Jerry Lin named NAMS Fellow for achievements in membrane field
Above: Jerry Y.S. Lin, who has been named one of only two North American Membrane Society Fellows in 2020, is currently doing work on membranes and thin films for gas separation, carbon dioxide capture, hydrogen production, batteries and gas sensing. Photographer: Jessica Hochreiter/ASU
Election as a NAMS Fellow recognizes both service to scientific society and highly significant professional accomplishments to the membrane field. To be considered for the honor, nominees must have demonstrated long-term excellence in membrane engineering and practice and have been a member of NAMS for at least 10 years.
Lin, a professor of chemical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, is an internationally recognized leader in inorganic membrane science. He has made numerous contributions to developing new materials and synthesis methods and to understanding fundamental separation and transport properties of mesoporous, microporous and dense inorganic membranes for filtration and molecular separation.
His current work researches membranes and thin films for gas separation, carbon dioxide capture, hydrogen production, batteries and gas sensing.
Lin has contributed three decades of fundamental and applied research to advancing inorganic membrane science from its infancy to a major subdivision of membrane science. His technical contributions are documented in his 350 peer-reviewed papers and manuscripts and nine issued patents. Lin currently serves as the editor-in-chief for Journal of Membrane Science, the flagship journal in the membrane field, where he has been an editor since 2008.
Lin has been involved with NAMS for nearly the entirety of his career. He served on its board of directors from 2002 to 2005 and was twice a conference co-chair, organizing two highly successful NAMS annual meetings in 1998 and 2013.
His accomplishments in the membrane field have previously been recognized by his election as a Fellow for both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Lin says that his current interest is to develop new membranes and membrane processes for process intensification, energy efficiency improvement and environmental sustainability.
“We are working on several projects sponsored by the federal agencies and industry,” says Lin. “These projects include synthesis of microporous, gated molecular sieving membranes for gas separation and membrane reactors for hydrogen production and electric power plant.”
Lin also works on thin-film technology for lithium-ion batteries with improved safety, and gas extraction and sensing for industrial devices and human health monitoring.
“I am glad that my contributions in membrane science and services to the membrane community are recognized by this honor,” says Lin. “It motivates me to do more for the membrane community.”
Lin shares the 2020 honor with Ingo Pinnau, a professor of chemical engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.