Illinois State Geological Survey Included in University Delegation to China

Yongqi Lu was a member of a University of Illinois (UI) delegation visiting Zhejiang University (ZJU), a first-tier university in China, from October 19 to 21, 2009. The delegation, led by UI Provost Robert Easter, included five UI professors and Yongqi Lu. The purpose of the visit was to explore opportunities for collaborations on energy and environmental (EE) research programs between the two universities. During the visit, a symposium on EE was organized featuring the UI delegation and Chinese peers at ZJU with a focus on bioenergy production and utilization, carbon capture and sequestration, and cleaner coal utilization. A presentation by Lu summarized EE research activities of the Advanced Energy Technology Initiative, Illinois State Geological Survey, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability. The presentation was highly recognized by the Chinese peers. A memorandum of understanding was signed by the two universities during this trip. A white paper is currently being prepared to identify research priorities and personnel exchange opportunities for future collaborations.

Provost Robert Easter (center right, holding agreement) and ISGS scientist Yonqi Lu (far right) at the memorandum of understanding signing event between the University of Illinois and Zhejiang University in China.