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Membranes: Materials and Processes (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Electrons to Oceans: Membrane Innovation at Every Level


July 5-6, 2014


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH


Heather C S. Chenette

Associate Chair:
Michiel J.T. Raaijmakers

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Membranes: Materials & Processes is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting focuses on pioneering research that expands the use of membranes and improves their effectiveness in existing processes. Topics of interest include innovation in membrane application as well as fundamental study of membrane fabrication, characterization, and modelling at nano- to industrial scales.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Membranes: Materials and Processes" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:40 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:40 pm - 4:30 pmNanoscale Membrane Design
Discussion Leaders: Afsaneh Khosravi (Arizona State University) and Patrick Saboe (Pennsylvania State University)
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm Xi Lin (University of Duisburg-Essen)
"Designing Magnetically Responsive Separation Membranes"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pm Discussion
4:05 pm - 4:25 pm Shen Yuexiao (Pennsylvania State University)
"Molecular Characterization of Artificial Water Channels — Peptide-Appended Pillar[5]arenes"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pm Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmNanoscale Membrane Design (continued)
Discussion Leaders: Afsaneh Khosravi (Arizona State University) and Patrick Saboe (Pennsylvania State University)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Thorsten van den Berg (University Duisberg-Essen)
"Improvement of Polymeric Ultrafiltration Membranes by Controlled Blend Modifications with ZnO Nanoparticles"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Presentations
Discussion Leaders: Laura H. Arias Chavez (Yale University), Heather C. S. Chenette (Clemson University) and Michiel Raaijmakers (University of Twente)
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm Dibakar Bhattacharyya (University of Kentucky)
"Functionalized and Responsive Membranes from Bench-Scale to Full-Scale"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pm Discussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pm Isabel Escobar (University of Toledo)
"Global Water Desalination Using Biofouling-Resistant Nanocomposite Membranes"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amNovel Membrane Process Concepts
Discussion Leaders: Alexander Lopez (University of Arkansas) and Lars Peters (RWTH Aachen)
9:00 am - 9:20 am Kerri Hickenbottom (Colorado School of Mines)
"Performance Evaluation of a Novel Osmotic Heat Engine for Energy Recovery: From Bench-Scale Experiments to Full-Scale Development"
9:20 am - 9:30 am Discussion
9:30 am - 9:50 am Valerie Coulter (Yale University)
"Support Layers Incorporating Cellulose Nanofibers for Thin Film Composite Membranes for Pressure Retarded Osmosis"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:20 am Binabaji Elaheh (Pennsylvania State University)
"Theoretical Model for Ultrafiltration Behavior of Highly Concentrated Monoclonal Antibody Solutions"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am - 10:50 am Ryan Holloway (Colorado School of Mines)
"The Ultrafiltration-Osmotic Membrane Bioreactor — Potable Reuse and Nutrient Recovery"
10:50 am - 11:00 am Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMembrane Operation in Challenging Conditions
Discussion Leaders: Anthony Straub (Yale University) and Hasin Feroz (Pennsylvania State University)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Liu Lu (Georgia Institute of Technology)
"Nodular-Skinned Hollow Fiber Membranes for Flue Gas Carbon Dioxide Capture via Sub-Ambient Temperature Operation"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pm Discussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Wojciech Ogieglo (University of Twente)
"High Pressure, In-Situ Ellipsometry for Direct Studies of Operating Membranes"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pm Discussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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