Membrane Process Technology and Multiphase Flows


CHEW, Jia Wei

Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Associate Chair (Students), School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Cluster Leader, Singapore Membrane Technology Center

Nanyang Technological University


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  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007-2011

    • AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineering) George Klinzing Best Ph.D. Award in Particle Technology Forum, 2013

  • M.Eng., Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2005-2006

  • B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2000-2004

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2018 - present

  • Associate Chair (Students), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2017 - present

  • Cluster Leader (Membrane Processes), Singapore Membrane Technology Center, Singapore, 2015 - present

  • Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2013 - 2018

  • Research Scientist, SunEdison-MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., R&D, Pasadena, TX, 2011- 2013

  • Intern, Particulate Solid Research, Inc. (PSRI), Chicago, IL, 2009

  • Chemist, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Technical Development, Singapore, 2007

  • Researcher, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), Crystallization and Particle Sciences, Singapore, 2004-2006

  • Intern, ExxonMobil Chemical Operations Pte Ltd, Singapore Chemical Plant, 2003


  • AIChE Sabic Young Professional Award, 2017

  • 40 Under 40, Prestige Magazine, 2015

  • Singapore Youth Award, 2015

  • AIChE Particle Technology Forum Best Ph.D. Award, 2013

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Research Interests:

Membrane Technology

    • Collaborating with Singapore Membrane Technology Center (SMTC)

    • On-going projects include

      • Evapoporometry (EP) for Characterization of Membrane Pore-Size Distribution (PSD)

      • Membrane Distillation (MD)

      • DOTM (direct observation through membrane), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

      • Unsteady-state Shear for Flux Enhancement

      • Fouling attenuation

      • Oil-Water Separations

      • Purification of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs)

      • Simulations: molecular dynamics, computational fluid dynamics

      • DLVO/XDLVO models

Multiphase Flows, Particle Technology

  • Optimization for industrial applications, which span energy production, chemical synthesis, and pharmaceutical processes, among others.

  • Different fluidization regimes, from bubbling fluidized bed to circulating fluidized bed

  • Gas-solid, Gas-liquid-solid, Liquid-solid fluidization

  • Emulsion, Colloid

    • On-going projects include

      • Fluidization Characteristics

      • Pneumatic conveying

      • Signal analysis

      • Carbon capture

      • Discrete Element Method (DEM)

      • Biomass pyrolysis