Organizers and Sponsors

Organising Committee and Session Chairs:    

Hiroaki Furumai Professor

The University of Tokyo, Japan

Hiroaki Furumai is a professor at the Research Center for Water Environment Technology, School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo. He also has a joint appointment as professor at the Department of Urban Engineering and is affiliated with the Earth Observation Data Integration & Fusion Research Initiative and the Collaborative Research Institute for Innovative Microbiology. His research group has conducted research on 1) Sustainable urban drainage management focusing on flood control and wet weather pollution, 2) Control of microbial function in water treatment and microbial community in water distribution system, 3) Management of unregulated organic matter in water environment and water use. He is an IWA Distinguished Fellow (2018-) after working as IWA fellow 2010. He was a vice president (2014-2017), the president (2016-2017) and is now an advisor (2017- ) of the Japan Society on Water Environment. He is a co-Editors-in-Chief of Journal of Water and Environment Technology. Full Bio

 

Alicia An

City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Alicia An is an associate professor at the school of energy and environment, City University of Hong Kong, and leading ‘Water and Membrane Technologies Laboratory’. Dr. An received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Before joining City U, Dr. An was a project assistant professor at the University of Tokyo (UT), Japan.

Dr. An has been working in the field of Membrane-based water treatment more than 15 years and published over 90 papers on emerging technologies such as membrane distillation, forward osmosis and hybrid RO for removing emerging pollutants and resource recovery. Recently, Dr. An’s research has primarily dealt with the fabrication of advanced superhydrophobic (and omniphobic) porous polymeric membranes, developing a fundamental understanding of, and detection methods for, membrane wetting, scaling and fouling, and their practical applications in MD through industry collaboration. She is currently one of PIs of the Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) in Hong Kong, entitled “Paradigm-shifting, Fully-integrated, Compact Wastewater-to-resource Facility (WWRF).”

 

Akihiko Hata

Toyama Prefectural University, Japan

Akihiko Hata is a lecturer in Faculty of Engineering, Toyama prefectural university, Japan. Dr. Hata is a member of Japan society for water environment (JSWE) and recently has served on organizing committees of the water environment technology conference and annual conference of JSWE. His research is focused on occurrence of health related microbes in the water environment. He has published a number of articles mainly on development, improvement, and application of assays for detection of viruses in water.

 
Chuyang Y. Tang 

The University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Chuyang Tang is a Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University and has 20 years’ experience in membrane technology. Professor Tang has published over 280 refereed papers, with a citation of >26,000 and H-index of 88 (Google Scholar).  He is an Editorial/Advisory Board Member of Environmental Science & Technology Letters, Journal of Membrane Science, Desalination, and Environmental Research. His invention on aquaporin-based biomimetic membranes has resulted in the successful commercialization of Aquaporin Inside Membranes (AIMs®️). He is a recipient of the inaugural RGC Senior Research Fellowship, the HKU Innovator Award, the Singapore Ministry of National Development R&D Merit Award, the Finland Distinguished Professor Program Fellowship, and the International Desalination Association Fellowship.

 

Di Wu 

The Hong Kong University of  Science and Technology, HKSAR And The Ghent University, South Korea

Di Wu is an associate professor in the Centre for Environment and Energy Research at Ghent University Global Campus, and Department of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ghent University. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His expertise is wastewater engineering and environmental biotechnology. His current research interests are microbiome for water-energy-agriculture-health, energy-efficient waste(water) treatment and critical materials mining, and redesigning environmental infrastructures.

 

GUO JIAXIN

City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

 

Dr. GUO JIAXIN is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and PhD under supervising by Dr. Alicia K.J. AN in School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. His main research interests include Desalination and water/wastewater treatment technologies, Advanced membrane fabrication by electrospinning technology, Membrane distillation, and Conveyance system for water/wastewater. With 6 years of research experiences, he has published over 30 research articles on top journals in this field.

 

Hiroshi Sakai

Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan 

Hioshi Sakai is an associate Professor in the Division of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University. He is a member of the International Water Association, International Ultraviolet Association, Japan Society for Water Environment, and the Japan Society for Civil Engineering. His research areas include social infrastructure engineering for environmental systems and disaster prevention, Ultraviolet water treatment, disinfection by-products, and drainage systems. He has published a number of research articles in high quality journals in these areas.  

 

Ikuro Kasuga

University of Tokyo, Japan

Ikuro Kasuga is an Associate Professor in the Water Environment Technology Laboratory
Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo. He is also affiliated with the Collaborative Research Institute for Innovative Microbiology. Prof. Kasuga s a member of the Japan Society on Water environment, Water Works association, Microbial ecology, amongst others. His research is focused on the Characterization of structure and function microbial community associated with granular activated carbon used for advanced drinking water treatment, Characterization of structure and function microbial community associated with granular activated carbon used for advanced drinking water treatment, and Advanced water quality analysis for reclaimed water reuse.

 

Jehad Kharraz

City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Dr. Jehad Kharraz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Water & Membrane Technologies Laboratory at the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. His current research interest is in membrane-based desalination, with a focus on emerging desalination technologies such as membrane distillation (MD) and the development of novel membranes for water and wastewater applications. Recently, his research is oriented towards the potential and applications of nanobubble (NB) technology for improving current water treatment systems and for enhancing microplastics (MPs) removal from wastewater and marine environments. His research was published in 34+ book chapters, peer-reviewed journal papers, and conference presentations. Dr. Kharraz received his Ph.D. in Energy and Environment from City University of Hong Kong. He holds an M.Sc. in Water & Environmental Engineering, and a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering.

 

Ling Li

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HKSAR

Ling Li is a Research Assistant Professor and PhD in Civil Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research is focused on the design of novel (photo)catalysts and (photo)catalytic systems for water/surface disinfection and pollutant degradation, and formation and removal of disinfection by-products (DBPs) in water treatment processes. He has published a number of research articles in high quality journals holds a number of patents in these areas.

 

Noman Khalid Khanzada

City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Dr. Noman Khalid Khanzada received his Ph.D. in Energy and Environment from City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He did his bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and Master’s in Environmental Engineering and have more than seven years of research experience. Dr. Khanzada is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in CityU. His area of research mainly includes – Desalination and water reclamation using reverse osmosis (RO) and other membrane-based processes, Membrane-based technologies for emerging pollutants removal and nutrient/resource recovery, Fabrication of polymeric membrane, synthesis of material, hybrid process operation and design, etc.

 

Paula Jungwon Choi

City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Dr. Paula Jungwon Choi received her Ph.D. in Energy and Environment from City University of Hong Kong (CityU). She received bachelor’s degree in physical science at McMaster University, and Master’s degree in environmental engineering at Sungkyunkwan University. Dr. Choi is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at CityU. His area of research mainly includes – Desalination and water reclamation using forward osmosis (FO) and membrane-based technologies for valuable resource recovery, and emerging pollutants removal. She also works on the fabrication of polymeric membranes and hybrid process operation and design.

 
Sekar Karthikeyan

Institute of Science and Technology, India

Dr. Karthikeyan Sekar currently working as an Assistant Professor, at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India. Previously he worked as Special Researcher at the University of Tokyo He has received prestigious the Royal Society Newton International alumni grant in this September 2021, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan (2018 to 2020), and the Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at Aston University (2016 to 2018), UK. His research interest towards development of biomass derived carbon-based materials used as a catalysts for energy and environmental remediation, especially elimination of refractory organic chemicals from wastewater and also controlling size and morphology of metal/metal oxides at molecular level for clean energy and clean environment. He has awarded the Fellow of higher education academy, United Kingdom (2018) and Malaysian International Scholarship (MIS, 2015), Malaysia. He has published 70 research articles, and four patents (one international), which has transferred many industries in India and abroad.

 

Takashi Hashimoto

University of Tokyo, Japan

Takashi Hashimoto is an assistant professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo.  He has authored a number of publications on membrane properties, inactivation of bacteria, and potable water access and treatment.  His research interests include Water treatment technologies, Urban water supply systems, water supplies in developing countries, and how to make appropriate technological choices. 

 

Tomohiro Tobino 

University of Tokyo, Japan

Tomohiro Tobino is an Assistant professor in the Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo. He was awarded the David C. White Award at the 14th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology. He has published a number of articles related to environmental pollutants, bacteria, and water toxicity.  Prof. Tobino’s research is focused on membrane-based water treatment Microbial communications/interactions in wastewater treatment process, Advanced control of wastewater treatment processes utilizing water matrix information, and Microbial community function analysis by molecular techniques.