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Plenary Lectures

8 plenary lectures delivered by prominent membrane experts representing the membrane societies in the "Asia" and "Oceanian" regions. 

Membrane bioreactors - what's next?
Faisal HAI (Australia)

Two-dimensional MXene membranes for separation
Haihui WANG (China)

Mixed matrix membranes – Unlimited scope for targeted surface modifications
C.N. MURTHY (India)

Molecular transport phenomena and development of microporous ceramic membranes
Tomohisa YOSHIOKA (Japan)

Polymeric membrane for gas separation: Prospects, challenges and opportunities for CO
2 capture
Abdul Latif AHMAD (Malaysia)

Nanostructured and functionalized membranes for water and aerosol applications
Dibakar BHATTACHARYYA (Singapore)

Moving membranes forward in desalination
Seungkwan HONG (South Korea)

Bio-inspired zwitterionic membranes: Molecular design and medical applications
Yung CHANG (Taiwan)

Plenary Speakers


Prof. Faisal HAI
University of Wollongong

Professor Hai is the director of the Strategic Water Infrastructure Lab (SWIL) and the coordinator of the 'Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Powerhouse’ of the University of Wollongong, Australia, where he is also the Head of School of the Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering. He is an elected executive board member of the Membrane Society of Australasia. Professor Hai is an Editor of ‘Water Science and Technology’ (IWA, UK) and ‘Journal of Water and Environment Technology’ (Japan Society on Water Environment) and a member of the editorial board of a number of Elsevier journals. Prof Hai is the lead editor of the book ‘Membrane Biological Reactors’ (co-edited with the inventor of the submerged membrane bioreactor technology Prof Kazuo Yamamoto), which has been one of the bestsellers from IWA publishing, UK.


Prof. Haihui WANG
Tsinghua University

Dr. Haihui Wang is a professor at Tsinghua University, China. He received Ph.D (2003) from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academic Science and was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and research associate at Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany (2003 - 2007). From 2007 to 2020, he was a professor at the School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering at South China University of Technology. He joined Tsinghua University in Nov. 2020. He received several awards, including Excellent Presidential Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2003), The Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2003), New Century Excellent Talents in Universities of China (2007), Award from Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation, Hongkong (2008), Pearl River Scholar for Distinguished Professor (2011), XPLORER PRIZE (2021), Highly Cited Researcher (2021, Clarivate), Elsevier Most Cited Chinese Researchers (2014-2021). He got Distinguished Young Scientist Foundation, National Nature Science Foundation of China (2012). He was awarded as Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016. He published over 280 refereed papers, holds 38 patents and his papers have received more than 20,000 citations (with H-index of 78). He serves as an Associated Editor of Reaction Chemistry & Engineering (RSC).


Prof. Chivukula Narayana MURTHY
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Prof. C. N. Murthy is a full-fledged Professor in Applied Chemistry Department of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. After a brief stint with the multinational company M/s Johnson & Johnson, he joined academics in the year 1993 and continues in this profession since then. A selected member of the Gujarat Science Academy, he is also the Secretary of the Indian Membrane Society. His research interests are in new polymer synthesis techniques, specifically, atom transfer radical polymerizations, chemical modifications on carbon nanomaterials and membranes. His recent research has focused on mixed matrix membranes and investigations into their morphological and surface characteristics.


Prof. Tomohisa YOSHIOKA
Kobe University

•1997: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Kyoto University •2016-till date: Professor, Research Center for Membrane and Film Technology, Graduate School of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Kobe University, JAPAN •2007-2016: Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Hiroshima University, JAPAN •1996-2007: Teaching and Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, Hiroshima University, JAPAN Awards: •The Society of Chemical Engineering of Japan (SCEJ) Award for Outstanding Research Achievement, 2021 •The Membrane Society of Japan, Outstanding Paper Award 2020 •Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan, Outstanding Paper Award 2013 •The Membrane Society of Japan, Research Encouragement Award 2005


Prof. Ir. Dr. Abdul Latif AHMAD
Universiti Sains Malaysia

Prof. Ir. Dr. Abdul Latif Ahmad was the Director of Nexus Engineering, USM (2017-2019), the Dean of School of Chemical Engineering, USM (2005-2010) and Research Dean (2010-2012). He obtained his BEng, MSc and PhD from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK. Being a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow to The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) UK, he is frequently being appointed by IChemE to accredit Chemical Engineering Program worldwide. He is an internationally renowned and acclaimed award-winning researcher in membrane science and technology. He has published more than 480 articles with citation of 22929 and h-index of 66. He has graduated 52 PhD and 71 master students.


University of Kentucky

Prof. Dibakar Bhattacharyya (DB) is the University of Kentucky Alumni Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the UK Center of Membrane Sciences, and a Fellow of AIChE and North American Membrane Society. He received his Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, M.S. from Northwestern University, USA and B.S. from Jadavpur University, India. He has published 249 refereed journal articles, books, and book chapters. He and his students have nine US patents (and two pending in 2021-2022) in membranes and environmental area. He and his group have pioneered the development of functionalized and reactive membranes for environmental remediation. Through collaborative work, he has further advanced the water related membranes to virus aerosol separations (ACS ES&T Eng, Feb 2022; Nature Pub Communications Materials Journal, In press, April 2022). Dr.Bhattacharyya has received a number of awards for his research and educational accomplishments, including the 2021 US SEC Faculty Achievement Award, 2020 AICHE (Sep div) Founders Award, 2018 Sturgill Award for graduate research and education, 2009 Gerhold award on Separations technology from AICHE, 2004 Kirwan Prize for Outstanding Research, 1989 Larry K. Cecil AIChE Environmental Division Award, the Kentucky Academy of Sciences Distinguished Scientist Award, AIChE Outstanding Student Chapter Counselor Awards, and the University of Kentucky Great Teacher (1984,1996, and 2008) Awards.

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Prof. Seungkwan (SK) HONG
Korea University
South Korea

•Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at Korea University, and a dean of KU-KIST graduate school of Energy and Environment •Ph.D. degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). •Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Central Florida (UCF), USA (1997~2003). •Director of KORAE research project in the middle East (Korean governmental research fund: 25 million US dollar). •Editor of Journal of Membrane Science, Associate Editors of Desalination and Water Treatment, and a member of Editorial Board of Journal Desalination. •Vice president of KSWE (Korean Society of Environmental Engineers) and KMS (Korean Membrane Society).


Prof. Yung CHANG
Chung Yuan Christian University

Prof Yung CHANG is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of the R&D center for Membrane Technology at Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) in Taiwan. His specialization is in the development of universal anti-(bio)fouling principles for the design of sustainable interfaces and membranes. His membrane research activities involve the application of advanced membrane materials, process technologies, and engineering systems for industries in water treatment (membrane bioreactor) and health care (blood transfusion). Prof. Chang has published 240+ SCI articles and 320+ conference papers with over 8,800 citations and h-index 51. He applied over 50 invention patents and received 38 licensed patents. Prof. Chang was awarded ‘The SCEJ Award for Outstanding Asian Researcher and Engineer’ in 2018. ‘Outstanding Chemical Engineering Technology Award’ from Chemical Engineering Society of Taiwan in 2020.

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