Dr Phong Thai

Senior Research Fellow

Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
p.thai@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 32447

Overview

Dr Phong Thai is a Mid Career Researcher with a keen interest in environmental health and monitoring. Phong recently joined Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS) as a Senior Research Fellow after his Fellowship at Queensland University of Technology. His key focus at QAEHS involves the expansion of wastewater based epidemiological approach to determine community consumption and exposure to a range of illicit and licit drugs, pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Besides, he is working on projects of monitoring emerging environmental pollutants in different matrices. Phong has been awarded several competitive fellowships for his research and involved in a number of projects totalling > A$ 2 millions in funding.

Research Interests

  • Sewer epidemiology
    Identifying markers for population exposure estimation through sewer epidemiology

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Luo, Yuzhou, Williams, W. Martin, Young, Dirk F., Watanabe, Hirozumi, Boulange, Julien, Ritter, Amy M. and Thai Khanh Phong (2011). Modeling approaches for pesticide exposure assessment in rice paddies. In Kean S. Goh, Brian L. Bret, Thomas L. Potter and Jay Gan (Ed.), Pesticide mitigation strategies for surface water quality (pp. 203-226) Washington, DC, United States: American Chemical Society. doi:10.1021/bk-2011-1075.ch014

  • Watanabe, H., Inao, K., Vu, S. H., Phong, T. K., Ishihara, S. and Tournebize, J. (2007). Pesticide exposure assessment in rice paddy areas: A Japanese perspective. In Ettore Capri and Dimitrios Karpouzas (Ed.), Pesticide risk assessment in rice paddies: Theory and Practice (pp. 167-214) Amstedam, The Netherlands: Elseiver Science. doi:10.1016/B978-044453087-5.50009-6

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Bruno, Raimondo, Edirisinghe, Methsiri, Hall, Wayne, Mueller, Jochen, Lai, Foon Yin, O'Brien, Jake and Thai, Phong (2017). Association between purity of seized drugs with their daily loads measured in wastewater in an Australian catchment from 2010-2015. In: Testing the Waters 2017: 3rd International conference on “Wastewater – Based Drug Epidemiology”, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 26-27 October 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Grant, Sharon , Thai, Phong , Ort, Christoph , Eaglesham, Geoff , Vijayasarathy, Soumini , Lai, Foon Yin , Covaci, Adrian , Novic, Andrew , Tscharke, Ben , Choi, Phil , Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Using wastewater analysis to find demographic markers. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium 2017, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Grant, Sharon , Thai, Phong , Ort, Christoph , Eaglesham, Geoff , Vijayasarathy, Soumini , Lai, Foon Yin , Covaci, Adrian , Novic, Andrew , Tscharke, Ben , Choi, Phil , Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Using wastewater analysis to find population and demographic markers in wastewater. In: SETAC Australasia Conference 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 4-6 September 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Tscharke, Ben , Grant, Sharon , Thai, Phong , Ort, Christoph , Lai, Foon Yin , Mackie, Rachel , Covaci, Adrian , Bruno, Raimondo , Gartner, Coral , Prichard, Jeremy , Hall, Wayne , Kirkbride, Paul , Choi, Phil , Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Wastewater analysis: a tool for measuring population consumption of chemicals and release of chemicals to the environment. In: Environmental Health Australia 42nd National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 16-19 October 2017.

  • Thai, Phong K., Van Dyken, Emma, Banks, Andrew, Lai, Foonyin, O'Brien, Jake, Bruno, Raimondo, Hall, Wayne D., Prichard, Jeremy and Mueller, Jochen F. (2014). Refining the Excretion Factor for the Back-Estimation of Methadone Consumption in Sewer Epidemiology. In: Special Issue: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2014. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2014, Adelaide, SA Australia, (59-59). 9-12 November 2014. doi:10.1111/dar.12222

  • Jiang, Guangming, Thai, Phong, Gernjak, Wolfgang, Yuan, Zhiguo and Mueller, Jochen (2013). Effects of sewer conditions on the dissipation of illicit drug residues and metabolites in wastewater. In: SPN7 2013: 7th International Conference on Sewer Processes and Networks, Sheffield, UK., (). 28-30 August, 2013.

  • Thai, Phong K., Lai, Foon Yin, Jiang, Guangming, Gernjak, Wolfgang, Yuan, Zhiguo and Mueller, Jochen F. (2012). Degradation of illicit drugs and their metabolites in laboratory-scale sewer reactors. In: F. D. L. Leusch, E. Prochazka and B. I. Escher, Proceedings of the 2nd SETAC Australasia Conference. 2nd SETAC Australasia Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (104-104). 4-6 July 2012.

  • Lai, Foon Yin, Bruno, Raimondo, Hall, Wayne, Gartner, Coral, Ort, Christoph, Kirkbride, Paul, Prichard, Jeremy, Thai, Phong K., Carter, Steve and Mueller, Jochen F. (2012). Illicit drug use between an annual key holiday and a control period: wastewater analysis in a semi-rural, an urban and a vacation area. In: Abstracts of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2012. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2012, Melbourne, Australia, (20-20). 18-21 November 2012. doi:10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00514.x

  • Lai, F.Y., Prichard, J., Bruno, R., Ort, C., Gartner, C., Carter, S., Kirkbride, P., Hall, W., Eaglesham, G., Thai, P., Salinas, A. and Mueller, J. (2011). Measuring illicit substance use in the general population of Queensland through wastewater analysis. In: Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Geelong, Australia, (). 28-30 Sept 2011.

  • Lai, F, Prichard, J, Bruno, R, Ort, C, Gartner, C, Carter, S, Kirkbride, P, Hall, W, Eaglesham, G, Thai, P, Salinas, A and Mueller, JF (2011). Monitoring Illicit Drug Use Through Wastewater Analysis in South East Queensland, Australia. In: Drug and Alcohol Review. Unknown, unknown, (51-51). unknown.

  • Lai, Foon Yin, Prichard, Jeremy, Bruno, Raimondo, Ort, Christopher, Gartnerm Cirak, Carter, Steve, Kirkbride, Paul, Hall, Wayne, Eaglesham, Geoff, Thai, Phong, Salinas, Anna and Mueller, Jochen F. (2011). Monitoring illicit drug use through wastewater analysis in South-East Queensland, Australia. In: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2011, Hobart, Australia, (51-51). 13-16 November 2011. doi:10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00355.x

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision