Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2018 Winners Announced!

Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2018 Winners Announced!

Two students from Singapore, Caleb Liow Jia Le and Johnny Xiao Hong Yu, won the 2018 Stockholm Junior Water Prize for producing reduced graphene oxide, a material that can be used to purify water, from agricultural waste products.

H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the prize at an award ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm.

By Kanika Thakar

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In their project, Caleb Liow Jia Le and Johnny Xiao Hong Yu developed a new method to produce reduced graphene oxide (rGO), a material that has huge potential to purify water. Using durian rind and sugarcane bagasse the students found a more environmentally friendly and cheaper method for producing rGO.

As the pair received the prize on Tuesday evening, Caleb Liow Jia Le said: “I’m very, very happy! I’m shocked that we won the prize, because I really didn’t expect it!”

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize goes to the winners of an international annual competition with more than 10,000 entries from all over the world. H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is the Patron of the prize.

In its citation, the Jury highlighted the wide local benefits of the students’ method: “This year’s winning project inspires communities to find local solutions to improve water quality and resource recovery. The project developed a leading edge, inexpensive, and widely applicable method to clean water. Further development of this method will lead to public health and ecosystems protection.

Therefore, the project embodies the themes of 2018 World Water Week – Water, Ecosystems and Human Development. The winning project has included concepts of circular economy, nanotechnology, and green chemistry. The project’s success will set new trends in the way we filter water.”

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