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Yang Lei wins Marcel Mulder Award

Published: 9 oktober 2019

During the Wetsus Congress, every year, the Marcel Mulder Award winner is announced, the prize for an excellent Wetsus researcher. This year, the Award was won by Yang Lei.
Marcel Mulder, after whom the prize is named, was appointed as professor on Sustainable Water Technology and Membrane Technology at the University of Twente in 2001. Stationed in Leeuwarden he was the one who planted the seed for Wetsus. Sadly, before he was able to see the further development of Wetsus, he passed away in 2002. In memory of him, and to extend his ideas, the annual Professor Marcel Mulder Award is granted to the Wetsus researcher who made the most exceptional performance in the field of water technology in the past year.

Yang Lei, this year’s winner, is working for the department of Environmental Technology of Wageningen University. His research is done in the Resource Recovery theme at Wetsus. He is developing an electrochemical phosphate recovery technology. Yang will graduate within 4 years and already has published 8 papers on his new technology, all in high ranking journals. This year, Yang also won the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.
The prize is financially supported by Vitens, the Province of Friesland, Patent office Arnold and Sytsma, the North Netherlands Watercycle Authorities and Wetsus.
The jury is chaired by Wetsus’ scientific director, Professor Cees Buisman.

Ed Nijpels, Chair Wetsus supervisory Board, presenting the Award to Yang Lei
Ed Nijpels, Chair Wetsus supervisory Board, presenting the Award to Yang Lei
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