Prof. C.Y. TANG

Professor (Water and Environmental Engineering)
Professor Chuyang Y. TANG

BEng (First Class Honors), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
MEng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
PhD, Stanford University


Inaugural RGC Senior Research Fellow


Office: HW 6-19B
Phone: +852 2859 1976
Fax: +852 2559 5337
Research Group Website:


Teaching Activities
  • CIVL1105 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CIVL3013 Final Year Project
  • CIVL6006 Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • CIVL6023 Environmental Chemistry
  • CIVL6062 Advanced Topics in Water and Environmental Engineering
  • CIVL8011 Advanced Topics in Water/Environmental Engineering


Research Interests
  • Membrane technology
  • Desalination
  • Water reuse
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Resource recovery from waste and wastewater
  • Clean energy production/recovery
  • Nano-/bio-technology enhanced separation
  • Water chemistry


Representative Research / Consultancy Projects
    Around 20-year experience in membrane technology and environmental nanotechnology; outstanding grant record, with cumulative funding of >HK$80 million (in the capacity of PI); diverse funding sources (Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Australia, Austria, etc.).
  • RGC Senior Research Fellow Scheme Project on water reuse (2021-2025)
  • GRF Project on novel thin film nanocomposite membranes (2020-2023)
  • CRF Project on energy efficient and environmentally friendly smart desalination (2018-2021)
  • NSFC-RGC Project on membrane distillation (2016-2020)
  • Three ITF-funded projects on membranes and filters
  • Consultancy on TKO Seawater Desalination Plant in Hong Kong
  • Numerous contract research projects


Selected Representative Publications
    >260 SCI papers; Web of Science Citation 16300 times; H-index = 71 (updated on 27 Nov 2020)
  • Liu, J.; Huang, T.; Ji, R.; Wang, Z.; Tang, C. Y.*; Leckie, J. O., Stochastic Collision–Attachment-Based Monte Carlo Simulation of Colloidal Fouling: Transition from Foulant–Clean-Membrane Interaction to Foulant–Fouled-Membrane Interaction. Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54, (19), 12703-12712.
  • Yang, Z.; Wang, F.; Guo, H.; Peng, L. E.; Ma, X.-h.; Song, X.-x.*; Wang, Z.; Tang, C. Y.*, Mechanistic insights into the role of polydopamine interlayer toward improved separation performance of polyamide nanofiltration membranes. Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54, (18), 11611-11621.
  • Zhang, M.; Jin, W.; Yang, F.; Duke, M.; Dong, Y.*; Tang, C. Y.*, Engineering a Nanocomposite Interlayer for a Novel Ceramic-Based Forward Osmosis Membrane with Enhanced Performance. Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54, (12), 7715-7724.
  • Peng, L. E.; Yao, Z.; Yang, Z.; Guo, H.*; Tang, C. Y.*, Dissecting the Role of Substrate on the Morphology and Separation Properties of Thin Film Composite Polyamide Membranes: Seeing Is Believing. Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54, (11), 6978-6986.
  • Song, X.*; Gan, B.; Qi, S.; Guo, H.; Tang, C. Y.*; Zhou, Y.; Gao, C., Intrinsic nanoscale structure of thin film composite polyamide membranes: Connectivity, defects, and structure-property correlation. Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54, (6), 3559-3569.
  • For more updated information on CY Tang’s publications, please visit:
    Chuyang Y Tang | Publons
    Chuyang Y Tang | Scopus
    ‪Chuyang Y Tang‬ - ‪Google Scholar


  • Editorial Advisory Board Member (2018-present), Environmental Science and Technology Letters, American Chemical Society
  • Editorial Board Member (2018-present), Journal of Membrane Science, Elsevier
  • Editorial Board Member (2019-present), Desalination, Elsevier
  • Editorial Board Member (2019-present), Environmental Research, Elsevier
  • Editorial Board Member (2015-present), Journal of Water Process Engineering, Elsevier
  • Academic Editor and Editorial Board Member, PLoS One, PLoS
  • Editorial Board Member (2016-present), nature partner journal Clean Water, Springer Nature
  • Editorial Board Member (2013-present), Membranes, MDPI, Basel, Switzerland
  • Editorial Board Member (2017-present), Environments, MDPI, Basel, Switzerland
  • Editorial Board Member (2018-2019), Heliyon, Elsevier


Awards & Recognitions
  • RGC Senior Research Fellowship Award, 2021-2025
  • Vebleo Fellow Award, 2020
  • Nano-functionalized reusable face masks recognized by Gold Medal, TISIA Special Award & Top 20 Best Inventions, International Invention Innovation Competition, Canada, 2020
  • HKIE Best Paper Award, (with undergraduate students Junwei Zhang & Lydia YT Lo and post-doc Hao Guo), 2020
  • Rapid water filter technology recognized by Gold Medal at Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions, 2019 and MIT Technology Review (Asia Pacific Region for Dr. Hao Guo), 2019
  • Best Poster Award (with former PhD student JY Lee), Singapore International Water Week, 2018
  • Named as one of the Desalters to Watch, Water Desalination Report, 2015
  • EuroMembrane Society Best Paper Award (with former PhD student JY Lee), 2015
  • Singapore Ministry for National Development R&D Merit Award, (shared with Prof. Rong Wang and Prof. Anthony G. Fane), 2013
  • Best Paper Presentation Award, the IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse, (shared with Prof. Rong Wang and Prof. Anthony G. Fane), 2011
  • Finland Distinguished Professor Program Fellowship Award, 2010
  • International Desalination Association Fellowship, 2010
  • North American Membrane Society Travel Award, 2007


Other Achievements
  • Leader inventor of the Patented and commercialized technology on Aquaporin-based Biomimetic Membranes, see more at Aquaporin Company


• Watch the video of the Membrane-based Environmental & Sustainable Technology (MembEST) Group (MembEST video).