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Office: 
Room 330, 3/F, Science Centre

Mr. BHATTARAI Hemraj

PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (2020)
Advisor: Prof. Amos P. K. TAI
 
Education:
  • M.Sc. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (2016-2019)
  • B.Sc. Environmental Science and Management, Pokhara University, Nepal (2009-2014)
 
Research Interests:
  • Aair pollution particularly related to nitrogenous aerosols
  • Different dimensions of air pollution from the modeling point of view
 
Honours and Awards:
  • Deans’ list award, 2014, Pokhara University, Nepal
  • University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, full scholarship award, 2016, Beijing, China
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Schemes (HKPFS) 2020/21 award, Research Grant Council, Hong Kong
  • Belt and Road Scholarship under HKSAR government Scholarship Fund 2020/2021
 
Publications:
  1. Bhattarai, H., et al., 2019. Levoglucosan as a tracer of biomass burning: Recent progress and perspectives. Atmos. Res. 220, 20-33, 10.1016/j.atmosres.2019.01.004.
  2. Bhattarai, H., et al., 2019. Nitrogen speciation and isotopic composition of aerosols collected at Himalayan forest (3326 m a.s.l.): Seasonality, sources and implications. Environ. Sci. Technol., 53, 12247-12256, 10.1021/acs.est.9b03999.
  3. Bhattarai, H., et al., 2021. Concentration, sources and wet deposition of dissolved nitrogen and organic carbon in the Northern Indo-Gangetic Plain during monsoon. Journal of Environmental Sciences 102, 37-52, 10.1016/j.jes.2020.09.011.
  4. Wan, X.; Kawamura, K.; Ram, K.; Kang, S.; Loewen, M.; Gao, S.; Wu, G.; Fu, P.; Zhang, Y.; Bhattarai, H.; Cong, Z., Aromatic acids as biomass-burning tracers in atmospheric aerosols and ice cores: A review. Environ. Pollut. 2019, 247, 216-228, 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.01.028
  5. Ram, K.; Bhattarai, H.; Cong, Z., 2020. Chemical components and distributions in aerosols in the Third Pole in book “Water Quality in the Third Pole: The Roles of Climate Change and Human Activities”, Edited by Sharma, Chhatra Mani; Kang, Shichang; Tripathee, Lekhendra, Elsevier publication, 43-67, 10.1016/b978-0-12-816489-1.00002-5.
  6. Pokharel, M.; Guang J.; Liu B.; Kang S.; Ma Y.; Holben B.; Xia X.; Xin J.; Ram K.; Wan X.; Rupakheti D.; Wu G.; Bhattarai H.; Zhao C.; Cong Z.; Aerosol properties over Tibetan Plateau from a decade AERONET measurements: baseline, types, and influencing factors. JGR atmosphere, 2019, 10.1029/2019JD031293.

Other Publications
 
Conference Presentations:
  1. Oral presentation on “Nitrogen aerosols over Himalayas: Concentration, sources and implications.” Aerosol Air Quality, Climate change and Impact on Water Resources and Livelihoods in the Greater Himalayas, ARIES, Nainital, India, 14 – 16 Sept. 2020. (Zoom conference)
  2. Poster presentation and training school, “Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science (SPSAS) on Atmospheric Aerosols: Properties, Measurements, Modeling, and Effects on Climate and Health” at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil from July 22-August 2, 2019.
  3. Poster presentation on “Nitrogenous aerosols in Tibetan Plateau: concentration, isotopic ratio and sources?” 4th Atmospheric Composition and Asian Monsoon Workshop (ACAM 2019) and 3rd ACAM training school, 24-28 June 2019 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  4. Oral Presentation on “Nitrogenous aerosols over Southeast Tibet (SET): Concentration, Sources, and Transport.” 2018 International Workshop for Young Scientists of the Hindu-Kush-Himalayas, 4-6 November 2018 Beijing, China.
  5. Oral presentation on “Nitrogenous aerosols over Southeast Tibet (SET): Concentration, Sources, and Transport.” Fifth Youth Geo-science Forum, 26-29 October 2018 Nanjing, China.
  6. Oral presentation on “Characterization and source identification of nitrogenous aerosols in the Tibetan Plateau.” Summer School on Frontier and Inter Disciplinary Sciences for the Oversea Students in IC-UCAS, 2-7 July 2018 Beijing, China.
 
Other Skills:
Academic
  • Experience of working with different equipment such as ion chromatography (IC), total organic carbon analyzer (TOC-L), elemental analyzer-isotopic ratio mass spectrometer (EA-IRMS).
  • Field work experience of aerosol sample collection (PM2.5 and total suspended particles) using medium and mini air sampler from low land to high altitude Himalayas.
  • Use of AE31 to monitor the concentration of black carbon in the environment in real time.
  • WRF-GC model
  • Computer skills: Windows, MS-office (word, excel, power point), Origin, SPSS, ARC-GIS, HYSPLIT model etc.
  • Handle satellite data obtained from MODIS, CALIPSO to locate fire points, elevated pollution etc.
Others
  • Pro-active and adaptable
  • Detail-oriented with strong analytical skills
  • Fast learner who is mature, responsible, and can work under deadlines
  • Good team player with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong command of written and spoken English, Nepali and ability to speak foreign languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Chinese (little).