Dr Yuan Wang
Conjoint Senior Lecturer

Dr Yuan Wang

Civil and Environmental Engineering


UNSW Torch Innovation Precinct

Conjoint Senior Lecturer

School of Civil & Environmental Engineering

 Lectures taught

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 


  • Optimisation of coal mine water treatment processes, China Coal Technology Engineering Group, 2019 - 2021
  • Wastewater treatment and resource recovery, UNSW Torch Initiatives, funded by Beijing Origin Water Technology, 2016 - 2018
  • Membrane Distillation Development for Concentrated Solar Thermal Systems, ARC LP 160100622, 2016-2019
  • Development of mobile groundwater desalination systems, Tata Trust, 2015-2017
  • Analytics based solution to predict floc strength in direct filtration water treatment plants, Sydney Water, 2016
  • Evaluation of the performance and properties of two generations of membranes, Evoqua Water Technologies, 2016
  • Evaluation of floc strength and stability during direct filtration of surface water, Sydney Water, 2015
  • Design of anaerobic membrane bioreactors using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Abengoa Research Spain, 2015
  • Development of National Digital Membrane Library and on-line knowledge support tool for desalination, National Centre of Excellence in Desalination, 2014
  • Faculty of Engineering Early Career Research Grants Program, UNSW (2013) 
  • Faculty of Engineering Early Career Research Grants Program, UNSW (2012)


  • The World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) Innovation Award (2020)
  • PIEoneer Awards for Public/Private Partnership of the Year (2018)
  • UNSW President Award on "Building Collaboration" (2017)
  • 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)

Professional Organisations and Service Roles

Member, International Water Association (IWA)

Member, IWA working group on CFD

Member, Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA)


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

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

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

(+61 2) 9385 4377
Level 2, Rupert Myers Building (South Wing) UNSW Kensington Campus
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Wei W; Zou X; Ji X; Zhou R; Zhao K; Wang Y, 2021, 'Analysis of concentration polarisation in full-size spiral wound reverse osmosis membranes using computational fluid dynamics', Membranes, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/membranes11050353
    Journal articles | 2019
    Liu X; Wang Y; Shi Y; Li Q; Dai P; Guan J; Waite TD; Leslie G, 2019, 'CFD modelling of uneven flows behaviour in flat-sheet membrane bioreactors: From bubble generation to shear stress distribution', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 570-571, pp. 146 - 155, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2018.10.040
    Journal articles | 2019
    Wu H; Wang Y; Ikeda-Ohno A; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2019, 'Impact of ferrous iron dosing on iron and phosphorus solids speciation and transformation in a pilot scale membrane bioreactor', Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, vol. 5, pp. 1400 - 1411, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9ew00225a
    Journal articles | 2018
    Julian H; Lian B; Li H; Liu X; Wang Y; Leslie G; Chen V, 2018, 'Numerical study of CaCO3 scaling in submerged vacuum membrane distillation and crystallization (VMDC)', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 559, pp. 87 - 97, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2018.04.050
    Journal articles | 2018
    Keucken A; Liu X; Lian B; Wang Y; Persson KM; Leslie G, 2018, 'Simulation of NOM removal by capillary NF: A numerical method for full-scale plant design', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 555, pp. 229 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2018.03.016
    Journal articles | 2018
    Radaei E; Liu X; Tng KH; Wang Y; Trujillo FJ; Leslie G, 2018, 'Insights on pulsed bubble control of membrane fouling: Effect of bubble size and frequency', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 554, pp. 59 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2018.02.058
    Journal articles | 2017
    Du X; Liu X; Wang Y; Radaei E; Lian B; Leslie G; Li G; Liang H, 2017, 'Particle deposition on flat sheet membranes under bubbly and slug flow aeration in coagulation-microfiltration process: Effects of particle characteristic and shear stress', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 541, pp. 668 - 676, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2017.07.023
    Journal articles | 2017
    Du X; Wang Y; Leslie G; Li G; Liang H, 2017, 'Shear stress in a pressure-driven membrane system and its impact on membrane fouling from a hydrodynamic condition perspective: a review', Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, vol. 92, pp. 463 - 478, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jctb.5154
    Journal articles | 2016
    Lian B; Wang Y; Le-Clech P; Chen V; Leslie G, 2016, 'A numerical approach to module design for crossflow vacuum membrane distillation systems', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 510, pp. 489 - 496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2016.03.041
    Journal articles | 2016
    Liu X; Wang Y; Waite TD; Leslie G, 2016, 'Fluid Structure Interaction analysis of lateral fibre movement in submerged membrane reactors', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 504, pp. 240 - 250, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2015.12.056
    Journal articles | 2016
    Liu X; Wang Y; Waite TD; Leslie G, 2016, 'Numerical simulations of impact of membrane module design variables on aeration patterns in membrane bioreactors', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 520, pp. 201 - 213, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2016.07.011
    Journal articles | 2015
    Keucken A; Wang Y; Tng KH; Leslie GL; Persson KM; Köhler SJ; Spanjer T, 2015, 'Evaluation of novel hollow fiber membranes for NOM removal by advanced membrane autopsy', Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, vol. 16, pp. ws2015170 - ws2015170, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/ws.2015.170
    Journal articles | 2015
    Liu X; Wang Y; Waite TD; Leslie G, 2015, 'Numerical simulation of bubble induced shear inmembrane bioreactors: Effects of mixed liquor rheology and membrane configuration', Water Research, vol. 75, pp. 131 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2015.02.009
    Journal articles | 2015
    Wu H; Ikeda-Ohno A; Wang Y; Waite TD, 2015, 'Iron and phosphorus speciation in Fe-conditioned membrane bioreactor activated sludge', Water Research, vol. 76, pp. 213 - 226, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2015.02.020
    Journal articles | 2015
    Zhang Z; Wang Y; Leslie GL; Waite TD, 2015, 'Effect of ferric and ferrous iron addition on phosphorus removal and fouling in submerged membrane bioreactors', Water Research, vol. 69, pp. 210 - 222, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2014.11.011
    Journal articles | 2014
    Wang Y; Leslie ; Waite , 2014, 'Impact of iron dosing of membrane bioreactors on membrane fouling', Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 252, pp. 239 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2014.04.106
    Journal articles | 2014
    Wang Y; Tng KH; Wu H; Leslie G; Waite TD, 2014, 'Removal of phosphorus from wastewaters using ferrous salts - A pilot scale membrane bioreactor study', Water Research, vol. 57, pp. 140 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2014.03.029
    Journal articles | 2010
    Brannock M; Leslie GL; Wang Y; Buetehorn S, 2010, 'Optimising mixing and nutrient removal in membrane bioreactors: CFD modelling and experimental validation', Desalination, vol. 250, pp. 815 - 818, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2008.11.048
    Journal articles | 2010
    Brannock M; Wang Y; Leslie GL, 2010, 'Mixing characterisation of full-scale membrane bioreactors: CFD modelling with experimental validation', Water Research, vol. 44, pp. 3181 - 3191, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2010.02.029
    Journal articles | 2010
    Wang Y; Brannock M; Cox SJ; Leslie GL, 2010, 'CFD simulations of membrane filtration zone in a submerged hollow fibre membrane bioreactor using a porous media approach', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 363, pp. 57 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2010.07.008
    Journal articles | 2009
    Brannock M; De Wever H; Wang Y; Leslie GL, 2009, 'Computational fluid dynamics simulations of MBRs: Inside submerged versus outside submerged membranes', Desalination, vol. 236, pp. 244 - 251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2007.10.073
    Journal articles | 2008
    Wang Y; Ong K; Brannock M; Leslie GL, 2008, 'Evaluation of membrane bioreactor performance via residence time distribution: Effects of membrane configuration and mixing', Water Science and Technology, vol. 57, pp. 353 - 359, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2008.114
  • Conference Posters | 2018
    Beier L; Li Q; taylor R; leslie G; Tan J, 2018, 'An integrated solar-driven membrane distillation system for water purification and energy production', Valencia, Spain, Vol. 237, pp. 534 - 548, presented at Euromembrane 2018, Valencia, Spain, 09 July 2018 - 13 July 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.12.069
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Wang Y; Tng KH; Wu H; Leslie G; Waite TD, 2013, 'Removal of phosphorus from membrane bioreactors using a ferrous salt – a pilot scale study', in Water Research, Elsevier, Toronto, Canada, pp. 140 - 150, presented at The 7th IWA Specialised Membrane Technology Conference and Exhibition for Water and Wastewater Treatment and Reuse, Toronto, Canada, 25 August 2013 - 29 August 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2014.03.029