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Prof. Rong Wang
Prof. Rong Wang Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


​Prof. Wang is currently a Full Professor and Chair in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She also holds the position of Director, Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC). She is the founding President of the Membrane Society in Singapore. Prof. Wang has over 25 years of experience in Chemical Engineering, Water & the Environment and Energy related research and development. She has been specializing in novel membrane fabrication and characterization for water treatment, liquid purification and gas separation, and in development of novel hybrid membrane systems in the past 17 years. She has over 200 peer-reviewed publications (cited times: >6400, h-index: 46 @ Web of Science) and over 100 conference contributions in membranes and other aspects of chemical & environmental engineering. She is also the inventor of 20 patents/technical disclosures regarding novel membrane preparation, and has co-authored 7 book chapters. She is an Editor of Journal of Membrane Science, and also on the editorial board of Desalination. Professor Wang was a co-recipient of the Minister for National Development R&D Award (Merit) 2013 in Singapore. She was featured among the top 25 leading water researchers globally by Lux Research 2013. Recently, Prof. Wang won a prestigious award, "the Alternative Water Resources Prize" under the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) 2016.

All sessions by Prof. Rong Wang

  • Day 1Monday, February 20th
Session 1: Advanced Membranes/Processes I
11:00 am

Gas-Liquid Membrane Contactors for Acid Gas Removal: Recent Advances & Future Challenges

The interest to remove CO2 from gas streams such as natural gas and biogas to obtain fuel with enhanced energy content and prevent corrosion problems in the gas transportation system, in addition to CO2 implications to the climate change, have driven the development of CO2 separation technologies. One type of membrane-based technology which has attracted considerable attention during past decades is hollow fiber gas-liquid membrane contactor, as it shows great potential for CO2 separation when combined with the chemical absorbent process. The membrane contactor utilizes hydrophobic microporous membranes to provide a large interfacial area to separate the liquid phase and the gas phase. Surface hydrophobicity is important to prevent the pores from being filled or partially filled by the liquid absorbent in order to ensure an efficient mass transfer process. In this talk, the key challenges for the development of membrane contactor will be addressed, followed by the presentation of our work on developing various strategies to make hydrophobic microporous membranes, including wet-chemical hydrophobic modification, fluorinated nanoparticles incorporation, and inorganic-organic composite membrane formation via in-situ vapor induced hydrolyzation. The future opportunities for achieving breakthrough in membrane contactor that can lead to large scale practical applications are also highlighted.

Level 0, between bld. 4 and 5 11:00 - 11:30 Details