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Polymeric membranes for clean water, clean air and renewable energy

Abstract  Clean water, clean air, renewable energy, global warming and affordable healthcare are five major concerns globally resulting from clean water shortages, severe haze in air, high fluctuations of oil prices, climate changes and high costs of healthcare. Clean water, clean air and public health are highly related, while renewable energy is essential for sustainable prosperity. Among many potential solutions, advances in membrane technology are one of the most direct, effective and feasible approaches to solve these sophisticated issues. Membrane technology is a fully integrated science and engineering which consists of materials science and engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering, separation and purification phenomena, environmental science and sustainability, statistical mechanics-based molecular simulation, process and product design. In this presentation, we will introduce our efforts on membrane development for water reuse, seawater desalination, osmotic power generation, clean air and renewable energy.

 *About the speaker

     Dr. Tai-Shung (Neal) Chung is the Provost’s Chair Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on polymeric membranes for clean water and clean energy. He is an Editor of CHERD (Chem Eng Research and Design) and editorial board members of 20 journals including J. Membrane Science, AIChE J., I&EC Research, Desalination, Separation and Purification Reviews, Chemical Engineering J. and many others. In 2005-2008, he worked as a Senior Consultant for Hyflux, led and built its membrane research team. He became a Fellow in the Academy of Engineering Singapore (新加坡工程科学院院士) in 2012 and received IChemE (Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK) 2014 Underwood Medal for exceptional research in separations and Singapore President’s Technology Award in 2015. He was a highly cited researcher in both Chemical Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering by the Elsevier and Shanghai Global Ranking in 2016.  His H-index is 81 (Scopus).

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