Kim Choon Ng

Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering 

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Water Desalination and Reuse

Education Profile

  • ​​​​​​Ph.D., Strathclyde University, U.K., 1980
  • B.Sc., Strathclyde University, U.K., 1975
  • Dip., Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore, 1973

Research Interests

Professor Ng's research interests are in thermally driven seawater desalination processes, two-phase energy systems, nuclear power thermal hydraulics, adsorption thermodynamics and solar energy systems. He pioneered adsorption cooling and desalination cycles and boosted the water production yield of desalination processes with the AD and MED/MSF hybrid cycles. He also worked on the solar-powered hydrothermal treatment of seawater and wastewater using the 2-axis mini-dish system.

Selected Publications

  • ​Experimental investigation of the silica gel–water adsorption isotherm characteristics, Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 21(16), Pages 1631–1642, 2001, doi:10.1016/S1359-4311(01)00039-4,
  • Modeling the performance of two-bed, sillica gel-water adsorption chillers, International Journal of Refrigeration 22 (3), 194-204, 1999, doi:10.1016/S0140-7007(98)00063-2,
  • Adsorption characteristics of silica gel+ water systems, J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2002, 47 (5), pp 1177–1181, DOI: 10.1021/je0255067,
  • Adsorption desalination: an emerging low-cost thermal desalination method, Desalination 308, 161-179, 2013, doi:10.1016/j.desal.2012.07.030,
  • Theoretical insight of physical adsorption for a single-component adsorbent+adsorbate system: I. Thermodynamic property surfaces, Langmuir, 2009, 25 (4), pp 2204–2211, DOI: 10.1021/la803289p