​Dr. Yong Wai Fen & Team Invited to Publish in Special Issue of Membranes


The Center for Postgraduate Studies and Research congratulates Lau Hui Shen, Lau Siew Kei, Soh Leong Sing, Hong Seang Uyin, Gok Xie Yuen, and Associate Professor Dr. Yong Wai Fen from the XMUM School of Energy and Chemical Engineering for the recent article published in Membranes, an SCI Q2 journal with a latest impact factor of 4.106. 

This review is an invited article for the journal’s Special Issue Hollow Fiber Membranes: Past, Present and Future. Hui Shen, Siew Kei, Leong Sing, Seang Uyin, and Xie Yuen are master’s students under the supervision of Dr. Yong Wai Fen, the articles corresponding author. This is an international collaboration work with Dr. Shouliang Yi from the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, USA. This work is funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Xiamen University Malaysia Research Fund, and Hengyuan International Sdn. Bhd. 

Entitled “State-of-the-Art Organic- and Inorganic-Based Hollow Fiber Membranes in Liquid and Gas Applications: Looking Back and Beyond, this review systematically outlines the latest advances in organic, inorganic, and composite hollow fiber membranes. Their utilization in various liquid and gas applications - including microfiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, forward osmosis, pervaporation, gas and vapor separation, membrane distillation, and membrane contactor - is presented, while their applications in nuclear waste treatment and biomedical fields such as hemodialysis and drug delivery are emphasized. Moreover, the emerging R&D areas, particularly green fabrication and modification techniques as well as sustainable materials for hollow fiber membranes, are highlighted. As such, the comprehensive and critical insights gained in this review are anticipated to provide a new research doorway to stimulate the future development and optimization of hollow fiber membranes.

“Working together as a team on this publication has been inspiring and fruitful, said the researchers. “We are grateful for this opportunity that sharpened our analytical thinking and writing skills, while stipulating new insights for continuing exploring the application of hollow fiber membranes.”


The article can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes12050539.



Graphical abstract of the review paper.


Starting from the left: Lau Hui Shen, Lau Siew Kei, Soh Leong Sing, Seang Hong Uyin, Gok Xie Yuen

Dr. Yong Wai Fen is an Associate Professor at the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University Malaysia. With a Ph.D. degree from the National University of Singapore, her research interests include sustainable materials and membrane technologies for CO2 capture, biogas separation, industrial air purification, and water purification. She is also a Chartered Engineer under the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK. She has won several prestigious awards including the Green Talents Award in 2016, Top 50 outstanding Green Talents alumni from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the Finalist of the Energy and Sustainability Awards from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Singapore.

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