Dr Saravanan Kuppan, a PhD student at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Science (FoS) has just won the World Future Foundation (WFF) Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research for developing a new environmental and cost-friendly material for lithium-ion batteries. He is among five NUS PhD students to receive the Prize.
The WFF Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research was established with a gift from philanthropic organisation World Future Foundation. The Foundation is built on the belief that in today’s world of decreasing resources, climate change and new epidemics, effective actions must be taken to save the Earth.
The Prize is the only such award in Singapore that recognises excellence in doctoral-level environmental and sustainability research.
Dr Chen Jie, who is also from FoS, and three Engineering PhD students – Dr Wei Yuting, Dr Zhang Wei and Dr Panu Sukitpaneenit – were the other NUS prize winners, who each received a USD$10,000 award. The prize winners tackled a variety of topics, from alternate fuel and energy sources to removing water contamination.
Dr Chen says, “Not only does this award benefit the individual researcher, it creates public awareness of the challenging issues in environmental and sustainability research. I hope it encourages more students to devote themselves to solving these issues, and eventually make the world a better place.”
Dr Feng Lun, Chairman of WFF, said, “This year marks World Future Foundation’s third year in giving out this prestigious annual award. I am delighted to see another group of high calibre scholars display dynamic capabilities to explore sustainable development for the environment. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all the winners, and hope more promising students will join us in contributing to the well-being of humankind.”
A total of 10 Prizes were awarded this year.