NG How Yong

NG How Yong

NG How Yong

Principal Investigator

ceenghy@nus.edu.sg

Education

1997 National University of Singapore, Civil Engineering, BEng

1998 National University of Singapore, Environmental Engineering, MEng

2002 University of California, Berkeley, Environmental Engineering, Ph.D.

2003 Yale University, Environmental Engineering, Post-doc


Work Experience

Fellow, Academy of Engineering Singapore

Provost’s Chair, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore

Director, NUS Environmental Research Institute

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore

Director, Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory

Foreign Expert, State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (2012-2015)

Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA)

Associate Editor, Water Research

Editor, Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination


Research Interests

Wastewater treatment, reuse and digitalization

Membrane bioreactor

Forward osmosis and reverse osmosis technology

Microbial toxicity detection technology

Industrial wastewater treatment


Honor & Award

2020 Institute of Engineering Singapore Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards

2020 NUS Engineering Leadership Award

2016 National University of Singapore Engineering Researcher Award

2014 International Water Association Asia Pacific Regional Project Innovation (PIA) Awards (Applied Research-Honour

Award) for the project “Development of Microbial Electrochemical Sensor for Heavy Metals and Cyanide Detection in

Used Water”

2009 National University of Singapore Young Researcher Award

2008 Singapore Youth Award

2007 Singapore Young Scientist Award

2006 International Water Association Young Water Professionals Award


Representative Publications

[1] E. Liu, L. Y. Lee, S. L. Ong and H. Y. Ng*. 2020. “Treatment of industrial brine using Capacitive Deionization (CDI) towards zero liquid discharge–Challenges and optimization”, Water Res., 183, 116059.

[2] W. Song, L. Y. Lee, E. Liu, X. Shi, S. L. Ong and H. Y. Ng*. 2020. “Spatial variation of fouling behavior in high recovery nanofiltration for industrial reverse osmosis brine treatment towards zero liquid discharge”, J. Membr. Sci., 609, 118185.

[3] B. Xu, T. C. A. Ng, S. Huang and H. Y. Ng*. 2020. “Effect of quorum quenching on EPS and size-fractioned particles and organics in anaerobic membrane bioreactor for domestic wastewater treatment”, Water Res., 179, 115850.

[4] Z. Lyu, T. C. A. Ng, T. Tran-Duc, J. H. G. Lim, Q. Gu, L. Zhang, Z. Zhang, J. Ding, N. Phan-Thien, J. Wang and H. Y. Ng*. 2020. “3D-Printed Surface-Patterned Ceramic Membrane with Enhanced Performance in Crossflow Filtration”, J. Membr. Sci., 606, 118138.

[5] S. Huang, H. Zhang, T. C. A. Ng, B. Xu, X. Shi and H. Y. Ng*. 2020. “Analysis of N-Acy-L-homoserine lactones (AHLs) in wastewater treatment systems using SPE-LLE with LC-MS/MS”, Water Res., 177, 115756.

[6] B. Xu, T. C. A. Ng, S. Huang, X. Shi and H. Y. Ng*. 2020. “Feasibility of isolated novel facultative quorum quenching consortiums for fouling control in an AnMBR”, Water Res., 169, 115251.

[7] T. C. A. Ng, Z. Lyu, Q. Gu, L. Zhang, W. J. Poh, Z. Zhang, J. Wang and H. Y. Ng*. 2020. “Effect of gradient profile in ceramic membranes on filtration characteristics: Implications for membrane development”, J. Membr. Sci., 595, 117576.

[8] C. K. Pooi, V. Loka and H. Y. Ng*. 2019, “Treatment and hybrid modeling of domestic reverse osmosis concentrate using biological activated carbon”, Desalination, 468, 114047.

[9] G. U. Semblante, J. Z. Lee, L. Y. Lee, S. L. Ong and H. Y. Ng*. 2018. “Brine pre-treatment technologies for zero liquid discharge systems”, Desalination, 441, 96-111.

[10] Y.C. Tan, S. Kharkwal, K. K. W. Chew, R. Alwi, S. F. W. Mak and H. Y. Ng*. 2018. “Enhancing the robustness of microbial fuel cell sensor for continuous copper(II) detection against organic strength fluctuations by acetate and glucose addition”, Bioresour. Technol., 259, 357-364.

[11] X. Shi, T. S. Yeap, S. Huang, J. Chen and Ng HY*. 2018. “Pretreatment of saline antibiotic wastewater using marine microalga”, Bioresour. Technol., 258, 240-246.

[12] F. Chen, X. Yue, X. Shi, K. K. Ng and H. Y. Ng*. 2017. “Membrane fouling between a membrane bioreactor and a moving bed membrane bioreactor: Effects of solids retention time”, Chem. Eng. J., 309, 397-408.

[13] X. Zhang, J. Ma, C. Y. Tang, Z. Wang, H. Y. Ng and Z. Wu*. 2016. “Anti-biofouling Polyvinylidene Fluoride Membrane Modified by Quaternary Ammonium Compound: Direct Contact-Killing versus Induced Indirect Contact-Killing”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 50(10), 5086-5093.

[14] K. K. Ng, X. Shi, S. L. Ong, C.F. Lin and H. Y. Ng*. 2016. “An innovative of aerobic bio-entrapped salt marsh sediment membrane reactor for the treatment of high-saline pharmaceutical wastewater”, Chem. Eng. J., 295, 317-325.

[15] S. L. Low, S. L. Ong and H. Y. Ng*. 2016. “Characterization of Membrane Fouling in Submerged Ceramic Membrane Photobioreactors Fed with Effluent from Membrane Bioreactors”, Chem. Eng. J., 290, 91-102.

[16] X. Liu, S. L. Ong and H. Y. Ng*. 2016. “Fabrication of Mesh-Embedded Double-Skinned Substrate Membrane and Enhancement of Its Surface Hydrophilicity to Improve Anti- Fouling Performance of Resultant Thin-Film Composite Forward Osmosis Membrane”, J. Membr. Sci., 511, 40-53.

[17] C. Fu, X. Bi and H. Y. Ng*. 2016. “Effects of Bio-carriers on Membrane Fouling Mitigation in Moving Bed Membrane Bioreactor”, J. Membr. Sci., 499, 134-142.

[18] X. Yue, Y. K. K. Koh and H. Y. Ng*, 2015. “Effects of Dissolved Organic Matters (DOMs) on Membrane Fouling in Anaerobic Ceramic Membrane Bioreactors (AnCMBRs) Treating Domestic Wastewater”, Water Res., 86, 96-107.

[19] K. K. Ng, X. Shi and H. Y. Ng*. 2015. “Evaluation of System Performance and Microbial Communities of a Bioaugmented Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Treating Pharmaceutical Wastewater”, Water Res., 81, 311-324.

[20] X. Shi, K. K. Ng, X. Li and H. Y. Ng*. 2015. “Investigation of Intertidal Wetland Sediment as a Novel Inoculation Source for Anaerobic Saline Wastewater Treatment”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 49(10), 6231-6239.

[21] X. Liu and H. Y. Ng*. 2015. “Fabrication of Layered Silica-Polysulfone Mixed Matrix Substrate Membrane for Enhancing Performance of Thin-film Composite Forward Osmosis Membrane”, J. Membr. Sci., 481, 148-163.

[22] K. K. Ng, X. Shi, Y. Yao and H. Y. Ng*. 2014. “Bio-entrapped Membrane Reactor and Salt Marsh Sediment Membrane Bioreactor for the Treatment of Pharmaceutical Wastewater: Treatment Performance and Microbial Communities”, Bioresour. Technol., 171, 265-273.

[23] X. Liu and H. Y. Ng*. 2014. “Double-blade Casting Technique for Optimizing Substrate Membrane in Thin-film Composite Forward Osmosis Membrane Fabrication”, J. Membr. Sci., 469, 112-126.

[24] C. H. Tan and H. Y. Ng*. 2013. “Revised External and Internal Concentration Polarization Models to Improve Flux Prediction in Forward Osmosis Process”. Desalination, 309, 125-140.

[25] L. Jin, S. L. Ong and H. Y. Ng*. 2013. “Fouling control mechanism by suspended biofilm carrier addition in submerged ceramic membrane bioreactors (SCMBR)”. J. Membr. Sci., 427, 250-258.

[26] O. Lefebvre, C. M. Neculita, X. Yue and H. Y. Ng*. 2012. “Bioelectrochemical Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage Dominated with Iron”. J. Hazard. Mater., 241-242, 411-417.

[27] O. Lefebvre, Z. Tan, S. Kharkwal and H. Y. Ng*. 2012. “Effect of increasing anodic NaCl concentration on microbial fuel cell performance”. Bioresour. Technol., 112, 336-340.

[28] Z. Huang, S. L. Ong and H. Y. Ng*. 2011. “Submerged Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Low-Strength Wastewater Treatment: Effect of HRT and SRT on Treatment Performance and Membrane Fouling”. Water Res., 45, 705-713.

[29] L. Jin, S. L. Ong and H. Y. Ng*. 2010. “Comparison of Treatment and Membrane Performances of Different Pore-Sized Submerged Ceramic Membrane Bioreactors”, Water Res., 44, 5907-5918.

[30] T. C. Ng and H. Y. Ng*. 2010 “Characterisation of Initial Fouling in Aerobic Submerged Membrane Bioreactors in relation to Physico-Chemical Characteristics under Different Flux Conditions”. Water Res., 44(7), 2336-2348.

[31] L. Y. Lee, H. Y. Ng*, S. L. Ong, J. Y. Hu, G. Tao, K. Kekre, B. Viswanath, W. Lay and H. Seah. 2009. “Integrated Pretreatment with Capacitive Deionization for Reverse Osmosis Reject Recovery from Water Reclamation Plant”. Water Res., 43(18), 4769-4777.

[32] L. Y. Lee, H. Y. Ng*, S. L. Ong, J. Y. Hu, G. Tao, K. Kekreb, B. Viswanathb, W. Lay and H. Seah. 2009. “Ozone-Biological Activated Carbon as a Pretreatment Process for Reverse Osmosis Brine Treatment and Recovery”. Water Res., 43(16), 3948-3955.

[33] J.-Y. An, S. Kim, Y. Chun, S. J. Lee, H. Y. Ng, I. S. Chang*. 2009. “Floating-Type Microbial Fuel Cell (FT-MFC) for Treating Organic-Contaminated Water”. Environ. Sci. Technol., 43(5), 1642-1647.

[34] T. W. Tan and H. Y. Ng*. 2008. “Influence of Mixed Liquor Recycle Ratio and Dissolved Oxygen on Performance of Pre-Denitrification Submerged Membrane Bioreactors”, Water Res., 42, 1122-1132.

[35] H. Y. Ng*, Wanling Tang and Wei S. Wong. 2006. “Performance of Forward (Direct) Osmosis Process: Membrane Structure and Transport Phenomenon”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 40 (7), 2408-2413.

[36] H. Y. Ng*, T. W. Tan and S. L. Ong. 2006. “Membrane Fouling of Pre-Denitrification Submerged Membrane Bioreactors: Impact of Mean Cell Residence Time and the Contributing Factors”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 40 (8), 2706-2713.

[37] H. Y. Ng* and S. W. Hermanowicz. 2005. “Membrane bioreactor operation at short solids retention times: performance and biomass characteristics”, Water Res., 39 (6), 981-992.

Other Investigators

CHEN Wei
CHEN Wei

Principal Investigator

chmcw@nus.edu.sg
LEE Heow Pueh
LEE Heow Pueh

Senior Investigator

mpeleehp@nus.edu.sg
LIN Man-Hua
LIN Man-Hua

Adjunct Principal Investigator

mandy.lin@nusri.cn
LU Li
LU Li

Principal Investigator

luli@nus.edu.sg
XIE Xianning
XIE Xianning

Senior Investigator

xn.xie@nusri.cn
XU Guo Qin
XU Guo Qin

Principal Investigator

guoqin.xu@nusri.cn
XU Qinghua
XU Qinghua

Senior Investigator
Centre Director

chmxqh@nus.edu.sg
XU Dong
XU Dong

Investigator
Centre Research Director

erixd@nus.edu.sg
WU Jie
WU Jie

Investigator

chmjie@nus.edu.sg
WANG Qing
WANG Qing

Senior Investigator

qing.wang@nus.edu.sg