2021 AWWA Larson Aquatics Research Support Scholarship for Doctoral Studies
Advisor: Anthony Straub
Nguyen is pursuing his PhD in Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and seeks to be a water researcher to ensure safe drinking water is available to all.
The Larson Aquatic Research Support Scholarships (LARS) provides a $7,000 award to a doctoral student interested in a career in corrosion control, treatment and distribution of domestic and industrial water supplies, aquatic chemistry, and/or environmental chemistry.
Nguyen is developing a new type of reverse osmosis (RO) across entrapped air layers inside a hydrophobic membrane called vapor-gap RO.
“This technology can be a breakthrough in the membrane area since it can solve two significant challenges that plagued conventional RO systems for three decades: low rejections of small uncharged contaminants and poor oxidation resistance,” Nguyen said.