Education & Certifications

  • Master of Science, Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2017)
  • Bachelor of Engineering, National University of Singapore, Environmental Engineering (2015)

Stanford Advisors

Lab Affiliations

  • Craig Criddle, Environmental Engineering Science Lab (9/1/2015)

All Publications

  • Bio-entrapped membrane reactor and salt marsh sediment membrane bioreactor for the treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater: Treatment performance and microbial communities BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY Ng, K. K., Shi, X., Yao, Y., Ng, H. Y. 2014; 171: 265-273


    In this study, a bio-entrapped membrane reactor (BEMR) and a salt marsh sediment membrane bioreactor (SMSMBR) were evaluated to study the organic treatment performance of pharmaceutical wastewater. The influences of hydraulic retention time (HRT) and salinity were also studied. The conventional biomass in the BEMR cannot tolerate well of the hypersaline conditions, resulting in total chemical oxygen demand (TCOD) removal efficiency of 54.2-68.0%. On the other hand, microorganisms in the SMSMBR, which was seeded from coastal shore, strived and was able to degrade the complex organic in the presence of salt effectively, achieving 74.7-90.9% of TCOD removal efficiencies. Marine microorganisms able to degrade recalcitrant compounds and utilize hydrocarbon compounds were found in the SMSMBR, which resulted in higher organic removal efficiency than the BEMR. However, specific nitrifying activity decreased and inhibited due to the saline effect that led to poor ammonia nitrogen removal.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.08.078

    View details for Web of Science ID 000343091700039

    View details for PubMedID 25203236