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IUVA Presents Achievement Awards at 2023 World Congress

The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) honored innovation, accomplishments, volunteers, and the Jim Bolton Student Presentation Awards, at their 12th biennial World Congress, September 10-13 in Dubai, UAE.

At the event, honors were extended to:

Lifetime Achievement

Karl Linden, Professor of Environmental Engineering at The University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Linden has numerous contributions to the science and technology of UV and is a founding board member and past-President of the IUVA.

Outstanding Volunteer

Nathan Moore, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Mr. Moore’s contributions include co-founding and co-chairing the IUVA Young Professionals Committee; and IUVA UN Sustainable Development Goals Task Force.

“Rising Star”

Young Professional’s Contributions: Ran Yin, from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Dr. Yin has been an important contributor with the IUVA young professionals, and in helping to organize IUVA conferences in the U.S. and China.

IUVA Outstanding Organizational Collaborator

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institutes of Standards and Technology; Dr. Cameron Miller and Dr. Dianne Poster

NIST has worked with IUVA to conduct research, organize conferences—and develop the first IUVA UV standard, in collaboration with the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Most impactful UV Solutions magazine article

Aquisense Technologies, “SARS-CoV-2 Dose Response Research Update

This article from March 2021, helped reconcile conflicting information on the then “new” COVID virus, and summarized findings to offer a better understanding.

Most impactful peer reviewed UV journal article published period 2021-present (tie)

Lianfeng Zhang from the Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen, "Measurement of the UV Output of an Underwater Monochromatic (254 nm) Low-Pressure-Mercury UV lamp,” published in the Journal of Environmental Engineering

This paper helped inspire the creation of an IUVA Task Force on the topic.

Most impactful peer reviewed UV journal article published period 2021-present (tie)

Milad Raeiszadeh & Babek Adeli, Acuva Technologies, “A Critical Review on Ultraviolet Disinfection Systems against COVID-19 Outbreak: Applicability, Validation, and Safety Considerations."

Published in the ACS Photonics, the paper already has over 300 google citations so far.

Outstanding Classic Paper, most influential, frequently referenced paper prior to 2021

"Fluence (UV Dose) Required to Achieve Incremental Log Inactivation of Bacteria, Protozoa, Viruses and Alga."

Original authors, Adel Haji Malayeri, Madjid Mohseni, Bill Cairns, James R. Bolton

Innovation- the most unique and/or game-changing commercial UV product

Michael Tiberi, Deep Light Photonics, Inc,

for developing technology using electron excitation of UVC phosphors to emit polychromatic light that has shown superior and safe microorganism inactivation.

Innovation- the most unique and/or game-changing commercial UV product

AquiSense in partnership with the Las Vegas Valley Water District

to develop a large-scale UV LED municipal water treatment system, demonstrating that LED technology has a place in the municipal market.

Best UV engineering project of the year

UV/H2O2 AOP system installed at the Shuanglonghu Drinking Water Treatment Plant (DWTP) in Qingyun, Shandong Province,

representing the first successful application of UV AOP at a full-scale municipal drinking water treatment plant in China. Professor Wenjun Sun, President of the China Ultraviolet Association, and an Associate professor at Tsinghua University, China, accepted the award on behalf of the project.

Sustainability- the most sustainable UV innovation

Jérôme Le Corre, UV Boosting,

developing technology that uses UV-C light to enable plants to trigger their natural defenses. With significant benefits to farmers against fungal diseases, frost, and drought.

In addition, IUVA presented the biennial “Jim Bolton Student Presentation Award.” Students honored at the event:

“Jim Bolton Student Presentation Awards"

1st place: Tianyi Chen, University of Toronto, “Breakpoint chlorine kinetics in RO permeate”

2nd place (tie): Yu Zhong, National University of Singapore, “Emerging micropollutants removal by ozone/BAC with UV/chloramine”

2nd place (tie): Priya Dharwadkar, Cranfield University, “UV-LEDs in chlorine based AOPs”

At the event the IUVA celebrated an exhibition, as well as nearly 100 presentations.  The next IUVA event is the America’s Conference scheduled for May 20-22, 2024, Orlando, FL.

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