NTU: NTU Professor Named Editor of Separation and Purification Technology

Kuo-Lun Tung, Professor of NTU Chemical Engineering, has been appointed as the editor of Separation and Purification Technology (S&PT), a prestigious journal published by Elsevier starting from January 1, 2021. Tung began serving as an editorial board member of SCI’s Journal of Membrane Science (JMS) last August and his recent conferment is another acknowledgment of his commitment and expertise.

In 1997, the journals Gas Separation and Purification and Separations Technology were merged and officially titled Separation and Purification Technology (S&PT). S&PT focuses on the field of separation technology, including studies related to separation and purification in chemical and environmental engineering. According to the Journal Citation Report (JCR), S&PT received an impact factor of 5.774 in June last year and an impact factor of over 6.2 in December.

It’s also worth mentioning that the founder of Separations Technology, Professor Chi Tien from Syracuse University, happens to be an alumnus of NTU’s Chemical Engineering department; and Tung’s new role can be interpreted as Tien passing the baton.


NTU Professor of Chemical Engineering Kuo-Lun Tung (at the center) is appointed as the editor of S&PT starting from 2021.
Tung is a distinguished researcher, recognized for his work in membrane and separation technology; he is also currently Vice-Chair of the International Water Association (IWA) membrane technology specialist group. In 2019, he became a Fellow of IWA. He was also a scientific committee member of the 2020 International Congress on Membranes & Membranes Processes (ICOM) hosted in London. Also, Tung won the chance to serve as Chair and host the International Conference on Inorganic Membrane (ICIM) in Taipei in June 2022. This will be the first time in three decades that Taiwan has had the chance to be the host country.

S&PT’s editorial board consists of eight prominent scholars and the current Editor-in-Chief is Bart van der Bruggen, a founding member of the World Association of Membrane Societies and a Professor at KU Leuven. According to Bart, the number of articles related to membrane and separation technology has rapidly increased in recent years. Based on a deliberate assessment, Elsevier and the board confirmed that Tung stood out for his outstanding research and academic influence. With Tung on board, van der Bruggen is confident that the journal’s impact factor will continue to rise and could well reach 6.5 in June 2021.

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