Prof. Nora F Y TAM, BBS, JP

PhD (York, UK), FIBiol, CBiol,  MCIWEM

Chair Professor of Department of Chemistry
Member of State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution

Prof. Nora F Y TAM

Contact Information

Office: AC1-B6707
Phone: +852 3442-7793
Fax: +852 3442-0522
Web: Personal Homepage
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Research Interests

Prof Nora Fung-yee Tam received her MSc and PhD from University of Sheffield and the University of York, UK, respectively. She has more than 25 years of experience in conducting basic and mission-oriented applied research and development projects on biological waste treatment, bioremediation and mangrove ecology. Prof Tam has an extensive publication record, with more than 270 original research articles in refereed international journals, 20 book chapters and has written/edited 9 books in the fields of coastal pollution control and mangrove conservation. She has also served on organizing committees for several international conferences. Prof Tam has considerable experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and has supervised more than 150 students' projects at BSc (Hons), MSc, MPhil and PhD levels in environmental biology. She has developed close connections with government, the private sector (environmental consultant companies) and local green groups.

Currently Funded Research Projects

  • Bioremediation of toxic organic contaminants by mangrove wetland ecosystems
  • Constructed wetland system for wastewater treatment: performance and mechanism
  • Conservation and ecology of mangrove and coastal wetlands
  • Efficiency and mechanism of removing heavy metals and toxic organic contaminants from contaminated environment by free and immobilized microalgae
  • Microbial community structure and function in wetland sediments and their changes during bioremediation process and under environmental stresses

Selected Publications in last 5 years (2011-2016)

  • Chen J, Zhou H C, Pan Y, Farzana S S and Tam N F Y. Effects of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and plant species on nitrification, denitrification and anammox in mangrove soils. Science of the Total Environment 553: 60-70 (2016)
  • Yang L H, Chen Q, Tam N F Y, Lin L, Su W Q and Luan T G. Contributions of abiotic and biotic processes on aerobic removals of phenolic endocrine disrupting chemicals in a simulated estuarine aquatic environment. Environmental Science & Technology 50: 4324-4334 (2016)
  • Wu Q H, Zhou H C, Tam N F Y, Tian Y, Tan Y, Zhou S, Li Q, Chen Y H, Leung J Y S*. Contamination, toxicity and speciation of heavy metals in an industrialized urban river: Implications for the dispersal of heavy metals. Marine Pollution Bulletin 104: 153-161 (2016)
  • Deng D and Tam N F Y. Adsorption-uptake-metabolism kinetic model on the removal of BDE-47 by a Chlorella isolate. Environmental Pollution 212: 290-298 (2016)
  • Wang Y F, Wu Y, Wu Z B and Tam N F Y. Genotypic responses of bacterial community structure to a mixture of wastwater-borne PAHs and PBDEs in constructed mangrove microcosms. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 298: 91-101 (2015)
  • Deng D and Tam N F Y. Isolation of microalgae tolerant to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) from wastewater treatment plants and their removal ability. Bioresource Technology, 177: 289-297 (2015)
  • Chen J, Zhou H C, Wang C, Zhu C Q and Tam N F Y. Short-term enhancement effect of nitrogen addition on microbial degradation and plant uptake of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in contaminated mangrove soil. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 300: 84-92 (2015)
  • Deng D, Chen H X and Tam N F Y. Temporal and spatial contamination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in wastewater treatment plants in Hong Kong. The Science of the Total Environment, 502: 133-142 (2015)
  • Luo L J, Lai X Y, Chen B W, Lin L, Fang L, Tam N F Y and Luan T G.  Chlorophyll catalyse the photo-transformation of carcinogenic benzo[a]pyrene in water. Scientific Reports 5: 12776, DOI: 10.1038/srep12776 (2015)
  • Chen G C, Tam N F Y and Ye Y. Does zinc in livestock wastewater reduce nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from mangrove soils? Water Research, 65: 402 -413 (2014)
  • Zhu H W, Wang Y, Wang X W, Luan T G and Tam N F Y. Intrinsic debromination potential of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in different sediment slurries. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(9): 4724 – 4731 (2014)
  • Mei X Q, Yang Y, Tam N F Y, Wang Y W and Li L. Roles of root porosity, radial oxygen loss, Fe plaque formation on nutrient removal and tolerance of wetland plants to domestic wastewater. Water Research, 50: 147-159 (2014)
  • Yan Z Z and Tam N F Y. Differences in lead tolerance between Kandelia obovata and Acanthus ilicifolius seedlings under varying treatment times. Aquatic Toxicology, 126: 154-162 (2013)
  • Cheng H, Chen D T, Tam N F Y, Chen G Z, Li S Y and Ye Z H. Interactions among Fe2+, S2- and Zn2+ tolerance, root anatomy and radial oxygen loss in mangrove plants. Journal of Experimental Botany, 63: 2619-2630 (2012)
  • Chen G C, Tam N F Y and Ye Y. Spatial and seasonal variations of atmospheric N2O and CO2 fluxes from a subtropical mangrove swamp and their relationships with soil characteristics. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 48: 175-182 (2012)
  • Zhong Y, Luan T G, Lin L, Liu H and Tam N F Y. Production  of metabolites in the biodegradation of phenanthrene, fluoranthene and pyrene by the mixed culture of Mycobacterium sp. and Sphingomonas sp. Bioresource Technology, 102: 2965-2972 (2011)
  • Chen G C, Tam N F Y, Wong Y S and Ye Y. Effect of wastewater discharge on greenhouse gas fluxes from mangrove soils. Atmospheric Environment, 45: 1110-1115 (2011)