Bee Ting LOW, PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Singapore)

Bee Ting Low earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Membrane Technology and Research, Inc., United States

Research focus: Membranes for CO2 capture

She continued her studies at her alma mater where she earned a Doctorate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with a specialisation in membrane science and technology for pre-combustion CO2 capture, earlier this year.

Such membranes have obvious real-world applications as the ability to filter CO2 from exhaust gas is vital for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., from power plants that burn fossil fuel). As such, it plays a direct role in fighting global warming.

The goal of Dr Low’s doctoral research was the development of membrane technology for the purification of hydrogen and natural gas, a project funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation. While earning her doctorate, Dr Low worked as a research engineer at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NUS. She continued her research as a post-doctorate research fellow for the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative of the Faculty of Engineering at NUS. In that role, she was actively involved in a project aimed at designing polymeric membranes for CO2 capture from flue gas funded by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Dr Low is furthering her research career in the industry where she was recently appointed as a senior research engineer at Membrane Technology and Research, a company that develops and produces membrane-based separation systems for the petrochemical, natural gas and refining industries. She is looking forward to the new challenges ahead.

The jury chose Dr Low for the Green Talents Forum because of her impressive basic research in the field of polymeric membrane technologies as well as the considerable number of published scientific papers and honours she has already received for her work.

“With representatives coming from both the academia and industries, the Green Talents Forum is a great chance for networking and to obtain state-of-the-art information,” says Dr Low. “It provides a platform for researchers from various fields to come together and share their ideas and works towards shaping a sustainable world.”