Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siew Chun LOW, University of Science Malaysia,Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siew Chun LOW research is focuses on air purification and water recovery using separation technologies that can be accomplished with minimal cost and energy. This approach transforms air pollution control and wastewater treatment from a liability technology to a desirable activity for industries. Currently, my research team focuses on extracting and recycling valuable materials from aquaculture effluent rather than purifying water. Aquaculture is expected to emerge as one of the major agricultural contributors to the national economy. However, the problem associated to this aquaculture industry is the huge volume of wastes. In this regard, I am focuses on exploiting membrane technology to extract nutrients from wastewater. We develop smart materials that alleviate membrane fouling problems, paving the way for more industrial uses of membrane separation technology. My team aims to achieve zero-waste discharge by recycling the purified water used in aquaculture activities and at the same time concentrating the wastewater feed as liquid fertilizer. The produced nutrient-rich liquid organic fertilizer will be used for plant growth to evaluate its effectiveness as nutrients for soil microbes and improving the soil structure. The research outputs are not only beneficial for the environment, but also have a favorable influence on the countries' social-economic well-being.