Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Wang Rong

Chair, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Singapore Membrane Technology Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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 Processing Engineering (IPE), CAS as an Assistant Professor/Associate Professor before joining IESE in 1999.

Dr Wang has over 25 years of experience in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Water and Energy related R&D. She specializes in novel membrane preparation and characterization 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 200 SCI tracked journal publications (cited times: >7100, h-index: 48 @Web of Science) and over 100 conference contributions. She is the inventor of 23 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. 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 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. In 2016, Dr Wang won a prestigious award, “the Alternative Water Resources Prize” under the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) 2016.

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

(1) Development of various novel membranes such as forward osmosis (FO)/pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) hollow fiber membranes, biomimetic membranes, low pressure nanofiltration (NF) membranes, hydrophobic membrane distillation (MD) membranes, extractive membranes and mixed matrix membranes for membrane-based separation & purification processes for water and energy productions;

(2) Membrane surface modification for fouling control in water & wastewater treatments; modification of microporous membranes to enhance membrane surface hydrophobicity for MD and membrane contactor applications;

(3) Brine processing by membrane distillation crystallization and membrane distillation module design;

(4) Simulation and optimization of various membrane processes such as forward osmosis membrane process for seawater desalination; CO2 capture in membrane contactors; concentration polarization in FO/UF membrane systems and separation of mixed gases in membrane modules, etc.
Current Projects
  • Development and Application of High-Performance Air Separation Membranes for Oxygen-Enhanced Waste-To-Energy Incineration
  • Development of 8 Inch Novel High Efficiency Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) Membrane Modules Towards Potential Pilot Testing And Field Validation
  • Development of Novel Membranes
  • Development of a novel process for desalination using forward osmosis membrane
  • Forward osmosis membranes for liquid food concentration
  • Improved Antifouling for Membranes
  • Membrane Separation Technology
  • 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
  • Towards High Recovery in Water Reclamation Processes: High Performance NF-MBR+RO Hybrid System
  • Tranch-3 Development of NEWRI
  • Travel Budget
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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