Ning received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University in China in 2008. She then joined the Environmental Science and Engineering program at Stanford University, from which she received her Master’s degree in 2009. Three months later, Ning started her PhD research in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University, and received her degree in May 2014. Working with her PhD advisor Dr. William Mitch, Ning studied the formation mechanisms for carcinogenic nitrosamine and nitramine byproducts in amine-based CO2 capture system, and identified prevention strategies for these byproducts to enable safer CO2 capture. Ning also studied nitrosamines as byproducts of disinfection in water treatment systems.
Moving forward, Ning will continue to explore organic nitrogen chemistry in both engineered and natural environmental systems. She believes that such understandings will provide us with more systematic and sustainable solutions for environmental problems arisen from the increasing release of nitrogen-containing organic compounds from industrial and domestic sources.