The project shared between Vietnamese and Danish scientist will increase the knowledge level of each partner, where Vietnamese scientists may experience a lift with respect to environmental and analytical chemistry, while Danish scientists will get new insight in pollutant chemistry and dynamics of subtropical/tropical areas and the application of AOP to flood water cleaning. By working together on a common research topic, the researchers will exchange know-how as well as working and instrumental methods. It will help the Vietnamese researchers integrate into the global scientific community.
Simultaneously, three Vietnamese PhD students will be educated following the “sandwich” approach with joint Vietnamese-Danish supervisors through scientific topics of the project. The study time for each PhD student in Denmark is 8 months. The PhD. students will get diplomas both from Vietnam and Denmark if possible, but at least from Vietnam. The candidates for PhD studies must have strong research capacity and get at least 550 points of TOEFL for this study. It is planned that at least two Danish Master students and at least two Vietnamese MSc. students will make their thesis projects in Vietnam related to the project. The project will recruit two to three post-doc’s for the project who can later on become permanent staffs at the Institute of Chemistry, VAST.
Besides of this, some material, equipments and new instruments for this project will reinforce the capacity to perform fundamental and applied research by the Institute. These instruments are seen as part of the necessary infrastructure for development of the research unit on the adaptation technologies for climate change.
The research results obtained in the first part of this project will also make contribution for prediction and assessment tools that support the decision of Vietnamese authorities in flood control. Background data on soil and sediment pollution, water quality and hygiene, and the effects of flooding on mobilization of pollutants will be of high interest for the environmental and health sector in Vietnam and the data will be useful in many different situations, incl. risk assessment. The construction of a pilot water treatment plant will improve the capacity of prevention and mitigation the damages of natural disasters and engineering companies may take over fabrication of the cleaning units. In addition there should be a substantial gain for public health of the Vietnamese society when the technology has been implemented. The fundamental results of this research project contributes to the global scientific community for better understanding and use of AOP as well as the reactivity of radical in toxic organic compound depollution