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Chew Jia Wei
Associate Chair (Students)
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering

Jia has been with the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore since 2013 and the Associate Chair (Students) since 2017.

She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to that, she received both her B.Eng and M.Eng degrees in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Her current research interests are in multi-phase flow and fluid mechanics, with a key focus in membrane process technology.Her research has been recognized by various awards, including the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Particle Technology Forum (PTF) Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award in 2013, the Singapore Youth Award in 2015 and the AIChE PTF Sabic Young Professional Award in 2017.

Research Statement

My research interest is in enabling practical, cost-effective engineering solutions through a mechanistic understanding of the various naturally occurring phenomena. My main research goal is in addressing challenging issues in separations, ranging from purification in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, water treatment, etc.

Research One-liner

Enabling practical, cost-effective engineering solutions through a mechanistic understanding of the various naturally occurring phenomena.

J.W. Chew, J. Kilduff and G. Belfort, “The behavior of suspensions and macromolecular solutions in crossflow microfiltration: An update”, Journal of Membrane Science, 601, 117865, 2020.
J.W. Chew and R.A. Cocco, “Application of Machine Learning Methods to Understand and Predict Circulating Fluidized Bed Riser Flow Characteristics”, Chemical Engineering Science, 217, 115503, 2020.
Z. Yin, Y. Ma, B. Tanis-Kanbur and J.W. Chew,Fouling behavior of colloidal particles in organic solvent ultrafiltration”, Journal of Membrane Science, 599, 117836, 2020.
J. Wang, A. Cahyadi, B. Wu, W. Pee, A.G. Fane and J.W. Chew, “The roles of particles in enhancing membrane filtration: a review”, Journal of Membrane Science, 117570, 2020.
Latest Projects
  • Development of Versatile, Optimized Membrane Cascades for the Continuous Purification of Nanoparticulate Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (NP-API)
  • Development of an innovative membrane distillation prototype with metallic spacers and inductive heating for enhanced energy-efficiency
  • Exploiting Artificial Intelligence for Monoclonal Antibodies Purification
Other affiliation(s)

Cluster Leader, Singapore Membrane Technology Center, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI)

Expert Areas
Membrane-based Separations, Multiphase Flow

Research Interests
Mechanistic understanding of physical processes

Research Category
Engineering & Technology
Research Sub-category
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Tele-health, medicine, rehab & therapeutics
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION – Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.
GOAL 7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY – Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.
GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
14 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020