CME Undergraduate Publishes on Thin Film Nanocomposite Membranes in SCI Q1 Journal


The Research Management Center congratulates undergraduate student Chew Yi Tong and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yong Wai Fen from XMUM School of New Energy and Chemical Engineering on publishing in Chemical Engineering Research and Design, an SCI Q1 journal with an impact factor of 3.739.

Entitled “Recent advances of thin film nanocomposite membranes: Effects of shape/structure of nanomaterials and interfacial polymerization methods”, the article summarizes the emerging development of thin film nanocomposites (TFN) membranes incorporated with porous and non-porous nanofillers in the nanofiltration and reverse osmosis process. The authors discussed the effect of nanofillers’s shape/structure on the TFN selective layer and compared the transport mechanisms of water molecules and solutes in TFN membranes. Besides, the authors presented various modified interfacial polymerization methods to improve the dispersibility of nanofillers or the fabrication of defect-free selective layers. The challenges and perspectives for TFN membranes have also been highlighted in this paper.

 This figure illustrates the surface characteristics of different nanofiller shapes.

Chew Yi Tong

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to my supervisor, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yong Wai Fen for her guidance and support for my final year project and for the writing of this review paper. Thanks to her extensive knowledge, profound experience and professional expertise in membrane separation technology, Dr. Yong has sharpened my thinking and brought my work to a higher level. I hope this review paper could provide a useful viewpoint for researchers to further explore the shapes or structure of nanomaterials in developing next-generation high-performance membranes.”

Dr. Yong Wai Fen

Dr. Yong Wai Fen is an Associate Professor with School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University Malaysia. She obtained her PhD degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2014 and continued working there as a postdoctoral fellow till 2017. Her research focuses on developing sustainable materials and membrane technologies for biogas separation, industrial air purification, haze removal, air quality control and water treatment. She was awarded as Chartered Engineer by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK in 2019. She has won several prestigious awards including 2016 Green Talents Award and Top 50 outstanding Green Talents alumni from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Finalist of the Energy and Sustainability Awards from Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Singapore, Travel Grant Award from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Australia, and Elias Klein Travel Award from North American Membrane Society (NAMS). To date, Dr. Yong has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in SCI journals and 4 patent applications on membrane science and technology for her groundbreaking work. Google Scholar:


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