At the Wetsus Members Only Congress, the annual Marcel Mulder Prize was awarded to Etttore Virga.
Ettore is working for the Membrane Science & Technology cluster of the University of Twente. His research is done in the Concentrates Theme at Wetsus. He has invented a new generation of membranes that can prevent fouling even in the most adverse conditions. A novel zwitterionic polymer has been successfully coated on membranes to make them less prone to fouling. In this way, the industry will use less energy and chemical consumption for water filtration. The coating can be applied to any surface where fouling needs to be avoided, creating an even bigger impact.
Ettore Virga will graduate within the standard 4 years and already has published 6 papers on his new technology, all in high ranking journals. He is now in charge of coordinating the Concentrates Theme while finishing his PhD research.