Professor Vicki Chen

Professor Vicki Chen

Fields of research: Chemical Engineering, Membrane and Separation Technologies
Campus: Kensington

Professor & Deputy Head of School, UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science & Technology, School of Chemical Engineering. Research Interests -  Membrane Science and Technology:

  • Nanocomposite Membranes for filtration and gas-liquid contactors
  • Hybrid Biocatalytic and Photocatalytic Membrane Processes
  • Bioseparations (Protein recovery, Milk filtration, Algae separation, Vibrating membrane systems)
  • Membrane Bioreactors
  • Desalination
  • Membranes for Separation of  Greenhouse Gases
  • Membrane fouling and...

Professor & Deputy Head of School, UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science & Technology, School of Chemical Engineering. Research Interests -  Membrane Science and Technology:

  • Nanocomposite Membranes for filtration and gas-liquid contactors
  • Hybrid Biocatalytic and Photocatalytic Membrane Processes
  • Bioseparations (Protein recovery, Milk filtration, Algae separation, Vibrating membrane systems)
  • Membrane Bioreactors
  • Desalination
  • Membranes for Separation of  Greenhouse Gases
  • Membrane fouling and cleaning
  • Visualization and modelling of hydrodynamics on membrane surfaces and in membrane modules
  • Membrane Distillation and Crystallization

Location

School of Chemical Engineering
Rm 317
Chemical Sciences Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 4813

Research Activities

Optimising Fouling Control in Membrane Bioreactors

Project

Optimising Fouling Control in Membrane Bioreactors

Fouling control is critical in sustaining the long-term operation of MBR s and can consumes a significant energy and productivity within the process for aerobic and anaerobic MBR s via aeration, backwashing or crossflow. In this project, the removal of b

Optimisation of membrane module design for CO2 removal

Project

Optimisation of membrane module design for CO2 removal

Polymeric membranes can separate gases under pressure. More effective, low cost membranes are developed by manipulating their chemistry as well as how they are fabricated.

Development of High Performance Nanocomposite Filtration Membranes: Fabrication and Fouling Mechanisms

Project

Development of High Performance Nanocomposite Filtration Membranes: Fabrication and Fouling Mechanisms

Membrane filtration processes have become a crucial component in municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment but still consume significant energy and chemicals to control fouling. A new generation of low fouling and self-cleaning nanocomposite membranes will be created, which have the added capacity of degrading micropollutants of public health concern. This project will also incorporate a fundamental study of biofouling to optimise nanocomposite membrane design and performance.