Xianshe Feng

University Research Chair & Professor
Xianshe Feng

Contact information

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


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Biography summary

Xianshe Feng is a Professor and University Research Chair in 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.

In addition to research publications, Professor Feng holds a number of patents, some of which are being exploited for industrial applications. He currently also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Membrane Science, Separation & Purification Technology, and Chemical Engineering Research & Design.

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, Master's, Industrial Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
  • 1984, Bachelor's, Chemical Engineeirng, Hebei University of Science and Technology


  • CHE 230 - Physical Chemistry 1
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • CHE 231 - Physical Chemistry 2
    • Taught in 2021, 2022, 2023
  • CHE 330 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    • Taught in 2020, 2023, 2024
  • CHE 710 - Special Topics in Transport Phenomena
    • Taught in 2020

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/recent publications

  • J.R. Du, L.H. Hsu, E.S. Xiao, X. Guo, Y. Zhang, X. Feng, Using genipin as a ‘green’ crosslinker to fabricate chitosan membranes for pervaporative dehydration of isopropanol, Separation and Purification Technology, 244(116843), 2020
  • E. Halakoo, X. Feng, Layer-by-layer assembled membranes from graphene oxide and polyethyleneimine for ethanol and isopropanol dehydration, Chemical Engineering Science, 216(115488), 2020
  • X. Cao, H.-S. Lee, X. Feng, Extraction of dissolved methane from aqueous solutions by membranes: Modelling and parametric studies, Journal of Membrane Science, 596(117594), 2020
  • Y. Huang, X. Feng, Polymer-enhanced ultrafiltration: Fundamentals, applications and recent developments, Journal of Membrane Science, 586, 2019, 53 - 83
  • Y. Huang, J. Sun, D. Wu, X. Feng, Layer-by-layer self-assembled chitosan/PAA nanofiltration membranes, Separation and Purification Technology, 207, 2018, 142 - 150
  • Y. Huang, M.U. Farooq, S. Lai, X. Feng, P. Sampranpiboon, X. Wang, W. Huang, Model fitting of sorption kinetics data: Misapplications overlooked and their rectifications, AIChE Journal, 64, 2018, 1793 - 1805
  • D. Wu, Z. Tan, X. Feng, W. Anderson, Q. Li, Regeneration of cobalt complexes by thermal decomposition and acid treatment for NO absorption, Chemical Engineering Journal, 315, 2017, 233 - 242
  • C. Sun, X. Feng, Enhancing the performance of PVDF membranes by hydrophilic surface modification via amine treatment, Separation and Purification Technology, 185, 2017, 94 - 102
  • Y. Huang, K. Bailey, S. Wang, X. Feng, Silk fibroin films for potential applications in controlled release, Reactive and Functional Polymers, 116, 2017, 57 - 68
  • P.K. Kundu, A. Chakma, X Feng, Unsteady state cyclic pressure-vacuum swing permeation for low pressure niche gas separation applications, Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 109, 2016, 505 - 512

Graduate studies