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NLCT Leadership


Dr. Norman Li is an internationally renowned scientist who has more than 40 years of experience in American chemical and petroleum industries. He was a senior scientist with Exxon Research and Engineering Co. and the director of research at UOP Co. and Honeywell. He also served as a consultant for the U.S. Apollo Moon Landing Project. He has the honor of being members of three academies, the US National Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. Dr. Li has 45 US patents and more than 100 technical papers, and has edited 20 books, all in the field of separation science and technology. 


Dr. Li is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his innovation and leadership in membranes and separation technologies. He was given the highest honor in the US chemical industry, the Perkin

Medal. His other awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Congress of Chemical Engineering held in Melbourne, Australia, 2001, and the Founders Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the highest honor given by the Institute.  In 2011, he received the Alan S. Michaels Award from the North American Membrane Society, which is the highest honor given by the Society. Dr. Li served as the president of the Society (1991 - 1993), a board director of American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Director of American Chemical Society’s Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division. He also served as the Chair of the International Congress of Membranes and Membrane Processes held in Chicago, 1990 (ICOM 90). 

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