Institution Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya
For her work on using biomass for environmental remediation, Soetaredjo was awarded the 2017 Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. In her research, Soetaredjo converts biomass and clay into absorbents that can be used to remove hazardous compounds such as antibiotics, heavy metals and dyes from wastewater. She is also in the process of patenting a method using Fenton reagents that can be used to degrade 98 percent of the pollutants in wastewater.
These early career scientists and veteran researchers of the Asian Scientist 100 are making waves in diverse sectors of academia and industry, shedding light on natural phenomena and developing new technologies for a better world.