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​NEWRI-R3C Sharing Session​ (​NRSS) Season 3​

Published on: 03-May-2017


  1. To improve skills on public speaking, questions handling and preparation of presentation aids (contents/formats/illustrations) for all R3Cians.
  2. To update research progress, increase awareness of R3Cians as ambassadors representing NTU-NEWRI-R3C and promote bonding as a cohesive research group.​
  3. ​To promote interdisciplinary learning, discover opportunity in the interfaces between disciplines/projects and encourage cooperation in research proposals + TD/patents development.

Session 6: 14 July​ 2017, 9.30am to 10.30a​m, ​NEWRI Meeting Room 1, CTO-06-08​

Speaker 1: Ms Jayaweera Jayadana Ranathunga Arachchige Supuli (PhD Student)​

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​Title: Production of C-dots from Waste Durian Shells


Brief overview of C-dots and its applications and Describe the methodology to prepare tunable C-Dots from Durian shells and the initial results.



Session 5: 30 June 2017, 9.30am to 10.30a​m, ​NEWRI Meeting Room 1, CTO-06-08​

Speaker 1: Ms Wanigarath J. A. Darshika Kumari (PhD Student)​

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​Title: Metal Organic Frameworks for the Fluorocarbon Capture and Separation


Metal Organic Frameworks are the novel class of hybrid material, which are composed of metal oxides units attached together covalently by organic linkers to form architecturally stable structures with permeant porosity. So far, they have shown enormous potential applications in different technological fields including gas storage, separation, catalysis, sensing, drug delivery and etc. Striking increase of all type of MOF structures (1D, 2D, 3D) are reported during the past decade, mainly because of the designability and adjustability in their structures and functions as suitable for various types of applications.
In this presentation, suitability of  MOFs over other conventional porous adsorbents for the adsorption based fluorocarbon separations will be discussed under below considerations:​

- Higher adsorption capacity due to larger surface area and pore volume;
- Tunability of pore size for the shape-selective separation and possible pore surface functionalization for the selective gas adsorption;
- High stability;
- Several possible synthesis routes as suitable for industrial scale production;
- Moderate energy requirement for regeneration.​


Session 4: 16 June 2017, 9.30am to 10.30a​m, ​NEWRI Meeting Room 1, CTO-06-08​

Speaker 1: Ms Herath H Mudiyanselage Gayana Anjali Dissanayake (PhD Student)​

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 Title: Removal of Glyphosate Metal Complexes Using an Adsorbent


Glyphosate (N-phosphonomethyl-glycine) (GPS) is a nonselective, broad-spectrum systemic herbicide. It, due to the zwitterionic behavior induces strong metal chelating abilities resulting in formation of metal complexes with heavy metals containing in soil and water. Previous studies have demonstrated the increased risk of kidney diseases by GPS-metal complex detected in surface waters. To overcome the health risks associated with the utilization of GPS in agriculture, the removal of herbicide from water is required. The scope of this study is to analyze the characteristics and speciation of GPS-Metal complexes and develop hierarchically structured porous carbon material to adsorb GPS-Metal complexes.
This presentation will cover:

- A brief Introduction to Glyphosate and Glyphosate metal complexation;
- Change in speciation with the presence of different compounds;
- Challenges and Future Directives.​​



Session 3: 2 June 2017, 9.30am to 10.30a​m, ​NEWRI Meeting Room 3, CTO-06-08​

Speaker 1: Mr Withanage Don Chanaka Udayanga (PhD Student)​

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 Title: The Change of Fate of Heavy Metals in Biochar Combustion over Sludge Direct Combustion


Pyrolysis  of sewage sludge brings the stability for the heavy metals which were tend to leach out. This study was conducted to analyse the effect of this stability by introducing biochar into secondary combustion process.


Session 2: 19 May 2017, 11am to 12pm, ​NEWRI Meeting Room 1, CTO-06-08​

Speaker 1: Mr Phua Zheng Hui​ (PhD Student)​

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 Title: Utilization of Incineration Fly Ash as Construction Material


Describe the way to prepare samples and also do an introduction to compressive strength test. Presenting the effects of replacing cement with different types of fly ash (ultrasound, wash and raw) and also on the effect of water/cement ratio on the compressive strength.


Speaker 2: Dr Andrei Veksha (Research Fellow)

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 Title: Gasification-based Syngas Upgrading and Purification System for Enhanced Power Generation


ETRP IV Project information and progress updates will be presented.


Session 1: 5 May 2017, 11am to 12pm, ​NEWRI Meeting Room 1, CTO-06-08​

Speaker 1: Mr Makhan Maharjan (PhD Student)

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 Title: Improved Electrocatalytic Activity of Bio-waste Activated Carbon via Surface Functional Groups Modification


This presentation will cover the followings:

- Bio-waste derived activated carbon and its surface functional groups modification;
- Characterization of the samples;
- Improved electro-catalytic activity of the surface functional groups modified activated carbon as electrode.​


Speaker 2: Dr Ge Liya (Senior Research Fellow)

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 Title: Development of A Micro Total Analysis System (µTAS) for Environmental Pollutant Detection


Du​e to the large amount of pollutant species and the frequent needs of test, it is highly desired that multiple pollutants can be detected in one-run within a short period of time, and the cost should also be as low as possible. Currently only a few techniques such as ICP-MS, ICP-OES, LC-MS, HPLC and GC-MS have the capabilities of identifying the multiple pollutants in one-run. However, they are delicate, bulky and expensive instruments that can be operated in laboratories only. To solve the above problems, we integrated the complicated functions of solid phase extraction (SPE), electrochemical (EC) detection and capillary electrophoresis - capacitively coupled contactless conductivity (CE-C4D) detection into a disposable micro total analysis system (µTAS), for rapid while sensitive on-site detection of multiple pollutants (e.g. tens of heavy metals and phenolic compound) in liquid sample within 30 minutes.

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