Dr. Jiao is an applied material scientist interested in functional polymeric material synthesis, characterization, and engineering. His research covered biocompatible hydrogel synthesis for high mechanical strength artificial tissue engineering, nanoporous polymeric probe fabrication for nanolithography, and three-dimensional (3D) micro-architecture designing for environmental applications. Dr. Jiao’s joined FIU-ARC in 2019 as a postdoctoral associate. His current research interests include low-cost, highly efficient, easy to remove, and nonhazardous sorbents design and engineering for mercury removal from water systems. One of the challenges in environmental mercury removal is the drop of removal efficiency of many traditional absorbents when the water-soluble mercury species combine with the natural organic matter (NOM) which is the large source of carbon-based compounds in many natural water systems. Recently, Dr. Jiao developed a novel type of polymeric absorbent composed of nanoporous polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) micro-ribbons (MRs). He is focusing on the PDMS-MRs design, test, and engineering for high-efficiency mercury removal in complex environments.