University of Waterloo Professor and Canada Research Chair Dr. Dongqing Li’s case of Plagiarism

http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/798418–university-of-waterloo-researchers-apologize-issue-retraction-after-using-u-s-research-as-their-own

As reported in The Record.com and other media outlets, University of Waterloo Professor and Canada Research Chair Dr. Dongqing Li authored a review article that had lifted text (plagiarism) from articles authored by an MIT professor named Dr. Martin Z. Bazant. Professor Dongqing Li was editor of Microfluidics and Nanonfluidics and has since resigned. The following is an example of some textual similarities between the two articles (full report is can be found here http://bazantgroup.mit.edu/~cogswell/plagiarism/SBS.1.html):

Dongqing Li article: [A surprising aspect of these experiments was the strong interaction of the Janus particles and the glass walls of the microchannel (Kilic and Bazant 2007; Zhao and Bau 2007a, b). Although symmetric polarizable particles are expected to be repelled from insulating walls (Zhao and Bau 2007a, b; Wu and Li 2009), the Janus particles were attracted to the surface and observed moving parallel to the surface, very close to it (apparently within a particle diameter). The wall attraction has been attributed to hydrodynamic torque (Kilic and Bazant 2007) which rotates the dielectric end towards the wall, causing the Janus particle to swim towards it until a collision, and in some cases translate along the wall with a stable tilt angle around 450. This example shows the rich possibilities of ICEP in confined geometries, which we believe merit further exploration.]

Martin Bazant article: [A surprising aspect of these experiments was the strong interaction of the Janus particles and the glass walls of the microchannel. Although symmetric polarizable particles are expected to be repelled from insulating walls [45], the Janus particles were attracted to the surface and observed moving parallel to the surface, very close to it (apparently within a particle diameter). The wall attraction has been attributed to hydrodynamic torque [44],which rotates the (forward facing) dielectric end toward the wall, causing the Janus particle to swim toward it until a collision, and in some cases translate along the wall with a stable tilt angle around 45°. This example shows the rich possibilities of ICEP in confined geometries, which we believe merit further exploration.]

Update: Professor Dongqing Li suspended. Read full report here http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/866393–university-of-waterloo-to-suspend-professor-for-plagiarizing-u-s-research-in-2010

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