Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Wang Rong

Chair, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Singapore Membrane Technology Centre, Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI)

Prof Wang Rong

Dr Rong Wang is currently a Professor and Chair in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She also holds the position of Director, Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC). She is the founding President of Membrane Society in Singapore (MEMSIS).

Dr Wang received her Bachelor degree from Zhejiang University, China in 1984 and PhD degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1992. Prior to joining CEE, NTU, she was a Senior Research Scientist/Group Leader/Deputy Centre Director/Centre Director at the Institute of Environmental Science & Engineering (IESE), Singapore. She also worked at the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE), CAS as an Assistant Professor/Associate Professor before joining IESE in 1999.

Dr Wang has over 30 years of experience in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Water and Energy related research and innovation. She specializes in novel membrane development for water and wastewater treatment, liquid purification and gas separation, and in development of novel hybrid membrane systems and process simulation.

Dr Wang has over 270 SCI tracked journal publications (cited times: >13300, h-index: 66 @Web of Science) and over 150 conference contributions. She is the inventor of 24 patents/ technical disclosures for novel membrane fabrication. One patent led to the setup of a spin-off company, Aquaporin Asia, in 2011 for biomimetic membrane commercialization. Another spin-off company, Aromatec Pte Ltd, was formed in 2018 based on the forward osmosis (FO) membrane technology developed by her team. She has co-authored 12 book chapters. She is an Editor of Journal of Membrane Science, and also on the editorial board of Desalination.

Dr Wang was featured among the top 25 leading water researchers globally by Lux Research in 2013, and was the winner of Singapore Minister for National Development R&D Award in 2013. She received a prestigious “Alternative Water Prize” from Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) of Saudi Arabia in 2016, and Nanyang Research Award in 2018. She was appointed to President’s Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at NTU in 2019.

Research Interests
Dr Wang's main research interests cover membrane science & technology, chemical & environmental engineering processes. She focuses on:

• Development of various novel membranes such as biomimetic reverse osmosis (RO) membrane, synthetic water channel-based RO membrane, organic solvent resistant nanofiltration (NF) membrane, forward osmosis (FO)/pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) hollow fiber membranes, low pressure NF membranes, hydrophobic membrane distillation (MD) membranes, extractive membranes and mixed matrix membranes for membrane-based separation & purification processes for water and energy productions, and for wastewater treatment in pharmaceutical industry;
• Membrane surface modification for fouling control in water & wastewater treatments; modification of microporous membranes to enhance membrane anti-wetting and anti-fouling properties for MD and membrane contactor applications; dynamic membrane and system development;
• Brine processing by membrane distillation crystallization and membrane distillation module design;
• Simulation and optimization of various membrane processes for seawater desalination and CO2 capture in membrane contactors, etc.
Current Projects
  • Development of 8 Inch Novel High Efficiency Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) Membrane Modules Towards Potential Pilot Testing And Field Validation
  • Feasibility study to fabricate biomimetic hollow fiber membranes incorporating human aquaporins, bacterial porins and viral ion channels for biotechnological applications.
  • Performance Evaluation of Novel Draw Solute with Forward Osmosis (FO) and Feasibility Study of The FO-based Water Treatment for Zero Liquid Discharge
  • Scale-up the Fabrication of High Performance Aquaporin (AQP)-based Biomimetic Flat-Sheet Membranes for Seawater Desalination
  • Scale-up the Fabrication of High Performance Aquaporin (AQP)-based Biomimetic Hollow Fiber Membranes for Water Reuse and Desalination
  • Supporting Module Design, Fabrication and Operation to Harness the Benefits of HAOPS (Heated Aluminium Oxide Particles) for Fouling Control as a Novel Pretreatment in Practical Membrane-Based Water Processes
  • Synthetic Channel-Based Biomimetic Membranes for Desalination
Selected Publications
  • Jing Wei, Ye Li, Laurentia Setiawan, Rong Wang *. (2016). Influence of macromolecular additive on reinforced flat-sheet thin film composite pressure-retarded osmosis membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, 511(2016), 54-64.
  • Xuesong Li, Shuren Chou, Rong Wang, Lei Shi, Wangxi Fang, G. Chaitra, Chuyang Y. Tang, Jaume Torres, Xiao Hu, Anthony G. Fane. (2015). Nature gives the best solution for desalination: Aquaporin-based hollow fiber composite membrane with superior performance. Journal of Membrane Science, 494, 68-77.
  • Chang Liu, Lei Shi, Rong Wang. (2015). Crosslinked layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte nanofiltration hollow fiber membrane for low-pressure water softening with the presence of SO42− in feed water. Journal of Membrane Science, 486, 169-176.
  • Fang Wangxi ; Shi Lei ; Wang Rong. (2013). Interfacially polymerized composite nanofiltration hollow fiber membranes for low-pressure water softening. Journal of Membrane Science, 430, 129-139.
  • R. Wang*, L. Shi, C. Y. Tang, S. Chou, C. Qiu, A.G. Fane. (2010). Characterization of novel forward osmosis hollow fiber membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, 355, 158–167.

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