ACWA holds first symposium

30 November 2019

Thirty people attended the inaugural ACWA Symposium, which was held yesterday at the University of Sydney’s Nanoscience Hub.

The event introduced guests to the program and saw Dr Wei Li from Stanford University presenting on the topic of “Nanophotonic control of thermal radiation for energy applications”.

The image shows Professor Martijn de Sterke, Associate Professor Chiara Neto and Dr Riccardo Parin.

Vice-Chancellor’s Recognition Reception

15 November 2019

Chiara Neto, Ming Chiu (pictured) and Martijn de Sterke had the opportunity to represent the ACWA project at last night’s Vice Chancellor’s Recognition Reception, an annual event to thank the University’s supporters and benefactors.

This provided an opportunity to present ACWA’s work and goals to a wider audience. Chiara, Ming and Martijn were busy all night, talking to dozens of interested guests.


ACWA welcomes Dr Riccardo Parin

13 November 2019

We welcome Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr Riccardo Parin to the ACWA team. Riccardo will build our first ACWA prototype.

He obtained his PhD degree in Thermo-mechanical Energy Engineering at the University of Padova (2019). His research focused on the relationship between surface properties (surface energy, wettability, roughness) and two-phase heat transfer processes. In particular, Riccardo studied hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel silica coatings deposited on metal surfaces (aluminium and copper) for dropwise condensation (DWC) promotion of pure steam.

Goodbye Dr Teh!

21 September 2019

This week we farewelled Dr E-Jen Teh, the industry consultant who has been instrumental in getting ACWA off the ground and talking to industry partners.

Ailsa Chung joins ACWA

7 August 2019

Ailsa Chung has joined ACWA to carry out a year-long research project on water capture with Martijn de Sterke and Rongkun Zheng.

Ailsa is studying for a physics degree from the University of Edinburgh. She is excited for the project as she will be doing simulations to find the best structure for ACWA’s material. She hopes to learn what a career in research would involve and also to travel in Australia and see the culture.

Presentation at Water Use Conference

13 February 2019

Professor Martijn de Sterke was invited to present at the National Water use in Agriculture Research and Development Future Forum.

Hosted by National Water use in Agriculture Research and Development and Extension Committee and Sydney Institute of Agriculture, the aim of this forum is to stimulate thinking around future frontiers related to research and development of water use in agriculture. This forum brings together agricultural industry leaders and scientists, other sectors who face water constraints.