PLENARY SPEAKERS
Prof. Ahmad Fauzi ISMAIL
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Professor Ahmad Fauzi Ismail is the seventh Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail’s research focuses on the development of polymeric, inorganic and mixed matrix membranes for various applications including water desalination, wastewater treatment, gas separation, fuel cell, palm oil refining, and hemodialysis. As a prolific author, his compendium of publications ranges from over 1000 papers in refereed journals, over 80 book chapters and 11 books. His current Scopus h-index is 95 (43,448 citations) and Web of Science h-index stands at 87 (32,937 citations). For his continuous contribution in the area of engineering and technology, he was honoured with more than 200 awards at both national and international levels.

Prof. How Yong NG
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Aerobic membrane bioreactor (AeMBR) has been widely adopted for wastewater treatment for the last 2 decades particularly for water reuse. Recently, anaerobic MBR (AnMBR) has gained much attraction for wastewater treatment and energy recovery. A vibrating AeMBR (VMBR) and an anaerobic vibrating MBR (VAnMBR) have been established for effective fouling control for wastewater treatment. The VAnMBR also enhanced biogas recovery resulting from minimized dissolved methane. Quorum quenching (QQ) to control membrane fouling in AnMBRs was also studied. A facultative QQ consortium for AI-2-based quorum sensing (QS) disruption (FQQ2) prolonged an AnMBR operation by an average of 3.72 times.

Prof. Mark WIESNER
Duke University, USA

Mark R. Wiesner holds the James B. Duke Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University. He serves as Director of the NSF Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT). His work has focused on applications of emerging nanomaterials to membrane science and water treatment and an examination of the fate, transport, and effects of nanomaterials in the environment. Dr. Wiesner holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Biology from Coe College, an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa, a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and did post-doctoral work in Chemical Engineering at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques, Nancy France. Wiesner is a musician (electric and double bass), a 2004 de Fermat Laureate, the 2011 recipient of the Clarke Water Prize and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2015.

Prof. Mihail BARBOIU
Institut Européen des Membranes, University of Montpellier, France

Professor Mihail Barboiu graduated from University Politehnica of Bucharest and received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Montpellier. He is CNRS Research Director at the Institut Europeen des Membranes in Montpellier and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. A major focus of his research is Dynamic Constitutional Chemistry toward Dynamic Interactive Systems: adaptive biomimetic membranes, delivery devices etc. Author of more than 330 scientific publications and 450 conferences and lectures, Dr Barboiu has received the EURYI Award in Chemistry in 2004 and the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award in 2015 for the development of Artificial Water Channels.