Emeritus Professor Anthony Fane

Emeritus Professor Anthony Fane

School of Chemical Engineering

Professor, School of Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Professor Tony Fane is a Chemical Engineer with a PhD from Imperial College. He has been working on membranes since 1973 and is a world expert on membrane science and technology. His current interests are in membranes applied to environmental applications and the water cycle, focusing on the sustainability aspects of membrane technology, including desalination, reclamation, membrane bioreactors and reuse. Professor Tony Fane is a former Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry at UNSW (1998 to 2000) and a former Director of the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at UNSW, (1991 – 2005). He is the Founding Director of the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) at the Nanyang Technological University and is now the Director Mentor at SMTC. Professor Fane is also a Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW.

Professor Fane is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Membrane Science (a former editor, 1992 to 2005) and the Editorial Board of  Desalination, an Honorary life member of the European Membrane Society and Patron of the Membrane Society of Australasia.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering  and a recipient of the Centenary Medal in 2002 for services to Chemical Engineering and the Environment. In 2013 he received the International Water Association’s  Membrane Technology Award for ‘pioneering contributions in membrane technology’.

Research Interest

Membrane science and technology, with special interest in,

  • applications to water and wastewater
  • membrane bioreactors, and water reclamation
  • desalination by RO and water treatment by MF and UF
  • membrane fouling and cleaning
  • module design and hydrodynamics
  • noninvasive observation of membrane processes, monitors, sensors

A full biography of Professor Fane can be viewed: http://www.cee.ntu.edu.sg/AboutCEE/Faculty%20Directory/Pages/EWRE_tfane.aspx 

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  • Journal articles | 2022
    Zhao Y; Li X; Wei J; Torres J; Fane AG; Wang R; Tang CY, 2022, 'Optimization of Aquaporin Loading for Performance Enhancement of Aquaporin-Based Biomimetic Thin-Film Composite Membranes', Membranes, vol. 12, pp. 32 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/membranes12010032
    Journal articles | 2021
    Enfrin M; Lee J; Fane AG; Dumée LF, 2021, 'Mitigation of membrane particulate fouling by nano/microplastics via physical cleaning strategies', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 788, pp. 147689, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147689
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kook S; Swetha CD; Lee J; Lee C; Fane T; Kim IS, 2018, 'Forward Osmosis Membranes under Null-Pressure Condition: Do Hydraulic and Osmotic Pressures Have Identical Nature?', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 52, pp. 3556 - 3566, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b05265
    Journal articles | 2003
    Stenzel M; Davis TP; Fane AG, 2003, 'Honeycomb structures porous films prepared from carbohydrate based polymers synthesized via the RAFT process', Journal of Materials Chemistry, vol. 13, pp. 2090 - 2097, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b304204a