Yuan Wang

Research Fellow
Chemical Engineering
Contact details:
(+61 2) 9385 5373
(+61 2) 9385 5966

Chemical Sciences Building (F10)
Level 9, Room 916
UNSW Kensington Campus


Research Fellow in

UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science & TechnologySchool of Chemical Engineering 

UNSW Water Research CentreSchool of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Research interest

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in membrane processes for water and wastewater treatment
    • Mixing in full scale membrane bioreactors
    • Design of aeration systems; optimisation of aeration energy
    • Porous media models
    • Membrane distillation
    • Effects of mixing on the size and quality of crystals in membrane distillation/membrane crystallisation processes
    • Design of membrane modules (MBR, RO, and MD)
  • Membrane bioreactors
    • Phosphorus removal using metal coagulants
    • Design of membrane bioreactors
    • Membrane fouling and cleaning
    • Residence time distribution analysis
  • Mechanical analysis of hollow fibre membranes in water and wastewater treatment applications
    • Failure of different membranes and module configurations caused by both repetitive stress-based phenomena and shock loading
  • Groundwater treatment for drinking water supplies for remote communities in Australia and China
    • Removal of contaminants, arsenic, fluoride, nitrate, iron and manganese
    • Selection of membrane processes
    • Energy consumption
    • Fouling of NF/RO membranes 
  • Other projects
    • Study of floc strength and stability during direct filtration of surface water
    • Characterisation of polymeric membranes using electrical impedance spectroscopy
    • Development of online knowledge support tool for desalination plants
    • Membrane autopsy
    • Treatment of coal seam gas water 

Awards, Grants, Patents

  • Faculty of Engineering Early Career Research Grants Program, UNSW (2013) 
  • Faculty of Engineering Early Career Research Grants Program, UNSW (2012)
  • Peter Farrell Challenge Cup, 2nd place, Australian Graduate School of Management, Australian School of Business, UNSW (2009)
  • Commercialisation Training Scheme (CTS) Scholarships (2009), Graduate Research School, UNSW (2009)
  • University Postgraduate Award, UNSW (2007 - 2009)



Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), UNSW; 2010.

Grad. Cert. of Research Management and Commercialisation, UNSW; 2009.

B.Eng. (Chemical Engineering), Tianjin University, Tianjin, China; 2001.