Dr Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan is an Associate Professor at Xiamen University, China. Prior to joining the University, he was a scholar at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, and he got his PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research focuses on the applications of low-cost adsorbents to remove heavy metals from contaminated water. His work seeks to capture water from municipal wastewater using those materials.
Significant contribution to research in the field has earned him recognition from the World Economic Forum. Recently, the Institute for Scientific Information-Thompson Reuters identified him among the top 1% of researchers in the field of Engineering according to Essential Science Indicators.
To improve dialogue between stakeholders and policy about sciences, he was selected to participate in the 60th Nobel Laureate Meetings and the 3rd BioVision Forum in Lindau, Germany, and in Lyon, France, in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The meetings dedicated to the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and Life Sciences annually invited the world’s best talents for the transfer of knowledge between generations of scientists through panel discussions, debates and networking. This represents a platform for leading researchers in the fields to engage in a cross-generational dialogue on central issues of our future such as climate change.
With research experience spanning 15 years, over €1 million has been awarded to him as a principal investigator by the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, the Asian Development Bank, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, and the Kurita Water and Environment Foundation, Japan. His focus on sustained scientific research is evident from more than 80 scientific publications since 2003, which are tangible manifestations of his competence and dedication to water profession.