Clean water, clean energy, global warming and affordable healthcare are four major concerns globally resulting from clean water shortages, high fluctuations of oil prices, climate changes and high costs of healthcare. Clean water and public health are also highly related, while clean 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 R&D for clean and renewable energy in terms of hydrogen, natural gas, biofuel and osmotic power generation. In the beginning, we will introduce the importance of this research, then talk about the membrane research for (1) H2 and CH4 separation, (2) pervaporation of biofuel and (3) osmotic power generation. Various material and fabrication strategies to enhance membrane performance will be discussed.
Short biography of Prof. (Neal) Tai-Shung Chung
Prof. Chung is a Jade Mountain Chair professor (玉山學者) at the Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Technology of NTUST, Taiwan. Before joining NTUST, he was a Provost’s Chair Professor at the ChBE dept of NUS in 2011-2021. His research focuses on polymeric membranes for clean water, clear air, clear energy and pharmaceutic separation. 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 in 2012 and received IChemE (Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK) Underwood Medal for exceptional research in separations and Singapore President’s Technology Award in 2015. He was a highly cited researcher in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering by the Elsevier and Shanghai Global Ranking in 2016 and received Distinction Award in Water Reuse and Conservation from International Desalination Association (IDA) in 2016. He was also a highly cited researcher from Clarivate Analytics in 2018 and 2019. His H-index = 110 (Scopus) or 130 (Google Scholar) and citations > 48194 (Scopus) and > 62,290 (Google Scholar) (June 18, 2021). He is an editorial board member of more than 20 journals including J. Membrane Science, Env. Sci. & Tech., AIChE J, Separation & Purification Tech., I&EC Research, Membranes and many others.
钟台生，新加坡工程院院士，新加坡国立大学教务长讲席教授，新加坡国立大学与美国麻省理工学院联盟董事。钟台生教授在膜科学与技术取得了卓越成就，获得总研发经费超过2亿元人民币。在国际知名学术期刊已发表论文600余篇，为化学工程和材料科学与工程领域论文全球高被引科学家之一（Elsevier和上海软科统计），H-index 89，总被引超过32000次（Scopus），拥有50多项授权专利和专利申请 (包括35项美国专利)，部分专利成果已商业化。担任AIChE Journal、Journal of Membrane Science、Chemical Engineering Journal等刊物编委。先后获得代表新加坡最高科技荣誉的新加坡总统科技奖(2015)、国际脱盐学会 (IDA) 水再生与保护杰出成就奖 (2016)、英国化学工程师学会 (IChemE) 分离技术领域杰出研究奖 (2014) 等十多项奖励。