NUS Engineering researchers win two top awards at the 9th International Conference on Gas Hydrates
Assoc Prof Linga and Dr Ponnivalavan Babu, with NUS Engineering members of Linga Lab, at the ICGH9 conference in Denver, USA.
ASSOCIATE Professor Praveen Linga, from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was conferred the 2017 Donald W. Davidson Award at the 9th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH9) held in Denver, USA (25 – 30 June 2017). This is a triannual conference that has been in existence since 1993.
The Award is given to a young researcher who has made ground breaking research and significant contributions to the advancement of the gas hydrate field within 10 years of the conferral of the PhD degree, or must be less than 40 years. The award citation reads as “The Davidson Award is a high achievement, given in recognition of your outstanding progress in establishing your research career in natural gas hydrates, and in anticipation of a promising future career”.
“It is indeed a great honour to receive this award and to be recognised by the international community. I am further inspired to innovate and advance research in my field,” said Assoc Prof Linga.
Assoc Prof Linga is recognised internationally for his research on gas hydrate technology for carbon dioxide capture. He is currently developing two applications with gas hydrate as a technology enabler. The first one is the development of solidified natural gas technology for large-scale, long-term and safe storage of natural gas. Significant engineering breakthrough has been reported recently for this technology by his team. The second translational research project that his group champions is the development of hydrate technology for seawater desalination by using the cold energy from liquefied natural gas. Assoc Prof Linga is also working on energy recovery from natural gas hydrates through and international industry-academia collaboration.
Dr Ponnivalavan Babu is the winner of the inaugural outstanding PhD thesis award for the area of “gas hydrate fundamentals”. His thesis titled “Hydrate-based gas separation technology for pre-combustion capture of CO2”, presents a body of work targeting methods to enhance the kinetics of the hydrate technology and to improve the separation efficiency. His thesis work has resulted in seven first author publications in top engineering and energy journals.
The outstanding PhD thesis award winners were chosen through an international nomination call. Dr Babu is a research fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering working under the guidance of Assoc Prof Linga.
The ICGH conference series will move to Singapore in 2020. It will be chaired by Assoc Professor Linga, and co-chaired by Professor Iftekhar Abubakar Karimi from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.