Singapore-based Scientists Win Alternative Water Resources Prize

Professors Wang Rong and Anthony Fane were recognized for developing a membrane that makes water reclamation and recycling more energy efficient.

AsianScientist (Nov. 9, 2016) – Professors Wang Rong and Anthony Fane, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, are the first from Singapore to be awarded the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW).

Established in 2002, the biennial award from Saudi Arabia recognizes top innovative scientific research around the world that alleviates the global problem of water scarcity. Wang and Fane are the recipients of the Alternative Water Resources Prize, one of the five prizes under PSIPW.

The award recognizes the work done by the NTU team led by Wang, who developed a thin film composite hollow fiber membrane with superior performance. The hybrid membrane system combines forward osmosis, an emerging membrane process for water treatment, with existing technologies such as reverse osmosis.

Wang is the current director of the Singapore Membrane Technology Center (SMTC). Fane was the founding director of SMTC, and took on subsequent roles as SMTC’s co-director and director-mentor. Both scientists have been named by research and advisory firm Lux Research to be among the top 25 leading water researchers globally.

Award winners Wang and Fane. Credit: NTU Singapore
From left: PSIPW Chairman Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented Professor Wang Rong with the Alternative Water Resources Prize. Far right is Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman al-Fadhli. Credit: NTU Singapore

The Alternative Water Resources Prize awards a cash prize of US$133,000 and covers research relating to areas such as wastewater treatment, water purification and cloud seeding. This year, the prize received 32 nominations from more than 20 countries.


Source: Nanyang Technological University.
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