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Boffins’ funds boosted

FOUR WA scientists have each received a $100,000 boost from the WA Government.

The recipients are Yu Chi Tian, Philip Groom, John Huisman and Jingnan Guo.

Dr Tian, from Curtin University, is researching new reactive distillation technology for synthesising widely-used fuels such as methyl tertiary-butyl ether and ethyl tertiary-butyl ether.

His work has unique implications for process control.

Dr Groom, from Edith Cowan University, is conducting research that will help water source managers plan and implement water allocations to wetlands environments.

Many wetlands on the northern Swan Coastal Plain appear to be dying out as a result of below average rainfall and groundwater abstraction over the past fifteen years.

Dr Huisman, from Murdoch Univer-sity, is conducting research to describe and document the red and brown alga of the southern Kimberley Region of WA.

This work will help the recognition of biological diversity of Australia’s unique marine plants.

This, in turn, will be a necessary ingredient in the formulation of future management strategies and in the assessment of species with economic potential.

Dr Guo, from the University of WA, is investigating the application of active noise control techniques in non-diffuse sound fields.

He is seeking to extend this technique to control noise in environments such as workshops, offices and classrooms.

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