Prof Haiping Yang

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Prof Yang’ research is focused on Biomass pyrolysis/gasification for H2 enriched gas fuel, liquid fuel and carbon contained materials and chemicals. So far she has published over 200 SCI papers, 10 book chapters and SCI citation is over 18000 with 10 papers cited in ESI. Now she owns Newton Advanced Fellowships (2018)the Most Cited Chinese Researchers (Elsevier, 2014-2020) and Top 2% of Scientists on Stanford List. She gained the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars program in 2016 and Distinguished Young Scholars program in 2021 (China). She is an associated editor of Fuel Processing Technology, and board member of Energy Conversion and Management, Fuel, Journal of the Energy Institute, and Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, she is also Board Directors member of Combustion Institute and Chinese Renewable Energy Society. 

Prof Wanqin Jin

Nanjing Tech University

Dr. Wanqin Jin is a professor of Chemical Engineering at Nanjing Tech University, the Director of the State Key laboratory of Materials-oriented Chemical Engineering. He is the Chief-scientist of the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) and Major Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and he is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. from Nanjing University of Technology in 1999. He was a research associate at Institute of Materials Research &Engineering of Singapore (2001), an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (2001-2003), visiting professors at Arizona State University (2007) and Hiroshima University (2011, JSPS invitation fellowship). His currently research focuses on the development of membrane materials and processes. He has published over 300 refereed journal publications including Nature, Nat. Mater., Nat. Rev. Mater., Nat. Comm., Adv. Mater., Angew. Chem., AIChE J., J. Membr. Sci. with 25,000+ citations; written 3 monographs, contributed 6 book chapters and hold 64 authorized patents. He was co-chair of the 10th International Congress on Membrane and membrane Processes (ICOM2014), and he is now an editor of Journal of Membrane Science and a council member of Aseanian Membrane Society (AMS). His research has been awarded the Underwood Medal (2019) by the IChemE (UK) and the “Humboldt Research Award” (2021) by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his leading research in the area of separation.

Prof Jianrong Li

Beijing University of Technology

Jian-Rong “Jeff” Li obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 from Nankai University. Until 2007, he was an assistant professor at the same University. From 2008 to 2009, he has been a postdoctoral research associate at Texas A&M University; from 2010 he has been an assistant research scientist at the same university. Since 2012, he has been a full professor at Beijing University of Technology. His research interest focuses on new porous materials for energy and environmental science. He has been selected as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher from 2017 and 2022, and filed more than 40 patents. He has been an author/co-author of ten book chapters and more than 340 papers (> 40000 citations) published in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Mater., Nature Chem., Nature Energy, Chem, Nature Commun., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem., EES, Adv. Mater., Engineering, AIChE J., Chem. Rev., Chem. Soc. Rev., and Acc. Chem. Res.

Prof Ryan Lively

School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Ryan Lively is the Thomas C. DeLoach Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research seeks to revolutionize fluid separation processes critical to the global energy and carbon infrastructure. He has a specific focus on membrane- and adsorbent-based science and technology aimed at addressing some of the world’s most difficult chemical separations. His group’s research activities range from fundamental material science and discovery to translational engineering applications focusing on making and testing separation devices. He has received a variety of awards for his research efforts including the 2020 Allan P. Colburn Award from AIChE, and the 2022 Curtis W. McGraw Award from ASEE. He is currently an Editor for the Journal of Membrane Science, the President of the North American Membrane Society, and an ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division Fellow. He is the Director of the Center for Understanding & Controlling Accelerated and Gradual Evolution of Materials for Energy (UNCAGE-ME), an Energy Frontier Research Center of the US Department of Energy. He has over 150 publications in the field of separations including articles in Science, Nature, and Nature Materials

Prof Haiqing Lin

University at Buffalo

Dr. Haiqing Lin received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and then joined Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR) as a Senior Research Scientist.  He led projects on natural gas clean-up and CO2/H2 separation membranes (such as Polaris™ membranes) for precombustion carbon capture.  Dr. Lin joined University at Buffalo (UB) as an assistant professor in 2013 and was promoted to full professor in 2021.  His research focuses on advanced membranes for gas separations such as carbon capture and water purification.  He has co-authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles with a Google Scholar citation of 9500.  He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2016, the Innovation Award from the AIChE Separation Division in 2020, the Exceptional Scholar: Sustained Achievement Award from UB in 2021, and SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2022.

Prof Yinhua Wan

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Prof. Yinhua Wan is a Professor of Biochemical Engineering, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China. He also serves as Vice President of Ganjiang Innovation Academy, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Chemical Engineering from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China in 1993 and D. Phil. in Biochemical Engineering from Oxford University, Oxford, UK in 2004. He is currently serving as Vice Director of National Engineering Research Centre for Biotechnology (Beijing) and Vice Director of State Key Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS. He is also serving as Executive Board Member and Vice Secretary-General of Asian Federation of Biotechnology. He sits at Editorial Boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Water Process Engineering, Membrane Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering, Water Treatment Technology, etc.


Currently, Prof Wan’s research covers a wide range of membrane technology development for carbon capture, cleaner production, biorefinery of lignocellulosic materials, bioseparation and wastewater treatment, with focus on development of novel and high-performance hydrophobic membranes, and fermentation-membrane separation coupling processes for production of bioproducts. He developed high performance inorganic-organic hybrid pervaporation membranes and invented a number of new membrane processes and membrane fouling control technologies, some of which have been successfully applied in industrial applications and produced significant economical and social benefits. So far, he has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, 4 co-authored monographs. He received the first prize of the Science and Technology Progress Award from China National Food Industry Association, the first prize of the Technology Invention Award from China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation, the second prize of the Science and Technology for Development Award from Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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. He 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), the highly reputable and supports young scholars who have made outstanding achievements in fundamental research. He was awarded as Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016.

He published over 280 refereed papers in chemical engineering and materials science SCI journals such as Nature Energy, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communication, JACS, Angew Chemie, AIChE J; he also holds 38 patents; his papers have received more than 200,000 citations (with H-index of 78).  He services to the scientific community include serving as a referee for over 20 journals and 5 funding agencies. He was chair of the first Sino-German Symposium on Inorganic Membrane with Nano Design (2010, Guangzhou) and Co-Chair of the Second Sino-German Symposium on Inorganic Membrane for Clean Energy and Clear Environment (2012, Hannover). He severed as an Associated Editor of Reaction Chemistry & Engineering (RSC)

Prof Xin Tu

University of Liverpool

Xin Tu is a Professor (Chair of Plasma Catalysis) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University of Liverpool. He received a PhD in Physics from CORIA CNRS UMR 6614 (Université de Rouen, France) and a PhD in Thermal Engineering from Zhejiang University (China) in 2007. His research mainly focuses on plasma chemistry and plasma catalysis for environmental clean-up and sustainable production of fuels and chemicals including gas cleaning, CO2 conversion, CH4 activation, hydrogen production, nitrogen fixation and biomass/plastics conversion. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed journal papers (H-index 59, >10000 citations), 7 book chapters, and holds 5 international patents. He has chaired 5 international conferences and has given over 70 invited talks at international conferences. He was the Editor of the book Plasma Catalysis: Fundamentals and Applications” (Springer Nature, 2019). He led a group of 16 scientists to deliver the 2020 Plasma Catalysis Roadmap (published in J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 2020, 53, 443001, 51 pages).

Prof Meihong Wang

University of Sheffield

Professor Wang was trained as a Process Engineer in China and moved to the UK in 1999 to join Imperial College London as Research Assistant (also part-time PhD at University College London), and then Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2002. From 2004 to 2006, he worked as Senior Engineer in Alstom Power, UK. He began his position at the University of Sheffield in 2016. Since 2007, he has been investigators in over 20 research grants with funding from UKRI (EPSRC and NERC), European Commission (FP7 and Horizon 2020) and Industry (RWE npower, Alstom and BF2RA). Professor Wang has published over 200 technical papers and industrial reports. One of his publications (Lazic et al., 2014) was awarded SAGE Best Paper Prize 2014 and also Ludwig Mond Prize 2014 by IMechE. Another paper (Wang et al., 2011) is the most cited paper in Chemical Engineering Research and Design since 2010. The paper (Aneke and Wang, 2016) was given the most cited Review Paper Award by Elsevier - Applied Energy Journal. He was also a  joint winner of Nigeria Prize for Science 2019.

Prof. Yuegui Zhou

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Yuegui Zhou is a professor at School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received the Ph.D degree in Thermal Energy Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1999 and worked as a visiting scholar at University of Utah in 2009. His main research work includes clean coal combustion, pollutants formation and emission control, carbon dioxide capture, utilization and storage (Oxy-fuel combustion, MILD Oxy-fuel combustion, highly-efficient and low-cost CO2 absorption) and carbon-free fuel combustion. He has presided over thirty scientific research projects including National Natural Science Foundation and National Key Research and Development Plans. He has published more than 100 papers, and received Shanghai Science and Technology Invention Award and Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, Ministry of Education. He is a vice director of National Standardization Technical Committee on Combustion, Energy Saving and Purification of Standardization Administration of China, Council Member of Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering, Council Member of Shanghai Energy Research Society and Director of the Special Committee on Clean Energy Utilization, Member of the International Combustion Society.

Prof Zhi Wang

Tianjin University

Zhi Wang is a professor at Tianjin University and the director of Tianjin Key Laboratory of Membrane Science and Seawater Desalination Technology, China. He has carried out research on membrane science and technology for many years, focusing on CO2 capture, gas purification and seawater desalination. He developed a variety of internationally advanced separation membrane materials, and built several large-scale membrane production lines and membrane devices as the technical leader.

Professor Wang has been responsible for 53 scientific research projects with a total funding of over 90 million Yuan. He has published approximately 260 SCI papers in internationally high-quality journals such as Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, JACS, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Membrane Science, and AIChE Journal, and has been granted 51 national invention patents. 

Prof Tongwen Xu

University of Science and Technology of China

Dr. Tongwen Xu is a full-time Professor of Chemistry Engineering at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). The research interests of Dr. Xu are focused on the development and practical applications of ion exchange membranes. In his lab, he explores novel types of materials for cation/anion exchange membranes and bipolar membranes. He also investigates green and safe functionalization methods that can convert normal polymers into ion exchange membranes. Dr. Xu is dedicated to the industrial applications of ion exchange membranes, including diffusion dialysis (DD), electrodialysis (ED), bipolar membrane electrodialysis (BMED). In doing so, he expects to solve the most urgent challenge related to energy conversion and storage, environment and resources. Prof. Xu has authored >500 publications (including Nature, JACS, Angnew Chem, Adv Mater, AIChE J), 6 Books, 20+ Chapters, and holds >90 issued China Patents for ion exchange membranes and related processes. He is named as a highly cited researcher by Thomson Reuters (ISI Web of Knowledge) with over 20000+ citations and H-index of 77. Prof. Xu is the Editor of Journal of Membrane Science, and editorial boards of Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., Desalination, J. Polym Sci., and etc. Prof. Xu’s contribution to ion exchange membranes and related processes has brought him numerous awards. He received the first class Technical Advance Awards of Chinese Membrane Society (2006, 2009), the first class Technical Advance Awards of Chinese Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Society (2008, 2009, 2021), Outstanding Youth Foundation of China (2010), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry(2013), Cheung Kong Scholars (2014), Award for the National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent Project (2015), K.C.Wong Talent Award (2016), Hou Debang Chemical Engineering Science and Technology Award of Innovation (2016), National Award for Technological Invention (2018), Fellow of Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC) (2020) et al.

Prof Xin Xu

Fudan University

Professor Xin Xu received his doctoral degree in theoretical chemistry from Xiamen University, China, in 1991. After a postdoctoral stay at Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Academia Sinica, he was appointed as an associated professor in 1993 and was promoted to a full professor in 1995 in the Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University, where he became the Lu-Jia-Xi Chair professor in 2006. He moved to Fudan University in Shanghai as a distinguished chair professor in 2010. Xin Xu was awarded the Ten-Outstanding Young Chemists of 1995, issued by Chinese Chemical Society. He received reward fundings from Fok Ying Tung Foundation (Hong Kong) in 1998, from State Education Commission for Outstanding Young Professors in Chinese University in 2000, and from National Natural Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scientists in 2006. He was appointed as a Ming-Jiang Scholar of Fujian province in 2006, and a Chang-Jiang Chair professor in 2012. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and have received >17000 citations with an H-index of 60. He has been invited to give over 200 lectures. He serves on the editorial board of several international journals, including as an Associate Editor for JACS Au published by the American Chemical Society. His main research area is Density Functional Theory (DFT) and its applications including in CO2 conversion and utilization.

Prof Xiwang Zhang

The University of Queensland

Prof. Xiwang Zhang is the Endowed Dow Chair in Sustainable Engineering Innovation at The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Director of UQ Dow Centre. Before joining UQ in January of 2022, he was a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, the Founding Director of ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation, and the Deputy Director of Monash Centre for Membrane Innovation. His research focuses on membrane technology and advanced catalysis for energy-efficient separation, water and wastewater treatment, resource recovery, green chemical synthesis and renewable energy generation. Prof. Zhang has over 15 years of R&D experiences in both academia and industry with demonstrated achievements in technology development and translation. Prof. Zhang was the recipient of the prestigious ARC Australian Research Fellowship, Future Fellowship (Level 3) and Monash Larkins Fellowship