PhD Research Projects

​Students admitted to NEWRI will be awarded a scholarship on a competitive basis.
You may also feel free contact our Centre Directors to discuss projects within the topics below, which can be customised to meet the students’ research interests and the Centre’s needs.

​Biotechnology & Bioprocesses​​

  • ​Biotechnology for sludge treatment/ resource recovery


Environmental Chemistry & Materials​

  • ​Advanced Oxidation Processes including catalysis for wastewater treatment using lower energy


​Membrane Technology

  • ​​​Biomimetic membranes for low energy desalination
  • Forward Osmosis Membranes for food and beverage
  • Nanofiltration for low energy water softening​
  • Evapo-porometry, novel tool for membrane pore size distribution at ambient conditions


Modelling & AI​Modelling & AI​

  • ​Modelling/simulation of natural & engineered systems
  • Sensors for monitoring tree health


Resource recoveryResource Recovery

  • ​Gasification technologies to lower landfill needs
  • Recycling of Incinerator Bottom Ash/ Slag
  • Conversion of used plastic to valuable resources



​​NEWRI is proud that the first three IGP (Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme) graduates came from its centre. Here are some words from our graduates on their experience studying as IGP-NEWRI students
"As IGS-NEWRI student, I was very proud, lucky, happy and appreciated with the four years in IGS-NEWRI. I can say my research process was going more smoothly than expected. During the first year, it looked much tough for me since before I started my PhD study, I worked as a research associate in ocean engineering, which is quite different from my PhD topic. So, I had a lot of fundamental knowledge to learn, in solid mecha nical engineering. Also I tried to be familiar with the software used, and finally master it. I got much confidence in myself when I passed my Qualifying Exam within 12 months and when I published the first journal paper on IPVP, the top journal in my research topic. There are many available resources to use and there are many activities organised by IGP which helped me a lot both in research and leisure time. You just need to be active to widen your vision, be patient and persistent in your research and you will go through all the toughs."
- Zhang Yanmei, Jan 2012 intake
"I had the opportunity to carry out my research on a topic which I feel strongly about, which is on converting waste materials into food using microbial fermentation. In my PhD journey I have been able to see how research is done in other countries during a 3 month attachment in a lab in Wageningen University, and been able to present my work at an overseas conference in Brazil. During the past four years, my awesome lab mates have been crucial in helping me overcome my struggles and difficulties in my research. At the moment I intend to stay on as a post-doc in my current research lab."
- Jaslyn Lee, Jan 2012 intake
Chen Yun Feng Goh Kun Li

I have always cared about the water and energy crisis worldwide and it would be great opportunity for me to pursue a higher degree to address these challenges. IGP has provided numerous opportunities for us to interact with researchers, experts and professionals from other discipline and this broadened my horizon and enhanced my expertise in collaborating with them”

Chen Yunfeng, Aug 2013 intake

IGP-NEWRI promises something which no schools or organisation can offer and that is the rights of entry to two different research groups and their labs. This provides me the access into their inner workings which exposes me to more learning opportunities. While the learning curve may therefore be steeper, I relish the challenges which greatly increase my research capabilities. I hope that fellow students of IGS can make good use of this platform to not only learn from the group of your main supervisor but broaden your horizon by taking efforts to mingle with the groups of your co-supervisor and mentor to enhance your personal competencies. All the best and may all juniors have an enjoyable PhD journey.”

Dr Goh Kunli, Jan 2012 intake
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