Our node directors – Professors Mikel Duke (Victoria), Chuyang Tang (New South Wales), Joe da Costa (Queensland) and Shaomin Liu (Western Australia) – are an integral part of our organisational structure and our commitment to nurture stakeholder relationships. Each node director manages and coordinates the activities of the Hub nodes in four cities and facilitates engagement with local industries. Professor Duke is focused on the development and implementation of innovative membrane technologies for water, foods and energy applications. His specialisation is in the fundamental development of inorganic materials such as nanotubes, silica, titania, zeolites and polymer composites, as well as in applications of membrane distillation, ceramic membranes and membrane assisted fermentation. Professor da Costa has over 20 years experience in industry, consultancy, academic and government advisory roles in Brazil, England and Australia. He has established an internationally respected program of work, which focuses on pursuing novel technological solutions for the issues facing our contemporary society. Dr Tang’s main research interests include membrane technology, surface and interfacial science, and advanced physical and chemical processes. He is experienced in membrane characterisation, membrane fouling mitigation, and emerging contaminant removal using reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes. Professor Liu is based at the Western Australia School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering at Curtin University. His research centres on membrane systems, membrane catalysis and fuel cells.