Dr. Linda Wang:
Fundamental Advances and Applications of Chromatography

Event Date: April 8, 2014
Hosted By: CoE Academic Affairs
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: FRNY G140
Contact Name: Marsha Freeland
Contact Phone: 494-5349
Contact Email: mjfreeland@purdue.edu
Open To: All
Dr. Nien-Hwa Linda Wang


Chromatography processes are highly versatile and selective separation techniques. They have been used for the analysis and purification of many chemicals and biochemicals in foods, fuels, wastes, and pharmaceuticals. In this presentation, I will explain the fundamental principles of chromatography and a continuous process called simulated moving bed chromatography (SMB) and several new technologies developed in my group. The talk will focus on (1) a general method of designing affinity chromatography processes and applications for the production of a medical isotope, and (2) the standing-wave design method (SWD) and applications in designing SMBs for insulin purification, for the recovery of six sugars from biomass hydrolysates, and for the recovery of valuable chemicals from electronic wastes.


Dr. Nien-Hwa Linda Wang has been a professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University since 1980. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1978. She is internationally known for her research contributions in mass transfer, adsorption, multi-component chromatography, and simulated moving beds. The results were described in more than 120 journal articles, six book chapters, two patents, and two current patent applications. She has given more than 100 invited lectures and more than 200 presentations in national and international meetings. She has developed several new chromatography and simulated moving bed technologies that are applicable to the design of a wide range of adsorption and chromatography processes. She was a Director (2001-2004) and the Chair (2013) of the Separation Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a Director of the International Adsorption Society (2001-2007). She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She has served as a consultant to NIH, NSF, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Argonne National Laboratories, and more than 20 chemical, food, and pharmaceutical companies.