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ZUO TONG HOW -  Gave an oral presentation at the IWA Specialist Conference on Natural Organic Matter in Water - NOM6

7 - 10 September 2015          Malmo, Sweden

I attended NOM6 as a Water RA PhD Student and a member of the Curtin Water Quality Research Centre. I was fortunate to be invited to give an oral and a poster presentation on part of my PhD research, with titles “Occurrence of Free Amino Acids and Related Disinfection By-Products in Drinking Water Treatment Systems” and “Detection and Confirmation of Selected Organic Chloramines and their Degradation By-Products”. My presentations were well received and generated some interesting questions and discussion.

I also attended the Technical Tour to the upstream works at KävlingeRiver and a visit to Vombverket drinking water treatment plant and the infiltration area of the plant.

I attended the conference sessions on ‘NOM as disinfection by-product precursors: what’s new?’ and also ‘Dynamics and impacts of NOM in water, wastewater, or recycling treatment processes’, which are central to my research interests and PhD Project. I also attended a few presentations on other topics so as to expand my knowledge on NOM characterisation, analysis and removal.

Throughout the conference, I had the opportunity to interact with researchers and graduate students from other institutions. In addition, I also had the chance to meet with some of the leading researchers in the field including William Cooper, Christopher D. Evans, and also Wolfgang Uhl.

I was very fortunate to be able to meet and discuss my project with Professor David Reckhow from University of Massachusetts during the conference, who is one of the leading researchers in my area of research.

Attending NOM6 was beneficial to me as it increased my knowledge of NOM and also gave me an insight on research being conducted on NOM. It allowed me to build contacts and collaborations with other research groups and to share our experience on a common topic... Zuo Tong How

 

ZUO TONG HOW - Gave a poster presentation at the Gordon Research Conference - Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products

8 - 14 August 2015          South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

I attended the Gordon Research Conference on Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products and its associated Gordon Research Seminar as a Water RA PhD student and a member of the Curtin Water Quality Research Centre. I was fortunate to be invited to give a poster presentation on part of my PhD research, with the title “Speciation of Organic Chloramines and the Rates and Pathways of their Degradation”. My poster attracted the attention of several interested delegates and generated some interesting questions and discussion.

I also had the chance to visit Professor David Reckhow’s laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, where I learnt more about the research conducted at the University and also had the opportunity to discuss with Professor Reckhow’s students about their project.

As there was only a single stream presentation for this conference, I managed to attend all the lecture and poster sessions. This maximised the opportunity for me to learn about the overview perspectives and be updated on the research of disinfection by-products.

Throughout the conference, I met researchers, practitioners and other graduate students from around the world and also the chance to meet the leading researchers in the field including: Michael Plewa, William A. Mitch, David Sedlak, Susan Richardson, Urs Von Gunten and Stuart Krasner.

I also felt very fortunate to be able to have discussions about my project with Professor William A. Mitch and Professor Susan Richardson who gave me many suggestions on how to add value to my current results and what can be done next.

Attending the Gordon Research Conference was beneficial for me as it increased my knowledge of disinfection by-products and also gave me an insight on research being conducted in the field of disinfection by-products. It also allowed me to build contacts and collaborations with other research groups and to share our experience on a common topic.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS

WaterRA Students have a long record of success with AWA Awards:

Michael Webber
2014 OzWater14 Michael Flynn Best Paper award
2015 AWA SA Young Water Professional of the year

Anna Wilson
2013 AWA SA Hodgeson Water Prize award
2014 AWA National Undergraduate Water Prize award

Other Student Water Prize recipients:              

2009 AWA SA Hodgeson Water Prize award  Dylan Irvine  
2010 AWA WA Undergraduate Water Prize award  Charlotte Andringa-Bate  
2011 AWA VIC Undergraduate Water Prize award  Ana Martins  
2011 AWA NSW Undergraduate Water Prize award     Joshua Putnam  
2014 AWA QLD Undergraduate Water Prize award  Elissa O'Malley  
2016 AWA VIC Student Water Prize award  Damien Moodie