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UM algae project wins Newton Prize


Winning combination: The Malaysian team of (from left) Associate Professor Dr Vengadesh Periasamy, Muhammad Musoddiq Jaafar, Professor Phang and Dr Ng Fong Lee at the Newton Prize 2017 presentation ceremony.

Winning combination: The Malaysian team of (from left) Associate Professor Dr Vengadesh Periasamy, Muhammad Musoddiq Jaafar, Professor Phang and Dr Ng Fong Lee at the Newton Prize 2017 presentation ceremony.

KUALA LUMPUR: Loving nature rarely constitutes loving algae, but it was a love for these organisms that led to Professor Dr Phang Siew Moi and her team from Universiti Malaya (UM) clinching the Newton Prize 2017 worth RM635,000.

Their winning submission, Integrating Algal Biophotovoltaics for Bioelectricity Production with Agro-Industrial Wastewater Remediation using Tropical Algae, is a project under the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund programme, with co-funding provided by Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology and the British Council.

   

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