Professor Huanting Wang

Huanting Wang

Professor Huanting Wang

Professor and Australian Laureate Fellow
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Room 222, Green Chemical Futures, Clayton Campus

Prof Huanting Wang is an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering  and the Director of the ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation (2022-).

Originally qualified in material science and engineering at the University of Science and Technology of China, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology and University of California Riverside. Professor Wang was awarded an ARC QEII Fellowship in 2004, an ARC Future Fellowship in 2010, RACI R.K. Murphy Medal in 2019,  the Membrane Society of Australasia Tony Fane Award in 2020 and an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship. He was a member of the ARC Future Fellowship selection advisory committee in 2011, and a member of the ARC College of Experts in 2012-2015. Prof Wang was a Board Member of the Membrane Society of Australasia and a Council Member (treasurer) of the Aseanian Membrane Society, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry,  The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. He was the Associate Dean (International) of Faculty of Engineering (2010-2011, and 2014-2020),  the Associate Dean (International) of Faculty of Informational Technology (2014-2015), Deputy Head of Department of Chemical Engineering (2012-2014), and Founding Director of the Monash Centre for Membrane Innovation (2018-2022). He served as Asia Editor of Journal of Experimental Nanoscience in 2014-2019, and is currently an Associate Editor of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research and an Executive Editor-in-chief of Advanced Membranes. Prof Wang’s research focuses on nanomaterials and composite membranes for gas separation, water desalination and purification, chiral separation, ion transport and separation and electrochemical energy applications. He has co-authored over 420 papers (Highly cited researcher) and had eight patents licensed to six companies in Australia, the US and China, including two University spin-off companies.

Awards, Honours &  Professional Affiliations

Underwood Medal, The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) (2021)

Monash Honour Roll, Monash University (2020)

Australian Laureate Fellowship, The Australian Research Council (2020-)

Tony Fane Award, The Membrane Society of Australasia (2020)

R.K. Murphy Medal, The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2019)

Fellow, The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (2019-)

Associate Editor, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2019-)

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research Enterprise, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University (2018)

Fellow, The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2017-)

Member, The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2017-)

Council Member and Treasurer, The Aseanian Membrane Society (2015-2019).

Board Member, The Membrane Society of Australasia (2014-2017).

Asia Editor, Journal of Experimental Nanoscience (2014-2019)

Member,  ARC College of Experts (2012-2015)

Member, ARC Future Fellowship selection advisory committee (2011)

Fellow, The Royal Society of Chemistry (2011-).

Future Fellowship, The Australian Research Council (2010-2014)

Dean’s Research Excellence Award (early career researchers), Faculty of Engineering, Monash University (2007)

QEII Fellowship, The Australian Research Council (2004-2009)

Research Interests

Professor Huanting Wang’s research interest are in the following areas,

1. Nanomaterials

  • Zeolites, Metal organic frameworks (MOF), and Nanoporous carbons
  • Nanocomposites, Nanofibers, and Nanostructured ceramics

2. Membranes and catalysts

  • Ceramic membranes, Polymer membranes, Nanoporous (zeolite, MOF, carbon) membranes, and Composite membranes
  • Electrode catalysts, and Nanocatalysts

3. Separation and fuel cells

  • Gas separation, wastewater treatment and desalination
  • Proton exchange membranes and anion exchange membranes for fuel cells
  • Nanoporous electrodes for solid oxide fuel cells and low temperature fuel cells

4. Green chemical technology

  • Energy-efficient separation
  • Biofuel powered fuel cells

Research Projects

Current projects

Smart pack / coatings design to optimise meat quality (Monash GRIP)

ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation

The Hub aims to develop advanced separation materials, innovative products and smart processes to reduce the energy consumption of separation processes which underpin Australian industry. The Hub focuses on the development, synthesis, characterisation and integration of advanced materials (membranes, adsorbents and resins), across scales to enable novel products. The intended research outcomes allow the majority of Australian industry to become more energy-efficient and cost-competitive in a global economy. The Hub also aims to develop a highly-trained, industry-ready workforce and advance Australia’s capability as a world-leading technology provider in manufacturing advanced separation materials and equipment.

Development of Graphene-polymer ion exchange membranes for acid recovery

Development of Graphene-polymer ion exchange membranes for acid recovery from mining process water and wastewater and an examination of the feasibility of specific minerals recovery from mining tailing and mining process water and wastewater.

Non-polyamide-based polymer composite membranes for water processing

This proposal aims to develop an innovative two-dimensional nanosheets scaffold directed polymerisation technique for the fabrication of advanced membranes to address the key issues faced in the current polyamide membranes. The expected outcomes of the project include new membrane fabrication technology and nonpolyamide-based polymer membranes with outstanding oxidation tolerance and separation properties, thereby significantly simplifying membrane processes, and improving water processing efficiency in various industries such as wastewater treatment for power generation and clean drinking water production.

Structurally-bridged crystalline molecular sieve-polymer membranes

This project aims to produce an innovative membrane platform technology for highly efficient and cost effective separation in a range of important applications such as natural gas processing, using highly effective crystalline sieve materials. It will address the key current issue of the mismatch of mechanical properties between crystalline molecular sieve materials (zeolites and metal organic frameworks) and polymers, as well as the existence of coating flaws which limit their use as gas separation membranes. Nano-reinforcement will be created in the coating and polymer substrate, with nano-bridges between them. The resulting membranes will be mechanically tough and show superior separation performance compared to existing membranes.

Green Manufacturing of Graphene from Indigenous Natural Graphite and Graphene-based Nanofiltration Membranes

We will establish green chemical routes for transforming an industrial by-product into high-value material – graphene and further, develop scalable coating methods for producing asymmetric, inert, robust, and highly permeable graphene-membranes for safe and economical treatment of corrosive mining effluents and recovery of precious metals.

Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) Facility for Advanced Materials Processing

Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) is a novel materials processing technique with a unique combination of a high amperage and a high pressure in sintering. It is used for densification of powdered metal alloys, intermetallics, ceramics and composites in a very rapid manner (within a few minutes) and at significantly reduced temperature, thus it is especially useful for manufacturing nanostructured materials. The lack of this facility has severely restricted the research capability and creativity of Australian researchers. This proposal seeks to establish the first SPS facility in the country to meet the increasing demands by research organisations and companies nationwide for the development of advanced materials. ‘

Past projects

Non-brittle ceramic hollow fiber membranes

Composite Membranes for Energy-efficient Separation Technologies

This project aims to develop an interfacial crystallization process for the fabrication of a new class of metal organic framework-polymer composite membranes. This innovative approach will yield a simple, cost effective
and scalable process for membrane fabrication. The research will also provide a detailed understanding of structural evolution and transport properties of these composite membranes. This project will have the potential to significantly improve energy efficiency in various separation processes including hydrogen purification, CO2 capture and water desalination. In addition, the project will foster research collaborations with world leading researchers.

Research and development of environmental water treatment solutions

Bubble Point Tester

Facility for in-situ nuclear magnetic resonance of advanced materials and devices

This proposal seeks to establish a solid state NMR imaging facility which will be unique in Australia; a 600MHz wide bore NMR instrument that will include gradients for diffusion measurements in a variety of materials (polymers and ionic liquids for example) and in-situ imaging of devices and membrane separation processes. The facility will support and underpin research undertaken within three ARC Centres of Excellence as well as create even stronger links between CSIRO researchers and the University sector. A
feature of this cooperation is the involvement of two international experts in device imaging who will work with the CI’s in pushing the boundaries of this technique.

Flexible carbonaceous hybrid membranes for separation application

Fast Stimuli-responsive Polymer Hydrogels as a New Class of Draw Agent for Forward Osmosis Desalination

This project proposes for the first time to use hydrogel particles as the draw agent in the emerging forward osmosis water desalination technology. The chemistry and morphology of the hydrogel particles will be strategically-designed to rapidly draw pure water through the membrane from the saline reservoir. The particles will also be made stimuli-responsive to allow rapid release of the water from the swollen hydrogels. This new technology will significantly reduce the energy consumption in desalination, and lead to captured water of higher purity. Forward osmosis itself is more efficient and incurs less membrane fouling than currently-used reverse osmosis.

Crystalline Mesoporous Metal Oxides for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrodes

A novel method is proposed for facile synthesis of crystalline mesoporous metal oxides using thermosetting polymers. Such novel method will overcome the drawbacks of the existing synthesis approaches that either result in amorphous or semicrystalline mesoporous structures or involve inefficient multiple templating processes. The use of crystalline mesoporous metal oxides as advanced solid oxide fuel cell electrodes will significantly increase the performance of the fuel cells supplied with a variety of fuels such as natural gas, coal-derived gases and biomass-derived gases.

Template-Free Synthesis of Zeolite Nanocrystals and their application for Zeolite-Polymer Nanocomposites

A novel method is proposed for template-free synthesis of zeolite nanocrystals, in which polymer hydrogels will be used in-situ to control zeolite nucleation and growth from precursor solutions. The as-synthesised and surface modified zeolite nanocrystals will be sued to fabricate zeolite-polymer nanocomposites, which will have significant applications in areas including gas separation, catalysts and fuel cells.

Meshes of Oxide Nanofibres for Next Generation Ceramic Membranes

Ceramic membranes, although having a number of highly desirable properties, are limited in many industrial applications by the trade-off between separation quality (selectivity) and separation speed (flux). We propose to overcome this problem by creating next-generation ceramic membranes incorporating a series of ‘nanomeshes’ of oxide nanofibres of multiple length-scales and assemble them into meshes on porous substrates. The resultant membranes will combine high selectivity and flux with the ability to decompose bacteria and viruses under the UV illumination, therefore, having the potential to make a large impact on water and air purification.

Advanced Membrane Technologies for Water Treatment

High performance analytical tools to strengthen clean energy research

Advanced functional materials and technologies for clean energy generation, storage and use are key to many of the grand challenges Australia is facing. The request is to establish unique high performance analytical tools
urgently needed to strengthen the ability of scientists in the Sydney region and Australia wide to develop solutions for powering a sustainable Australia. Equipment capable of characterizing a broad range of phenomena at the solid-gas interface is crucial to research in hydrogen production, storage and use, carbon dioxide capture and valorization, and developing functional nanomaterials and catalysts to enable clean energy technologies.

Research articles, papers & publications

See Huanting Wang’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.

Last modified: 27/07/2022