Clean water technology wins Dr Low a place in 2018 Young Social Pioneer program

Dr Nicholas Low, PhD in Chemical Engineering and CEO of Monash start-up company 2D Water has been selected to participate in the 2018 Young Social Pioneers program run by the Foundation For Young Australians.

Nicholas Low

Dr Nicholas Low, PhD in Chemical Engineering and CEO of Monash start-up company 2D Water has been selected to participate in the 2018 Young Social Pioneers program run by the Foundation For Young Australians.

An initiative that supports young people leading responses to the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time, Dr Low will connect with 45 other young entrepreneurs and leaders at a week-long intensive workshop in the environment stream, a recognition of his work in developing a revolutionary technology that will help deliver clean water to the world.

Along with Professor Huanting Wang and other research colleagues in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr Low has worked on developing a chlorine-resistant membrane, a technology that helps to desalinate seawater at a lower cost than other methods. 2D Water is currently working on commercialising the membrane, which has the potential to be more efficient and robust than any other membrane product currently available in the market.

“We’re revolutionising desalination with this membrane,” said Dr Low. “We’re passionate about solving the problem of water scarcity, as there’s currently 1.2 billion people in the world without access to clean drinking water. If we successfully bring the membrane to market, we’ll make clean water accessible to more people around the world, at a reduced cost in a more environmentally sustainable way.”

Dean of Engineering Professor Elizabeth Croft said, “Engineers develop the creative technical solutions we need to solve the world’s greatest challenges, including water scarcity. The technology developed by Nicholas and his supervisor have the potential to make a profound difference in the availability of potable water in many places where clean drinking water is often unavailable. We’re proud to see a Monash engineer chosen to take part in the Young Social Pioneers program, and are confident in his ability to continue to solve important technical problems for the benefit of humanity.”

The Young Social Pioneers program will help Dr Low and his fellow participants further develop the networks, support and mentors required to develop a successful and sustainable business. “I’m really looking forward to connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs who are committed to making a difference,” he said. “It will be great to share ideas and experiences, as we work to compete against established technologies through our newer, more innovative products, processes and business models.”