ASU professor given distinguished status by chemical engineering institute

October 15, 2013

Pioneering research in modern inorganic membrane science has led to Jerry Lin’s election to the status of Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Lin is a Regents’ Professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Jerry Lin AIChe Fellow Download Full Image

AIChE Fellows are elite members, typically with 25 or more years of experience in the field. Selection as a Fellow is “recognition of professional attainment and significant accomplishment in engineering.”

In nominating Lin, his colleague Yushan Yan, Distinguished Engineering Professor at the University of Delaware, lauds Lin’s “exemplary service to the chemical engineering profession.”

Yan notes Lin’s leadership as chair of several major national and international science and engineering conferences, as editor of the flagship journal in his research area, the Journal of Membrane Science, and as an advisor to an AIChE chapter.

Yan’s research in zeolite films includes membranes, an overlapping area with Lin’s expertise. Their teams have benefitted from each other’s results in closely related areas of research.

Pioneer in the field

Lin’s achievements in fundamental advances in inorganic membrane science for gas separations and adsorption separation technologies have earned him international recognition. He is widely credited with taking the field from an emerging area of science to an established new specialty.

Lin focuses on small molecules including hydrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide. The work has applications across a number of fields of national and international importance, from producing clean alternative fuel and purifying water supplies to preventing pollution from industrial processes.

“Jerry’s work has impacted all major areas of inorganic membrane science, from mesoporous and microporous to dense membranes. His work is particularly important to applications in energy and the environment, including removing pollutants from industrial effluents, capturing CO2 from power plant flue gas and reducing the costs of oxygen and hydrogen production and purification,” says Kyle Squires, director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

Separation of hydrogen, oxygen or carbon dioxide from gas mixtures is directly related to many chemical, petroleum and energy production processes. The molecules in the gas mixture are often very similar in chemical or physical properties, making their separation highly energy intensive.

Lin’s major research efforts in the past two decades have been on the development of new, effective membrane and adsorption processes, and understanding the fundamental science these processes are based upon for gas separation.

History of achievement

Lin has received more than $10 million to support his research from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, the State of Ohio and industry sources.

His efforts have led to eight patents, 10 book chapters, 230 journal articles, 60 conference proceedings papers and more than 300 conference presentations. His journal articles have been cited more than 6,500 times by other researchers.

Among his greatest achievements, Lin cites the more than 80 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers he has supervised, who have been embarking on their own careers in chemical engineering. While serving as chair of the chemical engineering department, he was instrumental in the expansion and improved national ranking of the chemical engineering program at ASU.

“Jerry is dedicated to the profession and to the development of undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers,” Squires says. “He maintains the highest standards of academic scholarship.”

Lin was named an ASU Regents’ Professor in 2012. It’s the highest honor bestowed on faculty of Arizona’s state universities. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and current editor of the Journal of Membrane Science.

Among his many awards, he has received the AIChE Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology, BP Faculty Excellence Award, Cheung Kong Scholar award, Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award and a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.   

Lin joined ASU in 2005 and served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 2006-2009. Previously, he was a professor of chemical engineering and co-director of the NSF Center for Membrane Applied Science and Technology at the University of Cincinnati, where he joined the faculty in 1991.

He earned a bachelor of science degree from Zhejiang University in China, and a master's of science and doctoral degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, all in chemical engineering.

Written by Heather Beshears

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


ASU partners with Governor's Office on online training for substance abuse prevention

October 15, 2013

The Arizona State University Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, through grant funding from the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families, is offering a new, fully online and interactive training solution for public health practitioners, policymakers and prevention specialists.

The training, Communities in Context: Using Data to Empower Arizona Communities, is a unique avenue of support for Arizona's network of service providers and community coalitions that gives them the knowledge and skills to harness the power of the Community Data Project, the most complete database of substance abuse prevention data in the state. website graphic for Communities in Context Download Full Image

Communities in Context is a self-paced online learning module that can be accessed at any time and completed for four hours of professional development or continuing education credit. Participants will learn the basics of the Community Data Project, how to focus and strengthen their substance abuse prevention efforts through the use of data and how to turn data into presentation-ready visuals using the built-in graphing tools. Using the vast trove of data housed within the project, practitioners can access and compare statewide statistics to focus time and funding. Learning to use the Community Data Project is now easy with Communities in Context. Through funding from the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families, and the support of the Governor’s Substance Abuse Epidemiology Work Group and Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, the training is offered free of charge.

The Community Data Project is the most complete database of criminal and juvenile justice system and related data in Arizona, according to Phillip Stevenson, director of the Statistical Analysis Center of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.

As a leader in the creation of the Community Data Project (CDP), Stevenson says that “the CDP was designed to make it easier to access justice system data that is relevant to a variety of justice system issues. Statistics and this training will prepare those in the field to access and apply it effectively in their project and policy planning.” He goes on to say that the data supplied by the project can “... collectively ... guide resource dollars for prevention and intervention efforts, and in doing so, maximize the return on investment for the state’s efforts at addressing substance abuse issues in Arizona.”

To approach the essential issue of training, the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center created an extensive in-person model that could be delivered across the state. Sensing the need to broaden access to this training, Wendy Wolfersteig, director of Evaluation and Partner Contracts at the center, approached Learning Forever Professional Development to create an interactive online version of the in-person training. Learning Forever is a continuing education and professional learning unit of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College with experience in managing instructional design projects and access to a cadre of skilled and experienced online instructional designers.

Together, the center and Learning Forever brought the Communities in Context training to life on the new education resource site the Professional Learning Library, another service of the Teachers College. The training is already reaching new audiences through the library and its widely accessible system.

Wolfersteig is pleased to offer both in-person to online availability, saying, “ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center and the Professional Learning Library appreciate the opportunity to work with our partner state agencies on developing and distributing the Community Data Project curriculum to benefit those who seek health, substance abuse and crime data for local and state decision-making. We see this training as a way to encourage people to use data in their everyday efforts, as a part of making life better for all of us in Arizona.”

For more information or to register for the Communities in Context online learning module, click here.