Aquaporin Asia boosts R&D activities and lays the foundation for further growth by hiring its first project manager.
hires Zhao Yang to be the first project manager in Aquaporin Asia

On February 18th 2013 Aquaporin Asia's workforce was expanded with its first project manager.

Zhao Yang has been working the last 4 years as a project officer and Ph.d. student in SMTC (Singapore Membrane Technology Centre) on the project "Aquaporin Based Biomimetic Membrane for Water Reuse and Desalination," funded by EWI, Singapore. He has a bachelor in polymer chemistry from The University of Science and Technology of China and from medio 2013 a Ph.d. in Biomimetic Membranes for Water Treatment from Nanyang Technological University (School of Civil & Environmental Engineering).

Zhao Yang is a pioneering researcher in the field of aquaporin membranes for industrial water treatment applications, and has expert experience in flat sheet FO&RO membrane fabrication, characterisation, and FO&RO filtration. In addition, he has a strong background in polymer chemistry.

- Through his Ph.d. work in the research collaboration between NTU, DHI Singapore, and Aquaporin A/S,  Zhao Yang has contributed significantly to the success of the collaboration, which has ultimately led to the development of the first generation Aquaporin Inside™ Membrane. We are very pleased to have Zhao Yang on board, and we are already seeing the benefits of him joining the company - says Mark Perry, COO of Aquaporin Asia.

In Aquaporin Asia, Zhao Yang's job scope as a project manager will include setting up production and testing facilities for Aquaporin Inside™ Membranes (AIMs), coordinating R&D work, and functioning as single point of contact for industrial test partners.

- Aquaporin proteins provide us with the way water is extracted in nature. I believe Aquaporin Inside™ Membranes (AIMs), in light of the way they mimic nature, will become a huge success in the water treatment market. Working on bringing the world's first AIM to the market is about as exiting as it gets - says Zhao Yang.