Victor SIM, PhD in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (Singapore)


Victor is currently the Lead Process Engineer at CH2M Hill, Singapore and affiliated as a Scientist at Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute, Singapore. He focuses on design considerations, disinfection and disinfection byproduct trade-offs for drinking water systems.

Current position: Process Engineer at CH2M Hill, Singapore/Scientist at Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Singapore

Research focus: Design considerations and process options for drinking water systems

His PhD work, focused on the development of novel monitors for early detection of fouling in reverse-osmosis systems, has won numerous awards and accolades.

In 2011 Victor was awarded a Green Talent. The jury was impressed by his research work, which could lead to critical solutions for improved and cost-effective membrane technology for seawater desalination. He was awarded two Best Doctoral Dissertation awards, a World Future Foundation PhD prize and the American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award. The latter is the first award outside North America since 1966. He also has 3 patents, several fellowships and has authored 9 publications.

2016 Vice-chair of the Singapore Water Association Young Water Professionals
2015 Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of the International Desalination Association Young Leaders Program

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2011):

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Research focus: Desalination and Water Re-Use

As groundwater becomes increasingly depleted and surface water deteriorates due to climate change, desalination and water reuse technologies will become more important for providing sufficient, affordable drinking water to the world’s population. Victor Sim, a PhD candidate at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, is working on a process that could reduce the costs of using reverse osmosis membranes for desalination.

As part of his doctoral studies at the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) at NTU, Victor Sim is developing novel monitors for early detection of fouling in reverse osmosis systems. Specifically, he is working with Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and Ultrasonic Time Domain Reflectometry (UTDR) to provide a real-time, non-invasive method for detecting membrane biofouling.

Mr Sim, who is studying on a scholarship from the National Research Foundation with the support of the Environment and Water Industry Development Council, presented a paper on the novel monitors he is developing at the 2011 World Congress of the International Desalination Association. He was awarded "Best Paper Presentation for the Young Leaders Program."

Impressed with Mr Sim's work developing a sensor to monitor membrane fouling, the jury said his research could lead to critical solutions for improved membrane technology for seawater desalination that would also be cost-effective.

Mr Sim looks forward to utilising the sensory techniques developed in his PhD in other research fields and to learn more about membrane biocatalysis. "While in Germany, I am looking forward to further inspiration in the field of desalination and water reuse from Germany's strong engineering know-how," he said. In addition, Mr Sim will be checking out Germany as a potential place for postdoctoral studies.