Binh Nguyen

Environmental Researcher, IoT Enthusiast



  • Low cost sensor for air monitoring
  • Data analysis for IoT
  • Water chemistry in microalgae cultivation
  • Team learning


  • Python Programming
  • Embedded System
  • IoT in air monitoring
  • English & Vietnamese

Working Experience

  • Research microalgae & dust sensor
  • Manage a division in a garment factory
  • Develope and empower direct reports

Binh Nguyen, Ph.D

  • Email:
  • Address: Nam Tu Liem, Ha Noi
  • Environment quality
    • validate public data by collecting and comparing fine particle concentration in ambient air
    • research removal of fine particle by common facemasks, effect of weather to its trend
    • use low-cost hardware to monitor the environment changes with IoT system to collect data and process near realtime
  • Bio-renewable energy
    • support growth of microalgae by control pH and CO2 mass transfer rate
    • evaluate fate and transport of nutrients and wastes from/by microalgae
    • reduce carbon footprint in fuel by converting inorganic carbon to biomass using sunlight
  • Developing people and teamwork:
    • coach team members to collaborate on shared goals
    • improve fact-first on technical communication
    • team learning via case study and reflection

06-2019 - 07/2020: R&D Researcher at PAM Air (
  • implemented a roadmap to calibrate air quality devices
  • supervised building and testing fine particle calibrating apparatus
  • analyzed data and proposed corrective measures on air quality monitoring network
2017 - 2019: Freelancer & Independent Researcher
10/2016-05/2017: Excecutive Trainee

Esquel Garment Vietnam-Hoa Binh Co., Ltd., Hoa Binh, Vietnam

  • led production a maintenance team for daily operations including 40 workers, 12 staffs
  • developed a macro-enabled Excel file to check machine availability based on the production loading
  • coached direct reports on communication, problem-solving and decision-making
9/2015 - 9/2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnolog (BSCEB), Phoenix, AZ, United States

  • improved carbon dioxide sequestration by microalgae by conditioning alkalinity growth environment, stable pH and delivering CO2 through hollow-fiber membrane
  • developed a turbiostat system to automatically measured and controlled microalgae biomass
  • coordinated research activity and laboratory management of ~7-member team
2010 - 2015: Graduate Research Associate

BSCEB, Phoenix, AZ, United States

  • delivered milestones in U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) grant:” Managing the Microbial Ecology of a Cyanobacteria-Based Photosynthetic Factory Direct!” 2012-2014
  • designed, optimized and operated small photobioreactors with pH-Stat function to study carbon, electron partitioning under different light intensity by microalgae
  • mentored 2 undergrads, 2 visiting scholars and various laboratory tours
2009 - 2010: Project developer

Camco South East Asia Ltd , Hanoi Office, Vietnam

  • collected input and prepared documents of Clean Development Mechanism (carbon mitigation credit) projects in wastewater and hydropower utilizing spreadsheet
  • prepared 2 reports on hydropower projects, 3 reports for wastewater projected for senior executives
2007 - 2009: Project Developer/Manager

Vietnam Energy and Environment JSC., Hanoi, Vietnam

  • managed multiple stages of CDM projects from study feasibility, select methodology, collect documents, due diligence, and validation
  • advanced 3 projects to the validation stage (with DNV, TUV-NORD); 2 projects contracted with clients; 8 projects in progress

Ph.D., 2015, Arizona State University (ASU), AZ, United States
  • Major: Civil, Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Engineering
  • Dissertation title: “Photoautotrophic Production of Biomass, Laurate, and Soluble Organics by Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803”
  • Committee members: (Drs.) Bruce E. Rittmann (Chair); Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Paul Westerhoff
Master of Science, 2012, ASU, AZ, United States
Bachelor of Science, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 2007, Hanoi, Vietnam

  1. Nguyen, B. T., & Rittmann, B. E. Managing alkalinity, pH, and inorganic carbon to support high-rate microalgae cultivation. 2016 IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies, Spain. (poster)
  2. Nguyen, B. T., & Rittmann, B. E. Improving photoautotrophic growth by maintaining a fixed growth pH and a sufficient inorganic carbon, Pacifichem 2015, Hawaii, U.S. (poster)
  3. Nguyen, B. T., & Rittmann, B. E. Using a pH-stat to understand how the N source affects the concentration of inorganic carbon in microalgae culture publication description ACS 249th National Meeting and Exposition (oral presentation)

  1. Certificate of Merit (2015): Division of Environmental Chemistry- American Chemical Society for the quality and relevance to advancement of environmental process
  2. Service Award (2014) by Vietnam Education Foundation Fellows Association (VEFFA)
  3. Certificate of Appreciation (2012, 2013) in recognition of valuation contributions to the Vietnam Education Foundation annual conference
  4. Vietnam Education Foundation fellowship (2010-2012)

  1. Director of Executive team of VEF Fellows and Scholars Association (2013-2014)
  2. Core team member (2013-2016), editor of Vietnam Journal of Science
  3. Reviewer for Environmental Science and Technology and Algal Research Journals
  4. Volunteering with AirSense (SPARC HUST) low-cost air quality project on data analysis and device calibration (2018-2019)