Murdoch student wins undergrad water prize

January 11, 2012

Environmental Science Honours student, Raphael Flavigny, won the Australian Water Association undergraduate Water Prize at the WA Water Awards.

He beat other students from West Australian universities to win the first prize of a fully paid trip to Sydney to attend Ozwater 12, Australia's national water conference and exhibition.

Mr Flavigny said he was overjoyed at winning the award for his research on ammonia recovery from wastewater using a microbial electrolysis cell.

“I felt really privileged to have been working at Murdoch University which has provided me with the opportunity to pursue my honours in very good conditions. I received great support from both my supervisors and was able to focus on my research over this last year which helped me to receive this award,” he said.

“It was very exiting to receive the award, and it is with great pleasure that I will be presenting my project and representing Murdoch University in Sydney this year."

Supervisor Dr Goen Ho said the award was well deserved.

“I am proud of Raphael's achievement. He has carried out an excellent project in an emerging research field of converting organic waste into electrons (electricity), and in his honours project using the electrons to recover and recycle ammonia from wastewater.”

The WA Water Awards encourages and rewards students for excellence in water studies and research. Mr Flavigny was chosen for the quality of the project, innovation and originality and relevance of the project to the water industry.

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