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Professor Nien-Hwa Linda Wang

Professor Nien-Hwa Linda Wang

Purdue University, USA

Professor N-H Linda Wang is the Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University. She joined Purdue faculty in 1980 as the first female professor in Chemical Engineering. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1971, her MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1973, and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1978. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She was a Director of the Separations Division, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2001-2004) and a Director of the International Adsorption Society (2001-2007). She was the Chair of Separations Division of the AICHE in 2013. She is well respected as a leader in separations. She consulted for NSF, NIH, several national labs and many chemical, food, and pharmaceutical companies.

She is internationally known for her research contributions in adsorption, ion exchange, multi-component chromatography, and simulated moving bed technologies. She has two patents, four patent applications, more than 120 technical publications, and more than 200 invited lectures and presentations at national and international meetings.

She is a leading expert in adsorptive separation methods. She made major contributions and published extensively in multicomponent chromatography and simulated moving bed (SMB) technologies for separating complex mixtures. She invented the seminal Standing Wave Design method for SMB processes. She developed the VERSE simulation software package, which is a powerful tool for understanding quantitatively adsorption and reaction phenomena in such processes. Recently she developed the first graphical solutions, which can be used to design affinity chromatography processes without any simulations.

In addition to her significant contributions to the fundamentals of chromatography, she developed the first tandem SMB process for insulin purification, and the first five-zone SMB for the recovery of six sugars from biomass hydrolysates. Recently she also developed a new capture chromatography process for the production of an important medical isotope. She developed the first separation process to recover polycarbonates and flame retardants from electronic wastes. She also developed the first ligand assisted chromatography method based on inorganic adsorbents for the production of high-purity rare earth elements. These new methods are expected to have a major impact on the environment and on the production of important chemicals and biochemicals.

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