Wei-Hsin Chen

National Cheng Kung University


National Cheng Kung University

Contact information

1, University Rd., Tainan 701, Taiwan
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, Taiwan

Presentation Title

Advances in Hydrogen Separation using Palladium-Based Membranes


Global climate change and fossil fuel depletion have driven the need to shift energy use from the conventional carbon cycle to the hydrogen cycle. One of the prime advantages of consuming hydrogen as a fuel is zero emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Hydrogen can be produced from fossil fuels, biomass, and hydrocarbons. However, in most conversion processes, hydrogen-rich gases rather than pure hydrogen are produced. There are several ways to separate and purify hydrogen from hydrogen-rich gases such as pressure swing adsorption, cryogenic distillation, and membrane separation. When hydrogen is separated from hydrogen-rich gases using membranes, palladium (Pd) has demonstrated its excellent features of high hydrogen permeability and selectivity. In addition to hydrogen separation and purification, Pd-based membranes can also be thought of as a potential tool to fulfill CO2 capture. In this talk, the advances in hydrogen separation and purification based on Pd-based membrane systems will be introduced. The important phenomena such as hydrogen permeation, concentration polarization, and membrane permeance measurement will be illustrated. The interfacial and bulk mass transfer behaviors of hydrogen in Pd-based membrane systems will be underlined. The presentation will also show hydrogen permeation in Pd membrane tube systems approached by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) along with artificial intelligence or evolutionary computation, demonstrating the potential of simulations as a powerful tool to aid in membrane system design.

Biographical Sketch

Wei-Hsin Chen is a distinguished professor at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He visited the Princeton University, USA (2004-2005), the University of New South Wales, Australia (2007), the University of Edinburg, UK (2009), the University of British Columbia, Canada (2012-2013), and the University of Lorraine, France (2017 & 2018) as a visiting professor. He was also an invited lecturer at the University of Lorraine (2019 & 2020). His research interests include bioenergy, hydrogen energy, clean energy, carbon utilization, aerosol physics, etc. He has published over 650 papers in international and domestic journals and conferences. He is the associated editor of International Journal of Energy Research, and the editorial members of several international journals, including Applied Energy, Energies, Energy, Ecology and Environment, etc. He is also the author of several books concerning energy science and air pollution. In recent years, his important awards include 2015 and 2018 Outstanding Research Award (Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology), 2015 and 2020 Highly Cited Paper Award (Applied Energy, Elsevier), 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science), 2017 Outstanding Engineering Professor Award (Chinese Institute of Engineers), 2019 Highly Cited Review Article Award (Bioresource Technology, Elsevier), 2020 Top Download Paper Award (International Journal of Energy Research, Wiley), etc.

5th International Hydrogen Technologies Congress – May 26-28, 2021 – Online