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Our people-our expertise: Xiaohong Yang

Our people-our expertise

Ms Xiaohong Yang

Qualifications | Research interests | Publications | Presentations | Grants and funding

Xiaohong has more than 20 years of experience in the area of inorganic chemistry, with a range of skills in the analysis of water, soil and biological samples, by means of atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS), Inductively Coupled Plasma spectrometry (ICP-OES, ICP-MS), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Flow-Injection Analysis (FIA). She is experienced in  routine metal and nutrients analysis , and has the research capability to improve existing methods and develop new analytical protocols through research investigation.

She has completed a research project of method development for As and Hg speciation in water, urine and seafood samples by HPLC-ICPMS. These two methods have gained NATA accreditation in May 2012. As a result of this research project, Forensic and Scientific Services has become the first provider of NATA-accredited services of As and Hg speciation analysis of water, clinical and food samples in Queensland.

Xiaohong has completed a Chromium (Cr) speciation research project and a new method of Chromium speciation has been developed which  enhances FSS service capacities and improves public service about water quality management.

Xiaohong is a participant in two research projects to develop speciation methods of selenium (Se) and Cyanide in water and food samples. The outcome of these projects will improve the comprehensiveness of water testing for potability and discharging compliance.

Xiaohong is currently in charge of Arsenic and Mercury speciation and metal analysis in inorganic chemistry group at Forensic and Scientific Services.


  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry). Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia.
  • Diploma of Environmental Chemistry. ChangSha Environmental Protection College, China.
  • Certificate in Experimental Chemistry Technology. Beijing University, China.
  • Certificate in water nutrient analysis. Queensland Health, Forensic and Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Qld.
  • NATA signatory in food, water and urine for As and Hg speciation (2012)
  • State analyst (2008)

Research interests and expertise

  • Element speciation using HPLC-ICPMS
  • Metal analysis using ICPMS and ICPOES
  • New method development in ICPMS, ICPOES and HPLC-ICPMS.


Tinggi U, Schoendorfer N, Scheelings P, Yang X, Sharon Jurd S, Robinson A, Smith K, Piispanene J (2015) Analysis of arsenic in rice and diets of children. Food Additives & Contaminants: Part B, 8(2): 149-56. DOI: 10.1080/19393210.2015.1009177

Carter JF, Tinggi U, Yang X, Fry B (2015) Stable isotope and trace metal compositions of Australian prawns as a guide to authenticity and wholesomeness. Food Chemistry, 170: 241-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.08.037


Nov 2013: Analysis of total arsenic and its species in Australian rice [Poster]. In: 10th International Society of Trace Element Research in Humans conference, Tokyo, Japan.

Aug 2012: Mercury and arsenic speciation in seafood. In: Forensic and Scientific Services National Science Week, Coopers Plains, Qld.

July 2012: Arsenic speciation in seafood. In: DKSH arsenic workshop.

May 2012: Mercury speciation in seafood. In: 2nd Symposium on Trace Elements in Environment, Food and Health, Coopers Plains, Qld.

Grants and funding

  • Research project of method development for Chromium speciation in water samples by using HPLC-ICPMS. (Project number: RSS15-001: $5000)

Xiaohong Yang
Senior Chemist, Inorganic Chemistry
Public and Environmental Health
phone: +61 7 3096 2803