world-class researcher in Science and Technology. The award was presented in September 2007 by Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry, at the ceremony where over 500 key players from industry, academia, research institutions and the public sector were assembled to honor the achievements of Singapore’s outstanding scientists and researchers.
Dr Ng’s research has produced significant results in several areas. By incorporating nanotechnology, he developed a novel concept and a new generation of membranes for forward osmosis. This breakthrough will enhance water productivity and decrease costs of water reuse and desalination. In the area of new microbial fuel cells, he developed a system powered by waste, with cobalt as a catalyst, and without any membrane. The fuel cell yields energy when microorganisms consume waste organics and thereby, in his innovative system, produce electricity directly. The energy produced does not pollute the environment, as no carbon dioxide is released. Dr Ng and his team are also actively addressing the control and minimization of biofouling in membrane bioreactors and are focusing on elucidating fouling mechanisms.
These achievements and innovations by Dr Ng have gained him international recognition. In September 2006, he was the recipient of the IWA Young Professional Award recognizing him for outstanding achievements and demonstrated potential to be a leader in the water reclamation field. Recipients of this award are anticipated to play an influential role in water science and technology in the future.