Xianshe Feng

Regular Professor Tenure

Contact InformationXianshe Feng

Phone: 519-888-4567 x36555
Location: E6 3004


Biography Summary

Xianshe Feng is a Professor and Chair of University Research within the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

His research expertise lies in the area of membrane science and technology, with a specialization in membrane formation and characterization, transport studies, module design and process development.

Professor Feng’s current research projects include: the development of hollow fiber membranes and membrane modules; synthesis, modification and characterization of asymmetric/composite membranes; nano-structured membranes for olefin/paraffin separations; and pervaporation, gas separation, and membrane distillation. He is also working on membrane-modulated absorbers and spargers; synergetic integration of membranes with traditional separation processes; carbon dioxide separation for greenhouse gas emission control; separation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from gaseous and liquid waste streams; and membranes for bio-separations.

Professor Feng holds four patents, which are as follows: US patents “Modulated bundle elements” and “Hollow-fiber membrane devices and methods of assembly”; International patent “Process for the separation of olefins from paraffins using a membrane”; and Canadian patent “Hollow-fiber membrane device including a split disk tube sheet support.”

Research Interests

  • membranes for bio-separations
  • Separation Processes
  • hollow fiber
  • adsorption
  • Polymer Science
  • Membrane Reactors
  • Membrane Distillation
  • CO2 Separation for Greenhouse Gas Emission Control
  • Separation of Volatile Organic Compounds from gaseous and liquid waste streams
  • Development of Hollow Fiber Membranes and Membrane Modules
  • Synthesis modification and characterization of asymmetric/composite membranes
  • Nano-structured membranes for olefin/paraffin separations
  • Pervaporation gas separation and membrane distillation
  • Membrane reactors
  • Membrane-modulated absorbers adsorbers and spargers
  • Synergetic integration of membranes with traditional separation processes
  • water


  • 1995, Doctorate, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1990, Master's, Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa
  • 1987, Bachelor's, Industrial Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
  • 1984, Bachelor's, Chemical Engineeirng, Hebei University of Science and Technology


  • CHE 330 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    • Taught in 2015
  • CHE 231 - Physical Chemistry 2
    • Taught in 2016
  • CHE 710 - Special Topics in Transport Phenomena
    • Taught in 2017
  • CHE 230 - Physical Chemistry 1
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Wu, Dihua and Tan, Zhongchao and Feng, Xianshe and Anderson, William A and Li, Qinghai, Regeneration of cobalt complexes by thermal decomposition and acid treatment for NO absorption, Chemical Engineering Journal, 315, 2017, 233 - 242
  • Sun, Chenggui and Feng, Xianshe, Enhancing the performance of PVDF membranes by hydrophilic surface modification via amine treatment, Separation and Purification Technology, 185, 2017, 94 - 102
  • Huang, Yifeng and Bailey, Kevin and Wang, Sai and Feng, Xianshe, Silk fibroin films for potential applications in controlled release, Reactive and Functional Polymers, 116, 2017, 57 - 68
  • Du, Jennifer Runhong and Su, Xiao and Feng, Xianshe, Chitosan/sericin blend membranes for adsorption of bovine serum albumin, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 95(5), 2017, 954 - 960
  • Shi, Qiang and Ni, Lei and Zhang, Yufeng and Feng, Xianshe and Chang, Qiuhui and Meng, Jianqiang, Poly (p-phenylene terephthamide) embedded in a polysulfone as the substrate for improving compaction resistance and adhesion of a thin film composite polyamide membrane, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5(26), 2017, 13610 - 13624