriramesh

Host in China: Professor Feng Lai, Department of Public Relations, Shanghai Normal University

4. Collaborative Research in Tracing Nitrate Contamination in China Using Multiple Stable Isotopes

Purdue principal investigator: Greg Michalski, Associate Professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, gmichals@purdue.edu

Traveler: Greg Michalski

Host in China: Professor Wensheng Ge, School of Earth Sciences and Resources, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Professor Xinghui Xia, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University and Professor Yuanzhu Zhang, Department of Geography, Southwest University

5. Collaborative Research on Diagnosis of Childhood Lead Poisoning and Occupational Manganese Exposure in China

Purdue principal investigator: Linda Nie, Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences, hnie@purdue.edu

Traveler: Aaron Specht  (Graduate student)

Host in China: Professors Jian Xu and Chonghuai Yan, Shanghai Keylab of Children’s Environmental Health, Xinhua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University and Drs. Yan Li and Yuanzhong Zhou, Zunyi Medical University

6. Collaborative Research on the Fabrication of Bulk Nanostructured Metals and Alloys

Purdue principal investigator: Qingyou Han, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, hanq@purdue.edu   

Traveler: Qingyou Han

Host in China: Professors Lin Hua and Yanxiong Liu, College of Automobile Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology

7. Collaborative Research on Lung Cancer and Fatty Liver Diseases

Purdue principal investigator: Wanqing Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, liu781@purdue.edu

Traveler: Wanqing Liu

Host in China: Chong Li, MD, the Third Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University and Xiaoliang Wang, MD, the First Affiliated Hospital of Shanghai Jiaotong University

8. Collaborative Research on AC and DC Characterization of MoS2 MOSFETS

Purdue principal investigator: Peide Ye, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Birck Nanotechnology Center, yep@purdue.edu

Traveler: Peide Ye

Host in China: Professor Runsheng Wang, Institute of Microelectronics, Peking University