The Friends of ORNL will hold its monthly luncheon lecture meeting on Tuesday, June 11.
This month, Liyuan Liang and members of her team will discuss “ORNL Mercury Research Program and the Story of Methylation Gene Discovery.” This meeting is open to the public.
Liang, who heads the U.S. Department of Energy-funded mercury research program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University at Boston, and a master’s and doctorate from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in environmental engineering sciences.
Her research background is in environmental chemistry, specifically studying aqueous chemical speciation and surface chemical reactions that control the fate of metals, radionuclides, and organic pollutants in engineering systems and natural environments.
Her recent work is on mercury transformation in the stream systems, where both abiotic and biotic reactions affect mercury redox reactions, and methylation and demethylation processes. Her team uses biochemical, biophysical, and chemical methods to study various redox reactions of metals involving proteins. She has a long-standing interest in understanding fate and transport of contaminants in surface and subsurface aqueous environments, having published more than 70 primary papers and more than 30 edited books, book chapters, and reports in this area.
The meeting location in Oak Ridge is the University of Tennessee Resource Center at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike (State Highway 95) between Taco Bell and Applebee’s at the intersection of the Turnpike and Rutgers Ave (at Traffic Light #7).
The meeting starts at 11 a.m. with socializing and coffee. A $7 lunch catered by the Soup Kitchen starts at 11:30 a.m. The lecture begins at noon.