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SMTC PhD alumni wins 2020 AWWA Academic Achievement Award


Nick Chew, a PhD alumni who graduated in January 2019 under the supervision of Prof Wang Rong at the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) under NEWRI at NTU has won the 2020 AWWA Academic Achievement Award. His thesis, “Performance Enhancement of the Membrane Distillation Process via Membrane Surface Modification for Surfactant-Containing Feed Streams”, was selected as the first place recipient for the doctoral dissertation award. Nick is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. The past recipients of the award include PhD students from MIT, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, UCLA and Clemson University.

Nick pursued his PhD study under the NTU’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme. His work was also supported by Johnson Matthey (JM), a global leader in sustainable technologies. Dr Chandresh Malde, Senior Principal Scientist from JM, was the co-advisor of Nick’s PhD study.