Prof. Wallace Leung, Chair Professor of Innovative Products & Technologies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has recently been bestowed with the Frank Tiller Award 2015 by The American Filtration & Separations Society (AFS).
Frank Tiller Award, named in honor of the late Dr. Frank Tiller of University of Houston - the internationally acclaimed “Father of Modern Filtration Theory” and key founding member of the AFS. The Tiller Award highlights scientific merit and recognizes individuals for outstanding lifetime scientific and engineering achievements in the technology of fluid-particle separation. Since its establishment in 1989, AFS will bestow one award per year for a deserving candidate.
Prof. Wallace Leung has researched separation and filtration for nearly 40 years covering pioneering work in membrane filtration, gas-solid separation, and liquid-solid separation. He has spent 14 years in the academia (over 4 years at MIT and 10 years at PolyU) and 25 years in industry in United States. He is best known for his innovative centrifugal separation and filtration technologies, which have been developed from basic research using analytical, experimental and computational approaches. He has authored two books (McGraw-Hill 1998 and Elsevier 2007) that were widely adopted in the field, 36 United States patents, and numerous papers and book chapters. His technologies have benefited PVC production, water and wastewater treatment, coatings market for making high-quality paper and paint, biopharmaceutical processing, chemical, industrial, food and mineral processing. His recent research interest on nano-aerosol filtration, using multilayer nanofiber technology which are covered by several issued US patents, and patent-pending nano-photocatalyst technologies, have important applications in control of PM2.5 particulates, gaseous pollutants (VOC, NOx, SOx), and infectious diseases due to influenza (H3N2, H5N7 etc.) and various epidemic viruses (SARS etc.). He is a Fellow of several professional societies, including American Institute of Chemical engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Filtrations and Separations Society, and Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He has organized the largest, most successful, filtration event ever – the 9th World Filtration Congress, held in 2004 in New Orleans, United States, which sets a high standard for other member countries to follow.