The NCEDA led and coordinated Australia’s research in desalination technology and built national capacity and capabilities in desalination with a dual focus on breakthrough fundamental and applied research with a goal of delivering meaningful improvements at commercial scale.

The Postgraduate Scholarship Showcase highlights a selection of the 42 postgraduate researchers and their projects.

PhD Supplementary Scholarships

The NCEDA offered Supplementary Scholarships to outstanding PhD students enrolled at the Participating Organisations: Murdoch University, Curtin University of Technology, Deakin University, Edith Cowan University, Flinders University, Monash University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland, University of South Australia, University of Technology, Sydney, The University of Western Australia, University of Wollongong and Victoria University.

NCEDA PhD supplementary scholarships were offered to highly ranked PhD students that were enrolled full‐time and held either an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or other recognised Commonwealth scholarship for full‐time research leading to the award of a PhD. The maximum value of the NCEDA PhD Supplementary Scholarship was $30,000 over three years, with a maximum payable amount of $10,000 per annum.


  • Behnam Akhavan Tabatabae, University of South Australia, Plasma Polymer Deposition of Functional Groups on Granular Particles for Water Purification
  • Ashok Aryal, Curtin University, Investigation on Fouling of Membranes for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse
  • Benjamin Asquith, Monash University, Optimised Preparation of Porous Carbon Electrodes and Cation Exchange Polymer Coatings for Desalination Applications
  • Gaetan Blandin, The University of New South Wales, Assisted Forward Osmosis for Energy Savings in RO Desalination
  • Alexander Christ, The University of Western Australia, Development of a Novel Low Grade Heat Driven Desalination Technology
  • Daniel Clarke, Edith Cowan University, Stand Alone Solar‐Hydrogen Energy System for Remote Areas with Integrated Reverse Osmosis
  • Shaun Kenneth Davis,  Deakin University, Development of Biomarkers of Exposure and Effect of Elevated Salinity on Fisheries Relevant Benthic Marine Invertebrates
  • Khaled Ibn Abdul Hamid, Victoria University, Understanding the Synergistic Effect of Combined Ozonation and Coagulation on Ceramic Membrane Fouling
  • Kuk Nam Han, University of Queensland, Development of Fouling-Resistant and High Flux RO Membranes for Seawater Desalination
  • Jan-Georg Thomas Jendyk, Flinders University, South Australian Phytoplankton Assemblages and their Relationship to Changing Environmental Regimes; From Macro-Ecology to Molecular Biology
  • Chi Yan (Jessica) Lai, Victoria University, Improving the Durability and Performance of Hollow Fibre Membranes with Nanocomposite and Inorganic/Organic Hybrid Materials
  • William Lawler, The University of New South Wales, A Technical and Financial Investigation into Reuse, Recycle and Disposal of Reverse Osmosis Membranes
  • Bao Lin, Deakin University, Design and Characterisation of Novel Nano-Porous Metal Membranes by Specific Metal Alloy Films De-alloying
  • Ze Xian Low, Monash University, Metal-organic Framework-Polymer Mixed-Matrix Membrane for Liquid Separation
  • Soleyman Mamisaheby, University of Technology, Sydney, Synthesis and Characteristics of Thin Film Nano-Composite Membrane for Low Energy Forward Osmosis Desalination Application
  • Jing Miao, Edith Cowan University, Immobilisation of Peptides onto Reverse Osmosis Polyamide
  • Nekane Murua, University of South Australia, Ultrathin Silicon Membranes for Desalination
  • Nagaveena Nagaraja, Murdoch University, Control of Biofouling by Reducing Extracellular Polysaccharide Production by Bacterial Biofilms. 
  • Bijan Rahimi, The University of Western Australia, Development of a Novel Low Grade Heat Driven Desalination Technology
  • Rackel Reis, Victoria University, Advanced Modification and Characterisation of Novel High Chemical Resistant and Antifouling Membrane Materials
  • Adhikara Resosudarmo, The University of New South Wales, Optimising Low-Pressure Membrane Pre-Treatment for Desalination
  • Mario Schmack, Murdoch University, Brackish Water Desalination Systems with Water Vapour Capture Device
  • Maedeh Pakzad Shahabi, Murdoch University, Optimising the Scale of Desalination and Reclamation Plants for Sustainability
  • Jonathan Sierke, Flinders University, Development of Universally Applicable Coatings and Additives for State-of-the-Art Osmosis and Pre-Treatment Membranes
  • Yasodinee Wimalasiri, University of South Australia, Novel Graphene Sheets for Capacitive Deionisation
  • Zhangwang (John) Xie, Murdoch University, Polysaccharide Fouling in RO and FO Desalination and its Aleviation

Honours Scholarships

The NCEDA offered scholarships to outstanding Honours students enrolled at the national Participating Organisations with a maximum value of $10,000 for one year.

Applications were invited from Honours students in any field of study whose area of research contributed to the knowledge of desalination and aligned with the Research Roadmap.


  • Warda Anwar, The University of New South Wales, Pre-Treatment Options for Reverse Osmosis Desalination
  • Jilleen Donaldson, Deakin University, Understanding Public Perceptions of Desalination in Victoria
  • David Everitt, University of Wollongong, Removal of Salinity and Trace Organic from Coal Seam Gas Water RO Membranes
  • Jonathan Hayles, Flinders University, Impact of Environmental Parameters on the Growth and Morphology of Diatom Species
  • Natasha Hulse, Victoria University, Knowledge and Affect in Risk Perception of Recycled and Desalinated Water
  • Tamar Jamieson, Flinders University, Bacterial Colonisation and TEP Production within Biofilms on Reverse Osmosis Membranes
  • James Maddock, The University of Western Australia, The Capital Cost of Low-Grade Heat Driven Desalination Systems
  • Sian La Vars, Flinders University, The Effects of Salinity on Diatoms: Chemical Characterisation of Potential Biofouling Compounds Produced
  • Khoa Dang Vu, The University of New South Wales, Cleaning of Hybrid Coagulation-Membrane Systems in Desalination
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