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In Profile: Hub CI Prof Graeme Millar

February 27, 2020

Hub CI Professor Graeme Millar from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Prof Millar has considerable experience in industry, having worked for 10 years in a start-up company which developed catalysts and sorbents for water/wastewater treatment. He has successfully commercialised two technologies; one of these technologies involved the design of a new zeolite material, which had exceptional capacity for ammonium ions; the second technology was a silver catalyst employed in the global formaldehyde industry.

In Profile: Hub CI A/Prof Simon Smart

February 27, 2020

Hub CI Simon Smart is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. He is also part of the senior leadership team of the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation and Director of the Functional Interfacial Materials and Membranes Laboratory (FIM2Lab) at The University of Queensland. 

ARC-EESep Hub & CSL Behring Meeting

December 15, 2019

ARC Energy-Efficient Research Hub works closely with CSL Behring and brought up this meeting to spark the opportunity to transform the biotechnology industry by academic researches. We are privileged to have the prestige researchers from multiple disciplines (Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology and Mechanical Engineering) to attend and share their insightful research outcomes in purpose to solve some technical problems in CSL Behring. The meeting was attended by Dr Hung Pham (R&D PPD Manager, CSL Behring), Dr Germano Coppola (Executive Director, CSL Behring), Prof Mark Banazak Holl (Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University), Prof Xiwang Zhang (Director of ARC-EESep, Monash University), Prof San Thang AC (School of Chemistry, Moanash University), Dr Xing Yang (Deakin University), Prof Bayden Wood (Director for the Centre of Biospectosocpy, Monash University), Dr Phillip Herauld (Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University), Dr Victor Cardaso (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University), Dr Andrea Merenda (Deakin University), Dr Ludovic Dumee (Deakin University), Prof Lingxue Kong (Deakin University), Dr Qinfu Hou (Monash University), Prof Rosainne Guijt (Deakin University), Prof Todor Vasiljevic (Victoria University), Dr Wang Zhao (Monash University) and Dr Soo Leong (Hub Manager of ARC-EESep, Monash University).

A/Prof Matthew Hill Received the Solomon Award

December 01, 2019

A/Prof Matthew Hill (CI of the Hub) received the Solomon Award for developing ‘magic crystals’ with dozens of applications from cleaning gases and liquids to mining and drug production. Associate Professor Hill's team at CSIRO (Australia’s national science agency) and Monash University has partnered with US company EnergyX to commercialise a new production process that uses MOFs to create lithium. Matthew received the inaugural David and Valerie Solomon Award, presented by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) on Friday, November 29, at an event in Melbourne. David Solomon was the principal inventor of Australia’s plastic banknotes, and has developed a range of new technologies used widely in the plastics and polymers industries. A/Prof Hill will receive $15,000 and 12 months mentoring from a senior entrepreneur/industry Fellow of the Academy, with $5000 travel expenses to enhance this mentoring experience. 

iEESEP2019 - Volunteers

November 29, 2019

The organising committee would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to all volunteers, Mr Jian Hu, Dr Meipeng Jian, Mr Shi Yuan, Dr Yaoxin Hu, Ms Yue Liu, Dr Wang Zhao, Dr Xiaofang Chen, Dr Emily Wang, Dr Xiangkang Zeng, Ms Xiaoyi Hu, Ms Rujing Hou, Mr Yun Xia, Mr Yang Li, Mr Hamidreza Mahdavi, Ms Leena Melag, Mr Yuan Kang and Dr Bhuvana Shanbhag. They have contributed their efforts and time without expecting any returns and worked together to make the conference so successful. They have demonstrated their commitments and excellence works from the planning, preparation, airport pickup, registration, design and on the conference day duties. Again, the organisers would like to thank them and wish them all the best in their research.

iEESEP2019 - Appreciation Dinner

November 28, 2019

The organising committee of the iEESEP2019 has invited all the Plenary, Keynote and Invited Speakers, the distinguished guests, the CIs and PIs of the hub and the volunteers to an appreciation dinner at the Man Mo @WTC. Prof Xiwang Zhang (Co-chair of iEESEP2019 & Director of ARC-EESep) has expressed his appreciation to all which have contributed their time and efforts to make the conference so successful. He wishes to see more collaboration and new ideas as a results of this conference.

2019 Hub Awards

November 27, 2019

A lot of achievements and outcomes have been delivered by the ARC-EESep Research Team. The hub has a total of 20 active and on-going projects. All of the projects have great outcomes and collaboration with the industry partners. They have truly transformed the industry by innovative research for the past 2 years. This year, the hub has established 2 new awards which are The Hub Best Poster Presentation Award and The Hub Excellence Project Award. Each of the project has submitted a poster which clearly demonstrate the project nature and more importantly display the significant outcomes especially the impacts to the industry. On the other hand, the excellence award was given to the team who has delivered excellence job. The excellence awards were awarded to the team which has demonstrated great commitment, high impact to the industry partners and excellence outcome especially on the return of investment. The awards were given away during the iEESEP2019 Conference Dinner at SeaLife Aquarium Melbourne on 28 Nov 2019. The winners of the awards are listed below.

The Hub Poster Presentation Award

1st Prize: Project IH17.3 - Victoria University & Activated Water Technologies

Prof Mikel Duke, Mr Bahay Ozcakmak, Dr Xing Yang, Mr Johnson Luo & Dr Peter Sanciolo

2nd Prize: Project IH17.5 - Monash University
Dr He Lizhong & Dr Bhuvana Kamath Shanbhag

3rd Prize: Project 17.9 - Monash University & Jiangsu Easthigh Environmental Holdings Co. Ltd.
Prof Xiwang ZHANG & Dr Meipeng Jian

The Hub Excellence Award

1st Prize: Project IH17.7 - The University of Queensland and Arrow Energy
A/Prof Simon Smart, Mr Christopher Williams, Dr Julius Motuzas, Ms Charmaine Lamiel and Ms Yue Yuan

2nd Prize: Project IH17.2 - Monash University & 2D Water
Prof Huanting Wang, Dr Nicholas (Ze-Xian) Low & Dr Zhouyou(Emily) Wang


3rd Prize: Project IH17.3 - Victoria University & Activated Water Technologies
Prof Mikel Duke, Mr Bahay Ozcakmak, Dr Xing Yang, Mr Johnson Luo & Dr Peter Sanciolo

iEESEP2019 - Closing Ceremony

November 28, 2019

The iEESEP2019 was concluded by the Closing Ceremony Remarks by Dr Dharma Dharmabalan (Industry Advisory Committee Member of ARC-EESep). Dr Dharmabalan expressed his gratitude to the organising committee and especially to the volunteers who has contributed their efforts and time to ensure the success of the conference. Prof Hokyong Shon (President of MSA) has announced the 10th International Membrane Science and Technology Conference (IMSTEC2020) will be held on 2 - 5 Feb 2020 at UTS.  A few awards were given away during the ceremony and the winners were:

MDPI Best Oral Presentation

1st Prize - Dr Yaoxin Hu (Monash University)

2nd Prize - Dr Xiaoxiao Song (Zhejiang University of Technology)

3rd Prize - Dr Jue Hou (CSIRO)

Travel Grants by MSA

Dr Farzaneh Mahmoudi (RMIT)

Dr Jia Ding (UTS)

iEESEP2019 - Second Day Conference

November 28, 2019

The second day of the iEESEP2019 was packed with inspirational talks. Prof Ana Deletic (UNSW) and Prof Rong Wang (Nanyang Technological University) have delivered their plenary talks at the early of the day. The rooms was filled with about 150 researchers and industry key players to learn the latest findings in the area of membrane technologies and sustainable urban water systems. The delegates was privileged to listen to another 14 keynote talks and 18 invited talks which provide more rooms for further collaborations and discussions. The second day conference was ended with a closing ceremony.

iEESEP2019 - Conference Dinner

November 27, 2019

The first day conference was ended with the gala dinner at Sea Life Aquarium Melbourne. The guests were joyful to have dinners with the mind blowing view of Yarra River and Coral Atoll with tropical fish. We are privileged to have Prof Aibing Yu (Pro Vice-Chancellor and President - Suzhou Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University) to deliver the welcome remarks to our guests at the beginning of the gala dinner. A few awards were given away during the dinners including the 3M Short Talk Best Overall Awards, 3M Short Talk People's Choice Awards, Hub Best Poster Awards and Hub Excellence Awards.

iEESEP2019 - Poster Presentation

November 27, 2019

There are more than 30 posters were presented during iEESEP2019. The judging session for the MDPI Best Poster presentation was held on the first day afternoon of the conference. Special thanks to Dr Lizhong He (Monash University), A/Prof Simon Smart (The University of Queensland) and Prof Long Nghiem (UTS) for their efforts and time to judge and evaluate for the posters. The organiser has given away 3 awards for the MDPI Best Poster Presentation and 3 awards for the People's Choice Poster Presentation which was selected by all the delegates through app. The winners of the awards are:

MDPI Best Poster Presentation
1st Prize - Miss Yue Liu (Monash University)

2nd Prize - Dr Jinxing Ma (UNSW)

3rd Prize - Mr Yun Xia (Monash University)

People's Choice Poster Presentation

1st Prize - Mr Yuan Kang (Monash University)

2nd Prize - Mr Roberto Katigbak (Deakin University)

3rd Prize - Mr Milad Lagnaei (Deakin University)

iEESEP2019 - First Day Conference

November 27, 2019

The exciting 2nd International Conference on Energy-Efficient Separation (iEESEP2019) was begin with Opening Ceremony on 28 Nov 2019 morning. We are grateful that our conference was open by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of Monash University, Prof Elizabeth Croft. Our distinguished guests, Prof Ana Deletic (Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), UNSW), Prof Jiuhui Qu (Tshinghua University, Fellow of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Foreign Fellow of American National Academy of Engineering), Prof Rong Wang (Director of Singapore Membrane Technology Center, Nanyang Technological University), Prof Benny Freeman (William J. (Bill) Murray, Jr. Endowed Chair in Engineering in University of Texas at Austin), Prof Sandra Kentish (Head of the School of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne), Prof Ranil Wickramasinghe (Director of Membrane, Science, Engineering and Technology Center (MAST), University of Arkansas) and Prof. Hokyong Shon (The president of the Membrane Society Australasia)  have made it a terrific conference.

iEESEP2019 - Welcome Reception

November 26, 2019

The 2nd International Conference on Energy-Efficient Separation (iEESEP2019) was opened with the Welcome Reception at Pan Pacific Melbourne on 27 Nov 2019 evening. We are privileged to have about 140 delegates attended and celebrate together with us during the Welcome Reception. It was a good moment for the delegates to know each other and catch up with old co-workers and friends at this wonderful moment. Laughter and chatting was continue until about 8.00 pm at night and prepare for the next day opening ceremony for iEESEP2019.

iEESEP2019: 3M Short Talk

November 26, 2019

In conjunction with iEESEP2019, 3M Short Talk was held for the postgraduate students to present their research project with only 1 slide for only 3 minutes was given. We are happy that there are a total of 23 PhD students have participated this event. There are a total of 6 awards were given away and the winners are:

3M Short Talk: Best Overall Awards

1st Prize - Mr Lei Zheng (UTS)

2nd Prize - Ms Priyanka Kumari (Deakin University)

3rd Prize - Mr Xingya Li (Monash University)

3M Short Talk: People's Choice Awards

1st Prize - Ms Ruosang Qiu (Monash University)

2nd Prize - Mr Ruoxin Wang (Monash University)

3rd Prize - Ms Shasha Liu (Monash University)

ARC-EESep Hub Meeting

November 26, 2019

The first ARC-EESep Research Hub meeting with the members of Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), Chief Investigators (CI) from academics and Partner Investigators (PI) from industry was held on 27 Nov 2019 at 4.30 - 6.00 pm at Pan Pacific Melbourne. The discussion was so fruitful and it was focused on how to transform the academic research findings into industry application. Thanks to Prof Xiwang Zhang (Director of the Hub), Prof Huanting Wang (Deputy Director of the Hub), Dr Dharma Dharmabalan (IAC member), Prof Tamarapu Sridhar (SAC member), Prof Benny Freeman (SAC member), Prof Jiuhui Qu (SAC member), Dr Keith Murphy (SAC member), Dr Hung Pham (IAC member), Dr Nicholas Low (IAC member), Prof Mikel Duke (CI), Prof Lingxue Kong (CI), Prof Long Nghiem (CI), Prof Hokyong Shon (CI), A/Prof Matthew Hill (CI) and Dr Soo Leong (Hub Manager).

ECR Workshop: Preparing for a Post-PhD Career

November 26, 2019

We are grateful to have Dr Catherine Rees (Melbourne Water), Prof Long Nghiem (UTS), Dr Rebecca Yee (Biofuel Innovations) and Dr Adam Brotchie (Monash University) to share their experience on their career path after receiving their PhD degree. The workshop was attended by more than 50 postgraduate students and post-doctorate researchers on 27 Nov 2019 (1.30 - 3.30 pm) at Pan Pacific Melbourne in conjunction with iEESEP2019.

ARC-EESep & WaterRA Joint Membrane Workshop

November 26, 2019

A Membrane Workshop was successfully co-organised by ARC-EESep and WaterRA on 27 Nov 2019 (9.00 am - 2.00 pm). There were more than 50 participants have attended the workshop. Specially thank to Dr Dharma Dharmabalan (Water Practitioner, Victoria & Tasmania), Prof Stephen Gray (Victoria University), Mr Bradley Rhodes (Veolia), Ms Linda Nappa (Veolia), Prof Xiwang Zhang (Director of ARC-EESep, Monash University), Prof Rong Wang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Mr Daneil Bonini (SA Water), Mr Duncan Middleton (SEQ) and Prof Benny Freeman (The University of Texas at Austin, USA). The workshop has dicussed about the membrane operations as research solutions for industry challenges. The industry challenges and solution ideas have been brainstormed during the round table discussions and may bring forward the collaboration opportunity between the industry and academia.

I&EC Research Appoints Huanting Wang as Associate Editor

November 12, 2019

We are glad to announce that Prof Huanting Wang (Deputy Director of ARC- EESEP) is appointed as Associate Editor for I&EC Research. Prof Wang brings expertise in nanoporous materials, membranes, separations, catalysis, and fuel cells. He is the first editor appointment to be based in Australia to make the editors team of I&EC Research now on four continents. Professor Wang has published over 300 research articles, several of which have earned “highly cited” status for being in the top 1% in their field. He was also recognized with an Excellence in Review award from I&EC Research in 2019.

Prof Huanting Wang Elected as Fellow of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

October 31, 2019

Professor Huanting Wang (Deputy Director of ARC-EESep) is elected as Fellow of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. He is internationally recognised for his achievements in the development of advanced membranes for clean water and sustainable separation technologies. He has been a highly successful leader in building university-industry linkages and translating research discoveries into industry practice. The separation membranes that he has invented have been commercialised and deployed in the diverse fields of water, mining and manufacturing industries. Professor Wang is a Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of Engineering, and Director of the Monash Centre for Membrane Innovation at Monash University. 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 Huanting Wang honoured with prestigious industrial chemistry award

October 02, 2019

Congratulations to Prof Huanting Wang (Deputy Director of the ARC-EESep Hub) for his well-deserved success. He has been awarded the 2019 R.K Murphy Medal by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) at the Chemeca 2019 Awards of Excellence in Sydney. Professor Wang was honoured by the Institute’s Industrial Chemistry Division for his outstanding career achievements in chemical engineering, with his nomination agreed upon unanimously by the selection committee.Professor Wang’s research expertise covers areas such as nanomaterials and membranes, green chemical technology, gas separation, wastewater treatment and water desalination, electrocatalysis and fuel cells. He has made significant contributions to advancing membrane science and technology, with his research group pioneering the development of several new membranes, four of which have recently been licensed for commercial development and deployment.

Australia Workshop on Membrane Technologies for Biomedical Applications (II)

August 28, 2019

ARC-EESep organised the 2nd Australia Workshop on Membrane Technologies for Biomedical Application on 29 August 2019 at 9.00 am - 3.30 pm at New Horizons, Monash University, Clayton. Dr Hung Pham (R&D Manager, CSL Behring), Dr Germano Coppola (Executive Director, CSL Behring), Prof Xiwang Zhang (Director of ARC-EESep, Monash University), Dr Lina Zhao (Monash University), Prof Lingxue Kong (Deakin University), Dr Ludovic Dumee (Deakin University), Andrea Merenda (Deakin University), Dr Xing Yang (Deakin University), Dr Xinchu Zhao (Deakin University) and Prof Huanting Wang (Monash University) attended and presented their insight ideas on transforming the separation process in biomedical industry by using membrane technologies.

Successful CRC Project Round 7

August 05, 2019

Congratulations to Mr Christopher Williams (PI, Arrow Energy) and A/Prof Simon Smart (CI, The University of Queensland) are successfully securing the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Round 7. This project is the second phase of the collaboration project supported by ARC-EESep. The first phase of the project has great success and the impacts to the oil and gas industry is huge as well as to the society. This great news was announced by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP and the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan on 9th of August 2019.

Astonishing Project between Victoria University & Activated Water Technologies

August 05, 2019

A major announcement has been made by  Parkway Mineral for the collaboration project between Activated Water Technologies (AWT) and Victoria University on aMES technology on brine processing. This project is lead by Prof Mikel Duke and Mr Bahay Ozcakmak, the team comprised of Dr Peter Sanciolo, Dr Xing Yang and Mr Jiean Luo, has delivered remarkable impacts to the industry. The aMES application rationale includes: a) potential to rapidly develop a more capital efficient and sustainable potash production operation compared to conventional development pathways; b) the aMES pathway potentially eliminates the requirement for flotation, process steam, gas pipeline and a freshwater bore field, which collectively represent major costs in the traditional potash production flowsheet; c) potential to recover magnesium salts as a by-product. The team is exploring to extend aMES technology to other projects and in a range of other application. 

Visit to QUT

July 31, 2019

It's our pleasure to visit Prof Graeme Millar from QUT on 1 August 2019. He has showed us his facilities and laboratories. His works are astonishing and the impacts to the zeolite industry are exceptional. He is leading a large team comprising of about 50 students and researchers have achieved outstanding research which beneficial to both academics and industry.

Visit to UQ

July 31, 2019

ARC-EESep has visited UQ research team on 1 August 2019. The team has delivered a magnificent  research works and the impacts of the works has greatly help the industry to save significant number of lost. Their works has help the oil and gas industry to remove water vapour from their products and the results is exceed the expected value. Congratulations to the team lead by UQ and Arrow Energy, Prof Joe da Costa, A/Prof Simon Smart, Mr Christopher Williams, Dr Julius Montuzas, , Ms Charmaine Lamiel and Ms Yue Yuan.

Congratulations to A/Prof Matthew Hill as nominated finalists in 2019 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

July 30, 2019

A fabulous work by A/Prof Matthew Hill and The Broad Spectrum Respiratory Canister Team has been recognised and nominated as a finalist in the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in  safe guarding Australia.This collaborative project with CSIRO, Defence Science and Technology Group and Spectrum Innovation Pty Ltd has led to the development of new respirator canister technology that can protect military personnel from weaponised toxic chemical gases and vapours. This offers a step change from existing technology, which sometimes provides minimal protection, giving soldiers a greater chance to safely complete their mission. Click HERE to read the announcement from Australian Museum.

Energy-efficient desalination worth its salt

July 23, 2019

The Australian has reported a great work delivered by Monash research team led by Prof Xiwang Zhang (Director of the Hub) today. The team has found a new way to remove salt from water in a very economic way. Evaporation of water from a black disc driven by sunlight and the steam is captured in a transparent dome on the top of the system. The new system is more effective than other solar-powered desalination system because it does not require any other energy input. The salt crystal can be collected outside the disc which does not reduce the process efficiency. This work is published in the prestigious journal, Energy & Environmental Science. Click HERE to access to the journal paper.

Imagine Life Without Clean Water

July 23, 2019

A team of researchers led by Prof Xiwang Zhang (Director of the hub) works together with OXFAM to develop a small-scale desalination and water purification system. This compact prototype uses reverse osmosis powered with solar energy to produce clean water. The OMP Water Purification Prototype with solar driven, compact, portable and low cost will be a solution to clean water for the remote areas with lack of adequate and safe water.  Click HERE to read more.

Great Talk by Prof Michael Tsapatsis

June 30, 2019

Great to meet with Prof Michael Tsapatsis from Johns Hopkins University. He has delivered a informative and inspired seminar to the researchers and PhD students today at E7 Lecture Theatre, Engineering Building, Monash University. Prof Tsapatsis shared his  30 years of research experience in studying metal-organic framework (MOF). If you miss the talk, click HERE to listen to Prof Budd online.

Breakthrough Research for Better Water Future

June 23, 2019

The members of the Hub have achieved a world-first breakthrough in establishing an unprecedented new method to filter contaminants from ground water and industry wastewater, to produce safe and clean water in the developing world. Led by Prof Huanting Wang (Deputy Director of the Hub) and Dr Huacheng Zhang in collaboration with Dr Anita Hill (SAC member of the Hub), A/Prof Matthew Hill (CI of the  Hub) and Prof Benny Freeman (IAC member of the hub), the team developed a MOF with precisely tuned pores of size and chemistry to be compatible with the selected anion. Full report can be found in Nature Communication today.

Australia Workshop on Membrane Technologies for Biomedical Applications

June 06, 2019

Australia Workshop on Membrane Technologies for Biomedical Applications was co-organised by ARC-EESep and CSL Behring Australia on 7 June 2019 in Novotel Geelong. Dr Hung Pham (CSL Behring Australia) and Dr Joe Bertolini (CSL Behring Australia), Prof Xiwang Zhang (Director of the Hub), Prof Huanting Wang (Deputy Director of the Hub), Prof Lingxue Kong (Deakin), Prof Wei Duan (Deakin), Dr Ludovic Dumee (Deakin), Mr Andrew Rau (Deakin) and Dr Yoni Sharon (Monash)  have delivered their insights about the membrane technologies for biomedical applications.

Water Research Australia (WaterRA) Visit

June 02, 2019

Karen Rouse and Kathy Northcott from WaterRA visited the hub on 3 June 2019. They join a tour led by Prof Xiwang Zhang, the Director of the Hub, to the Hub's laboratories in Green Chemical Futures building and Chemical Engineering building. Following the laboratories tour, an informative discussion was held between WaterRA and EESep Hub to explore the future collaboration opportunities.

Melbourne Water and South East Water Visit

April 25, 2019

A group of delegates from Melbourne Water and South East Water led by Dr Judy Blackbeard visited the hub on 26 April 2019. Our special guests were invited on a tour to the Hub's laboratories in Green Chemical Futures building and Chemical Engineering building. Following the laboratories tour, an informative discussion was undertaken with the Hub's director, Prof Xiwang Zhang, examining potential collaboration opportunities.

Scientific Seminar / Webinar by Prof Peter Budd

April 15, 2019

Prof Peter Budd from the University of Manchester has shared his research findings and insights in the recent developments in polymers of instrinsic microporosity (PIM) on 16 April 2019 (Tuesday) 11.00 - 12.00 pm at Lecture Theatre S13, Monash University.  Prof Budd is co-inventor of the class of high free volume polyer referred to as PIMs, which has utilised under license from the University of Manchester by 3M. If you miss the talk, click HERE to listen to Prof Budd online.