Khanh Hoang Nguyen

Khanh Hoang Nguyen

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Exploring the Potential of High Mass Resolution and Mass Accuracy Mass Spectrometric Techniques to Track the Environmental Metabolism and Fate of Brominated Flame Retardants: Application to Human Exposure

Supervisor: Professor Stuart Harrad

Khanh Hoang Nguyen is undertaking doctoral research about metabolites and fates of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in the environments. This research includes collection of dust, food and breast milk samples, extraction and clean-up methods including ASE and SPE and subsequent analysis via LC-Orbitrap MS. He will also carry out in-vitro experiments using rat liver microsomes to identify potential metabolites of BFRs in real samples.


  • Bachelor in Analytical Chemistry (Vietnam, 2012)
  • Master in Environmental Engineering (South Korea, 2014)


Khanh Hoang Nguyen studied analytical chemistry at Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University, and spent 6 months at Dioxin Laboratory, Vietnam Environment Administration, to write his thesis in 2012. He then undertook master program in environmental engineering in South Korea.

Khanh Hoang Nguyen’s PhD is funded by European Commission under Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions - Research Fellowship Programme.




Brominated flame retardants, “novel” BFRs, human exposure to flame retardants, food contamination, BFRs metabolites.

 Research group: Environmental Health Sciences

Other activities

Khanh Hoang Nguyen actively collaborates with following laboratories:

  • Food Safety Response Centre, Dreieich, Germany
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific’s POPs Centre of Excellence, Bremen, Germany
  • Laboratory Services Branch, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Canada 


Poster presentations


Dioxin 2013, Deagu, South Korea: Khanh-Hoang Nguyen, Eunsoo Shin, Minhee Son, Thuong Nguyen Van, Mai Thi Ngoc Pham, Yoon-Seok Chang: ” Sources and pattern analysis of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in sediment of Hanoi watershed”


15th International symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME 2015): Thao Le Thanh, Hoang Nguyen Khanh, Hak-won Yoon, Yoon-seok Chang: “Remediation of Aroclor 1248 using nano-bio redox system towards enhancing remediation efficiency and reducing toxicity”

Peer-review papers

Khanh-Hoang Nguyen, Heesoo Pyo, Jongchul Kim, Eunsu Shin, Yoon-Seok Chang, "Exposure of general population to PBDEs: A Progressive Total Diet Study in South Korea", Environ. Pollut. 195 (2014) 192–201. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2014.08.030.

Thao Thanh Le, Khanh-Hoang Nguyen, Jong-Rok Jeon, Arokiasamy.J. Francis, Yoon-Seok. Chang, "Nano/bio treatment of polychlorinated biphenyls with evaluation of comparative toxicity", J. Hazard. Mater. 287 (2015) 335–341. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.02.001.

Pham Thi Ngoc Mai, Nguyen Van Thuong, Trinh Thi Tham, Nguyen Khanh Hoang, Hoang Quoc Anh, Tu Binh Minh, et al., "Distribution, accumulation profile, and risk assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in sediment from lake and river systems in Hanoi Metropolitan Area, Vietnam", Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. (2015). doi:10.1007/s11356-015-5235-7

Eun-su Shin, Khanh-Hoang Nguyen, Jongchul Kim, Cho-il Kim, Yoon-Seo Chang, “Progressive Risk Assessment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls through a Total Diet Study in the Korean Population”, Environ. Pollut., accepted August 2015