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The project successfully developed an integrated microbial fuel cell prototype using tropical algae from wastewater. This new innovation represents a blueprint that aims to meet the demands for sustainable energy and cleaner wastewater in rural areas such as Sabah and Sarawak.

The Newton Prize winner was announced on Tuesday 28 November 2017 in Malaysia. The British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Her Excellency Vicki Treadell and Malaysia’s Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid presented the award to Professor Phang Siew Moi, who also accepted the award on behalf of her UK collaborators.

A Newton Prize reception, hosted by Rt Hon Jo Johnson MP, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, was held in London on 4 December 2017.  The Minister was joined by the Chair of the Newton Prize Committee, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan (President of the Royal Society and Nobel Laureate) and Jim Al-Khalili OBE, scientist and BBC broadcaster.  Professor Lisa Hall attended the reception on behalf of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology.


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Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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