Dr Azhar Nomani, Water Treatment Specialist working with Sydney Water Corporation has won the Engineers Australia Excellence Award 2014 for the Innovative Development of Ozone Trailer for the Disinfection of New Water Mains.
The award was presented to him on 19 September at the Engineers Australia awards event held at Westin Hotel, Sydney attended by more than 500 engineers and professionals.
Dr Nomani developed the Ozone Trailer supported by the Water Quality Team within Sydney Water and in collaboration with external stakeholders that included professionals from Civil Delivery and Oxyzone Pty Ltd.
Rather than using the conventional disinfection method of chlorination, use of ozone, a strong oxidant, for disinfection is considered easier, safer and environmentally friendlier. Dr Nomani’s team has developed and field tested the Ozone Trailer for the disinfection of water mains successfully and now has the potential for commercialisation. The patent for the Ozone trailer is jointly held by Dr Azhar Nomani and Mr David Hiscock from Oxyzone.
Originally from India, Dr Nomani is a product of the Aligarh Muslim University having completed his masters and doctorate in chemistry and worked in Saudi Arabia as director of research and development for a number of years before migrating to Australia in 1997. He has worked as a consultant with Australian Water Technologies from 1998 till 2004 and then joined Sydney Water in 2004 first as a senior consultant and later promoted to specialist. He has more than 65 publications to his credit that includes papers in journals, reports and reviews.
In addition to his professional career, he has a high profile in community work. He was the President of the Aligarh Muslim University Alumni of Australia from 2004 to 2006 and Chairman of its Scholarship Committee from 2012 to 2014. He has taken a leading role in initiating scholarships to students at Jamia Millia, New Delhi, school scholarships, vocational scholarships and electronic workshop construction at Faizabad India.