Our young member of research group, Ni Made Intan Putri Suari, has been listed as one of the grantees for the overseas research grant program (list of the adopted research) provided by the Kurita Water and Environment Foundation (KWEF). KWEF was established in 1997 by Kurita Water Industries Ltd. and its affiliates. The foundation’s goal is to contribute to the development of society in the 21st century and help restore a clean environment. KWEF supports scientists of Asian nationality who are conducting research in their own countries. The focal research area is water-related Environmental Science and Technology. More information here.
As the grantee of the adopted research, Intan will receive approximately JPY 400,000 from KWEF that should be used for direct expenses of the research program. Her adopted research is about clean water supply from sea water by solar steam generation using solar thermal conversion material of magnetite/carbon nanoparticles. Her proposed research was motivated by the problem of fresh water shortage in many regions of Indonesia. Observing that Indonesia is an island country surrounded by sea and is equatorial country where sunlight is abundantly available in all seasons, she proposed to develop solar steam distillation as the practical solutions for small scale desalination. She will use the concept of solar-to-thermal energy conversion nanofluid for the sea water distillation.