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4th International Conference of Chemical Engineering & Industrial Biotechnology

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof Neal Tai Shung Chung

    Professor Dr. (Neal) Tai-Shung Chung
    Provost’s Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore

    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. 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) 2014 Underwood Medal for exceptional research in separations and Singapore President’s Technology Award in 2015.

    Sustainability by designing polymer membranes for water reuse, seawater desalination and osmotic power generation

    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 development for water reuse, seawater desalination and osmotic power generation. In the beginning, we will introduce the basic science of hollow fiber fabrication, then talk about the ultrafiltration membrane development as a pre-treatment for seawater RO. After that, focuses will be shifted to nano-filtration, forward osmosis and osmotic power generation. Various material and fabrication strategies to enhance membrane performance will be discussed.
  • Prof Nor Aishah Saidina Amin

    Professor Ir. Dr. Nor Aishah Saidina Amin 
    Professor in Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

    Professor Nor Aishah Saidina Amin is the Head of Chemical Reaction Engineering Group, and former Deputy Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). She obtained her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at California State University, USA, and her M.Sc. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Her expertise includes applied catalysis, reactor design, reaction engineering and reactor modelling. Professor Aishah is a former visiting professor at the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland and more recently at EPFL, Switzerland. She was a guest editor for the Journal of Natural Gas Chemistry (Elsevier), and a reviewer for numerous ISI peer-reviewed journals. In recognition of her scholarly activity, she was a recipient of Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM) award in 2013. One of her paper contribution has been recognised as the Highly Cited Paper (2012-1013) in Applied Energy. Currently, she is a corporate member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and also an IChemE fellow (FIChemE).
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