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Symposium SM7—Emerging Membrane Materials for Sustainable Separations

Membrane technology has been implemented in many fields as energy-saving and sustainable process. Water in great part of the world is provided by seawater desalination using reverse osmosis membrane plants. Other applications such as the industrial recovery of valuable products or water treatment in harsh environments, challenging separations of solutes with similar size could be successfully promoted if better membrane materials would be available. This symposium will be dedicated to material developments in this field, covering new polymers and copolymers, multilayer coatings, organic-inorganic composites, surface functionalization, morphology control in porous materials for membranes. The open challenges in the field will be discussed, identifying new directions and needs for material development.

Topics will include:

  • New copolymer synthesis and functionalization for membranes
  • Block copolymer membranes
  • Biomimetic and bioinspired materials and separations
  • Membranes with incorporated catalytic materials
  • Materials for industrial separations in harsh environments
  • Membranes as functional battery separators
  • 2D Layered materials for membranes (e. g. graphene and analogues)
  • Membranes from intrinsic porous materials (zeolites, metal-organic frameworks, covalent-organic frameworks, porous organic polymer, porous molecular solids)
  • Green solvents and polymers for sustainable membrane manufacture
  • Surface functionalization and nanostructuration for fouling reduction
  • Membranes for recovery of valuable products in biotechnology, mining and chemical industry

Invited Speakers:

  • Hassan Arafat (Masdar, United Arab Emirates)
  • Ayse Asatekin (Tufts University, USA)
  • Dibakar Bhattacharyya (University of Kentucky, USA)
  • Cristiana Boi (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Yung Chang (Chung Yuan Unversity, Taiwan)
  • Joao Crespo (University Nova Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Zhangfeng Cui (University Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Ludovic Dumee (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Alberto Figoli (ITM-CNR, Italy)
  • Doug Gin (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
  • Lidietta Giorno (ITM-CNR, Italy)
  • Matthey Hill (CSIRO, Australia)
  • Wanqin Jin (Nanjin University, China)
  • Manish Kumar (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • MaryLaura Lind (University of Arizona, USA)
  • Davide Mattia (University of Bath, United Kingdom)
  • Sankar Nair (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Richard Noble (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
  • Darrell Patterson (University of Bath, United Kingdom)
  • William Phillip (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Giulio Sarti (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Thomas Schaefer (University of Basque Country, Spain)
  • Shahnawaz Sinha (University of Arizona, USA)
  • Kamalesh Sirkar (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Mathias Ulbricht (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

Suzana Nunes
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering
Saudi Arabia

Mainak Majumder
Monash University

Kuo Lun (Allan) Tung
National Taiwan University
Chemical Engineering
02-3366-3027, kuolun@ntu.edu.tw

Ranil Wrickamasinghe
University of Arkansas
479-575-8475, swickram@uark.edu