Professor Dr. (Neal) Tai-Shung Chung
Provost’s Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of SingaporeBibliography
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.
Professor Ir. Dr. Nor Aishah Saidina AminProfessor 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).
Photocatalytic Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Fuels in Monolith Reactor
Catastrophic weather changes are linked to climate change. Climate change is associated with excess amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) from various sources including palm oil mills, power plants and vehicles. Hence, photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to fuels is one of the feasible solutions to alleviate the effect of climate change. The synthesis of heterogeneous photocatalyst combines the unique properties of semiconductor and metal oxides to synergize the effect between charge recombination rate and redox potentials. However, the surface properties of the catalyst and coke resistant ability should be improved to obtain high yield of fuel. From the characterization results of TiO2 nanoparticles modified with metal, the CO2 adsorption, band gap of photocatalyst, and electrochemistry are crucial for obtaining high fuel selectivity. Since CO2 has high acidity, a photocatalyst with basic surface is essential for better adsorption between CO2 and the catalytic surface. Apparently, rate of recombination between hole and electron is a major limitation for semiconductor material. The use of co-catalysts for reducing the rate of electron-hole recombination could improve the performance of the catalyst. The use of monolith reactor improves the efficiency of the photocatalytic system.
Mr. Jan Peter Bredehoeft
Director, Operations, BASF PETRONAS Chemicals
A citizen of Germany, Jan Peter graduated from University of Dortmund in Chemical Engineering (M. Eng). He also has a Master of Business Administration by University of Mannheim and ESSEC, Paris. Jan Peter started his career at BASF SE in Germany in 1999.In his 18 years with BASF in different locations, he has done process design projects, engineering/maintenance, EHS, procurement and operations; providing him with a complete knowledge and experience on how to design and build safe, efficient and reliable plants at best total cost of ownership, how to keep the plant in top condition, and how to gain the best output. His exposure to different processes, type of plants and working environments is very impressive.Jan Peter is married with 3 children.
Professional Career (Recent Highlights)
Current Director, Operations
BASF PETRONAS Chemicals
2013 Vice President Indirect Procurement Europe
BASF SE, Germany
2009 Vice President Engineering, Maintenance, EHS and Utilities
BASF-YPC Chemicals Company Ltd. Nanjing, China
2005 Senior Manager of Mechanical Engineering
BASF SE, Germany
2002 Senior Consultant Operational Excellence Project
BASF SE, Germany
1999 Process Engineer
BASF SE, Germany
Energy Optimisation by BASF's Verbund Concept
Mr. Murali Samudram
Corporate Group Services, Energy and Environment Engineer, Nestle Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons), Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Accreditaions and Licenses
- 2nd Grade Steam Engineer (Malaysian Dept of Occupational Safety and Health)
- Energy Manager (Malaysian Energy Commission)
- Nestec Certified Boiler House Auditor.
2010-Present Nestle Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Corporate Group Services, Energy and Environment Engineer
1) To drive the Energy and Water reduction targets for 8 factories in Malaysia Singapore.
2) To coach and guide the General Services Engineers in the market to ensure compliance , reliability and energy efficient.
3) Environment Officer for the market. & coordinate environment activities for the factories.
4) To support Co Manufacturers.
5) Prepare annual environmental report for Nestle Malaysia to achieve rating of GRI A+.
6) Maintain Zero Landfill Initiative for the market.
7) Certified Boiler House Safety Auditor for Zone AOA. ( Australia, New Zealand and India)
8) Represent in FMM Energy and Environmental Committee.
2006-2009 Nestle Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd Shah Alam Complex
Engineering Manager (Shah Alam Factory)
1) Managing the Maintenance & Improvement activities for factory – RM 16 mio/yr
2) Managing the Capital Expenditure ( CAPEX) for factory – RM 20 - 30 mio/yr)
3) Managing the Energy for the Factory – RM 28 mio /yr.
4) SHE Management for Factory - obtained OHSAS 18000 and ISO 140000 – SGS audit.
5) Industrial Services Expert for Nestle Malaysia/Spore – Advisor & Auditor
1995-2005 Nestle Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Senior Utilities Engineer (Petaling Jaya Factory)
1) Provide Engineering support for Utilities Plant ( Boilers, Chillers, AHU’s , Air Compressors, WWTP and Building ) , Chilled Dairy Plant ( Processing & F/P) and Culinary Sauces Plant.
2) Factory Safety Health and Environment coordinator – [ SHE] .
1992-1994 Palmco Oil Mill Penang
Plant Engineer ( Production & Maintenance)
Specialise in extraction of Crude Palm Kernel Oil 1989-1991 Pasir Gudang Edible Oil
Assistant Engineer ( Production )
Specialize in Palm Oil Refinery ( Physical & Chemical) and Fractionation ( Dry and Wet).
Sustainability Strategies and Practice in Nestle Malaysia